Climbing

George Hughbanks looking over his options before setting a route. Photo: Brad Myers

Every Winter, Climbers Flock to Indoor Gyms–But Who Puts Up All Those New Routes?

Just as a grizzly bear finds a dry den to wait out winter, the same can be said for our local climbing community. With the …

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Kody smiles as he reaches for handholds on the wall at Wild Walls. Photo: Shallan Knowles

Let Your Kids Climb the Walls This Winter with Wild Walls’ Youth Climbing Programs

Kids love to climb: trees, rocks, walls, whatever. And they’re naturals at it too. As a parent, you have some options when dealing with your …

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Wisdom Earned: The Significant Story of Climber and Conservationist Chris Kopczynski

If wisdom is earned from elevation gained, miles walked, or risks taken, Chris Kopczynski is the new 21st century Aristotle. As an athlete, adventurer and …

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Arden Pete reaching over the Middle Finger. Photo: Jon Jonckers

McLellan’s Middle Finger of Fury

On the steep overhanging side of the Half Dome Boulder, there are a few strange veins in the granite rock that come together at a …

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New Climbing in North Idaho

I’ve never seen a first ascent of anything. But now, I can say I’ve seen a second ascent. More importantly, I can say I’ve nabbed …

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John Roskelley climbing on Mt. Index in the north Cascades in the summer of 1965. Photo: Chris Kopczynski

The Art of Risk: Roskelley Awarded the Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award

In the cool of evening on Saturday night, March 29,2014, six of us, all senior Spokane Mountaineers, left our hotel rooms for a 20-minute walk …

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Amanda Sugden leads Vantage Point (5.8). Photo: Katie Botkin

Spring Climbing at Frenchman Coulee

Our region in the springtime is notoriously variable – rainy, chilly, slower to bloom than the territory immediately to the west. Fortunately, for climbers dying …

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Women Rock

No one knows for certain how many local female climbers have climbed 5.12 or higher in the past twenty years, but one thing is certain. …

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Name That Climb: The Stories Behind The Routes

In the mountains, every time someone blazes a memorable new trail or creates a distinguished new path, he or she names either the endeavor or …

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