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close encounter with bears: black bear in the wild, standing up from a field of tall grass.

Close Encounters With Bears

Guidebook author James P. Johnson shares about his harrowing close encounters with bears while hiking in the wilds of Washington State.

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Adventure Travel at state parks: Two children with small plastic buckets and toy shovels exploring a freshwater creek as it flows into the Puget Sound during lowtide at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines, Washington.

Adventure Travel For Families

Start your family’s adventure travel planning process with ideas and tips from Out There Kids’ columnist Amy McCaffree.

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Mill Butte's forest views -- forest with grassy understory, and single track hiking trail.

Hiking Mill Butte – NW Wash.

Mill Butte Trail is a 4.8-mile forested hike, located in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge in NE Wash. Great for a fall hike!

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View of Bead Lake below from a rock cliff overlooking the Colville National Forest in NE Washington.

Inland NW Trail & Outdoor News: Fall 2022

The Trailhead — Info and updates about trails and outdoor recreation around the Inland Northwest for Fall 2022.

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Man making a turn while water skiing on a lake, with a big spray of water coming from his ski.

5 Things To Never Do at the Lake

From waterskiing without a spotter to jumping from a boat going full throttle, Jim Johnson explains 5 things he learned not to do at the lake.

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person running along an empty roadway with sunset colors on a flat horizon.

When You Keep Running But Not Sure Why

Q&A with a runner who took up the sport during the pandemic about why he started and why—despite definite ups and downs—he hasn’t quit.  

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Illustration of a milk carton with a "Have you seen me?" notice of a lost biker, Wahoo GPS device, and breakfast cereal and banana.

Bike Navigation: 5 Ideas To Not Get Lost

Five ideas for bike navigation, including the best apps and GPS technology, for help to not get lost while cycling.

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Recovering from hip replacement, X-ray of author's bionic hip - radiology image.

Recovering From Hip Replacement 

Writer shares his at-home exercise routine while recovering from hip replacement after a cyclocross race crash.

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Illustration of a man cycling on a speedy road bike with 3 red lightening bolts pointing to his rear-end indicating pain.

Proper Bike Fit Matters: 5 Reasons Why

Learn 5 reasons why a proper bike fit matters and when to schedule an appointment with a professional bike fitter.

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