Editorial

Shallan selfie photo with Carol in the background tending to a campfire.

Friendship Connections In the Great Outdoors

Time spent in the outdoors strengthens relational bonds and inspires self-discovery and awareness. Personal essay by Shallan Knowles.

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Leashed dog on a trail in front of her owner.

Editorial: To Leash or Not to Leash Your Dog?

In a city or other developed area with people walking and biking on public lands, trails, and roads, keep your dog on-leash.

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Bikes parked at Riverside State Park's Nine Mile Falls Dam area.

Imagine Bikepacking a New “Spokane Trail”

What if Spokane had a long-distance trail encircling the city that connected parks and conservations areas using existing trails & pathways?

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Living Local & Other Silver Linings of the Covid-Era

When the pandemic shut down normal activities, “living local” became more than a quaint notion to strive for and silver linings were revealed.

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Derrick Knowles on his mountain bike, loaded with gear for bikepacking.

Are We Loving Public Lands to Death?

Too much trash, toilet paper, and human waste has followed wilderness-loving masses into our public lands. We all need to follow basic Leave No Trace practices.

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Derrick Knowles on his mountain bike, loaded with gear for bikepacking.

Too Hot: 7 Ways to Do Better for Our Climate

Ways to take more responsibility for our impact on our destabilizing climate. Extreme heat, drought, and wildfires threaten outdoor recreation and much more.

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Person biking on the Centennial Trail that runs alongside the Spokane River.

The Secret Is Out: Welcome to the Inland NW

More outdoor adventurers are moving here from other former outdoor Meccas. They can help make the Inland Northwest a better place to live for all of us.

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The author steelhead fishing on the Columbia River_Photo Jeff Holmes.

A Path Forward for Inland NW Salmon

A proposal for a Columbia Basin Fund could keep salmon from extinction in the Snake River basin, which includes pristine rivers in Idaho, NE Oregon and SE Wash.

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OTO Publisher Derrick Knowles enjoying winter sunshine.

Weathering the COVID Storm

Covid pandemic-associated economic and social disruptions have been a major source of struggle for many families and businesses, and Out There hasn’t been immune to the pandemic’s wrath either.

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