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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Person overlooking a forested cliff while on a hike.

Winter Is Coming

Our small group of long-time friends arrived one-by-one at our remote, Idaho rendezvous spot. There was good food, cold beers, and socially-distanced catching up around the campfire late into the night. That was …

An american flag flying on top of a mountain.

Public Land for The People

Across the Northwest, Native American tribes are designing, funding, and implementing programs that bring back wildlife and conserve their traditional lands and cultural heritage.

A woman taking a selfie with three other men bike riders.

Great American Outdoors

The corona virus pandemic has few silver linings, but one that may be the most lasting and positive is the dramatic increase in the number of Americans who have been …

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