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Running Against the Cold

By Ana Maria Spagna No one should have to run in winter. Let’s be clear about that. Skiing should be enough. But. There’s rain on …

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Learning How To Bird

It’s true; I could have lived out my days in birding ignorance. There is no universal obligation to know the names of birds. There are plenty of non-birders out there. But I couldn’t help wondering if there was something wrong with me, some page missing in my book, some memo I failed to read. Maybe bird watching was a natural stage in human development that I was unable to attain.

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Alternatives to Bear Spray: Try Tom Petty

I had never been to Rock Creek without my Missoula-based brother-in-law, and—aside from the Spokane River near my house—I had never fished alone. However, with …

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Lightning, Thunder, and Stuffies

A grayish bluster and biting cool breezed in our faces as we paddled the Priest Lake to Upper Priest Lake Thorofare. My four-year-old mop-haired granddaughter, …

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The Rope and the Line

Allison Roskelley reflects on her relationship with climber Jess Roskelley, who died in a climbing accident April 2019. Jess Fenton Roskelley, my husband and life …

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Learning to Move Through Dance

On the days that I hike, wearing light shoes that I can sense the ground through, I feel myself move differently than I used to. …

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Editorial: The Best Kind of Bike

Two years ago I parked my bike in front of Muv Fitness downtown Spokane. Smoke from nearby fires hung heavy over the city, and a …

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In Praise of Mental Toughness

Before I started working in restaurants again, I spent Saturday mornings running with a group. Now I work nights, wake late. I drink coffee into …

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Photo of the start area at the Lone Wolf Trail Run

This Wolf Is Feeling Low: How Much Is Enough When You’ve Missed Your Goal?

Every runner sets a goal with every race they enter. It may be a time, a ranking, or just to catch the person ahead. If …

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Silhouette of man leaping from one boulder to the next.

Sit on the Bumper and Raise Your Glass

After a hilly run into the Cabinet Mountains, I was sitting in a roadside bar over a plate of pancakes and corned beef hash. Still …

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