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Early winter in Stehekin.

Ana Maria Spagna: Just Slide

Friends try not to stare, but they can’t help it. Stop with them at the garage to pick up some motor oil or lag screws, …

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Photo of Summer and Ellen at the 20 mile mark of the Spokane Marathon.

Team Mediocre: Running a Marathon

We shouldn’t have stopped running. The muscles in my legs hardened, and my hands froze into two numb stumps thanks to hours of swinging through …

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Profile photo of Michal "Bird" Shaffer in ski gear.

Give Em’ the Bird: An Alternative Path to a Pro-Skierdom

Most sponsored skiers don’t have the kind of alternative life experiences and down-to-earth philosophical approach to skiing when they start getting paid to do what …

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Photo of author's dog, Grouper, next to mountain bike on trail at the summit of Mount Spokane.

Wild Encounters on Familiar Trails

To escape the crowds and noise on Independence Day this year, I headed up to Mt. Spokane State Park that evening. I picked up two …

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Photo of 18 month old Caleb in baby backpack hanging from a climbing anchor.

Motherhood and the Climber’s Life

Before becoming a mom, I didn’t like to think about the possibility of taking a break from rock climbing goals and pushing my limits, or …

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Photo of tent set up in snow on Mount Chisholm.

Scrambling After a Reminder: Climbing Mount Chisholm

People often go to the mountains because they need something—solitude, maybe, or adventure. For me, on that particular spring weekend, I needed a reminder. That’s …

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MAST: School for Adventurers in the BC Rockies

“Head down! Head DOWN!” the instructor yells across the water. A head bobs out of the river just long enough to gasp for air, then …

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Photo of climbers kicking steps on Kilimanjaro.

Climbing Kilimanjaro: The One-item Bucket List

Some months ago, my friend Scott was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It’s the kind of news that would have me buried in pints of ice …

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Photo of the view from the Mount Spokane Fire Lookout.

Trail Running Trials

I was new to trail running. Before I moved to Spokane, my race of choice was a smooth, flat half marathon. My familiar turf was …

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Photo of sunset over the Palouse.

Learning to Love Old Places in a New Way

I was racing against the sun, and I was losing. My progress up the trail could only be described as an awkward shuffle—half-jog, half-walk. My …

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