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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

Essay by Kirby Walke about bridging the rural/urban outdoor recreation divide and connecting with others who love the great outdoors.

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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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