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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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Exclusion of a Finer Grain

  I move carefully through the rocky Red Banks section on Mt. Shasta after summiting in the early morning. Traversing a little lower to one …

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Photo: Bea Lackaff

Month of Service

The Forest Service lady’s eyes shone like moss agates. “You’d be PERFECT,” she announced, “to be our permit host at Cache Creek—on the Snake River—for …

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