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How to Fail in a Satisfactory Manner While Skiing in Glacier National Park

Step One: Have success on a recent outing. In our case, Kevin and I had enjoyed delicious corn skiing on four ski descents the day …

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How to Avoid Bears

The bears in the Inland Northwest usually keep to themselves high in the mountains, but this summer was hot, which meant the huckleberries expired more …

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Why I Run

Ten years ago, my wife and I brought our two boys up north from California’s Central Valley to Spokane. We bought a house that happened …

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Climbing with Anna

We summited Prusik Peak on the most perfect day in The Enchantments this season, with temperatures in the mid-60s, light breezes, cobalt skies and only …

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If You’re Lucky Enough To Live At the Lake, You’re Lucky Enough

A friend of mine has a sign in his house which reads, “If You’re Lucky Enough To Live At the Lake, You’re Lucky Enough.”  As …

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Lost in the Kettle River Range

It’s difficult to imagine hiking without my hairy beast, a lab-boxer dog named Rosco (P. Coltrane). Rosco’s enthusiasm for trail running, hiking, swimming, and a …

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Cyclist crossing Monroe towards Kendall Yards.

How to Write about Bikes and Cars

As a cyclist and a motorist who is also a teacher of writing, I can’t help but notice two rather curious things about how newspapers …

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The Making of an Outdoorsy Indoorswoman

It turns out I’m not the person I thought I was. Not exactly, anyway. For years, I’ve described myself with a term coined by a …

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Phenology is the study of timing in nature. When the ice melts. When flowers bloom. When aquatic insects emerge. Photo: Bea Lackoff

Phenology of People’s Park

Come Spring, when the landscape unfolds in joyless, tattered, soggy and down-trodden greys and browns, I search for the shine of soft, silvery pussy willows. …

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The Best Worst Day of the Season

It was Saturday March 1, the day before the Spokane Nordic 20/30/50K Challenge Loppet, and I was at Mt. Spokane setting up in the Selkirk …

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