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Steven Gnam en route for a weeklong trip into the mountains to photograph wildlife and landscapes in midwinter. Photo courtesy of Steven Gnam

Growing Up With Wild Connections — An Excerpt from “Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies”

My roots in the Crown of the Continent go as deep as my first wobbly steps on Earth. My folks came to the heart of …

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For many of us who like to play outside, it can be a hard sell to come indoors and run on a treadmill. However, there can be many benefits to gym training, not to mention types of gyms that will suit your own health needs. Photo: Fiona Hicks

Surviving (and Loving) the Gym This Winter

I used to think the only reason to go to a gym was if you were in prison – for fitness and so the guy …

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Reflections From Under a Mother &#%!@?! Rock

I try to have a pretty Buddhist approach to my life, you know, except the part about not eating animals. By and large, I try …

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"That first Out There Monthly cover story, 'Downtown Kayak Park: Impossible Dream?' captured attention and got people excited too. It also stirred up the waters of local river politics a bit."

Ten Years Out There

It’s hard to believe that Out There Monthly has been around for a decade. I had to round up a copy of the first issue …

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The author strolling through the wilds of Widow Mountain. Photo: Fred Rabe

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

On September 3, our nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It wasn’t a smooth or easy process to create and pass a …

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I rolled out of camp on Saturday morning a little after eight. There were blue skies, the sun was reflecting off the peaks, and I was finally on my bike. Photo: Simon Hartt

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun-Road

The seed was planted a few years ago when my dad and I rode our motorcycles into Glacier National Park. As we followed the two-lane …

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The possibilities for arranging our daily lives in a way that maximizes enjoyment of the remarkable number of outdoor recreation opportunities we have so close at hand is only limited by our own creativity.

Summer Adventure Close to Home

I use to make a list of outdoor trips I wanted to do each year. Sometime in the middle of winter, my vitamin D deficient …

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Susan is getting to know Baby, a 3 year old lab/chow mix, at the Spokane Humane Society. Photo: Brad Naccarato

Finding that Perfect Outdoor Dog at the Shelter

Companionship is a primary need for most people. We seek it in various ways, but nothing quite fills the void in our hearts like the …

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When we use a name, we enter into a conversation about the land, its people, its practices, its traditions. Photo: Antonio Mora

The Onomastics of the Outdoors

Onomastics is the study of names, and when we go outdoors, we can’t help but become onomatologists. Names are hardly inconsequential. Each tells a story. …

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Dawny wogging through Riverfront Park. Photo: Hank Greer

From Big to Big Inspiration: One Woman’s Fitness Transformation

Many people would be short of breath if they tried to match Dawny Taylor’s brisk pace during her morning “wog” on the Centennial Trail. She …

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