Maybe you noticed the name change we snuck into this latest issue. It’s certainly not huge, but we figured we’d better explain. Two years ago Out There Monthly combined a couple of issues (Oct/Nov and Jan/Feb), meaning for the past 24 months, we have really been Out There “almost monthly.” And there’s the fact that we now publish more online-only content (check out our new website); send out a badass, bi-monthly Adventure Email with cool event and outdoor adventure ideas (sign up on the home page of our new website); and we now put on two outdoor recreation-themed events. If you haven’t made it to one of them yet, mark your calendar for the 2nd annual Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo at the Spokane Convention Center Feb. 24-25, and the 4th annual Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival at Camp Sekani Park on the Spokane River July 7. All of these changes and additions meant it was time for a little name update. Happy New Year Out There Outdoors!

When we took over the reins of Out There nearly five years ago, we put a lot of energy into making sure the print publication included inspiration, useful information, and trip ideas to help a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts get outside more—from hardcore skiers, mountain bikers, and hikers, to casual Centennial Trail riders and joggers, urban hikers, river tubers, and even those of you whose idea of outdoor adventure involves some combination of a cooler, camp chair, fishing pole, and barbecue. And our events have become the best way to further our quest to bring together a diverse collection of the Inland Northwest outdoors community to connect with one another in a personal and fun face-to-face setting.

When late February rolls around, come check out our next event: the Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo. It’s the place to experience a huge gathering of our region’s diverse outdoor recreation community and celebrate the warmer months and activities that will be here before you know it.  With nearly 60 exhibitors, bike shops, travel destinations, and outdoor clubs and organizations; tons of cool clinics, presentations, and activities for kids and adults; and hourly gear giveaways, the Great Outdoors & Bike Expo will be, as we say, the most outdoor fun you’ll have inside all year long.

Buy tickets early to score one of three outdoor experience bonus deals free with the first 1,000 tickets sold: a 2-for-1 stand up paddleboard rental from Fun Unlimited, a free Wild Walls climbing pass, or a 2-for-1 pass to Silver Mountain Bike Park. Stop by the Out There Outdoors booth and we’ll see you at the Expo Feb. 24-25! Spokaneoutdoorexpo.com. // (Derrick & Shallan Knowles, publishers)