Outdoor Living

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25 Winter Adventures

From backcountry skiing to ice fishing, from beginners and fair-weather folks to adrenaline junkies and long-time experts, our list of winter adventures near and far …

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Photo of skier in the Mt. Spokane Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program at Mt. Spokane by Aaron Theisen.

Adaptive Outdoor Sports Options in the Inland Northwest

Invigorating exercise can be accomplished locally with adaptive Nordic skiing at the easily-accessible and groomed Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. Current grooming conditions: 509-363-5418 Another option …

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Washington State Trails Coalition Conference Recap

Wenatchee hosted the 2018 biennial statewide conference for the Washington State Trails Coalition. Over 250 trail leaders from businesses; non-profits; and municipal, county, state, tribal …

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Why You Should Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

During my first Idaho Christmas, we lived on kidney beans and celery in a camper that sat directly on the cold snow. We slid around …

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10 Ways to Make the Holiday Season Magical

With silent, moonlit nights, sparkly snow crystals, snowflakes that stick to your nose and eyelashes, nature’s beauty inspires wonder, awe, surprise, delight, nostalgia, and love. …

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75 Gift Ideas From Local Spokane Shops

Spend less time shopping and more time on our local trails and mountains. Our annual list features unique and outdoors-inspired gift ideas from locally-owned shops …

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Snowmaker turning water into snow on Schweitzer Mountain.

Outdoor Adventure in the Age of Climate Change

Sally Phillips is concerned. As one of Spokane’s longtime leading cycling advocates, as well as a board member for Spokefest—the Inland Northwest’s largest bicycle ride, …

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Working in the Field as a Restoration Ecologist

So much of the Pacific Northwest’s public lands and backcountry are located east of the Cascades. With the help of five outdoor enthusiasts, some who …

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Photo of horses carrying out packs of bull elk through snow covered trees in the Frank Church Wilderness area.

Protecting and Hunting the Wild West

So much of the Pacific Northwest’s public lands and backcountry are located east of the Cascades. With the help of five outdoor enthusiasts, some who …

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What to Know Before Installing A Home Solar System

Some think that installing solar panels on your home only makes sense if you live in Nevada or the sunny southwest. Not true. Spokane’s solar …

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