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Person overlooking a forested cliff while on a hike.

Winter Is Coming

Our small group of long-time friends arrived one-by-one at our remote, Idaho rendezvous spot. There was good food, cold beers, and socially-distanced catching up around the campfire late into the night. That was the last time I felt well for weeks.   The next morning, I loaded my backpack slower than normal, fighting off crippling fatigue that even a second cup of coffee couldn’t cut through. Shortly after we started hiking, the chills …

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Two kids playing disc golf.

Disc Golf Provides Corona Relief for Area Kids

Spokane, Wash.  “We have a whole bunch of Spokane-area students who missed their disc golf sessions in schools and have been sitting around for months and need to get out of the house,” says Erin Johnson with the Spokane-based US Youth Disc Golf Association (US/YDGA). “Families need kids to get outside with a challenge and reward, and since …

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A woman taking a selfie with three other men bike riders.

Great American Outdoors

The corona virus pandemic has few silver linings, but one that may be the most lasting and positive is the dramatic increase in the number of Americans who have been getting outside. And it’s our vast system of federal, state, and local public lands and parks that make spending time outdoors here in the U.S.A. so easy and enjoyable. Especially here in the West, where the …

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Virtual Fitness Community: 3 Ways to Join

Missing the buoyancy of a crowd? Try some of these online recreation opportunities.  Join a virtual running club. Fleet Feet Spokane aims to help runners reach their goals, with or without a race season.  Compete in a virtual bike race. Bandók Virtual Events focuses on ultra-endurance cycling, like the Tour Divide.   Sign up for a virtual charity run. …

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Two people biking downtown.

Program Encourages Smarter Commutes

You’ve probably noticed there are less cars on the road resulting in less traffic and less air pollution. With fewer cars on the road, it’s easier to go places and less stressful too. “Right now, there are more people teleworking, riding bicycles and walking,” says LeAnn Yamamoto with Commute Smart Northwest. “Let’s continue this movement,” she adds, noting that “biking …

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Six Tips to Help You #RecreateResponsibly

Know Before You Go: Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a plan B.  Plan Ahead: Prepare for facilities to be closed; pack your own food; and bring essentials like hand sanitizer, sunscreen, first-aid supplies, appropriate clothing, water, and a face covering.   Stay Close to Home: This is not the time to travel long …

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A group of people biking on a hill trail.

Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition Urges Caution

The newly formed Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition brings together more than 50 organizations to simplify and amplify guidance for getting outside safely during the COVID-19 era. Brought together under the leadership of Washington Trails Association, outdoor retailer REI, and state land managers, the coalition includes government agencies, nonprofits, and outdoor businesses inspired by a love …

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