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Author Archives: Jon Jonckers

Best known as a Senior Writer for Out There Monthly magazine, Jon Jonckers serves on the Board for the Friends of the Centennial Trail and is also an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Shadle Park High School. With a busy wife and two active children, he doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but he does enjoy shooting photos across the Northwest, and his pictures have been published in several national running and climbing magazines.

Washington State Climbing Gets a Sustainable Makeover

Photo by Michael Okamoto.

The Washington Climbers Coalition (WCC) and Access Fund recently launched a multi-year Washington Climbing Conservation Initiative to improve sustainability for popular climbing areas like the Gold Bar Boulders, Index, Tieton, and Exit 38’s Far Side. The Access Fund website reports ...

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Paddleboarders Travel the Full Length of the Spokane River

Photo by Amy McCaffree.

112 miles in four days on a stand up paddle board is pretty badass. Allison Roskelley, Jed Conklin, and Grace Robinson paddled the length of the Spokane River in a four-day adventure that included seven portages, several blisters, and lots ...

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Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow in Washington

Last July, the Outdoor Industry Association published a significant report that revealed that outdoor recreation in Washington State generates 26.2 billion dollars in annual spending. “These numbers show that when we invest in public land, the payoff comes not only ...

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Fleet Feet Adds Fit ID to Spokane Stores

Not only did Fleet Feet Spokane recently celebrate their fifth anniversary, but they also just added Fit ID to their stores. It’s a 3D scanning experience that provides a full scan of your foot in five seconds, measuring everything that ...

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DustBuster Thru-hikes the AT One Year after Finishing the PCT

Photo courtesy of Lauren Nichols.

Two major trails in two years. Lauren “DustBuster” Nichols finished the Appalachian Trail on August 5, just four months and five days after she started. She hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last year with her husband, Travis, and the trip ...

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USA Climbing Competition Headed to Spokane

For the first time ever, USA Climbing will be holding a regional bouldering competition in Spokane on September 30 at The Bloc Yard. This is a significant indoor climbing event and a huge boost for the local bouldering community. Chelsea ...

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Spokane’s Bryanna Petrie Wins the Missoula Marathon

Photo of Bryanna by Mark Petrie.

Apparently, the fifth time is a charm for local runner and coach Bryanna Petrie. She has consistently focused on winning the Missoula Marathon, and, in 2017, she eventually succeeded. “I have raced the Missoula nine times now, five times in ...

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The Harvey Manning Peak Challenge

Over the July 4 weekend, ultra runners Ras Vaughan and Seth Wolpin became the first people to complete the Harvey Manning Peak Challenge, a route linking 18 peaks in the Issaquah Alps on the west side of the Cascades. The ...

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WTA Welcomes a New Executive Director

WTA volunteer trail crew hard at work improving our hiking trails. Photo: Holly Weiler

Earlier this year, the Washington Trails Association (WTA), the state’s hiking trail advocacy and maintenance organization, hired Jill Simmons to be the new Executive Director. “First and foremost, hiking is my happiness; it’s what I love to do most. I ...

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Conservationists Work to Protect Whitebark Pine on Kettle Crest

Close up of Pine bark.

In 2015, the Colville National Forest (CNF) signed the Whitebark Pine Enhancement Project decision that uses vegetation management, prescribed burning, and other methods to help improve growing conditions for whitebark pine on the Colville National Forest. Beginning in July, 2017, ...

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