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Eastside-Westside I-90 Adventure Detours

Photo by Summer Hess.

Binge driving from Spokane to Seattle and back in a weekend can desensitize us to the beauty of central Washington and the I-90 corridor. But once a year it’s worth tapping the brakes on the east-west blitz. Adding a day ...

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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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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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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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Climbing Agnes

Photo by Summer Hess.

I kick steps into the early summer snow, aiming for the saddle before sunrise. Our fluorescent yellow tent grows smaller on the col, and steep ridges hem in the skyline. In a few hours the sun will fry the bites ...

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Rock Climbing in Spokane’s Dishman Hills

Photo of climber by Summer Hess.

The summer in my mind is always perfect—obliging weather, tons of time off from work, and a lineup of great partners ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. Tis the season for setting audacious goals and finally crossing ...

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Deep Creek Ravine: Tracking a Jailbreak Flood

Photo of Deep Creek by Tim Connor.

I first encountered Deep Creek the way I suspect most people do: in a car. As Highway 2 makes a beeline west out of Spokane, it passes the main gate to Fairchild Air Force Base. Then, in about the time ...

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Alaska’s 8,500 Foot Gauntlet Ridge

Photo of mountaineer.

In late April, Jess Roskelley and Clint Helander descended Mount Huntington in Alaska after climbing a new route up the mountain. Several alpinists from around the world consider their Gauntlet Ridge route one of the boldest mountaineering achievements in recent ...

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EWU Climbing Competition (May 6)

Photo courtesy Eastern Washington University Climbing Wall.

Eastern Washington University’s Climbing Wall will be holding their annual bouldering competition, the Climbtastic Voyage, on May 6. The event is open to college students from the Spokane and North Idaho area including Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, Gonzaga University, ...

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Earth Day Crag Clean-up and Climbing Community Celebration

The Bower Climbing Coalition, a Spokane non-profit organization that repairs and replaces climbing hardware at local climbing areas and promotes the community and culture of climbing through local events and gatherings, is hosting “Rock The Earth,” a day of climbing ...

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