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Bears Ears or Bust

Photo of Utah at sunset.

Getting lost on the way to the trailhead was the first sign that this wasn’t going to be your typical Utah spring break backpacking trip. Eventually we got back on the right road up towards Bears Ears Pass. When the ...

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What the River Says

Photo of paddler on the Spokane River by Aaron Theisen.

The night after celebrating my son’s second birthday along the swift, milky-emerald current of the Spokane River, a bout of insomnia had me phone surfing about rivers, and in particular, the one that runs through our city. The late-night search ...

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Out There Challenge

Team OTM at the end of the Spokane 2 Sandpoint Relay Run.

I sat more and moved less this winter than just about any other time in my life. A hefty work load, learning to be a parent, and an endless plague of family colds meant way less time outside. I joked ...

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Spring Fever

As a kid, flying was easy. Every so often I would simply go to sleep and dreams of lifting off the sidewalk up and over the fence and lilac bushes of my childhood home would take over. I can still ...

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Winter Adventure

I woke up that first morning of the trip to the still dark walls of my tent and the strangest sound I have ever heard in nature. It was well after dark when we arrived at our remote beach-front campsite ...

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Standing Up for the Great Outdoors

No matter who you voted for or how you view the election results, there’s no denying that the United States is more divided now than at any time in recent history. Family members and long-time friends are feuding on Facebook ...

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Saving Trails

Hikers enjoy the sunshine along the Snake River Trail. Photo: Aaron Theisen

An OTM contributor recently informed me (only half seriously, I think) that he didn’t appreciate coverage we gave to a few of his favorite trails via articles in our September issue. More attention to once lesser-known places, the argument goes, ...

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Caution: Pine Needles May be Sharper than They Appear

Our 11-month old son bounced happily in his pack as we hiked along the Bluff. I have spent countless hours biking the trails off of Spokane’s South Hill over the years, but hiking them with an extra 25 pounds of ...

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Time for a Challenge

Running alone at night through North Idaho neighborhoods and farm fields, I finally understood what I’ve been missing by avoiding organized races ever since my last Bloomsday experience decades ago. It was my second leg of the Spokane to Sandpoint ...

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Reimagining Winter

December reminded us just how good winter can be here in the Inland Northwest: knee-deep resort days; cross-country skiing and sledding in city parks; urban fat biking; backcountry ski conditions that get you looking for camper vans on Craigslist; and ...

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