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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

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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

Morning along the S2S course near Sandpoint, Idaho.

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

Nordic skiers heading out from the mid-mountain village at Silver Star Mountain Resort

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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When Things Fall Apart


Being readers more than TV watchers, after the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut this past month, we read the sickening details on our phones and shuddered and boiled with anger like many others all across the world. It’s ...

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Urban Outdoors

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We were working late on this October/November double issue of Out There from our home office when an after-dark knock on the front door rattled us away from our computers with some bad news. In our always exciting corner of ...

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Fire on the Mountain

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

When I look at the maps of the fires that are still burning as we go to print, vivid images of pre-fire places come to mind: small, tight-knit mountain communities; out-of-the-way trailheads and campgrounds; vast expanses of pine, sage and ...

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