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To Hell and Back: Traversing Hells Canyon

Photo: Derrick Knowles

Nobody knows where Hells Canyon first got its name. Some say its origins date back to the area’s first European explorers, who found the canyon to be impassible after one of their men drowned and several canoes were lost in ...

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Support Your Local Refuge—Get Involved with the Friends of Turnbull

Miles of mellow hiking await at Spokane's closest wildlife refuge. // Photo: Jon Jonckers

Friends of Turnbull supports the education mission of the wildlife refuge by engaging volunteers to help with educational and conservation programs, including environmental education outreach to school groups on and off the refuge. The refuge’s environmental education program increases environmental ...

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Sherman Point Loop (Sherman Creek Wildlife Area)

Early spring views along Lake Roosevelt. // Photo: Holly Weiler

The first time I visited the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area, I was delighted by what I found in a location I have never seen described in local guidebooks. Sherman Creek is roaring in the springtime, and with its low elevation, ...

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Mount Rainier Moves to Online Permit Reservations


Mount Rainier National Park has announced a new permit process for 2017. Users will now be able to request wilderness camping and climbing permits online. In an effort to preserve the quality of hiker experiences as well as fragile ecosystems ...

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Pend Oreille County Celebrates Return of Tundra Swans at Annual Festival (March 4)

Swan spotting in Pend Oreille County. Don't miss the Tundra Swan Festival March 4. (Sponsored Post)

The Winter Solstice has past, and Old Sol returns. The bitter cold temperatures of January and February have been endured. Thankfully, colorful seed catalogues once again choke the post office boxes. And the tundra swans are coming!  The Pend Oreille County Tundra Swan Festival ...

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Geocaching 101 — Free Clinics February 18-19

Cache Advance co-founder Lisa Breitenfeldt will be offering three free geocaching clinics

What is geocaching? Check out this short video here to learn more, and then sign up for one of three “Geocaching 101” clinics at the Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo February 18-19. The clinics, which are free with your ...

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Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

Snowy Owls lay eggs over many days, usually with a day or more between each, resulting in youngsters of various ages, a hedge when food is unpredictable. Photo courtesy of Paul Bannick

Award-winning photographer Paul Bannick will be in Spokane Sunday, February 19, to present a new program featuring video, sound, stories from the field, and several dozen images from his new book, “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American ...

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Out There Contributor Ammi Midstokke to Give Talks at Great Outdoors & Bike Expo (Feb. 18)

Ammi 2017

Sandpoint-based writer, adventure mom, nutritional therapy practitioner, and Out There Monthly columnist Ammi Midstokke will be giving two presentations on Saturday, February 18 as part of the Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo. Her first talk, titled “Nutrition for Hikers, ...

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Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo: As Much Outdoor Fun as You Can Have Inside


Don’t let the indoor setting fool you at this new outdoor recreation event at the Spokane Convention Center February 18-19, 2017. Discover fun, entertaining and engaging activities at this two-day celebration of all the awesome outdoor recreation and travel opportunities ...

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Sandpoint Could Get New Community Forest & Trails

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For a town that is surrounded by outlying national forests and public lands, Sandpoint has only a few undeveloped natural areas that are close by and available to city residents without a lengthy car ride. That could be about to ...

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