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The Columbia River: A Paddler’s Recreational Paradise (February 19, Spokane Convention Center)

Bruce Hunt paddling near a reactor along the Hanford Reach. Photo: John Roskelley

Author and photographer, John Roskelley, is a dabbler in everything outdoors. In his first half century, John fought his way up four 8,000-meter peaks, including K2 and Everest, plus a plethora of devilishly hard, unclimbed shorter Himalayan faces and ridges. ...

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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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Inland NW Local Holiday Gift Guide: Watersports


This holiday season, OTM makes your shopping easy with our Local Holiday Gift Guide. There’s no need to search far and wide for gifts for your fellow outdoorsy folk and other loved ones who appreciate unique, locally-procured gifts. There are ...

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SUP Wild: Paddleboarding the Idaho Backcountry

There's more than one way to ride a SUP. // Photo: Skye Schillhammer.

It wasn’t until the night before the trip that I started to think about the feasibility of what I had planned. My girlfriend Carly and I were organizing our gear and starting to load our packs. Inside went the normal ...

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No Boat? No Problem—Enjoy the Boating Life Without the Cost

Harry Neff making waves. // Photo: Josh Armstrong.

For three months of the year, the lakes of North Idaho are teeming with swimmers, paddleboards, and a wide range of motorized and nonmotorized boats. Once considered a pastime for the wealthy, boating is now more accessible than ever to ...

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7 Great Paddling Lakes

Photo: Shallan Knowles

WASHINGTON Horseshoe Lake: Members of the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club consider this small lake (128 acres) one of the best for paddling. It’s a designated no-wake lake with a 5 mph speed limit located in Pend Oreille County 4 ...

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Inland Northwest Lake Guide

Paddleboarding around Tubbs Hill on Lake Coeur d'Alene. // Photo: Shallan Knowles

Upon arrival, you first inhale deeply, as your eyes absorb the panoramic view – blue water reflecting sun rays, green trees, brown and gray rocks under your feet, or maybe sand, and perhaps distant mountain peaks. You exhale and then ...

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Teaching Your Child to Water Ski

Remember that joy of sailing behind a boat for the first time? Pass it on. // Photo: Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Water skiing is like swimming, paddling or fishing – introduce it to your kids when they’re young, and they’ll be your water sport buddies for life. I admit I was skeptical when my husband, a couple years ago, suggested our ...

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