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

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

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. A graduate of WSU in geology, John has written four adventure books and, most recently, a paddler’s guidebook to the entire 1200 miles of the Columbia River.

John Roskelley at a takeout north of Revelstoke. Photo courtesy of John Roskelley

John Roskelley at a takeout north of Revelstoke. Photo courtesy of John Roskelley

On Sunday, February 19, Roskelley will be sharing images and experiences from his latest book in a presentation titled “The Columbia River: A Paddler’s Recreational Paradise” at the Spokane Convention Center. Whether gliding along in the glacier-fed upper reaches of the Rocky Mountain/Purcell Trench through one of North America’s largest wetlands, paddling hard against an incoming tide below Bonneville Dam, or racing along with a flow of 200,000 cu ft/sec below the White Bluffs in the Hanford Reach, a paddler can experience a lifetime of challenges and experiences on any segment of the Columbia, says Roskelley. “Get to know your river. It has the finest big water, miles of pristine sandy beaches, iconic wildlife refuges, and best of all – it’s in your backyard. Push off; paddle it; you won’t be sorry.”

Kite boarders in the Columbia Gorge upriver from Hood River. Photo: John Roskelley

Kite boarders in the Columbia Gorge upriver from Hood River. Photo: John Roskelley

The presentation is part of the Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo happening all weekend long February 18-19, 2017 at the Spokane Convention Center. Roskelley’s presentation runs from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, and is free with the purchase of a ticket to the Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo ($8 online or $10 at the door). Learn more about the event here. //

Pelicans in the Hanford Reach near the White Bluffs. Photo: John Roskelley

Pelicans in the Hanford Reach near the White Bluffs. Photo: John Roskelley

 

 

 

 

 

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