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FromTheEditor: So Many Summer Trips, So Little Time Working on this issue of OTM was painful. Not because the writing, editing, and other work was especially hard. No, I learned that writing about so many cool summer adventures – ones I’ve been dreaming about for far too long and others I haven’t had time for in years – while being stuck behind a computer on deadline requires a level of mental fortitude I’m apparently still not accustomed to. And it seems to be getting worse as summer approaches. As a kid, I remember the excitement starting to build in early June as another year in a classroom was coming to an end. Summer meant freedom – whole days, weeks, and months of it – out in the sunshine in the woods, fields, garden rows, and

horse and cattle pastures of the Spokane Valley. There were the pivotal benchmarks of summer like the last day of school, the opening of our pool, and the first food rolling in from our vast garden spread. But the summertime experience that always represented the zenith of summer was the lead up and execution of family summer vacations. Preparations for these trips, at least filtered through the haze of childhood memories, was a ritual of cleaning, organizing, and finally packing of the truck camper and trailer. I remember struggling to contain my enthusiasm for the approaching trip, spending many hours holed up in the camper days in advance of our departure – relishing in the distinctive smells of musty camp

gear, gasoline, sun-bleached curtains and camper bedding – waiting with such intense, bridled exhilaration for that moment when the old Ford engine would fire and the wheels would roll right out of that familiar driveway and grid of streets that was home. Our summer trips were simple, fun, and to my childhood imagination, full of adventure and mystery. We explored the Oregon and northern California coasts from one end to the other. Walking beaches, wandering rainforest trails, and living the good life around the campfire. We took trips to lakes and rivers around the Inland Northwest, casting for trout, hiding from bears, and burning marshmallows and hot dogs on open

flames. One year, we headed north through British Columbia and spent a day touring the now closed “Fintstones” themed Bedrock City park. Those trips, and the impact the many subtle experiences had on me, were profound. When I look ahead to this summer’s adventures, with anxious anticipation, I know where it comes from. So many amazing places and outdoor experiences to be had, yet so little time. There’s a word in German, fernweh, that means being homesick for a place you’ve never been. I get that a lot these days. // ------------------------------------------------------derrick knowles, editor

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OutThereNews Spokane Vintage Bicycle Swap June 14 Vintage bicycles from the 1880s to 1980s will descend on the Swamp Tavern June 14 for the 5th annual Spokane Vintage Bicycle Swap and Show. Browse bikes at the swap and learn about the world of vintage bicycles from some of their biggest fans. With interest in vintage bicycles on the rise, the show and swap, which is held along with the Swamp Stomp vintage car show, has grown every year. “Some people are into vintage bikes because

they’re looking for a cool retro bike and others are just nostalgic for bikes they had or wanted as a kid,” says swap organizer Jeff Taylor. “The vintage cruiser rides that Josh from Time Bomb organizes on the first Sunday of every month seem to have really helped draw attention to vintage bikes.”Taylor says there will be 40 or more vendors at the swap along with live music and food vendors, with beer and other beverages available inside the Swamp Tavern. More info: //

100-Month Big Rock Climbing Streak

On May 3, 2014, Eric Barrett climbed to the summit of Big Rock for the 100th month in a row. The massive granite spire due south of Tower Mountain in Spokane Valley is the center of the Rocks of Sharon climbing area and part of the Dishman Hills Conservancy. A few years ago, Barrett set a goal to climb Big Rock at least once every month for a year, but pretty soon the streak grew into a challenging adventure. During the hundred-month period, Barrett co-authored a climbing guide for the area, and established over two dozen first ascents. Because Barrett climbed in every season, he experienced Big Rock in

every imaginable condition including deep snow, howling winds, and slick icy glaze. On at least six occasions, he celebrated New Year’s Day with a handful of friends on the summit of Big Rock. Although he insists that his 100th consecutive monthly ascent is the end of the streak, most of his closest climbing friends believe he will continue to climb there as often as possible – it just might be 32 or 33 days between ascents. The climbing guide book “Climbing the Rocks of Sharon” is available at Mountain Gear and Wild Walls in Spokane. All proceeds benefit the Dishman Hills Conservancy.// (Jon Jonckers)


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Equestrians from around the region now have access to a new equestrian campground on the site of the former Trail Town riding stables in Riverside State Park. While public trail rides are no longer available, the project is a huge improvement for people with their own horses and mules. The 16-site primitive campground is already in use. Each campsite has a one-horse corral, a picnic table, running water, and fire pit. There are two ADA accessible campsites and an ADA accessible ramp. The camp accesses over 100 miles of park riding trails through forest, marshes, and along the Spokane River. While most of the trails are shared with hikers and bikes, there is an area dedicated for equestrian use only. Work has also been completed on a 140 by 240 foot open horse arena, a 60 foot diameter round pen for warming horses, and an announcer’s stand. The next phase is to put in bleachers, footings and a day use picnic area. “The arena will be used for 4-H events, rodeos, dressage, clinics, and other

events. This will be the premier destination arena in the Inland Northwest,” says Cherie Gwinn, Program Specialist for Riverside State Park. Generous grants from the Riverside State Park Foundation, the Johnston Hanson Foundation, and donated materials from Ziggy’s Building Materials got the ball rolling. The Back Country Horsemen helped build the arena, and more community support came from Friends of the Centennial Trail, Fairchild AFB, the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts. The arena is scheduled to be completed by the first of June. To get there from the intersection of Government Way and Ft. George Wright Blvd., go north on Government Way for about two miles until you see the horse silhouette sign, take a right and follow this road to the Equestrian Campground. Dogs and alcohol, enjoyed responsibly, are okay in the park. To schedule an arena event or a stay in the Equestrian Campground, call Cherie Gwinn (509)465-5066. //

New Kaniksu 50 Ultra and Ruck Relay Race

The Kaniksu 50 is a new 50 mile point to point endurance run and memorial relay ruck race held in Northeast Washington’s Colville National Forest. Set for June, 28, the race course travels through the Selkirk Mountains over 38 miles of single track hiking and motorcycle trails and 12 miles of forest roads with over 10,000 feet of elevation gain, making it one of the most difficult 50 milers in the state. If ultra running isn’t your thing, organizers are also hosting the Emory Corwine Memorial Ruck Race on the same course. The ruck race is a five team member relay where each member completes a leg of the course carrying a ruck (aka backpack) weighing at least 35 pounds. The event is personal on multiple levels for Race Director Austin Reed. “As an ultra runner, finding gnarly trail races east of the Cascades can be a chore, but working as a survival instructor for the USAF I get to experience the raw beauty and awesomeness of the Colville National Forest every month.” Directing an ultra race has been a dream of Reed’s since 2011, so organizing a long, tough run through the woods where he spends so much time was a natural fit.

The ultra and the memorial ruck relay also have special significance to Reed for a different reason. “On June 2012, my friend and colleague Emory Corwine passed away in a motorcycle accident in Airway Heights,” he says. “It was a tragic event that shook our career field to its core. Emory was a truly awesome dude and finding an appropriate way to honor his life was difficult.” After sitting around with some co-workers, they came up with the ruck relay race idea, where all the proceeds would go to a charitable foundation that provides support, scholarships, and tragedy assistance for families of USAF Rescue Heroes who are killed or wounded during operations. “Marrying my passion for ultra running and honoring our friend was a crazy concoction which resulted in The Kaniksu 50 & Emory Corwine Memorial Ruck Race,” says Reed. “It is the only race in the world to offer a 50 mile trail race and a 50 mile memorial ruck relay, and it’s open to everyone who is willing and able, so do yourself a favor and try something different!” More info at: All proceeds from both races go to “That Others May Live Foundation.” //

Ava Bloom, 13, of Spokane, competes in the 2014 Youth Sport Climbing Series Regional Competition at The Source Climbing Center in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Representing the Spokane Climbing Association, Ava Bloom placed 7th in the Female Youth C division and qualifies to compete in the Divisional Championships in San Francisco on June 14, 2014. Photo: Peter G. Williams


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Get your paddling arms in shape and mark your calendar. A new and improved version of the Spokane River Canoe Classic is returning this year as the Spokane River Classic on August 23. The Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club has partnered with the Spokane River Forum to recreate this 25 plus year event in several significant ways. Three goals were identified by organizers: To increase event visibility in the community, offer options for both family oriented and competitive paddlers, and to foster an awareness of safe paddling near power generating facilities. Since a majority of paddling is now enjoyed in kayaks and to an increasing degree by stand up paddleboards, organizers decided it was time to overhaul the event. Event planners also opted for a venue closer to the downtown core which showcases the remarkable vitality of the expanding University District along the river. The Classic will utilize the newly developed McKinstry river access near the intersections of

Hamilton and Trent for all event staging and festivities. Participants can choose from two courses: a 1.3 mile “citizen’s” course with a turnaround at the Division Street Bridge or a 5.4 mile “endurance” course with turnarounds at the base of the Crestline Street riffle upriver and the Division Street Bridge. Both venues will have a fun-towatch technical buoys segment between the Don Kardong and Trent Street bridges. Community awareness of the event will be greatly enhanced since both courses are within view of the Centennial Trail and numerous pedestrian bridges. Food trucks and a beer garden featuring River City Brewery products, including non-alcoholic root beer, will be available for participants at the McKinstry access area. Major sponsor Mountain Gear is donating one thousand dollars in prizes to participants. It’s $20 per person to enter with proceeds benefitting Spokane River access projects. More info: //


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Thirteen Mile Trail #23 (Kettle River Range, Wash.) Begin this hike just off the pavement at the rustic Thirteen Mile campground at the southern edge of the Colville National Forest. There’s no chance for a warm-up on this one, as the trail wastes no time in ascending a rocky gorge along a tumbling creek. Watch for seasonal waterfalls on the surrounding cliffs, and marvel at the sheer size of the Ponderosa pines along the route. Occasional signs still indicate the trail’s former use as a stock driveway for livestock on their way to market. After the initial climb, the trail begins its more moderate and meandering route through open grasslands interrupted at times by stands of old growth ponderosa pine. In June, the wildflowers erupt in a riot of colors: from the ground-hugging and delicate-looking bitterroot blooms on the rocky outcroppings, to purple and blue patches of shooting stars and larkspur along seasonal seeps, to the camouflaged mountain lady slippers in the shade of the trees, there’s plenty to see for botanists and photographers alike. Peak baggers will need to cross Forest Service road 2054 at approximately the five mile mark to reach the namesake peak and former fire lookout site at about eight miles, but any place along this trail makes for a good picnic site before turning back to retrace the route. The trail is open to hiking as well as mountain bike and equestrian use. Keep dogs under control, as rattlesnakes, bears, and wolves are known to inhabit the area. //

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before Republic, take Hwy 21 south. Travel approximately 13 miles to the trailhead and free campground on the east side of the highway.


Summer Adventure Camps for Kids // There are only 10 weeks between the summer solstice and Labor Day this year – what is your kid’s bucket list of fun? Here are some ideas. Scholarships and special discounts are available for many of these camps, so be sure to ask.

Spokane Parks & Recreation Outdoor recreation-based experiences, especially those in a wilderness setting, both challenge and inspire youth while molding positive character traits, according to Recreation Supervisor Ryan Griffith. Kids can hike, kayak, bike, standup paddle board, canoe and more. Here are the various day camps offered this summer – first session begins June 23rd. See website for full details and session dates ( Discounted pricing available by phone when registering your child for three or more weeks (509-625-6200). • Outdoor Teen Adventures (ages 12-15, $219-$175 per week). Recreation and leadership-building opportunities combine for a diverse week of fun and challenges. • Youth Outdoor Adventures (ages 8-11, $219 per week, includes t-shirt and daily lunch). Three different program options: All Adventure Camp (3 sessions, includes challenge course, hiking, biking, kayaking, survival skills); Biking Skill & Education (2 sessions, must bring own bike and helmet); and Wild & Wacky Waters (3 sessions). Peak 7 Adventures While Peak 7 Adventures is busy with guiding trips in collaboration with local and regional non-profits that serve under-privileged youth, this faith-based

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outdoor adventure organization also sponsors its own stand-alone programs for the general public, for a variety of age groups. More info: contact Becky Beacham at or 509-252-0775. • Father-Son Rafting Trip on the Grand Ronde River (ages 13+, June 25-29, $275). Five days to bond with your boy! Trip includes transportation, food, rafting gear and equipment. • Rock Climbing Training, Minnehaha Climbing Area (ages 13+, July 16, $35, gear provided). Learn to rock climb in a day, with 4-5 hours of climbing time. Instruction includes: climbing safety, techniques and movements, basic climbing knots, climbing commands, ethics/LNT, top rope belay techniques, climbing ratings and a basic gear introduction. Bring own lunch and water. • Backpacking the Okanogan National Forest (ages 13-18, August 11-15, $250). A five-day backpacking trip with Peak 7’s highly experienced guides who are trained in wilderness medicine, CPR and mountaineering. Transportation, equipment and food for the trip’s duration provided. More info: Alex Nycum, or 509-2520775. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center Open year-round for students throughout Eastern Washington, the WVOLC is offering “Primitive Wilderness Skills: Surviving in Our Backyard” as one of its tributaries-themed day camps for grades 5-7. Campers learn primitive wilderness skills and the ecology of the Little Spokane River Corridor through activities such as nature journaling, shelter

building, archery, tracking, local animal and plant identification, and fire building. Camp culminates in a canoe trip down the Little Spokane River. More info: Art of Nature Summer Camp Sponsored by the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, this second annual day camp in Coeur d’Alene for kids grades 2-6, July 14-18, combines art, science and nature adventures. The camp includes different daily nature themes with related activities, including art projects, swimming, hiking, exploring, and community service. More info: Cougar Kids Camp Great Outdoors Week is the theme at this day camp based at the Washington State University campus in Pullman July 14-18. Children entering grades 3-6 will learn Leave No Trace principles at Kamiak Butte as well as other skills, such as campsite setup and outdoor cooking. There’s an overnight campout at South Fairway Playfield July 18. More info: Twin Eagles Wilderness School Twin Eagles Wilderness School aims to foster community for families and people of all ages through authentic experiences and personal, deep connections with nature. Offering programs in both Spokane and Sandpoint, Twin Eagles offers wilderness survival and primitive skills, wildlife tracking, and education and experiences with other subjects, from wild edible and medicinal plants to bird lan-

guages. More info: • Themed Day Camps: Wilderness Survival / Nature Ninjas / Woodland Archers (ages 6-13 or 8-14, $245 per session). Sessions in Sandpoint and Spokane begin June 16. • Overnight Camp at Medicine Circle Eco-Retreat, Priest River, Idaho (ages 10-13, July 20-25, $595 or ages 13-18, July 28-Aug 3, $695). • Day Camp for Preschoolers (ages 3-6, $165 per session): Meets four hours daily; one June session in both Sandpoint and Spokane. Pioneer Camp at Camp Spalding Located on 500 wooded acres by Davis Lake near Newport, Wash., this Christian camp offers a pioneer themed camp experience that includes camping in an authentic 18’ Sioux tipi, meals cooked over an open campfire, and a hike to an overnight campsite. There are different sessions for various school-age groups, starting with second grade ($210-415). More info: Schweitzer Adventure Camp Schweitzer Mountain Resort is offering six weeklong camp sessions that include a mix of activities, from chair lift rides, climbing on the wall, swimming, hiking, play mining at the Sluice Box, and other games and activities. Dani Demmons, Schweitzer’s Activity Manager, says that camp at Schweitzer is all about exploring the mountain environment through playful adventure. Sessions include transportation from the bottom of the mountain and snacks and run between July 7 and Aug. 15 ($165 per session for ages 6-11). More info: //

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Celebrate 75 years with Kaniksu Ranch Family Nudist Park Safe Family Fun in a beautiful and serene mountain setting. Special events all summer! We offer Bocce, Pickleball, Volleyball, Shuffleboard and more! Nature hikes and biking on miles of forest trails. Enjoy the pool, hot tub and sauna. A treat of a retreat! Events peak in July to celebrate our 75th Anniversary. July 18—DJ Dance to the Rapid Transit Road Show. July 19 LIVE- The Angela Marie Project. And then, The 30th “Original” Bare Buns Fun Run ® weekend with two more dances, E2 DJ on Friday July 25, and LIVE The Other White Meat Band on July 26, followed by the internationally famous Fun Run on Sunday. New children’s playground and activity pavilion in July. Just 40 miles north of Spokane Call (509) 233-8202 For more information or reservations for rooms or camping Rooms in the Lodge Weekend activities Over 70 RV and Campsites Website:

GearRoom Eagle Creek Pack-it system // Once you become a parent, it seems you’ll never travel light again. Which is why I feel foolish for not realizing sooner how wonderful and life-changing it would be to use packing cubes. I was able to easily fit a week’s worth of clothing, including swimwear and sandals, for my children and me into one large checked bag for our spring break airplane trip. The secret? Following the Eagle Creek plan. This means rolling and compressing each individual clothing item and aligning it all in a two-way zippered cube to maximize compression. It’s as easy as using store-bought baby food. The original style Pack-It Cube set contains three different sizes (regular, half and quarter), and comes in different colors, which makes it easy to organize by traveler: My son had blue, my daughter had red, and I had green cubes. The three large cubes fit perfectly on the bottom row of my hardbottomed, wheeled duffel bag. And once we were at our destination, it was easy for us to keep track of our clothes. And when I say “us,” I really mean me, the Mom. Actually, my 4-year-old son kept track of his stuff because he knew what each of his blue cubes contained. Eagle Creek’s ultra-lightweight Specter Cubes

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are made from water-resistant silnylon fabric (think tent material but more translucent). I used the cube and half cube for sorting items in my carry-on bags, such as spare clothes for everybody. Looking forward to using these on my family’s next camping trip. The best part about the Pack-It system is that I could pack in advance and easily modify contents stressfree – even the night before departure – because there was finally a method to the madness of packing for my kids plus myself. On previous trips, I used either labeled gallonsized Ziploc plastic bags or no organization system at all. But the downfall of Ziplocs is that clothes can’t compress as much and the bags’ seals wear out too quickly. I’ll never go back to the old way of packing, especially when traveling with children. While the initial price is more than a box of Ziplocs, my family can keep reusing these durable, washable cubes for years. I recently loaned my cubes to a friend who is packing for her three sons – age 10 months to five years – for a two-week trip that includes multiple destinations, two airplane itineraries and a rental car. Using these cubes will make her a happier mama. // (Amy Silbernagel McCaffree)

Selk’bag New 4G Lite: Perfect for Mild Northwest Summers The idea of wearing your sleeping bag may take some getting used to, and the new Selk’bag Lite version, which comes in at an affordable $99, is the right price to tempt casual campers and serious car campers alike to try it for themselves. That’s really what it takes to appreciate the snug warmth and freedom and flexibility that is a wearable sleeping bag. The 4G Lite is 30% lighter than the previous version, yet it’s built with enough synthetic insulation to excel in Pacific Northwest summer and shoulder season camping conditions down to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Before stepping into my first Selk’bag, I had an elastic baffle down bag that I bought specifically for the enhanced range of movement it offered over traditional, constrictive mummy bags. Selk’bag takes sleeping bag freedom of movement to a whole new level. I’ve had some of my best night’s sleep in years camping out in my Selk’bag. It’s perfect for many summer camping and traveling situations, from car camping, visits to the lake or cabin, music festival camping, short 10

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backpack trips, and even sleeping out in the yard under the stars. The Selk’bag 4G Lite is baffled to stave off cold spots; has reinforced, grip-traction soles for walking around variable surfaces; a quick-access system for freeing your hands; a toasty hood; and large frontentry zippers that make getting in and out of the bag effortless. Scott McDonald with Mountain Gear in Spokane says he keeps his in his vehicle all year round for car-camping and impromptu nights sleeping in the car at a trailhead. “The Selk’bag Lite is a great all-around summer campout bag and justin-case safety precaution to keep with you in your car when you’re traveling,” he says. He also noted that he sometimes wears his around the house in the winter to stay warm rather than turning up the heat. The Selk’bag 4G Lite is available in 3 different colors for $99.99. Kid sizes are $79.99. Check them out at Mountain Gear (2002 N Division St, Spokane). More info at // (Derrick Knowles)

EverydayCyclist Urban Camping on Your Bike // I had a great night’s sleep, and I did not want to get out of bed. I was warmly tucked away in my sleeping bag with only my face exposed to the cold, damp morning. My mustache was wet from condensation. My sub 24-hour overnight (s24o) camping trip at the Riverside State Park Bowl and Pitcher campground was coming to an end. The concept of the s24o, first coined by Grant Peterson of Rivendell Bicycle Works, is simple.

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that overlooked the river. I pitched my tent, unrolled my sleeping pad and bag, and went for a hike. Osprey circled overhead and called to each other. Rafters floated by whooping and hollering when they hit the rapids. Butterflies flitted about. Large bumble bees lumbered just above ground level, stopping occasionally to poke around in the fallen pine needles. Ducks and geese flew low over the rushing water. All that combined with the sound of the rushing

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Osprey circled overhead and called to each other. Rafters floated by whooping and hollering when they hit the rapids. Butterflies flitted about. You load up what you need for a one-night campout. You ride a short distance. You camp out. There’s little planning needed, and it’s okay if you forget something. Doing without for only one day, inconvenient as it may be, is pretty easy. And if things turn really sour, you can pack it up and go home since you’re only a short distance away. It’s a great way to combine spending time outdoors and using your bicycle. In the morning you get up and go to work or go home, depending on the day

river to make a soothing symphony – one that ended with a slight sunburn. I forgot the sunblock. The Bowl and Pitcher overflow area is a great spot for a s24o. Water and bathrooms are close by, and there are numerous sites. Two spots are always reserved for hikers or bikers so even if you go to the Bowl and Pitcher when the campground is full, you should still be able to get to camp if you show up on a bike. Regardless of the campground you go to, expect a primitive site. (The

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of your workweek you took your trip. We in Spokane are fortunate to have the Bowl and Pitcher campground so close to the city. It makes doing an s24o a piece of cake. But that’s not your only option. We also have the Nine Mile Recreation Area, Lake Spokane, and Mount Spokane campgrounds, although they are farther away from the city and have fewer tent sites than the Bowl and Pitcher. The Washington State Parks has a policy to never turn away a hiker or biker. That works in your favor, but expect a primitive site. Those of you in northern Idaho have Round Lake, Farragut, and Heyburn State Parks to choose from. I loaded up my bike on a Wednesday afternoon and reviewed my gear: tent, sleeping pad, small flashlight, sleeping bag, camera, warm clothes, stove, and food. My panniers held most of my stuff and bungee cords secured my tent and sleeping pad to the rack. I leisurely pedaled the five miles to the Bowl and Pitcher. Once there I filled out a camping fee envelope, put $15 in for a hiker/ biker site and rolled on down to the overflow area where I had my choice of campsites. I chose one

Washington State Park online reservation system doesn’t list hiker/biker sites at the Bowl and Pitcher, so if you reserve a campsite online, it will be a regular site and you’ll have to pay full price for it). The Bowl and Pitcher overflow area is away from the regular campsites, so there aren’t many intrusions into your solitude. And if the nearby group pavilion is not in use, then it feels like you have the park and river all to yourself. That Thursday morning I relaxed in my sleeping bag and listened to the birds welcoming the dawn. Finally, reluctantly, I got up. The bathroom was about 100 yards away. There’s something about having a full bladder in cold weather that makes you walk with a real sense of purpose. Returning to camp, I put water on to boil for my tea, and I warmed my energy bar in my pocket to soften it up. After my small breakfast, I broke camp and packed up. One hour after crawling out of my tent I exited the campground and turned south on the Aubrey L. White Parkway. I rode about four miles to work where I showed up with a big smile and slight sunburn. I had just gotten back from a mini-vacation. //

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HealthAndFitness It Takes a Village to Keep Endurance Athletes Healthy Spend much time with an endurance athlete, and two things will likely happen: They’ll attempt to talk you into signing up for a race, and they’ll tell you about their sports-related injuries. Athletes develop a bag of tricks for injury prevention and recovery: foam and stick rollers, stretching, kinesiology tape, R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation), Epsom salt baths, supplements, a stockpile of ibuprofen, and a high-quality sleep schedule. However, even the most fastidious athlete can experience strain, and sports medicine professionals can help not only prevent and recover from injury, but also reach optimal performance. Heidi Peterson, Certified Athletic Trainer at North Spokane Physical and Sports Therapy, says, “We pride ourselves on being behind the scenes.” Athletic trainers help athletes prevent and recognize injuries related to their sport. From the sidelines, they watch athletes perform, recommend adjustments, and rush to the field when something goes wrong. But most of their efforts take place before game day. Peterson makes frequent appearances at recreational events like triathlons, helping athletes prevent slight issues from becoming full-blown injuries. On the spot, Peterson provides informed, targeted exercises that can nip injuries in the bud. “If anything affects an athlete’s ability to participate,” she says, “our job is to either care for them or get them to the correct caregiver and collaborate on that person’s care.” “Collaboration” is a word you’ll hear repeatedly as you speak with sports medicine professionals. “Sometimes I feel like a quarterback,” says Tricia Mack, Physical Therapist at Rockwood Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. “We need to know which professionals to pull in when.” Unlike athletic trainers, physical therapists help patients of all kinds – not just athletes – develop, restore, and maintain movement and physical function. Mack emphasizes that one athlete’s program with one physical therapist won’t necessarily work for another. “We work with athletes and, without breaking their spirit, show them what’s wrong. We then bring them back up and motivate them. The best thing is not that we can make them injury-free, but that we can make them faster by identifying their wasted energy. We convince them to have patience now, which will benefit them in the long run.” Jodi McMahon, Licensed Acupuncturist at Longevity Health Center, agrees that many modalities of professionals contribute to a healthy athlete. “To prevent a whole cycle of events, take care of the issue before it’s really hurting. The longer you wait,

the more out of alignment the body gets.” McMahon specializes in trigger point release, which is geared toward athletes. When a muscle is contracted and doesn’t release, it forces other muscles to respond and compensate. Trigger point release involves using acupuncture points to help contracted muscles relax. “Trigger point release is more effective for athletes than anyone else because they’re working those muscles harder than most people are.” Acupuncturists develop a keen sense of the body. “I call it ‘body mapping’ –knowing what the structure is supposed to feel like. That knowledge only comes with experience.” McMahon understands that some people are doubtful, even fearful. She once questioned acupuncture’s validity herself. “The first time I experienced acupuncture as a patient, I was a complete skeptic. I thought, ‘Aren’t you going to dance around the table or something?’ But I left feeling so much better. After that one treatment, I looked into going to school for it. It was that dramatic of a difference for me.” Mental prevention, like physical prevention, can help athletes perform optimally. Sport psychologists can help endurance athletes develop mental strategies from goal setting and selftalk to mental imagery and controlled breathing. Endurance athletes often hire coaches, but Jon Hammermeister, Sports Psychologist and Professor of Physical Education at Eastern Washington University, explains that “while coaches are usually well-versed in a wide variety of sport-related issues, most are not experts in sport psychology. I have met very few coaches who are also licensed psychologists or Association of Applied Sport Psychology professionals.” The AASP certification is granted to professionals who show competency in performance enhancement, motivation, counseling skills, biomechanics, exercise physiology, professional ethics, and others. Hammermeister distinguishes between clinical psychologists, who address issues like depression and anxiety disorders, and educational sport psychologists, who work with athletes on building mental strength. “Working with a sport psychology professional – even for one or two sessions – can help athletes add some important cognitive techniques to both their training and their race day repertoire.” Injury may be inevitable for endurance athletes, but by building a support team of collaborative specialists, you can spend more time performing at your highest mental and physical level – and less time sidelined in recovery. // By Janelle McCabe

Fuel for thought: eating to keep your brain working Fact: Our brains are much smarter than we are. They operate like some kind of Kasparov of homeostasis, outsmarting our most determined intentions with calculated strategies to (mostly) keep us from killing ourselves. That is pretty much what the legendary bonk is: Your brain’s checkmate move to keep you from depleting your stores of glycogen, lest it run out of enough to fuel its own glucose needs. The closest I ever came to Dumpster diving was a direct result of my brain trying to outsmart me. And possibly my attempt at being an elitist vegan, which is second to being a breathetarian. By mile 15 I was wondering if eating raw squirrel was safe. Somewhere around mile 20 I had considered sucking the salt out of my shirt. At mile 24 I passed a garbage can that had a sandwich box on top. I could hear it calling to me. My brain was telling me I was surely going to die if I passed that stale sandwich. It told me there was probably even some pickle left on it. I was saved by reminding myself that I was a vegan, and a vegan would starve to death before eating mayonnaise.

This experience was only surpassed by the time I went Paleo and tried to run a marathon on cashews. Another fact: Chewing cashews while parched and running is a choking hazard. Also, it is inappropriate to gnaw at plump babies on race sidelines. Eventually, I decided to go to nutrition school and figure out how to eat. Years of research and recipes later, I’ve got a plethora of brain and body fuel ideas to keep you going hard at whatever it is you might be doing. Here’s an energy bar recipe with a healthy ratio of protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals, and electrolytes. They’re a mixture of slow and fast burning goodness for sustained energy and less risk of going cannibal on your biking buddies. It is fuel that tells your brain to tell your body it’s okay to keep going. // By Ammi Midstokke Ammi is the owner of two birds nutrition, where she seeks to find the balance between food dogma and cupcakes. More recipes and ramblings can be found at

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts or almonds (toast these babies up for some real flavor) 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shavings 1/2 cup oats, musli, bran flakes, corn flakes - whatever you’ve got in the cupboard. If you’re paleo, you can use ground or sliced nut mixtures 1/4 cup juice sweetened cranberries 1 cup chunky almond or peanut butter 1/4 cup honey 2 ounces 100% cocoa bar 1 Tsp. sea salt, flur de sel, celtic salt, or otherwise Directions: Melt cocoa, honey, and almond butter in a small sauce pan while stirring. Set aside to cool. Mix all your dry ingredients, then add warm liquid mixture to dry goods. This should make a sticky, crunchy mixture that hardens when it cools. Dump the mixture onto a baking sheet and, using a piece of baking paper, press it into a firm square – be liberal in your squishing or they’ll fall apart later. Set in fridge or freezer to chill. Remove, cut into little squares or bar shapes and wrap with wax paper. They store for weeks in the fridge. Eat them. Share them. Never bonk again. //

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was listed as the most popular outdoor activity among first-time participants. You have a chance to experience the fun during this evening tour on the flat downtown section of the Spokane River. Paddleboards, equipment, and expert instruction all provided. July 30 or Aug. 13 (6-8 p.m.).

School is out, the sun is shining, and everyone is ready for some outdoor fun. This summer, Spokane Parks and Rec is offering myriad different outdoor adventures. No matter your fitness level or outdoor experience, there is a program for everyone. “Spokane has hiking and biking trails for all skill levels and pristine water ways for canoeing and kayaking that are very accessible and affordable through our programs,” says Ryan Griffith, Program Supervisor for Spokane Parks and Rec. “And the greatest part about it, many of these activities are within 15 minutes of most people’s back doors!” Here’s a sampling of some of the many offerings available this summer. Check out the complete summer catalog and register for programs:

For the Rainy Day: Intro to Canning Did you come back from Green Bluff with 90 pounds of tomatoes? Don’t let them go to waste! Learn to stock your pantry the old-fashioned way. Healthy, thrifty, and scrumptious. July 21, Aug. 18, or Sept. 22 (5:30-8:30 p.m.).

paddleboards ready for the river. // Photo: Shallan Knowles

For Families: Family Tandem Biking Tour (root beer floats provided!) An evening tandem bicycle ride on the mostly-flat Fish Lake Trail. Spokane Parks and Rec provides the tandem bicycles, the helmets, and the delicious refreshment at the end! June 26, July 18, Aug. 22 (6-8 p.m.).

and kayaking equipment are provided by REI, with both midday and evening floats available throughout the summer. A great first date! “You really get to know a person when you share a canoe with them,” advises Griffith. Available multiple times throughout the summer.

For the First Date: Float the Little Spokane River The route on this meandering river makes its windy course from Indian Painted Rocks to Nine Mile Dam. Guides, transportation, and canoeing

For the Coffee Lovers: Kayak and Coffee Tour With delicious coffee and pastries from the Rocket Bakery, enjoy the serene and flat water of the upper stretches of the Spokane River. Leisurely, beautiful,

and delicious. July 6, Aug. 3, or Sept. 6 (8-11 a.m.). For the Night Owls: Full Moon Raft Trip Float along the lower Spokane River in the moonlight! No need to wear sunscreen, but keep an eye out for werewolves. July 12 or Aug. 16 (8-11:30 p.m.). For a New Sport: Stand Up Paddleboard Tour Join the revolution! According to a 2013 report from the Outdoor Foundation, stand-up paddling

For the Competitive: Kayak Water Polo For only $5, bring your whitewater kayak to Witter Pool at Mission Park. Practice your techniques in the open pool, and engage your friends in a game of kayak polo. A guaranteed good time! July 24 or Aug. 21 (6:30-8:30 p.m.). For the Post-Expedition Reward: Sunset Dessert Train Are your legs tired from all your outdoor adventures? Treat tired legs with a ride on the Riverfront Park Express as you sample local wines, discounted appetizers from downtown eateries, and enjoy a scrumptious dessert buffet from Celebrations Bakery. Indulgent and fun. July 22 or August 5 (7:30-9:30 p.m.). //

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shoulder-focused world of climbing, and downward dogs stretch the arms, legs and back. “Yoga is beneficial to climbers,” says longtime rock climber Melissa Compton, who is working toward her yoga instructor certification at Mellow Monkey Yoga Studio in Spokane Valley. Besides increasing flexibility, she says, the benefits range from improving mental and core strength to aiding strain and injury with

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Yoga and rock climbing complement each other well, because both deal with facing fears and employ breathing techniques, taking one move at a time, moving from the core, and [creating] a balance of strength and flexibility.” Individual moves will vary depending on the particular climber’s goals, but Zmuda offers a sample workout for those already familiar with yoga practice. //

Noelle Zmuda’s Yoga for Climbers Start with the Cat and Cow Poses to unwind

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restorative poses. “There are many poses in yoga that require engagement with one muscle while relaxing another,” says Compton. “Situations that require moves like this arise often when I’m on the rock.” Noelle Zmuda, who runs Noelle Zmuda Yoga, held frequently at Wildflower Day Spa in Sandpoint, agrees. “Almost all of my rock climbing friends and family also have a yoga practice.

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Yoga for climbers can be active, gentle or a combination of both, depending on whether it is used for cross-training, recovery or just warmup. Climbers have their own rockside rituals, and many stretches will be variations of what yogis recognize from practice. Even in a simple sun salutation, which is probably the most wellknown series of movements in yoga, planks work the chest, which may be ignored in the back-and

the spine. Incorporate standing lunge poses, like Crescent Lunge with Gomukhasana (Cow Face arms) and Warrior 2 with Eagle arms, to open both the hips and shoulders. Try Warrior 2 with Eagle arms and drop your head forward onto your upper arms, letting go in the neck. Cobra and Locust Pose variations or other belly backbends are nice to strengthen the back and open the chest and shoulders. For some gentle seated poses, take Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) or just cross the right shin in front of the left, reach your right arm overhead, and take a sidebend to the left, keeping the hips firm on the floor. Make sure to switch sides and hold for at least one minute. Next, sit cross-legged, take your right arm behind your back, bringing the back of your hand to the smallest part of your left side waist, and then clasp your left hand in your right. Bring your shoulder blades toward each other and drop your left ear toward your left shoulder. Hold for one or two minutes on each side. Finally, for a supine pose, roll your mat (the bigger the roll, the more intense the pose) and place your mat right under your shoulder blades. Cross your arms above your head and grab at about mid-tricep, letting your head drop back into your forearms. Your legs can be resting flat on the ground, or for an added hip opener, take Baddha Konasana (butterfly legs) where the soles of the feet come together and knees come out wide resting on the ground. Finish with Savasana. //

Either stack your knees or cross your legs and take a side stretch toward the leg that’s on top.

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Biking Go Your Own Pace with These Summertime Rides // By Hank Greer I have some neighbors who recently took the leap. They ditched their big box store mountain bikes and invested in some quality road bikes. They say the difference is like night and day. Riding is even more fun now. I’m happy for them because there are lots of opportunities for them – and you – to have fun, taste some wine, eat some food, challenge yourself, and hang out with friends. Check out these summertime rides. There’s a ride for every experience and confidence level and other rides to give them both a boost. Keep those wheels rolling.

I Made The Grade – June 14 in Clarkston, Wash. This is one of the best bicycle climbs in the country. Ride 18 miles and climb over 2,000 feet up the Old Spiral Highway leading out of Clarkston. Yes, children do this ride but don’t do it out of shame. It supports the high school band.!__i-made-the-grade.

Northwest Tandem Rally – July 4-6 in Pendleton, Ore. At the NWTR you will see a boatload of tandems and maybe a couple of triples and quads. A tandem bicycle, sometimes referred to as a marriage validation device, is fun to ride. A tandem not only keeps you fit, it also sharpens your communication skills. Tandem owners know what I’m talking about. BUMP! index1.html.

Spokane Summer Parkways – 6-9 p.m., June 18. This is a four-mile loop restricted to nonmotorized traffic connecting Manito Park and Comstock Park. At 7 there’s a bike decorating contest for everyone to participate in. This neighborhood really gets into the party. Summerparkways. com/about. Ninth Annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic – June 21 in Walla Walla, Wash. Stop by a winery during the ride and then feast on spaghetti and meatballs at the end. Choose from 30, 60, or 100 miles of beautiful countryside.

Bingham County Idaho Relay for Life – June 28 in Harrison, Idaho. This is a small ride, limited to about 25 riders, that supports the American Cancer Society. It’s a great first century because it’s a flat course with no traffic and lots of scenery following the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes from Harrison to Wallace. Moose and eagles and deer! Oh my!

Goldilocks Ride – July 12 in Meridian, Idaho. This ride is just for women. The options include 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 miles of beautiful and relatively flat routes. You can’t help but find the route that’s just right for you. No reports of bears or cold porridge. The Midnight Century – August 2-3 in Spokane. This is an unofficial, unsanctioned, and unsupported ride. It’s all up to you. The ride begins at midnight in Browne’s Addition and


follows a nearly 100-mile loop east to Liberty Lake, southwest to Spangle, west to Cheney, and then back to Spokane. The route is roughly half pavement and half gravel with some challenging climbs and a couple of pretty rough patches. Finishing gets your name on the web site results page and maybe some sort of printed commemorative item 6-8 months later. It’s totally worth it. Great Northwest Fall Tour – August 31 in Newport, Wash. The rides begin at the Newport City Park. You have route options of 15, 30, 50, and 80 miles taking you through the countryside of Pend Oreille County on mostly county roads. The two longer rides have more challenging climbs than the two shorter rides. But you don’t care because you Made The Grade back in June, right?

Blazing Saddles – September 20 in Colville, Wash. The Rotary Club of Colville says they host the best ride in the Pacific Northwest. Route options include 20, 40, 65, and 100 miles. They stagger the start times so most people finish around the same time. Why? Because you finish at Blazing Spoons, also known as the Inland Northwest International Chili Cook-off, in the fairgrounds where your ride wristband gets you free entry. That campfire scene from the movie keeps coming to mind. //

Spokefest – September 7. This is Spokane’s signature social cycling event. About 2,000 riders take part and then join the party in Riverfront Park after the ride. There’s a one-mile loop and Bike Safety Rodeo for children in the park. Everyone else can choose between the 9, 21, and 50-mile routes. Water and food stations are along the way. Doomsday Hill won’t bother you because hills are nothing more than a minor inconvenience to you by now. There’s a lot of bicycle traffic, but that’s a good thing. Ride safe and have fun.

Riders at the 2013 Spokefest.// Photo: Hank Greer

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3 Outdoor Businesses that Call the Inland NW Home // By Brad Naccarato For those who are lucky enough to call the Inland Northwest home, life entails a fantastic fourseason climate, complete with lakes, rivers, mountains and a region that’s virtually bursting at the seams with outdoor adventure possibilities. With all of this recreational opportunity in the region, it’s no wonder that several outdoors-based businesses have chosen to call it their home as well. That’s definitely the case with these three local businesses that specialize in the production of fun – or at least the tools that help people maximize their fun. Having a spectacular backyard to product-test in, each of these area businesses has established strong roots in the region, as well as strong roots in their perspective areas of fun. GSI Outdoors Spokane Valley, Washington // (509) 928-9611 // GSI Outdoors specializes in outdoor cookware. A market leader in the category, GSI makes everything from ultralight backpacking cook-sets to heavy-duty, enamel tableware. GSI was founded in 1985 when Don, Ian and Kathy Scott (siblings) saw an opportunity to bring blue speckled enamelware back into the outdoors market. “The West was settled with the traditional enamelware of the pioneers, and this heritage had not survived into our present day outdoor market,” says Kurt Gauss, GSI’s Director of Research and Development. Through humble beginnings, the Scotts built up their family business with a continual focus on

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providing secure employment, living wages and benefits for their employees. Relocating the business from San Diego to Spokane, GSI Outdoors continued to experience substantial growth while still maintaining a commitment to its employees and the local community by bringing more technologically advanced, quality designed camping products to market. Some might wonder why an outdoors company would choose to focus on cookware. “It started out with enamelware pots, pans, cups, plates and bowls which helped us gain a strong market position and help build the backbone of the company. From there we expanded to all the products we offer today and many more to come in the future,” says Gauss. “Moving forward, we want to focus on worldwide distribution while concentrating on the brand, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing. It’s our goal to offer an innovative array of outdoor cookware and a whole range of eating and drinking products that are technical, innovative and fun,” he adds. GSI products are available at many local outdoor retailers.

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“We’ve both had so many great memories growing up on the lake, and we wanted to create a brand that reflected that lifestyle. We founded Lakes Brand because we saw a niche in the market for this type of theme for both t-shirts and flip flops. We saw so many apparel companies focusing on the ocean and surf lifestyle, and we wanted to do something that was different and unique to the Inland Northwest,” he adds. With a solid and growing local fan-base, the future is looking bright for Lakes Brand. “Ideally, we see Lakes as putting a real focus on soft goods by expanding our t-shirt line, while adding hoodies and sweats for sitting by the camp fire. We plan on adding board shorts and continuing with some new hats as well. As we grow, we hope to work more closely with the community while putting on some really cool local events on the lake,” says Scott. You can buy Lakes Brand hats, shirts, and flip-flops from their website at Stillwater SUP (Fun Unlimited) Post Falls, Idaho // 208-620-9050 // The interest in stand up paddleboarding has skyrocketed throughout the entire country in recent years. North Idaho and Eastern Washington are areas that have been blessed with an endless array of lakes and rivers. That’s the very reason that Keith and

“Four years ago, we were fed up with the nine-tofive doldrums of working at jobs we weren’t passionate about. Tired of dreading each Monday morning, we decided that we were going to do something that we loved. We sat down at our kitchen table and started Fun Unlimited,” says Keith Quien. “Fueled mostly by support from our friends and family and a lot of hope, drive, and big ideas, we branched out to start Stillwater SUP,” he adds. With the advantage of having their own proprietarily designed boards, Fun Unlimited has been able to create a stable, user friendly SUP package that is not only well suited to their rental customer base but great for anyone looking for an entry into the sport. “Building our own SUPs started out of the necessity to have really great boards that paddle well at a reasonable price. Since we are also a rental company, we wanted to build boards that are good for beginners too,” says Quien. What they found is that inflatable paddle boards are a great way to introduce people to the sport because they are safe, stable, and easy to transport. “Once people progress, we then graduate them to our solid-core fiberglass boards,” says Quien. “Ultimately though, we are very proud to build boards made to paddle the stillwater lakes and rivers of the Northwest,” he adds. You can arrange SUP rentals from Fun Unlimited at www. or purchase a Stillwater paddleboard and paddle at //

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Hit the Road for Music in the Mountains // By S. Michal Bennett

The 30th Running of the “Original” Bare Buns Fun Run. July 25-27

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75th Anniversary of Kaniksu Ranch Family Nudist Park Two Dances! Friday night DJ, Saturday night The Other White Meat Band.

Sports Arena Pickleball, Volleyball, Bocce and More. Chidren’s Pavilion and new playground. Crystal clear pool and hot tub. Camping for all sizes of motor home or tents. Delicious Meals!

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OutdoorCalendar Full events calendar at BIKING (Tuesday Nights) 2014 Cooper Jones Memorial Twilight Series. When: 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bicycle races

held on different venues in and around the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. Courses include criteriums, circuits, and road races. Info:

(Wednesday Nights) Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Races. When: 5 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Riverside

State Park 7 Mile Airstrip, Wednesday nights starting May 7 and every Wednesday through June 25. Mountain bike racing for everyone. Registration at 5, racing at 6:30, cold drinks and prizes after every race! Cost $20. Info:

(Wednesday Nights) Wednesday Bike, Brew, and BBQ Mountain Bike Group rides. When: 5:45 p.m.

Where: Terra Sports 510 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene. 100% no drop, beginner to expert. Meet at Terra Sports at 5:45, or Nettleton Gulch Trailhead at 6:15. Afterwards ride to Slate Creek Brewery for a BBQ, and enjoy some of the best craft beers in the Inland NW. Every Wednesday. Cost: Free. Info: or 208-765-5446.

(June 7) Green Bluff Circuit Race. When: 6:30

a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Green Bluff, Wash. River City Red Cycling Team is promoting the Green Bluff Circuit Race. Senior, Masters and Juniors will compete on a challenging 7 mile circuit in beautiful Green Bluff. Participants will complete 1 to 8 laps dependent on category. Do not let the length fool you as there is a 500’ climb each lap! Cost: $30. Info: or 509-688-4152.

(June 14) Spokane Vintage Bicycle Swap & Show. When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: 1904 W. 5th

Ave. Spokane. Open to all vintage bicycles from the 1800s to the 1980s. Located near The Swamp Tavern. Held at the same time and place as the “Swamp Stomp Kustom Car & Hot Rod Show”. Live music and food vendors. Cost: Free. Info: 509-991-1292.

(June 14) Woodrat 25’ER Mountain Bike Race. Where: Hill’s Resort, Priest Lake, Idaho. A 25 mile MTB endurance ride through cedar forests on a mix of single and double track trail at beautiful Priest Lake. This ride is for intermediate and better riders only. Info:

(June 21) Chafe 150 Grand Fondo. Where:

Sandpoint. The CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo is 150 miles and gains 3,822 feet; the lowest elevation is 1,773 feet at Bonners Ferry, and the highest elevation is 2,585 feet at Bull River. The 80 mile option starts in Troy at 1,892 feet and ends at Sandpoint at 2,085 feet. The Short Route is 29.7 miles with a total ascent of 374.02 ft. Info:

(June 28) Silver Valley Ride to Defeat ALS. Where: Eanaville Trailhead/Snake Pit Resort, Kingston, Idaho. Fundraising bike ride on the scenic Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes to benefit ALS Association – Evergreen Chapter. Fully supported. 28 or 43 mile option on paved trail. Benefits patients living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the Pacific NW. Info:


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SIXMONTHTRAININGCALENDAR RUNNING (July 12) Liberty Lake Loop. When: 8 – 10 a.m.

Where: Pavillion Park. 4 mile run in Liberty Lake Wa. Scenic course on paved roads with several hills. Medals for overall winners and top three placers in each age group. Kids race after adult race for kids 12 and under. Cost: $15. Info: www.

(July 19) SpoKenya Walk/Run 2014. When:

9 – 11 a.m. Where: Life Center Church 1202 N Government Way Spokane. 7k run to help promote clean water projects in Adiedo, Kenya. Run or walk this family friendly event. Cost: $20. Info: or 509-993-0596.

Columbia River, and is held in conjunction with the Taste of the Harvest Festival, which celebrates the valley’s world-famous tree fruits. Info: www. or 509-387-0051.

(September 27) 4th Annual Wild Moose Chase Trail Run. When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Mount

Spokane. Three different courses, 5k/10k/25k, starting and finishing at the Selkirk Lodge offer runners of all skill levels the opportunity to enjoy beautiful Washington fall scenery from the trails of Mount Spokane. All proceeds help send Physical Therapy students to the annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), and national educational and networking event being held in Indianapolis, IN. Cost: $10-35. Info: or 907-317-1215.

(August 6,13 & 20) Tri-Fusion Hot Summer Nights 5K Series. When: 6 – 8 p.m. Fifth annual


(August 16) “Dig Your Grave” 30K Trail Race.

(July 6) Negative Split Marathon & 5K Run. When: 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Where: Riverfront Park. Running a negative split means to finish the race stronger than you started. Course is fast, flat and scenic. Starts in Riverfront Park and follows the Spokane River. Well supported, chip timed. Proceeds benefit the Spokane Boys and Girls Clubs. Info: or 208-806-1311.

Hot Summer Nights 5k Series will take place over three consecutive Wednesday nights. Door prizes, live music, chip-timed event by Milliseconds. All ages welcome and it’s fun for the whole family. Cost: $5. Info:

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Hope Memorial Center, Hope, Idaho. Based on the life of Ike Walters, a turn-of-the-20th century U.S Marshal in Hope, this 30K will test your climbing and descending as you run/hike/crawl to the top of Roundtop Mountain and return. Unique awards. Cost: $30. Info:

(July 5) Mt Misery Relay Race. Where: Umatilla National Forest. Some might think running a 57-mile relay race on a route flanked by mountains named Misery and Doom is reason to question a person’s sanity. The course covers some incredibly scenic country in the canyons and mountains south of Lewiston, Idaho, near the Grande Ronde River. Team members swap out any time they want to. (September 13) The Riggins “Salmon Run”. Where: Riggins City Park, Riggins, Idaho. This is a family friendly event offering multiple distances including a kids fun run for ages 3-6. Runners will complete an out and back course retrieving a special token at the turn-around aid station. The finish line for all distances will be at Riggins City Park, where runners and their families can enjoy live music, food and drinks. Finishers prizes will be given in each distance, as well as Men’s and Women’s first prize awards. Cost: $5 kid/ $20 5K/ $30 10K/ $40 1/2 marathon. Info: rigginsidaho. com.

(September 20) River Run. When: 9 a.m. – 1

p.m. Where: Pybus Public Market, Wenatchee. River Run Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K spotlights Wenatchee’s scenic as well as cultural heritage. The runs take place on paved trails along the

(September 6) Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K. When: 7 a.m. to 1

p.m. Where: Manson Bay Park, Manson, Wash. The course is almost entirely adjacent to Lake Chelan. Runners are treated to views of the lake as well as views of the North Cascades, the rolling foothills, orchards and vineyards. Runners also will traverse through the quaint downtowns of Chelan and Manson. Info:

(October 12) Spokane Marathon. When: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Spokane. Runners have the option of running either Marathon - Marathon Relay - Half Marathon – 10k. The race runs through downtown Spokane and along the Centennial Trail. Info:

BIKING (July 20) Ride The Pass. Where: 4th of July Pass Coeur d’Alene. Mountain Bike fun ride. 10, 17, 35, and 50-Mile distances. Four aid stations. 10 and 17 milers ride the fourth of July Nordic Trails. The 35 and 50 milers will ride a new course that includes 257 both north and south single track and the 50 milers will ride both 257 and upper Caribou single track. Same great lunch waiting at the finish line from Pilgrims. Slate Creek Brewery will provide a little something too. Cost: $30-45. Info: www. or 208-667-8969.

(August 2) 8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike Ride. When:

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Group Health Corp Office, 5615 W Sunset Highway, Spokane. Celebrate the joy of cycling! Benefit ride for the Sexual Assault & Family Trauma (SAFeT) Center of Lutheran Community Services NW. Choose from 4 routes – there’s a leisurely 15 or 30-mile ride or more challenging 45 or 75-mile treks. There’s a ride for all levels of ability. Cost: $45. Info: 509-343-5020.

(August 23-24) Gigantic Bicycle Festival. Where: Centennial Fields Park, Snoqualmie, Wash. The two day, mid-August festival features a diverse, multi-faceted and regionally representative mix of live music, hand-built bicycles, visual & performance art, film, comedy, guest speakers, sculpture, and interactive installation pieces. Cost: $15 - $30. Info:

(September 20) Ovando Gran Fondo. When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Ovando, Mont. An epic offroad ride for the Missoula Symphony. Bring your cross or mountain bike for this fully supported 57-mile ride. Ride through some of Western Montana’s most scenic landscapes on dirt roads, including numerous miles through private land not otherwise open to the public. Info:

Triathlons (July 13) Valley Girl Triathlon. When: 7:45 a.m. Where: Liberty Lake. Women’s Only Sprint Distance Triathlon. Individual entry or teams. Volunteers are always welcome. Info: (July 19) Tiger Tri. When: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Where: Gillette Lake Campground/Colville High School. This point to point event starts with a 0.6 mile swim and a 24 mile bike along the beautiful State Route 20 back to the town of Colville. The run is approximately 5 miles and takes place on the Rotary Dominion Meadows trail ending at Colville High School. Cost: $75 individual. $50 pp teams. Info: (August 9) Coeur d’Alene Triathlon. The Coeur d’Alene Triathlon and Duathlon have both one of the most scenic races in the Northwest since 1984. This year marks the 31th anniversary of the race. New last year: Sprint Distance. Info: cdatriathlon. com or 877-782-9232. (August 31) Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon. When: 8:30 a.m. - noon. Where: Moran State Park, Orcas Island, Wash. Swim: 1/2 mile in beautiful Cascade Lake. Bike: A 15 mile bike ride along a scenic and very rural county chip sealed road. Run: A beautiful trail run 3.5 miles around Cascade Lake. Cost: $55. Info: friendsofmoran. com or 360-376-3111.

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OutdoorCalendar (On-Going) Wed & Sun Hobnailer Hikes. When:

Varies. Where: Varies. Join Hobnailer hiking club for weekly 6-8 mile hikes in the Spokane area. Info: or 509-456-0250.

elevation gain near Kalispell, Mont. Info:

(June 8) Bay Trail Fun Run. Where: Pend d’Oreille

Bay Trail. 5 or 10 K easy trail run/walk along the shores of stunning Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek in Sandpoint. Live music, kids activities, booths and a special racer’s lunch option. Cost: $30; Free kids 12 and under. Info: or 208-290-2828.

(June 14) State Park Series #2 – Heyburn State Park. When: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Heyburn State

(June 14) Native Plant Society NE WA – Hike to Rose Creek & Kamiak Butte. When: 7 – 8 p.m. Where: Meet at 57th & Regal Spokane. Short guided hike through Rose Creek Nature Preserve, showcasing an intact Palouse riparian area. Following lunch (BYOL), visit nearby Kamiak Butte County Park for a 3 mile hike. Cost: Free. Info: www.nechapterwnps. org/wnps_field_flier_2.pdf or 425-350-8741.

(June 7) National Trails Day Volunteering with WTA at Iller Creek. When: 8:30 a.m – 5 p.m. Where:

Park, Idaho. Second race in the Trail Maniacs State Park Series. SPS is a trail run point series, including 5 mile and half marathon distances in six state parks from two states (Idaho and Washington). SPS will have over $1,000 in prizes for its points series. Info:

(June 14) Palouse River Duathlon. When: 9 a.m.

– noon. Where: Palouse City Park. 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run. Entries for individuals, and 2-person/3-person teams. The course is a challenging multi-surface pavement, gravel, grass. This is a chip timed event. Awards, T-shirts and pasta meal provided with registration. Info: www.visitpalouse. com/duathlon or 509-939-2143.

Iller Creek TH. Help maintain and prevent erosion on a section of trail that runs along the east ridge of Iller Creek Conservation Area that has great views out over the Spokane Valley. The work will involve digging tread, brushing, drainage work and other activities. Info: or 206-625-1367.

Fun 6 mile-ish Loop! Special Support for Athletes competing as solos!!

Bring your tent or small RV! Camping only $15 per team!

come join the party!!! 208-664-0135

RUNNING (June 7) June Bug Fun Run. When: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Spokane Community College. All proceeds benefit the vital programs of Lutheran Community Services NW. 3 & 5 Mile Run/Walk – scenic course along the Spokane River. Start/Finish at Spokane Community College. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream at the end of the event. Several drawings for prizes. Cost: $20. Info: or 509-3435020.

(June 7-8) The Riverside 24 Hour Relay. Teams of 1 – 12 runners will take turns completing a beautiful, 6-mile loop through Riverside State Park. Athletes can set up their own RV/tent city. Info: or 208-664-0135. (June 8) Red Devil Challenge Trail Run. When: 9

a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Wenatchee National Forest. The running trails dissect beautiful glades of Ponderosa pine and grasses; cuts through cooler, darker stands of Douglas Fir with views of the Enchantments, Mission Ridge and other views in the Cascades. Info: or 509-378-0051.

(June 8) Herron Half Marathon and 10k. Where: Herron, Mont. This challenging and fun course consists of three loops each with 400 to 600 feet of

Falls Community College. All proceeds benefit Daybreak Youth Services. Daybreak serves 10-to-18 year olds, and their families, struggling with drug and alcohol problems. Info:

(June 22) Chase Strides for SNAP 5k. When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Plantes Ferry Sports Complex. Benefit run for the SNAP programs in Spokane. This timed event will take place on a cross-country course mapped at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex. Food trucks will be onsite for after the race. Cost: $10. Info: 509-456-7111. (June 28-29) Kaniksu 50 & Emory Corwine Memorial Ruck Race. Where: Colville National

Forest. A 50-mile point-to-point endurance run and memorial relay ruck race held in the lower Selkirk Mountain Range. A 5-member relay team will each complete a leg of the course carrying a minimum 35lb pack/ruck. Cost: $75 for Ultra or $250 for the Ruck Race. Info:

MARATHONS (June 1) Windermere Marathon. When: 7 a.m. Full or Half Marathon. Where: Spokane. Info:

YOGA (Ongoing) Intro to flow yoga. When: Mondays 8

(Ongoing) Yoga for Back Care. When: 9 a.m.

Friday or noon on Monday. Where: North Pines Yoga. A yoga class focused on balance and core work to deliver endurance to your spine. Info www. or 509-928-1400.

WATERSPORTS (Ongoing) Stand Up Paddle Board Classes. When: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturdays in June. Multiple Locations. Info: darcyspersonaltraining@ or 509-487-7815.

(June 7) 11th Annual Coeur d’ Alene Paddlefest & Demo Days. When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Independence Point Beach. Come on down and paddle some kayaks and boards and check out all the new gear! Cost: Free. Info: or 208-676-1533.

(June 21) Women Learn to Fly Fish. When: 9 a.m.

– 7 p.m. Where: Location provided at registration near Coeur d’Alene. Join like-minded women and girls for a fun day on a private trout-stocked lake 10 minutes from Coeur d’Alene! Gear, meals, women instructors, and learning materials all included. Cost: $50. Info: or 509-532-0522.

(June 21-22) Beginning Whitewater Kayaking class. Where: Spokane River. Topics include equipment, safety, basic strokes, ferrying, wet exits, eddy turns and more. Cost: $55. Info: 509-209-3066.

OTHER (June 1) Little Spokane River Natural Area Trails Day with REI. When: 12:30 – 4 p.m. Where: Little

Spokane River, Knothead Trail. Make a section of trail your own by sinking a shovel into the fresh dirt of the Little Spokane River Natural Area. The Knothead Trail currently runs into private property and the goal of this family-friendly project is to redirect that portion of the trail onto State Park land. First 130 volunteers to sign up will receive the coveted REI T-shirt. Cost: Free. Info: http:// or 509-328-9900.

(June 7) Beginning Bird Watching Classes for ages 8 – 80. When: 9 – 11 a.m. Where: Turnbull

National Wildlife Refuge. Class will include instruction and practice using binoculars, using a field guide, birds to look for at Turnbull NWR and where to start looking for birds by walking around Pine Lake Trail. Cost: $5 per person; $10 per family. Info: or 509-448-0659.

(June 18) Summer Parkways Spokane. When:

6 – 9 p.m. Where: Manito/Comstock neighborhoods. Family, fitness, and fun is the theme at this annual summer solstice community event. Streets are closed to motorized vehicles and opened up to bikes, pedestrians, skaters, and other humanpowered transportation. Activities and booths can be found in Manito and Comstock Parks. Bike decorating contest (for all ages) at Manito Park. Cost: Free. Info:


(June 7) Hear Me Run 5k Fundraiser. When: 9:30 a.m. Where: Riverfront Park, Spokane. This 1st annual fun run benefit for HOPE School is a chip timed run along the Spokane River. Info: www.databarevents. com/events/view/99/Hear-Me-Run-5K.

(June 21) Justin C Haeger 3 point 1, and Ten Miler. When: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Spokane

p.m. Where: Wild Walls Climbing Gym. Classes are included with membership, or drop in for for single or pass rates.

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Ultimate Summer Adventure Guide Hiking, SUPing, Mountain Biking, Rail Trails, Ziplines, Nature Tours, and More Summer Fun! There’s no shortage of options when it comes to planning out a summer full of adventure here in the Inland Northwest. With recommendations for families, casual adventurers, and those in search of more hardcore challenges to push their limits, there’s a trip and a place in here for anyone who loves the outdoors. Visit someplace you’ve never been before, try something new, and make this the best summer you’ve had in years. By Derrick Knowles

Bike the Kettle Valley Railway near Christina Lake and Rossland The stretch of the Kettle Valley Railway (also known locally as the Columbia and Western Rossland & Nelson, B.C. Railway) between the Paulson Summit on Highway 3 west of Rossland and the Christina Lake area could be one of the most scenic rail trail rides in the world. No joke. According to Bob Dupee, owner of Wild Ways Adventure Sports and Tours in Christina Lake, representatives from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy who toured this stretch of the trail last year wrote that it was “the best trail on earth.” Keep in mind that these people have seen a lot of miles of rail trails all over the place. If that’s not enough of an endorsement, try this: big trestles, tunnels, amazing vistas, excellent crushed rock riding conditions, and a downhill 35 kilometer ride that offers another 10 k option of touring down to the class V rapids on the Kettle River in the Cascade Gorge. The trip ends at Christina Lake, which is the warmest lake in Canada and an awesome swimming, hiking, and camping destination in itself. Wild Ways Adventure Sports and Tours in the community of Christina Lake offers shuttles, bike rentals, and plenty of excellent information and advice: You can also arrange your trip including shuttles out of Rossland:

SUP Bike

SUP Mountain Bike Leavenworth, WA Leavenworth PaddleBoarding // Photo: Icicle TV

Get Up, Stand Up—SUP Leavenworth “Stand up paddle boarding is taking off,” says Kate Braunstein with Leavenworth Mountain Sports. The Wenatchee River offers a little bit of everything, from river running and wave surfing to flat-water paddling. Once the surf waves below town disappear with the peak spring snow melt (typically in mid-June), the action moves to the Icicle River or the dam-controlled, mellow paddling section of the Wenatchee for the rest of the summer. “A lot of different people can do it since there are both flat sections and rapids,” Braunstein says. “I take my dog out on my board all the time.” Leavenworth Mountain Sports rents boards, paddles, wetsuits and other gear, and they lead guided SUP tours down the Icicle River to the Wenatchee. See for yourself: http://vimeo. com/38782047. Make Friends with Freund Canyon Mountain Bike Trail Thanks to a recently built trail connector, you can pedal out of Leavenworth on your bike to the Freund Canyon Trail, grind uphill, scream downhill on fast singletrack, and be back in town for a beer in a couple hours. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance describes the trail this way: “The uphill is a moderate grind, and the downhill is a fast, brakeless, water bar (read: jump!) and berm-laden joyride.” ( Canyon). Stop by Das Rad Haus bike shop in Leavenworth for directions and trail conditions.

Ride the Lions Train along the Pend Oreille River The North Pend Oreille County Lions Club operates these increasingly popular train rides, which run from Ione north along the Pend Lions Train: Courtesy of the North Pend Oreille River and down the Oreille Valley Lions Club river canyon 10 miles to Ride the Train Metaline Falls. Along the way, look for eagles, osprey, deer, elk, moose, Road Bike and other wildlife, and enjoy the views of massive Box Canyon Dam and a historic train trestle built in 1910. From there, the train crosses Northeast WA the river and climbs a bit before plunging into the first of two tunnels. The trip ends at Metaline Falls, a mining town just south of the Canadian border that is home to the historic Cutter Theater. Trips run on select weekends during the summer (July 26-27 during Down River Days in Ione and Aug 30-31 during and An Affair on Main Street in Metaline Falls). They frequently sell out well in advance, as 22

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SUP Kootenay Lake at Lakeside Park in Nelson Like many other lake and river towns in the Pacific Northwest, Nelson has seen an explosion in stand up paddleboarding on Kootenay Lake over the past few years. No surprise. Kootenay Lake, which is really the slack water of the dammed Kootenay River, is a gorgeous, flat water paddling haven with easy beach access minutes from downtown Nelson. “Paddleboarding has taken off in town Kettle over the past two years,” Valley Railway says Tiffany Deefy with Photo: Bob ROAM, Nelson’s baseDupree camp for outdoor gear, rentals, and guided trips. Lakeside Park, which is about a five minute walk from downtown, is the most popular paddleboarding staging area and the location of SUP demo events every weekend this summer (call 1-866-900-ROAM for details). Deefy recommends a popular SUP trip that involves a half hour or so paddle south from Lakeside Park to First Nations pictographs along the shore. Visit ROAM for more info: do the extremely popular fall color train rides in October, so make your reservations early to get a seat on the train. Road bike around the Kettle Range and Drink Good Beer “It’s a really fun ride,” says Lynn O’Connor, the Colville area’s road biking go-to person these days, talking about the near century ride around the Kettle Range Mountains that can be started from Kettle Falls or Republic. She ticks off stats that may not sound like fun to some riders: two burly mountain passes (Sherman and Boulder), 96 miles, 7,600 feet of elevation gain, but Lynn is bubbling with excitement just talking about it. “The ride is definitely a challenge, but it’s a really spectacular route,” she says. “Traffic on Highway 395 and 20 can be a little squirrely, but Boulder Pass and the route from Curlew into Republic are sweet as pie.” Check out for cycling info for the Colville and Kettle Falls areas. Less Hardcore (but still pretty bad ass): ride it as a weekend tour! Spreading the ride out over a weekend spreads the challenge around a bit and allows you to stay a night or two and check out the Republic Brewing Company in Republic ( and Northern Ales Brewery in Kettle Falls (

ZipLine Hike Mountain Bike Flying High at Whitefish Mountain Resort // Photo: Camas Ellingson

Whitefish, MT

Mountain Bike the Whitefish Trail The Whitefish Trail hasn’t received the attention that other regional MTB destinations have, but that’s likely going to change. “It’s the gold standard of Whitefish riding,” says Craig Prapher with Great Northern Cycle & Ski in Whitefish. “The trail has been a 10 year project that now includes about 35-40 miles of machine built, flowy trails made for mountain biking.” And this is just the beginning, as additional miles of trail are in the works. The trail system sits at around 3,000 feet and has moderate amounts of elevation gain, making it an excellent ride for intermediate riders. It’s also snow-free early in the season. Get in touch with Great Northern Cycle & Ski for more info ( or learn more here: More Hardcore: Bike the black diamonds at Whitefish Mountain Resort! Get a lift ticket and ride black and double black gravity trails like Freebird and GNR at Whitefish Mountain Resort (they have miles of more forgiving intermediate and beginner trails at WMR too). Walk in the Trees (and learn about the local forest ecosystem) Learn about the history and ecology of an old-growth Montana forest from experienced guides on this two and a half hour tour on an elevated boardwalk suspended 70 feet above the forest floor. Walk in the Treetops is one of only a few treetop canopy tours available in North America. Reservations are highly recommended as summer tours sell out quickly (406-862-2900). Zip Down Whitefish Mountain Resort Soar above the trees on Montana’s longest zip line tour with mind blowing views on the edge of Glacier National Park. WMR has a total of 1.7 miles of zipline fun, including five or seven zip tours, with speeds that can reach 50 mph. Side-by-side zipping is available on all lines. Some rides go up to 300 feet off the ground, with the longest lines spanning 1,900 feet over the valley floor. “We used the natural features of our terrain to build a ‘zip line park’ and the result is an experience that leaves an indelible impression on the minds of our guests,” says Riley Polumbus, Public Relations Manager at Whitefish Mountain Resort. “Guests are blown away by the experience! Not only does each zip line surpass the exhilaration of the last, the views, terrain and personalities of our guides who comfort, encourage and joke throughout the tour just make it all more fun.” Riders must be between 60 and 230 pounds. Reservations are strongly recommended (call 406-862-2900). More info:

OTM Tips for a Fool Proof Summer Adventure • Always pack your hiking shoes (on any kinds of summer trip). • Check the air pressure in your tires (car and/or bike). • Don’t forget your tent stakes. • Pack a cooler full of your favorite food for the road. • Bring rain gear (and a tarp if you’re camping). • Good music for the road is essential. • Keep a first aid kit in your car or pack. • Throw a good book in your travel bag. • Take plenty of maps (the road and trail kind). • Always bring extra beer (or your favorite spirit or soft drink). • Leave your cell phone in the glove box (or on airplane mode in your pocket to take photos but avoid unwanted work calls). • Read up on the places you’re visiting, from guide books to local authors’ nonfiction and novels. • You can never have too many headlamps (or flashlights). • Carry plenty of sunscreen (and use it). • Never forget a camp chair, even if you’re only on a day trip. Nothing is worse than standing around your car after a long hike (other than standing around hot, tired, and thirsty without a cold beverage).

Pend d’oreille Bay Trail. Photo: Fiona Hicks

Backpack Climb Hike

Backpack to Chimney Rock When I think of Priest Lake, there’s that iconic Sandpoint, ID granite tower in my head. The same one that adorns t-shirts and coffee mugs along the lake and beckons Inland Northwest climbers. Chimney is even more impressive when you’re standing at the base of it or looking over at it from a neighboring ridge or peak, and it makes a fantastic backpacking trip destination from either the Priest Lake or Sandpoint sides. Consult Rich Landers’ “100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest” for hiking info. More Hardcore: Hike in and Climb It! Make sure you have the skills, equipment, and beta to make it to the top and back down safely! Get a copy of Thaddeus Laird’s “Climbers guide to North Idaho and the Cabinet Wilderness” and then start planning and preparing for an unforgettable climb. Hike the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and Then Chill at City Beach Almost entirely on private property, the largely flat trail runs for two miles along the waterfront of Lake Pend Oreille, linking Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai. Stroll along the tree-shaded shoreline for an unforgettable start to a day at the beach. Follow Sandpoint Avenue from City Beach to the water treatment plant for access. If you read this in time, check out the trail while doing the Bay Trail Fun Run on June 8. Proceeds from this 5k or 10k go towards extending this incredible public pathway.

Salmon River Float. Photo Courtesy of Mountain River Outfitters

Raft SUP Backpack Hike Riggins, ID

Float the Salmon River There’s nothing like the exhilarating whitewater and blow drier-like summertime heat of the Salmon River that flows through the heart of Riggins to make you feel like your summer is complete. Find plenty of outfitters eager to get you and your friends and family out on the water through fun class III rapids in a raft or inflatable kayak at Many university outdoor programs and some outfitters rent rafting gear too if your boating skills are up to snuff enough for tackling the river on your own.

More Hardcore: SUP it! Looking to up the intensity a bit? Run the same stretch of river on a standup paddle board. “Most of our SUPs are longer and wider, so a lot of people are mastering standing up on them even through whitewater, but you can also drop to your knees through bigger rapids,” says Mountain River Outfitters guide Heather Alkire. Mountain River Outfitters offers NRS inflatable SUPs to clients on their raft trips, and they also rent a few boards if you want to go for it on your own.

Backpack the Seven Devils Loop This 28-mile loop hike around the tallest peaks and pristine lakes of the Seven Devils Mountains is a classic Idaho backpacking route for a reason: historic fire lookouts, soaring views into the deepest gorge in North America, wildflower explosions along high mountain trails, and clear alpine lakes and granite spires that look like they belong in the Lord of the Rings, or at least the North Cascades. The Seven Devils are wild and remote, and the trail too is rugged in places. Don’t skip the side trips to several lakes along the loop, and don’t forget your bug juice. Find trail info and alerts here: More Hardcore: Hike it (or run it) in a day! Plan for a long day to finish this 28 mile loop in a single day. Bring plenty of water (and means to purify more), plus food, quality light footwear, all your emergency essentials, some moleskin, and a headlamp. Expect to climb over a number of downed trees to add to your workout. June 2014

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Wallowa Lake Tram. // Photo: Leon Werdinger

Hike Ride the Tram Take in the View Wallowa County, OR

Ride the Wallowa Lake Tram for a Hike at 8,000 Feet Ever since the tram first started hauling passengers high up into the wild and rugged Wallowa Mountains in 1970, the Wallowa Lake Tramway has been one of northeast Oregon’s most popular attractions. The 3,700 foot vertical ascent to the summit of Mt. Howard offers incredible views in every direction from the safety of a gondola car. There are several miles of hiking trails to explore up top, and the Summit Grill, which bills itself as the Northwest’s highest restaurant, may just be the most scenic restaurant in the Northwest too. Enjoy a burger and a Terminal Gravity local craft brew on the summit before heading back down to the lake. More Hardcore: hike up, tram down! Skip the ride up and hike up Mt. Howard instead. “On the spur of the moment a couple years ago, we hiked up 8,256 foot Mt. Howard from the bottom of the tram on a mix of bike trails and game trails that eventually turned into scrambling up gravel fields and finally punching through snow up at the top,” says OTM Senior Writer Jon Jonckers. “Once we got up top we realized the tram was actually open. Needless to say, we rode the tram back down.” Catch the Wildflower Bloom on the Rim of Hells Canyon It may be too hot and snake and poison ivy infested at the bottom of the canyon for most people, but the Hat Point Overlook high on the rim in northeast Oregon offers spectacular views of the canyon, the Snake River, the Seven Devils Wilderness and the Wallowa Mountains. Peak wildflower season, if you time it right, can be epic (shoot for mid-July). This day use area, which opens in July, is reached from a rough road out of the tiny town of Imnaha along the Imnaha River east of Joseph. There are several trails in the area for hiking, as well as an interpretive display and an active fire lookout tower that you can climb part way up for even better views. Google “Hat Point Overlook and Day Use Area” for more information, directions, and camping recommendations.

Hike Take a Tour Mountain Bike

Mountain Bike the Sun Mountain Trails This 40 plus mile network of singletrack and double track can be accessed right from Winthrop via the Winthrop Trail or from the Chickadee Trailhead near Sun Mountain Lodge. There are trails for all level of riders from beginner (like the loop around Beaver Pond) to more advanced ones (like Pete’s Dragon or Magpie), which makes the Sun Mountain Trail system great for groups of riders with mixed ability levels. Sun Mountain Lodge rents bikes and offers maps ( and Methow Cycle & Sport can also get you pointed in the right direction (

Methow Valley, WA

More Hardcore: bike the highest singletrack in Washington! The 25-mile-long Angel’s Staircase is the Methow Valley’s must-ride trail for serious mountain bikers. This challenging singletrack loop climbs up to 8,000 feet and includes a total of 5,000 feet of climbing and descending. Plan for a full day in mid-to-late August when the snow is gone. Staircase. Explore the North Cascades Out of a Beautiful Lodge North Cascades Basecamp is a European-style lodge and outdoor adventure and education mecca in the upper end of the Methow Valley near the small community of Mazama. While NCB is a perfect location for launching hiking, biking, fishing, rock climbing, wildlife watching, and other adventures in the surrounding North Cascades, they also have a number of nature-based tours to help you explore the wildlife habitat and native trees, flowers, and plants.


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Crossing one of the many trestles on the hiawatha. Photo: Courtesy of Mojo Productions

Zipline Hike Bike Run

Ride a Zipline 2,000 feet Above the Silver Valley The Silver Valley’s first zip line course, Silver Streak Zipline Tours, opened in 2012, with a second course following in 2013. The West Course has six zips, including heights over 300 feet. The East Course has four zips, including their longest zip “Big Daddy” which is 1,800 feet long and reaches speeds over 55 mph. The East Course also has two dual zip lines, which lets you ride beside a partner, and a “super hero” zip where you can ride face first. Tours take about 2-2.5 hours each, and you can do one or both courses. “The vast majority of our customers say that we are better than zip courses they’ve done in Costa Rica or Hawaii,” says owner Bonnie DeRoos. “Our courses are fast, high, and our guides are high energy with great personalities.” Silver Streak Zipline Tours is also kid friendly for kids weighing at least 95 pounds. Plan ahead as many weekends sell out in advance. Reservations are required.

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Bike the Trail of the Hiawatha Touted as the “Crown Jewel of Rails to Trails,” the Route of the Hiawatha, operated by Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area, has become a magnet of tourism attention from across the Northwest and beyond in recent years. Boasting tunnels, trestles, interpretive signs, and 15 miles of mellow, crushed gravel pedaling joy, the Hiawatha is the perfect summertime, fat-tire trip for families and other groups of cyclists looking for a highly scenic yet not too taxing ride along a historic rail line (with the shuttle service, it’s all downhill). The trail takes most groups about two and a half hours to ride at a leisurely pace. You can get your trail and shuttle tickets, rent bikes and bike lights, and get lunch at the café at the lodge at Lookout Pass (exit 0 at the Idaho/Montana state line). Helmets and bike lights are required. More Hardcore: Run it! “The Forest Service requires you to run in a bike helmet, which probably deters more people from running the Hiawatha,” says Spokane runner Jon Jonckers, who ran it with a friend in 2013. “People are generally cold riding through the Taft Tunnel, and if you’re running it, it’s totally frickin’ cold because you’re moving slower, and you’re in there so much longer.” Jonckers says he would definitely do it again and recommends having someone ride along with you to share the experience and help carry extra water and snacks. “It’s all downhill and makes for a perfect, beautiful training for a fall marathon.” Bike New MTB Trails at Silver Mountain The passionate crew of trail dreamers and builders at Silver Mountain Resort have been hard at work this past year implementing a plan that has been transforming the well-loved winter resort into a full-on summer bike park destination with gondola-served trails for everyone, from seasoned downhill riders to intermediate to beginner all-mountain and xc pedalers. On top of having 30 miles of trails, many offering 3,400 hundred feet of descent, last year they rebuilt trails like Log Jammin and Lower Hammer, adding a large machine-built jump line to the latter, and built new trails like Hot Mess (a technical, double black) and Happy Day, a six-mile beginner trail. For 2014, the Silver Mountain Bike Park is launching a total remodel, with new trail construction, trail doctoring, and signage improvements. They also have a new fleet of Kona bikes for rent at Silver Mountain Sports at the mountain village, not to mention lodging, pubs, and a water park. More info: Silvermt. com.// Silver MT Downhill Photo: Courtesy Ride my domain twitter & instagram: @cascaderelays

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Biking New mountain bike trails in the works for mt. spokane // By Skye Schillhammer Finding that perfect section of singletrack becomes more of a challenge as spring tapers off and summer begins to bake the soil, releasing all the moisture that keeps our tires stuck to the earth. Luckily the trails at Mount Spokane State Park maintain the dark and loamy soil that we love so much. While mountain bikers are currently confined to a limited number of multi-use trails in the park, this is about to change. The Eastern Washington Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (Evergreen East) has successfully advanced a 20-year plan for building roughly 20 new trails on Mount Spokane, a handful of them being mountain bike specific. “Last fall we completed three multi-use trails and will begin building the first directional mountain bike only trail this spring,” reports Evergreen East President John Henry. This new singletrack trail will be 13 miles long and will include a mix of hand built construction, utilizing the natural terrain, as well as some machine-built sections to add flow. Another major addition to the trail network on the horizon is the planned use of the terrain encompassed by the ski area. Three downhill trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to pro have been proposed. And while it may be a few years off, the eventual goal is to provide lift-accessed riding. These trails will be reserved for mountain bikes only and will tailor to the rider looking to use gravity to their advantage as they rip down the mountain. As for other all-mountain riding, a trail circumnavigating Mount Spokane is also in the plan to provide all day adventure fun. The plan also includes a trail to the fire lookout on Quartz Peak. Evergreen East is an organization run largely off of

This new singletrack trail will be 13 miles long and will include a mix of hand built construction, utilizing the natural terrain, as well as some machine-built sections to add flow.

Riding through the woods at Mt. Spokane. // Photos: Skye Schillhammer

the help of volunteers. If you want to support and celebrate the construction of these trails, come join other riders and builders the weekend of June 6-8 during the “Warm Up Mt. Spokane” events. The fun begins Friday at 7 p.m. at the Rocket Market on Spokane’s South Hill with local beer and a showing of the mountain bike movie “Not Bad.” Saturday is a dig day to freshen up the current trails at Mt. Spokane, followed by a shuttle day on Sunday to enjoy all the hard work. If you help dig Saturday, your shuttle spot is reserved and free for

Sunday, not to mention all of the trail karma you will attain by digging at the local trails. See you out there! More info: //

Wenatchee Area Summer MTB Rides Mountain bikers looking for a quick get-a-way adventure not too far from home might want to make a trip to the greater Wenatchee area this summer. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Central Washington chapter is hosting a free summer group ride series for riders with intermediate fitness and riding skills. No one will be left behind. The goal of the series is to promote mountain biking in the Wenatchee area and to introduce more riders to some of the more accessible backcountry trails that are shaded and high enough in elevation to beat the heat! After two-to-three hours of pedaling, riders will meet up at a local pub for food and drinks. The series starts on June 29 with a trek up and over Twin Peaks in Wenatchee. This is a local favorite (that many locals don’t even know about) and can be ridden as a loop or shuttled. Experience views of Rainier and Glacier Peak before descending 4,000 feet to the valley below through pine forests, golden fields, and sage desert. Join them on July 20 in Cashmere for a 14-mile loop on the Red Devil Trail. This loop has always been out-shadowed by its more popular neighbor, Devil’s Gulch, but after the final 4-mile descent back to the car, you will see why the Red Devil is a worthy rival! Finally, on August 17 they will head up to the Lake Wenatchee area outside of Leavenworth for a Chikamin Creek adventure. This will probably be a hot and dusty ride, but a burger and a few beers will be waiting for you at the end. Keep your eye on Central Washington Evergreen’s Facebook page for updates and directions ( gtonEvergreen?fref=ts). Weather or fire issues may result in cancellations, so please check in with us before you drive out! More info: // By Craig Vander Hart

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Promoting Cycling Requires Sustained Leadership // By Bradley Bleck Comparing Spokane’s bicycle infrastructure to that in cities which have embraced cycling can be discouraging. New York is planning for nearly 800 new miles of bikeways and lanes. Seattle has pumped $36 million into cycling infrastructure over the last four years, creating 129 miles of bike lanes and sharrows and 98 more miles of signed routes. Portland will have nearly 1,000 miles of bike infrastructure by 2030. Spokane, however, has implemented just 24 of 85 miles of the bike lanes on the Master Bike Plan, many on roads, such as much of Fourth Avenue, which current Bicycle Advisory Board member and past-chair Wilma Flanagan described as “horrible.” Zero of nine Greenway miles on the MBP have come to fruition. No more than 10 miles of marked/shared roadways of the MBP’s 48 have been implemented. While Spokane is not, and need not aspire to be, New York, Seattle, or Portland, what those cities have that Spokane doesn’t is a sustained leadership and commitment to cycling at the city, business and citizen volunteer levels. Barb Chamberlain, a BAB past-chair who is Executive Director of Washington Bikes, formerly the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, says that “A world-class city shouldn’t have to rely on volunteers, which is why we need both continued and growing commitment from city staff. An advocacy-focused group, such as Washington Bikes, outside the city process is also essential. Because

city staff can’t advocate and a volunteer effort can only get so much done, leadership is needed from the city.” Bob Lutz, Bloomsday Medical Director who chaired the BAB during the Hession and Verner administrations, says the mayor providing the most leadership on cycling was Mary Verner. But, Lutz says, “she surrounded herself with bad advisors, and while I believe her intentions were good, she allowed those she ‘trusted’ to advise her, and not always to her benefit.”

Month and Spokefest, each of which originated with one-time BAB members. Additionally, after several years of promises, Washington Bikes has made a four-year commitment to locate a fulltime staffer in Spokane. Though she expects her focus to expand as her job evolves, Spokane native Katherine Johnston will initially focus on Safe Routes to Schools and working with Spokane Regional Health District. Flanagan is hopeful about the future. “Previously, I felt disrespected, but more city staff

Biking is good for everyone’s wallets, and that’s why we should invest in it. No ideology needed. Despite the city’s lack of sustained leadership, progress has been made. Along with overhauling the Master Bike Plan in 2009, resulting in the recently eliminated Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator position and new bike lanes and sharrows, particularly downtown, the all-volunteer Bicycle Advisory Board is working with city staff to update the current MBP. BAB volunteers are also working on Spokane’s second Bicycle Friendly City application to the League of American Bicyclists. The first resulted in a bronze level bicycle friendly city designation. Other successes include Bike to Work Week/

are attending BAB meetings and the “Commute of the Century” was a Bike to Work Week event planned by city staff that included five rides that looked at infrastructure to see what works and what doesn’t. They are also providing the administrative support the law requires.” The elimination of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator position without consulting the BAB exacerbated the feeling of disrespect. About this, Mayor Condon wrote that “The functions previously performed by [eliminated bike/ped coordinator] are being integrated into a new multifaceted transportation planning effort. This step

forward for alternative forms of transportation brings them into the same process as other components of our city’s core transportation infrastructure.” The problem, according to Lutz, is that “while this may be true to some degree, there still needs to be ‘coordination,’ that nobody is there to focus on cycling as a sole responsibility.” Flanagan says the Bike/Ped Coordinator “was put in an impossible position where no one valued his ideas or work. He was not given the clout from day one.” And while Spokane’s municipal code would indicate that the BAB should have been part of the discussion that eliminated a position they worked to develop, they were not. Lutz says the BAB will always fly under the radar as long as advisory boards have no substance. Chamberlain and Washington Bike’s message is that “even if you never ride a bike, your town will be stronger economically if more people who want to bicycle can do so safely with complete connections to their destinations, which are the same destinations that people in cars have. Biking is good for everyone’s wallets, and that’s why we should invest in it. No ideology needed.” //

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Running Costumes Make Training Runs More Fun // By Amy Silbernagel McCaffree Wearing creative, even outlandish, costumes while running is becoming the trademark for local triathletes Jenny Yoakum and Kristina Northcutt. As Team Blaze members and Ironman Coeur d’Alene veterans, they’ve been running weekly together in costumes since last October. “Wearing costumes has helped us to not take our training so seriously,” says Northcutt, who competed in the Troika Half Ironman on May 31. It also reminds them to “enjoy the journey” – encouraging advice from their late coach and Team Blaze founder, Scott Roy, who embraced this as motto, before he died in April 2012. “Engaging in the moment [means] the experience you have while you’re running. You’re going to get slower as you age; if you place your happiness only in your performance, it’s harder to be happy. If you don’t meet your goals, then you’ll be disappointed in your training. Because we run in costume, every training run is meaningful and holds memories,” says Yoakum, who is preparing for her third Ironman CDA on June 29. “Rather than trying to break records, [our goal is] to actually enjoy the race experience…to be engaged in the race, in its entirety, and not just be focused on yourself,” Northcutt says. It’s also “to show people, ‘Who cares, let loose. Stop caring what people think about you.’ Running in a costume makes me laugh and helps me not take myself too seriously.” But what really started it all? Yoakum’s youngest

son, when he was three, was the original catalyst. He didn’t want to wait until Halloween to wear a costume, so she enacted “Costume Fun Friday,” where they’d dress in costume every Friday, October 2013, for errands and other activities. “This got us thinking that Kristina and I should

they meet up at 4:15 a.m. and run 3-6 miles, but usually they track by total time running. Afterwards, the day rolls on – work, family, a full day ahead. Both are moms, with three children each. They credit their husbands and children for supporting their fitness goals.

For Yoakum, costumes also remind her to “stop defining myself by other people’s expectations.’’ wear costumes,” Yoakum says, and it became their new Wednesday ritual for the month. But then Northcutt asked, “Do you think we could do this for a year?” Now it’s turned into something fierce. “People tell us we can’t stop after a year,” Yoakum says. They accept fan suggestions, and their goal is to not repeat any costume. Here’s how their running schedule works. “We like to see the sunrise,” Yoakum says. So

Torch Light Parade costumes. // Photos Courtesy Jenny and Kristina.

After running together, Yoakum goes straight to work for her 10-hour shift as a surgical nurse. Meanwhile, Northcutt goes home to join the morning routine of her three children, ages six to almost three; she also teaches group fitness classes. “We try not to take time away from our families. We’re not asking our husbands to miss out on something, and our children are still asleep at home. Our husbands are fully supportive,”

Northcutt says. With races approaching, they’ve also been meeting for 15-mile runs on Sundays, wearing only partial costumes. Currently, their costume calendar is planned into July. Typically they choose themes based on upcoming holidays, including obscure and quirky ones. For Yoakum, costumes also remind her to “stop defining myself by other people’s expectations. I used to strive for things because I thought that would make me happy – it’s still a process. For me and my life, a real abrupt change was when my oldest son almost died.” At age 13, he lacerated his liver from hitting a tree while alpine skiing; he didn’t realize the severity of his injury until Yoakum took him to the ER the next day where he was admitted to ICU. Miraculously, he fully recovered. After that experience, her whole outlook on life did a 180. “I realized how nothing is promised; how quickly life changes or can be taken,” she says. “When I look back on my life, what do I want my memories to be? I ran Bloomsday once in 56 minutes, but when I look back on that specific race day, I don’t remember anything else…. I’m not going to define my enjoyment or happiness by a [finish] time, but by whether or not I’m enjoying what I’m doing and whether it’s bringing me fulfillment.” To see a photo archive of their running costumes, visit //


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The Perfect In-between Race at Priest Lake // By Ammi Midstokke Ken Eldore walks across the parking lot wearing shorts and a functional shirt that advertises a mountain bike race. If that doesn’t out an athlete, the shaved legs definitely do. I have heard legend told of “The Priest Lake Race” organized by Ken and his wife – a trail run that winds through the foothills that surround Priest Lake and along its deep green shores. Across the lake is a backdrop of the snowy peaks of the Selkirk Mountain. All this awesome is right in our backyard. “It’s one of the only events with a pre-race meeting that talks about the dangers of moose,” Eldore says as we run down a winding dirt road lined with cedars. I’ve come out here to see the marathon course and get an idea of whether or not I’m naive enough to sign up for the 50k ultra Ken puts on a few weeks before the marathon. He points across the lake to what appears to be the highest peak in sight. “That’s where the Lookout Tower Trail Climb is.” The Priest Lake Marathon, which takes place on September 27, offers a much more tempered version of running in the woods. In fact, of the many attractions of this event, its course profile as a mild trail-ish run might be one of the best. For those of us intimidated by the prospect of a marathon in the forest, this event (which also has 50k, 25k, half-marathon, and 5k distances) is a perfect introduction to running on dirt.

The courses begin at Hills Resort and make their way into the diverse, forested lands around the lake on fire roads. Fire roads are optimal trail running 101 material: They are wider than trails, generally well-packed, and without the treacherous obstacles of large rocks and roots that trail runs can boast. The Priest Lake Marathon also has a mild elevation gain. You’d want to know what running a hill feels like, but you don’t need to do your training on Mount Spokane. Every section of the course Ken takes me to is a different ecological spread of fauna and flora, not to mention views. If we aren’t looking across the lake, we’re distracted by pine-covered mountains and wildflowers. This is not like running through a city. It’s tranquil and wonderful and somehow reviving. It’s a reminder of why I love running in the first place. Hearing Ken talk about the races he organizes (they are many), there’s a common thread in every single event: They are designed, manned, and celebrated by a team of people who love racing too. Not for the win, not for the bib, but for the love of shared community and new friends. I am grateful that people put on races like this. They are not sponsored by large banks and high exposure, but by common interest and dedication to downright fun. They make a post-race party feel like a happy reunion, only with more sweat and bananas. Ken waxes poetic about the people who come

Lookout Tower Trail Climb, 50k & 25k (Sept. 6) This trail race at Priest Lake will challenge any intermediate or advanced runner. A mix of full-on rugged singletrack and doubletrack, this course offers the best high alpine technical running in the Inland Northwest.

Running along priest Lake. // Photo: Fiona Hicks

from around the country to run, the journeys that brought them here and the volunteers who make the event possible. He looks across the lake with a smile and a chuckle, telling the stories of runners as if they were family. In a way, I believe they are. //

Priest Lake Marathon, 50k, half marathon, 25k, 5k (Sept. 27) Run along the lakeshore of pristine Priest Lake, through groves of lush forest, huge old-growth cedar trees, and big views of the rugged Selkirk Mountains. The scenery of a trail race, but on drivable dirt forest road with full course support like a road race. More info on both races at:

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LastPage summer adventure close to home // By Derrick Knowles I used to make a list of outdoor trips I wanted to do each year. Sometime in the middle of winter, my vitamin D deficient brain would drive me to my computer to type up a dream list of outdoor adventure objectives for the coming season. A section from a list I made in 2007 reads: Traverse the Cabinet Mountain wilderness, Climb Chimney Rock, Hike Hells Canyon north of the Imnaha River, MTB Devils Gulch, Hike the Bitterroot Divide from I-90 to Hwy 12, Middle Fork Salmon post-permit IK trip, MTB Seven Summits Trail, Kayak Bonnie Lake, Robbers Roost slot canyons, Bike to Alaska. Those years, living solo in a small rental cabin with no yard and intentionally limited work and domestic responsibilities, my trip lists were long, dreamy, and impossibly ambitious. Although with the uber liberal, European style vacation policy I enjoyed with my job at the time, I actually ticked off quite a few trips from my lists each year. Still, there were always more that got kicked down the road. Leftovers to be added to the next year’s list with the new ideas. For the past couple years, due to a variety of life circumstances, my trips, for the most part, have ranged a little closer to home. While the itch to pack up and hit the road still burns, I’ve developed a deeper appreciation for the everyday adventures nearby. The possibilities for arranging our daily lives in a way that maximizes enjoyment of the remarkable outdoor opportunities we have so close at hand is only limited by our own creativity. I may not be bik-

ing to Alaska this year, or even likely traveling much farther than Sandpoint very often this summer, but I’m determined to have a damn good time right here at home. In that spirit, here’s a local summer adventure idea list for the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene areas for those of us who may not stray too far this summer: Bike the Centennial Trail between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene and back, Camp at Riverside State Park on the edge of downtown Spokane and hike or bike the vast trail network, Rally some friends and go disc golfing on one of the many local courses, Rent a SUP on Lake Coeur d’Alene and paddle around Tubbs Hill, Ride to Cheney on the Fish Lake Trail for lunch and back, Take hang gliding lessons from Inland Air Sports, Camp at Liberty Lake County Park and hike

downtown Coeur d’Alene, Be a trail angel and sign up for a WTA or Evergreen East trail building project, Find a tranquil back road or singletrack route and bike with your buddies for a drink at your favorite brewery, Explore the “secret beaches” along the Spokane River and spend the day swimming (just don’t eat the sand), Ride part or all of the Coeur D’Fondo route, Try to photograph a moose, deer, and coyote within the city limits of Spokane (wildlife hat trick!), Find and hike the closest Spokane County Conservation Futures property to your house, Ride new MTB trails in the Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani area, Go paddleboarding on the Spokane River just up from downtown and paddle over to No-Li and Ramblin Road for a beer or two (wait until river flows are safer), Go boat camping

The possibilities for arranging our daily lives in a way that maximizes enjoyment of the remarkable number of outdoor recreation opportunities we have so close at hand is only limited by our own creativity. or bike to the summit of Mica Peak, MTB the Canfield Trail system as a big loop starting from the Fernan Lake side and ending up back in Coeur d’Alene, Learn to fly fish at one of Swedes Fly Shop’s free Fly Fishing 101 classes, SUP the lower Spokane River (FLOW Adventures also runs tubing trips on this stretch if you want to try floating in the safety of a group), Hike every official trail in the Dishman Hills Natural Area, Run the beaches and lake neighborhoods around

for a night on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Explore a section of the Columbia Plateau Trail beyond Cheney, Hike along the Little Spokane River and the new section of the Knothead Trail loop. If you feel inspired and so inclined, post your local or regional photos and trip reports on our Facebook page or share them with us at editor@ //

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