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U-Climb Northbend, New 150-Mile Bike Ride, WA Trails Conference
p.11 / Everyday Cyclist The Joy of Underbiking By John Speare
p.12 / Roadtrips East Cascades and Backpacking Glacier Park By David Tagnani and Amy S. McCaffree
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FROMTHEEDITOR: four years of feedback Itâ€™s our four-year anniversary. Hereâ€™s a list I like to call, â€œOTM Articles That Got the Biggest Reader Responseâ€”Good and Badâ€”From Our First Four Years.â€? In reverse order of impact: 7. â€œThe Best Local Rocks Youâ€™ve Never Climbed,â€? a cover story by in our September 2006 issue is still our most requested back issue. The story features a map and route descriptions of the McLellan Rocks in Riverside State Park. 6. â€œCritical Mass Controversyâ€? in our January 2006 issue, which featured pro and con letters to the editor was the result of a flurry of contentious letters regarding our coverage of the event. 5. Jess Walterâ€™s â€œSleddingâ€? in our December
2006 issue. People love Jess Walter. OTM received a whole new crop of readers when Jessâ€™ year long column ran in 2006-2007, but the piece, where he â€œstumbled upon some kind of sledding swingers communityâ€? might have been his most popular. 4. My Spokane Raceway Park editorial in April 2008. Iâ€™ve had some great response from editorials (especially the January 2008 one about mice in the compost pile) but this was the biggest. I was ripped for supporting â€œwasting fossil fuel,â€? and praised for endorsing country ownership of a great bicycle road-racing course. 3. â€œDowntown Kayak Park: Impossible Dream?â€? cover story from our debut issue
September 2004. The Whitewater Park was effectively dead until we ran this articleâ€”and then it was added to the Great River Gorge Priority Projects list, where many dedicated folks have pushed it closer to reality. 2. Ongoing â€œSustainable Livingâ€? coverage. When we launched the first green living column in local media in 2005 the response wasnâ€™t universally positive. Our profile of the small, electric Commuter Cars prompted a reader to write that anyone who drove them was â€œgay.â€? Since then the response to â€œSustainable Livingâ€? has been terrific and includes a popular spin-off, the Go Green Directory, which has just published itâ€™s fourth
annual edition. 1. Bicycles As Transportation coverage. An article we ran about bicycle commuting in December 2004 was the first in a long string of articles, cover stories, and event sponsorships that included Spokaneâ€™s first cover story on urban cycling, and a profile of the Village Bicycle Projectâ€”both in 2007â€”and the first local column on cycling, â€œEveryday Cyclist.â€? Readers have loved these pieces and the momentum for city cycling in the area continues to build. ----------------------------------------------------JON SNYDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF firstname.lastname@example.org
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For the past several years, volunteers from the Spokane Mountaineers, the Backcountry Horsemen, Washington Trails Association, and Conservation Northwest have been helping the Colville National Forest with trail maintenance efforts in the Salmo Priest Wilderness Area and surrounding wild areas. Volunteer trail work is a fun, fulfilling way to get out in nature with old and new friends, learn about wilderness traditions and tools, and give something back to the trails that make it possible for so many of us to enjoy our treasured wild places and wildlife. No experience is required and families and youth are welcome. All work party locations are about 2.5 hour drive north of Spokane. E-mail email@example.com for more information. We are wolf-less no longer in Washington state. Last month, we got proof-positive that wild wolves are back in Washington. An animal that was struck and killed on a road in near Tum Tum was genetically confirmed to be a wolf, not a wolf-dog hybrid. Now that wolves have been confirmed in Washington look for the pro and anti wolf debate to rage. Also last month, a judge in Idaho blocked an upcoming wolf hunt. Washington State Department of Health reminds us as summer heats up, the risk of contracting West Nile virus increases. Most people think mosquito bites are just nuisances, but the truth is West Nile virus can be deadly. Here are the facts: - West Nile virus is a disease passed from infected mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites - It can cause a potentially serious illness affecting the central nervous system - It can be very serious – even deadly – for some people, especially those over age 50 - It often cause symptoms similar to having the flu - It causes some people to develop severe illness, including a high fever, headache, neck stiffness, and/or disorientation. See a doctor immediately if suspect you may have contracted West Nile Virus. SpokesFest, a new cycling event and recreational ride kicks off on September 7. Starting in Spokane’s downtown Riverfront Park, near the Flour Mill, SpokeFest riders will travel along some of the region’s most memorable roads. Riders will experience the Centennial Trail, Riverside State Park, ride along the Spokane River, and finish alongside Spokane Falls. The Post Street Bridge area will be closed to traffic, and will host the finish area with music along with a cycling expo and health fair. The short course, designed for younger children, will loop around Riverfront Park in the downtown area which will include music and entertainment for all to enjoy. And as a non-competitive event , riders will be encouraged to enjoy their time, enjoy the region and enjoy riding their bikes. Registration and Pancake feed 7am River Loop (21 miles) starts at 9am Park Ride (1 mile) starts at 10am. More info at www.spokefest.org. Twin Eagles Wilderness School will be holding a special, focused BLITZ BUILD of there new Wilderness School building from August 10 - 23, during which time they are expecting a significant turnout to help raise the walls and roof. At some point in early August they will be holding a feast and giveaway community event that will acknowledge our appreciation for this phenomenal experience. They need skilled and
unskilled help, children, women & men are all welcome to attend with or without building tools! There are many projects that need support from home-building, land caretaking and permaculture projects (great for kids), cleanup, family support. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a good way of contacting them right now, as well as our their phone: (208) 597-1069. Camp Dart-Lo Day Camp Features 2 “Ecoweeks” for 2008 Season. Dart-Lo Day Camp in north Spokane will feature two Eco Weeks in addition to nine other theme weeks that range in focus from water fun to geology. “All sessions will still feature quality programming, archery, swimming, songs, games, outdoor cooking and session add-ons,” explains Bert Whitaker, Camp Dart-Lo Director, “the themes for the session will just add an extra focus to the activities that we do.” The first Eco week, which runs Aug. 18-22, focuses on sustainable living in the 21st Century, including renewable energy, ecosystem health and emerging “green” concepts in our society. The second Eco Week from Aug. 25-29 explores “Habitat and Home,” a look into water and weather in our own backyard. “The Inland Northwest is known for its natural beauty,” says Whitaker, “in order to preserve the outdoors for future generations, we must start teaching our children now to appreciate and care for the land.” For more information or to register for camp, visit www.dartlo.org or call 509-7476191 x10. What do you think about using Conservation Futures money to buy the downtown YMCA? OTM editor recent sent this letter to the powers that be: Dear Director Chase, Director Russell, Commisioner Mager, Commisioner Meilke, Commisioner Richard, I urge you not to consider using Conservation Futures funds to acquire the YMCA property in Riverfront Park. I am puzzled as to why you would consider using County funds on this matter. The size and recreational value of the land is small, but the cost is huge. How many larger, more deserving, Conservation Futures properties will go un-purchased because of the money used on this parcel? As a member of the recreational and conservation community I think I speak for many when I say I’d trade the YMCA property in a heartbeat for more projects such as Antoine Peak. I’m also concerned about the opportunity cost to the City Parks Department for purchasing and operating the YMCA. My neighborhood, Peaceful Valley, just completed a park charrette process to take citizen action to improve our parks. Our play equipment is dangerous and our community center in woefully uderfunded. Will the YMCA property make further funds unavailable to us? Will it threaten Joe Albi re-development? Or Iron Bridge? Or the Great Gorge Park? Or a Native American Interpretive Center? Or ongoing Parks and Rec programs in danger of being cut? It’s too high a price to pay. All of the above mentioned projects are more worthy expenditures. I don’t understand the opposition to a residential tower at the YMCA site. Spokane desperately needs more density. The Tower development wouldn’t threaten views of the falls. The Parks Board has had the opportunity for decades to purchase the property but they declined to do so until the price had appreciated into the stratosphere. Please take careful consideration before you spend County dollars on the YMCA. Sincerly, Jon Snyder //
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Over 80 people paddled and rafted their way down the Spokane River, a 120 mile expedition that started at North Idaho College and ended at the confluence of the Columbia River (Lake Roosevelt). The trip was organized by the Spokane River Forum, a newly formed non-profit dedicated to being an information clearinghouse for all things Spokane River. Andy Dunau, the Forum’s Executive Director, says “We think the best way to learn about the river is to be on the river. People will take care of what they know and feel connected to.” Each day 20 to 35 people joined the expedition. Eagles, osprey, mergansers and geese accompanied participants downstream. Along the way, twenty four presentations from people representing homeowners, non-profits, industry and tribes
were made. Jeanette Murphy, a participant that traveled the length of the river, notes “The focus of the trip was the river, a community was formed by the experience. It was like an awakening.” Participants noted the dramatic changes in wilderness and land use from the headwaters to the confluence. “McMansions” that were side by side with landscaping right down to the water’s edge greeted them above Post Falls Dam. As they went through Spokane Valley, the embankments were steep and housing sporadic so there is almost no sense of the urban/suburban sprawl that lies close by. Increasing sounds of traffic and some homeless encampments let participants know they were coming into the City of Spokane. Below downtown, rafting guides took them through whitewater, the gorge and Riverside State Park. On the other side of Nine Mile Dam was Lake Spokane, a 24 mile reservoir that represents the end of the free flowing sections of the Spokane River. Between Long Lake Dam and Little Falls dam lays a 5 mile stretch of untouched, scenic and beautiful wilderness. Nature remains largely untouched for a few miles below Little Falls dam. Eventually the river widens as the Columbia approaches. Boating and recreation increase as campgrounds and marinas provide services. In contrast to the beginning of the trip, the shores of the Spokane Indian Tribal Reservation are being preserved for future generations. The River Forum plans to build on the success of the expedition. “This year we created a unique learning experience for over 80 people. Next year, our goal is to put more than 500 people on the river. We want to create the equivalent of “river docents” who can tell various parts of the river story. As more and more folks become engaged, we trust that they’ll find ways to become more involved in celebrating and taking care of the river.” For information about the River Forum and upcoming activities, go to www.spokaneriver.net.
State trails conference coming spokane to host washington trail advocates in october Trail enthusiasts of all persuasions are invited to the 2008 Washington State Trails Conference to be held in Spokane, for the first time. Scheduled for October 3rd and 4th, 2008 at the Convention Center, the conference will feature pre- and post-conference field trips. The trips are designed to showcase area trails and will include the Centennial Trail, Fish Lake Trail, and (for kayakers) the Little Spokane River Trail. Kaye Turner, host committee chair, says that if past experience is any indication, this gathering, sponsored by the Washington State Trails Coalition will be well attended by all those who travel by foot, bicycle, kayak, snowmobile, crosscountry ski, off-road vehicle and horseback.
Turner encourages those with an interest in trails to attend in order to spend time with others in the trail community: the dreamers, advocates, planners, funders, builders, users, and volunteers who make Washington state such a great place to recreate. This 10th annual conference will offer informative sessions and breakouts presented by our state’s non-profit organizations and government leaders at the local, state, and federal level.
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Registration is now open for the CHaFE 150, which premieres on Saturday, Sept. 13, on a nearly 150-mile loop route from Sandpoint, Idaho, through northwestern Montana and back to Sandpoint. This first annual ride is limited to just 250 entrants, accepted on a first-come basis. Registrations are now being taken online at www. chafe150.org. Notwithstanding the double meaning of “chafe” for such an ambitious ride, CHaFE stands for “Cycle Hard For Education.” The event is being staged by the Sandpoint-based Panhandle Alliance for Education. All money raised by the ride is earmarked for a new program to support early childhood literacy, with the goal of providing young kids a successful start in school—and in life. Though the distance is challenging, the CHaFE route poses no major uphill climbs or mountain passes as it winds on smooth pavement through lake and river valleys in the frontal ranges of the northern Rocky Mountains. The route starts in Sandpoint and heads east along the picturesque northern shore of Lake Pend Oreille and into Montana. Riders then head north through the scenic Bull River Valley at the base of the rugged Cabinet Mountains, then west following the glacial-green Kootenai River to Bonners Ferry, and finally south back to Sandpoint.
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About 5 years ago, Grant Petersen, owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek, California, wrote a short piece called “The Underbike.” The essay described how riding a bike unfit for a given ride could make the ride more rewarding. For example, riding a mountain bike on a century ride and keeping up with the road bikers is a great accomplishment. Or riding a road bike on technical single track is a test of finesse far outweighing the bike-handling skills required to bomb through the same single track on a fully-suspended mountain bike. These are both examples of “underbiking.” When I read that essay about 4 years ago, I had just started riding road bikes. I loved the speed and agility of the road bikes, but I missed the exploration of trails and logging roads that a mountain bike allowed. Reading the essay “allowed” me to ride my road bikes on trails and logging roads. In retrospect, it’s silly to need that kind of permission to go and do what cyclists had done for years. Look at the old Tour de France photos: guys on fixed gear bikes riding over unpaved mountain passes. Look at photos taken in developing countries with people hauling enormous loads on rickety, cheap bikes over rural trails. Of course you can ride a road bike on dirt roads. And of course you can learn to ride that same road bike on technical single track and down fast gravel-road descents. What’s surprising is that it’s fun. In fact the more you do, the more you realize that underbiking is normal. To have to actually have a term for it seems silly. Like most cyclists I know, until I began underbiking, I divided the world of “serious” cycling into “road” and “mountain” biking. This is a common and false distinction that I believe, has been unintentionally created by the bike industry itself. Much like the car industry, which has convinced us that our self-worth and identity are reflected in car we purchase, the bike industry has invented a bike for every type of “life style:” XC mountain bike, down hill mountain bike, urban bike, city bike, country bike, time trial bike, cruiser, racing bike, tri-bike, road bike, cyclocross bike, hybrid bike, comfort bike, etc, etc. Theoretically, each of these bikes is optimized for the lifestyle or terrain that they are marketed towards. Generally speaking, the more specialized the task that the bike is designed for, the less useful the bike is for other tasks. For example, in the case of road bikes, which have almost universally
devolved into single purpose racing bikes, there is a near-zero tolerance for utility. Or take the “cruiser.” If there is any other scenario besides sub-tenmile-an-hour slogs that this bike is optimized for, I’m all ears. It’s no wonder the “serious” mountain bikers (degree of “seriousness” here is expressed in the ratio of the amount of suspension travel to the cost of the bike) haul their bikes on cars to take a ride. Actually riding a “serious” mountain bike any non-trivial distance on the road is grueling. These are all opinions that can be dismissed just by looking at cycling history and even at folks in our own neighborhood. There’s a guy named Charlie in the Spokane Bike Club that rides an ancient cruiser on many of the road rides. Not only does he keep up on these rides, he leads many of them. There’s another local guy named David Blaine who, a month ago, rode over 1300 miles including around 83,000 feet of elevation gain in just over a week in his attempt at the Great Divide Race. He was on a single-speed mountain bike. The bike god himself, Lance Armstrong, wrote a book called, “It’s Not About the Bike.” The history of cycling is full of people that have sought out their goal and achieved it without regard to the bike they rode. I have a friend who lives in Seattle and loves to explore by bike: the more remote the exploration, the better. In Petersen lingo, my friend Alex is an underbiker. When Alex visited Spokane a couple months ago, he was impressed by how quickly we could ride out of town and be on dirt roads. I took him out to Badger Lake via trails, paved roads, and dirt roads, where we camped overnight on the lake. Indeed, Spokane cyclists are fortunate to live in such a richly diverse cycling environment. I can’t imagine riding in this area and being limited only to paved roads. The vast majority of interesting experiences, people, camp sites, and vistas I have discovered in the Spokane area have been via dirt roads and trails that may be up to half-a-day’s ride away from home. Therefore, every bike I own is suitable for riding logging roads and trails as well as paved roads. And none of my bikes are mountain bikes. If you love cycling, try underbiking. Yes, it’s a cheesy term for what should be a normal experience. But sometimes all you need is the permission to try something that is not “normal.” John Speare grew up and lives in Spokane. He rides his bike everywhere. Check out his blog at http://cyclingspokane.blogspot.com.
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Two Quick-Fixes in the East Cascades Hiking The North Fork Teanaway River And Icicle Creek // by David Tagnani
The Inland Northwest is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and public land. There is something for everyone here, from innumerable rivers and lakes to dark forests and high mountains. Well, relatively high mountains. If you crave the rocky, glaciated grandeur of higher peaks, there’s only one solution: head west. Not too far west, mind you. The east side of the Cascades is home to some of the most scenic and popular destinations in the entire range and can be reached in about three-and-a-half hours from Spokane. Though there are any number of approaches to the spectacular Alpine Lakes Wilderness, sandwiched between I-90 and highway 2, the Teanaway River valley and the Icicle Creek drainage provide two of the easiest and most impressive.
a meadow on the trail to Stuart Lake, Stuart range in the background (Icicle Creek area) // photos david tagnani.
North Fork Teanaway River: This popular river valley is located just northeast of Cle Elum, on the southern edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Following the North Fork Teanaway River Road (see below for directions), you eventually enter the Wenatchee National Forest. The river is on your left, continually shrinking as you proceed, eventually becoming nothing more than a large stream. The mountains rise and close in on you the further up you go, with 9415 ft. Mt. Stuart dominating to the north.
The view! The river, the mountains, the forest . . . it is well worth the modest charge Once you reach National Forest land, the accommodations in the Teanaway River valley are great in quantity. All sites are primitive camping sites, however, so your choices are limited in that regard. There are numerous individual sites along the river and two formal campgrounds, Beverly and De Roux. Amenities are sparse: picnic tables and pit toilets are it. For all of this opulence, you are charged a fee or required to have a forest pass. But the view! The river, the mountains, the forest . . . it is well worth the modest charge. From here, your hiking options are nearly unlimited. Remember, you are in a river valley deep in the Cascades; any route you choose will head up, up, up. But again, the views! Most routes lead up to mountain passes and afford breathtaking, close-up views of massive Mt. Stuart and the rest of the Stuart range. Get high enough and you will see Mt. Rainier to the southwest. On a clear day, Mt. Adams is visible in the distance. Icicle Creek: All of those beautiful mountains visible from downtown Leavenworth are accessible via Icicle Road. Following Icicle Creek deep into the heart of the ALW, Icicle Road grants access to perhaps the most famous hiking area in the state of 12
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Washington: the Enchantments. But for those not up for the long and grueling hike, or not lucky enough to have a permit to enter the area, Icicle Road leads to plenty of other opportunities. The drive itself is beautiful: you follow the whitewater of Icicle Creek as it winds its way between Icicle Ridge and the Stuart Range. Four campgrounds are available along Icicle Road: Eightmile, Bridge Creek, Johnny Creek, and Ida Creek. There are three other campgrounds further on, but the road has been destroyed by a debris slide just past Ida Creek Campground, so the upper reaches of the drainage will be inaccessible until next summer, possibly longer. But the most popular trails are still accessible. The hiking opportunities along Icicle Road are more limited due to the road closure, but the trailheads that remain accessible offer access to unparalleled scenery. Two separate trailheads lead to the top of Icicle Ridge, the Fourth of July Creek trail and the Icicle Ridge trail. The Snow Lakes trailhead is the traditional starting point for those making the pilgrimage to the Enchantments area. The forest road near Bridge Creek campground leads to the trailhead for Stuart and Colchuck Lakes. These beautiful alpine lakes make great dayhiking destinations, but this trail is also known for offering “backdoor” access to the Upper Enchantment basin via Aasgard Pass. Both the Teanaway River valley and the Icicle Creek drainage offer (relatively) quick and easy access to spectacular Cascade scenery. The areas are popular and well maintained, and the roads easily navigable in any type of vehicle. Since this is the case, don’t expect solitude at either place. For that, you have to get on the trail, stretch your leg muscles, and go up. //
WHEN YOU GO // North Fork Teanaway River: Travel west on I-90 for 174 miles and exit at US-97 North, toward Wenatchee. After 19 miles, turn left on WA-970. After a few miles you will see a sign for the Teanaway River. Turn right onto Teanaway River Road. Follow this road, staying on the North Fork branch, until you find a campsite or campground that suits you. The further you go, the more impressive the scenery.
Icicle Creek: Travel west on I-90 for 128 miles and exit at WA-281 North, toward Quincy / Wenatchee. After approximately 10 miles you will reach the town of Quincy; turn left on WA-28. Continue on WA-28 for 34 miles, through Wenatchee. Turn left on US-2 / US-97, following the signs for Seattle / Ellensburg. Follow US-2 to Leavenworth. On the west side of town, before entering the twisting, mountainous stretch of the highway, turn left on Icicle Road (look for Osprey Rafting Company on the corner). For many trailheads and campgrounds at both locations, you will need a Northwest Forest Pass. Check http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/ wenatchee/ for details. //
roadtrips Backpacking Bliss at Glacier National Park A Great Trip For Advanced Backpackers // By Amy Silbernagel McCaffree the northeast section of the park, which is primarily accessed from the Chief Mountain Trailhead— located only 500 feet from the Canadian border off Chief Mountain International Highway (Hwy 17). When the higher elevation trails like the Ptarmigan Tunnel or Redgap Pass are accessible, you can also hike to the Belly River area starting from Many Glacier. To reach the east side of the park, you can drive from West Glacier to St. Mary along the überscenic and historic Going-to-the-Sun Road. But be aware that traffic during peak tourist season (July and August) is slow and often bumper-tobumper. Because the pass wasn’t yet open when we visited in June this year, we drove around the perimeter of the park on Highways 2, 49 and 89 to St. Mary Lake, only an additional 39 miles from West Glacier. Any of the drive-in campgrounds would make for a good stop the night before a backpacking trip. We chose the Rising Sun Campground, which was closest to our trailhead (although still 43 miles away). Day one in the backcountry consisted of hiking 8.8 miles to our first destination, Cosley Lake Campground. The first two miles of the trail descend 800 feet to the river valley then pass through aspen groves and grassy meadows with views of Chief, Gable, Sentinel and Bear Mountains. When we got to the Gable Creek Camp at 6.2
Backpacking with a bug net along Elizabeth Lake. // Photo by Amy McCaffree
Hiking two miles an hour into the wilderness with forty pounds on your back creates its own type of Zen state. And the most pure way to explore Glacier National Park (GNP), in Montana, is by venturing into its backcountry. Only a five-hour drive from Spokane to West Glacier, GNP is not for the casual backpacker. There are over 700 miles of trails, drowning is the number one cause of death in the park, and you must view the National Park Service’s 14-minute video on bears, mountain lions and personal safety before receiving a backcountry permit. To start planning your Glacier trip, first go to the park’s Web site: www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm. I also recommend consulting a guidebook to help plan the most enjoyable backpacking route for everyone in your group. We used Vicky Spring’s Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park (Second Edition), published by Mountaineers Books in 2003. Applications for advanced backcountry campground reservations are accepted starting April 15, with a $30 fee. Although this is recommended to get your most desired campsites (there are only about 4-5 sites per campground), a permit can also be obtained 24 hours in advance since about half of the sites are kept available for walk-ins. Regardless of when you get your permit, there is a $5 visitor fee per person, per day. If you want to drive through the park, you’ll also need a $25 vehicle permit, good for seven days. The National Park Service divides Glacier Park into eight different backcountry areas: Belly River, Goat Haunt, Many Glacier, Lake McDonald, North Fork, St. Mary, Two Medicine and Walton. (Spring’s guidebook categorizes them somewhat differently.) My husband and I chose the Belly River, located in
Drowning is the number one cause of death in the park. miles, where many backpackers choose to stay their first night, we turned at the junction to cross the Belly River suspension bridge. Although most trail junctions we encountered were well marked, it’s best to equip yourself with a map and compass (and even a GPS). Each of Glacier’s backcountry campgrounds have the same basic layout: a designated food preparation area that all campers must use, a food storage area consisting of a cable strung between trees (each group is required to carry 25 feet of rope for hanging food and other odiferous items), a pit toilet, and a limited number of marked tent sites. (Some campgrounds have food storage lockers because of flying squirrels.) Summer days are long at Glacier, especially in June when it only gets dark enough for a headlamp around 10:45 p.m. (MDT). We slept well and ate even better, thanks to the delicious, easy-to-make meals from freezerbagcooking.com. As far as wildlife encounters, mule deer, birds and ground squirrels were the most common animals seen along the trails and at campgrounds. Day two was a 5.8-mile trek from Cosley Lake Campground to Elizabeth Lake, where we had reservations at the head campground. The trail requires fording the river at the ranger-named “Cosley Lake Outlet Safety Cable.” We were
expecting a knee-deep crossing, but the cold, swift-moving flow was nearly four feet deep at one point, rising to our mid-torsos. Day three included some lake fly-fishing at a cove protected from the strong wind. Arctic grayling and rainbow trout were busy there, making for a productive hour of catch and release. After completing the 5.1 mile hike to the green and lush Gable Creek Campground (completing more or less a loop from this point on day one), we savored the panoramic views from the meadow at the Belly River Ranger Station – the residence of a husbandwife ranger pair this summer. Day four was a six-mile hike out, for a trip total of 25.7 miles. And a seven-hour drive later, we were home in Spokane, planning our next trip to Glacier for some more backcountry bliss. //
WHEN YOU GO // The most direct driving route from Spokane is I-90 east to Exit 33/St. Regis. Turn left onto Highway 135, heading northeast. Follow the network of two-lane highways to Kalispell. Then take Highway 2 to Columbia Falls and continue to West Glacier.
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fter any good endorphin filled day out on the trail, river, or crag, the responsible albeit somewhat boring next step would probably include downing a bottle of electrolytes or a couple of energy bars.A MUCH MORE REWARDING, YET ADMITTEDLY LESS HEALTH CONSCIOUS OPTION,
is to join your fellow nature jocks at the nearest watering hole for some greasy bar food and perhaps a beer or two to wash it all down. Upon choosing the latter alternative, your only next real decision is where to go. Fortunately for you, some of the most well-preserved examples of Old West culture, our treasured small-town saloons, can also be found nearby many trailheads, put-ins, and other recreational attractions. This introduction to some of the more interesting and authentic Old West taverns and bars in the Inland Northwest gives you a sampling from across the region. You’ll find one nearby just about anywhere you might be headed this summer, so there’s no excuse not to turn your next bout of post-adventure hedonism into a western
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history lesson. ------------------------------------------------------1. The Snake Pit, Enaville, ID The historic, 120-year old restaurant and bar a little over an hour east of Spokane is equal parts Old West museum and saloon with a family friendly feel. The rustic, two-story building has seen many changes over the years, including the closing of its once widely renowned brothel, but has managed to keep its unique character alive. The Snake Pit, also known as the Enaville Resort, although I’ve never actually heard anyone call it that, is teeming with historical oddities that draw guests off their bar stools to explore around the place like prospectors. Joe Breckenridge paintings share wall space with a bighorn sheep photo
that once belonged to Evil Knieval. An antique plate collection hangs across the room from a double deer head mount. There is a stone fireplace that was built with the help of patrons who brought in a few rocks and trinkets one at a time. And the building itself is an oddity full of its own stories, including several accounts of how the place got the Snake Pit name. Known in the past as Josie’s, the Clark Hotel, and other less flattering names, the Snake Pit has always served the region’s railroad men, loggers, and miners in one way or another. Legend has it that historical figures and outlaws like Wyatt Earp would drop in now and then. Owner Joe Peak explained the Snake Pit’s attraction this way: “People come to North Idaho to see what Idaho was and is, and we’re the real
thing.” I guess that just might sum up the Snake Pit’s success. The food and drink—including Rocky Mountain Oysters, steaks, seafood, BBQ, weekend buffet specials, cocktails and assorted micro beers—can also be a good reason to detour Snake Pit way after your next North Idaho/I-90 area trip. Kids are welcome daily until 9:00 p.m. in the smoke-free restaurant, which is often closing time. (208) 682-3453 ----Things to do There are plenty of reasons to make a fall road trip out in Snake Pit country. The 72-mile paved Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, one of the Northwest’s premier paved recreational trails, is just a few hundred yards across the street (Enaville Trailhead-
Mile 47.1). The beautiful North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, a free-flowing native trout fishery a stone’s throw away from the Snake Pit, is an attraction all its own for boaters and anglers. Hiking on the Independence Creek and North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River Trails or a drive up to the Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars or Shadow and Fern Falls make easy weekend adventures. ----Directions From Spokane, take I-90 east through Coeur d’Alene, up and over 4th of July Pass, to Exit 43 (Kingston). Take a left and head north about 1.5 miles up the Coeur d’Alene River Road. Look for the Snake Pit on your right. ------------------------------------------------------2. The Palace Bar, Whitefish, MT The Palace contrasts strikingly with the great big skies, towering peaks, and sparkling blue lakes and rivers of Northwest Montana. Little natural light penetrates the depths of its dark, smoky bar room. It’s the perfect place to hide from the summer sun and spill a few tears in your beer over some old country jukebox tunes and the flicker of electronic gaming machines. For most of its nearly 100-year life, the Palace has stuck with serving beer and booze, but with a name like the Palace, it’s probably no surprise that there was once a brothel above the bar. Nowadays, the heart of the Palace’s western spirit and decor is its original Brunswick back bar, which as the sign out front reads, was shipped up the Missouri River by steamer to Fort Benton, then overland by wagon and finally across Flathead Lake by boat. It was well worth the long trip. The dark wooden carvings, gleaming glass and lights, and brightly colored bottles glowing together there behind the bar is borderline art. Expect a well-stocked liquor collection, a decent selection of micros to compliment your usual arsenal of domestics, and a menu of basic bar food. Hours may vary. (406) 862-2428. ----THINGS TO DO Glacier National Park is about a half hour away. There are enough world-class hiking, biking, boating, camping and wildlife viewing opportunities in and around the park to keep you adventuring for a lifetime. ----GETTING THERE The Palace is smack dab downtown Whitefish on Central Ave. From Spokane, drive east on I-90 to St. Regis Montana and head north on Highway 135. After about 20 miles, take a left on Highway 200 and then go about 8 miles before taking a right onto Highway 28. Keep going approxi-
mately 50 miles and take your final turn left at the junction with Highway 93. From there, it’s pretty much a straight charge north through the Flathead Valley about 50 miles to Whitefish. ------------------------------------------------------3. Sprag Pole Steak and Rib House, Murray, ID Hidden a few miles off the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River up against the mountainous Montana state line, the entire town of Murray looks like a real life western movie set with its main street lined with old, weathered false front buildings. The Sprag Pole is the main attraction in town, however, with its authentic western spirit that might give you the feeling that you’ve stumbled into some lost-in-time, back-of-beyond outlaw hangout if it wasn’t for the exceptionally friendly staff and the family friendly restaurant (that deserves a special note). After doing a fair amount of “field research” for this article and a future guidebook to Old West saloons, I’ve heard the line about having the best burger around a few too many times to take it very seriously. At the Sprag Pole, they weren’t kidding. Their burger was so damn good it’s worth making a big deal over. And while I haven’t tried anything else off their menu (yet), it’s substantial and worth additional research. With the bar and restaurant basically integrated into the same room, you get the sense that you’re enjoying your beer or meal in a museum, which, technically, you are. Established in 1885, the Sprag Pole, named after supporting poles that were needed before a remodel in 1933, is actually a restaurant, bar, and free 10,000 square foot museum that boasts the world’s longest wood chain, a restored 1904 carnival organ, historical photos, a mining exhibit, blacksmith shop, and an old fashioned school room exhibit among other collectibles and antiques. But don’t let the good food and smiling barkeeps fool you. The Sprag Pole and Murray for that matter are as rich with seedy history as the hills around town were in gold and silver back in the day. Local legends like Molly B’ Damn ran a thriving business as one of Murray’s “Gold Street Madams.” There is plenty of history here to be discovered for yourself in the museum and on the bar stool. Hours are 10 AM to closing seven days a week. 1-866-886-7713 ----THINGS TO DO Take the quarter mile walk up to the Murray Cemetery where you’ll find the graves of infamous Murray characters including Molly B’ Damn and Terrible Edith or drive or bike to the top of Thompson Pass, where there are trailheads to several mountain lakes. Other nearby sites and facing page: The Palace in Whitefish. The white horse saloon is another great western bar , not featured here, but will be included in an upcoming guidebook. // photos: Derrick knowles.
The sprag pole. // photo shallan dawson.
hikes are the same as those listed for the Snake Pit. ----Directions Head east on I-90 from Spokane and take the Kingston exit (the same as for the Snake Pit), but continue past Enaville another 26 miles mostly along the North Fork of the Coeur d’ Alene River. Follow the signs to Prichard, Murray, and Thompson Pass. ------------------------------------------------------4. Imnaha Store and Tavern, Imnaha, OR Located 220 miles south of Spokane, near the edge of the deepest canyon in North America, is one of the Inland Northwest’s most unique middle-of-nowhere, Old-West drinking establishments—the Imnaha Store and Tavern. The 100-year old building has an authentic edge that sets it apart from many other western watering holes that now mainly cater to sandal and spandex clad weekend warriors. The seasoned wood interior offers cheap entertainment in the form of aging photos of past patrons, political jabs, satirical stickers, and other historical oddities adorning the walls. A row of barstools and some booth seating are all that separate the bar from the austere shelves of the store where one can purchase basic canned goods and camping staples along the back wall. It’s the kind of place where even a Western playing on the only T.V. somehow seems modern and out of place. You get the feeling that time skipped over this remote corner of the world. Where life is still slow and simple and community and local culture trump the over-commercialized buzz of the modern world. In the words of owner Dave Tanzey, quoted in a pre-millennium article in the Oregonian, “We might be in the 20th Century, but that doesn’t mean we have to live that way.” Closing time varies, so call ahead. (541) 577-3111 ----THINGS TO DO Imnaha is an excellent jumping off point to explore the surrounding mountains, canyons,
and abundant wildlife in and around the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Rich Landers 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest and a HCNRA map make for great navigational resources for excursions into the Hells Canyon backcountry. ----Directions The trip to Imnaha is an incredibly scenic and historic 5-hour drive south from Spokane, about 30 miles east of Joseph, Oregon. ------------------------------------------------------5. The Bluebird Inn, Bickleton, WA The tiny town of Bickleton, WA, which bills itself as the “bluebird capital of the world,” has made it by without a gas station but you can bet your ass they’ve got a tavern. One that’s been there since 1882 as a matter of fact. The aptly named Bluebird Inn is the last original building left in Bickleton after years of wildfires ravaging the town and is the oldest operating bar in the state. From the weathered false front exterior, to the original oiled wooden floor inside, the Bluebird has preserved both a beloved gathering place for generations of locals and an authentic piece of Old West history for visitors. Unlike several of the other oldest drinking establishments in the Inland Northwest, the Bluebird doesn’t have the shady past of getting its start peddling multiple pleasures. “It has always been more of a card playing, drinking establishment” said part owner Scott Still. “We’ve still got the original card tables with a cutout in them so the heavy-set former owner Skinny Mains could fit up to the table.” With its two wagon wheels hanging overhead with fruit jar light fixtures and historic pictures of Bickleton’s founder Charles N. Bickle and his wife Fanny, the Bluebird could pass as a museum if patrons weren’t free to walk in, order a beer, and grab a pool cue for a game of pool on a 100 year old Brunswick table. A few things have changed at the Bluebird since 1882. The bar itself has been refurbished with all the local cattle brands stamped into it. And the tavern, which once also served as
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The Palace. // photo: Shallan Dawson
nake Pit. // photo:Shallan Dawson
a barber shop, doubles now as a restaurant, serving sandwiches, burgers, salads, and specials like prime rib. Oh, and children are now welcome to join their parents in the restaurant. Hours vary, so call ahead. (509) 896-2273 ----THINGS TO DO Both the mountain bluebird and western bluebird nest in the Bickleton area and attract wildlife watchers in the spring and fall for their colorful passing along the southeast slope of the Cascades. Long ago, residents began building and maintaining bird houses for the brightly colored birds that have become a part of the town’s identity and a growing tourist attraction. The Columbia River is a mere 25 miles to the south, where there is excellent fishing for salmon and steelhead and the epicenter of Columbia Gorge wind-based water sports out of Hood River. Hiking and mountain biking in and around the Columbia Gorge is plentiful. ----Directions The Bluebird Inn is a little over an hour from the Tri-Cities. From Spokane, take I-90 to Ritzville and head south on 395 to the Tri-Cities. Mapquest your way to Highway 22/Wine Country Rd. then on to the Mabton Highway to Bickleton. You’ll find the Bluebird at 121 E. Market St. downtown. ------------------------------------------------------6. The Brick, Roslyn, WA You may have heard of the Brick referred to as that old bar in Roslyn with a spittoon. Spittoons, in this case a trough along the bar with water running through it, are receptacles for spitting tobacco juice. A truly endangered species in the nake Pit. // photo:derrick knowles
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world of authentic Old West bar relics, the Brick’s original 23-foot long spittoon has been in use since the place opened and is still enjoyed by the dwindling ranks of chawers that pass through its doors. In addition to an antique spitter, the Brick has managed to hold on to a considerable amount of its western charm over the years. All of the tables are over 100 years old and were purchased from Sears & Roebuck, and the back bar was shipped from Cape Horn London in the early 1900s. “We’re the oldest continuously running saloon in the State of Washington,” said Nicole, one of the Brick’s bartenders. And they claim to have the first liquor license, #001, to prove it. The Brick was once the hangout of resident coal miners, but is now sought out by tourists and outdoor rec folks since its few years of fame staring as the bar in the 90s television show Northern Exposure. If the Brick’s Hollywood stardom and Old West spirit isn’t enough to convince you to veer off I-90 to Roslyn on your next trip to or through the Cascades, their full menu from appetizers to steak dinners, a classic shuffleboard table, or a cold beer or huckleberry mojito at a cool place might be. The 21st Century Brick even has its own MySpace page where you can view their impressive live music schedule that includes the likes of Don’t Tell Sophie out of Tacoma set to play at 10PM on August 7th. More music or other info at 509-649-2643 or http:// profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user. viewprofile&friendID=129567820 ----THINGS TO DO Go see Don’t Tell Sophie on August 7th. They’ve
Shuffleboard table at Kuk’s Tavern, Northport, WA. // photo: Derrick knowles
been compared to Built to Spill and Death Cab for Cutie. Roslyn is also a great jumping off point for endless adventures in the Cascades. ----Directions From Spokane, drive west on I-90 about 200 miles and look for the turnoff to Roslyn. It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that. ------------------------------------------------------7. Kuk’s Tavern, Northport, WA Kuk’s is cool. In addition to laying claim to the status of being the oldest continuously run tavern in Washington (note the bragging rights here get very specific and serious), it’s conveniently on the way to and from numerous mountain biking, hiking, and skiing destinations north of the border in Rossland, B.C. A couple blocks off the main drag of Highway 25, the tall, weathered building looks like it belongs in some rain-plagued fishing town along the Oregon Coast instead of on the Columbia River just downstream from Canada. Once inside though you are immediately confronted with the Kuk’s incredible twenty foot shuffleboard table that seems to fill the entire bar with its shiny, lovely surface. If you’re in to tracking down old-school bar games, Kuk’s could be your place. They also have a 1957 bowling machine and some other ancient looking ball game that is definitely older than John McCain and didn’t do much for me except eat a handful of change. Like many other classic, historic Western taverns and bars, Kuk’s, you guessed it, once housed a brothel for the working men in and around Northport. It’s still a genuine working class beer joint, just minus the prostitution and illegal gambling. “It really hasn’t changed all that much since it opened,” noted Mariam, one of the bartenders. “It’s pretty much original.” Kuk’s offers a basic menu of hamburgers, pizza, and other bar food and a selection of mostly domestic beers. It opens at 2PM on weekdays and 1PM on weekends. Closing time varies so call ahead. (509) 732-4443 ----THINGS TO DO
Mountain biking the Seven Summits Trail or hiking the peaks around Red Mountain out of Rossland top the list. Hiking up Abercrombie Mountain, the second highest peak in NE WA, is another worthy adventure. ----Directions Drive North on 395 from Spokane to Kettle Falls and head north on Highway 25 along the Columbia to Northport. Search for Kuk’s a couple blocks off the beaten path towards the river at 400 Summit Ave. ------------------------------------------------------8. The Checkerboard, Spokane, WA It’s not exactly old-school Old West, but the 1700 block of Sprague zone, with its colorful population of prostitutes, bikers, and other assorted hard-looking characters, gives the Checkerboard Tavern enough street creds to squeeze this home grown Spokane watering hole in this guide. The Checkerboard wasn’t ever a brothel. There aren’t any antique pool tables or long stories about the craftsmanship of the bar. And there isn’t even a single dead animal head hanging on the walls. But the place has a simple Spokane style and I’m certain its share of stories if you can talk Elsie, the Checkerboard’s owner, out of them. The building was built in 1928 for some unknown purpose before becoming the Checkerboard in 1933. Since then, renovations and generations of customers have come and gone, but the name and the liquor license have remained the same, giving the Checkerboard the bragging rights of holding the oldest license in the state under the same name at the same location. “I think the bar stools have been here since day one,” noted Elsie. “But a lot of the other stuff has been accumulated over the years.” So what’s the draw exactly? A real-deal, unpretentious, working class beer joint with cheap domestic beer can specials ($1.60), a great jukebox, big sunny windows, bar hotdogs and pizza, and some 1950s nature paintings within biking distance of downtown. Check the Checkerboard out for yourself at 1716 E Sprague. (509) 568-9004. //
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While the training secrets of Tour de France cyclists have been suspect in recent years, one consistent performance-enhancing method is using a power meter. During the Tour, team coaches are carefully observing day-to-day variations in each cyclist’s power production, which gives valuable data on intensity, consistency, fatigue and peak performance. So why use power? Why not just glance at your inexpensive cyclocomputer? The problem with using speed to assess your intensity is that cycling is highly dependent on environmental variables, such as road or trail surface, drafting, and topography. Depending on the course, there can be significant differences between the efforts required to maintain speed on any given ride. Twenty-two miles per hour on the Centennial Trail from Coeur d’ Alene to Higgins Point will be far easier than the same speed up the side of Mt. Spokane! But wait—isn’t that the purpose of heart rate monitoring? While offering a better method of quantifying intensity, there are significant limitations to training with heart rate. Like velocity, heart rate is also dependent on uncontrollable variables like hydration, altitude, temperature, sleep and health status. Heart rate will also vary widely between individuals of different ages and fitness levels. Furthermore, heart rate has a “lagtime,” meaning that a very difficult pedaling effort may not fully affect your cardiovascular system until 30-60 seconds later, when it’s too late to adjust your intensity. Finally, heart rate does not measure your actual performance, but simply your cardiovascular response to any given effort, which means that even when you get fitter, you may not actually know if you’re getting any faster! Power (the amount of work performed during a given time) answers this quantification dilemma. With a power meter, the actual force and velocity of each pedal stroke can be directly measured, providing instant access to quantified data that’s simple to interpret and analyze, typically defined using the metric units of watts. Your power output determines not only your speed, but also the response of physiological variables such as heart rate and fuel utilization, so you get the best of both worlds. There are several power meters on the market. The SRM PowerMeter is the most expensive
($3000-5000) and is considered the gold-standard. It measures your power using strain gauges on the crank, with the output relayed to a handlebar-mounted computer. Powertap is another popular model, but measures power via strain gauges on your hub. While slightly less accurate, the Powertap is more affordable ($1000-2000) and a good option if you only use a single wheel set (you can’t switch the PowerMeter from hub to hub). At a similar price to the Powertap, the Ergomo is a relatively new brand to reach the local US market and also offers a crank-based measurement, but I’ve found bike compatibility to be an issue. Finally, less pricey models, such as iBike and Polar ($500-1000), use chain tension and chain speed to calculate power, but have highly variable accuracy. Once you’ve chosen a power meter and outfitted your bicycle accordingly, you’ll need to determine a few important baseline measurements to track your improvements. The most important and useful test I utilize with my athletes is the functional threshold power measurement, which is the average power produced during a 40-K time trial at maximum sustainable effort. For a less-fit cyclist who may have difficulty maintaining a hard effort for 50+ minutes, this test can be modified to be the average power produced during a series of shorter 15-20 minute efforts. Another important test is the peak power test, which measures maximum power produced in an all-out 30-60 second effort. There’s a highly useful series of in-depth articles at the website http://www.cyclingpeakssoftware.com/power411/. My recommendation for training with power is to begin with threshold and peak power testing, and then begin to ride with your power meter and track your numbers. You’ll have plenty of time for in-depth analysis as you learn more. Importantly, have fun and ride smart. // Ben Greenfield is a certified NSCA personal trainer, NSCA strength and conditioning coach, Serotta bicycle technician and ISSN Sports Nutritionist. He has authored multiple books on metabolism, nutrition and fitness and is an expert in holistic wellness management.
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My wife recently calculated our carbon footprint for a project at the school where she teaches. Just how much CO2 are we contributing to global warming? I was smugly confident that our footprint would be tiny compared to others. We are seriously green, after all, trying to live a simple rural life. We heat with sun and wood, pay a little extra for wind-powered electricity, drive fuel-efficient cars and donâ€™t take too many plane trips; we grow a small vegetable garden, eat local meat and produce, compost and recycle everything possible and buy a lot of used stuff. So weâ€™ve got to be far below the national average. No sweat. We were looking good as she plugged in the numbersâ€”well below average on our household energy use, consumer habits are conservative. But then she got to driving. Suddenly our footprint looked like Sasquatch and bumped our cumulative score up higher than the national average. Like many Westerners, we live in the boonies with nice views, open space and recreational opportunities all around us, but we have to drive ridiculous distances to go anywhere else. Itâ€™s two miles just to the pavement, then another eight or ten to get to the nearest grocery store, my sonâ€™s school or the office of the conservation organization I work for. Even the local farmers market is a solid 12 miles away. We are also dangerously addicted to long road trip vacations. Like many people I know, we love to travel and enjoy the wild countryside. One summer we passed through every Western state and two Canadian provinces in a month. Itâ€™s not surprising that Westerners drive more than the rest of the country. The national average per driver is 14,425 miles a year, while those of us living in the 11 states covered by this newspaper drive 15,238 miles. My home state of New Mexico is one of the worst offenders, with 18,369 miles per year â€“ the fourth highest figure for all 50 states. It comes with the territory of wide open spaces and long distances between cities, as well as the free-wheeling, independent nature of Western cultureâ€”we love the open road. But if youâ€™re serious about reducing your footprint, itâ€™s also part of a questionable trade off for the bucolic rural life. A lot of us harbor the illusion of living an environmentally-conscious life out on the land. Between the old land-based community and more recent back-to-the-earth immigrants around here, many neighbors are trying to sustain local traditions of farming and keeping some livestock, cutting their own firewood, buying local and living off the grid as much as possible. But we turn a blind eye to how much we drive. Everyday I pass friends and neighbors zooming to and from work, getting our kids to school and soccer practice, running important errands, picking up our weekly
CSA produce or raw milk from the farmer up the road. And donâ€™t forget all those meetings about pressing conservation issues. My daughter lives in the steel and concrete of New York City, where thousands of people live on the number of acres where we have three. She is about as far as you can get from living on the land, yet her carbon footprint is tinyâ€”a lot closer to what we all need to reach in order to make a difference. The average annual U.S. carbon footprint is 20.4 tons per person, and driving is about a third of that. My familyâ€™s total footprint with our embarrassing driving habits comes to 24.25 tons. Of course this country provides a very poor yardstick for measuring global resource use. The average worldwide footprint is four tons. According to one website, we need to reach two tons per person to have any effect on global warming. The question, then, is what are we willing to give up? Jared Diamond recently wrote about the economic importance of the number 32. Thatâ€™s the number that describes the difference in consumption and resource use between developed nations and the rest of the worldâ€”that is, we use 32 times as much as everyone else. Part of his point was that it is simply impossible for everyone in the world to enjoy the same quality of life as us. If we want to create a genuinely fair and sustainable world some of us have to learn to do without. But does that mean that I have to reduce my driving to less than 1/32 of what I drive now? I love those long road trips, weekend warrior camping and backpacking and zipping into town for a quick errand or when we need a movie or meal fix. Even as weâ€™re facing the worst environmental consequence of our age, Iâ€™ll bet most of us in the driving-addicted West wonâ€™t give up our vehicles until they pry the steering wheel from our cold, dead fingers. The old Subaru finally died at 313,000 miles, despite our best efforts to keep it going. We canâ€™t afford a hybrid, but hope we can find something that gets better gas mileage. Maybe a horse and buggy. Or maybe Iâ€™ll just quit my job as a professional conservationist and stay home. // Ernest Atencio is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (hcn.org). He spends most of his time driving around his native northern New Mexico working on land conservation projects.
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WA & Priest River, ID. For ages 6 and older. Emphasis on earth-based mentoring. Info: www.twineagles.org. (August) Registration: Sustainable Building Advisor Program. When: Class
meets all-day Friday (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) and Saturday (8 AM – 1 PM). Where: CenterPlace 2426 N. Discovery Place. New session begins September 26th. This nationally-recognized certificate program enables graduates to advise employers or clients on strategies and tools for implementing sustainable building. The course includes, but is not limited to, LEED and Built Green concepts. Cost: $1950, pre-registration required. Info: 509-533-4717 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.iel. spokane.edu/bct/sbap. (August 5) Greening Our Neighborhoods Film Series. When: 7 – 9 PM. Where:
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(August 10) In the Field: S&P Homestead. When: TBD. Where: Otis Orchards. Visit the
farm and learn about small scale farming, farm fresh eggs, the art of drying herbs and fruits. Sponsored by Main Market. Info: www. mainmarket.coop (August 16) Unity In the Community. When:
10 AM – 4 PM. Where: Riverfront Park. Spokane’s signature multicultural celebration. Family-oriented cultural dancers, world music, food and more. Info: www.nwunity. org. (August 16) Earth Plasters Workshop. When: 9 AM – 4 PM. Where: TBD. This
hands-on course with give you both the knowledge and practice you need to tackle your own small earth plastering job. Earth plasters can be used over regular interior gypsum board walls, and are attractive, non-toxic, healthy, and help regulate interior humidity levels. Cost: $89. Info: Theresa Mangrum (509) 533.4717 email@example.com or visit our website www.iel.spokane.edu/bct/ sbap/.
SUSTAINABLE CALENDAR // Monthly topic will be “OptionsLIVING for Urban Sustainability”. Peak oil, environmental decay, poverty, racism and classism are still huge urban challenges. Come learn what you can do. Dollar donation suggested. Info: (509) 325-3104. (August 5) Making Dollars and Sense out of the New Columbia River Water Use Proposal. When: 6PM. Where: REI, 1125 N
Monroe St. Senator Lisa Brown will be the featured speaker and lead off for a discussion regarding the Columbia River Watershed Management Program. Open to the public. Sponsored by The Upper Columbia River Group of the Sierra Club. Info: (509) 3289900, www.rei.com/spokane. (August 9) Kids Day at Riverfront Park. When: 11 AM – 5 PM. Where: Riverfront
Park. Spokane Regional Solid Waste System booth. Features a worm bin and will collect shoes on behalf of the the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program. Info: (509) 625-6800 or www.solidwaste.org.
(August 21) Strawbale Construction Workshop. When: 8 AM, 11 AM, 1:30 PM. Where: 4915 East Upriver Drive. Gain hands-
on experience with Straw Bale construction helping to build affordable green housing. Covers the basics of building walls, creating detail and preparing walls. Cost: $50 (includes lunch) Info: Margy Hall at (208) 443-2420 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (August 23) The Keystone International Arts Festival. When: 10am-4pm. Where:
1800 Block of E. Sprague. Local artisans, musicians and entertainers with Ethnic vendors, Food vendors, Handicrafts and local Community groups. Info: (509) 270-1608, www.oneworldspokane.com. (August 27) In the Field: Green Bluff Organic. When: 5 – 7:30 PM. Where: Green
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what’syourGEAR?[great divide race] by mira copeland DAVID BLAINE
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David Blaine, local chef and cyclist, recently returned from competing in the Great Divide Mountain Bike Race, an endurance race in which the riders are self-supported along a 2,490-mile course from Canada to Mexico. Imagine: You are 140 miles from the next place you’ll see another person, and you’re confident that the bike you’re riding won’t break, the legs you’re pedaling with won’t give out, and that you
have the gear to survive if they do. “Distance riding is my kind of riding—I can’t wheelie or jump my bike, and I like going uphill sometimes rather than downhill,” Blaine says. “Longer distances fit my mentality better.” Blaine chose the GDMBR because “I’ve always been competitive but didn’t always race, so I was attracted to this less-structured race: it’s a mutual agreement to follow the same route and follow the same rules.” And just how does one get geared up for such a staggering endurance challenge? -----------------------------------------------------Bike: An Independent Fabrications Steel Deluxe 29er custom frame. “It was my first custom bike, and it made a world of difference to have the bike fit to me.” “With a single speed bike, it’s really important to have good body position for climbing hills—I like being able to get behind the pedals, because I climb better when I can push forward.” The bike, he says, “rides like a smaller bike but still with the ability to fit bigger wheels.” -----------------------------------------------------Wheels: DTSwiss tk7.1. “They’re not the lightest, but they’re made with Phil Wood hubs, which are pretty much indestructible. That was a big factor in all my gear choices: durability.” -----------------------------------------------------Handlebars: Surly Torsion bar with Ergon grips. “It’s steel, so it has more flexibility and it absorbs more vibrations, and it was very wide (26 inches), giving me a large cockpit,” he says, which accommodated his need for progress tracking and navigation aides. “I was a little jealous of the aero bars [the more
popular choice among competitors] on the flat sections because it’s a way to take pressure off my back and hands, and be able to mix it up a bit.” -----------------------------------------------------Seat: The WTB Laser V Saddle. “It’s almost the defacto saddle in endurance racing,” he says. Blaine planned to use a Koobi saddle to get “more suspension on a route where people complain about the washboard roads tearing up their hands and their backsides” but he broke two while training. For the race, “I went back to the saddle I knew I could trust.” -----------------------------------------------------Gear bags: Instead of the traditional rack with panniers, Blaine used a custom set of bags by Carousel Design Works. “It’s lighter because the bags weigh less than a rack would, and they’re built in a way that allows more normal riding.” He compartmentalized his gear within the bags using lightweight dry bags by Sea to Summit. “I almost could have used more harness-type bags to attach the dry bags to the frame,” he says. -----------------------------------------------------Clothes: Two pairs of bike shorts, two pairs of socks, a sleeveless shirt, and one jersey. He also carried a lightweight Smartwool shirt and tights to wear while sleeping. “Being able to get out of those clothes and get clean was huge,” says Blaine. He also carried a two-ounce O2 jacket and heavy duty rain pants. -----------------------------------------------------Overnight: Black Diamond’s Light Saber bivy, a Mountain Hardwear down sleeping bag, and a Thermarest pad. “And earplugs,” he adds, “my secret weapon.”
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-----------------------------------------------------Hydration: “The biggest challenge is how to carry all the water you need, because with the bags on the bike, you’re blocking your normal water bottle carrier locations.” He used a Chlorine Dioxide liquid treatment, Klear Water, which works faster than the traditional tablets. In hindsight, he says, “A filter seems like a better idea because your water bottles never actually have to touch the stream and only one part of the filter actually goes in the water, so it’s a lot easier to stay hygienic.” Hydration proved to be the weakest link in Blaine’s preparations—he had to be hospitalized upon his arrival in Steamboat Springs, CO, due to a water-borne illness and had to abandon the race. -----------------------------------------------------Nutrition: “There was a lot of regrettable food along the way,” he says. “My normal diet of energy bars and nut-based foods quickly faded,” he says, and “I craved fruit and fresh things, which are tough to find at gas stations along the way, but for some reason they always seem to have those lunch-pack fruit cocktail cups.” The largest portion of his caloric intake was binging when he arrived in towns like Butte, where he tasted his first Burger King Croissan’wich (he bought seven), and the dubious meal he was served in Atlantic City, WY, of undercooked omelet and hash browns. “I ate it nonetheless, because it was calories.” “A better strategy might have been to go as fast as possible between the services along the way,” he says, planning stops only in towns where the food, restrooms, and motels would be more reliable. //
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BLACK KIDS Partie Traumatic (Columbia)
If all debut full-lengths followed this formula, the (music) world would be such a better place. The “formula” here is, well, anything but formulaic, as the much-buzzed about Black Kids simply create infectious gems one after another. It’s interesting at every turn, and never dull. It avoids those first-album pitfalls, and excels with variety and spontaneity. It is, in a word, fantastic.
GHOST OF KYLE BRADFORD “South Downtown” (unsigned)
Seattle’s soon-to-be-talk-of-the-town Kyle Bradford crafts sparsely instrumented pieces of musical heaven. This track (no album just yet, but hopefully soon) is a tribute to an urban metropolis that’s markedly sorrowful, yet manages a glimmer of hope in Bradford’s earnest vocals. The lyrics are brilliantly and tightly crafted glimpses of his life and the lives of those surrounding him. The tracks on his MySpace are all completely great, but it was this line that won us over completely on “South Downtown”: “I’ve been wishing the summers away for so long that the years seem much shorter than they actually are.” Needless to say, keep an eye out.
and-wife combo The Poppy Family. That group’s leader and songwriter, Terry Jacks (best known for recording the hit English language version of “Seasons in the Sun” as a solo artist), actually turns in vocals on a couple of tracks here, including perhaps the catchiest of the lot, “Masha.” Vocalist Kim Miller displays uncommon talent throughout the record and even proves herself an equal to the great Susan Jacks on the band’s spot-on cover of the Poppy Family’s supremely depressing “There’s No Blood In Bone.”
MY MORNING JACKET Evil Urges (Red)
If anything, on Evil Urges MMJ seem a little too anxious to further distance themselves from the alt-country tag that’s been dogging them since their debut. They tend to overreach on strange, self-conscious tangents such as the Prince-like pop funk workout “Highly Suspicious.” When they play to their strengths, as on the harmonyladen indie-pop of “I’m Amazed,” or on “Thank You Too,” where they drag out their signature Neil Young aping, they sound as good or better than they’ve ever been.
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NEAL BURTON we sold our blood for money (Aviation)
“Hey you got your Dulli in my Lanegan.” “Well Pal, it’s not exactly like I appreciate your Lanegan all over my Dulli.” Truly an honest mistake that speaks volumes about the best laid plans of junkies and drama queens going awry. This faux-super-indy-group-mishmash of competing styles involving Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) might look good viewed through prism of a fantasy baseball league, but trust me, this is not as benevolent as jamming a chocolate bar in to a jar of peanut butter.
Before pickin’ up and movin’ to Brooklyn, Neal Burton was a member of Seattle’s most promising crop of young singer/songwriters. Perhaps better known on the eastern side of the state as lead singer of moderately boring Patient Patient (who played a final moderately boring set in Spokane last summer with some other unnamed moderately boring bands—save Old Time Relijun), as a solo act, Burton is no longer boring, and anything but. His solo work is somber, downplayed, and pretty fascinating. He writes with the world experience of a poet far beyond his years, and his words bring together vivid storylines both of note, and simply impossible to pull oneself away from. With any luck, Burton will manage something in NYC that he could not in Seattle, but at any rate, hopefully there are many, many more songs to come. Check out Burton’s post-EP track “For My Own” on one of his many MySpaces… chills city.
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The Gutter Twins Saturnalia, Sup Pop
War Metal Battle Master, Southernlord
Here’s a solid rule of thumb that’s always worked well for me. Pair any lyrical phrasing with the word “baneful” and you’ve got yourself a nice cocktail of wickedness. Couple baneful to “… Monarch of the stream of pain” and you’ve got an undrinkable and incendiary cocktail filled with an Armageddon of bestial legions. The Lair brings forth bursts of clean and well-refined Carcass-sounding Metal. Not to be confused with a hodge-podge of capricious Metal sub-genres, but just plain old baneful Metal.
MONO IN VCF Mono in VCF (Stylo)
For their first LP, Tacoma’s Mono in VCF have successfully channeled the spirit of the kind of vaguely psychedelic sixties orch-pop originally produced by such studio wizards as Curt Boettcher, David Axelrod and Jack Nitzsche. Most specifically, their sound is at times a virtual tribute to legendary British Columbian husband-
TM a fair shake), Totally Michael is… allow me to gush… omg, like, totally AWESOME! Unfortunately, the MAN had to cancel his Northwest tour for financial reasons, but next time around, we’ll lure him to Spokane. You’ll love it. In the meantime, check out Michael’s selftitled disc out on LA’s iheartcomix (the same label that gave the world Matt & Kim). The self-made DIY legend cranks out his signature schtuff on this release, which, if you know anything about TM, is anything but typical and always a goooood time.
The cool-dudes behind Seattle website NadaMucho.com have pieced together a soundtrack for the current cool-dude Seattle music scene. Where Aviation Records’ 2021 comp last year was a party for the burgeoning Fleet Foxesfriendly crowd, Sounds can serve more to the… Iceage Cobra-friendly crowd. That means you, Spokane! I think… Just kidding. It’s totally rad when locals work together to put out something that’s cool and supportive and positive. And, since inception, NadaMucho.com has been a benchmark for cool, and supportive and (sometimes) positive coverage of the Seattle music scene. It’s no surprise fresh-faced talents like Katherine Hepburn’s Voice garner attention here alongside longtime regional favorites like the Lonely Forest. Nada’s got their finger on the pulse, after all. //
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OTEP, Droid knitting factory, 911 W. Sprague, 2443279 August 2 (pop/rock)
Dave Hannon Band, Kyle Stevens Band Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington August 9-10 (Bluegrass)
Martha Scanlon Medical Lake Park, 325-SEAT August 10 (AWESOME DJ)
JAMES PANTS at street music fair empyrean 154 S Madison St, 838-9819 August 20 (Skatin’)
Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam Spokane Expo Center, 325-SEAT August 21 (Alt-Country Gods)
Wilco, Fleet Foxes INB Performing Arts Center, 325-SEAT August 29 (Bluesy Blues)
Curtis Salgado Pig Out in the Park, Riverfront Park August 31 (Alt-Country Goddess)
Lucinda Williams Pig Out in the Park, Riverfront Park
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Urinary tract infections and Toxic Shock Syndrome might not be typical fare for punk rock, but when TacocaT gets its hands on the subject matter, it starts to feel like perfect for anthemic shout-outs. Who can deny those choruses? Toxic! Shock Syndrome! UTI UTI! C’maaaan. It gets better too: wearing leotards to curtail sexual comeons, requesting beauty tips from muffin-top owners, calling out too-cool vegan bike riders, and, my personal favorite, celebrating the brilliance of one Kevin Costner. With the feverish pitch of punk of yore, and a fresh approach to lyrical magic, TacocaT wins out in just so many frickin’ ways.
TOTALLY MICHAEL Totally Michael (iheartcomix)
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BOOKREVIEWS From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at The Tour de France David Walsh, Ballantine Books, 2007, 334 pages
Seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong: doper. Deposed 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis: doper. The bulk of the professional peloton: dopers. Such is the impression readers will likely take from David Walsh’s From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at The Tour de France. Though based largely on circumstantial evidence, Walsh exposes a culture that all but forces pro cyclists to dope. As former Motorola rider Greg Swart says, “You couldn’t survive in the sport without [doping].” Walsh, chief sportswriter for the London Sunday Times, paints a picture of systematic doping and related corruption within professional cycling that doesn’t allow riders to know how good they were or could have been. Clean riders train and race so hard to keep up with the dopers they destroy their bodies or dope as did Frankie Andreu, who was “tired of seeing others take advantage of me.” From Lance to Landis shows how doping touches everyone in the sport, whether the soigneurs who care for riders or coaches such as Eddie Borysewicz. Before coaching Armstrong, Borysewicz coached the 1984 U.S. Olympic cyclists and helped eight riders with blood transfusions. Doping taints directeurs sportif such as Johan Bruyneel, formerly of Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel squads and now of Astana (a squad left out of the 2008 tour because of doping), who threatened a rider who spoke against doping, saying “we know who is with who.” The taint falls on sponsors who want results and don’t look for what they don’t want to see. It falls on the International Cycling Union (UCI), which long saw the lack of positive tests as an indication the sport was clean; it wasn’t. Then there’s the often fawning press and all consumed fans. Walsh exposes cycling’s drug culture so the sport can regain credibility. Still, as of this writing, at least two riders in the 2008 Tour have been charged with blood doping. Cycling’s doping culture remains hard to kill. Bradley Bleck
Working the Woods, Working the Sea Edited by Finn Wilcox and Jerry Gorsline, Empty Bowl Press, 2008, 376 pages
Two kinds of readers will immediately find intelligence and solace in this anthology of poetry and prose—the older person who had an appetite for hard physical work in his or her youth and went to the mountains and the sea to find it, and the younger person today seeking to escape the institutionalization of primary experiences. As old as civilization is a hunger to abandon the meaningless abstractions of the educated mind and it takes an improbable mix of determination, contrarian virtues, attunement and a longing for simplicity to succeed. “Working the Woods, Working the Sea” is a collection of writing by intellectuals with honed manual skills, other humble characters still living precariously on remote back roads and several with global credentials. These writers adopted and nurtured a vernacular ringing with an astonishing authenticity of lives lived and places loved and the attitudes and information they offered western culture continue to resonate. The material is about the tail end of the west’s
resource-based economies of logging and fishing and, through the rhythmic memories of muscles and camaraderie, the gifts of thousands of years’ old natural systems and human ancestors that preceded us. It also anticipated modern ecology, bioregional strategies and the more recent mainstream acknowledgement of sustainable practices, honoring the sacrament of physical labor and being stalwart in one’s commitment toward the kinship of life. This is eloquent writing about planting trees in ruined forests, restoring devastated salmon streams and finding epiphanies—and sometimes anger and grief—in dangerous, necessary work. Some of these writers are still young and some are no longer living and all chose to clear difficult, often solitary paths to get to where they were going. There is a resilient tribe revealed in this book but like many natural treasures it dances on the edge of extinction. It is re-populated by those among us who choose a fate and a language among the daimons of a weathered and wondrous world. Terry Lawhead
Everest: A Climb For Peace A Lance Trumbull Film, EverestPeaceProject.org, 2008, 63 minutes
“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” Those words ring true all over the world, yet translating them into a human endeavor has always proved difficult. During his philosophy classes at UC Berkeley, Lance Trumbull studied multiple worldviews with a distinct aim at reconciliation. Later on, after a trip to the Himalaya, he took the Dalai Lama’s quote to heart and hatched a plan to bring together as many worldviews as possible, build a mountaineering team, and shoot for the summit of Mount Everest. Clearly not your average outdoor film, the Everest Peace Project was filmed on location in Nepal, Tibet, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and the United States. Nine ‘peace climbers’ from different faiths and cultures spend over two months working together towards a common goal during one of the most controversial mountaineering seasons in history. The results are anything but typical. Narrated by Orlando Bloom, their story centers first on the Palestinian and Israeli climbers, and then unfolds to include, among others, a Christian from South Africa and an atheist from New Zealand. Not once does the film stray into muddled conversations or blame games, yet the climbers, including the Buddhist Sherpas, remain true to their faith. This creates a brilliant vessel for great dialogue, clever observations, and genuine selfless teamwork. Typical of most mountaineering movies, particularly Everest films, the cinematographer does not get due credit. Brad Clement captured some tingling moments, spectacular views, and desperate, wind-blasted action, all while summitting and surviving on Mount Everest himself. Sometimes the goal is a mountaintop while other times the goal is a journey, or perhaps even a process. Blend peace-first attitude with the human spirit, and you would be surprised with what happens. Peace climber Micha Yaniv summarizes, “It’s easy to be friends with people, and difficult to be friends with governments. (That’s why) it’s important to remember we’re all people.” Jon Jonckers //
OUTDOORCALENDAR BIRDING Where: Turnbull National Refuge. Join Marian Frobe for a walk around Pine Lakes looking for summer birds and seeing which young birds have survived the cold wet spring. Call 3280621, or E-mail at rrfrobe@msncom, to reserve your place and for information. Funding is by donation, and there is a $3 entry fee (per vehicle) at the Refuge gate.
CLIMBING (Ongoing, Mondays) Womens Climb Night.
When: 6PM – 8PM. Where: Wild Walls, 202 W. 2nd Ave. For kids ages 4 – 10 years. Please call ahead. Come climb and learn to climb with other women in the Spokane area every Monday Night. Cost is $12. Join the Fun at Wild Walls! Info: (509) 455-9596. (Ongoing) Spider Monkey climbing Club.
When: 6PM – 8PM (Tuesdays). Where: Wild Walls, 202 W. 2nd Ave. For kids ages 4 – 10 years. Please call ahead. For ages 4 and up. Come climb with friends! Cost $12 (single visit), $74 (8 punch pass). Info: (509) 455-9596. (August, Tuesdays) Discover Rock Climbing.
When: 6 PM – 8 PM. Where: Mountain Gear, 2002 North Division. Cost: $20. Info: www. mgear.com. (August 3, 23) Top Rope Anchors. When:
9-3PM. Where: Mountain Gear, 2002 North Division. Take your climbing to the next level and outdoors with Top Rope Anchors. You’ll learn to set up top ropes on both bolts and natural anchors. We will spend the morning learning knots and anchor systems and the afternoon climbing on your anchors. Must have own harness, shoes and belaying system and be able to belay. Cost: $60. Info: (509) 325-9000.
(August 8) Women’s Climbing Night. When:
(Ongoing) Spokane’s Bike Buddy Program.
(Thursdays in August) Corbin Hikers.When: 8am.
When: Ongoing. Where: Spokane, WA. The Bike Buddy Program matches you with a trained volunteer familiar with the commute between your neighborhood and workplace. Sponsored by the Spokane Bicycle Club and Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Info: SpokaneBikeBuddy@aol. com. (Ongoing) Commuter Bike Project. When:
By appointment. Where: Spokane, WA. John Speare, member of the Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board, tracks your commuter cycling route with a GPS receiver. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
(August 2) 8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike Ride. When:
7:30 Registration. Where: Group Health Corp Office, 5615 W Sunset Highway, Spokane, WA. 30, 50 or 80 mile route. Cheney, Medical Lake, Spokane. $30 ride ~ $40 ride & t-shirt. $175 in pledges receive a Voler Long-Sleeve Jersey. Info: (509) 343-5020.
Where: TBD. $2/van ride-- New participants always welcome! For more information please contact The Corbin Senior Center at (509) 327-1584.
(AUGust 2) HIKE GRASSY TOP FROM PASS CREEK PASS.
When: 7:30AM. Where: Colville National Forest. Moderate, 8-mile hike south of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area and home to rare wildlife such as grizzly, lynx, and bull trout. Carpool available. Limited space; call Conservation Northwest to register. Free. Info: (509) 747-1663. (AUGust 9) HIKE SHERMAN PEAK. When: 8AM. Where:
Colville National Forest. Moderate, 6-mile loop through a proposed wilderness area with inspiring views of the Kettle Range and 1988 White Mtn. Fire recovery. Carpool available. Limited space; call Conservation Northwest to register. Free. Info: (509) 747-1663.
(August 9-10) Salmo Priest Wilderness Trail Work Party. When: Call. Where: Call.
(August 14) Across America on Two Wheels.
When: 7PM. Where: REI, 1125 N Monroe St. Katie Querna & good friend Emily spent the last 2 months putting off reality by riding their bikes from Katie’s apartment in New York City to the Puget Sound.Â The slides are about their journey- the people that they met, the places that they saw, and all the poignant, thought provoking, moving, funny, tedious, sometimes mundane steps along the way. Info: (509) 3289900, www.rei.com/spokane.
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(AUGgust 16) HIKE HALL MOUNTAIN. When: 7AM. Where: Colville National Forest. Difficult, 14-mile day trek near Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area climbs along Noisy Creek to 6,323-foot summit with knockout views of Sullivan Valley and Crowell Ridge. Carpool available. Limited space; call Conservation Northwest to register. Free. Info: (509) 747-1663.
(August 17) The Elk Vintage Cruiser Bike Ride.
When: 3pm. Where: The Elk, Brown’s Edition. Vintage bike ride to David’s Pizza. All bikes are invited, the older the bike the better. Come have fun and meet other vintage enthusiasts. Hopefully it won’t snow! All Cruisers are invited. Third Sunday of every month. Info: (509) 499-5422, or firstname.lastname@example.org. (August 18) Full Moon Fiasco. When: 8pm.
Where: Starts at The Swamp. A relaxed bike ride through Spokane during the full moon. Any bike. Any level of rider. Any level of beverage enjoyer. Info: http://fbcspokane.blogspot.com
(August 23,24) Fernie Full Throttle Mountain Bike Festival. When: All Day. Where: Fernie
(August 16-18) Salmo Priest Wilderness Trail Work Party (Backpack Style). When: Call. Where:
Call. E-mail email@example.com or call Ken @ 509-536-6432 or Derrick @ 509-747-1663 for details and directions and to RSVP (limited to 8 volunteers).
(August 21) Intro to Backpacking Class. When:
6-8PM. Where: Mountain Gear, 2002 North Division. Learn all there is to learn about backpacking without actually putting one on. This class will cover all the basics from socks and shoes to tents and water filters. Bring your questions and plan on participating in this interactive event. Free. Info: (509) 325-9000.
camping Saturday night. Where: North Bend WA. UClimb is a fun event dedicated to bringing people across the country closer to the outdoors. Learn to climb in a comfortable smallgroup setting with other amateur climbers. Professional instructors will guide you through the basics of climbing, safety and conservation. This weekend adventure is an ideal introduction to the world of rock climbing. Info: (509) 340-1151, www.uclimb.org.
Alpine Resort, B.C. The two-day festival is a showcase of Fernie Alpine Resort’s summer activities, while providing entertainment and live music for those taking a break from the mountain or guests eager to soak up the scenery from the comfort of the resort plaza. With 35 mountain biking trails to discover, there’s plenty to explore during the summer months at Fernie Alpine Resort. Info: www.ferniefullthrottle.com.
(AUGgust 23) HIKE WAPALOOSIE MTN. When: 8AM. Where: Colville National Forest. Moderate, 6-mile hike climbs through Profanity Roadless Area to skirt one of the highest summits on the Kettle Crest for views of BC’s Rossland Range to the AbercrombieHooknose Highlands. Carpool available. Limited space; call Conservation Northwest to register. Free. Info: (509) 747-1663.
(September 6) Access Fund: Adopt-a-Crag.
(August 31) Great Northwest Fall Tour.I nfo:
509-292-5099 or firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com or call Paul @ 509-939-3756 for details and directions and to RSVP.
(September 7) SpokeFest. When: 9-10a.m.
When: 9am. Where: Q’emlin Park, Post Falls, ID. NIC- Outdoor Pursuits will be hosting the Access Fundâ€™s 9th Annual Adopt-a-Crag. Join our volunteer effort to clean up Q’emlin Park! Info: (208) 769-7809, jessica_thompson@ nic.edu.
Where: Begins at The Flour Mill. This is a community cycling event for riders of all ages and levels. Two routes-1 mile and 21 mile. To register www.spokefest.com Info: (509) 838-1040.
(September 6-7) Salmo Priest Wilderness Trail Work Party. When: Call. Where: Call. E-mail newa-
(August 2,17,30) Rec Kayaking Class. When: 10-Noon. Where: Mountain Gear, 2002 North Division. Recreational kayaking is all about fun, and we’ll teach you how to get into your boat and to your destination with as little stress as possible.
(August 30, 31) UClimb. When: All day with
6PM. Where: REI, 1125 N Monroe St. Women’s night on the climbing wall! Join our experienced female staff as you enjoy an evening of climbing on our wall, with easy to moderate level routes to choose from. Info: (509) 3289900, www.rei.com/spokane.
(August 16) Summer Bird Walk. When: 8am.
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5:30 - 7:30PM (10-Noon on 8/9). Where: Spokane River, Boulder Beach. Whether you’re a new boater or want to take your paddling to the next level, come try the latest in kayaking and canoeing with Mountain Gear’s free demos. Conveniently located at the Spokane River’s Boulder Beach, these demos are a great opportunity to try new boat designs. If there is a boat you would like to have brought out, just give us a call the day of, and we will have it waiting for you. Free. Info: (509) 325-9000.
(August 10) Canoe Class. When: 5:30-9pm. Where: Mountain Gear, 2002 North Division. This class is designed to get you into your canoe and to your destination with as little effort and stress as possible. Class covers boat types, basic and some advanced strokes, appropriate clothing combinations, safety for both self and others, paddles, storage and rigging. Info: (509) 3259000. (August 14) Hydrotherapy. When: 4:30PM.
Where: TBD. HydroTherapy Sessions are FREE grassroots learning events for kayakers of all skill levels and ages. (Donations to the WW park encourage.) Structured like a competition, this series will be judged by Jud Keiser. Prizes are awarded to all competitors who show up for this FREE event. Info: hydrotherapysessions.blogspot. com.
RUNNING/WALKING/MARATHONS (Ongoing Monday’s through summer) Moms In Motion training for Seattle Irongirl. When:
TBD. Where: Various Locations. Train for the Seattle Irongirl 5/10k on Sept 7 with Moms In Motion. Speedwork at various locations. For more information email Kirsten: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Thursdays—March-November) Flying Irish Running Club. When: 6PM. Where: O’Doherty’s
Irish Grille 525 West Spokane Falls Boulevard. Weekly 3 mile fun-runs, with walkers always welcome. Run six times and earn a free shirt good for food & drink discounts afterwards. EZ & fun 3 milers with food & drink half-priced afterwards! Free clothing too! Info: (509) 747-0322, or www. flyingirish.org.
(August 15-16) Spokane To Sandpoint Team Relay, Sandpoint, ID. Running relay. Info: (509)
346-1440 or www.spokanetosandpoint.com.
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Outdoor Fitness Classes. When: 6pm - 7pm. Where: Parks located on the South Hill. A Bootcamp style, cross training classes designed for all fitness levels. The classes focus on the principles of strength training, cardo, and nutrition. Designed to provide personal challenge, and the ability to improve your fitness level. Info: (509) 939-4620, www.fitnessforcenw.com.
SOCCER (August 2-3) Palouse Cup Soccer Tournament.
When: 8-4PM. Where: Moscow, ID. The 13th Annual Palouse Cup Soccer Tournament will be held on the grounds of the University of Idaho in Moscow on August 2-3, 2008. This is a fun 5 v 5 tournament for youth under 8 to Adult divisions. Info: www.moscowunited.org or email at email@example.com.
TRIATHLON/MULTISPORT (Ongoing Wednesday’s through summer) Moms In Motion Triathlon Training. When:
Every Wednesday at 5:45PM. Where: Witter Pool in Mission Park. Train for triathlons this summer with Moms In Motion. Info: (509) 327-9143, www.momsinmotion.com. (August 4-8) Multi-Sport Youth Summer Camp.
When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Beginning daily on NIC’s main Coeur d’Alene campus. The camp, designed for youths ages 12 to 16, will lead participants on a variety of outdoor adventures, including skill-building in rock climbing, sea kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, sailing and hiking. Cost is $249 and includes gear usage, transportation and instruction. Info: (208) 769-7809. (August 9) Coeur d’ Alene Triathlon and Duathlon. Coeur d’ Alene, ID. Info: www.cda-
(AUGUST 17) West Plains WUNDERWOMAN TRIATHLON. Spokane, WA. Info: www.emdesports.
EVENTS, MOVIES, MISC. (Fridays & Saturdays in August) Greenstone Outdoor Cinema Series 2008. When: Dusk.
(August 9,13, 30): Spokane Farmer’s Market Events. When: 8am-1pm. Where: On 2nd Ave
between Division and Browne. 8/9: Mary Eberle co-owner of Anemone paper flowers will teach an art class for all ages. No cost or registration required. Materials will be provided. 8/13: Come and silk screen your very own farmers market T shirt! Bring your own T-shirt (old or new) or buy one at the market. Paint will be provided. 8/30: Alison Collins, owner of Bootsy’s Bakery (509953-7763) will teach a vegan cupcake making and decorating class for children 4-12 (parents are also welcome to attend). Bring your own container in case you can’t eat all of your cupcakes. Pre-registration is required and there is a $15 registration fee. Info: Call Natalie @ (509) 496-5863 for further details. (August 11) CPR Friends and Family, Pediatric.
When: 6:30-8:00pm. Where: 711 S. Cowley St. Spokane. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for the infant and child is offered as a one-class session to members of our community. This class provides CPR techniques for infant (birth to age 1) and child (1 to 8 years old). Other safety techniques taught include management of choking and accident and poison prevention. This is a course designed for parents, grandparents, foster parents, older siblings and teachers. Info: (509) 232-8138. (August 14) Adam Morrison Golf Classic.
When:11am lunch 1pm play. Where: Wandermere
(September – October) Group Health Kids Bike Series. Spokane, WA. Info: www.
(September 6-7) Bike MS: Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. When: Saturday, 10AM-5PM,
Sunday, 9PM-5PM. Where: Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, North Idaho. 2-day, 150 mile, bike ride with rest stops every 12-15 miles, bike mechanics, medical and communication support and meals. Pledge event for the National MS Society. Info: (509) 482-2022, bikems.org.
Where: Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake. Great family films throughout the summer. See website for movie titles and details. Info: (509) 252-7507 ext. 220, www.greenstonehomes.com.
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(August 3) Schweitzer Mountain Huckleberry Festival. When: 9am-4pm. Where: Schweitzer
(September 13) Kootenai River Ride, Bonners Ferry ID. Road cycling. Info: (208) 267-7802
Mountain. As the name implies, this is Schweitzer’s way of honoring the great northwest icon. A huckleberry pancake feed, hosted huckleberry picking hikes, huckleberry pie eating contest, special huckleberry themed village activities and live music will make this one huck of a great day. Info: (208) 255-3081.
(August 5) Making Dollars and Sense out of the New Columbia River Water Use Proposal.
When: 6PM. Where: REI, 1125 N Monroe St. Senator Lisa Brown will be the featured speaker and lead off for a discussion regarding the Columbia River Watershed Management Program. Open to the public. Sponsored by The Upper Columbia River Group of the Sierra Club. Info: (509) 328-9900, www.rei.com/spokane.
Golf Club. Golf tournament and auction to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Registration fee covers lunch, green fees, cart and prizes. $200 per person, four person scramble. Info: (509) 624-7478, kxly.com. (August 17) Free BMI Screening. When: 9amNoon. Where: Airway Heights. CHER is offering free BMI testing at the Wunder Woman Triathlon Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (August 23) Pie Festival at the Liberty Lake Farmers’ Market. When: 9am-1pm. Where:
Liberty Square Parking Lot. A good old fashioned festival with a pie walk and lots of great fruit, vegetables and pies. Info: (509) 879-4965.
(August 23) The Keystone International Arts Festival. When: 10am-4pm. Where: 1800 Block
of E. Sprague. Local artisans, musicians and entertainers with Ethnic vendors, Food vendors, Handicrafts and local Community groups. Info: (509) 270-1608, www.oneworldspokane.com.
(August 25) Spokane Mushroom Club. When:
7:00pm. Where: San Souci West Recreation Center 3231 West Boone, Spokane. Topic: Did Dinosuars eat mushrooms? Speaker: Lori Carris from the Dept.of Plant Pathology at WSU in Pullman,Wash.For more information go to www.Spokanemushroomclub.org or call Doris Distad at 328-7978. //
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(September 7) Tour de Coeur 2008, Coeur d’Alene, ID. Info: 1-800-537 7710, Option
or http://www.ruralnorthwest.com/rotary/ bike08.htm.
(September 13) CHaFE 150. When: 6:30AM-7PM. Where: Coldwater Creek Campus, Kootenai ID. 150-mile one day, professionally supported ride for childrens literacy program in Lake Pend Oreille School District. Info: (208) 2637040, www.chafe150.org.
Coeur d’Alene. Info: www.roundandround. com. (October-November) Inland NW Cyclocross Series. Where: Various, WA. Info: (509) 326-
6983 or www.emdesports.com.
RUNNING (September 9) Timberline Trail Marathon, Mt. Hood OR. Info: www.roguemultisport.
(October 4) Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon, Leavenworth, WA. Info: www.
(October 12) Spokane marathon & Half Marathon. Info: http://www.spokanemara-
(OCTOBER 19) RUN LIKE HELL HALF MARATHON.
Portland, OR. Info: (503) 236-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRIATHLON/MULTISPORT (September 13) Grand Columbian triathlon.
Grand Coulee Dam, WA. Info: (360) 325-0715 or www.thegrandcolumbian.com. //
(September 20-21) Tour de Lacs. Spokane to
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Riding And Drinking Under the Full Moon FBC Starts A New Bicycle Tradition In Spokane
By hank greer The bikes overwhelming the bike rack—hopefully there is a bike rack—and leaning against walls and street signs vary as much as the members. You’ll find an old Huffy just as easily as you will a track bike among the single speed cruisers, high-end racers, mountain bikes, and road bikes. Around 9:00 pm the group saddles up and a swarm of white headlights and flashing red taillights hit the road. The Full Moon Fiasco rides are relatively easy and usually go no longer than three or four miles. After all, it’s less about the ride than it is enjoying the company of others. Why is it called a fiasco? More for alliteration than an expectation of what is to occur. The riders politely travel through Spokane neighborhoods,
bikes outside the swamp. Below: Jacque hendrix enjoys an fbc b-day cupcake // photo: J.H.
The what club? Yes, the name will make you pause. Who would call themselves that and what kind of people are they? It turns out the Fucking Bike Club, or FBC for short, is not a rebellious group of antisocial youths intent on destruction. Rather it’s a social event attended by people from a wide variety of backgrounds who share a joy of cycling as well as each other’s company. Every night of the full moon this informal group of cycling enthusiasts meet, have a drink and hang out, go for a ride, have another drink and hang out some more. Unlike Hash House Harriers, the self-professed drinkers with a running problem, the FBC is completely informal and doesn’t emphasize drinking or serious cycling. The rides are easy. There are no dues, no board members, no by-laws and essentially only two membership rules: participate in one of the rides and don’t be an—uh...don’t be all stupid or mean. The FBC got its start in St Louis, Missouri, where they recently held their 40th Full Moon Fiasco. Jeff, one of their members, moved to Spokane last year and the second chapter of the FBC was born. The only advertisement for the rides was his posts on the FBC web site. Consequently the first few rides were attended by only Jeff and his wife. Then another cyclist
noticed the site and word began to spread. Four people showed up in November and eight braved the slushy roads two nights before Christmas. Warmer days and later sunsets convinced twenty-five riders to meet at Bennidito’s in June. In July, thirty-two members celebrated the FBC’s first birthday with a ride from The Swamp to the Maxwell House. Jeff seems to be as happy with two as he is with thirty-two, but he was thrilled with the turnout. The typical ride begins by meeting at a designated location around 8:00 pm. Everyone has an hour to meet people, have a drink, or just hang out. Drinking is not required—remember there are only two rules—nor are you required to memorize everyone’s name or talk about frame geometry and gear ratios. You are free to show off your fixie, share the instructions for your homemade fenders, or answer questions about your one-of-a-kind winged helmet cover if you like. Normally you hear lots of chatter and see lots of smiles among the helmets, messenger bags, and beer glasses. Jeff designs and makes a unique spoke card for every ride. Be warned, the Full Moon Fiasco cards are highly coveted. Sometimes Jeff runs out because he never knows how many people are going to show.
You hear lots of chatter and see lots of smiles among the helmets, messenger bags, and beer glasses. occasionally cheered on by people out enjoying the cool summer night—not much cheering on the cold winter ones—and they answer with bells and squeaky horns. When they reach their final destination their bicycles once again smother the
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bike rack, if present, and the light posts and fences. They get another drink and hang out some more. If you go you are free to participate at any level you like. You can skip the ride and meet at the final destination or do the ride and skip the final destination. You can drink beer or water or nothing at all. It doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy the evening. In addition to the Full Moon Fiasco the FBC occasionally has theme-based rides. In May, forty people rode in attire that varied from the formal to the whacked out for the “Prom Ride—A Night To Try To Remember” with the Baby Bar providing the dance venue for the prom goers. In June, the 2nd Annual “Man Ride”—yes, it was men only— rode out to the Stateline Speedway to watch the 4th of July demolition derby. [The “Man Ride” was actually started by your not-so-humble editor and his buddies last year. It is also known as “The Debauchery Ride” and “The Ride For America.” Jeff attended this year’s ride whilst I sat out with a torn meniscus. FBC has sort of colonized the ride. –Jon Snyder.] The FBC site states, “Our flagship ride is the Full Moon Fiasco. It happens when you think it does.” So you already know when the next ride is. To find out where the next Full Moon Fiasco is, check their site at http://fbcspokane.blogspot.com three or four days before the moon reaches its full phase. Whether or not you bring a friend along you can count on making some new ones. Show up on time if you want a spoke card. Show up at any time if you just want to enjoy the night. //
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