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FromtheEditor: Looking for Partnership The conversation outside a grocery store accidentally got deep. Suddenly I was curious about why my friend, a medical professional from the east coast in her mid-thirties, who could likely settle down anywhere she wanted, had decided to live in Spokane. She rattled off a string of favorite hiking and camping destinations; Upper Priest Lake, the Selkirks, Lake Roosevelt. It was the outdoors that kept her here. That’s what she loved. That conversation took place almost 9 years ago. Later that day I decided to launch Out There Monthly. I’d had similar conversations with other folks that year. It caused me to look at this place

I’d grown up in called the Inland Northwest (I still like to call it the Inland Empire) in a different light. Our close proximity to such an amazing variety of outdoor activities really made the Spokane area unique. But no one really seemed to be talking about it. At that point I had been involved in consumer magazines for a decade, but none of them had anything to do with outdoor recreation. I was the furthest thing from a modern day Grizzly Adams. I knew what made a good magazine. I could learn the rest. In over eight years Out There Monthly’s primary mission has been to help our readers find fun

things to do outdoors. A secondary mission has been to make strong connections between outdoor recreation and conservation of our natural environment. We’ve been happy to lead the way on everything from covering the Spokane area’s resurgent bicycle culture to exploring the intersection of climate change and mountaineering. Words have graced our page from high school and college students getting their first byline all the way to local writing legends like Fenton Roskelley and Jess Walter. Now it’s time for the next step. We want to take OTM to the next level and we are looking for partners to work with. My arc with OTM has led me

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It’s time to strap in and hit some freshies. Mt. Spokane, Schweitzer, 49 Degrees North, Silver Mountain, and Lookout Pass have all gone to great efforts to make this season an even more enjoyable experience. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park expanded its main lodge, adding 1200+ square feet of comfort, including a new slope-side wrap-around deck, four new big screen TVs, and additional seating for 100 visitors. They are also helping the beginner ease into the experience by offering a “First Timer’s Guide” online video series, which will be up and running shortly on its website. Kristine, who works in general services management, says skiers should stay tuned for the soon-to-be released smartphone app that will make the Mt. Spokane experience even better. More info: 49° North Mountain Resort also has your comfort in mind. They have added a new double chairlift to #6, which will save skiers the hike to Angel Peak. This is the only new chairlift in the state this year. The new lift has streamlined access to Angel Peak’s summit (5,774’ elevation), opening approximately 200 acres of tree skiing consisting of 10 runs. With this destination known as the “Powder Triangle,” due to its deep snowfalls each winter, skiers should keep 49 Degrees North on their list as the site improvements will be sure to please. More info: Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area is easing congestion in its beginner area by replacing the rope tow with a new triple chair. Changes like this ensure visitors are more likely to enjoy their experience. A new incentive for beginning skiers to continue the sport at Lookout is provision of a season pass for the remainder of the season after completing a third beginner lesson. More info: Schweitzer Mountain Resort is striving for efficiency with improvements to the Mill

Building allowing guests to seamlessly flow from registration to rental products. Outside, Schweitzer has improved its beginner lift by installing new Musical Chairs. These chairs are outfitted with a variable speed drive, which will allow a more reliable performance. Skiers will enjoy these chairs as they will no longer have to fuss with the center bar. The new lift will allow easy access and exit with outside bales and worry-free safety as each chair is fitted with a restraining bar. In Schweitzer Village, the Selkirk and White Pine Lodges have completed phase two of room upgrades. These upgrades include new LCD HD televisions and new media chests in each room as well as new tables and chairs. Gourmandie—the specialty food market that features fine groceries, craft beers, cheese and wine—has doubled in size. The larger storefront, located in the White Pine Lodge, includes additional seating to accommodate the growing popularity of its relaxing après scene and wine tastings. For those of you wanting a little twowheel action, Schweitzer’s Ski and Ride center will have two Surly Pugsley Snowbikes available to rent during the winter season. More info: Silver Mountain Resort is a ‘must-do’ this season with two new runs. A children’s run will provide a woodland adventure or two, and there is a new advanced run off chair 4, bringing the run total to 74. The resort also expanded its locker room in the Mountain House Lodge so skiers can leave equipment at the top of mountain. Visitors will have plenty to keep busy as Silver Mountain’s lineup of weekly events is sure to please. More info: It’s safe to say the greatest feature of all five Inland Northwest’s downhill ski and snowboard destinations is their close proximity and their continued desire to improve the visitor experience. //

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TIBET: CULTURE ON THE EDGE Phil Borges, Razzoli, 2011, 207 pages

The following are all prizewinners from the 2012 Banff Mountain Book Festival, which took place last month. Fire Season: Field notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Phillip Connors and published by Harper Collins. One of the judges described Fire Season as “a neoclassic that will sit between Edward Abby and Aldo Leopold…” GRAND PRIZE WINNER Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa by Richard Grant, and published by the Free Press division of Simon and Schuster. BEST BOOK—ADVENTURE TRAVEL Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day by Peter Zukerman and Amanda Padoan, and published by W.W. Norton. The authors recount the events of their catastrophic summer of 2008 on K2. MOUNTAIN HISTORY AWARD WINNER Squamish Select by Marc Bourdon and published by Quickdraw Publications. This compendium of the better and more popular routes in the noted rock climbing area northwest of Vancouver B.C. is a good introduction to climbs in that area. BEST GUIDEBOOK Fiva, a self-published book by Gordon Stainforth. In this book, Stainforth recounts his epic experience with his twin brother on the Fiva route of Norway’s Troll Wall. BEST BOOK— MOUNTAIN LITERATURE Tibet: A Culture at the Edge by Phil Borges. My personal favorite of the award winners, this book is powerful on several levels. (See my review that follows.) JURY’S PICK FOR MOUNTAIN IMAGE. Fred Beckey’s 100 Favorite North American Climbs published by Patagonia. Sure to be a local favorite, author Fred Beckey provides detailed accounts of his favorite climbs completed during his 70 years of climbing in the mountains of North America—primarily the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, Canadian Rocky and Purcell Mountain Ranges. In typical Beckey fashion, he not only describes each climb, but he also discusses its geology, rock type, and route history. SPECIAL JURY AWARD WINNER // Stan Miller

This winner of the award for the “Best Book, Mountain Image” at the 2012 Banff Mountain Book Festival is so much more than just a collection of compelling images. It begs to be on the shelf of any socially conscious reader. For more than 25 years, Seattle-based photographer and human rights advocate Phil Borges has documented the lives of individuals in endangered cultures around the world. One of his earlier works in the genre, his 1994 publication Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion, focused on the impact of the Chinese occupation of Tibet on that culture. In 2009 after more than a decade of change, Borges returned to Tibet. This book

The most ubiquitous sign of development is the cell phone. Hundreds of solar powered cell phone “towers” give the nomads nearly instant and universal communication. is the result of that trip. As in his previous book, his portraits of the people and their daily lives are outstanding. Tibet: Culture on the Edge illuminates three major aspects of change in modern Tibet: climate change, rural development and the devotion of the people to their lifestyle. In several short essays, Borges reveals that the rapidly changing climate on the Plateau is forcing nomads to alter their grazing patterns and shift the types of crops that farmers grow. The most ubiquitous sign of development is the cell phone. Hundreds of solar powered cell phone “towers” give the nomads nearly instant and universal communication. The loss of grazing land due to climate is forcing many nomads to move into Chinese supplied residential complexes. Still, beneath all this change, Borges finds the devotion of the people to their Buddhist beliefs and cultural identity as strong as ever. In the book’s Forward, author and anthropologist Wade Davis asks of the loss of the pastoral life in Tibet, “…will it matter to people living in New York or London? Probably not. No more than the loss of of either city would matter to the nomads living on the Tibetan Plateau.” Readers of Tibet: Culture on the Edge will discover unique ways they can influence the rate of cultural change in Tibet. // Stan Miller

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Great Suggestions From Our Sustainable Gift Guide / By Annie Szotkowski

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Spokane has a sparkling array of holiday gift items suitable for the sustainable gift shopper. Whether you’re on the lookout for clothing, jewelry, park passes, coffee, journals, gift cards or “gifts of experience,” buying local, sustainable gifts benefits the giver, the receiver and the environment. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers are predicted to remain conservative with holiday gift budgets this year. A holiday spending survey conducted by BIGinsight reports that the average holiday shopper will spend $749.51 this year on gifts, décor, greeting cards and more—the largest portion being gifts for family members, but a significant amount will self-gift. That’s said, here are some easy-to-find products from local small businesses. KIZURI (35 W. Main Ave.): Spokane’s fair trade emporium has recycled bicycle chain candle holders ($9.99, from India), chopped-up bike tire picture frames ($14.95, from India) and recycled tire totes and side bags (prices vary, from Nepal) provided by local company Ganesh Himal Trading. Fair trade and sustainable gifts generally encompass the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy, like Kizuri’s “earthy” gift item Mr. Ellie Pooh’s Elephant Dung Paper journals (price varies by size). These handcrafted journals from Sri Lanka have soft pulp paper made out of elephant waste and post consumer paper. Sales help raise funds to boost the elephant’s image as an economic resource in Sri Lanka where elephants are hunted, not for their hides or tusks but for trespassing on agricultural land. SUN PEOPLE DRY GOODS (24 West 2nd Ave): Practical handcrafted pottery, jewelry boxes, cards, organic clothes, recycled hats, bike chain key accessories and more add to this store’s environmentally conscious, trim aesthetic. Sun People’s “Lending Library” is available for customers to participate in Sun People’s cause to raise regional awareness of sustainable living. Know-how and DIY books are available to enhance skills in urban homesteading, organic urban framing, canning and food preservation. 8

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Great items for holiday gifts include Egyptian organic cotton baby clothes and toys made by Under The Nile; Maroma Incense, Perfumes & Sachets, which are fair trade and handcrafted with natural botanical ingredients; and Big Dipper Wax Works candles made in Seattle. MAIN MARKET (44 W. Main Ave.): Main

Great items for holiday gifts include Egyptian organic cotton baby clothes and toys made by Under The Nile. Market stocks high quality and sustainable items storewide. The Co-op has fresh local food to spice up holiday meals and impress the family with rich, healthy nutrition. The shelves also stock green gift items, including: Maggie’s Functional Organic Scarves made from recycled paper and organic fiber ($13), Natural Fitness water bottles ($13.99), mugs ($15.99), Utility Canvas aprons ($12.99), Fair Trade Alpaca wool gloves ($12.99) from Down to Earth Distributors, Inc., and lunch bags that used to be a plastic bottles ($7.99 large, $3.99 small)—and much more. THE BACHELOR PAD (2810 N. Monroe): It’s true that a fedora fits nicely in a present box. Supplying vintage records, fedoras, ties, furniture, and quality wares from the past, this store provides gift items to touch the sounds of the past—such as a record turntable or a 40-yearold amp. ATTICUS COFFEE & GIFTS (222 N. Howard): This coffee shop and gift store sells used collector books and new books, an assortment of trinkets, and varieties of locally-roasted whole bean coffee. Always keeping a fresh inventory of coffee beans, you can buy half- or one-pound bags of beans here from three local roasters, includ-

ing Roast House Coffee (which offers organic beans and two seasonally-available blends, Winter Brew and Nutcracker), Four Seasons Coffee (four varieties available, including one organic), and Anvil Coffee (two varieties). THE KITCHEN ENGINE (624 W. Mallon Ave.): This local family-owned business, which sells locally made products like the eco-friendly ManPans® cookware, is the go-to store for local chefs and foodies alike. Find stocking stuffers for your beloved in-house chef or sous chef. Finally, giving “less stuff ” is most sustainable of all, which is why “gifts of experience”—such as event tickets, passes, or gift cards to local small businesses and locally-owned restaurants—are sure to please. Some ideas include: WILD WALLS (202 W. Second Ave.): Multivisit passes for individuals, couples, and families provide unlimited access to climbing, discounts on yoga, special events and competitions, and one free guest pass per month. More info at WASHINGTON STATE PARK DISCOVER PASS: Good for two vehicles, this $30 annual pass provides unlimited entrance to Washington statemanaged state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, and wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads. More info: www.discoverpass. GREEN SALON & DAY SPA (227 W Riverside Ave.): Another Spokane SMART Sustainable Business, Green Salon allows bikers to park in the salon and receive a discount for green transportation. Clients are encouraged to bring in coffee grounds, tea bags and colored bottles for recycling. Green Salon donates hair clippings for the creation of “booms” that are used to clean up open-water oil spills. All Green Salon hair

products are vegan, concocted with sugar-based cleansing systems free of phthalates, parabens and sulfates. All massage lotions and oils feature all-natural, non-toxic ingredients and are free of parabens, alcohol, propylene, glycol, gluten, and nut oils. Gift cards are available online, MANITO TAP HOUSE (3011 S. Grand Blvd): In addition to providing lots of microbrews, this is a 3-Star certified ‘Green Restaurant,’ which

means it uses a comprehensive recycling system and energy efficient appliances, doesn’t use Styrofoam products, cooks with sustainable foods, conserve waters, composts, and more. And if you still need some shopping ideas, peruse the local advertisers in this issue of OTM —their loyalty to this local magazine helps keep us going. //



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(December 4) Gateway Pacific Terminal / Public Scoping Meeting. When: 4 - 7 PM. Where: Spokane / Spokane County Fairgrounds - 404 N Havana St. Spokane Valley. Public Meeting: Spokane Valley to obtain comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Gateway Pacific Terminal, a proposed multimodal terminal in the Cherry Point industrial area of Whatcom County, and the related BNSF Railway’s Custer Spur modifications. Gateway Pacific Terminal / Custer Spur EIS. Info: (425) 649-7128 /

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What’sYourGear: Brian Ellsworth (downhill skiing)


There are people who enjoy skiing. And then there are those who are so dedicated to the sport that, ultimately, it weaves into nearly every aspect of life. That’s how it is for Brian Ellsworth from Spokane. In addition to skiing at least 50 times every winter (that’s his goal), he owns Alpine Haus—a gear shop located on Spokane’s South Hill. Not bad for a guy who is only 30 years old. Brian had actually worked at Alpine Haus for eight years prior to becoming the owner. He started as a salesperson, working there throughout college before being promoted to store manager after graduation—a position he had for five years before taking ownership a year and a half ago. “I love what I get to do each day—talking about a sport I love…[with] like-minded people,” he says. Skiing since age three—thanks to his parents who taught him at Mt. Spokane—Brian began ski racing at age eight for the Spokane Ski Racing

Association (SSRA). He specialized in slalom events and raced for 12 years altogether, with the last two years as a ski-cross racer, which is now an Olympic sport. After graduating from Ferris High School in 2000, Brian attended Eastern Washington University, where he completed three bachelor degrees (business, marketing and human resources). After he stopped ski racing in the late 1990s, Brian became a snowboarder for a few years. But the first generation of shaped-ski models “got me back on skis,” he says. His favorite local and regional ski mountain resorts include Mt. Spokane, Schweitzer, Red Mountain and Whitewater in British Columbia, and Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain in Washington’s Cascade Range. He looks forward to Wednesdays at Mt. Spokane, where he can enjoy a morning of pow and fresh tracks and still make it back to the city for a half-day of work. And he still occasionally races, as his schedule allows, at Red Mountain and other regional and Western U.S. ski areas such as Tahoe. His specialty now is Big Mountain racing, which is not a typical speed race, he says. “The race takes place on a specific area of the mountain, like a bowl or face, and skiers are judged on a number of factors—including their speed, form, chosen line and difficulty. Judges watch from the bottom of the run and review video footage as needed [before determining a score].” His advice for parents interested in getting their child involved in ski racing is: “Definitely do it, if your kid is interested and you can afford it…

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Even if someone only races for one or two years, the ski instruction they receive will be worth two to three times what they’d get from a regular ski class.” It’s also a sure way to help your son or daughter become a lifelong expert skier, he says. So, what’s this gear shop owner’s favorite piece of ski gear? His gloves. And as for the current generation of downhill skis, Brian says one of their best qualities is that they “give skiers confidence,” whether they’re first-time skiers or ones who have been away

Brian began ski racing at age eight for the Spokane Ski Racing Association (SSRA). from the sport for ten years. Even still, he says, “Boots are the most important piece of equipment.” They must feel good and fit good to get the best performance from your skis. One of his business goals is for Alpine Haus to host a major ski competition at a regional mountain, featuring world-class racers. Look for this to happen during the 2013-2014 ski season, he says. Personally, he’s looking forward to achieving a long-time goal: combining his love for both soccer and skiing with a month-long trip to South America in 2014. He says he would first visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to attend the World Cup finals, before traveling to southern Argentina to

ski. Specifically, he’d go to Bariloche, a city in the heart of Patagonia with many ski resorts an hour away. As for his other outdoor recreation pursuits, Brian enjoys summer skiing as much as he can— usually at Mt. Adams in Oregon—in addition to hiking, camping, mountain biking and rafting. Here’s his gear list for his favorite sport. ------------------------------------------------------SKIS: Blizzard Cochise 185cm ------------------------------------------------------BOOTS: Lange R 130 LV ------------------------------------------------------BINDINGS: Marker Duke EPF ------------------------------------------------------POLES: Scott RS 10 ------------------------------------------------------JACKET: TREW Gear – Pow Funk ------------------------------------------------------SKI PANTS: TREW Gear – Trewth Bib ------------------------------------------------------UNDER LAYER: Under Armour 2.0 ------------------------------------------------------SOCKS: SmartWool PHD Ultra Light ------------------------------------------------------GLOVES: Hestra Seth Morrison 3-Finger ------------------------------------------------------HELMET: Smith Variant Brim ------------------------------------------------------GOGGLES: Smith I/OX ------------------------------------------------------APRÉ SKI BOOTS: Tecnica No Stop Mocs ------------------------------------------------------OTHER ESSENTIAL GEAR: BCA Tracker Beacon. //

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Stocking Stuffers For Athletes / By Ben Greenfield Every winter when the holidays come around, it’s fun to look at some of the stocking stuffers that will give you or the fitness enthusiast in your life the biggest bang for your buck. Here are seven of my favorite exercise tools of 2012: 1. Suspension Trainer: These are affordable, take-anywhere straps that you can use from doors, in hotels, in a home gym, or at a park. A couple good models are the “TRX” or the “MostFit”. 2. Rumble Roller: Foam rollers decrease soreness and increase mobility, and this particular roller has ridges on it that dig deep into muscle tissue for greater effect. 3. Underwater .mp3 Player: For stand up paddle-boarders, triathletes and lap swimmers, this is a must-have item. One model, the “Finis Swimp3” player, actually conducts sound through the jawbone!

tion for winter running is crucial, and YakTrax are literally chains for your shoes, which attach as flexible springs to the bottom of the shoe. 5. LifeProof Case: A newcomer to the tech scene, Lifeproof keeps your iPhone safe from water and collisions while still allowing you to use the touchscreen. 6. Sufferfest: If you’re not a fan of riding outdoors in the winter, you can still get a fantastic workout with indoor cycling videos, and Sufferfest are some of the most brutal, but also the best. 7. FIT10: Coming full circle, the FIT10 is another exercise device that can be used anywhere, and simply attaches to a door to allow for indoor upper body, core and sprint running workouts. // Ben offers fitness and nutrition consulting, training gear, and supplements at www.

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About five years ago I decided I needed a commuter bike to get up and down and around my South Hill neighborhood. My bicycle-enthusiastic husband scored this bright yellow Raleigh Mountain Tour Grand Teton for me at a yard sale. I have been very happy with the style and flexibility it has provided, not to mention the

pink brake cables and retro Raleigh medallion on the head tube. The fit is perfect for me rolling downhill to work, riding off-road trails, and gearing down for climbing. The upgrades of Armadillo tires and pannier rack make this my favorite “grocery getter.” Thanks to the previous owner for placing it in your yard sale. What a

EverydayCyclist Great Legs and $20 Dollar Bill Why I Ride

/ By Hank Greer

Like any other parent, I tell my children about past experiences, sometimes with the intent of passing on a lesson and sometimes telling what I thought was a good story. After my children reached their teen years, every once in a while after I finished a story, one of them would ask me, “And then you found twenty bucks, right?” The implication of the

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question was that my story was so boring that the only way to improve upon it was to add that I had found some money. Sometimes I get that vibe from people who are not cyclists when I give them reasons why they should ride a bike. They’ve heard it before but it still hasn’t grabbed their attention enough to act on it. In another month, we have a new year upon us. It’s a time we often associate with making a change. If you don’t ride a bike, I would like to tell you about my experiences in hopes of convincing you to take up cycling. Let me see, where to begin.... First of all, it’s good for your body. Your cardiovascular system gets a good workout and becomes more efficient. When I first started bike commuting to work it felt like I was working hard the whole way. Nowadays I rarely breathe hard on many of my bike commutes because my heart and lungs are so used to the effort that I hardly feel like I’m making an effort. In fact, I often go out of my way to take longer and more difficult routes just to make sure I exert myself. I recently had a thorough heart examination and was told I had the heart of a 20 year old. How cool is that at age 55? And not only do you strengthen your heart and its associated plumbing, but you also tone and strengthen your muscles. Why do I wear shorts all the time? Because my legs look that good—way better than my face—that’s why. Okay, setting the humorous vanity aside, my legs are subtle-looking powerhouses that climb stairs two at a time. Cycling can save you money. I average about

2,000 miles a year on my bike. That’s 2,000 miles I don’t drive. In today’s gas prices, that comes to about $370 I don’t spend on gas. Another benefit of that is less wear and tear on my van’s engine and tires. The tires are past their five-year warranty but their tread depth quietly brags they have plenty of mileage left. What did I do with the money I didn’t spend on gas and new tires? Nothing in particular, but I felt a lot less guilty about treating myself to a chai tea at a nearby cafe once every week or so. Plus, since my third child got her driver’s license last June, the gas savings have been a wash. But once she’s off to college, I can use the money I don’t spend on gas to buy two of her textbooks. Maybe three. You can win money by riding your bike to work. My employer participates in the Commute Trip Reduction program and I dutifully log my miles every month. The program often has drawings to reward participants. I’ve won three $25 gift cards. That’s $75 of free groceries just for riding my bike. Another reason to ride is because cycling is fun. You get to rip down the hills. You smell what’s cooking for breakfast and what people are barbecuing for dinner. You can interact with people you meet along the way. You connect with your environment. You’ll meet and probably ride with other cyclists—some of the

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Why do I wear shorts all the time? Because my legs look that good—way better than my face—that’s why. friendliest people in the world. Last of all, you find stuff. These are known as road finds. Sometimes they are wonderful and sometimes they are baffling, but I have found all kinds of useful things on the road. I put the screwdrivers in my toolbox at home. The scissors went to my office. The sprinkler system—I know, baffling, isn’t it?—was traded for a bike tool, which I donated to Pedals2People. The electrical wire connectors are in my garage waiting to be put to use. One day I found shots and hammers—the kind you throw—strewn along the roadway. I got them out of the traffic lanes just as the person who lost them came back. It’s a good thing he did. There was no way I could haul a couple hundred pounds of lead in my panniers. Are you still not convinced to take up riding? Then I’ll give this a proper ending. Last May, I left my house and headed down Highway 2 on my way to work. It was a beautiful spring morning. Rolling along on the shoulder of the highway, my peripheral vision caught an unusual but common shade of green off to my right. It immediately registered in my brain. That was money. I stopped and took a picture of my bonanza before pocketing it. Now I can conclude every story I tell by including this final anecdote: “And then I found twenty bucks.” // ELEPHANT BIKES December 2012

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OutdoorCalendar CLIMBING (Ongoing) Vertical Introduction. When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 – 8, Saturdays 4 – 6 PM. Where: Wild Walls 202 W. 2nd Ave. In this class you will learn the fundamentals to climb indoors: fitting the harness, knot tying, and proper belay technique. This class (or previous experience and passing our belay test) is a prerequisite for top roping in our facility. The 2-hour class includes equipment, One 2-hour session, 1 week membership and more. Ages 12+, $35. Info: 509-455-9596.

(Ongoing) Introduction to Lead Climbing. When: Last two Tuesdays of the Month 4 -6 PM. Where: Wild Walls 202 W. 2nd Ave. For climbers looking to further their climbing ability and increase the options available to them, our lead climbing class will prepare you for the world of sport climbing! With an emphasis on safety, you will learn proper technique for both lead belaying and lead climbing, as well as helpful strategies for efficient sport climbing. This class is ideal for those looking to prepare themselves for outdoor climbing in a safer, more controlled environment. Minimum class size of four people, Experience required, $75. Info: 509455-9596

(Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays) Spider Monkeys Climbing Club. When: 5 – 7 PM. Where: Wild Walls, 202 W. 2nd Ave. For kids ages 4 – 10 years. Please call ahead. Come climb and meet new friends! Info: 509-455-9596.

(December 4 & 18) Discover Rock Class. When: 6 - 8 PM. Where: Mt. Gear 2002 N. Division. Everything you need to harness up, tie in and belay with confidence. This class is for those who wish to get into climbing, as well as for parents wishing to get their young ones climbing safely. $20. Info: 509-455-9596.

CYCLING (Ongoing) WOW Cycling Spokane. WOW is excited that Fall is here! Check our FaceBook page for upcoming rides and activities! Tailwinds to you! Info: 509-951-6366,

(Ongoing) Belles and Baskets. Whatever style your cycle, join other Spokane women for no-drop rides, treats, and friendship. Info: 509-951-4090,

ALPINE SKIING, NORDIC SKIING, SNOWSHOEING (November 28, December 5 & 12) Level I Avalanche Class. When: 5:30 PM. Where: Mt. Gear/Silver Mt. This 28-hour course is geared towards ski patrol, search & rescue and backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Participants should be intermediate skiers/snowboarders, all participants will be required to carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel,& probe for the field portion of this class. Transceivers for the field portion of this class all need to be multi-antenna transceivers. Classroom sessions will be at Mountain Gear 11/28, 12/5 & 12/12 from 5:30-10:00pm. On snow sessions will 14

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be at Silver Mt Resort 1/26 & 1/27. $175. Info:Arch Harrison at or 509-9989384 to register for this class.

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(December 6) Cross Country Ski Basics. When: 7 PM. Where: REI, 1125 N Monroe. Learn the basics about gear, technique and where to go for this fun winter sport. Register at Info: 509328-9900,

(December 8) Mountain Gear Ski Try & Buy. When: All Day. Where: Lookout Pass.Your best opportunity of the year to try over 100 new 20122013 skis on snow at the same time. We will have ski reps on hand to talk & ski with you to determine your best ski choice. Ski’s will be mounted with alpine touring & telemark bindings, just bring your boots & poles. You get an all day lift ticket & lunch for the $35 registration fee. You will also get phenomenal deals on skis that day only – don’t let this chance slip away. Info: 509-455-9596.

(December 15) Great Scott Cross Country Race. When: tbd. Where: Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Don’t miss the first Cross Country Race of the season. Info: (December 15) Mountain Gear $5 24hr Cross Country Rental Day. We will set you up with an entire cross country ski package for 24 hrs for only $5. First come first served. Don’t miss this chance to try a new winter sport or revisit one from years gone by. Who doesn’t need a little break in the middle of a busy season to get out and enjoy what winter has to offer.

(December 22) Moutain Gear $5 24hr Snowshoe Rental Day. When 10 AM. Where: Mt. Gear 2002 N. Division. Rent a pair of new Atlas 10 Series snowshoes for 24 hrs for only $5. First come first served starting at 10:00am Saturday December 22. Spend the day strolling around all those places that are covered deep in snow and see what you have been missing all winter long. Take some food & drink and make a day of it enjoying the solitude of a winter day in the woods. Info: 509-455-9596.

(January 9) Intro to Backcountry Skiing. When: 6:30 PM. Where: TBA. Learn what it takes to explore beyond the boundaries of the local ski hills with this introductory course on backcountry skiing. Info: 509-998-3015,

ICE SKATING (Ongoing) Riverfront Park Ice Palace. When: Tue-Sun 11 AM - 5 PM; Tue-Thurs 7 PM - 8:30 PM; Fri and Sat 7 PM - 10 PM. Where: 507 N. Howard St. Riverfront Park’s Ice Palace covered outdoor rink invites you to enjoy the best of winter and the best of Spokane. With over 750 pairs of skates, the most public skating, indoor seating and just plain fun, the Ice Palace is a great family or date activity. Info: 509-625-6601

CYCLING (February 2) Murmelteirtaggelanderfahrradsfest. When: 10 AM. Where: Christmas Hills Recreation Area, St. Maries, ID. A cross country mountain bike race and derby on snow-packed trails. Info: 208-582-0520.

(March 10) Gran Fondo Ephrata. 78 miles of paved and gravel roads. Info: rideviciouscycle. com

(April 2012 - August 2012) Baddlands Cooper Jones Twilight Series Races. When: Tuesday evenings at 6 PM. Where: Cheney, Spokane, Rathdrum, Liberty Lake, Steptoe Butte. USAC Sanctioned bicycle racing. Road races and crits. A, B, C, and Wms Packs. Info: 509-456-0432,

RUNNING (February) Partners in Pain 5K. Info: (May 2012) Lilac Bloomsday Run, the 36th.

Schweitzer Starlight Race Series. 21 and over only. Info:

(February 3) Chicks on Sticks. 8km ski event. Proceeds donated to The Wellness Place in Wenatchee.

(February 10) Langlauf 10K Ski Race 35th Annual XC Ski race at Mt. Spokane. Info:

(February 23 & 24) Group Health/Providence Health Care Challenge. This Nordic ski race is a Junior National Qualifier for teen athletes with a simultaneous race that is open to the general public. Info:

(February 22) 49º North – Toyota Ski Free Friday. When: all day. Where 49º North Mountain Resort. Info:

SNOWSHOE (February 2) Schweitzer Snowshoe Stampede Race. A snowshoe race on the Nordic trails. Info:


(May 11) Sunflower Relay and Trail Marathon.



(May 19, 2013) Windermere Marathon, Spokane. Info: (May 26, 2012) Coeur d’Alene Marathon. Info:, 509-979-4370.

(March 3) Lost River Winter Triathlon. A triathlon Methow Valley Style! 11 km cross country ski, 17 km bike and 7.5 km run makes it the perfect winter sport completion! Info:


(April 14) Rage In The Sage Mountain Bike Duathlon. Run 2.5 miles, Bike 10 miles, Run 2.5

(January-March) Nordic Kids. Nordic Ski

miles. Info:

Lessons for Kids. Info:

(January 25-26) Intro to Avalanche Safety. Learn the basics of traveling safely in avalanche terrain. Info:

(January 25) Schweitzer Junior Race Series.

(May 18) 33rd Annual Troika Triathlon. Swim - 1.2 Miles \ Bike - 56 Miles \ Run - 13.1 Miles. Info:

EVENTS (January 30) Backcountry Film Festival.

This race series will provide a low-cost ski racing opportunity for both experienced and new racers ages 6-16. Racers will meet at 5:30 PM on Friday, January 4th, for the first session. Info: schweitzer. com.

Proceeds benefit Inland Northwest Backcountry Alliance and the Gonzaga Outdoor Program. Info:

(January 26) Methow Valley Pursuit & Nordic Festival. A variety of Nordic ski events. Info:

author, Ben Greenfield, is hosting a conference. Info: //

(March 8-9). Superhuman Live. Personal trainer/

(Ongoing Friday Nights starting in February)

CURLING (Ongoing – December 16) Curling League. When: 6 – 10 PM. Where: Riverfront Park Ice Palace. Co-ed recreational curling: Join the Lilac City Curling Club in their inaugural curling league. Open to curlers

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RUNNING/WALKING (Ongoing) Fat Ass Trail Runs. When: Varies. Where: Washington/Idaho. We meet 1-2 times per month for a trail run. FAT ASS is the name given to a series of low key runs that are frequented by experienced runners & walkers and characterised by the phrase “No Fees, No Awards, No Aid, No Wimps”. Yes, the runs are totally free to enter and are put on by passionate runners who are also running. Think of it as a bit like meeting some people for a bushwalk - except it’s a run. Info: 208-457-2726,

(December 1) Jingle Bell Run. When: 8:30. Where: Riverfront Park. Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Info: spokanejinglebellrun. (December 15) Christmas Lights Walk. When:

USBA safety clinic or carry an equivalent Canadian license. Spectators welcome. Location: Mazama Biathlon Range Cost: Early registration $25 for 21 and older, $15 for 9-20. Cost increases $10 starting December 12th. USBA/Canadian Biathlon membership required. Info:

(December 30 & January 19) Come Try Biathlon. When: 11 AM – 1 PM. Where: Mazama Biathlon Range – Methow Valley. MVB hosts any person 9 and older to try the Olympic sport of Biathlon. Methow Valley Biathlon Team shares equipment, history, training and safety of the sport before participants take turns shooting at targets and skiing a short and easy biathlon course. No previous experience in biathlon required and no advance registration required. First come, first shoot. This is a fundraiser for the Methow Valley Biathlon Team. Location: Mazama Biathlon Range, 1.5 km east of Corral trailhead; participants must ski out to the range. Cost: $20 donation to cover cost of ammunition and assist MVB’s mission. Info:

PADDLING / RIVER SPORTS (Ongoing) Masters Rowing. When: T, TH 6 - 7:30 PM, Sat 7:30 - 9:30 AM, Where: Spokane River near Upriver Dam. Masters rowing practices for experienced rowers and those who have completed Learn to Row. Sculling and sweep rowing. Recreational and competitive. Fully coached practices. Info:

5 - 6:30 PM. Where: Friends Church, 1623 W. Dalke Ave., Spokane. Walk on Sidewalks and shoulders and enjoy the Christmas Lights in north Spokane. 5K and 10K routes available. Info: 509-465-2690,



Second Ave. Info: 509-455-9596,

(November 28, December 5 & 12) Level I Avalanche Class. When: 5:30 PM. Where: Mt.

(Ongoing Wednesdays) Intro to Yoga When: 7:15 – 8:15 PM. Where Wild Walls Climbing Gym 202

(December 3) Sip ‘n Shop Celebration for the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. When 4:30 – 8 PM. Where: Pend d’Oreille Winery, 220 Cedar, Sandpoint. Join the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail as they celebrate a successful first year of fundraising and trail work. Info:, 208265-9565.

MULTISPORT (December 15) Biathlon Race . When: 11AM. Where: Mazama Biathlon Range – Methow Valley. Open to ages 9 and over who are experienced biathlon racers and have completed the mandatory

W. Second Ave. Info: 509-455-9596,

EVENTS/MOVIES/MISC… (December1) World AIDS Day. When: 4 - 6 PM. Where: Stella’s Cafe 917 W. Broadway. Global commemoration honoring lives lost to AIDS and offering hope and support for people who are living with HIV. Music, Art, Snacks. Free. Info: 509-324-1544,

(December 3) Sip ‘n Shop Celebration for the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. When 4:30 – 8 PM. Where: Pend d’Oreille Winery, 220 Cedar, Sandpoint. Join the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail as they celebrate a successful first year of fundraising and trail work. Hear updates on the year and enjoy great wine, food, live music, a silent auction and great holiday gift shopping. Proceeds to benefit the trail. Sponsored by the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and the Idaho Conservation League. Info:, 208-265-9565.

(December 13-16) Winter Wonderland at the Bowl and Pitcher. When: 6-8 PM. Where: Riverside State Park - Bowl and Pitcher. At Riverside State Park you can get your picture with Santa, listen to carolers, take a hayride, and enjoya cup of hot

(December 15) Christmas Lights Walk. When: 5 - 6:30 PM. Where: Friends Church, 1623 W. Dalke Ave., Spokane. Walk on Sidewalks and shoulders and enjoy the Christmas Lights in north Spokane. 5K and 10K routes available. Info: 509-465-2690,

(December 15 & 16) The Gift. When: 5 - 8 PM. Where: Real Life Ministries Campus Post Falls. Enjoy a live actor live animal drive thru Nativity to start the season with splendor. Info: 208-215-4786 (December 20 & 21) West Valley Outdoor Learning Center Winter Camp. When: 9AM - 3PM. Where: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center. Join us for our mini-camp to learn about winter survival for animals, go snowshoeing, look for tracks and play winter games! Info: 509-340-1028, olcinfo@

(January 5 & 6) Health and Beauty Show. When 11 AM – 6 PM & 12 – 5 PM. Where: Spokane Community College Lair. Each year the health*beauty spa show brings the cutting edge of health and wellness technology to the average consumer. In addition to offering traditionally beneficial stress-busting and immune-boosting spa treatments like massage, The health*beauty spa show brings bite sized sample therapies and treatments to consumers at the same $5 price point from all participating salons and spas. Info: //

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Gear/Silver Mt. This 28-hour course is geared towards ski patrol, search & rescue and backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Participants should be intermediate skiers/snowboarders, all participants will be required to carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel,& probe for the field portion of this class. Transceivers for the field portion of this class all need to be multi-antenna transceivers. Classroom sessions will be at Mountain Gear 11/28, 12/5 & 12/12 from 5:30-10:00pm. On snow sessions will be at Silver Mt Resort 1/26 & 1/27. $175. Info:Arch Harrison at or 509-9989384 to register for this class.

(Ongoing Mondays) Flow Yoga When: 7:15 – 8:30 PM. Where Wild Walls Climbing Gym 202 W.

cocoa! Admission $5. Info: 509-465- Discover Riverside State Park

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of all ages and experience (or inexperience) levels, this will give curlers and wanna-be’s the chance to learn and hone their skills. The club will supply stones and sheets. Team of 4+ players, Ages 16+, $650 per team. Info:,

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This picture taken with A GOPRO POV Camera at the end of a ski pole. gopro Available at mountain gear. // Photo courtesy Vinnie Miller.

We’re gear geeks, we readily confess. (But you probably already knew that.) Which is why we love sharing our gift-giving ideas for outdoor gear—whether it’s new and trendy, or the basic essentials. But even more so, we love having gear that helps us enjoy our beloved mountains, forests, trails and everything else in the great outdoors. And we love for that gear to be dependable, durable, safe and fun, so we can stay active for many years to come. Here are top gear picks for some of our favorite pursuits.

Black Diamond designed the Outlaw AvaLung to be everything you need in a backcountry pack including a fleece lined goggle pocket, panelloading compartments, plenty of space for your avalanche probe and shovel, as well as adequate storage space for a day’s worth of clothing and

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Black Diamond Outlaw AvaLung Backpack (downhill or backcountry skiing): While avalanches might not be a serious threat in some areas, avalanches in other areas are always serious. It never hurts to be prepared. The Black Diamond Outlaw AvaLung backpack ($239) has all the “just in case” features you need, but it isn’t limited only to avalanche safety.


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supplies. A zippered pocket on the shoulder strap stores the AvaLung mouthpiece. Black Diamond even claims that gear can be accessed without removing the pack. If you like the looks and features of this pack but avalanche areas are not your preferred terrain, Black Diamond also offers the same pack without the AvaLung feature ($139). – Brent Emmingham ----------------------------------------------------Smith Vantage Helmet (downhill skiing): This brain bucket offers several great features that will keep your head comfortable, safe and happy. Smith’s adjustable Boa fit system contours the helmet lining to all head shapes. And this Smith Vantage helmet ($190) features a Hybrid SL (SuperLite) shell construction to protect your head, while two vent controls allow a myriad of cooling combinations that are easily adjusted— even with gloves. A zippered pocket at the base of the lining is built for an optional Skullcandy audio system. Other features include 21 vents and an odor-resistant and anti-static lining, plus the helmet weighs less than a pound. (BE) ------------------------------------------------------

Smith Knowledge Turbo Fan OTG Snow Goggles (downhill or backcountry skiing): Snow geeks like gear that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd. But, ultimately, they just want to slide and ride and not have to worry about their gear. In fact, the best gear is often the gear you don’t have to think about. It just does what it’s supposed to do so you can do what you want to do. Good ski goggles are no exception. These $160 goggles feature a two-speed micro-electric fan that helps to eliminate fogging. One AAA battery will provide up to 50 hours on the low setting. Use the high setting to clear moisture build-up in high exertion conditions. The strap

has silicone backing that keeps the goggle strap from sliding around on your helmet, along with a clip buckle for easy removal. OTG means “over the glasses” and the specially designed dual layer foam and fleece lining allows these goggles to fit comfortably over eyeglasses, while maintaining a comfortable seal on your face. (BE) -----------------------------------------------------K2 Rescue Shovel Plus (backcountry skiing): Backcountry skiers know that extra weight means extra work. When it comes to safety gear, you can’t take any chances. This

shovel allows for multiple uses in one strong piece of equipment. The K2 Safety Shovel Plus ($80) can be converted to a hoe for rescues in cramped spots. It can also be used for ski mountaineering as a deadman anchor. Another great feature is the included hardware that can effectively turn your backcountry skis into a rescue sled by attaching the two-part shovel handle to the front and back of your skis. (BE) -----------------------------------------------------Arc’teryx Covert Beanie (nordic skiing): Plain and simple, but perfect for Nordic skiing, this $30 beanie features an excellent warmth to weight ratio while providing excellent breathability. Nordic skiers, especially the recreational variety, need a head covering that is efficient, quick drying and suitable for use in almost all conditions. (BE) -----------------------------------------------------Mountain Hardwear Jalapeno Glove (downhill or backcountry skiing): Okay. I’ll admit it—I have a few gear fetishes. Jackets are one. Gloves are the other. When it comes to winter gear, you can skimp on some of your gear and get away with it. But sooner or later, not having good, technical gloves will catch up with you. The Mountain Hardwear Jalapeno gloves ($125) are, as the name implies, toasty warm with a spicy

style. Featuring Mountain Hardwear’s Extreme Pre-curve articulated fit that mimics your hand’s natural position, the durable leather palm and fingertips have you ready for whatever winter throws at you. The OutDry membrane is molded to the gloves soft inner lining providing excellent wind- and waterproof protection. The Jalapeno’s

ample overcuff cinches tight for maintaining and maximizing warmth. (BE) ---------------------------------------------------Marmot Baffin Hoody (downhill skiing): This was totally an impulse buy. I saw it and had to have it. Now, it’s one of my go-to jackets for, well, whenever. I just love the feel of this jacket. And when I put it on the sleeves puff up and I can immediately start to feel the heat-trapping power of the Thermal R Eco insulation. This packable mid or outer layer has a waist cinch, inner net pocket, and zippered hand warmer pockets. The articulated hood is equally warm, but not quite roomy enough to fit over a helmet. Retail: $200. (BE) ---------------------------------------------------POV Camera (downhill skiing or snowboarding): Whatever your winter passions may be, no snow junkie’s closet is complete without a point-of-view (POV) camera setup. There is no better way to document your mountain adventures. Over the last few years, these nifty little video recorders have become a common sight on ski hills around the world, as many skiers and riders are mounting these cameras on various parts of their bodies. From winter sports to vacation videos, POV cameras can be used to capture video in almost any situation. The fish-eye lens is perhaps the most useful design feature on POV cameras. Aiming the camera is a non-issue as the fish-eye lens captures everything in close range as you shred a line through the trees or land that 20 foot gap. Surprisingly, the footage these cameras produce is so realistic and so unlike traditional forms of media that nothing else seems to bring the mountain closer to the viewer. Additionally, most of these cameras will shoot up to 1080 pixels, which produces wonderfully clear and vivid, high-definition video. It’s amazing to see how POV cameras are completely changing the face of action-sports video production. The creativity is awesome, as these type of cameras have opened up so many

new ways of seeing things. Traditional mounting places are usually on the helmet or goggles as this provides the most accurate re-creation of what the skier/rider is seeing; however, I have seen many folks attach POV cameras directly to their board—or even on the end of a boom, which creates a multitude of different angles for the viewer to enjoy. While there are many reputable POV camera manufacturers, the two brands leading the industry are Contour and GoPro. Both brands offer a competitively priced line up of cameras with various levels of video flexibility and features according to price. Average prices start at around $200 and can reach beyond $500 for the most feature-rich units. – Brad Naccarato ---------------------------------------------------LOCAL ADVENTURE-GUIDED TRIP: CAT SKIING Every skier and rider dreams of that magical place with deep, untracked powder. A place where no others have been, no lift-lines occur, and the vertical seems endless. This place does exist…in North Idaho! You can make this dream a reality for someone special this Christmas with a little help from Selkirk Powder Company (SPC) in Sandpoint. Located in one of the most precipitous spots

in the U.S. Rockies, this business specializes in cat-accessed skiing and riding tours. This season, SPC celebrates 10 years of outfitting and guiding in the famously snowy, Idaho Selkirks. Operating on the west side of Idaho’s largest ski area, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, SPC’s lodge sits near the top of Schweitzer’s Great Escape chairlift with a permit for guiding on the adjacent west-facing private terrain. SPC operates along a three-mile ridge-line with thousands of acres of west and north facing slopes. The elevations range from 4500 to 6700 feet, with plenty of slope, glade and terrain variations to please all ability levels. Operation dates are from December 26th to April 7th. SPC’s guests continuously rave about the exclusivity of the terrain, the seemingly endless array of first tracks, and, most importantly, the safety precautions taken by the guides. With its proximity to Schweitzer’s village, guests have access to all of its amenities with various lodging, bar and restaurant options. Prices range from $400 for one day/one person, all the way up to $3,300 for the use of a private cat. To make reservations, call (208) 263-6959 or email reservations@selkirkpowder. com. (BN)

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MSR AutoFlow Microfilter: A gravity water filter—the key word here is “gravity.” It’s not just for sweet jumps any more. Unlike traditional backpacking water treatment devices that rely on a mechanical pump (which in turn relies on the backpacker), the MSR AutoFlow ($100) relies on Newton’s law of gravity. It’s very simple to treat your water with the AutoFlow:

fill the bladder up with water, hang the bladder from a tree, and then connect the filter to the bladder and let the water flow through filter. Gravity does all the heavy lifting. While you sit and relax. As it turns out, after a long ride/run/hike, harnessing the force of the planet turns out to be a great alternative to hunching precariously over your water source while frantically pumping water through a filter as your thighs, back and arms scream for a rest. If I were in charge at MSR, I’d call it the “Sir Isaac Microfilter.” - John Speare ---------------------------------------------------Patagonia Houdini Jacket: Ideal for unexpectedly cold scenarios. It’s a super lightweight, nylon ripstop jacket that breathes a bit and is sort of water-resistant (DWR) for rain. The point of the Houdini is to trap your body heat and to block the wind. The second point is to make a jacket that packs away into such a tiny and light package, you will always have it in your bag. The jacket is cut trim so you can layer over it, but I’ve really appreciated it as a temporary shell over light layers for late season cycling descents and for cold morning commutes in the fall. While not specifically a cycling jacket, the adjustable

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hood is roomy enough to fit over a helmet. Retail: $100. (JS) ---------------------------------------------------Ibex Ramble Wool Pant: I’m always on the lookout for classically styled clothes that perform as well as their nerdy technical cousins. It doesn’t get much more classic than wool pants. The Ibex Ramble Wool Pant is a perfect implementation of the wool pant genre. Made with Merino wool and with a gusseted crotch, heavy stitching, and your basic greeny-brown wool-pant color, you’ve got a high-performing, nice looking pant that keeps you warm. I’ve commuted in these pants in pouring rain. I’ve worn them in professional environments without eliciting a single side-wise glance, and I’ve been happy, warm and classy in all scenarios. At $195, these pants are an investment, but given Ibex’s track record of quality and durability, you can plan on wearing these pants for many winters. (JS) ---------------------------------------------------Tents: Last July, I reviewed the GoLite ShangriLa 1 Tent for OTM’s “Punish Stuff ” column. This tent, made up of a rain fly and an inner bug “nest,” can be deployed as stand-alone components or together depending on the circumstances. It requires hiking poles or tying off to an overhead branch, which, in our tree-filled neck of the woods, is never an issue. The Shangri-La has become favorite bike/back-packing tent. It appears to be on clearance ($120), which seems to suggest it may be discontinued in the future. Find one online while they’re still available! Otherwise, another good shelter option is the MSR Fast Stash 2 ($300). I use this tent for trips where we set up a “basecamp” from which we take day rides. The Fast Stash is a bit bigger, though not

quite big enough for two and their gear. It’s also amazingly stable and waterproof when you take care in setting it up. Recall the 100 mph gust-windstorm in Stevens and Ferry counties last August. I sat out those storms in the heart of Ferry County in this tent. With nearly three inches of rain in one night, and Armageddon-style wind gusts, I can personally attest to this tent’s worthiness. (JS)

RUNNING & YOGA ----------------------------------

Runner’s Soul Curt Shirt: Admittedly, the shirt started as a joke, but it quickly became one of the most coveted running items in the area. Runners, coaches and race directors alike praise Curt Kinghorn and Runner’s Soul for their ongoing support of the Spokane running community. Plus, the staff really likes to see their boss scowl when they sell another Curt Shirt. Available at both Runner’s Soul retail locations. - Jon Jonckers ---------------------------------------------------Penguin Sport Wash Detergent: Give the gift that everyone in the household will appreciate. If you know an athlete that creates mounds of stinky, sweaty, icky laundry, then you might consider gifting this sport wash detergent. It’s designed for technical fabrics, and its residue-free, non-allergenic formula washes away residues left behind from other detergents while restoring moisture wicking properties. (JJ) ---------------------------------------------------CEP Compression Sleeves: Somehow compression sleeves don’t seem like an obvious gift, but it’s possibly the best gift in this article. Speaking specifically about the calf sleeves, they enhance

muscle stabilization, improve muscle recovery, and assist with insulation without the need for tights or fleece pants. They’re particularly loved by endurance athletes such as runners, nordic skiers and cyclists. (JJ) ----------------------------------Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf: Unlike the continuous loop of other tube socks masquerading as scarfs, the Vinyasa is definitely multi-functional. It snaps on either end so you can wear it done up or undone, wrapped or unwrapped. Keep it close and cozy around your neck or soft and snug around your shoulders. The versatility makes it a great gift for any stylish, athletic woman. (JJ) ----------------------------------Lululemon Yoga Mat: There’s a reason these are called the red carpet of yoga mats. The antimicrobial additive prevents mold and mildew, and the dual layers provide superior cushioning. Bypass the reason to upgrade later, and give your yoga enthusiast the best yoga mat in town. (JJ)

CLIMBING -------------------------

Omega Pacific Dash 4-Pack: This convenient and inexpensive four-pack of ultra-light Dash carabiners is anodized to match your climbing gear. These colorcoded carabiners save time whenever organizing or placing climbing gear. And they are especially useful if you share or combine your gear during climbing or backpacking trips. (JJ) --------------------------------------Climbing the Rocks of Sharon, guidebook: This brand new local climbing guide features descriptions for approximately 70 routes at the newest Spokane County park including dozens of moderates, several noteworthy test-pieces, as well as the classic climbs first established back in the 1960s. Proceeds from the sale of Climbing the Rocks of Sharon benefit the Dishman Hills Conservancy. Buy it locally at Mountain Gear or Wild Walls. (JJ)

MULTI-SPORT TECHY STUFF ----------------------------------

Seal Line eSeries Cases: There’s never a shortage of techy gadgets to put under the Christmas tree. From Kindle and GPS units, to wallets and cell phones, eSeries cases provide a safe haven from the elements wherever you want to bring your favorite devices into the backcountry. Individually-tested protection keeps your gear safe in one meter of water for 30 minutes, and generous windows let you enjoy use of touchscreen, camera and voice functions through the case. (JJ) ---------------------------------------------------Outdoor Research Sensor Glove: While other gloves claim one digit cooperates with a touch-screen, the Outdoor Research Sensor Glove features TouchTec leather on the palms and 18

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fingers that lets you operate your touch-screen phone without taking the gloves off. No limits to the part of the hand or the finger you need to use to navigate. The leather is wind and water resistant, and the stretchy polyester/spandex blend on the backs of the hands provides insulation from the cold. Target comfort range is from 25° to 0°F. (JJ) ----------------------------------Helmets: Gifting a helmet tells the receiver two important things. First, the gift says, “I love you and I want you to be safe.” Second, it says, “I know your sport is important to you, and I encourage you to keep training/practicing/participating so long as you are safe.” You can’t make trails or roads safer for your cyclist, and you can’t make snowboarding stunts easier for your kids—but you can give the gift that supplements their mandatory outdoor kit so they can spend their own money on race entries, lift tickets or road trips. Helmets save lives, gift cards don’t. (JJ) ---------------------------------------------------Happy Holidays! And cheers to your next outdoor adventure! //

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