It may not be yours or my cup of tea, but most of those around us have an affinity for the outdoors up here in the Inland Northwest. Depending on your wanderer, you might be dealing with a Walt Whitman or an Evil Knievel. Here are some options to help whomever dip their toes in some diverse fun.
The usefulness of an annual Washington State Discover Pass cannot be understated. Not only will your adventurer be able to take advantage of nearby excursions, but also any of the 100 parks or 350 recreation sites found throughout the state. The pass is good for two vehicles (one at a time, however), and creates new fun cheap alternatives when you're over on the west side. The pass also works for over 700 water-access points for boating and fishing. And you're helping offset the tax reduction of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife! $35 • Various outdoor outfitters • store.discoverpass.wa.gov
SILVERBOW FLY FISHING LESSONS
When ramping up for spring activities, what better time than January or February to learn the prerequisites to take part in fly fishing? Get your lake or river Ahab a fly-tying or appropriate level of casting lessons (taught when the weather is a little warmer) from the folks at Silver Bow Fly Shop. $40-60 • Silver Bow Fly Shop • 13210 E. Indiana, Spokane Valley
WILD WALLS LESSONS
With nine climbing areas within 20 minutes, climbing may be one of the more underrated outdoor activities for the average Spokanite. Get your aspiring climber a class at Wild Walls. Depending on their past experience, you could hook them up with the novice Vertical Introduction class, or prepare them for the outdoors with the intermediate Introduction to Lead Climbing course. $35-60 • Wild Walls • 202 W. Second
MSR or ATLAS SNOWSHOES
For a scenic hike and a great alternative to Nordic and downhill skiing, it's hard to go wrong with a pair of snowshoes for your snowbunny. The folks at Mountain Gear recommended any of the MSR or Atlas snowshoe lines, which vary in style and price depending on your needs. Nearby Mount Spokane boasts six snowshoe trails, ranging from easy to difficult. The trails also boast a route to the top of Mount Spokane, which has access to their cabin cafeteria. $189-350 • Mountain Gear Outfitters • 2002 N. Division ♦