The Washington State University women's basketball team faces its historic rival, the University of Washington, in an epic showdown of pivots, passes, and fadeaways. Don your crimson and gray gear, and get situated in a premier seat behind the benches for the 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Beasley Coliseum, the Cougars' natural hunting habitat. The roster pops with fast-breaking talent, keeping fans on the edge of their seats or portable recumbent bicycles. Cheer on the Cougars solo, or corral a troop of Groupon-holding friends or semifriendly town criers to root for a WSU victory.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
For licensed Idaho fishing guide Nate Luther, fishing is not only the art of casting lines—it’s a lifestyle. In the Snake River waters that flow near Hells Canyon, Luther shares this lifestyle with fishermen of all skill levels via his year-round guide services. He arms his passengers with fishing rods and tackle before they jet off in open-air boats ideal for catching rays of sun or super-long fly balls. During the summer, Luther’s trips hunt for catfish, sturgeon, trout and bass; in winter, he primarily focuses on schools of steelhead.
Beamers Hells Canyon Tours ferries passengers through the vacillating rapids of one of the deepest river gorges in North America. Along nearly 200 miles of majestic landscapes and American history, certified tour captains delve into detailed narratives on geological landmarks, Native American history, and how U.S. mail delivery developed from horseback to the modern-day jetpack. Wine-tasting and brunch cruises complement degustation with stunning scenes of mountain ranges, rivers, and rare glimpses of local wildlife foraging for food or preparing their tax-return forms, and fishing charters let anglers test their mettles against the river?s crafty steelhead, sturgeon, and bass.
Sky explorers sail into the ether over Lewis-Clark Valley, buoyed by one of AirQuest Adventures' multicolored hot air balloons. Upon arrival, air-bound pairs nosh on complimentary breakfast pastries as the flight crew prepares their high-flying chariot, then attend a preflight briefing before taking off at sunrise or sunset—the times when air conditions are least likely to interrupt in-flight naps. Soaring over the valley provides an eagle's-eye view of the area's whitewater rivers, gaping canyons, lush forests, and vast fields that reveal the occasional crop circle caused by genetically modified seeds. After the trip, customers celebrate solid ground with a champagne toast before reboarding the shuttle.
Snake River Adventures makes the scenic waterways of the Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater rivers accessible to outdoor enthusiasts and curious sightseers alike. Licensed jet-boat captains ferry groups through natural wonders, such as Hells Canyon—America's deepest and most inaccurately named river gorge—and manmade locales including the Kirkwood Historical Ranch and museum. Hunting and fishing expeditions may be chartered to snare the bass, trout, steelhead, and sturgeon swimming the waters as well as the big game roaming the shore. Comfortable camp may be made at Historic Sheep Creek Ranch—furnished with wood cook stoves and oil lamps—or the Kirby Creek Lodge bed and breakfast.