More than two decades ago, Paul Fish dreamed up a unique backpack and stitched a prototype by hand. After some redesigns, Fish and his wife opened an outdoor apparel shop—Mountain Gear—where they could sell these packs to local climbers and backpackers. Today, Mountain Gear's spacious retail location boasts a comprehensive selection of gear for camping, hiking, and climbing, as well as snowsports and watersports. Skiers can bundle up in gear from The North Face and Black Diamond, and mountaineers can ascend to new altitudes with Mountain Hardwear apparel. Mountain Gear also houses an indoor climbing wall, and its outdoorsy staff hosts classes that teach attendees how to tackle their first climbing wall or cook meals in the wilderness without having to call a restaurant for instructions.
Whether conquering road, water, or snow, the team of knowledgeable skaters, wakeboarders, and snowboarders at Let It Ride outfit their customers with head-to-toe gear, year-round. For skaters, the inventory ranges from decks and trucks to helmets, shoes, and even T-shirts. Women can browse a long list of brands for items such as hats, swimwear, and backpacks, and men's apparel and accessories are available from popular brands such as RVCA, Fox, DC, Oakley, and LRG.
The sounds of the battlefield are numerous and unmistakeable. The shout of commands in the far-off distance. While that last one might not factor into actual combat operations, its an integral part of the experience at Spokane Airsoft & Paintball. Part pro-shop, part battlefield, the arena hosts colorful showdowns complete with equipment rentals. Action takes place in an indoor airsoft arena that can be reserved for private events.
The granite-topped bar at Deer Park Bowl welcomes guests as warmly as its 16 lanes. Sidelines Sports Bar, a recent addition to the alley, sits in the middle of the restaurant’s booths. In addition to bowling and eating, customers can also go gaming in the arcade room, complete with pool table.
Paddles dip into the water of Coeur d'Alene lake, boards glide across its surface, and a moose nibbles plants near its edge as groups of paddleboarders see North Idaho through new eyes. Moments like these spring from the dedication and passion of Coeur d'Alene Paddle Board Company's staff. With a mission to share their love for stand-up paddleboarding, they teach classes on fundamental techniques and lead group sessions into the area's scenic waters. Under guides' watchful eyes, groups float out into the open lake or along more narrow waterways flanked by trees and rubber duckies squeaking in their natural habitats.
Designed by veteran West Coast golf-course architect John Harbottle III, the 7,308-yard course of Palouse Ridge Golf Club?which is also home to Washington State University's golf club?stretches across Pullman's rolling hills. The course emulates the design of classic Scottish courses, which favor making use of the terrain's natural features instead of building full-scale replicas of the Grand Canyon between each hole. With the peaks of Idaho and Oregon as a backdrop, visitors send golf balls meandering around sand and water traps, past native prairie, and over elevated tees. On the par 5 fifth hole, they must cross the wide strip of wetlands that guards the high fairway to the left of the green, and the fiendish Hole 11 demands they execute a precise tee shot that accounts for the typical prevailing crosswind. After a round, the scent of tender steaks and Pacific Northwest microbrew beers lures golfers to the British colonial-themed steak house.