Outdoor Adventure Presentations (Feb. 24-25)

Learn and discover new things about the Inland Northwest’s great outdoors, from hiking and biking trails and local wildlife to stories of adventure successes and mishaps on the region’s trails, waterways, and mountains!  All presentations are free with your expo admission.


“Trailtopia: Washington’s Case for Best Trail State in the Country.”
Sunday, 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Washington State is home to some of North America’s most enviable long trails and pathways. Hiking and biking trails like the John Wayne Trail, Columbia Plateau Trail, Centennial Trail, Fish Lake Trail, Ferry County Rail Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, and others form a network that connects with other trails throughout the region. Join Jon Snyder, Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy advisor to Governor Inslee, on a tour of the good, the great, and the lesser-known aspects of trails in Washington State. Snyder, who is a former Spokane City Councilman and the founder of Out There Monthly magazine, will also look ahead to what the future may hold for Washington’s world-class trails.

“Tribal Lives in the Most Remote Places on Earth.”
Saturday, 12:45-1:30 p.m.

Spokane local Hazen Adel has been traveling with National Geographic to some of the most remote and physically demanding places on the planet where tribal and traditional people are still living and thriving. Hazen is most recognized as the TV host for the National Geographic shows “Primal Survivor” and “Survive the Tribe,” and he is also well known here in the Inland Northwest as a passionate environmental educator and talented artist. Join Hazen for this entertaining and enlightening presentation as he shares photos, videos, and stories from his travels, highlighting the amazing people and wild animals that inspire him.


Saturday, 10:15-11:00 a.m.—“Backyard Adventure: 1st SUP Descent of the Spokane River.” This past summer, Spokane locals Jed Conklin, Alli Roskelley and Grace Robison paddled four consecutive days down the 112-mile length of the Spokane River from Lake Coeur d’Alene to the Columbia River. Join Jed and Alli as they share their story and photographs from this first stand-up paddleboard descent of the Spokane.

First SUP Descent

The trio, ready to go.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.— “I Should Have Known Better: Mistakes an Outdoors Person Should Never Make or Admit To.” Laugh along with Out There contributor and adventure writer Ammi Midstokke as she shares photos and stories of “the stupidest things I’ve done in the most wonderful places.” Midstokke’s talk promises to be hilarious and serve as a useful guide for avoiding common outdoor mishaps.

Ammi at the 2017 Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo.

Saturday, 1:45-2:30 p.m.“Tips from the Trail: Lessons Learned from a Triple Crown Hiker.” Have you ever dreamed of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, or Continental Divide Trail? Long-distance hiker and Spokane REI employee Tim “Tribhu” Plaza has completed them all and brought back plenty of stories from the trail. Plaza will also walk you through gear and preparation considerations that will be useful for anyone looking to tackle one of America’s beautiful long-distance trails or a long weekend of backpacking.

Tim Plaza

Tim Plaza

Saturday, 3:00-3:45 p.m.—“Renegade Bulldozer, Threats from Development, and Future Plans for the High Drive Bluff.” The well-loved “Bluff” off of Spokane’s South Hill is a 500+ acre natural area with over 20 miles of trails. Last spring a bulldozer carved an illegal road through High Drive Bluff Park, and Friends of the Bluff stepped in to stop and repair the damage. Hear the story and learn more about other development threats and future trail and conservation plans from Pat Keegan with Friends of the Bluff.

Pat Keegan

Pat Keegen from Friends of the Bluff



Sunday, 10:30-11:15 a.m.—“What Was That? Tips for Identifying and Recreating Safely with Wildlife.” Learn how to identify wildlife you see, and even those you don’t, through tracks and scat. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists Annemarie Prince and Trent Roussin will also offer tips for recreating safely in the natural habitat of black and grizzly bears, cougars, wolves, and other wildlife.

Annemarie Prince

Trent Roussin

Trent Roussin

Sunday, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—“Local Favorites: Classic North Idaho Hiking Trails.” Looking to plan an unforgettable summer’s worth of hikes? Idaho Trails Association representatives will share some of their favorite Idaho hiking trails in the Panhandle and beyond. ITA staff and volunteers spend thousands of hours each year hiking, maintaining, and advocating for Idaho’s trails. Come learn trail secrets from these seasoned trail advocates!

Tom from ITA in Hells Canyon

Sunday, 2:45-3:30 p.m.—“Proof of Life” In June 2015, three days before Brad Thiessen was to enter his first 50k trail run, he ended up in an operating room having a brain tumor removed. This short, moving documentary tells the story of Thiessen’s journey from brain cancer to a 50K comeback on Inland Northwest trails.

Brad Thiessen