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    How's the hanging in eastern WA?

    I'm finishing up my master's degree this semester, and so the wife and I are looking to relocate.

    We want to wind up somewhere with more outdoor rec opportunities than we can use (up to now, we've been much more limited with our opportunities such that we have to make longer term plans than we want to account for visiting places - a simple weekend out an hour or two from home has offered few options).

    we've started tossing resumes out and about with relatively few limitations on where we wind up. One being outdoor rec, but the major one being someplace big enough that we can both land jobs. there are a couple of other specific requirements - like avoiding southern MI/northern IN because it's too close for crazy overbearing family members to drop by unannounced, avoiding states like CA and CO due to unfavorable regulatory environment for my wife's profession, and avoiding places where summers can last 9mo and have months of temps consistently above 100 and whatnot. Still leaves most of the country.

    At any rate, my wife has sent resumes off to 3 places in WA, and so far the one that seems most interested is in Spokane. They're going to do some phone interview stuff next week and I hope that leads to an in-person interview relatively soon.

    from what I can tell, Spokane looks to offer a lot for my primary passion, mountain biking. Right in town, too, and more just outside of it. Seems like quite a lot within an hour.

    Paddling is pretty easy to see that I'll have plenty to do.

    Hiking, and backpacking is a little less clear. I know Spokane is only a couple hours from Missoula and there's a lot of mountains in-between that probably offer quite a bit. I know there's a dayhike to the top of Abercrombie that looks to provide really nice views. I've seen photos of some of the forests up there and they're a lot more open than what I'm used to. With the rocky ground it looks like a hammock is definitely a more comfortable way to go, but I'm curious how realistic that is because I see some pretty expansive meadows and burned areas with dead snags you obviously don't want to hang from.

    Any hangers on here from eastern WA able to provide some suggestions about the backpacking and hanging available in the area?

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    Tons of cycling, wilderness areas, and fly fishing to the east, probably some even closer.
    I always wanted to go ride these routes.

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    Nate-- The Douglas firs get really big, but there is still plenty to hang from. Do not overlook Id as you look around for activities. Missoula is close, but Coeur d'Alene is closer and has some good hiking etc...

    3 day weekends could be used for exploring Cascades NP, Olympic NP, Ranier, Mt Baker, Mt Adams, Mt St Helen's and many other places.

    Yep, Zeke from that other board.

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    how big for the douglas firs? my treehuggers are 7ft long or so. the pine trees down my way can get big, but ones big enough to be too big for my treehuggers are uncommon enough that 7ft works for me.

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    My 14 ft tree straps are too short for some of them, but there is usually something younger around.

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    Yea... We grow em' big up here in the NW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festus View Post
    Yea... We grow em' big up here in the NW.
    Must be all the Bigfoot manure.
    *Heaven best have trees, because I plan to lounge for eternity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olzeke View Post
    My 14 ft tree straps are too short for some of them, but there is usually something younger around.
    I'd probably have to get new treehuggers, I think. :-)

    Curious why this thread wound up in trip planning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbikernate View Post

    Curious why this thread wound up in trip planning.
    I'm surprised it did go to the donating area since it's not hammock related.

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