Subscribe | Advertise | About Us | Contact Us | Submit an Event
  • A fortunate diversion
    With two campsites on Big Island Lake and a mere 100-foot portage to Mid Island Lake and another site, and 200 feet to Townline Lake with two more designated campsites, we would have no problem finding a place to stake our tents. We would pick up the kayaks, carry them half a mile into the wilderness, and be on the water in an hour.
  • A hiker’s delight

    One of the most popular Lower Michigan treks takes you through the Jordan River Pathway. With fall colors peaking, we put together a group of five for an October hiking trip.

  • Forecast: Five foul weather rides
    In wicked weather, Chris Schotz took on the Tuscobia 75, Trans-Iowa, Chequamegon 100, Maah Daah Hey 100 and Heck Epic mountain bike races earlier this year.
  • The majesty of the Manistee
    With a length of 190 miles before it reaches Lake Michigan, the Manistee also offers opportunities for multi-day downriver camping excursions. The latter experience is what my wife Cyndy and I were after when we set out to spend four days on the river.
  • Meet your maker
    You may doubt there are many differences between steel bikes from one builder to the next. But you need to look at their frames as artwork. These builders take form and function into equal consideration. They are part engineer and part artist, and each build is like a snowflake; no two are the exactly same.
  • By muscle & machine
    I talked with eminent trail builders, old school and new, and I’ve explored the fruits of their labors. In search of answers, I finally staged a race to see if one of these machines could replace human labor.
Vertical thumbnails||#222222||#194CA7|| font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; text-decoration:none; || font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; text-decoration:none; || font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; text-decoration:none; || font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; text-decoration:none; ||ctl00_body_ctl16_rrThumbnails14||ctl00_body_ctl16_rrFullSizePhotos14||imgStartRotator14||imgStopRotator14||125||||True||No related video||,|,|,|,|,|,||False||2437,0|2436,1|2435,2|2423,3|2422,4|2421,5||14
  • New book: Bike Battles
    In a Q&A with James Longhurst, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse professors explains what inspired him to write Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road 
  • Want to get on snow by Thanksgiving?
    Motivated Midwestern skiers go to West Yellowstone, Montana, and are joined by some 3,500 other Nordic skiers the week of Thanksgiving every year. 
  • If you roll
    Deciding whether or not to roller ski is a cost/benefit calculation. If you decide to roll, here are some guidelines for how to ski on asphalt as safely as possible. 
An image.
An image.
  • The joy and curse of the pack mentality
    Half of me rejoices in seeing so many cyclists out being active and enjoying our plethora of dairy roads. But the other half of me knows situations like these are disasters waiting to happen. 
  • A long wait for a long race
    "Thirty-seven years of doing this and this’ll be the first time I miss my start," I told the skier sitting next to me on the bus transporting us to the start of the American Birkebeiner. 
  • How was the coldest day of the year for you?
    Last year we were left stumbling by the unceasing cold that settled like a 60-day cloud of depression. This year we got gut punched by the Packers, an ache that will linger long after the cold fades.  
  • Training on rainy days
    XC Skiing with Mitch Mode
    I have learned to take comfort on rainy days when dawn brings grayness and haze settles on the land as a heavy blanket. 
  • Hill Climbing 101
    BEHIND THE BARS with Kierstin Kloeckner
    As a trainer and cycling coach, I am constantly urging clients who don’t like hills to give them another shot. After all, is riding through flat cornfields day after day really that much fun? By learning to embrace climbing, a whole new world opens up. 
  • Acquired skills
    XC SKIING with Mitch Mode
     None of this is instinctive. We are not born accomplished skiers. It is an acquired skill. Technique is the driver. Without it we flail, energy wasted. Our enthusiasm may know no bounds, but bad technique is an open window as the furnace runs hot. Technique comes with time and with work. It is malleable, changing form as our experience grows. We may be born to ski but we are not born competent skiers. 
  • The way of the blade
    PADDLING with Darren Bush
    There are no right or wrong paddles. If you are a fan of big blades for flatwater paddling, then more power (literally) to you. Do you like skinny little Greenland kayak paddles? By all means, use them. Like a bent shaft canoe paddle or a traditional willow-leaf design? Good for you. As the French say, 
    à chacun son goût
  • The best Birkie ever
    FOOTLOOSE with Bruce Steinberg
    Carol and I raised over $6,500 in pledges for a clinic that specialized in macular degeneration research. All I had to do was finish the 1994 Birkie filled with the calamities; calamities that paled in comparison to what Carol and other sufferers of macular degeneration have to cope with every day.
  • Black Lives Matter targets Twin Cities Marathon
    One could argue that the Black Lives Matter movement would be better off putting on events rather than standing in the way of existing events. But organizing an event around their issue would be much more difficult than blocking and shouting at a mass of runners.
  • A double life explained
    One suspects this is not the memoir she would have preferred to write, which unfortunately diminishes her decades as a standout middle-distance runner in high school, at the University of Wisconsin and at three Olympic Games. All that is but prelude now to what most buyers of the book will want to know 
Casey Randolph speedskating demo
2002 Olympic gold medalist and Wisconsin native Casey FitzRandolph demonstrates and talks about his sport at the Edgewater Hotel rink in Madison during the Frozen Assets Festival on February 7, 2015.
Subscription Support
Call for Support: 715.369.3331
© Copyright Multi Media Channels LLC 2014. All Rights Reserved. No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, modified, or adapted without the prior written consent of Multi Media Channels LLC.