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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.
How to avoid a bad trip
Here are twelve most common pitfalls that can lead to a bad trip, followed by ways to prevent or manage the situation.
New film to focus on ice climbing in Michigan
The maker of a cinematic 2013 short film publicizing
Marquette, Michigan’s groomed snow bike trail have taken on another U.P. silent sport as the subject of his next film: the rich history of ice climbing in nearby Munising. And filmmaker Aaron Peterson is using Kickstarter to crowd source the finances needed to complete the two-year movie project.
Backcountry vs. frontcountry
What are the advantages and disadvantages to snowshoeing in either backcountry or frontcountry areas? First what is the backcountry and frontcountry?
Don Erickson and Jim Joque debate the merits of snowshoeing with one trekking pole or two.
A stretch of the imagination
We take for granted the lightweight nylon backpacking and camping tents we have today. But tents didn’t change much from Thoreau’s day until a Midwestern artist turned one of his art concepts into a lightweight portable shelter. Bill Moss designed and patented the first dome tent in 1955 and initiated the transformation of two industries in the process.
The no tread zone
It was during the prolonged excessive heat of June and early July this year when I realized how much I hate running on treadmills.
Spring is here
I grew up in an area of the world that had two seasons: green (for two months) and brown (for ten months). No seasons per se, just variations in temperature from almost warm to blazingly hot. In any case, the weather didn't affect what I did.
Prepare ye for the coming of spring
You're probably still looking out the window at patches of snow. Your canoe or kayak is a little dusty, having been in hibernation since last fall. And your paddle clothing is wadded up in a duffel bag. Hopefully was dry before you put it away in that manner.
Beauty & hardship in the wilderness
Each winter, the staff and members of Friends of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness strap on their boots, pull on their parkas and fleece masks and head north to YMCA Camp Menogyn for the annual Winter Sampler Weekend. This three-day adventure features skiing, snowshoeing and dogsledding along the Gunflint Trail at the edge of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness.
Gliding through winter on Nordic skates
You know that joyous scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in which all the kids are skating on the local pond? It wasn't exactly like that for me. My skates were painful. My feet were cold. My feet were cramping. Although I grew up in Wisconsin and came to love winter sports, I just never picked up ice skating as a kid.
The difference a fat bike can make
Looking back at my 2012 training log, I see I biked more miles in November and December than I did in July. Serious cyclists, I realize, wouldn't be impressed by my pedaling less than 200 miles in each of those months. But it wasn't until July that my monthly biking miles outnumbered my running miles. Funny what a difference a serious running injury - and a new bike - makes.
Silent Sports - Seasonal Page
Snowshoeing isn't what it used to be. While snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country and downhill skiing enjoy great popularity as winter recreational pursuits, snowshoeing, for years, was stuck with the reputation of being an activity you did because you had to. When you had to get somewhere and the snow was too deep for skis or snowmobiles, you strapped on snowshoes, usually giant wooden ones. Most snowshoes spent their lifetime hanging in storage or displayed over fireplace mantles, only seeing light after blizzards or at garage sales.
Low snow doesn't disappoint on the Door Peninsula
The peninsula was covered nicely in white, but the snow was shallow and the trails had only a half inch to three inches of snow cover. Switching from snowshoeing to hiking, we would not be disappointed. I still got a feel for the snowshoe trails we traversed in boots.
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