Battling the Cyclocross

hardcore cyclists to invade town for multi-terrain race

by Heidi Kraemer

Want a crazy way to spice up the holidays and put those Thanksgiving calories to use? Overdrive Cycling Club presents the Princeton Valley Cyclocross Race at the Eau Claire golf course as a benefit for Feed My People.

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On the Hunt

killing some basic hunter stereotypes

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

Since this activity resides at the top of a short list of honest-to-god manly activities with which I have experience, I hold it dear to my heart. Without it, my résumé of machismo would only include “building retaining walls” & “backing up a trailer

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Snowshoes: Lace 'Em Up

Beaver Creek's upcoming snowshoe workshops and hikes

Before Scandinavians immigrated to America in the early 1800s and introduced winter skis as a form of transportation, people used snowshoes, made by hand. These days, snowshoes have been pushed aside for not only skiing...

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Goin’ Surfin’ ... in Wisconsin

yes, we have a freshwater surfing scene – thanks to the Great Lakes

by Heidi Kraemer

When you think of surfing, what comes to mind? Perhaps white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, tropical flowers, huge ocean swells, and Point Break? How about potlucks, Cheeseheads, and the chilly, freshwater shores of our very own Lake Michigan?

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Going Public

Wisconsin has hundreds of thousands of acres of public land you can hunt and/or fish on

That’s right. We have approximately one crap-ton of land (both public and private) you can legally hunt on, and the DNR has the resources listing all of it. That’s 308 wildlife areas, 52 state parks, 653 natural areas and a total of 1,482 properties.

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“Where the deer at?”

lots of you probably head up north to hunt, but is that the best spot?

by Trevor Kupfer

Maybe it’s just me, but the vast majority of my family, friends, and acquaintances who hunt tend to do so “up north.” I don’t know if it’s because they know someone with land “up there,” or if it’s become a tradition...

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Some Hiking Gear Recommendations

by Jeffy Durant

As an adventurous hiker you will eventually need quite a lot of gear – camping equipment, hiking equipment, backpacking equipment and more. However you don’t need everything at once, you don’t always need to pay top dollar and you don’t want to ...

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It's Autumn: Keep the Kids Moving

ten ideas for keeping the kids active as the weather gets chilly

by Alyssa Schulte

Autumn is upon us, and if you’re like me, you’re eager to get outside and enjoy the brisk weather and changing colors of the season. Fall also means back-to-school, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor fun. Here’s some awesome tips ...

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Fall Colors 101

how those leaf things change colors

Most of us vaguely remember hearing the word “photosynthesis” at some point in school. But for those who pulled a Ferris Bueller and played hooky that day, let’s take a quick refresher course ...

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Get Your Freak On

Warrior Dash-style ‘Freak 5k’ returns to Chippewa Falls

by Emily Anderson

Prepare to get your “freak on” at this debut Warrior Dash-style event. Beginning near Irvine Park at noon, the Freak 5k was created by Fit Elite of Eau Claire, a workout facility on Mall Drive.

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Unprofessional Fishermen

local web video series brings fishing shows down to earth

by Brendan McCarty

“The guys out there on TV with all that stuff just aren’t representing a lot of us,” says Chance Orth, an Eau Claire native and one of the founding members of the web series Unprofessional Fisherman.

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We Like Bikes

Eau Claire scores “Bike Friendly” award

by Alexandra Petersen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The City of Eau Claire is now among the top cycling friendly cities, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

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Wheelin' to Work

national Bike to Work Week runs June 6–10

by Emily Anderson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

We all know biking is an enjoyable pastime for anyone and everyone. It’s good exercise, fairly inexpensive, and can be done alone or with as many people as you want. In addition, it’s relaxing and ...

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Erik’s in Eau Claire

Erik’s Bike Shop opens local store

by Emily Anderson

For all of you biking enthusiasts in the Chippewa Valley, a new bike shop just opened in Eau Claire. Erik’s Bike and Board, a small chain founded by Erik Saltvold with 14 stores in Minnesota...

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Giant Synchronized Kites!

local kite enthusiast’s dream of flying group takes ... flight

by Bailey Berg

Chippewa Vallian Steve Thorson started flying synchronized kites six years ago, and is looking to start a group locally. “There are a lot of clubs around the world,” Thorson said. “It’s all about having fun and getting out to meeting new people.”

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Climbers Find Their Bliss Cliff Side

a beginner's guide to rock climbing

by Cheri Dostal

My first outdoor climbing experience was at Barn Bluff in Red Wing, MN, a mecca for Midwestern climbers in need of vertical spaces. I watched as my friends went ahead for the first climb of the day ...

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Local Fishing Gear

believe it or not, great tackle is made right in our backyard

by Sarah Dobs

Shorty Mueller custom makes wooden rod handles for any kind of fishing possible: muskie rods, bass rods, fly rods, carp rods, etc. Get your order in for his custom-made rods by calling ...

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