Keep On Pedaling

With winter upon us, many people will be hanging up the bike to gather dust until the ground thaws and the roads and trails open up again. Fortunately for the brave of heart and dutifully attired, there are still some options in the Valley for ...

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So you wanna try snow sculpting?

When Volume One and the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department teamed up to create Winter After Hours two years ago, the mission was to help change the winter scene in Eau Claire.

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He's Got Birkie Fever

Unless you live under a rock, you know what a marathon is. You’ve most likely heard of a triathlon. But it was not until I had the honored privilege of interviewing local author Walter Rhein about his new book Beyond Birkie Fever that I had any ...

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Ski Dooing It

I’ve always loved my dad’s old snowmobiles. He’s always had one or two for as long as I can remember, and they were a fixture of my youth. My family always had a cabin in the northwestern part of the state, so we always had wintertime access to ...

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Welcome to the “Kubb Capital of North America”

Whilst traveling abroad (say, to Tomah or Rice Lake), Eau Clairians can now tell people that they're from “Eau Claire, the Kubb Capital of North America.” And when people respond with a blank stare, we can tell them all about the game of kubb ...

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UPDATED: Travel Wisconsin annoys Michigan

As you may have heard, Travel Wisconsin’s been busy pissing off the lower half of Michigan by using a Wisconsin-shaped mitten in their winter tourism campaign. See, like Wisconsin, the bottom part of Michigan is also kind of vaguely shaped like a ...

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ESPN fails geography, thinks Wisconsin is in Minnesota

To be fair, geography is probably not a required course in most graphic design programs. But also to be fair, a professional graphic designer working for, say, the largest sports news corporation to ever exist in the known universe should probably...

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Skating Through Your Holidays

Have you ever noticed that every musical, movie, or TV show with a kidsy angle is made that much more awesome by adding the phrase “on ice?” Think about it. Disney On Ice: genius. Sesame Street On Ice: brilliant.

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A Runner's High

“Things change dramatically. Some call this the wall. Some call it bonking. Whatever you call it, you have to find a way to overcome it.”– Ryan Burr, on the opposite of the “runner’s high”

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Athletic Aesthetic

Battling the Cyclocross

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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Recreation

On the Hunt

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

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

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

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?”

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

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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