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...
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?
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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
see the leaves, feel the sun, suck some of the crisp autumn air
by V1 Staff
See the leaves, feel the sun, suck some of the crisp Autumn air on some of the area's best hiking trails ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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...
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.”
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 ...
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 ...
four highly recommended locales outside the Chippewa Valley for recreation hounds
by Brett Bachman
The warm weather is almost here (god willing), and that means a few specific things for Wisconsin residents. The floods of melted snow will begin, sunscreen sales will begin to skyrocket ...