Step by Step

In a quest to get healthy, local writer Rob Reid began to hit the Chippewa Valley’s hiking trails. Here’s what he discovered.

It was increasingly hard to see the trail path. The grass was getting higher and higher. With my arms up near my head, I yelled back to my wife, Jayne, “Don’t be surprised if we pick up a few wood ticks on this hike!” By the time we finished walking around ...

Off-Road Runner

After tiring of the pavement pounding so many runners do, V1 contributor Caleb Gerdes got his mojo back in the woods, trails, and hills of Wisconsin

Sometimes people ask if I am a runner. I want to tell them no, then I remember that I do, in fact, run typically one to three times a week. Now, I’m not religious about it, and I don’t have a specific training regimen or goal in mind.

Disc Golf Tourney Open to Everyone, Including Kids

Wisconsin’s 17-event Disc Golf Tour spans the course of seven months, and the next stop happens to be in our own backyard. Held May 16-17, the Tower Ridge Disc Golf Open is a three round tournament (two on Saturday, one on Sunday) sanctioned by the PGDA. And, as fancy and official as the event sounds by name, it’s open to all walks of players – including kids – looking to get involved in the action ...

A Mud Run from the People Behind Country Jam

Country Jam may be known as a party-fueled weekend of cut-off jean shorts, cowboy hats and country tunes, but come Sept. 19, it will also be known for its equally wild Mud Jam for charity. While the biggest obstacle Country Jam attendees face is racing to beat the ...

Here Comes the High Bridge

restored bike-pedestrian bridge will be open for use by the end of the summer

Walking across Phoenix Park’s footbridge (or driving on the Madison Street bridge), a towering iron fixture can be seen as the last in the succession of bridges sprinkled down the Chippewa River before Xcel Energy’s dam. Soon, that 80-foot tall bridge will be more than part of a picturesque view in the distance: It will also provide one ...

It's The Big One

Wisconsin Sport Show showcases outdoor know-how

Looking for that cure for cabin fever and spring fever? Head to the Wisconsin Sport Show, March 20-22, at Menard’s Old Mill Expo Center. The center’s 53,000 square feet will be filled with more than 130 exhibitors of boats, pontoons, docks and ...

Disc-y Business

new Water Street store caters to disc golf lovers

You’re a local disc golf player: your itch to participate in the hobby-sport is regarded as a quirk (but you dig that). The first convincing thaw of the year comes on with the same “smack” force used against the heel of your sneaker to clear ...

Winter at Camp Manitou

kids enjoy snowshoeing, hiking during two-day camp

If your kids like Camp Manitou’s swamp hike over the summer, they’ll love its Winter Camp over Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend Saturday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 16. Now in its fourth year, the camp offers outdoor activities...

Stay On Target

Daniel Langlois has seen the awe and wonder in the eyes of children who have just witnessed the “mystical, magical flight of the arrow.”

Eau Claire Gets Icy

from outdoor rinks to indoor lessons, ice skating opportunities abound

With the Olympics starting in Sochi in just a few days, winter sports are on everyone’s minds. There is certainly no shortage of places to skate it up in the Chippewa Valley. As far as outdoor rinks, there are six well-known options ...