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A Midwinter Retreat to Anthony Lakes

Ski, snowshoe, and soak in the tranquil beauty of Eastern Oregon
"The mountains are calling and I must go" is one of my favorite John Muir quotes. Written in a letter to his sister in 1873, his words echoed in my mind during a recent visit to the Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort outside of Baker City, named for William "Doc" Anthony, a farmer and doctor, who homesteaded in the area in 1864.

Exploring Crater Lake's Winter Wonderland

From day trips to multi-day outings, what's on your bucket list?
From Bend, a visit to Crater Lake can be done in a long day or as an easy overnighter with a stay in Chiloquin or Klamath Falls. The BIG challenge isn't necessarily planning ahead, it's how the current conditions will dictate your visit.

Fine Tuning My Love

A Shred Betty fairy tale, in honor of the upcoming V-Day
Shred Betty, as defined by urbandictionary.com: A cool female snowboarder of exceptional ability. 

Exploring Oregon's Outback One Step at a Time

The Oregon Desert Trail connects people to place
The Oregon Desert Trail, better known as the ODT, is a 751.7-route that traverses eastern Oregon, connecting the Badlands Wilderness to Lake Owyhee State Park. The trail slips through dense sagebrush steppe and ancient juniper forests, across lava flows and through canyons incised deep into an old land.

Pro File: Josh Kelley, Cyclocross Racer ▶ [With Video]

Swapping mud for snow in the high desert landscape
Bendite Josh Kelley has competed at the professional level since 2005, first as a mountain biker, then moving to cyclocross.

Where's the White Gold?

La Niña offers the rarest and most prized of all Central Oregon commodities: snow. So far, it's been a "bland year."
Occurring every few years, La Niña is defined by stronger trade winds which cause water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator to be a few degrees colder than usual. This shift in temperature affects weather all over the world.

Learn to Cross- Country Ski and Help the Meissner Nordic Ski Club

XC Oregon is a locally based organization dedicated to helping skiers improve their skills and compete in Nordic ski racing
Cross-country—also called Nordic—skiing can be either an entry into the wide world of skiing in general, or a peaceful and heart-pounding departure from the hustle and bustle of downhill resort skiing. Wherever you're coming from, XC Oregon's Learn to Ski Day is a time to learn the ropes.

Steep and Cheap

Hoodoo can be a wild card— but for this hometown mountain, 2020 has still been a good year
With 2020's opening day following Thanksgiving, the earliest seen in 11 years, Hoodoo Ski Area has broken sales records across the board—and it's only December. "This time last year, we didn't open until the middle of January," said Marketing Director Leif Williams, noting that mid-December as a more typical opening.

Pro File: Jules Jimreivat, Professional Rock Climber

Local female climber, relatively new to Bend, talks about solving puzzles, rock climbs and the future
Plastered to a sheer rock face, hundreds of feet above the ground, gripping tiny holds with her fingers and standing on dime-width edges, Jules Jimreivat surveys the current landscape, her only safety being a 9-millimeter-thick climbing rope connected to her waist harness, and her skill and mental toughness developed through years of climbing. Like a game of chess, her next move could prove pivotal to success or failure.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Locals Remember Sunriver Kayaker

An online celebration of life for Blaine Davis, who died while kayaking last month
From the 100+ posts on the remembrance page for local kayaker Blaine Davis, it's clear that he was a beloved member of the outdoors and wider Central Oregon community. The page, Blaine Davis Remembrance, includes hundreds of photos and comments and notes from the many lives and communities he touched as far away as New Zealand.

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