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Climbing in Bend, 24/7

New Bend climbing gym will be the first in the state to offer members seven days a week, 24 hours a day
A new climbing gym opening soon in Bend will offer unique route-setting and wide-open business hours. Hooked on rock climbing since she was 5, new Bend business owner Lilian Kral has been setting a unique route for herself ever since.

New to the Backcountry? Embrace the Side-Country.

An easy intro for the backcountry curious, and a few places to check out in Central Oregon
Ripped right out of the pages of "Zoolander," everybody is talking about the backcountry. "Skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry is so hot right now."

First Time on the Slopes: What to Expect

Winter is nearly upon us, which means it's time for beginners to think about hitting the slopes for their first epic ski session
Is skiing hard to learn? As a long-time Bendite and avid skier, I get this question a lot.

As Redmond Grows, So Does Its Bike Community

Cascade View trails, expansion of Cline Buttes trails are some of the projects for the Redmond COTA chapter
As warm weather gives way to cold, some of Central Oregon's most well-known bicycle trails go to bed for the season, soon to be—or already—tucked away under the snow. But that doesn't necessarily mean trail riding has to end.

From Sea to Shining Sea... and Back Again

Bend local completes the scouting mission in an effort to establish a national scenic trail that circles the U.S.
Plenty of people hike the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail or any number of other long-haul trails that give them a chance to experience a region and accomplish something big. But imagine essentially combining all the above-named trails—plus plenty more ground—to form a circumnavigation of the United States.

Gravel Girl's Keys to Winter Cycling

For those who love life on two wheels, the winter season doesn't have to be a bleak one
Let's be honest here; when we talk about winter cycling there are just a handful of us willing to brave the elements. I head out in the worst of winter storms to downhill or cross country ski, but find myself wincing at the thought of snow flurries on a bike.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Rolls into Bend

"On Tour" show presented by ONDA on September 30 at the Tower Theatre
Inspiration happens through various formats. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival presented by Oregon Natural Desert Association and sponsored by E2Solar at the Tower Theatre brings inspiration through visual storytelling on Friday, Sept. 30.

Saving a Bend Sanctuary

The effort to save Worrell Wayside, slated to become more parking
Dear Readers, there is a move afoot to destroy a unique—and meaningful—little natural area in downtown Bend, and make it into a parking lot, for crying out loud! Worrell Wayside, a county park set aside nearly 25 years ago, "preserved and protected for public use," sets on an outcropping of relatively recent volcanic rocks from the early times of Newberry Monument, and is presently occupied by a beautiful selection of native plants and animals.

Reno Air Races... in Church!

Memories of a life in aviation from our resident naturalist
Ya' just never know how the mind of a 94-year-old naturalist/writer is going to work at 11 o'clock Sunday morning in church. There I was sitting in the pew, listening to a beautiful newly married young woman talking about her conversion, when suddenly I saw a 1936 GB R-1 air racer waving in the air up ahead of me, clutched in a little boy's hand.

Central Oregon Adventure Van Expo

Van lifers take over Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center
Thought van life was taking over Central Oregon? Well, it hasn't even gotten started.

Getting Buggy

The simple and fruitful delight of fly-tying
"O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?" - Izaac Walton

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