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Pole Pedal Paddle Canceled

Pole Pedal Paddle Canceled

Multi-sport event is a highlight of Central Oregon spring... but it will have to wait til 2021
Event organizers for the Pole Pedal Paddle announced Friday that the 2020 event is canceled. With PPP scheduled to happen on May 16 and no clear picture of when the COVID-19 pandemic will be behind us—nor when Gov. Kate Brown's "Stay Home Save Lives" order will be lifted—organizers made the tough call that many event companies have had to make in recent weeks.

A Climate Advocate Considers COVID-19

Let's do what needs to be done. Let's stay at home
I walked through the quiet airport and my footsteps rang through the nearly empty terminal. The usual hustle of travelers was absent.

At Least We Can Still...

An ode to outdoor activities—one of the few sources of respite in these troubled times
Editor's note: As we publish this, it comes with a caveat: This is not a call to leave your own community and to knock a trip off your bucket list to somewhere you don't live. As the American Alpine Club's post yesterday reminded us, many places we recreate are "rural or gateway communities" that have very small health systems, and Americans should avoid the potential for overburdening those systems during this global pandemic.

Let the Madness Begin

Oregon's college b-ball teams see games canceled
Update 3/12: The NCAA announced today that due to concerns around novel coronavirus, both the Men's and Women's tournaments will be canceled. Every year March comes around same as always, and every year I'm still pumped for March Madness.

The Sporting Life

Three local women working to close gender gaps in sporting communities
After living in the flat, humid wasteland that is Florida for three years, I was excited to get on the mountain and try my hand at winter sports upon moving to Bend. My then-boyfriend, a long-time gnar-shredder, was so excited to get me on a board that he took off work to teach me almost as soon as we moved.

She Moves Mountains

Combatting gender exclusivity in the world of rock climbing
"Our mission is to create an educational space for women (cis, trans, femme) to realize their strength through rock climbing." Every professional female athlete I've recently spoken to has agreed vehemently on one point: women are harshly underrepresented in the world of outdoor sports.

Chasing The Sun

In Central Oregon, nearly any time is a good time for a climb
Usually this is a strange time of year for the rock-climber population. It's still pretty cold out, and often, there's that pesky snow and ice to deal with.

Man vs. Wild, Elk Lake Edition

Local man roughs winters at Elk Lake in an isolated, handmade cabin
Before taking the snowcat trip up to Elk Lake, my mind was clouded with the stress of day-to-day life. When would I have time to do laundry?

Building Trust

Bend-based company, Respect Outside, aims to prevent sexual misconduct and gender inequity in the outdoor industry
Sustainability is a huge part of the outdoor industry. For many companies, part of the mission is to offer greener products, or to make operating procedures more sustainable.

Inclusion in the Outdoors

Winter PrideFest panel sheds light on LGBTQ+ inclusion in outdoor sports
It's no secret that Central Oregonians love the great outdoors. While the options are extensive, not everyone feels the sense of inclusion that OUT Central Oregon president Jamie Nesbitt believes should be inherent when it comes to outdoor sports. 

Commentary: On Powder and Polka

With thousands on Century every day, what Central Oregon really needs is a ski train
The email could not have been more exciting if Ullr had typed it himself. "It's Official..." screamed the subject line.


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