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Release the Craggin'!

Smith Rock Craggin' Classic event celebrates the climbing life
Smith Rock climbing guidebook author Alan Watts began climbing at Smith in 1975, eventually developing a new style of climbing known as sport climbing. "We were like a counter-culture movement rebelling against a counter culture," said Watts.

A Different Kind of Extracurricular ▶ [with video]

Trap shooting team aims high for this year's competition
High school students have many extracurricular activities to choose from in Central Oregon. There are traditional sports such as football and volleyball—but here's one that might surprise you: trap shooting.

Pivoting in the Sporting Events Biz

For Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions, the name of the game is asking, "What's next?"
You can't toss a rock in Central Oregon without landing on a business severely impacted by COVID over the past 18 months. One who knows this story quite well is Chad Sperry, CEO of Breakaway Promotions, a family-run business based in Redmond. In a typical year, Sperry organizes loads of running and cycling events, including the Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon, the Ochoco Gravel Grinder and the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder.

La Niña Benedictions

Pray for snow, well in advance of ski season, because it looks like a wet one could be ahead
As the summer engulfs Oregon like a tableside service flambé in a fine dining restaurant, rumors of our precipitous savior, La Niña, are circulating. While a good portion of modern Central Oregonians are agnostic or atheist in most facets of their life, when it comes to outdoor sports, those same heathens are happy to pray for snow.

What's Up with Bend's Whitewater Waves

If you're new here, or just looking for ways to ride the waves, here's what to know right now
If you're a kayaker, some pretty exciting new initiatives are happening in the Bend Whitewater Park these days. Here's a quick rundown of what's offered every day at the park for kayakers, followed by a listing of meetups, courtesy Adam Eno, the park's newest wave shaper.

Taking the Plunge into Gravel E-Biking

Whereas a devout gravel rider tries out an e-bike for a speedy weekend
I've cranked more than a few miles over the years on bicycles: road bikes, mountain and my true passion, gravel. I'm not speedy but I can go the distance.

Serving up the 2021 Northwest Classic Pickleball Tournament

Four-day competition to feature local and traveling players in this fast-growing sport
If you're interested in dinks and triple drop shots or lobs and lets, you'll want to take in the 2021 Pacific Northwest Classic Pickleball Tournament, set to begin July 28 at Bend's Pine Nursery Park and the Bend Pickleball Zone. The tournament, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 1, is organized by the Bend Pickleball Club and sponsored by Beaver Coach Sales.

Explore Redmond's Backyard

Dry Canyon and Cline Buttes offer great outdoor opportunities for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and nature enthusiasts
Everybody loves options. Whether it's deciding which of the 20+ breweries in Central Oregon to visit or which trail to take, we love having choices.

High Desert Horror Story

Getting that 'Bend starter kit' of outdoor equipment is tougher this year, with gear shortages happening locally and nationally
What's more traumatic to a Bendite? Ravaged and empty shelves where toilet paper once was, or not knowing when you'll receive that new piece of recreation equipment you ordered months ago?

Boaters' Lament

Low river flows abound—a bummer for recreationalists and ecology alike
As soon as we left the bank, sharky rocks were biting at our oars on every side. A scrape here, a drag there.


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