Don’t count on cellphone for a rescue when hiking

Sarah Savage was alone in the woods and didn’t know which way to turn. She … Read more

Knife-throwing as a sport: who’d have thunk it?

DANBY, N.Y. — Reaching the 2017 Finger Lakes Fling, held on the last weekend in … Read more

Where would-be hikers can go to learn to navigate the outdoors

Hikers who are new to trails and want to equip themselves with the knowledge and … Read more

Beartooth backpacking trip tests route-finding skills, wisdom

MUDDY CREEK, Wyo. — When the trail disappeared into a marsh after the stream crossing, … Read more

Mom invents a spray she says will attract any nearby Bigfoot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The nation’s endless search for proof of Bigfoot’s existence may soon come … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Duodenum

Duodenum is a relatively new loop trail in the Wanoga complex southwest of Bend

The poor air quality that pervaded Central Oregon over the past few weeks had kept … Read more

On the right path: First half of Corvallis to the Sea Trail officially open

HARLAN — They skipped the ceremonial campfire in deference to the wildfires burning around the … Read more

Prineville preteen fills coveted bighorn sheep tag

For the newborn love of the hunt

Jordan Phillips had trekked four days on foot and four-wheeler over challenging terrain in southeastern … Read more

Rookie kayakers increase dangers

Officials say novices might underestimate risks of paddling on the Great Lakes

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. — The conditions seemed ideal: wispy clouds against a blue sky, light … Read more

Big fish in big numbers at Kansas reservoir

CHENEY RESERVOIR, Kan. — Mark Fowler has fished Cheney Reservoir hundreds of times in the … Read more

Cycling to work means better health and a longer life

A British medical journal published a study this spring that seemed to confirm what dedicated … Read more

Fishing report

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: (rainbow trout) The water is dirty, but anglers are reporting good catches … Read more

Fires should have little effect on upcoming hunting seasons

As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon, some hunters have expressed concern about the potential … Read more

Confessions of a leg-shaving cyclist

Edging ahead with help from a razor

I had never cut myself so badly while shaving before. My razor snagged on a … Read more

Camping and hiking in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park

About 5 hours from Bend, the park is brimming with alpine views and volcanic activity

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — From the summit of Lassen Peak, we took in … Read more

New research sheds light on lunar phase impact on deer

Conventional wisdom has long held that deer are more active on moonlit nights, and most … Read more

Adrenaline-craving bankers drive a surfing boom in Chile

Christian Acevedo has been surfing in Chile for 26 years. Known in the community as … Read more

Skeeters and jellies and bees, oh my!

A guide to dealing with all of the bites and stings of summer

This time of year can be relaxing. It can be fun. It can be rejuvenating. … Read more

The conservation imperative for the trophy-deer enthusiast

My quest for a record book buck started at Bend Mapping on a late-September afternoon. … Read more

Fly-tying corner: Bruiser Black and Blue

There may be no better month than September to take a steelhead on a dry … Read more

Trail runners learn to protect themselves

Self-defense in the forest

Halfway into the Self-Defense for Trail Runners class, martial arts expert and instructor Jimmy Smith, … Read more

U.S. interior secretary urges mining ban near Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to speed up a proposal to … Read more

Gunmaker’s guild celebrates the artistry of historic flintlock rifles

BOZEMAN — In this age of easy access to an enormous variety of information via … Read more

Flash, bang and blood: Hiker tells harrowing lightning tale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There was no rain, no rumbling, no sign of danger before the … Read more

Round Mountain in the Ochocos

Rugged, lightly ridden paths near Prineville

Avoiding the smoke from area wildfires was my main concern last week when trying to … Read more

Tranquil swimming hole is overwhelmed by its own internet fame

DENNING, N.Y. — For decades hikers in the Catskills have gone swimming in a freshwater … Read more

Summertime birds leave Central Oregon, make room for newcomers

Meet the flockers

Wait, don’t go! As a sign that we’re well past the apex of summer, nearly … Read more

Heading south is a good plan for hikers

Three Sisters Wilderness inundated with smoke and closures during a busy fire season

While the Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend offers easily accessible trails that lead to some … Read more

Jet boat racers get ready to wake the Snake River

Idaho town will once again host the race

Raw horsepower, lightning speed and roaring decibels will return to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley this weekend … Read more

Washington man’s invention to protect high-energy dogs

SELAH, Washington — Cruiser the Labrador retriever is one hard-charging canine. He loves running fast … Read more

Female athletes balance climbing huge mountains, raising kids

SEATTLE — Like most outings with a small child, taking a 13-month-old to the rock-climbing … Read more

Fishing report

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: (rainbow trout) Anglers are reporting good catches of both stocked and carryover … Read more

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