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A distinctly personal and individual experience

Make being outside a distinctly personal and individual experience. Outdoor sports increasingly become a lifestyle and image of their own; rock climbing and dirt bags, skiing and newschoolers. You name it, there is an image to go with it. Outside magazine recently ran an article about climbers needlessly filling the dirt bag stereotype, and it […]

10 minutes to paradise: Emigrant Lake

Jackson County is full of beautiful scenery, both man-made and natural. Man-made brings to mind architecture or sculpture, not the sparkling waters of Emigrant Lake, but the man-made “lake,” is in actually a reservoir and a hub for recreation in Jackson County. A whole host of activities can be enjoyed at Emigrant Lake, such as […]

Your 84 million-acre back yard

The National Parks service is a massive organization; from coast to coast it provides a place for all people to escape from everyday life. The mission of the National Parks is as follows: “The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.” This resource […]

Dude, where’s my bike?

The majority of car trips taken by Americans are less than two miles. A two mile bike ride is about the distance from Southern Oregon University’s Ashland campus to the plaza downtown. There is even a specific bike path provided from SOU to Lithia Park. This being said, bicycles are healthy for you, for your […]

Rock junkies

The rock climbing gym operated by the Southern Oregon University Outdoor Program is truly a hallmark of student involvement. Constructed in an old racket ball court, the rock gym offers climbing for all levels, from the beginner to the advanced climber. Rock climbing at the gym can be done two ways; on a rope, called […]

Find your adventure

The world seemed so much bigger when I was a small child. Everything was new and exciting, and a task as small as riding my bicycle to the mailbox was a journey of grand proportion. The United States is increasingly becoming a nation of tedium. Go to class or work, come home, watch some television […]

Trails are calling after the onset of spring

Spring is rearing its pretty head, and its time to get outside free of wool hats and long sleeves. Dust off the hiking boots and go for a stroll. Lithia Park and the network of trails that stem off it is one of Oregon’s finest hiking destinations. A pleasant winding trail at the top of […]

Mount Ashland Association pushes for more control

Mount Ashland Association pushes for more control

An Ashland city council study session last Tuesday discussed the possibility of transferring the ski area permit from the city to the Mount Ashland Association, the non-profit that operates the ski area. Mount Ashland officials believe that if the Mount Ashland Association has direct control over the ski area permit, potential donors might be more […]

Outdoor Program is a cache for adventurous students

Southern Oregon University’s Outdoor Program offers terrific services for students. From kayak rolling clinics to snowshoe rentals, the Outdoor Program has something to offer avid outdoor persons or the inexperienced beginner. Over the years, the outdoor program has grown from a small entity to a full service gear rental shop accompanied by a trip service […]

La Niña brings snow

La Niña brings snow

La Nina is in full swing in southern Oregon, already bringing a series of early winter storms and plenty of snow pack.  The counterpart of El Nino, a La Nina weather phenomenon means a cooler ocean surface temperature, which causes a cold, wet, winter and the chance of more storms than usual. The early winter […]

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