Snowlife is Marvelous: Tracks, Treads and Traction
January 11, 2016 - Here are a few things which seem marvelous to me...
*Sharp ice skates with strong ankles driving them along in perfect balance and relaxation.
*Boots creaking on packed powder snow.
*Walking through the snow. ...If you're not post-holing.
*Walking a walking-packed snow path. Nice square tread. About 2 ft wide.
*Snow... > Read Article
Robert Mosher: New OYB Staffer!
March 09, 2012 - I am pleased to mention that for the past while OYB has had the privilege of the assistance of an enthusiastic and talented outdoorsman, a fellow bike and boat buff (and old climber besides): Robert Mosher.
He is a local kindred spirit who wanted to pitch in. He's been making it possible for OYB to get twice as much done as before, on the much-n... > Read Article
OYB has an eBay Store!
March 07, 2011 - I've launched an eBay store for OYB.
I've had the Outyourbackdoor username there for a few years, which I've used to sell luggage, books, magazines and other goodies. Heck, Martha and I have been eBaying since it started and we together have 1000+ sales with a 100% rating since, like, 1994.
But I've ramped things up there, with over 100 items... > Read Article
Donate! Help the OYB cause...
March 06, 2011 - I've had several people recently ask how they can support the OYB cause. I've been relying on my offerings of great books'n'goodies that you can't hardly get anywhere else as being the best way. "Money for stuff" is the only way I can understand making a living.
But I can accept that OYB *stuff* isn't right for everyone. Also, I don't want to ... > Read Article
Let's See Your Comments!
December 01, 2010 - Each of our OYB articles is now followed by a brand new, easy to use "Reader Comments" section, hosted by the 3rd party provider, Disqus. If you have a reaction to the story or had a similar experience or a tip to pass on, please do! (No more tricky registering via my Forum.)
The OYB Forum is probably disabled right now, but really you should fe... > Read Article
OYB Wall Calendars?
November 30, 2010 - What if each year I started offering Wall Calendars in the various main OYB themes?
That is, diverse, candid, indie presentations of...
*outdoor activities (w/ XC ski come winter!)
*DIY fun in Michigan
*traditional seasonal outdoor subsistence sport (hunt, fish, trap, bow, gun, dog, snare, atlatl, flint, osage, net)
*XC ski ... > Read Article
OYB 10---Print Window to Modern Folkways
September 02, 2010 - [$6 postpaid.] This biggest-ever issue of OYB is a great way to get a full-figured view of the OYB scene! (I thought I was out of stock, but I just found a couple dozen. What fun! First come, first served...)
The OYB "catazeen" has to be the only magazine of authentic, informal, do-it-yourself, indy adventure and outdoor culture. It also gives d... > More Info > Purchase
Why is Snowsport Fun? -> *Glide *Rhythm *Payoff
February 02, 2017 - ((BUMP FROM APRIL 13, 2016.))
This is my mantra. And I'm not kidding. I think it deserves traction. I'm a missionary of snow fun!
So why is skiing fun? Why do we play in the snow?
I say that IT'S ALL THE SAME! All skiing is one!
I'm the Dr. Bronner of skiing!
Snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross country... you name it. Snowshoeing e... > Read
My Forever Annual Song of Winter
December 15, 2016 - Every year it seems like I am compelled to write something about how great winter is and how lame are people who whine about it. It's an evergreen. Because each year I get stunned yet again by people who it really seems would know better.
It happened again already this season.
We live in downstate Michigan. There are thousands of gungho bike... > Read
The Ski Industry's View of Itself
December 14, 2016 - Some food for thought that relates to downstate Michigan trail skiing...
The Nordic ski biz has apparently never considered itself as having parallels to biking, much less the different kinds of biking.
The only nuances XC acknowledges are: track, out-of-track, and backcountry. The cultural impacts and potentials of each of these aren't expl... > Read
New MI XC Ski Blog!
November 06, 2016 - I just started a new blog dedicated to Michigan XC Skiing. We'll see if folks like using it!
It's a place where people can showcase everything related to Just Plain Skiing in the Snow! It'll also be mostly about Michigan, downstate MI at that, but, really, anywhere... > Read
"Who Was That Guy?" Fun at a Crit! (What happens will shock you!)
July 24, 2016 - Our local team hosted a city center crit yesterday. I went and volunteered and have to say I was pretty bored. Zero spectators or promotion for this full day of racing around the Capitol. (Organizers short-staffed of course, but also PR is just not a priority.) I marshalled a far corner by myself for hours. Just me, a quarter mile of road, and the ... > Read
Bike Canoe Trailer: It's a Cinch!
July 06, 2016 - (BUMP FROM May, 31, 2009.)
I've long wanted to create a simple trailer for towing a canoe behind a bike.
A lot of times when I'm biking and I come across some tasty water I suddenly want to get paddling---especially when the waterway is going my way or when it's a shorter way to go my way.
To me, the two joys fit together--the glide of a... > Read
Lollygagging: Fishin' and Floatin'
June 08, 2016 - I'm usually not so big on just hanging loose. I'm relaxed when moving. But there's a time for just sittin' there.
Normally I like using a boat, a canoe, and having a boat that's meant to be used. But there's a time for A FLOAT.
So much of water culture is based around floating already that it rankles. Because it's not really water culture: ... > Read