Fun in the Snow Sun! --Stinchfield Loppet 2016
February 29, 2016 - We were nervous before the Stinch Loppet this year. We had a 10" base but a couple days of 40 deg's leading into the event, with 50+ forecast for the day-of... Whew! What's THAT going to be like?
Well, weren't we surprised! We had a blast! Our skis worked great! The sun was out. So were our t-shirts and shorts. And the kickin' and glidin' didn't... > 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
Earning Your Turns: BC in the Midwest
October 06, 2017 - (WOW, I just realized that I'd never posted this story to my website!)
Like many Midwesterners, I enjoy downhill skiing. Like most "Silent Sports" readers I really enjoy Nordic skiing. But for decades I never bothered to put the two together. Like some, I tended to put downhill in the non-'silent' category of thrill-sport. I was a longtime telem... > Read
Let's Say YES to Winter!
October 05, 2017 - (I read this little essay on the NPR Radio station for the Cynthia Canty Stateside Show a couple years ago and forgot to post it on my site until now.)
"Water Winter Wonderland" was proudly printed on Michigan license plates in the boom-time Sixties.
That slogan told the truth: we're an honest to goodness four-season northern state.
S... > Read
Key to a Boom in XC Skiing? ...Marketing!
September 10, 2017 - "Adapt or die." ...XC skiing is fading most everywhere, and this is a disaster in its own right. But it's especially hurting in areas where snowfall is becoming sketchy. Why? What can be done?
Even in sketchy places there always is SOME snowfall, even QUITE A BIT, and such places in snowcountry are generally within an HOUR'S drive from better sn... > Read
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
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