I'm just finishing a book of radical xc trail skiing. It's about everyday skiing anywhere there's snow. It's about taking back Nordic skiing or cross country or whatever you call it and opening it up to everyone. Free skiing that delivers a wonderful winter for anyone who tries it. Skiing is a much bigger tent that we've bee... > 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
Project: Homemade World's Best Sled!
December 15, 2017 - [Bump from 11/08. Bump from 12/07.]
The world's best snowsled is only available homemade from your workshop -- that is, from Santa's actual workshop!
Fastest, farthest, safest, most comfy, lightest, cheapest, easiest to make!
...Wins all around!
My brother thought of the concept. I revised it to use XC skis and simplified it and made... > Read
MI BC XC Trail Ski Party Series Schedule for 2018
December 05, 2017 - MI BC XC Schedule:
*Potto Raid - ever ski the Potto? here's a chance to do it w a gang. gorgeous, ridgey, technical challenge. go there first by yourself and learn how to do the descents (esp the last big one by Silver Lk). this is a 4-stage raid. 3-4 hrs. bring food, wax, maybe protection. parking lot potluck apres'. Sunday Jan 7, 10am, no sno... > Read
How to XC Ski -- Cross Country Skiing for Regular People!
November 02, 2017 - Here's how to ski for regular people. Really, it's just skiing, but you can call it nordic, XC or cross country if you like. All skiing is one: just do what fits your local terrain.
I've been studying XC skiing in all its forms for decades -- studying, enjoying, reveling-in, playing-with.
These here are my teaching notes for CLASSIC SKIING -... > Read
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
"It's a small shopping center, tastefully done. You can't stop progress. Progress can either be tastefully done or tacky. You can manage progress. Bullshit. I'd rather have the old park. We have to stop progress or it's going to devour us."