Outdoors

Outdoors

Columbia waterproof jacket achieves breathability while keeping you dry

Running throughout the year is achievable in most parts of the country if you have the proper gear. The waterproof Columbia Outdry Ex Caldorado Shell is a step in the right direction. The name may be a mouthful, but the jacket delivers with excellent breathability while being completely waterproof. (Water-resistant jackets are OK in a pinch, but on longer runs they aren't able to keep out the hard stuff.) The problem with most waterproof jackets is that they can't release the heat fast enough. But Columbia's Caldorado has long vents on the side to help move that air away from your body as you run.

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Spencer McKee: Should we alter nature to make it safer for the public?

Headlines related to outdoor recreation seem to be taking a grim turn as of late. From hikers falling off cliffs to rafters drowning in tragic accidents, it's difficult to ignore the mortality rate that comes along with enjoying nature. In many instances, these deaths could be prevented had systematic safety measures been taken – an extra guardrail, additional signage, the removal of a certain rock. This begs an important question: Should nature be altered by humans to make enjoying it safer? And if so, how much?

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Patagonia creates its most advanced base layer yet

The changing seasons means it's time to think about base layers again. Playing outside in the cooler temperatures means having a next-to-skin garment that provides both sweat management and temperature control – and Patagonia's newest creation is a top-of-the-line choice for any outdoor aerobic activity. Capilene Air is a blend of 51 percent merino wool and 49 percent recycled polyester, and the fabric performs exceptionally well in a variety of conditions, keeping you warm when necessary and letting heat escape when you need it.

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Wina Sturgeon: Get a jump on shedding that holiday weight

We are about to enter the eating season. First come the candy carbs of Halloween, followed just weeks later by the feast of Thanksgiving, where folks consume masses of potatoes liberally mashed with the pure fat of butter and slices of sugary pumpkin pie covered with calorie-rich whipped cream. Then come the chocolates of Christmas, the treat-filled parties and another fattening feast to mark the holiday itself.

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Autumn is a transitory time for fauna

For some Central Oregonians, autumn means visions of sitting by the glow of a fire. For others, it means making a decision about buying a ski pass. For Central Oregon's fauna, fall brings a heightened sense of urgency stemming from survival instincts.

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9 outdoor activities for fall in the Pacific Northwest

The end of summer may have come and gone, but in the Pacific Northwest, there's still time to get outside before ski season. So before you dig out your sweatpants and resign yourself to getting your outside fix from the National Geographic Channel, put these fun fall activities on your agenda.

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Great Backyard Bird Count coming next month

My brother Paul visited my Bald Eagle Valley home one day last winter. We were just sitting in the dining room having a cup of coffee. Birds flitted in and out from the bird feeders on my deck — just a few feet from the sliding glass doors and the table where we were seated.

Franklin talks about Indiana’s duel threat quarterback and their disruptive defense

Penn State football coach James Franklin gives an overview of what the Nittany Lions will face against Indiana University on Saturday.