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Back in 2014, pro climber Alex Honnold gave us a tour of the 2002 Ford Econoline E150 he used as his mobile base camp. That van served him...
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After 365 days of intensive women’s leggings testing, we found the best leggings for women. Get from yoga to the mountaintop to the coffee shop without a hitch.
From working out to lounging about, leggings are a comfortable and practical choice. But there’s nothing worse than a pair of ill-fitting leggings. They ride up, squeeze tight, slide down, and need constant adjustment. It’s annoying and gets in the way of being active.
That’s why we spent the last year testing oh-so-many leggings. And after traveling, surfing, running, hiking, yoga bending, CrossFit sweating, and generally living in leggings, we found the standouts.
We’ve divided the best leggings list into five categories: running, water, everyday wear, yoga, and winter. Of course, some leggings fit in multiple categories, and this list doesn’t include every legging on the planet. But it’s extensive, and we created it after thorough testing and research.
Sagging is one of the biggest concerns with running leggings. It’s hard to go the distance when you have to pull up your pants between strides. On the other hand, it’s equally awful to feel overly constricted by too-tight leggings. Luckily, we found several pairs that ride the line, managing to stay up while remaining comfortable.
These midweight capris will easily have you running from summer straight into fall (and the milder days of winter). The Plya Compression fabric provides a snug fit, and the subtle reflective details on the waist and hips boost visibility. And with four pockets, you can bring all your road or trail essentials. This style does tend to run small, so consider sizing up for the best fit.
These leggings have impressive multitasking skills. We wore them on daily runs in all types of weather, as a base layer cross-country skiing, and as a standalone when teaching yoga and acrobatics. They have seams in all the right places to make chafing a nonissue, and they offer a handy stash pocket for an ID and cash for an emergency post-run coffee or beer.
We recommend washing them soon after exercising, as they tend to hold odor easier than other wool tights. If you’re looking for a pair of leggings that can be worn in multiple climates and scenarios, look no further. These simple, comfortable, and flattering leggings are perfect for the minimalist, adventure-seeking gal.
Looking for a major bargain? Then these beloved leggings are for you. They look way too small the first time you see them, but whoa do they stretch. Once on, they’re comfortable and stay in place. These are a solid, low-cost option for working out, running errands, or going out on the town. We experienced a bit of pilling on the inner legs after many uses, but, otherwise, they’ve held up surprisingly well.
Looking for the best women's running shoes? We've tested the best shoes for road running, trail running, and barefoot runners of 2018. Plus, we've got a Buyer's Guide with helpful tips for better shoe shopping. Read more…
If you’ve ever spent a long day surfing, SUPing, or otherwise frolicking in the sea, you know the value of a good pair of water leggings. They not only provide superior sun protection, but also protect against chafing and discomfort.
These lightweight (7-ounce) leggings are a warm-water dream. We wore a pair for three days straight while rafting and SUPing down the Snake River and were impressed with its comfort and durability. The flat-lock seams give a chafe-free fit, and the wide waistband keeps everything in place whether swimming, paddling, or hiking. Grab a pair of surf leggings and have fun in the sun all day long without worry.
Proudly made in the USA, the Keala easily transitions from the big wave barrel to lunch in town. We like how the wide, folded waist stays in place no matter what and how the flattering cut accentuates in all the right places. And you can wear these with a clean conscience knowing they’re made from recycled materials. Surf’s up.
Women's swimwear that looks good and stays put, tested hard surfing, SUPing, hiking and more. Check out this list of the best active swimwear and get ready for a summer of adventure! Read more…
We’ll admit it, there are days – weeks even – when we wear nothing but leggings. And if you’re looking for a hard-working option while traveling, you can’t go wrong with a packable pair that will provide stylish comfort on the plane, ample coverage during yoga, and leg warmth out on the town.
We’ve been testing a single pair of these leggings for more than 2 years, and they’re still going strong! Sure, you can find a cheaper pair of cotton leggings, but we guarantee they won’t provide the comfort or long-lasting durability of the Lean Leggings. It’s worth paying for leggings that manage to blend soft, organic comfort with a stay-put, all-day fit.
When luggage space is tight, these Italian-made leggings are the only pair you’ll need to pack. With just enough compression to provide support while still being thin enough to wear under a skirt, you can easily put these through a hard workout and then transition to a night out.
Velocio’s proprietary LUXE fabric, a blend of polyamide and elastane, maintains its shape and offers a silky-soft feel for all-day comfort. We’ve sent these through the wash more than 30 times without any signs of wear and tear. They’re a true wardrobe workhorse that’s worth the investment.
Vuori has some very important components figured out when it comes to women’s leggings. These Vuoris have a slightly higher and wider waistband, making them both flattering and very comfortable. The fabric is soft, stretchy, and quick-drying, making it a perfect legging for yoga, hiking, or travel.
We found them to be a bit on the warmer side when it’s hot out, but for early morning walks, outdoor yoga, and cool weather outings, they’re the first thing we reach for in the morning.
Whether flowing through asana, hiking the local trail, or crushing a sweat session, you need a pair of leggings that work as hard as you do.
These Fair Trade Certified leggings are equally at home on the trail and the yoga mat. We liked that the wide waist band stayed in place through all sorts of movement and the soft fabric provided all-day comfort. And, of key importance for yoga, we never had any concerns about them being see-through. Even when bending and contorting to the max. We found they fit true to size.
After more than 500 days’ use (including motorcycling, yoga, camping, hiking, and all-day wear), these have maintained their shape, stayed comfortable, and are still in the daily rotation. We like how the higher waistband provides support and has the added benefit of reminding the wearer to engage her core during use. These were formerly made by Lucy, and we’re happy to see The North Face continue making them after buying the brand.
These leggings will keep you cool and comfy making big miles on the trail or curled up on the couch at home. We like that the high waist provides support and does away with any “muffin-top” discomfort. EVER’s proprietary fabric manages to be soft and cool while also providing full, opaque coverage.
The Sweatflow leggings are constructed with silver to kill bacteria, with a goal of allowing you to wear five times without washing. We found them to be impressively stink-minimizing, but not perfectly odor-free. Get sweaty enough during a big workout or mountain ascent, and you may want to wash more often.
But regardless if you go five wears between washes or not, these are excellent leggings. They’re comfortable, durable, flattering, and fairly priced. And every pair of leggings sold funds 1,000 liters of water purification for a family in a developing country.
Providing just the right amount of stretch, breathability, and thickness, these leggings are a great go-to choice. The back seams create a flattering booty effect, and you never have to worry about any see-through embarrassment. And if that’s not enough for you, consider Oprah herself gave them a seal of approval, wearing them on the cover of her namesake magazine. Do note they tend to run a bit big, so consider sizing down for the best fit.
A rapidly growing company whose mission is to “redefine recreation as a part of your everyday life,” Outdoor Voices is becoming well-known for its durable, flattering, timeless pieces. We’ve been testing a pair of Hi-Rise 7/8 Warmup leggings for several months, and they have been a go-to legging for teaching acrobatics and yoga, with a very high waistband that is flattering and comfortable.
The seams are also nicely placed, meaning that they don’t rub or dig into the skin – and they make short legs look a little longer! The material, a textured compression tonal fabric, is sweat-wicking and plenty thick. Even after 15 consecutive days of wearing and washing, these leggings held up perfectly.
Just because the temperature has dropped doesn’t mean you need to give up on leggings. Thanks to these insulated options, you can wear them alone during winter hikes or as a base layer when hitting the mountain.
Designed specifically for cold-weather use, these lined, high-stretch tights manage to protect against the cold without causing you to overheat. The FlashDry material accelerates the removal of moisture, which is especially important when it’s cold out. Stash what you need in the small, zippered pocket and get outside no matter the season.
This is for anyone on the hunt for a do-all legging that easily transitions from cold-weather base layer to an all-day lounge pant to a standalone legging. At 230 grams, these provide plenty of warmth while remaining breathable and light enough to wear during the shoulder season. And the best part of wool is that it naturally remains odor-free, even after hard use. For hiking, snowshoeing, running, or staying cozy at home, the Comet is one of our favorites.
Now that you’ve found the perfect pair of leggings, you want to make them last as long as possible.
Have a favorite pair of leggings we didn’t include? Let us know and we’ll check it out for future updates to the article.
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Sit back, watch, and listen to one of the world’s preeminent climbers send 8c+ and 9a+ routes in the Balkans.
On the one hand, Black Diamond’s short film, “Adam Ondra — The Balkans Road Trip,” presents the Czech climber as a humble traveler through quiet southeast European towns.
But those snapshots juxtapose against Ondra‘s ferocity on the crag. “The Balkans Road Trip” provides a candid look at an elite climber performing at the highest level.
Adam Ondra climbs an incredibly difficult sport climbing route in one attempt. The 140-foot testpiece was America's first 5.14c, set by Alan Watts, and had yet to see an onsight until Ondra. Read more…
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Nike showed us what crazy can do. And the response to the ad is equally off the rails.
Nike’s newest commercial features barrier-breaking female athletes from past and present. Tennis legend Serena Williams, whose recent antics on the court have been called many iterations of “crazy,” narrates the goosebump-inducing ad.
But a little bit of crazy also helped Williams win 23 Grand Slams, have a baby, and come back for more. A woman running a marathon was once considered crazy. A female boxer: Yeah, crazy. Chloe Kim landing a double cork 1080 on the halfpipe? Crazy.
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Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1
While on patrol during the deer gun season, state wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, contacted a group of hunters returning to their vehicles after a deer drive. After checking licenses and deer permits, officer Zerkle observed an untagged deer in the bed of a truck and asked who had shot the deer. One of the men admitted the deer had been loaded into the truck and driven from Licking County to Fairfield County without a temporary tag. The hunter was issued one summons for transporting the deer without having a tag filled out or attached. He was found guilty in Fairfield County Municipal Court and paid $275 in fines and court costs.
Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2
During the 2018 deer gun season, state wildlife officer Ryan Kennedy, assigned to Hardin County, received a complaint of someone hunting without permission. The complainant was hunting on property where he had permission and had come across another hunter who did not have permission to hunt the property. Officer Kennedy responded to the call and located the suspect, issuing the man a citation for hunting without permission. He pleaded guilty and paid a $250 fine plus court costs.
In November 2018, state wildlife investigators Matthew Fisher and Jason Hadsell, both assigned to the Lake Erie Unit, were contacting waterfowl hunters when a boat with four people on board approached the ramp. Investigators Hadsell and Fisher asked to see the hunters’ licenses, state and federal waterfowl stamps, and proof of HIP survey. While the four occupants were getting out of the boat, investigator Hadsell saw a dead grebe lying on the floor. He asked who had shot the bird and one hunter indicated that he had, and it was the only bird killed that day. Investigator Hadsell asked if he knew what kind of bird it was, and the man said it was a merganser. He informed the man that it was a grebe and was not legal to hunt in Ohio. Investigator Fisher searched the Ohio license system and found that one of the other hunters did not possess a valid federal duck stamp, which is required to be carried while hunting waterfowl. That hunter was charged with hunting without having a federal stamp in his possession, and the other hunter was charged with killing a non-game bird for shooting the grebe. The hunter that had shot the grebe pleaded guilty to the charge in Conneaut Municipal Court and paid $345 in fines and court costs. The case is still pending for the hunter who did not have his federal waterfowl stamp.
Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3
State wildlife officer Jason Warren, assigned to Ashtabula County, and state wildlife investigator Brian Keyser were on patrol when they observed a vehicle lose traction in the snow and become stranded on railroad tracks. The officers then heard a train whistle in the distance. The two officers ran to the car and noticed that the car’s tires were resting in deep groves that had been cut in the snowpack by train traffic. Officer Warren was able to quickly contact the Conneaut Police and the railroad company about the situation, and the train was stopped before the crossing. Another driver with a truck approached the crossing and pulled the vehicle free of the tracks. The driver of the vehicle thanked the officers for their assistance as they drove away.
In the evening following the last day of the deer gun season, state wildlife officer Nick Turner, assigned to Harrison County, was on patrol in an area of suspected spotlighting activity. After dark, he observed a truck on the opposite ridge spotlight several fields. As the truck approached his position, officer Turner could see the spotlight was being cast from the driver’s side of the truck. He performed a traffic stop and uncovered multiple violations. Two Pennsylvania residents in the truck were in possession of a loaded rifle and an untagged deer. They also admitted to hunting deer all week without a nonresident hunting license or deer tag. Both individuals were charged and ordered to appear in court. Both men were convicted and ordered to pay a total of $2,750 in fines, court costs, and restitution. In addition, their hunting privileges were revoked for six years, and the rifle, spotlight, and deer were forfeited to the DNR Division of Wildlife.
Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4
During the 2018 deer season, state wildlife officer Wes Feldner, assigned to Monroe County, was working an area known for spotlighting activity. Long after dark, officer Feldner noticed a vehicle turning sideways in the road several times. Officer Feldner conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver admitted to looking for deer in the field. A rifle was found inside the vehicle. The driver was cited for spotlighting and ordered to appear in a Monroe County court. The individual pleaded guilty to the violations and was ordered to pay $355 in fines and court costs. The individual was also sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended, and had his hunting license suspended for one year.
State wildlife officer Chris Gilkey, assigned to Meigs County, and his K-9 partner, Mattis, were called to Muskingum County to assist with a ginseng case in the summer of 2018. Officer Gilkey and K-9 Mattis joined state wildlife officer Brad St. Clair, assigned to Noble County, to track the suspects from their last known location. The officers discovered several pieces of evidence, including an energy drink that K-9 Mattis indicated on. The officers tracked the suspects back to a road where it was later determined the individuals had been picked up by an accomplice. State wildlife officer Jeff Berry, assigned to Muskingum County, was able to use the energy drink can to identify a suspect from a surveillance video at a local gas station. The suspects were located and confessed, resulting in multiple charges.
Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District 5
Earlier this winter, state wildlife officer Scott Cartwright, assigned to Carroll County, state wildlife investigator Kevin Behr, assigned to southwest Ohio, and DNR Division of Parks and Watercraft investigator Troy Newman patrolled Brush Creek State Forest to address a Turn-In-a-Poacher report of unlawful all-purpose vehicle activity. A total of seven individuals were contacted and multiple violations were documented, such as operating an all-purpose vehicle in a non-designated area, placing bait on a public hunting area, and hunting white-tailed deer with more than one hunting implement. Four summonses were issued, and one handgun was seized. The individuals were found guilty paid a total of $940 in fines and court costs.
Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — About the only type of fishing going on right now at Alum Creek is below the spillway, and that isn’t such a sure bet, either. Water is reportedly muddy from all of the rain the area has received in the past two weeks. Not many anglers reporting catching anything, and there’s just a handful giving it a try, according to local reports.
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) — It shouldn’t be long before open water dominates the conversation. One of the first willing biters at Buckeye in central Ohio is the channel catfish. Fish anywhere you can find shallow water and vegetation for the best catfish bite. Many baits will catch catfish, but veterans stick with a simple nightcrawler under a float to produce the bite.
Indian Lake (Logan County) — Anglers are fishing the shoreline at Moundwood and doing OK on saugeyes and decent size crappies. The successful bite is coming on small crankbaits or stick baits. If you go, be prepared to fish in a crowd, according to local reports. Indian is a popular angling destination at any time of the year.
Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) — Anglers fishing this northwest Ohio reservoir are having a hard time catching fish, according to reports. The Division of Wildlife stocks Findlay No. 2 with walleyes, but they are reportedly hard to come by. The best advice is to fish near the main boat ramp for walleyes and yellow perch. Try a minnow or minnow imitating artificial.
Lima Lake (Allen County) — Fishermen in recent weeks have been catching largemouth bass, according to reports. Bass have ranged from 12 to 14 inches and are being caught in shallow water near the shoreline. If you’re lucky, you might tie into an early spawning bass here. Use a nightcrawler under a float or about any type of plastic.
Lake Erie (East Harbor) — Anglers were still sitting on about six inches of ice here as of Sunday, Feb. 17, according to reports. Catches of yellow perch and crappies were common. Some of the perch were jumbo size, in the 12- to 13-inch range. Unfortunately, with warmer temperatures on the way it might be too soft to fish through the ice for much longer.
Berlin Lake (Portage, Mahoning, Stark counties) — Anglers in recent days have been fishing the shoreline in open water for largemouth bass. The best presentation offered for these early spawners is to fish in shallow water with jig and plastics or jig and minnow combinations. Not much success being reported for bass, but it’s about the only thing going right now.
Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) — As of Feb. 15, anglers were fishing the cemetery area of Mosquito through the ice but staying away from other parts of the lake. Local reports indicated about six inches of ice at the cemetery, but much less in other areas. Not much being reportedly caught, other than a few crappies.
Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) — Anglers are reporting that there is no more good ice anywhere on Pymatuning. When temperatures warm up a bit, look for the lake’s crappies to turn on first. Also, white bass can be caught in the late winter and early spring here. In open water, try vertically jigging blade baits such as Vib-Es for crappies, walleyes, and white bass.
Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) — About the only fishing going on at Paint Creek right now is below the spillway, and even that is a tough proposal, according to angler reports. The lake is high and muddy due to all of the rain the area has received in the past week.
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) — Much like its neighbor in Paint Creek, Rocky Fork Lake is high and muddy at the moment. Some anglers are fishing off the docks, but with little success to report. The dock bite should pick up in a week to 10 days with more stable weather patterns and less precipitation in the forecast.
Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer, Auglaize counties) — Fishermen are doing OK on crappies right now, primarily fishing from the shoreline in shallow water. The best bite is coming on minnows or wax worms under a float – the typical crappie presentation. Fish are ranging from eight to 11 inches.
Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) — Bluegills and crappies are being caught by shore anglers in recent days. The occasional channel catfish is also showing up in the mix. The best setup is a jig and wax worm combination or jig and minnow, the typical wintertime baits.
Seneca Lake (Noble, Guernsey counties) — Fishing the spillway at Seneca is about the only thing anglers can do right now, according to reports. Not many catching fish, other than the stray crappie here and there. When the water clears a bit from all of the rain, wise anglers can tie on a minnow under a float and catch crappies or saugeyes here.
Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) — Fishermen hitting up the spillway at Piedmont in recent days have caught the occasional saugeye, according to reports. Pressure is light. The few anglers who are fishing are reporting a tough bite for saugeyes, but they are catching them at times. The popular baits have been a live minnow or nightcrawler tied on line’s end.
Lake Erie Region
• The bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is four fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleyes is 15 inches.
• The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
• The trout and salmon daily bag limit is two fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
New for 2019:
A Lake Erie fishing permit is required for nonresidents from Jan. 1 to April 30 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.
Not much fishing going on at Lake Erie proper due to temperatures not cold enough for ice fishing and open-water opportunities limited by skim ice.
The Rocky River and other area streams were elevated and stained following the rain early this month, but should be in decent shape for the weekend. The ice is gone and steelhead will be available as the water clears. During a brief window of decent fishing conditions before the rain/sleet, several anglers reported success throughout the Rocky River. When the water is stained it’s tough to beat a nickel size bag of salmon eggs in brighter colors, such as hot pink or chatreuse. As waters contine to clear, the big trout will bite marabou jigs under floats, smaller dime size spawn sacs, beads that mimic salmon eggs, flies (egg patterns and baitfish streamers), and lures such as Little Cleo spoons and wobbling crankbaits. Steelhead numbers can be expected to peak into March-April.
During the brief period that anglers got on the ice in Cleveland area harbors on Lake Erie results were largely disappointing. The main issue was a hyper-abundance of gizzard shad. This is great for predator fish, but makes fishing tough. Harbors still have ice cover (boat launches are not usable), but the lake is ice free along the Cleveland shoreline as far as the eye can see. With a south wind, anglers have a shot at steelhead and yellow perch at the E. 55th breakwall.
Anglers are catching trout on various Cleveland Metroparks lakes. Throughout the winter, a total of 6,000 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked in Metroparks lakes, as follows: Wallace (2,800 pounds), Shadow (1,500 pounds), Ledge (1,200 pounds), Judge’s (300 pounds), and Ranger (200 pounds) lakes. In addition to rainbow trout averaging between 1 and 2 pounds, quite a few bonus brown, brook trout, and golden rainbow trout were included (especially in Wallace Lake). Trout are also available at Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area down the hill from CanalWay Visitor Center off E. 49th Street. Note the current seasonal trout regulations: Lake Erie and all streams, two/day, minimum size 12 inches (this includes steelhead); three/day, no size limit at Wallace, Ledge, Judge’s, and Ranger lakes; and five/day, no size limit at Shadow Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal. Trout through the ice bite well on small to medium size jigging spoons with silver or gold colors, small marabou jigs tipped with grubs, PowerBait in bright colors, live minnows, and salmon eggs/small spawn sacs.
Ice has degraded rapidly at Metroparks’ inland lakes and ponds recently and should not be considered safe. Anglers can still fish from the safety of shore in areas where the water drops off quickly, such as from docks, other platforms, etc. Due to the deterioration of ice conditions, Cleveland Metroparks is not planning to have an ice-fishing fundraiser derby this year.
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March 2: Adams County WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., The Willow, Winchester. For more info call Tyler Sparks, 937-217-1049.
March 2: Hole in the Horn WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Kent American Legion Banquet Facility, Kent. For more info call Dennis Malloy, 330-507-9489.
March 2: Wyandot County PF Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Upper Sandusky Elks. For more info call Chad Baker, 614-309-4104.
March 9: West Central Ohio WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Mercer County Fairgrounds, Junior Fair Building. For more info call Steve Feathers, 765-702-3209.
March 9: Greater Columbus PF Banquet, 5 p.m., Columbus Zoo, Africa Event Center. For more info call Matt Krejci, 614-657-2201.
March 9: Tecumseh NWTF Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Assembly Building Greene County Fairgrounds. For more info call David Honeycutt, 937-602-8002.
March 16: RMEF Banquet, 5 p.m., Galaxy Restaurant, Wadsworth. For more info call Catherine Weiss, 330-815-6211.
March 16: Licking Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Moundbuilders VFW Post 1060, Newark. For more info call Matt Gayheart, 740-334-7256.
March 16: Buckeye Outdoor Youth Education & Shooting Center, Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Barberton Moose Lodge #759. For more info call Harvey Bechtel, 330-620-6909.
March 22: Ducks Unlimited Banquet, 5 p.m., Green County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Xenia. For more info call Bill Karolvi, 937-231-2433.
March 23: Southern Ohio WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Southern Ohio Dog & Game Clubhouse, Cincinnati. For more info call Jeff Erdman, 513-200-7439.
March 29: Big Buckeye WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, Cambridge. For more info call Dave Scurlock, 740-584-9263.
March 30: Caesar Creek WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Warren County Fairgrounds, Building A, Lebanon. For more info call Kevin Woods, 513-435-4613.
March 30: Jackson Bowhunters WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Canters Cave, Jackson. For more info call Kenny Moon, 740-418-7404.
March 30: Ohio Sportmen Farmer’s League, 5 p.m., Copley. For more info call Harvey Bechtel, 330-620-6909.
April 6: Black Swamp Bucks Unlimited, 3 p.m., The Cube, Findlay. For more info call Nate Riker, 419-306-1595.
April 6: Chapter 492 PF Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Founder’s Hall Sauder Village, Archbold. For more info call Ken Frey, 419-445-0792.
April 6: Heart of Ohio NWTF, 6 p.m., All Occasions, Waldo. For more info call Rod Edler, 740-387-3760.
April 12: Zanesville Area Friends of NRA Banquet, 6 p.m., Prophets Park. For more info call Don Pagath, 740-674-6364.
April 13: Harrison County DU Banquet, 5 p.m., Ohio American Legion, Scio. For more info call Samuel Rodriguez, 330-340-9585.
April 13: Little Miami NWTF Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Warren County Fair Grounds Building A. For more info call Patty Harness, 513-276-5162.
April 13: Killbuck Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Greystone Event Center, Wooster. For more info call Brad Posten, 330-317-9198.
April 18: Mahoning Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Metroplex Expo Center, Girard. For more info call Dennis Malloy, 330-507-9489.
April 26-27: Buffington Island WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Portland Community Center, Portland. For more info call Jeremy Hupp, 740-416-5490.
April 27: Perry County Disabled Veterans WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Perry County Fairgrounds, Colosseum Building, New Lexington. For more info call Kenn McCord, 740-621-3695.
March 2: Crow season closes.
Lake Milton Fish & Game, 4374 Bedell Road, Berlin Center, 44401. For more info call Dennis, 330-414-5795.
March 23-24, April 27-28, May 25-26, June 22-23, July 27-28, Aug. 24-25, Sept. 21-22: McKenzie 3D Targets, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
April 1-May 30: Buckeye Outdoor Youth Education & Shooting Center, Mon. & Thurs. 5-8:30 p.m., Copley Trap Range, Copley. For more info call Harvey Bechtel, 330-620-6909.
June 29-30: Disabled Veterans 3D Shoot, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
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Apache Bowhunters Schedule. For more info www.apachebowhunters.com or call Jerry, 614-878-3507.
March 2: Apache Banquet, Lighthouse Ministries.
March 24: Trophy Shoot.
April 28: Round Robin.
May 5: Hunters Challenge.
June 1: ODNR.
June 2: IBO Warm Up.
July 21: OPA Money Class.
Aug. 3-4: OSTA.
Aug. 25: Bonus Target.
Sept. 14-15: Two Day.
March 2: Ohio Charter Captains Conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., BGSU-Firelands Campus, Huron. For more info call Tory Gabriel, 419-607-4046.
March 2: East Knox Lions Club, Gun Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Floral Valley Community Center, Howard. For more info call Chris Fletcher, 740-599-6617.
March 23: Ohio Division of Wildlife, Youth Turkey Drawing, Lake La Su An Wildlife, Williams. For more info call Travis Kruse, 419-485-9092.
April 4-7: Holy Mackerel Fishing Tackle Flea Market, Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-5p.m., The Lodge of New Russia Township, Oberlin. For more info call 440-988-9264.
March 16: Shiloh Christian Union Church, Hunting, Fishing & Camping Seminars, 8:30 a.m. For more info call Craig Bonner, 419-822-1066.
May 2: Black Swamp Bucks Unlimited, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oakwoods Park Findlay, Wood Duck Workshop. For more info call Nate Riker, 419-306-1595.
March 9-10: Ohio Decoy Collectors & Carvers Assoc. Show, Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., For more info call Bob Lund, 419-874-3671.
March 15-17: Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo, Ohio Expo Center, Fri. 2-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. www.deerinfo.com.
March 23-24: Akron/Canton Hunting & Fishing Show, MAPS Air Museum, by Akron/Canton Airport.
April 20: American Legion Rod & Gun Show, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., American Legion Post 338, Bradner. For more info call 419-575-5025.
May 4-5: Lehigh Valley Knife Shoes, Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Charles Chrin Community Center, Easton. For more info call Bill Goodman, 484-241-6176.
Sept. 28-29: Lehigh Valley Knife Shoes, Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Charles Chrin Community Center, Easton. For more info call Bill Goodman, 484-241-6176.
Feb. 16: Miami county PF/QF Youth Mentor Hunt, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Stull Preserve, New Carlisle. For more info call Thomas Finch, 937-454-1416.
April 26: Veterans Walleye Tournament, Port Clinton Yacht Club, Port Clinton. For more info call Tim, 419-573-2868.
Hubbard Conservation Club meets 2nd Wed. of every month. For more info call Mike 330-534-4895.
Gallia County Conservation Club meets 2nd Wed. of each month, 6:30 p.m., Gallia County Gun Club. For more info call Eric Clary, 740-208-1498.
Tiffin-Seneca Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Tues. 7:30 p.m., Tiffin. For more info call Rob Weaver, 419-618-6489.
Wadsworth Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Mon. 7 p.m., Wadsworth. For more info call Matthew Porter, 330-331-8406.
Cincinnati Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Tues. 7 p.m., Loveland. For more info call Mary Joyce Thomas, 513-617-7079.
Delta Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 7 p.m., Delta. For more info call Cassandra Mehlow, 419-250-4301.
Lawrence County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Sat. 5 p.m., Pedro. For more info call Stacie Burton, 740-646-6208.
Lorain County Ely Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Mon. 7 p.m., Penfield Township. For more info call Angel Burt, 440-310-1283.
Central Ohio Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, Columbus. For more info call Tony DiNovo, 740-747-0933.
Monroeville-Huron County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 4th Wed. 8 p.m., Monroeville. For more info call Richard Pheiffer, 419-668-4116.
Anthony Wayne Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Mon. 7 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Kristen Allen Withrow, 513-659-5989.
Dry Fork Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Thurs. 7 p.m., Okeana. For more info call Fred Boehner, 513-899-4592.
Fairfield Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Tues. 7 p.m., Fairfield. For more info call Robert Kraft, 513-868-3430.
Fremont Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Tues. 7 p.m., Fremont. For more info call Dan Summersett, 419-202-3618.
Hamilton Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Wed. 6:30 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Frederick Quick, 513-894-2414.
Headwaters Chapter Izaak Walton League Meets monthly Bath Nature Preserve, Bath Township. For more info call Ivan Hack, 440-897-3855.
Hocking County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Thurs. 7 p.m., Logan. For more info call William Cox, 740-385-6632.
Martin L. Davey Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 7 p.m., Ravenna. For more info call John Nelson, 330-677-5260.
Medina Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Sat. 6:20 p.m., Medina. For more info call Faye Jessie, 330-722-6853.
Mount Healthy Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 8 p.m., Cincinnati. For more info call Mary Burdett, 513-418-2382.
Seven Mile Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Thurs. 8 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Jeff Burton, 513-726-4362.
Wayne County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Mon. 7 p.m., West Salem. For more info call Linda Peterson, 330-603-5617.
Western Reserve Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, Willoughby. For more info call Jim Storer, 440-946-8757.
Tallawanda Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Tues. 7 p.m., Oxford. For more info call Ronald Cox, 513-461-3838.
Little Miami NWTF, meets the 2nd Wed. of every month. For more info call 513-276-5162.
Cycling is easy—really easy. In fact, cycling is so easy that it's the standard by which all other easy stuff is measured, hence expressions such as, "As easy as riding a bike" and, "It's like riding a bicycle, you never forget." On the cliché scale of difficulty, the only activity that ranks lower than riding a bike is a walk in the park.
The main reason cycling is such a doddle is that the bicycle is probably the most efficient machine humankind has ever devised. Consequently, there’s a profound connection between bike and rider that borders on the metaphysical. Once you learn how to ride a bike, the ability is something you can count on for the rest of your life, like flowers blooming in springtime or U2 releasing yet another album.
Hey, I'm not saying cycling can't be hard. You can make anything hard and it’s human nature to do so, which is why some of us do stuff like walk on hot coals or live in New York. Still, it’s worth noting that in order to make cycling hard they had to invent a 2,000-mile race that takes, like, half the summer and covers all of France. Compare that to something that's actually hard, like caber tossing, which you'll never pad out to three weeks no matter how you try. Even an Ironman is basically a tough swim and a marathon with a leisurely bike ride in the middle for recovery and sightseeing.
It's perfectly normal to want to believe what you're doing is hard, because it gives you a sense of accomplishment. When you spend day after day taking life’s crap it’s important to feel exceptional once in awhile, and some solid saddle time can give you just that. In this regard, cycling is the perfect balm for your self-esteem—not because it’s hard, but precisely because it’s just the right amount of easy.
Cycling occupies a middle ground between the joint pulverization of running and the low-impact languor of golf, which means you can keep riding well into old age, yet you’ll still get some actual exercise in the process. Not only will you be able to ride into retirement without having to get a hip replacement, but once you get there you won’t wind up just another sedentary schlub at an omelette station.
But while a little bit of smug satisfaction can be a good thing, a lot of it can be toxic, and unfortunately there are too many of us riding around thinking we're elite athletes pushing ourselves to the very limit of human endurance as opposed to, you know, reasonably fit people enjoying some fresh air while riding a Specialized.
What happens when too many of us take our cycling too seriously is it fosters the delusion that other people couldn’t possibly do what we’re doing, too, and this has repercussions far beyond the insular world of recreational cycling. Consider bike share, for example. When Citi Bike launched in New York City in 2013 there was widespread speculation by tabloid pundits and “avid cyclist” types alike that the program would fail because the average schmuck couldn’t possibly survive riding a bicycle. Here’s a typical op-ed from the time, which predicted nothing less than “carnage”:
Now, imagine introducing 10,000 new bicycles in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens to the mix that will be used daily, but not by people who have had proper training riding through our rough and tumble streets. Nope, these bicycles will be ridden by novices, likely even tourists, who very well may be clueless about the flow of New York City traffic. This is the reality that will launch any day now with the introduction of the Citi Bikes bicycle share program to New York. (You're not in Kansas anymore!)
These prognostications couldn’t have been more wrong. Citi Bike turned out to be both wildly popular and perfectly safe, because—surprise!—riding a bike isn’t that big of a deal. By the time the system hit its five-year anniversary in May 2018, the system had seen something like 60 million trips, and to date there’s only been one fatality.
Now of course bike share is widespread, in no small part due to the success of Citi Bike, and today a city without a bike share program inspires the same sense of bemusement as a person still using a flip phone. However, as the shared mobility revolution enters its next phase, so too does the It’s too hard for people attitude. Across social media, some of the most vocal critics of shared e-scooters have been cyclists, and they make the same arguments we heard at the dawn of bike share: novices not schooled in advance paceline technique couldn’t possibly handle traveling short distances on tiny scooters. (Never mind the millions of toddlers who successfully do so every single day.)
As with bike share, there’s already evidence to suggest these scooter concerns are overblown. Nevertheless, the notion persists that navigating 21st century life without a car requires a level of athleticism beyond that of the average person, and it mires any meaningful policy discussion in an extra layer of bullshit. It’s difficult enough to overcome the retrograde attitudes of entitled motorists and the politicians who serve them; there’s no reason we should also have to trudge through the ego-driven objections of cyclists who really should know better.
Dirty Kanza? Hard. Great Divide? Hard. Your local group ride? Probably pretty hard. But riding a bike? Not even remotely hard. The idea that cycling is fundamentally difficult is behind an inordinate number of falsehoods and misconceptions that hold cycling in this country back: everything from “You can’t do it without safety gear” to “You can’t carry groceries” to “You can’t do it in snow/cold/rain” to “You can’t do it with kids.” It’s also why drivers think anyone out there on a bike is just having fun, and isn’t a “serious” road user like they are.
So go ahead and revel in self-inflicted pain, but never lose sight of the fact that riding a bike is still as easy as riding a bike.
Airline loyalty programs are pretty complicated, and, let’s be honest—you’re never sure you’re actually getting “rewarded” for your loyalty to a certain airline. Or if it’s really worth it.
But what if airlines really had to try hard to impress us? And get creative about it? Instead of “After flying X qualifying segments or X miles and spending $X,000 on flights, you will potentially earn one possible free upgrade to somewhere closer to the front of the plane, if the flight is pretty empty on that day,” what if it was something like, “Hey, looks like you’ve flown a ton of miles with us, so we fixed that leak in the roof of your house and got your kids a puppy,” or “Thanks for booking your last 30 flights with us, we’ve arranged for you to have an empty seat next to you for your next ten flights”?
Here’s an altogether unrealistic, but I think pretty persuasive, suggested list of airline loyalty benefits, using a simple formula:
You get upgraded to a whole can of soda all to yourself on every flight for the next year, instead of five ounces poured into a plastic cup full of ice.
The Wi-Fi will work for the entire flight, every flight, for the next year.
You get a free beer every flight for the next year.
You get a comfortable seat sized for an actual human being, like they had in the 1970s (but no one is smoking on the plane like in the ’70s), for the next year.
No one manspreads into your area and you have exclusive armrest rights for a year of flights.
You get to de-plane first no matter where you’re sitting, for one year.
You get a whole row to yourself for every flight, for one year.
No one cries, talks loudly, or uses their smartphone’s external speaker during your flights for the next two years.
No one sneezes, coughs, or farts on your flights for the next two years.
You receive a pizza, a whole pizza, from a pizza place not in the airport. It’s all yours. Also, the seat next to you is empty, so you can put the pizza there while you eat it. Here are some extra napkins.
We answered all your emails for the rest of the month. Please enjoy a movie or a nap.
You get a private bathroom on your next international flight, and—it’s clean. No one has blown it up, or flushed the toilet with the lid open, or even peed on the floor. But you can do all that stuff if you want to.
A car and driver is parked on the tarmac for you, just hop out the rear exit door at the end of the flight here and go home. Your bags are already in the car.
Surprise, we have re-routed your flight so instead of going to that conference for work, you’re going skiing. All your friends are there, and they have new skis for you, and it’s snowing. Also your boss is paying you to be there for four days and you got a raise.
You get to sit in the cockpit for the entire flight.
You are bumped up to first class and all the the other first class seats are occupied by golden retriever puppies.
You are teleported to your destination this time.
None of your flights are delayed, ever, for the rest of your lifetime.
You will receive the ability to play any musical instrument; most people agree that you are also pretty good-looking.
Here’s a private plane and pilot who will take care of all your air travel needs for the next five years.
You can fly all by yourself, without a plane, like Superman.