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All for Camp Manito-wish

Emily Stirr is in the backyard of her parents' residence on Madison's far west side. Joined by Meg Casey and Nina Emery, she is pitching two of the rugged tents they plan to call home this summer. But the tents won't be staying here this summer, and this pleasant backyard setting will not be home. >More
 Elroy-Sparta: Follow that trail!

Sharon Knuth is the newly elected mayor of Elroy, Wis., population 1,500, and she sounds mayoral as she cites the civic virtues of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. "We're just very positive about the bike trail," she says of the 32-mile path, at whose southern end is her town 85 miles northwest of Madison. She praises the area's natural beauty, and touts the trail's interesting old tunnels. She notes that the Elroy commons features showers for visiting cyclists. >More
 CORgroup: Ethical play

Conversations between whitewater kayakers Finn Ryan and Pete Witucki have given rise to CORgroup, a small but thoughtful alliance that is trying to build an ethical framework for Conscious Outdoor Recreation. >More
 A contrarian proposal for Bike to Work Week 2008 in Madison

I should preface this contrarian proposal by affirming my support for Bike to Work Week, which begins today, Friday, May 9, and continues through next Friday, May 16 here in Madison. As someone who commutes to work by bicycle whenever the weather and other circumstances allow, I'm all for encouraging more people to do so. It's fun. It's healthy. It's relaxing. It's inexpensive. It's pretty darn green. The city's network of bike routes also makes it pretty darn easy and safe to bike to work. Depending on your route, it can also be quite scenic. >More
 Have you seen the bridge?

A bike route along the Yahara River from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona. Another along the west branch of Starkweather Creek, bridging East Washington and Aberg avenues. A safe route to Chavez Elementary School, on the southwest side. And the Marsh View Bike Path, skirting the marsh north of Madison Metro's east transfer point. >More
 Bike polo brings a familiar game to the asphalt

Great bike-handling skills. This is the first thing that strikes you when you watch the Madison Bike Polo group play. It's a warm Sunday afternoon on the tennis courts at Reynolds Park, and two teams of three riders -- each with a mallet in one hand, handlebars gripped in the other and both feet on the pedals - are going after a street-hockey ball yet somehow avoiding collisions with each other. Except for that one collision a minute ago. And the solitary wipeout several minutes before that. >More

After 26 miles and 385 yards - the distance at which a marathoner would be crossing the finish line - ultramarathoner Ann Heaslett will have not yet reached the midpoint of Saturday's second annual Mad City 100K. >More
 Don't fear the 5K

In much the same way that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, a run of 3.1065815596 miles begins at the starting line. But for a beginning runner, stepping up to the starting line of a five-kilometer run can be every bit as daunting as taking that first step in Lao Tzu's proverbial 1,000-mile journey. >More
 Best! Winter! Ever!

We've all heard the gnashing teeth of property owners, commuters and other folks inconvenienced - and in some cases even burdened - by this winter's relentless snows. Smashing its old seasonal snowfall record by almost one and one-half feet, Madison has totaled 92 inches (so far). >More
 River of years

When he talks about the lower Wisconsin River valley, Mark Cupp has the eloquence of a poet. The executive director of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board describes the 80,000-acre preserve - established along 92 undammed river miles between Prairie du Sac and the Wisconsin's confluence with the Mississippi - in language that conjures panoramic bluff-top vistas, sandbars shrouded in dawn mist, sacred effigy mounds and the majesty of raptors. >More
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