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Bundle up

By January, most campers have stowed their gear and simply dream of warmer nights by a springtime fire. But some dare to layer on the fleece, strap on gaiters and hit the snowbound trail. These hearty backwoods crusaders find winter camping a peaceful sojourn and a distinct challenge. >More
 The envelopes, please

Time once again to jump the gun by a week or two, recognize the good, the bad and the ugly for 2007 - and hope the judges don't notice the false start and call us back to the blocks. On your marks. Get set... >More
 Think recreationally, buy locally, part two

The Recreation column in this week's Isthmus suggests a handful of gift ideas for the recreation enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list. But there is no shortage of ideas from which to draw inspiration. Here are four more. >More
 Think recreationally, buy locally

Does the holiday season have you stumped about what to get for the recreation enthusiast who has everything? Puzzle no more, friends. Forthwith, the sometimes annual Isthmus Recreation Desk gift guide for those engaged in the sporting life. >More
 Let it snow, sooner or later

The data run as deep as the snow at Weather for Nordic Skiers in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Regions, an online resource compiled by research meteorologist Scott Bachmeier of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the UW-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center. Drawing on a wealth of sources, Bachmeier has compiled a veritable treasure trove of textual, graphic and animated information that appears to be indispensible for anyone in search of primo Nordic destinations. >More
 The hunting progressive

I have a house that needs cleaning, planters that need mulching and a book that needs writing, but none of these got done last week. Instead, I was cleaning my rifle, counting my ammunition and sharpening my favorite knife. I had them with me on Saturday morning, before it was anywhere close to warm or light, when I hiked out to a place known to my family and friends. By 10 a.m., my hands were bloody. >More
 The ascent from Basecamp

"I was an undergrad here," remembers Finn Ryan, "and a lot of my friends were at smaller liberal-arts colleges, and they went on trips like this. On reflection, I thought it would have been a good experience for me." Now, as a graduate student in curriculum and instruction at UW-Madison, he is helping to introduce a similar opportunity to incoming freshmen. >More
 Athletes at their most frightening

A friend of mine started with nothing more than her tennis racket one Halloween 14 years ago. She added a skirt and T-shirt and tennis shoes, bought a rubber toy knife, stuck it in the back of the T-shirt and sprinkled some red coloring around it. Back in 1993, people recognized her costume straight away: Monica Seles after the stabbing. >More
 Getting a grip

Funny thing, unexpected consequence. It has strolled right up to me, smiled its enigmatic smile and bared its pointy teeth. Back in March, I wrote a column about an introductory rock-climbing class for women over 40 years old. As a consequence, I am now an enthusiastic paying member of Boulders Climbing Gym, 3964 Commercial Ave. On the scale of unexpectedness, this falls somewhere between alien abduction and world peace. It is so counterintuitive that I'm still trying to come to grips with how it happened. >More
 Work out on the Square

Around the corner, the Madison Athletic Club's old aerobics room has been re-imagined as a group exercise studio, where classes including Fusion (a blend of Pilates and Yoga) and BodyPump (for strength and endurance) will be scheduled on a suspended maple floor where another coat of varnish is now drying. >More
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