Five St. Louis Outdoor Firsts

Five St. Louis Outdoor Firsts

It’s not unusual nowadays for a big city to host a bike race that involves binge-eating donuts or a moonlight ride that draws thousands of people. But that wasn’t always the case. Trends have to start someplace, and in this case, that someplace is St. Louis. Here’s a...
Turquoise Jewels: Springs of the Missouri Ozarks

Turquoise Jewels: Springs of the Missouri Ozarks

The new Echo Bluff State Park, billed as the gateway to the Missouri Ozarks, is the perfect base camp for a two-day treasure hunt in search of the turquoise springs hidden in the forested hills. Located halfway between Salem and Eminence on Highway 19, the park’s...
Intro to Wilderness First Aid

Intro to Wilderness First Aid

Author and environmentalist Edward Abbey once said, “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” Any outdoor enthusiast knows the great rewards of adventuring. But with reward comes risk. Those crooked, winding,...
Fifty Years of Missouri Whitewater Championships

Fifty Years of Missouri Whitewater Championships

Missouri might not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of whitewater paddling, but that doesn’t bother the people at the Missouri Whitewater Association, hosts of the annual Missouri Whitewater Championships (MWC) competition on the St. Francis River....
The Mental Art of Trad Climbing

The Mental Art of Trad Climbing

I could’ve been spending the sunny, 65-degree Saturday calmly sipping a pumpkin-spiced latte before putting on my knee-high boots and cable-knit fall sweater to head to Eckert’s with the rest of St. Louis. Instead, I was sweating profusely, 20 feet up in the air,...
New Book, MO’ Beta: Rock Climbs of Missouri

New Book, MO’ Beta: Rock Climbs of Missouri

You could say author Jeremy Collins began researching MO’ Beta: Rock Climbs of Missouri nearly 25 years ago. That’s when he picked up an early version of Missouri Limestone and started an obsession with climbing guidebooks. “It was like gold to me, a secret invitation...