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,...
The Evolution of Ebikes

The Evolution of Ebikes

Around this time last year, David Frei was at the top of his game. He was coming off a season in which he had won a number of expert class and marathon length mountain bike races and had finished second in the U.S. Adventure Racing Association’s national points...
Creating an Outdoor Identity for St. Louis

Creating an Outdoor Identity for St. Louis

Outdoor initiatives truly can help redefine a community. Mountain biking and cycling trails turned Bentonville and northwest Arkansas into a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and spurred economic growth. Dayton, Ohio (pictured above), took advantage of its rivers and...
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....