End of Summer Daze lifestyle festival

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Fayettechill announces the End of Summer Daze lifestyle festival, August 22-24. End of Summer Daze was created out of love for the Ozark outdoor community. Fayettechill aims to create and share experiences for all that want to enjoy the Ozarks, so we created a 3­day camping festival to make sure everyone has the chance to make the most out of their final Summer days. The purpose of this … [Read more...]

We Lost a Hero

Riding in Central Arkansas Cyclofemme 2013.

(This is probably the most personal post we've ever done, please allow us a moment to unload) We do a lot of hero worshiping these days. famous sports figures, TV and movie personalities, the occasional politician but these aren't the people who really keep our individual worlds turning. Like the multiple pedal strokes it takes to keep our wheels spinning and our bikes moving forward, there are … [Read more...]

Pedaling For Progress

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Well, here I am at ArkansasOutside! That may be a bit of a surprise for folks who know me through my own JBarCycling blog, but Joe Jacobs asked me if I could fill in for him for an interview with Congressional candidate Pat Hays in advance of his Pedaling For Progress fund-raising event this Saturday, July 19. I agreed to do so as a favor to both Joe and Pat, as both are friends and Joe was … [Read more...]

Zombies Don’t Wear Headlamps

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Ashley: What's that up ahead? Is it a person? Is it coming toward us or away from us? Mindy: It's a zombie. Ashley: Shut up! Me: It's okay Ashley, zombies don't wear headlamps, it can't be a zombie. Zombies don't wear headlamps. Unless you count the blank zombie like stare and faltering perambulation of an endurance runner doing an overnight long run. The swaying, lumbering form in … [Read more...]

A New Crop of Trail Stewards

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It was going to be hot and I suspected that only a couple of us regulars would show up for the clean and ride. Clean and rides are what Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, a local International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter, call a trail work day. Usually, we show up, do some trail maintenance maybe a reroute or whatever is needed, then we have something to eat, maybe a quick beer to cut the … [Read more...]

Finding Your Center

AO Friend Tammy demonstrates how she mixes Yoga and Stand Up Paddle boarding on Lake Dardanelle.

A couple of weeks back I was unfurling my yoga mat at the back of the room when I heard a familiar name. Knowing, or trying to get to know a lot of people in the outdoor sport community, often means that wherever athletes gather, I know someone. Low and behold I was working on perfecting my chatarunga and finding my center with none other than 3 Bridges Marathon organizer Jacob Wells. It's not … [Read more...]

Anything but Dismal

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After a long hot summer, I always get excited as the fall breezes begin to cool the land and transform the leaves to their bright fall colors. The slow fall of leaves from the trees is a sure sign that it is once again time to explore the rugged wilderness that is the Ozarks. One of the great benefits of living in the Ozark Mountains is the opportunity for an almost exhaustive list of … [Read more...]

Finding Your Home

Finishing the Leadville 100 MTB in 2012.

Just a few days ago, a client and long-time friend, asked me a really interesting question… “Hey Ben, how long have you been an endurance athlete?” As a coach slash physiologist slash nutritionist slash business owner, rarely are you provided the opportunity of time luxury to sit back and reflect on such questions, so it was with uncertainty did my immediate arithmetic (predicated on my first bike … [Read more...]

Your Playground Needs Help

Hikers on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism)

I was looking through some past posts the other day and came upon this one from early spring, Trails don’t just happen. Looking for something in particular, I was disappointed to find no links to one of the most basic ways that anyone can support trail building and maintenance in Arkansas. The trails in Arkansas have many types of users: dog walkers, day hikers, backpackers, wildlife … [Read more...]

It’s Festival Time in Northwest Arkansas

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Arkansans do love our festivals. We have festivals to celebrate our tasty foods like watermelons, tomatoes, beans, rice, wine, chili and of course barbecue, our wildlife including ducks, butterflies, eagles, bass and catfish and our beautiful music, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and the blues. Whether we're celebrating a season, a place or a history, Arkansas does know how to throw a … [Read more...]