It’s a Wrap

A little over 4 years ago, Lisa and I decided to see if we could make an online magazine work. We saw an unfilled niche in local outdoor recreation coverage, a topic near and dear to us. We weren't and still aren't skilled writers, but with the help of friends and occasional glances at a thesaurus, we delivered some workable stories. For the first time in over 15 years, I rekindled an interest in … [Read more...]

Four Days at the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals – Day Two

Day two was our chance to watch some friends take on this monster course. (Day One Here) The layout of the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals course was unlike any I had seen at any cyclocross race I have attended. Time for a little description of this beautifully difficult course. The starting line began with a long paved straightaway that passed under the finish line banner. A quick left turn … [Read more...]

Four Days at the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals – Day One

Occasionally we have the opportunity to take this whole Arkansas Outside show on the road and explore other places in the country where Arkansans go to expand their outdoor recreation experiences. The two biggest trips so far had been to Colorado, first with the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race where a large group of area mountain bikers went to take on the highest mountain bike race in the … [Read more...]

The White Zone

The WHITE ZONE is for loading and unloading only... if you have to load or unload, go to the WHITE ZONE... you'll love it... it's a way of life... - Frank Zappa, The Central Scrutinizer I've never been a fan of naming trails by the color of their blazes. Sure, it's probably an easy, organized way to do it but where is the creativity? Where is the descriptive nomenclature? Where is the … [Read more...]

Day Hiking – A Holiday Tradition

The forecast was for rain on Christmas day. As evidenced by our #OptOutside #GreenFriday hike, rain is not always a deterrent to a day hike. Of course, we can be flexible and realizing that we had the option of taking our yearly Christmas hike a day early in perfect weather, we jumped at it. The Christmas Day Hike is a long running tradition for the AO team. We've hiked Pinnacle Mountain, Petit … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Flooding Information

Below are updates from the National Park Service at Buffalo National River River Closure Lifted as Damage Assessment Continues (December 30, 2015, 11:22) The Buffalo River has receded sufficiently for canoe and kayak use to resume today.  Although a comprehensive damage assessment is still ongoing, all campgrounds with the exception of Tyler Bend and parts of Buffalo Point are open. However, all … [Read more...]

Celebrate 100 Years with 100 miles

January 1st marks the beginning of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial celebration and the seven National Park Service sites in Arkansas will kick off the celebration by launching the Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge – a year-long program to encourage visitors to “Find Your Park” and improve their health and fitness by completing 100 miles of physical activity over the course of the … [Read more...]

Winding up the 2015 Arkansas Cyclocross Season…but wait.

Another Arkansas Super Prestige Cyclocross season came to a close this past weekend, a little out of order. The annual Turkey Burn race, normally held on Thanksgiving weekend, was postponed to this past weekend due to flooding of the course at Boyle Park back in November. Waiting for better conditions worked out for race organizer, Trevor Edwards, as he was able to create a course that he had … [Read more...]

Closing in on the Record

75,065 miles = More than 3 times around the earth, at the equator. 75,065 miles = Almost a third of the way to the Moon. 75,065 miles = The distance from Little Rock to Rogers, AR every day for a year. 1,609,132 feet = Climbing to the top of Mount Everest more than 55 times, from sea level.(as of 12/21/15) 75,065 miles = the record for riding a bike in 365 consecutive days. That record is … [Read more...]

6 Arkansas Winter Destinations

We asked our readers where they want to be when Winter finally hits. Arkansas Winters can vary from snow and ice extremes to highs in the 60's. Either way, Arkansas offers it's own Winter beauty with big views, cool, quiet hollows and cold evenings perfect for enjoying a nice campfire or cabin fireplace. There were 6 destinations you chose as the best in Arkansas and they range from cabins with … [Read more...]