Outdoors

Outdoors

Converting a passion for the outdoors into a nonfiction book

When northwest Oregon native and journalist LeeAnn Kriegh moved to Bend, Ore., in 2012, she fell in love with the trees and birds, flowers and critters. Wanting to learn more about them, she began sifting through nature guidebooks, but wasn't satisfied by what she found on local bookstore shelves.

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Merrell’s MQM shoes combine hiking boot with trail runner

Winter is the season where footwear choices become more difficult. Your go-to running shoes may be comfortable, but after a little bit of time in cold, windy, or snowy conditions, your feet will not appreciate the breathability that's so welcomed in the summer. Merrell's MQM Flex Gore-Tex shoes are a hybrid of light a hiking boot/trail runner that's the perfect bad-weather option for those who want to spend time hiking, running, or evening cycling during the winter.

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Nanospikes use crampon-like teeth to help you gain traction in the ice and snow

If you've heard of crampons you know that they're metal spikes worn on the feet for ice climbing and mountaineering. They're rigid, enabling climbers to support their body weight against frozen water and keep them from falling down while walking through the snow and ice. They're not designed for speed. The Nanospikes from Kahtooola serve a much different purpose, as they're designed to provide friction for runners and hikers who want to keep from slipping yet maintain their natural gate. You'll find 10 tungsten carbide teeth per crampon that are embedded in a plastic cleat that fits under your shoe or boot.

Two bobcats join Oklahoma hunter in a tree

Cody Couch was in a tree hunting for deer in Mayes County, Oklahoma, when he heard a sound. It was 3 bobcats, and 2 joined him up in the tree.