Off the Main Roads: Find (safe) winter wanderings …

As we finally can enjoy the snow, which we so rightly deserve, it’s a good time to remember a few practical tips to keep...

Off the Main Roads: Five safety steps for climbing …

In this column, my Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit teammates and I usually focus on safety on the trails and the overall beauty of the high country. Never have we talked about the safety aspect of the core sport that makes Idyllwild a destination for people from around the world — climbing!

Off the Main Roads: Eat better for backpacking …

Ever find it hard to get back on the trail again after a big meal? Or be hiking along and suddenly bonk? When backpacking,...

Off The Main Roads: Plastic fantastic …

Hiking up the steep slope of a mountain can be hot and sweaty. The refreshingly cool feeling of raindrops merrily pelting off your head...

Off the main roads: Outdoor skills from local experts …

One of the best ways I’ve found to get myself outside and enjoying nature is to take up a new outdoor skill. While some people...

Off the Main Roads: How to save your own bacon …

Planning on heading out on a hike? Great! Just one thing I’d like you to do first. Look in the mirror. You are looking...

Off the Main Roads: Rescue me! …

So, you’re lost. You’re not quite sure where you got turned around, but if you just keep going, you’ll probably figure it out, right? Maybe...

Off the Main Roads: A wall of green …

If you’re similar to most of the Hill populace, many of your trips into nature are characterized by toiling up a dusty path through...

Off the Main Roads: Life through the lens …

Out on a forest trail, I was just closing on a particularly gorgeous specimen of Passiflora Edulis Sims with my iPhone camera when the...

Off the main roads: The five Ws of outdoor exploration …

The five Ws of outdoor exploration …   Take a walk with your kids in the wild and discover some of the incredible plants and creatures...
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