10 gifts for outdoor lovers

10 gifts for outdoor lovers

Every holiday season includes an Oregon Outdoors intervention of sorts that aims to separate outdoor enthusiasts from crappy gear, because bad gear is actually worse than no gear at all.

In a perfect world, trying to find the right stuff to buy that outdoor gearhead in your life shouldn't be difficult and stressful, but it is because the stakes are too high to let the unenlightened take a stab during holiday gifting.

Get him a bad set of waders and he's stuck for years with a wet....

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Ski swap goes 4 seasons

Ski swap goes 4 seasons

ASHLAND — When Alan Anderson wanted to unload 18 of his unused Loon Outdoors fly rods, he naturally thought ... Ashland Ski Swap?

"Yeah, kind of ironic," says Anderson, president of the Ashland-based outdoor company.

But irony is only in the title these days, as the historically winter-only Ashland Ski Swap has gone four seasons.

The 41st annual swap at Stevenson Union on the SOU campus will expand beyond matching sellers with gear-poor winter-sports...

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Montana stuntman develops backpack bear spray

Montana stuntman develops backpack bear spray

It may sound contradictory, but the people taking the biggest risks are usually the most safety conscious.

Take Billy Lucas, for example. For 30 years, the 57-year-old former Marine has been a Hollywood stuntman — part of that acting as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stunt double in films like “True Lies” and “The Terminator” series of films. So the fact that Lucas brainstormed a design for a new way to deploy bear spray from a backpack actually makes....

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