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The Race is to the Swift

Self-awareness is a bitch. After all, according to Sartre, a self-reflective consciousness is what separates humans from animals. Truth be told, in the wake of Sept. 11's terrorist attacks, I'd gl ...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2001 Ted Katauskas

The King of Patagonia

On the afternoon Patagonia opens its first retail outlet in Oregon, I walk into the 8,000-square-foot store and find Yvon Chouinard standing at the top of the stairs, fondly stroking an anvil on d ...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Connecting the Dots

Right about now, Josh Burnim, a 27-year-old environmental activist with an Abraham Lincoln beard and a backpack stuffed with oatmeal and dried hummus, is bushwhacking his way toward Porcupine Lake ...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Excavating Tanner Creek

The other day, I wandered over to the corner of West Burnside Street and Northwest 17th Avenue to look at the Tanner Creek Interpretive Center, otherwise known as A-Ball Plumbing Supply. Opposite ...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 Ted Katauskas

The Lighthouse

On a recent Saturday morning, I set out on the Warrior Rock Lighthouse Trail with an immensely pregnant wife and a blackberry-ravenous 2-year-old boy. According to my guidebook, the three-mile str ...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Burning Up His Fuse

You're sealed inside the nose cone of your homemade rocket ship, Earthstar One, wearing a used Russian space suit, staring wide-eyed at the digital clock on the instrument panel. Outside, in the m ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Beyond the Streetcar. Way Beyond.

When a veteran railbiker invited me for a ride in southern California last spring, here's what I had to do: Fly to Spokane. Rent a truck. Drive to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Disassemble and box a pedal ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Pampers, Untamed

The old nostrum "pack it in, pack it out" takes on a new dimension when one member of your backcountry party happens to wear Pampers--and hasn't yet learned to crawl, much less carry his own pack. ...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 Ted Katauskas

The Real Crater Lake

A few summers ago, I took the train to Montana's Glacier National Park, intending to spend a full week in the backcountry. But when I arrived in West Glacier, there was a line wrapped around the r ...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Spinning in the Vortex!

I've never been to Rock City, Wall Drug or the Corn Palace. I'm pretty sure those who frequent such roadside tourist traps are the same backcountry-averse sloths who drive all the way to Crater La ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 Ted Katauskas
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