Outdoors

Outdoors

Local running standout Van McCarty cruises to victory in 37th annual SLO Triathlon

The 45-year-old crosses the finish line first in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds

Fellow San Luis Obispo native Jonathan Harmse places second in 1:13:27

Kaori Funahashi wins women’s competition, places 18th overall in 1:20:18

Outdoors

SLO County Hike of the Week: Bishop Peak

The trail: Versatility is perhaps the best characteristic about the different trails surrounding Bishop Peak, the tallest of the Nine Sisters. There are four different places to begin your hike. Two of them are well-marked trailheads. We recommend the official entrance on Patricia Drive near Anacapa Circle or the entrance at the end of Highland Drive.

Outdoors

Car rack features more than just carrying bikes

To avoid time sitting at intersections, inhaling exhaust and praying for patience over frustrated drivers, you'll need a good bike rack to transport your ride to a good forest preserve or some country roads. Yakima's SwingDaddy hitch-mounted rack is the top-of-the-line when it comes to ease of use, with no tools necessary for installation. You only need a 2-inch hitch receiver on your car and you can attach the rack and have it ready in minutes.

Outdoors

Four muscle mistakes to avoid when working out

Gaining muscle and strength is actually quite easy when you start training. "Your muscles go through a learning process, so almost anything you do triggers growth," said Mike Boyle, A.T.C., of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, Mass. "But eventually your muscles adapt, and you have to train smarter to see results."

Videos

Cuesta College backpacking class makes final preparations for three-day trip

Cuesta College instructor Brian Locher goes over the final food preparations before his backpacking class heads out for a three-day hike.
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Cuesta College backpacking class makes final preparations for three-day trip 1:43

Cuesta College backpacking class makes final preparations for three-day trip

Hiking the Reservoir Canyon Trail 1:17

Hiking the Reservoir Canyon Trail

Flora and Fauna of the Salinas River Walk 0:28

Flora and Fauna of the Salinas River Walk

Take a hike to the top of Valencia Peak in Montaña de Oro 0:59

Take a hike to the top of Valencia Peak in Montaña de Oro