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Photo Contests

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

For all of the photo and film fans out there, it’s a great time to get inspired.

Trailspace blog just completed it’s first ever member photo contest.  There were 227 entries and the winners are nothing but spectacular.

"Freeze" by Scott McWatty, the Grand Prize winner and first place in the Nature and Wildlife category. Courtesy of trailspace.com.

The inspiring thing is that these are just people who are interested in wildlife photography, like you and me.  As Scott, the featured photographer above, said, “I’ve basically self taught myself through a lot of trial and error and help from several generous souls on some online photography forums.”

There are contests like this on the local level too.

Right now the Morgantown Adventure Photo and Film Festival (MAPFF) is in full swing.

Dozens of photos are on display at Black Bear Burritos in downtown Morgantown where you can vote on your favorite photo and help choose the 2010 winner.

The film portion of the festival will be held tomorrow, April 22nd, at the Warner Theater just up the road.

So come down and support local artists and hobbyists like yourself!

Used Gear Sale at Adventure’s Edge

April 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Are your closets filled with old gear that has somehow accumulated over the years?  I know mine are.

But don’t despair!  Adventure’s Edge in Morgantown, WV will sell your gear for you (if there is anyone out there that is still willing to buy those old boots).

The sale is on Saturday the 17th so try to drop your gear off soon.  Different payment options are available – just ask when you come by or call (304) 296-9007.

For those of you whose closets are empty, now is the perfect chance to fill them up.  There are usually tents, snowboards, skis, clothes, backpacks and even kayaks.  It’s definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

More posts to follow soon with pictures from this weekend.

Morgantown Winter Over?

March 6, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s a pretty cool thing to see an entire city take a collective deep breath at the same time.

That’s what we have been doing for a few days now in West Virginia as the temperatures creep above freezing and the sun finally proves that it’s still there.

With arms blocking the harsh sun from our eyes, we emerged from our burrows where we have been hiding for the better part of the past wintry months.

Okay, well maybe it wasn’t quite that drastic, but many are welcoming the change of weather.

All over town, people are running, cleaning cars and just walking around outside – activities that have been neglected since the “snowpocalypse” occurred.  And, even for a self-proclaimed winter lover, it is a nice change and looks like it will be a little warmer in the near future.

But is winter over?  I doubt it.

Sure, it’s pretty nice outside now, but if I know Morgantown winters, we’re not quite done.  I’m not saying we are in for another three feet of snow, but I won’t be surprised if we need our scarves and hats once again.

I just wanted to get my projections in early…

Warm weather is no fun

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Well today the Morgantown area received about 1 foot to 10 feet of snow (OK maybe more like 1 – 2, but it felt like 10 sometimes).  A lot of people stayed inside and watched TV or sat on a bearskin rug in front of a fireplace but the outdoor community was out in full force.

I was able to get my hands on some cross-country skis and see what was going on around town.  There was surprisingly a lot of people out too.

Other than xc skiiers, there were alpine skiiers, snowboarders, snowball militias, sledders (if riding pool chairs and cardboard counts) and of course the snowmen builders (I saw one that was at least 7 feet tall).

I’m glad there were so many people out though.  Driving wasn’t the best idea but there were plenty of people who braved the weather to make the best of it. 

And I don’t blame them.

Winter is one of the best times of year to enjoy the outdoors and I’m not the only one to think so.  Sitting inside, while much warmer and probably much smarter, keeps you away from an entirely different world that only appears a few times a year. 

There’s nothing like seeing a town where people have forsaken their cars and have to walk and ski everywhere.  Something about it appeals to me.

Well, hopefully I will have some pictures and even video to update the site with tomorrow but until then, get outside and enjoy yourself before the snow melts!