Outside Insider

Get the inside perspective on what's happening on the outdoor scene. Weekly column by Ray Ford explores a variety of issues and topics.

Firefighter Loss Hits Home for the Montecito Fire Department

Firefighters risk their lives every fire to protect us all. Read story.

Monday, July 1, 2013

OP Your Trail Treat

Have you ever noticed those tiny trail treats that seem to be popping up along the trails? Read story.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Starbucks Leaves a Bad Taste in a Very Needy Guy

Ray checks out the new VIA line of coffee. Read story.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Good Deed Gone Really, Really Bad?

Ray takes a look back at the Jesusita Fire investigation. Read story.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pano Provides Perspective

Why take just one picture when you can stitch five together? Read story.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Time to Rebuild Local Trails

A look at why it may be better to go slow in opening fire-damaged trails. Read story.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Trail Tools Are Being Sharpened

With last week's rain the soil is almost ready to work and it's getting time to start working the trails again. Read story.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Wilderness Map Available

New Dick Smith map will provide a valuable addition to any wilderness enthusiast's collection. Read story.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Coming Like a Freight Train

New County emergency post-fire plan deals with the impacts of the Gap Fire which could be heading our way once the rainy season begins. Read story.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

First Look at the Gap Fire's Aftermath

With wet weather coming soon, what will happen to the canyons above Goleta? Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hot Days, No Water, and Dead Dogs

Erin and Brian Caramadre are from Thousand Oaks, but they visit Santa Barbara often because they love our trails. One of their favorites is Romero Canyon because of the variety of scenery and the views from the top of the crest. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Trail Picture Becoming Brighter

Though it may not seem like it, a lot is happening on our local trails, including a new agreement among the agency partners. Read story.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Lure of Going Lite

It no longer takes 40 pounds of gear to get out in the wilderness. With new technology, it's possible to shave your gear down to less than 10 pounds, not counting food and water. Read story.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Why Mountain Bikes Need Regulating

Ray takes a look at the reasons why we should be wary of mechanization of the front country trails. Read story.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Zaca Fire Impacts Drinking Water Treatment

Ray takes a look at how the Zaca Fire has impacted local water resources. Read story.

Thursday, April 24, 2008
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