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Pam LeBlanc

Fitness & outdoors reporter

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.  Pam rides a bicycle to work, swims on a team and runs with her girlfriends. All her hobbies, from scuba diving to horseback riding and snow skiing, involve bulky gear. She lives in Austin with her husband, who is really good at applying bandages and ice packs.

Latest from Pam LeBlanc

Lakeway trails challenge mountain bikers with steep, technical terrain
 I’m chugging my way up a single-track trail, sweat trickling down the small of my back and quads burning like someone stuck a branding iron on them. This is bliss. For the last few years, I’ve been hearing about the trail system in Lakeway. Friends have tried to lure me there, but it seemed too far from my home in Allandale. Besides...

Posted: 4 days ago

I’m chugging my way up a single-track trail, sweat trickling down the small of my back and quads burning like someone stuck a branding iron on them. This is bliss. For the last few years, I’ve been hearing about the trail system in Lakeway. Friends have tried to lure me there, but it seemed too far from my home in Allandale. Besides...
Looking for adventure close to home? Paddle the Pedernales
 An hour west of Austin, the Pedernales River spills over a dam in Johnson City before snaking its way, unimpeded, to Lake Travis. Along the way, it tumbles down a 3-foot ledge, glides past a towering sycamore where a bald eagle protects its nest and chatters through mazes of rocks and reeds. It cuts through ranches and past limestone cliffs...

Posted: 11 days ago

An hour west of Austin, the Pedernales River spills over a dam in Johnson City before snaking its way, unimpeded, to Lake Travis. Along the way, it tumbles down a 3-foot ledge, glides past a towering sycamore where a bald eagle protects its nest and chatters through mazes of rocks and reeds. It cuts through ranches and past limestone cliffs...
48 hours in Breckenridge, two ways
 What happens when a solo-adventure junkie hits Breckenridge, Colorado, for a quick visit — and how does her trip differ from one taken by a mom and her 5-year-old? Fit City columnist Pam LeBlanc and travel editor Kristin Finan compared notes after each spending 48 hours at the popular ski resort. Pam: I spent a few days in Crested Butte...

Posted: 12 days ago

What happens when a solo-adventure junkie hits Breckenridge, Colorado, for a quick visit — and how does her trip differ from one taken by a mom and her 5-year-old? Fit City columnist Pam LeBlanc and travel editor Kristin Finan compared notes after each spending 48 hours at the popular ski resort. Pam: I spent a few days in Crested Butte...
Big snowpacks mean longer ski season
 Big snows in February and March mean an extra-long ski season this year, and from California to Colorado, resorts are pushing back closing dates. At Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California, officials say the current snowpack should last until at least July 4, when Texans are typically floating rivers in bikinis and barbecuing on the...

Posted: 12 days ago

Big snows in February and March mean an extra-long ski season this year, and from California to Colorado, resorts are pushing back closing dates. At Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California, officials say the current snowpack should last until at least July 4, when Texans are typically floating rivers in bikinis and barbecuing on the...