Dog sleds, sword fights, roller derby & more: Extreme Katie returns

Dog sleds, sword fights, roller derby & more: Extreme Katie returns
Snowmobiling. Sword fighting. Rollery derby. Dog sled racing. Watch KVAL 13 TV News at 6 p.m. Thursdays in February and KVAL.com for the continuing adventures of Extreme Katie.

EUGENE, Ore. - Last fall, she took on mountain biking in Oakridge, sandboarding in Florence, skydiving in Creswell and lawnmower racing near Roseburg.

She survived to tell the stories.

This winter KVAL News sent "Exteme Katie" Boer to find out what it takes to skate roller derby in Eugene; fight with swords like a knight from the 14th Century; and race across the snow-covered Oregon Cascades aboard a snowmachine - and behind a sled dog team.

Watch KVAL 13 TV News (8 on Comcast) at 6 p.m. on Thursdays in February to see the continuing adventures of Extreme Katie.

Take a sneak peek at videos and photos from the February 2012 Extreme Katie series.

Roller Derby | Watch or Read Story | >>> Photo Gallery

The Emerald City Roller Girls are Eugene's team in the world of Flat Track Derby. Interest in the sport - for both participants and spectators - is reaching new highs. Katie Boer and Tony Gist from KVAL News visited the Roller Girls to find out what it takes to make the cut ahead of a big tournament planned for this weekend.

Dog Sled Racing | Watch or Read Story | >>> Photo Gallery

Oregon Trail of Dreams owners Jerry and Rachel Scdoris of Bend, Ore., showed Katie Boer and Bill Goetz from KVAL News what it takes to race sled dogs. Rachel should know: she is a 4-time Iditarod finisher - and she is legally blind. The test trek was 6 miles; an Iditarod is nearly 183 times that, going about 11,000 miles through the Alaskan wilderness.

Snowmobiling | Watch or Read Story |  >>> Photo Gallery

Katie Boer and Bill Goetz went out snowmobiling out of Wanoga Sno-Park near Mt. Bachelor with “Central Oregon Adventures,” owned by Amber Greiner. The company leads tours on 250 miles of trails over 250,000 acres of national forest land.

Sword Fighting | >>> Photo Gallery

Sean Hayes has studied the art of sword fighting for over 15 years. His business, Northwest Fencing Academy, teaches students of all ages the 14 Century street fighting of the artistocracy. Kaite Boer and Adam Grunseth from KVAL News joined the class for a taste of sword-to-sword combat.