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This week in Outdoors

Eric Elshere, right, hopes to land a monster catch that will launch his pro career or make him wealthy. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Eric Elshere releases a largemouth bass into Lake Casitas. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Eric Schatz has been climbing trees for almost three decades, but just recently started removing tree-sitters from their perches. ()
Eric Schatz talks to Kristi Sanchez, left, during her removal. (
Now’s the time to knock last season’s stink - and dust and mildew - from your outdoor equipment. (AP)
An engine pulls a sightseeing car over the 630-foot-long Goat Canyon Trestle on the Carrizo Gorge line in preparation for the return of freights. Bikers and hikers, long accustomed to having their way with the Anza-Borrego stretch, hope for continued access. (Nelvin Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)
With no whales in sight, the dolphins put on a show. (Pete Thomas / LAT)
Cathy Livoni and boyfriend Bob Miller wait for the word that will launch their quest. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
J. Scott Bovitz checks his map before starts out on foot in Griffith Park. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
The ruins of a stone house, foreground, add a note of mystery to a trek through Pipes Canyon, near Joshua Tree National Park. (Annie Wells / LAT)