Issue 71

Fiftieth Anniversary of Americans on Everest

Fiftieth Anniversary of Americans on Everest

Surviving members of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition gather in Richmond, CA on February 23 The American Alpine Club will host a dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the successful effort to put the first Americans on Everest. In attendance will be...
The Great Ski Race

The Great Ski Race

37th Anniversary, Sunday March 3rd, 2013, 9AM Hundreds of cross-country ski racers will gather for the 37th annual Great Ski Race on March 3. This historic 30K (18-mile) event begins at Tahoe Cross Country Center above Dollar Point in Tahoe City, winds through the...
Winter Oasis

Winter Oasis

The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut provides warmth and companionship for Sierra pilgrims By Leonie Sherman • Photos by Daniel Kangas Modern skis have grown fat to accommodate a need for excitement and adrenaline in a fast paced, media driven world. But those long sleds we...
The Natural

The Natural

From climbing prodigy to rock gym pioneer to outdoor educator, Peter Mayfield is just hitting his stride By Brad Rassler In the predawn hours of July 13, 2011, Peter Mayfield walked through the skeletal remains of Manzanar, the mothballed World War II Japanese...
Fortune Favors the Bold

Fortune Favors the Bold

The 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition (AMEE) Risked Everything and Paid a High Price for Success By Matt Niswonger • Photos by Barry Corbet On February 22nd, the American Alpine Club will host a weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area to celebrate the 50th...
Editor’s Note: Issue 71

Editor’s Note: Issue 71

The Power of Play Diane Ackerman, in her influential 1999 book Deep Play, identified the existence of a type of play sought by adults that unleashes a latent and highly creative part of our minds. For Ackerman, deep play is a somewhat enigmatic phenomenon. For...
California Trails

California Trails

Mt. Tamalpais Stinson Beach – Pantoll Loop Hike Story and Photos by Haven Livingston Choosing a day hike from the myriad options in Marin County can be a serious challenge. One route that seems to make most local’s top pick list is the Matt Davis-Steep...
Laughing Out Loud

Laughing Out Loud

Pro Snowboarder Iris “Lazz” Lazzareschi gets serious about the Freeride World Tour By Julie Brown • Photo by Jason Abraham Granite Peak opened on a bluebird day. A stream of powder-hungry skiers and riders hiked the boot pack to Squaw Valley’s highest point. Walking...
Freedom on the Slopes

Freedom on the Slopes

Snowskating Approaches Critical Mass By Melissa Duge Spiers Go ahead, you can admit it. You miss the days when snowboarding made you feel like a rebel on the slopes. You enjoyed it when people nearly fell off the lift watching you carve down the hill below them on...
Backcountry Bushwhack

Backcountry Bushwhack

An 80-mile trek through the San Rafael Wilderness By Chuck Graham Twelve miles into an eighty mile backcountry trek, swaying meadows swept across the rugged horizon of the Sierra Madre Mountains. This was the San Rafael Wilderness, a small part of the Los Padres...