Issue 80

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Green is the Color of Integrity It’s OK to care about the planet A few years ago I was invited to participate in a weekend training called the Landmark Forum. A close friend warned me that it was “very intense, but also great training for anyone involved with business.” Curious, but not wanting to spoil the surprise, I signed up for the course and went in with a completely open mind. What followed was a very powerful experience that went far beyond what I’d call “business training.” About one hundred people showed up to the weekend seminar in San Francisco, and together we were asked to examine nearly every aspect of our lives, with a special emphasis on areas that needed improvement. I wanted to get my money’s worth so I dove headlong into the curriculum, which was a series of exercises examining some basic assumptions I was carrying around...
One Arm For The Planet

One Arm For The Planet

Patagonia athlete Jeff Denholm lost his arm and became a force for good Words by Neil Pearlberg • Photos Tim Davis Gearing up in the boat at Mavericks. Known as one of the most dangerous ocean passages in the world, the Bering Sea challenges mariners with a volatile mix of harsh conditions. The bitter cold air and sea temperatures combine with massive waves rising up from shallow depths during frequent storms. It was July 1993, 100 miles off the tiny island of St. Paul, Alaska, and an exhausted twenty-four year old Jeff Denholm was holding on for dear life in the engine room of an Alaskan dragger that was being tossed around like a rag doll in thirty foot seas. In a mere split second, his life was turned upside down. A sudden rogue wave slammed into the starboard side of the fishing trawler, throwing Denholm across the engine...
Ladies of Enduro

Ladies of Enduro

MEET THE INSPIRING WOMEN TAKING ON ENDURO IN CALIFORNIA By Matt De Young VP EnduroFest pro women podium (Called to Creation) Back in our February/March issue we did a feature on the enduro scene in California, and how the popular new race format is rapidly gaining converts. In this issue we highlight the inspiring group of women who are making a name for themselves and inspiring other women to check out enduro. With the race season in full swing, we caught up with some of the California-based ladies who are killing it on the enduro circuit right now. Karin Edwards (Forrest Arakawa) Photo: Chris Bartkowski Karin Edwards 32 • South Lake Tahoe • Expert (Liv/giant, Northstar California) Karin grew up in cycle centric Belgium, but spent her early years as a competitive runner before joining her college triathlon team in Boulder, CO. A self-proclaimed former tri-geek, she’s having a...
Rapid Healing

Rapid Healing

After the largest fire in Sierra history sorched its banks, the Tuolumne remains an artery of life and thrills through the burn zone By Pete Gauvin At river level, regeneration happens quickly. Most of the time, you’re unlikely to even notice the charred hillsides stretching behind you as you focus on the churning whitewater ahead, your peripheral vision taking in the green riparian zone where healing happens first. The canyon at river level, still beautiful, still exciting (OARS). That’s not the case driving down the put-in road, the five-mile descent down Lumsden Road to Meral’s Pool, the start of this classic 18-mile run down the Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River, widely considered the best overnight raft trip in California – one that features reliable, fun and exciting flows even in critically dry years like this one. Soon after you turn off Highway 120 east of Groveland and begin the...
Sierra High Route

Sierra High Route

Steve Roper’s Lofty Sierra Timberline Traverse By Leonie Sherman Pointing out distant peaks between Purple Lake and Duck Pass (Daniel Kangas). I can’t seem to follow anyone else’s path — through life, love or the wilderness. So when a girlfriend asked me if I wanted to hike the John Muir Trail with her six summers ago, my answer was an emphatic “No!” 212 miles of following footsteps seemed, quite frankly, a bit dull. “But I’ve heard of this thing called the Sierra High Route,” I told my disappointed friend. “It parallels the JMT, but stays mostly off trail and mostly above 10,000 ft. Want to try that?” She’d never heard of it and I had only heard vague mention so I tromped off to the library to check out Steve Roper’s work of genius, Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country. Four months later we were haggling over wilderness permits. The...
Mount Lyell

Mount Lyell

A strenuous scramble to the rooftop of Yosemite — By Matt Johanson Time: Two to three days Distance: 25 miles round trip Difficulty: Class 3; strenuous Parking and Trailhead: Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center, elevation 8,680 feet Summit Elevation: 13,114 feet Best Season: July through September Permits: None needed for day use but required for overnight travel; visit Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center. Overview: The tallest mountain in Yosemite makes Mount Lyell a long and difficult climb. It’s also a very rewarding challenge and offers great adventure. Much of the journey involves simply hiking in Lyell Canyon. Near Donohue Pass, climbers leave the John Muir Trail and ascend the mountain’s northern drainage. The final push requires class 3 and possibly class 4 rock climbing. Climbing the Climb: While some complete this adventure in a day, most take two or three days. This is a big one and it’s not a race. Set...
Earn Your Beer: Breweries & Drought

Earn Your Beer: Breweries & Drought

By Derrick Peterman It takes a lot of water to brew beer. A typical brewery uses five pints of water (used mostly to clean and sanitize the brewing equipment) to produce one pint of beer. Factor in the water required to grow the barley and hops and somewhere between eight and 24 gallons of water is required to produce a single pint of beer, depending on what part of the world the barley and hops originate. The fact is California’s breweries have already been greatly affected by California’s current drought. Beer might start tasting funny There is concern at Petaluma’s Lagunitas Brewery that Sonoma County may switch its water supply from the Russian River to more mineral heavy ground water from wells. “It would be like brewing with Alka-Selzer,” says Jeremy Marshall, head brewer at Lagunitas. The mineral composition of water can have a dramatic effect on the taste...
Gear For Good

Gear For Good

Cotopaxi is an Outdoor Company on a Mission By Jess Smith It was an internship trip with his wife to Peru that started it all for Davis Smith. While in Cusco on the way to visit Machu Picchu, a little boy, ragged and hungry, insisted on shining Smith’s shoes (despite them being tennis shoes). Smith and his wife gave him some food, and after that they’d regularly see little Edgar around town and bring extra food for him every time they ate. Late one night they noticed Edgar, curled up on the side of the road, too scared to go home, having lost the shoe-shining kit that helped support his family. The couple gave Edgar what money they had on them, and when they were leaving the next day, there was Edgar, running alongside the bus, waving and smiling in true appreciation. It was after this trip to Peru, with...
Liquid Imagery: Alex Gray

Liquid Imagery: Alex Gray

By Nelly Alex Gray is one of those young surfers I look up to – he’s grounded and knows exactly what he wants out of life. Alex loves big barrels and spends a lot of his time helping others. I went down to visit him this winter and ended up staying four nights at his house. I love shooting with Alex because he’s not afraid to wake up pre-dawn to score empty barrels and watch the sunrise. This session was crazy – Alex is so good at riding tubes, it’s a joke! Hometown: Palos Verdes Stance: Regular Specialty: Wave Hunting Sponsors: Volcom, Body Glove, Channel Islands, Spy Sunglasses Favorite waves: The Avenues, Pipeline, Off The Wall Biggest surfing accomplishment: Just surfing is my accomplishment. It has saved my life. What do you like to do when you aren’t surfing? I like to go out in nature and hang out...
Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

Santa Cruz trainer Joey Wolfe opens Paradigm Sport Joey Wolfe is a man with a passion for helping others reach their potential. A former professional baseball player, Wolfe has now switched his focus to training some of the top outdoor athletes in the world at his brand new facility. His current client list includes professional surfers like Nat Young, Ratboy, and Peter Mel, as well as mountain bike legends Cameron and Tyler McCaul. If you drew the connection between these athletes and the city of Santa Cruz you are right. Wolfe is the trainer of choice for many of the top and emerging outdoor athletes from the Santa Cruz area. In June, Joey opened Paradigm Sport, an 8000 square foot facility on the west side of town, near Costco. An ambitious undertaking in an area with more health clubs, gyms, and training facilities per square mile than just about...
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