Issue 84

Editor’s Note: The Moral Case for Energy Reform

Editor’s Note: The Moral Case for Energy Reform

Real change happens when compassion leads the way Editor Matt Niswonger hanging out with his daughter Mia after a day at the beach. In his recent book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, conservative author Alex Epstein argues that liberal environmentalists are trying to rob Americans of their prosperous lifestyle by portraying fossil fuels as evil. The real evil, he says, is the idea that prosperity is a bad thing and should be reversed in order to preserve the planet. He urges clear thinking Americans to stand up and resist environmentalists who use climate change as an excuse to erode the benefits of prosperity. After all, prosperity has given us modern medicine, longer lives, and all the wonderful freedoms that previous generations fought so hard to achieve. Presenting a similar argument, Republican senator James Inhofe recently brought a snowball on to the senate floor and dramatically threw it on the...
Ear to the Ground

Ear to the Ground

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Marco Osborne sends it long and low to a 1st place pro men finish at the 2014 Northstar Livewire Classic Enduro. Photo: Mary DiNapoli California Enduro Series’ (CES) Northstar Enduro makes history California Enduro Series (CES) Round 6 — the Northstar Enduro at Northstar California Resort — makes history as the first-ever California race on the North American Enduro Tour (NAET). CES and Northstar Enduro organizers are working hard to organize an extraordinary event, and are excited to welcome NAET riders to this year’s course. The two day Enduro race takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30, 2015. As one of the most prominent mountain bike parks, Northstar is the perfect location for an epic and memorable multi-day Enduro. “Mountain bikers consistently rank our park among the best in the world,” says Northstar’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Rock....
EPiC: Solar Climbers

EPiC: Solar Climbers

Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright bring solar power to the underprivileged through the Honnold Foundation By Kristin Conard Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold take a welcome break from pedaling bikes and climbing desert towersto install solar panels on a Navajo elder’s home. Photo: GoalZero Alex Honnold. He may be known best for his free-soloing and speed ascents of big walls, but the California dirtbag/professional climber is more than just a rock monkey. In 2012, Alex started the Honnold Foundation, which “seeks simple, sustainable ways to improve lives world-wide. Simplicity is the key; low-impact, better living is the goal.” Simple living is important to Alex, and by living in a 2002 Ford Econoline E150 van with no electricity, no running water, and no central heating or air conditioning, he doesn’t have the typical American carbon footprint. Alex has been reading environmental non-fiction in his downtime from climbing for the past...
Trails for All and All for Trails

Trails for All and All for Trails

Is there a mountain biking trail for everyone? By Tim Hauserman Armstrong Connector Trail. Photo: Rick Gunn Every mountain biker loves to roll along on a beautiful piece of single track, but mountain bike enthusiasts come in a wide variety of ability levels, making one person’s lovely romp through the rocks, a trail to be avoided at all costs by another. Given this wide disparity in ability and desire, imagine being the folks trying to build and maintain the trails to meet the needs of all the riders (and in almost all cases hikers, runners and equestrians as well). Craig Smith from Olympic Bike Shop in Tahoe City says that Lake Tahoe gets “the full gamut of people renting or repairing bikes, from experienced riders from around the country looking for something challenging and difficult, to those who want to take the family out mountain biking as part of...
Goal 100

Goal 100

What one hundred days of whitewater taught me By Haven Livingston Absorbing the scene at Pit River falls. Photo by Phil Boyer To kayak one hundred days of whitewater in the course of one year may not sound like an extreme or lofty goal, until you understand the circumstances. The first and most prohibitive factor was location. Living over three hours from the nearest available whitewater river was not going to help my cause. Sure, if I lived in Reno I could visit the whitewater park nearly every day of the year if I wanted. No big deal. The second barrier was that I was too broke to buy a dry suit, which is essential for winter paddling. The third factor, well, all the rest can fall into the general category of: that’s just a hell of a lot of days, especially in a drought year! Setting goals for...
When In Drought

When In Drought

Plenty of rafting despite low water levels By Emily Vernizzi Rafters enjoy the thrill of Class II-III Rapids on the South Fork American. Photo: All-Outdoors Whitewater Rafting Company Droughts. They’re rough. They cause all sorts of trouble, but don’t jump to too many conclusions. Many people assume that a drought means no rafting, but that’s not the case in California. Despite what you’d think, there are still plenty of incredible rafting options even when Mother Nature leaves us pretty high and dry. In normal snowpack years, rafting outfitters do offer trips on a wider variety of rivers, but even in a drought there is rafting fun to be had in the Golden State. How is this possible? There are over 800 rivers in California with over 1200 dams along them. The reservoirs behind these dams come in all shapes and sizes and are positioned at all different elevations. During...
Peace Pedalers

Peace Pedalers

Around the world on a tandem bike Jamie looking for riders in Guatamala. Over 1,000 total strangers accepted Jamie Bianchini’s invitation to ride on the world’s first open-invitation, intercultural expedition around the planet.  Jamie piloted the front seat of a custom-built tandem bike while leaving the rear seat open to invite “guest riders” to join the journey and share the exhilarating cycle touring experience. If that’s not cool enough, the bike frames, called “Black Sheep Tangles,” could be converted from a tandem to a single bike, which allowed Jamie to rip up the world’s single-track trails with new local friends. His 81-country expedition took over 8 years to complete, with regular recharge breaks on the trails and in the surf of his current hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. Not surprisingly, a journey of this magnitude was sprung from humble beginnings. After a series of spectacular business flops drove him into...
Stand Up with the Children

Stand Up with the Children

 Whether passenger or pilot, tips for introducing kids to paddleboarding By Pete Gauvin Young SUP’er on her way to circumnavigating Lake Tahoe, or a pint-sized portion there of. Photo by Cathy Claesson Kayaks and canoes have long been the vehicle of choice when venturing out on the water with kids. But with the explosive growth of stand-up paddling – the fastest growing outdoor sport over the past five years – more and more parents are introducing kids to paddling on boards. Paddleboarding is an excellent way for parents to get outdoors with children, get some low-impact exercise, soak up a good dose of fun, and teach tykes about water safety, paddle skills and the marine environment. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for getting out for a little SUPin’ with little ones, whether riding on the board with you or going solo on their own board. Toddlers – Along for...
Ski Shasta

Ski Shasta

 Hotlum-Wintun Ridge: A California Classic Words and photos by Aron Bosworth 12,000 foot perspective from Shasta’s east side. If you have driven Interstate 5 through Siskiyou County, you’ve likely found your gaze pulled toward the glistening white of 14,197 Mount Shasta. It’s difficult not to: Shasta’s summit is striking. Rising 10,000 feet above the northern California landscape, the mountain is both alluring and awe inspiring. Indeed, thousands are compelled to attempt to climb Mount Shasta annually. Mount Shasta’s call beckons to backcountry skiers as well. Skiing off Shasta’s summit can be likened to a rite of passage for the California ski mountaineer. For many, the taxing climb and exhilarating ski become an annual pilgrimage. As the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range and the fifth-tallest in California, Shasta offers some of the longest ski descents in the state. One of these, located on Shasta’s eastern aspect, is the Hotlum-Wintun...
Liquid Imagery: Timmy Reyes

Liquid Imagery: Timmy Reyes

Timmy showing why he’s one of the best tube riders in the world. Photo by Nelly  Timmy Reyes By Nelly I’ve been good friends with Timmy for a long time. He’s rad and he lives to the beat of his own drum. Timmy doesn’t really like contests, yet he does really well in them. He missed making the World Tour by one heat last year. We have traveled all over the world together and his surfing and tube riding is some of the best I’ve seen ever! He’s a great ambassador for O’Neill and for surfers worldwide. Hometown: Huntington Beach     Stance: Regular        Specialty: Barrels & travel Sponsors: Body Glove, Pearson Arrow surfboards Favorite waves: O’Neill, Firewire, Smith, Prolite Goals: Have fun traveling and shooting while surfing in select contests What do you like to do when you aren’t surfing? I love golfing with Nelly, Bud and Ratboy (and taking their...
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