Issue 88

Editor’s Note: The Paris Effect

Editor’s Note: The Paris Effect

Why peace is more important than ever After my last editor’s note about communication an ASJ reader sent me a link to an interview that Oprah Winfrey did with Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn. They were discussing what he calls compassionate listening. Feeling moved, I really got for the first time in my life that listening could be a form of healing that passes from one person to another. Watching Thich Nhat Hahn provided a key insight. Like many people, I often wrestle with a vague sense that something is wrong. Even while running or mountain biking or surfing – activities that generally make me feel peaceful – I sometimes catch myself thinking about the past or the future through the lens of “something is wrong.” As a result I am often not able to engage in compassionate listening with the important people in my...
Ear to the Ground

Ear to the Ground

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Californians optimistic for a white winter Photo “Look ma! First snow!” A backcountry skier takes advantage of early snow dumps, with plenty more forecast to come. (Photo courtesy Bear Valley Ski Resort). With a good start to snow level and more storms in the forecast, Californians are hopeful for a wet winter ahead. The latest forecasts call for well above average precipitation throughout California this winter. Dynamical models suggest a large-scale atmospheric pressure pattern that is remarkably like that from California’s wettest historical winters (including the 1982-1983 and 1997-1998 El Niño events). Due to an unusually super-warm North Pacific, there’s potential to add even more moisture to the atmosphere this winter. That, along with an increase in storm frequency due to El Niño, makes a case for a very active winter ahead overall. That all said, even a very wet winter is...
2015 Gift Giving Guide

2015 Gift Giving Guide

Holiday gift ideas for the adventure sports enthusiast on your list                      ...
EPiC: Thinking Like a Watershed

EPiC: Thinking Like a Watershed

The Mattole Restoration Council: restoring the land from ridgeline to river By Leonie Sherman MRC founding member, Freeman House, under the Council Madrone tree (MRC). Deep in the forests of southern Humboldt lie the sprawling remains of the biggest madrone on the planet. Locals call it the Council Madrone. Indigenous people gathered beneath its branches for centuries. In 1983 an unlikely band of back-to-the-landers, ranchers and loggers sat in its shade and vowed to put aside their differences and work together to take care of the place they call home. They realized that if they wanted to see healthy salmon runs they would need to replant hillsides barren after decades of abuse. They would need to stabilize riverbanks that had been scoured by catastrophic slides. If they wanted to avoid raging wildfire they would need to manage fuel reduction. They would need to think like a watershed. The Mattole...
Operation Surf

Operation Surf

Healing veterans one wave at a time By Leonie Sherman Memorial paddle out to honor our fallen (Ira Amerson). Two and a half years after an honorable discharge from the Marines, life was a daily struggle for Bobby Lane. “I couldn’t sleep because I had to relive things I’d seen and done every time I closed my eyes,” he explains. “So I decided to kill myself.” There was just one thing he wanted to do before dying: ride a wave. “I heard about this program called Operation Surf, where vets go to California and learn to surf for free. I fully intended to come to Op Surf, cross that off my bucket list, go home and kill myself.” “But when I caught that first wave, it just kind of washed everything away,” Bobby recalls with a soft grin. “After that first session, I slept better than I had in...
Taking It Outside

Taking It Outside

How to transition from the gym to real rock By Meggan Wenbourne Author Meggan Wenbourne checks her gear at Shuteye Ridge (Nikolas Martinelli). So you’ve been a gym climber for a while and you’re ready to try climbing outside. You have gained some confidence in knowing what your body is capable of and you are ready to take it a step further. However, the transition from climbing indoors to outdoors seems daunting and often times, climbers have no idea how to start the process. What is the best way to proceed? Before climbing gyms and climbing schools, there were not as many options for learning how to climb. Sure, before climbing gyms, a person could work through a progression of grades, but there wasn’t much of a safety net in place and a “sink or swim” mentality prevailed. With the advent of climbing gyms, there are better options open...
Gear We Love

Gear We Love

Goodies for your active lifestyle Camelbak K.U.D.U. The K.U.D.U. enduro mountain bike pack was created for aggressive riding on tough terrain. Camelbak tasked a team of discerning mountain bikers to design a superior pack that would provide protection, cargo capacity and hydration all in one. The K.U.D.U. delivers it all, and remarkably very comfortably. Designed for extreme conditions where crashes are inevitable, the Impact Protector® back panel absorbs 94% of crash impact, keeping the rider safe and confident. The lightweight and flexible material sits comfortably inside a sleeve near the hydration reservoir, close to the rider’s body. K.U.D.U.’s design allows for plenty of cargo, and yet feels light and balanced, no matter how much gear you stuff into it. The innovative design includes a helmet hook, tool roll-up, armor carry straps and just the right number of compartments (i.e. not too many!). This pack is offered in a variety of...
Destination: Mammoth

Destination: Mammoth

Explore the spectacular east side of the Sierra By Lauren Gregg Cross country skiing at Minaret Vista (Rebecca Garrett). Bordered to the north by the eastern entrance to Yosemite and surrounded by the vast Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness, Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding eastern Sierra is the perfect destination for both an adventure-filled vacation as well as a peaceful and serene getaway. Visitors are enchanted by the strangely beautiful landscape created by the region’s geologic history. Mammoth Mountain and the surrounding eastern Sierra was sculpted by volcanic eruptions, now quiet for 50,000 years. The area boasts unique geologically active features that give it an other-worldly feel; steam rises from the ground and hot springs bubble from the earth as reminders of the ancient volcanoes that formed the landscape. Mammoth has a fascinating history … the wildness of which can be felt to this day. In 1857, after...
SnowMatch

SnowMatch

Let us help you hook up with the California snowsports resort of your dreams! With winter off to a great start, we know you’re stoked to hit the slopes that will deliver the most fun for your personal style. Love to ride park or are trails your thing? Need kid care or lessons? Do you like to party? Enjoy variety? Check out these short ‘n sweet profiles of California’s premier resorts to discover the perfect match for YOU! KEY Physique = Physical characteristics (acreage, elevation, trails, lifts, terrain parks) Cheap date = mid-week, senior, child, military and other specials Strictly monogamous = pass good at that resort only Non-monogamous = passes good at other resorts Loves kids = especially family-friendly Life of the Party = more adult-oriented Down-to-earth = casual vibe Sophisticated = luxury vibe Metropolitan = close proximity to urban areas Size matters = Notable depth of average...
Top 10 Training Tips

Top 10 Training Tips

Fitness ideas for adapting to winter By Colleen Conners-Pace As fall turns to winter scheduling a good workout becomes a challenge. This transition can be tough for many of us, whether we are athletes training for races or just people who love being active for fitness and health. What can we do to overcome this challenge and keep ourselves from falling prey to the winter blues, from losing the fitness we gained the past few months and gaining back that unwanted winter fat layer?  Here are ten tips to keep you fit this winter. 1) Embrace the Season Accept and adapt to the season for what it brings. Instead of avoiding the cold, embrace it and make the best of it. Going outside in the winter makes you tough and builds character.  2) Dress for It You can go out in anything if you are properly dressed for the...
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