Issue 89

Editor’s Note: Winter Returns

Editor’s Note: Winter Returns

Are you willing to play? Jacob Dore’s pole gets after it in some sweet Tahoe pow (Devin Ebright). As storm after storm pounds into California we are finally aware that the winter of 2016 is legit. For many of us, this presents a problem. The problem is that...
Ear to the Ground: February / March 2016

Ear to the Ground: February / March 2016

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Photo courtesy United States Forest Service (USFS). USFS to Plant Trees in Rim Fire Burn Area The US Forest Service is enlisting the help of all available stakeholders and members of the public to help plant 90,000...
Technique Clinic: Winter Whitewater

Technique Clinic: Winter Whitewater

Tips for cold weather paddling By Haven Livingston Bluebird winter day on the South Yuba Summit (Daniel Brasuell). When Buck Crocket and Brian Banks arrived to kayak the first spring run of Gore Canyon on the upper Colorado River and found that the banks were still...
EPiC: Protecting Mono Lake

EPiC: Protecting Mono Lake

Mono Lake Committee safeguards California gem Words by Leonie Sherman Photos courtesy Mono Lake Committee A glimpse of Mono Lake. On the edge of Yosemite National Park, fifteen miles east of Tioga Pass, Mono Lake shimmers like a jewel amid the vast monochromatic...
Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

The evolution of sports fuel By Avery Robins We haven’t always had a dizzying array of energy supplements to power us before, during and after a long trail run or mountain bike ride. It used to be that endurance athletes would refuel with Gatorade, bananas, or...
Athlete Profile: Big Wave Bianca

Athlete Profile: Big Wave Bianca

Catching up with pro surfer Bianca Valenti By Haven Livingston Bianca goes deep while the crowd tries to tag along at Mavericks (Sachi Cunningham). For professional surfer Bianca Valenti the progression into surfing big waves comes naturally after 23 years at the...
Over the Mountain and through the Woods

Over the Mountain and through the Woods

A look at classic cross country and skate skiing By Avery Robins Photo courtesy Tahoe Donner. Are you looking to shake up your time in the mountains this winter season? Perhaps you are looking for a full body workout that fires up your core. Or, perhaps you need a...
Snow Biking

Snow Biking

Fat bikes open up a whole new world of two-wheeled adventures By Dave Zook Main image: First Tracks Productions founder Anthony Cupaiuolo and his dog Emmie are both pinned on a Tahoe descent (First Tracks Productions). Fat bikes are all the buzz. Those absurdly wide...
Winter Returns

Winter Returns

El Niño gives Tahoe backcountry skiers a huge helping of powder Words and photos by Brennan Lagasse Jillian Raymond enjoys another prime powder day on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. “I’m going to ski this super cautiously, island of safety to island of safety. Copy?”...
Pedaling the Wild

Pedaling the Wild

The quest to allow cycling in federally designated Wilderness By Kurt Gensheimer Mountain bikers are proving to be a central part of the conservation movement (Blackburn/Brian Vernor). Bicycles in federally protected Wilderness. Depending on who you ask, this is a...
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