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Fat Tire Freedom: She’s Baaaack

Fat Tire Freedom: She’s Baaaack

Fat Tire Tuesday’s Sarah Hansing is riding amok again, and not containing herself to just Tuesdays either …  Pfffffftttt ………… FART NOISE. Because I am a grown up, I often make a fart sound with my mouth, followed by a declaration, to clarify what my intention is:   “Fart noise!” I will proclaim. Because I do this often, I think maybe it has become a bit more second nature than I would prefer. Which is to say: I don’t even realize I’m doing it sometimes. This is not how an adult is supposed to act. I am aware of this, because I am (by numbers) an adult. However, I would like to stand up and own the fact that this year. This month. And this particular STUPID MONDAY … I AM BAD AT ADULTING. *spoiler alert: I am always bad at adulting.  It’s not just this Monday. Look. It was...
Scoring a Ten

Scoring a Ten

Josh Daiek and Abe Greenspan complete a second multi-peak tour By Dave Zook South Lake resident Josh Daiek likes skiing — and all types of it. From cutting his teeth on the gnarled steeps of Kirkwood, to winning the Freeskiing World Tour to filming award winning video parts, he is one of the most recognized names in freeskiing today. And with the last two winters holding real snow in the Tahoe area, he had to do some projects to show his local area some love. In the winter of 2015/16, he and snowboard friend Abe Greenspan decided to link up multiple peaks in the South Lake area — skiing from Meyers to Maggie’s Peak — which amounted to about 10,000 vertical feet, and they dubbed it the Tahoe Ten. Josh and Abe were back at it this year with a revamped version that took them from Kirkwood to Hope...
Van Living: 13 Feet of Love

Van Living: 13 Feet of Love

Life with Olive By Lynn Kennen About a year ago I decided to change my life. I quit my reliable ‘normal’ job as the general manager of a restaurant in Tahoe City to be a nomadic guide for various adventure sports full time. I rented out my home in Tahoe City and moved into a succession of “van-life” vehicles: first a van, then a 4-Runner, and finally the 13-foot ’72 Bell travel trailer I call “Olive.” In those first several months with Olive, I lived, worked and played “on the road” throughout the western US, including mountain bike guiding in the Tahoe area with Tahoe Adventure Company, mountain bike and river guiding with Row Adventures in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, personal riding adventures in the Lost Sierra and Shasta areas, and my 12th annual trip to Burning Man. It wasn’t long before I realized I didn’t need much of...
Profiles in Courage: Jocelyn Judd

Profiles in Courage: Jocelyn Judd

Profiles in Courage: Jocelyn Judd By Domenica Berman Jocelyn paddling out on her first surf trip to Launiupoko, Maui with the High Fives Foundation in 2015. Photo: Trevor Clark Photography On the morning of April 19th, 2014, Jocelyn Judd donned her fat suit and hit the slopes. “Yeah, I think I bought the fat suit for Halloween the year before and never ended up wearing it, so I don’t know, I thought it would be funny to wear it skiing.” It was closing weekend of the season at Grand Targhee, Wyoming and everyone was goofing around. “My friend was videoing because I thought it would be funny to see what happened with the fat suit and my hair when I did a backflip,” Jocelyn chuckled. “I thought you know, I’ve been doing back flips since I was like 12, no big deal and then I just picked up way...
Mountain Monday: Halloween in the Hills

Mountain Monday: Halloween in the Hills

Adventures on All Hallows’ Eve By Meggan Wenbourne A dragon ascends the cliffs in Joshua Tree. As the years go on, I find myself losing the holiday sparkle and flair that I once felt when I was younger. Halloween is one of those holidays for me and I find myself making every excuse in the book to not participate. I loathed the idea of being caught outside in clothing that is not appropriate for the weather conditions with people I did not know … until I started climbing. Climbing really has been a lifestyle change for me beyond the normal smelly shoes, short fingernails and language of arm motions type of life most people think of when they the think of a textbook climber. I have found myself looking forward to the holidays again because it usually means longer chunks of time off work to go play somewhere outside...
Mountain Monday: Tahoe Basin Adventures

Mountain Monday: Tahoe Basin Adventures

Altitude training is not something to be rushed, but with new techniques and know-how, it can be sped up By Meggan Wenbourne A view of Cascade Lake from my run up to Maggie’s Peak. This last week I spent a majority of my time in the Tahoe Basin climbing, running and hiking with new friends from all over the world. With strong cups of coffee in our bellies and bluebird skies above, we found ourselves working hard every day against altitude and steep faces with smiles and kind-hearted banter. The objective was simple: expose ourselves to training for high altitude ascents. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. I live at sea level and I felt it … a lot. With the use of some of the best equipment on the market and the training regiments of some of the fastest speed ascensionists in the world, we learned that there is...
Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany

Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany

Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany By Domenica Berman Roy’s infectious energy shows as he gets out of the water at Duke’s Ocean Fest. Photo: Trevor Clark. “Holy shit, first place!” Roy Tuscany exclaimed at the scoreboard minutes after his third heat of the day. He’d won first in his heat and advanced straight to the finals the next day in the Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships on October 7th. The Paddle Surfing Championships include“open” events for all athletes and also“adaptive” competitions for athletes who are disabled in one way or another. The adaptive athletes use waveskis, which are a mix of a kayak and a surfboard for maximum paddle power and maneuverability. When I asked Roy how it felt to win his heat he said with a laugh, “It’s really fun to win something again! It’s been a long time.” He went on to explain, “Ever since my injury, competition...
Mountain Monday: Quick Chat About Safety

Mountain Monday: Quick Chat About Safety

When you take off into the mountains, sometimes bad things can happen – be prepared! By Meggan Wenbourne A photo from one of my skills classes, learning how to build multi-point anchors- yet another way to be prepared! A friend’s recent experience in the mountains has reminded me that going out into the wilderness, even if it is just for a weekend warrior trip to get some climbing in, can turn into a life or death situation in a split second. Sometimes the only option you may have is to depend on the trained skills you and the people around you have received to lessen the severity of the situation until alternative help arrives. That being said, I am a firm believer in being prepared for all types of situations and I work hard to make sure I always have a plan. I’m the type of person who always has...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Callin’ It Quits

Fat Tire Tuesday: Callin’ It Quits

When smiles are more important than miles By Sarah Hansing Well, okay, ain’t nobody quitting here. But who doesn’t love a silly selfie with SMILE written all over it? !! Photo: Jenni Shafer The best intentions.   It is truly always with the best intentions that I begin a bike ride. I mean, I LOVE riding bikes. It’s just that … it’s been a long day at work, and maybe I’m feeling just a bit run down. BUT. My attitude has had a serious talking to and my zen / flow state of mind has been informed that it’s on-deck, and should start warming up. It’s game time. Aaaannnnddd….. No. See now, I got home from work. I shimmied into my lycra, I put my helmet light on. I got my bike out of the garage. I pumped up my tires. (I gave myself a pep talk). I forgot my...
Learning to Fly: Entry Log 5

Learning to Fly: Entry Log 5

Pretty in Pink By Sequoia Schmidt Photo: Skydive Perris Flying does not come naturally to me. Believe it or not, flying does come naturally to a few people, I’m just not one of them. Failing level 2 of my AFF (Accelerated Free Fall Program) was an important lesson for me on my journey of “learning to fly.” Since I failed the second level, I had to spend more time training in the tunnel and preparing myself mentally for each jump. Rather than carelessly throwing my body out of the plane, as I did in jump 2;   I was re-directed to focus and visualize specifically about each skydive, before I exited the plane. Continual repetitions of “presenting myself to the wind”  were required instead of simply jumping out of the aircraft. It has been two weeks since my last jump, so I want to ensure that my mind...
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