Book Reviews

Tower of Lies

Tower of Lies

Alpinist Kelly Cordes examines the dramatic history of Cerro Torre By Matt Niswonger Cerro Torre from the southeast. (Kelly Cordes) Most California climbers are familiar with Cerro Torre, an iconic spire of rock in southern Patagonia. The spire is part of the massif...
Everyday Kid Phil Gaimon Rides Off the Couch into a Pro Contract

Everyday Kid Phil Gaimon Rides Off the Couch into a Pro Contract

From Fat Kid to Euro Pro Professional cyclist Phil Gaimon has written a book telling the true story of his unlikely transformation from fat kid to professional bike racer. Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro, is now available in bookstores, bike shops,...
Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale

The story of Sierra Nevada’s maverick founding father By Derrick Peterman When compiling a list of notable California entrepreneurs, people like David Packard, Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk usually spring to mind. Given the national obsession with Sierra Nevada Brewing’s...
McConkey

McConkey

Photo courtesy of Hank de Vré When Shane McConkey combined wingsuit BASE with freeskiing, the results were inspiring, beautiful and ultimately tragic. Four years after his death we are still in awe… By Trish Medalen...
Shaun Tomson: The Code

Shaun Tomson: The Code

A legendary surfer shares the secret to living life powerfully in his new book “The Code” Words by Neil Pearlberg • Photos courtesy of Shaun Tomson The famous beach at Rincon just south of Santa Barbara is composed of aged cobblestones piled loosely at the...
Book Review: Eat & Run

Book Review: Eat & Run

Scott Jurek’s Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Scott Jurek is a combination of fierce competitor, Zen master racer and boy-next-door. Having dominated the renowned Western States 100 trail race for many years on a plant-based diet, his new book, Eat &...
Eric Orton’s “The Cool Impossible”

Eric Orton’s “The Cool Impossible”

In a new book by the running coach from Born To Run, Erik Orton divulges his training philosophy and techniques By Derrick Peterman Eric Orton knows a thing or two about helping runners accomplish big goals. He transformed author Christopher McDougall from an injury...
Adventurous Women

Adventurous Women

Three Noted Authors Face their Fears and Overcome Personal Challenges By Tim Hauserman Looking for a good read about adventurous women overcoming their fears and striking out into the wilderness? You can’t go wrong with one of these books: Wild by Cheryl Strayed;...
Dale Bard: “In The Dead Of Winter”

Dale Bard: “In The Dead Of Winter”

A selection from the new book, Yosemite Epics: Tales of Adventure from America’s Greatest Playground, compiled by ASJ contributor Matt Johanson. In the mid-70s, renowned “dirtbag” climber Dale Bard decided to take his first backcountry ski trip — a big one, some 250...
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