Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note Issue 98: The Adventure Path

Editor’s Note Issue 98: The Adventure Path

 Tales of entrepreneurship, adventure, family, happiness and power By Matt Niswonger On July ninth, over three thousand surfers took to the ocean in honor of Jack O’Neill, the founder of O’Neill wetsuits and apparel. This was by far the largest paddle out in history,...
Editor’s Note: Human Powered

Editor’s Note: Human Powered

Uniting the adventure tribes Campfire memories from Sea Otter, 2017. ASJ editor, Matt Niswonger on the plastic horn. ASJ has a very unique readership. For nearly sixteen years we have sought to appeal to the type of person who participates in a variety of human...
The Adventure Paradigm

The Adventure Paradigm

 How Royal Robbins changed America Royal Robbins high on El Capitan in Yosemite during the 1964 first ascent of the North American Wall. Photo: Tom Frost / Aurora Photos. When Royal Robbins died on March 14th it was a painful moment for the adventure community, and a...
Editor’s Note: The Carbon Cancer

Editor’s Note: The Carbon Cancer

Can we afford President Trump’s fossil fuel ambitions? Photo: Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA] ASJ co-founders Cathy Claesson and Matt Niswonger. After 16 years and 95 issues they are more committed to the adventure lifestyle than ever. In my last editor’s note I...
Editor’s Note: A Ripple in the Force

Editor’s Note: A Ripple in the Force

Our response to The Donald By Matt Niswonger Happiness is only found in the present moment. Good times mountain biking with the family in the Lost Sierra. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election it’s clear that California sees the world through a completely...
Editor’s Note: Trump Wins

Editor’s Note: Trump Wins

Now you will experience the true power of the dark side Editor’s Note Alternate for Issue #94 One of my favorite scenes in the Star Wars movies is the epic battle between Yoda and the evil emperor at the end of Episode III. Finally discovering that Emperor...
Editor’s Note: Uncomfortably Numb

Editor’s Note: Uncomfortably Numb

 The high cost of no risk By Matt Niswonger Photo: Fred Pompermayer Savage Arena is an autobiography about the life of an extreme athlete who embraces a lifestyle of risk. The author, Joe Tasker, was training to be a priest when he discovered climbing in his twenties...
Editor’s Note: The Void

Editor’s Note: The Void

A hard look at risk By Matt Niswonger Lukas finishing his knot at the base of Sunnyside Bench Regular Route (Cathy Claesson). Walking back to the car after leaving a restaurant I attempted to hold hands with my 12-year-old son Lukas. He held my hand for just a brief...
Editor’s Note: Dreams

Editor’s Note: Dreams

The high price of selling out Self-portrait of Matt Niswonger’s shadow and his hanging camp high on the east face of El Capitan in Yosemite during a solo ascent in 2002. Shortly afterwards he gave up on his dreams and was a shadow of his former self for nearly a...
Editor’s Note: A Surfer Girl

Editor’s Note: A Surfer Girl

Raising powerful girls in a world of boys Photo: Nelly Recently I was giving my daughter Mia a ride home from school when she mentioned that a classmate said something that made her feel bad. I asked her to elaborate and she got quiet and just stared ahead. Concerned,...
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