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Save Red Rock Fights to Keep Red Rock Rural

Save Red Rock Fights to Keep Red Rock Rural

Grassroots conservation organization urges supporters to attend critical hearing affecting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Photo: Tom Moulin Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) – a popular Las Vegas-area destination for outdoor enthusiasts across the globe – is under threat of a massive housing development project that includes 5,000 homes. Clark County Commissioners are considering a request to rezone land that’s currently deemed rural, which would result in the destruction of Red Rock’s landscape, bringing pollution and traffic to the area and enraging the two million visitors who use the RRCNCA each year as a destination for climbing, hiking, biking and camping. The proposed development is on land that borders RRCNCA. Clark County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9am. Save Red Rock is urging the public to attend to voice their opposition to the proposed rezoning. The hearing is located...
Save Red Rock

Save Red Rock

Red Rock Canyon under threat of development Photo: Tom Moulin Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) – a popular Las Vegas-area destination for outdoor enthusiasts across the globe – is under threat of a massive housing development project that includes 5,000 homes. Clark County Commissioners are considering a request to rezone land that’s currently deemed rural, which would result in the destruction of Red Rock’s landscape, bringing pollution and traffic to the area and enraging the two million visitors who use the RRCNCA each year as a destination for climbing, hiking, biking and camping. The proposed development is on land that borders RRCNCA. Save Red Rock (SRR) is a grass roots organization committed to protecting the rural, recreational, and scenic nature of Red Rock Canyon. The organization has a long history of success in safeguarding the area. The group is currently rallying the support of outdoor enthusiasts and...
Log Rides

Log Rides

Canyoneering the South Fork of the Feather River Words by Leonie Sherman • Photos by Rick Ianiello Team Canyon, from right to left, Rick Ianiello, Amanda Guenther, Leonie Sherman, Cristina Hugi. I shivered in my wetsuit and hesitated at the edge of a 25-foot cliff. Rick had already jumped, Cristina had rappelled, and Amanda was waiting for me to make my decision. Rick and Cristina’s bright helmets bobbed in an emerald pool fifty feet from the churning mess of white water I was preparing to leap into. The deafening roar of the Feather River filled my head. A slick sheen of water coursed beneath my feet over gleaming granite. The sticky rubber on my trail shoes had lost its grip after marinating  in frigid water for over an hour and the mandatory running start looked dicey. My best friend Dianne’s favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotation popped into my head and I...
Tracking California’s Fall Colors

Tracking California’s Fall Colors

Website offers up-to-date information on the best autumn foliage viewing throughout the Golden State In 2005, Mono County publicist John Poimiroo launched californiafallcolor.com – a website for finding fall color in California – to draw attention to the eastern Sierra’s colorful foliage. Poimiroo points out that most Californians and visitors consider the Golden State as being “without seasons” seeing as there is so little autumn color throughout the vast Central Valley and along the coast. He seeks to dispell that notion, reasoning that “California is huge and within it are large pockets of fall color that are truly breathtaking to behold. You just have to know where to see it and when to go.” Volunteer “color spotters” submit photos and status of the fall color in their area. For instance, in Inyo County, where the state’s first burst of explosive fall color is found, they keep an eye on...
Mountain Monday: Beneath the Shade of the Big Trees

Mountain Monday: Beneath the Shade of the Big Trees

Hiking through the sempervirens and swimming in the Stan By Meggan Wenbourne Could it be Abraham Lincoln? Many Sempervirens have been named throughout the park. Sometimes all you really need is a trip to the mountains to swim in fresh water. I am biased, I much prefer fresh water to salt water. I like being able to open my eyes underwater and enjoy seeing shorelines covered in trees. There is something special about swimming up high in the mountains in the summertime and this weekend was no exception. My partner and I found ourselves up in the mid-elevation Sierra playing in reservoirs and floating in the Stanislaus River. With ospreys circling overhead and little fish nipping at our toes, we were in complete heaven and could have stayed for a few more weeks. 😉 To me, this area has always held a special place in my heart. It is...
Mountain Monday: Always Bring a Bike

Mountain Monday: Always Bring a Bike

Golden opportunities in Yosemite Valley via two wheels By Meggan Wenbourne A token meadow shot of Half Dome overseeing the crowded weekend (Meggan Wenbourne). This last weekend I went to Yosemite. The Yosemite. Arguably the climbing capitol of the world. It would be the second time in my life that I would travel to the valley floor without my sights set on climbing. Traveling solo, I was on a mission for some good old fashioned hiking and exploration. The waterfalls were gushing like fire hydrants. This was a weekend where the Merced River was flooding its banks, where waterfalls that had not run in years were running and where mosquitoes were taking on new territories. My usual tactics with climbing in the valley consist of finding a place to camp and using my car to transport between climbing destinations for my stay. I had never brought a bike into...
Mono Hot Springs

Mono Hot Springs

Discover the magic of this mountain oasis By Leonie Sherman Kids enjoying the hot springs (Sam Stivers). Nine years ago I hiked into Mono Hot Springs after six days of cross country rambling. My companion and I were delighted to find friendly folks willing to share their food and their campsite. We sang songs and played dominos around a crackling fire. The next morning we soaked in a concrete hot tub known as “Old Pedro” while morning birdsong filled the air and the forest glowed with the new light of day. The next winter a boyfriend and I decided to ski to the hot springs during a blizzard. Locals still gossip about our dramatic failure. One dry January I rode my bike 16 terrifying icy miles to visit the steaming healing waters. In late autumn three years ago, I came for day hikes and scrambles. Now I come just...
Top Five Places to Sleep Outdoors in California

Top Five Places to Sleep Outdoors in California

Perfect spots for setting up camp away from the city lights By Luke Yates Big Sur Coast couth of Lilm Kiln State Park. There is something incredible about sleeping out under the stars. It’s awe inspiring. Thankfully, there are some amazing places in California to get away from the lights of the city, set up camp and sit by a fire, marveling at the sky above you. Last year I cycled from Los Angeles all the way north to Oregon, and I was lucky enough to find some great places to spend the night. After a long day in the saddle, there was nothing better than falling asleep in a beautiful location. There are hundreds of camping options throughout the state, but here are my top five parks and beaches to sleep. Limekiln State Park Lime Kiln State Park. Perfect view at Lime Kilns. Limekiln State Park is a...
Walking the Wild Edge

Walking the Wild Edge

Exploring the mythic Lost Coast of California By Leonie Sherman • Photos by Mario Courbis You can’t get lost hiking the Lost Coast. To the west the heaving pounding thrashing Pacific ocean stretches to Japan, fading into foggy depths of gunmetal gray. To the east, dramatic dark mountains thrust skyward, sheer walls of crumbling mud. Hemmed in by impenetrable cliffs and the unfathomable sea, the narrow boulder strewn beach is the only path. Long stretches are swallowed by rising tides twice a day. With no cell reception and no way out, the stakes are high but the rewards match the risk. This is the wildest, most remote section of California coast, and it’s available to anyone who’s willing to shoulder a pack. “Lost Coast” refers to the roadless section of Northern California’s shore that stretches from the mouth of the Mattole River to Usal Creek. Three tectonic plates meet...
Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival 2016

Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival 2016

Alpenglow Sports hosts nine outdoor films at Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema on February 23 2016Trailer from Winter Wildlands Alliance on Vimeo. The 11th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is part of the nine-day Alpenglow Mountain Festival, presented by bigtruck brand. The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a bi-annual, nine day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, and film that takes place in North Lake Tahoe from February 20-28, 2016 (learn more here). Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival films come from renowned filmmakers who search out backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, as well as from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best films. 2015/16 tour films include The Weight of Winter (Ben Sturgulewski), I Love Splitboarding (Right on Brother), Shifting Ice (Kt Miller), The Forecaster (Spindle Productions), 55...
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