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Alpenglow Mountain Festival – Summer 2017

Alpenglow Mountain Festival – Summer 2017

5th annual event embodies mountain lifestyle in the North Lake Tahoe area June 17-25 Alpenglow Sports has announced the fifth annual summer edition of its Alpenglow Mountain Festival. The nine-day (June 17-25) North Lake Tahoe mountain-lifestyle festival, is a celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations and more. Geared for toward the beginner and intermediate mountain sports enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer including trail running, hiking, backpacking, lakeshore yoga, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing and natural history events. The nine-day festival has over 50 individual events to chose from! Driven by fun, community, health and education, the festival embodies the mountain lifestyle designed to inspire participants as they enjoy and explore the North Lake Tahoe outdoor playground with friends and family. The festival offers a wonderful range of activities through daily tours, presentations and natural history excursions for outdoor...
The Road to Devils Postpile

The Road to Devils Postpile

Discover the adventures near this basalt wonder in Mammoth Lakes By Leonie Sherman Devils Postpile’s waves in columnar basalt. The seasonally gated road. Where frustrated motorists see a barrier, intrepid cyclists see an invitation. Those thin metal bars keep out cars and create the perfect avenue for two-wheeled adventure. Every year there’s a magical moment when the road to Devils Postpile is closed to traffic but free of snow. That’s the time to grab a trusty chromoly companion and saddle up for a day or three of Mammoth back-country adventure. Devils Postpile was formed about 100,000 years ago by the slow cooling of a lava flow, leaving behind symmetrical columns of basalt up to 60 feet high. After plans to blast the dark cliff into the San Joaquin to make a hydroelectric dam were defeated, President Taft declared the area a National Monument in 1911. A hundred years ago...
Squaw Mountain Run 2017

Squaw Mountain Run 2017

An event with something for everyone, and for a worthy cause Auburn Ski Club Training Center (ASCTC) is pleased to host the 37th Squaw Mountain Run at Squaw Valley on Saturday, July 29, 2017. This is an event which has become an anticipated annual pilgrimage for hundreds of runners and hikers over the years. Starting at 6,200 ft., the course climbs the 3.6 mile Mountain Run to High Camp at an elevation of 8,200 ft., where participants savor the completion of a challenging athletic endeavor with awards, live music, a raffle and refreshments amid one of the most breathtaking backdrops nature has to offer. The event also includes a wonderful opportunity for non-competitors with the annual Flower Walk, which takes place in the meadows around High Camp. Flower Walk participants, who get a free tram ride, raffle entry and a souvenir beer mug with registration, board the Cable Car...
Save the Redwoods League Transfers Berry Glen Trail Connection Property to Redwood National Park

Save the Redwoods League Transfers Berry Glen Trail Connection Property to Redwood National Park

Federal land and water conservation funds help protect the Prairie Creek Scenic Corridor, gateway to ancient redwoods Save the Redwoods League (League), the only nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to protecting the redwood forest throughout its natural range, today announced the transfer of the Berry Glen Trail Connection property to Redwood National Park (RNP) on the rugged northern California coast. One mile north of the town of Orick and surrounded by RNP forests, the 5.9-acre property, forested with second-growth redwoods and native brush, sits along a scenic corridor of Highway 101. The property provides wildlife habitat and important trail connections into the park’s two largest ancient redwood groves. The transfer was made possible with $87,000 in federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that uses offshore oil and gas lease revenues, not tax dollars, and applies them to environmental conservation. The Berry Glen Trail Connection...
Foam Rolling for Athlete Recovery

Foam Rolling for Athlete Recovery

Learn why you need foam rolling in your life By Dara Richman If you ride a bike, run, or participate in most sports, foam rolling should become part of your workout routine. Having worked as a physical therapist specializing in sports medicine, I have been using the foam roll in my clinic for many years now. The foam roll is your friend, your savior, the tool your quads will soon develop a love/ hate relationship with. While I am pleased to see more and more people rolling out in the gym, I am left to wonder if most people really know how to get the most from it, and how to dose it appropriately for their needs? I decided to come up with my foam roll “cheat sheet” for my runners, cyclists, climbers, and all around weekend warriors to solve that problem. WHAT: In a nutshell, by foam rolling...
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...
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