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Editor’s Note: Post Traumatic Snow Disorder

Regardless of conditions, fun in the snow is the best cure For three years now the winters in California have gotten progressively leaner. The fun factor for skiers and boarders has dwindled down to the lower end of the scale, and many people are singing the blues about the possibility of yet another light snowpack. Continue Reading »

Ear to the Ground, Dec 2014

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Clif Bar responds to controversy In early November Clif Bar announced they were dropping sponsorship support of Alex Honnold, Dean Potter, Steph Davis, Cedar Wright, and Timmy O’Neill due to their decision to no longer support those who free solo, BASE jump or highline. What followed was Continue Reading »

Fresh Hope on the Summit

With Royal Gorge XC revitalized and Sugar Bowl celebrating its 75th season and a new lift, good times are piling up on Donner Summit By Pete Gauvin A few years ago, the Donner Summit area was suffering a terrible hangover. The recession and real estate melt down had sunk the future of the nation’s largest cross country ski Continue Reading »

Tahoe on Skinny Skis

A bit of Nordic heaven surrounds Lake Tahoe By Tim Hauserman For many adventure seekers, winter at Lake Tahoe means grabbing “first chair” rights and making tracks at Squaw Valley, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Alpine, Northstar or one of the other ski resorts surrounding America’s largest (and most beautiful) alpine lake. For others, the perfect adventure is Continue Reading »

Tower of Lies

Alpinist Kelly Cordes examines the dramatic history of Cerro Torre By Matt Niswonger Most California climbers are familiar with Cerro Torre, an iconic spire of rock in southern Patagonia. The spire is part of the massif depicted on the logo for one of the most well respected brands in America – you guessed it, California-based Continue Reading »

Murphy Mack

Life is a bike race for this race promoter, and whoever has the most fun wins Words by Karen Kefauver • Photos by Ted Ketai Snapshot of SuperPro Racing’s Murphy Mack Born: Lansing, Michigan Raised: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I spent weekends on farms on big farm equipment at my dad’s John Deere dealership, hunting birds Continue Reading »

Fully Committed

Chris Bertish is all about big wave surfing and ultra distance SUP By Neil Pearlberg Chris Bertish will be the last person to brag about how he won the 2010 Mavericks Invitational in some of the biggest and heaviest surf ever. Or that his victory came right after an exhausting 48 hour journey from South Africa Continue Reading »

EPiC: Inspired Leadership

Through the decades, Ecology Action has shown that meaningful change is possible By Charong Chow A typical weekday morning at the Ecology Action office in downtown Santa Cruz, California begins with the arrival of a swarm of incoming bicycle commuters, a few carpooling motorists plugging in their electric vehicles, and a few others arriving from a morning surf Continue Reading »

Winter Brews

Three seasonal beers worth earning By Derrick Peterman California beer lovers rejoice in the numerous winter offerings from West Coast breweries. The dark, rich malts and the spices many brewers use in their winter releases create deep, complex flavors. Here are three notable winter beers and a few words from the brewmasters behind them. Gordon Continue Reading »