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Editor’s Note: Dirty Power

Energy reform is the solution to climate change If you are paying attention to the climate change discussion lately, you’ve probably noticed that things have gotten quite hysterical. In the last year it’s become clear to most of us that the time for discussion is over, and the time for meaningful action has arrived. Despite Continue Reading »

Honnold and Allfrey’s El Cap: Seven Routes in Seven Days

They made history when they did it in June, and it may never be done again By Kristin Conard Driving past El Cap meadow in June, we saw a group of ripped, shirtless guys walking towards the river. I recognized one of them. I punched my friend in the arm. “It’s him,” I whispered, “It’s Continue Reading »

Committed to the Core

Patagonia athlete Barry Blanchard describes a life of risk in The Calling By Matt Niswonger Every generation a group of climbers comes along that redefines what’s possible in the mountains. For example, the golden age of Yosemite climbing from about 1958 to 1970 ushered in the modern big wall era. Today climbers  around the world Continue Reading »

Ready, Set, Race!

Cyclo-cross season takes center stage By Karen Kefauver If you like stomping through puddles, racing up short, steep hills, running through deep sandpits and leaping over knee-high hurdles—all while riding or carrying your bike—then cyclo-cross may be the sport for you. Part mountain biking, part road cycling, cyclo-cross races last one hour, maximum, but deliver Continue Reading »

The Evolution of Organic Beer

Visionary brewers make high integrity beer a reality By Derrick Peterman Organic beer is a relative newcomer to the organic food movement. The first certified organic beer was brewed in 1999 by Eel River Brewing located just south of Eureka, CA. Over the next fifteen years, organic beer transformed from a curiosity to a movement Continue Reading »

JT Holmes & Speed Riding

Warren Miller’s new film features the thrilling mix of paragliding and freeskiing By Jennifer Rothman Have you ever looked up at a massive, snowy mountain face that appeared to have the perfect run but was off limits due to one or more vertical cliffs interrupting your dream line? Legendary Tahoe freeskier and Warren Miller athlete Continue Reading »

Out on a Limb

The joy of climbing trees By Leonie Sherman Climbers hate Santa Cruz. Sure, we love the rolling meadows, the beaches, and the abundant microbreweries, but the gentle climate, organic food and natural beauty can’t quite compensate for the complete and utter lack of climbable rock. Our closest crag, Castle Rock State Park, is a 45 Continue Reading »

Liquid Imagery: Matt Archbold

By Nelly When I was a grom, we all looked up to Archy. He was the most exciting surfer to watch. He gave the system the finger and rocked long hair and tatoos. He had  muscle cars before he even had a drivers license. Matt was at the forefront of the air revolution. Over the Continue Reading »

A Beer Worth Earning: People’s Porter

Sana Cruz Mountain Brewing: People’s Porter One of the first organic beers I ever tried remains one of my favorites.  It’s The People’s Porter from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (SCMB). This beer started as a homebrew between brewer Emily Thomas of SCMB  and Tom Perrozi behind the brewery. It turned out to be such a Continue Reading »

Ear to the Ground

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Oct/Nov 2014 issue Ecology Action wins EPiC sustainability award The EPiC program (Environmental Partnership Campaign) is ASJ’s way to highlight the exemplary work of some California non-profits. We are proud to announce that our first featured EPiC recipient is Ecology Action. Headquartered in Santa Cruz, Ecology Action Continue Reading »

Take a Paper Shower

Cyclist and entrepreneur James Bahcall reinvents the wet wipe With an eye towards creating a product to make bike commuting easier, inventor and cyclist James Bahcall created the Paper Shower. A two-part wet and dry wipe system in a handy pack, the Paper Shower helps people freshen up in a rapid and effective manner. While Continue Reading »