Great Sierra River Cleanup For five years running, the third Saturday of September has drawn thousands of volunteers to the Sierra Nevada for the largest volunteer event in the region—the Great Sierra River Cleanup, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. This year, organizations across the region will coordinate local cleanups and spend 9 a.m. to Continue Reading »
By Kurt Gensheimer The leaves are off the trees, the sun is setting before you get home from work and the biting cold forces winter jackets from the depths of your closet. But for most people who live in California, it’s not really winter; at least according to the millions of other poor bastards who Continue Reading »
Chico’s 30-year-old Wildflower still one of the best centuries to test your riding legs, even for a rookie over 50 By Tim Hauserman When you get to a certain age — say when the women you are riding with says, “Oh, yeah, my Dad’s about your age” — you begin to think about ways to Continue Reading »
With daily flight service from the Bay, Mammoth lures Nor Cal skiers to the High Sierra By Pete Gauvin • Photos by MMSA/Peatross It is only by virtue of geographic inconvenience that Mammoth Lakes is considered more a playground for Southern California than Northern California. If it were not for a wall of snow-caked mountains Continue Reading »
When it came time to design its state quarter for the U.S. Mint, California had a wealth of iconic images from which to choose: larger-than-life personalities, grand structures (the Golden Gate Bridge would have been an obvious choice), and countless natural wonders. In the end, a state not known for dwelling on the past did just that, reaching deep into history to create an illustration with a strong conservation theme depicting the ancient California condor, the great naturalist John Muir, and Yosemite’s 87 million year old Half Dome.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin gathering excess wild horses from public lands in northeastern California and northwestern Nevada starting next week. The animals will be made available for adoption through BLM’s national Wild Horse and Burro adoption program. Northern California BLM District Manager Nancy Haug said herds in these areas have exceeded Continue Reading »
Nearly 40 winters ago, Yvon Chouinard and Doug Robinson scaled the Main Wall ice route in Lee Vining Canyon, off Highway 120 east of Tioga Pass. A near vertical frozen waterfall, the climb was likely a good opportunity to test some new ice climbing tools Chouinard was developing at the time, including an ice axe with a shortened shaft and a curved pick angle. His innovations helped push the sport past its roots as a subset of mountaineering to become a worthwhile winter pursuit in its own right. Since then, the sport has surged in popularity.
by Seth Lightcap Driving up the road to Glacier Lodge last March, looming Mt.Alice looked huge. Flipping open a topo map and my tattered copy of Paul Ritchens’ 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California, I measured up Mt. Alice and our intended route. Scoffing past the, “Snowboards: Not Recommended” bit, I sought Continue Reading »