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...
The Adventure Paradigm

The Adventure Paradigm

 How Royal Robbins changed America Royal Robbins high on El Capitan in Yosemite during the 1964 first ascent of the North American Wall. Photo: Tom Frost / Aurora Photos. When Royal Robbins died on March 14th it was a painful moment for the adventure community, and a chance to reflect on his great life. Robbins was an American maverick whose significance in history will grow over time, not just for people who care about outdoor sports, but also for any thinking person who cares about the future of America. Looking back on his life, it’s clear that the early forces that shaped Robbins – an abusive stepfather, the Boy Scouts, and the discovery of Yosemite Valley as a crucible for his own potential – set him on a path to forge a unique way of appreciating the natural world as a place to become a better person and ultimately...
Athlete Profile: Chantel Astorga

Athlete Profile: Chantel Astorga

The limits of human endurance By Chris Van Leuven Chantel Astorga at 18,200’ on Denali’s (20,310’) Cassin Ridge after completing the Denali Diamond (Jewell Lund). Two-thousand-five-hundred feet up El Capitan,  a lone figure moves slowly up the wall, her headlamp flashing up and down as she looks for the next hand and foothold. It’s 2 a.m. on October 24, 2014. As carabiners and assorted hardware clank against the cliff, she stumbles onto a ledge where two people are sleeping. She’s been out of water for eight hours, and in front of her are several two-liter bottles clipped to the anchor near the team. She knows she could rouse them and ask, politely, for something to drink that would keep her going. But that’s not Chantel’s style. She pulls her gear carefully around them, takes a final look at the water, and climbs on. “At this point I was really...
Legends of Yosemite

Legends of Yosemite

Tom Frost remembers the Golden Age Words by Chris Van Leuven Photos by Tom Frost / Aurora Photos October 30, 1964, after ten days of climbing, Tom Frost reaches the top of the North America Wall to complete the route’s first ascent (Royal Robbins). Yosemite Valley, September 1960. Royal Robbins, Joe Fitschen, Chuck Pratt and Tom Frost stand on a triangle-shaped ledge a few hundred feet up The Nose on El Capitan, setting their sights on making the second ascent of the route. To get there, they’ve scrambled up broken rock and ledges to the start of the route’s first pitch. Above them gleams 2,800 feet of glacier-polished, orange granite, sliced with black, dark gray and white streaks. Toward the top of the cliff’s highest point, a pink band of light touches the wall. An hour earlier, the team loaded up by the side of the road with hundreds...
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