Fickle Trickle

Fickle Trickle

Despite slim snowpack, dam good whitewater season on tap Photos courtesy of Zephyr Whitewater With less than half the average snowpack in the Sierra, boaters are expecting short seasons on most of the state’s rivers. But there’s no reason to put away your skirt and paddle early. While May and early June will present the widest range of options for roaming boaters, with good planning you can find whitewater playtime all summer long. To help you make the most of the season, we have compiled a select list of California rivers and arranged in order of what’s expected to be the best “in the ballpark” time to float them, from May on: “Early Season” (until mid-May or June), “Good till Mid Season” (through June, perhaps into July), and “All Summer Long Bets” (dam-controlled runs with releases expected all summer). Schedule your trips accordingly and you can make the most...
Positively Path-ological

Positively Path-ological

Nor Cal Trail Runners Tell Us About Their Healthy Obsessions and Favorite Dirt Photo: Eric C. Gould Trail running is an equal opportunity sport. It doesn’t require much money or skill, and everyone can break a personal record of some sort. That is, if you bother to be competitive at all, because you certainly don’t have to. You can run for purely therapeutic rewards. With thousands of miles of open space in Northern California, it’s no wonder that runners of all shapes, sizes and abilities take to the trails daily for a dose of low-cost physical and mental therapy. But how can you discover this region’s most fantastic trail runs without feeling like a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition? Well, you might start by following the footsteps of some of our readers on their favorite Nor Cal trails. Here they give you the details. Breaking a sweat...
Dave Johnston carving in the finals at the Portugal

Dave Johnston carving in the finals at the Portugal

Profile: Big Wave Dave WORLD CUP: 21st Annual Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival March 16-18, Steamer Lane World Champ Looks to Add to His Portugal Victory on Home Surf Photo: Foto-Reportagem Name: Dave Johnston Age: 44 Home surf: Santa Cruz Occupation: Kayak instructor, outfitter and Sherpa Career Highlights: 2006 World Cup Champion, Portugal 1999 World Champion, Brazil 2006 US National Champion, Cape Hatteras 2002 US National Champion, Outer Banks 8-time US Team member Winner of the Grand Prize in 2005 Best Wave Video Contest Favorite moves: Cartwheel in the tube (aka “karate chop”), a roundhouse 360 off the lip. Most memorable ride: One of my most memorable rides was at Davenport Landing on a very big day. I managed to catch a wave from way outside at the north point, surf it across the channel in front of the beach and link it with a wave coming the other direction...
Move Your Body for Somebody

Move Your Body for Somebody

Add Meaning to Your Exertion – Sign Up for a Charity Event By Maria Vitulli Photo courtesy of Team in Training Maybe you’re looking for a way to step up your training goals. Maybe you want to do something tangible for a cause that has struck a chord in you. Maybe you want to train with a new group of people or try a totally new activity. Whatever the reason, participating in an event for a cause greater than your own performance can be a remarkably powerful and satisfying experience. Even traditionally singular sports such as running and cycling can take on a whole new tenor when everyone has a bigger goal in mind. By virtue of the temperate climate and the philanthropic temperament of its residents, Northern California has a huge array of fundraising sports events for all kinds of worthy causes. You can choose from a fun 10-mile...
A Wimp’s Guide to Adventure Travel

A Wimp’s Guide to Adventure Travel

Peruvian Cross Country Champion Ruso Covarubias is used to vertiginous Andean singletrack. By Christa Fraser / Photo: Steve Ripley Peak-bagging Kilimanjaro. Rafting the Futaleufu. Mountain biking Whistler. Heli-skiing Alaska … I have my dream list of adventure travel trips although each intimidates me for one reason or another. For one, I am built like a Corgi, lots of torso and not much in the way of leg length—a fact which usually guarantees me a place at the back of the pack. Two, I am perpetually broke and these are not cheap endeavors. Three, I am perpetually broke. And finally, I’m a wimp. To be clear, I have been called every variation of the word wimp at some point or another. I’m not proud of this but I have made peace with this and other shortcomings and learned to live with them. Learning to travel with them is another matter...
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