Building Better Bike Balance:

Building Better Bike Balance:

Mountain Bike Skill Tips with Ryan Leech By Seth Lightcap Photo by Ian Hylands Ryan Leech takes on an arcing skinny line filming for Kranked 5. Whether threading the needle between cars and a curb or lining up for a log ride on your favorite single-track, confident balance in tight situations is a crucial skill for cyclists who challenge the terrain. But learning to let your mind and body relax and roll evenly along a narrow route, elevated or on the ground, is often easier imagined than done. You’re eyes may comprehend that your two-inch tires have plenty of room to negotiate a 10-inch wide path, but convincing your brain and body to confidently follow is another story. To jumpstart a successful season of skill progression, I caught up with legendary mountain bike trials rider Ryan Leech and picked his brain on the basics of improving your skinny skills. Based...
High Adventure with a Higher Purpose

High Adventure with a Higher Purpose

The First All Women’s Trek Through Humla. Nor Cal nurse’s non-profit promotes maternal health in remote region of Nepal By Sarah Ferris, Founder of the Bodhi Tree Foundation Photos by Donna Reid, A Day in Your Life: Photography Dr. Else Uglum, Pediatrician, on top of Sankha La(14,700 feet), highest point on our trek. Arriving in Kathmandu, amongst the hordes of tourists, climbers, and locals, you start to wonder how many of these people are going to be on the trail with you. If you are headed to the Khumbu or Annapurna regions you would probably see many of them again. But in Humla, the most remote and northerly region of Nepal, this is not the case. In fact, you may not see another tourist at all. The stimulus overload of Kathmandu is quickly forgotten as you board a plane to Nepalgunj, the first leg of an indirect journey to the...
Catch That Shot!

Catch That Shot!

Sports Photography Tips from Sierra sharp shooter Christian Pondella By Seth Lightcap • Photos by Christian Pondella Skier Chris Davenport climbs and skis the Mountaineer’s Route on Mt. Whitney, spring 2008. Do you ever wish your camera had an auto setting labeled ‘Amazing Action Shot’? You’re not alone. Despite how easy it is to flip your camera to the ‘sports’ setting and hit the shutter button as your buddy blows past you skiing, biking, or paddling, it’s surprisingly hard to come away from the moment with a stellar image of the action. Whether the shot is well–framed but blurry or focused but missing half a head, there are a lot of ways a one-chance shot can be flubbed. Sure you can blame a little bit of your inability on a slow point and shoot camera, but the reality is, catching a striking action shot takes a lot more skill than...
Cruisers, Clunkers and the Origins of the Off-Road Bike

Cruisers, Clunkers and the Origins of the Off-Road Bike

Sitting Down with Mountain Bike Pioneer Charlie Kelly By Colleen Corcoran • Photos by Wende Cragg Charlie Kelly hauling denim down Repack’s Camera Corner, late 1976, on his 50-pound modified Schwinn Excelsior. Notice the safety gear – knee pads, elbow pads, leather gloves and boots – sans helmet. A pickup truck parade that includes a pink 1953 Chevy leaves the last outpost of civilization – the leafy, hippie oasis that is Fairfax – heading up into the hills, with 50-pound bicycles and two chronometers … To Repack. The Repack trail drops 1,300 feet in 2.1 miles down the east side of Pine Mountain. At the top is an open ridge with views of Mt. Tamalpais, Marin, the San Francisco Bay, and the blue sky beyond. Fred Wolf and Charlie Kelly started the race down Repack, on Oct. 21, 1976, to be precise. It was here that the words “mountain bike”...
BEER THIRTY!

BEER THIRTY!

Readers’ (and Editors’) Memorable Adventures Made Better by Beer After sea kayaking on Tomales Bay, a cold beer goes right to the sole. Photo Ralf Weber The link between sports and beer is well established. But in the adventure sports community, we’re not talking about sitting on one’s kiester, sipping over-priced beer from a plastic cup while watching overpaid professionals have all the fun. For the most part, our beers are earned. For us, beer is the reward at the end of a long backcountry journey, a relaxing capper at the end of a high-intensity effort, the liquid gold at the end of a sweat fest. Not only does it help replace lost calories and soothe from the bloodstream out, it provides a prism of perspective to share and relive our adventures with friends. ASJ invited readers to send in their favorite outdoor epics that culminated with a tall cold...
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