The Dying Game: Charis Denison and “A Young Man’s Relationship to Culture”

The Dying Game: Charis Denison and “A Young Man’s Relationship to Culture”

Youth advocate helps boys empower themselves to make good choices By Tim Hauserman Following up on my article in April of this year entitled The Dying Game, which reported on Go Bigger Coalition’s effort to balance the desire for joy and adventure with risk, this month we focus youth advocate Charis Denison’s work with teenage boys. Denison helps boys empower themselves to make good decisions, and teaches adults how to assist in that process. I raised two daughters, so I must admit I’d looked at teenage boys through the eyes of a father of girls, perhaps forgetting what it was like when I was a teenage boy. I didn’t realize what boys were going through until I saw Charis Denison’s presentation at Ted X Tahoe City called “A Young Man’s Relationship to Culture.” Denison has been a youth advocate for over 23 years. She currently runs Prajna Consulting, based...
Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2016

Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2016

World-class mountain gathering returns to Tahoe’s North Shore Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 20-28, Tahoe City Three years ago, Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City, fulfilled a dream bringing a world-class mountain gathering to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The first two Alpenglow Mountain Festival celebrations took place during drought years for the Sierra, with very little snow to accentuate so many incredible events scheduled throughout nine days. If you made it to either of these events, you know that the lack of snow didn’t matter one bit. Locals and visitors alike continue to champion past events as highlights of the season, and with winter back in the Tahoe area, this year’s promises to be the best yet. In what’s been called the premier mountain lifestyle event in North America, this year’s Alpenglow Mountain Festival is designed for individuals, couples, and families who are inspired by...
Lake Tahoe Backcountry Vertical Competition launched by Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City

Lake Tahoe Backcountry Vertical Competition launched by Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City

Sports, North Lake Tahoe’s premier backcountry ski and outdoor retailer for more than 30 years, has partnered with industry-leading outdoor manufacturers Black Diamond, Dynafit North America, Patagonia, and Marmot to create an unprecedented challenge for the region’s backcountry skiing community. “Tahoe’s consistently deep snowpack, long spring season and copious bluebird powder days have spawned a tremendously motivated backcountry user group that cumulatively, put in an astounding amount of human powered vertical each winter,” says Alpenglow Sports general manager Brendan Madigan, who with challenge co-creator Jeff Dostie, another admitted backcountry powder addict, logs more than half a million vertical feet each season. “Our goal is track that data and use it to unite and inspire the entire backcountry skiing community.” This free, “earn-your-turns” event will be characterized by a simple on-line format at www.TahoeVertical.com, where participants can enter their daily vertical feet collected on skis, snowboard, and snowshoe or simply...
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