Month: March 2008

Sizing up Two Epic Tours: The Sierra High Route and Alps Haute Route

We’re at the Symmes Creek trailhead, in the high desert sage out Onion Valley Road west of Independence, about to embark on the Sierra High Route. Pioneered by Dave Beck in 1975, this ski tour became an instant classic. Beck envisioned this line across the southern Sierra as California's answer to the famous Haute Route of the Alps. Traversing 50 spectacular miles from the Owens Valley near Mt. Whitney to the grand conifers of Sequoia National Park on the west, the route crosses the highest portion of the Sierra, including six major passes that top 12,000 to 13,000 feet.

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Working the 24-Hour Shift

My 24 hour mountain bike racing career started in 2006. A long-term adventure racing team sponsor bowed out and I was left with the task of redefining myself as an athlete or getting a real job. Fortunately, my sponsors Red Bull and Specialized were supportive in my quest to avoid a nine-to-five existence. For lack of a better idea, I decided to take my endurance experience into mountain bike racing. I knew I could race for days on end from my adventure racing career, but had no idea if I was fast enough or good enough on a bike. I had never actually entered an official mountain bike race or ridden against any women. I won the first 24 hour race I participated in that year in Spokane, WA. It was my test run and I beat everyone in the race, including the men. I took it as a sign. Nine to five would have to wait.

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America’s Outdoor Recreation Act Gets Reintroduced in the Senate⁠

Senator Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Barrasso (R-WY) reintroduced America’s Outdoor Recreation Act (AORA), a package of policy that aims to improve outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters.⁠

If you care about the outdoors and want to see it protected, enhanced, and expanded, your voice is extremely valuable. ⁠

Please send a letter to your lawmakers to support America's Outdoor Recreation Act. ⁠

👆🏽Click the link 🔗 in our bio to learn more. ⬆️⁠

📸 Leslie Kehmeier, Bureau of Land Management lands⁠

#outdoors #publiclands #nature #outdoorsforeveryone #adventuresports #outdooralliance #outdoortherapy #americasoutdoorrecreationact #myasj #adventuresportsjournal
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🎿The sport of SkiMo racing – aka Ski Mountaineering – has been growing at exponential rates as people discover the joy of human-powered uphill ascents in a resort setting. And few mountains offer as scenic a backdrop for a SkiMo race as @DiamondPeak, which features panoramic Lake Tahoe views from both courses.⁠

⬆️See link 🔗in bio for more info. ⁠

#skimo #skimountaineering #diamondpeak #inclinevillage #tahoenorth #skiing #snowboarding #beardsicles #adventuresports #printmedia ⁠

#MyASJ #AdventureSportsJournal #IndependentMedia
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For our current issue’s Earn Your Beer article, columnist James Murren takes us on a no-agenda, no-plan snow bike ride outside of Yosemite’s south gate in Sierra National Forest.⁠

After “earning his beer” fat biking through a winter wonderland, James enjoyed a can of Citra Dreampint by @newglorybrewery, a hazy offering, followed up with New Glory’s Gummy Worms, a “chewy pale ale.” 🍺⁠

Read about the earning and the beer at the link in our bio 🔗⁠

How do YOU “earn your beer” or other treat? We’d love to hear about your adventures and favorite rewards! ⁠

#EarnYourBeer #MyASJ #fatbiking #snowride #treatyourself
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“From the very beginning, ASJ was intended to be a space where people could be authentic about their adventures. We only sought the truth in our pages. Twenty years later we are still seeking the truth about why we test ourselves in magical landscapes. Not to seek danger for danger’s sake, but because we know that without challenge and a measured dose of risk we can’t evolve and progress as human beings.” 🗻⁠

Welcome to ASJ Editor-in-Chief Matt Niswonger ’s latest message in Issue #127 (read it in full at the 🔗 in our bio). We invite you to pick up a copy and find the inspiration to push past your own physical and emotional comfort zones! 💓⁠

#MyASJ #AdventureSportsJournal #EditorsNote #adventurelife #authenticity
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Calling all artists! 😍 👩‍🎨#repost @yosemiteclimbingassociation
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We’re still looking for 2023 Facelift Art. It can be either landscape or portrait. Strong preference taken to graphic art and line art. Artwork will be on t-shirts, water bottles, our website and more.

Send art to: yosemitefacelift@gmail.com
with “Facelift 2023 Art Submission” in the subject area
before March 6th

Past artwork by: @rhiannon_klee

#artcontest #artists #artsubmission #climbingart #climbing #climbers #yosemite #yosemitevalley #ynp #nationalpark #climbers #art
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We love being a free resource for the California outdoor community. Consider helping us continue our work AND get the chance to WIN a @girosnow Tor or Tenaya Spherical helmet along with a pair of Giro X Fender Axis goggles (total value $440). 🏂🏿 ⛷️⁠

Simply become an ASJ member by 1/24/23 and we’ll enter you into this snow-much-fun drawing. Plus, as an ASJ members you’ll be automatically entered to win prizes throughout the year!⁠

Become a member at the link in our bio!⁠

#MyASJ #LiveForThis #girosnow #adventuresportsjournal
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Roy Tuscany suffered a spinal injury in 2006. After his recovery he founded @hi5sfoundation, a non-profit that has helped hundreds of injured athletes and veterans from across the country. ⁠

“The massive thing I’ve recognized through this work is that sports are a byproduct of community,” Tuscany explains. “We know that if we can get people back to sport, we can use sport as a vehicle to get them back to community and social interaction. We use sport as a way to integrate people back into … people.”⁠

📸 @ming.t.poon⁠

📖Pick up a copy of our latest issue to enjoy the article in our large print format or click the 🔗 in our bio to read more here. ⬆️⁠

#highfivesfoundation #highfivesathletes #accessibility #california #outdoors #community #adaptivesports #palisadestahoe #adventuresportsjournal #myasj
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