Author: ASJ Staff

Filming Freestyle at the Human Pace

With snow conditions for steep lines gone sour with the warm temps, Josh Dirksen finds adventure on our terrain park built close to basecamp. Helicopter drops onto surreal Alaskan peaks, snow cat tours to misty Canadian mountains, snowmobile rides to wherever, whenever ... Welcome to the fossil-fueled lifestyle of the ski and snowboard film industry for the last 20 years.

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Breaking Trail

Craig Dostie started Couloir magazine 20 years ago (then “Le Chronicle du Couloir”), when backcountry skiing was very much a fledgling, little-known sport, and he did so out of a very unlikely birthplace, the LA suburb of Moorpark. It grew to become the country’s leading backcountry ski magazine and helped promote backcountry skiing and snowboarding during a period of tremendous growth that brought it into mainstream consciousness – relatively speaking, as it remains somewhat of a fringe sport, guarded by sweat and effort.

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59th Annual Warren Miller Film Tour

The opening footage of Warren Miller’s 59th annual homage to the global ski lifestyle, “Children of Winter,” features two Tahoe locals who run an Alaska heli-ski operation, two race-bred Olympians and a converted fishing trawler with a heli pad cruising the Chugach Range of maritime Alaska. The floating foursome picks off virgin big mountain peaks like they’re shooting ducks at a carnival booth.

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Adventure Racing 101: Training for an Adventure Race

You've been glued to the TV watching the fifth season of Survivor and are craving an adventure of your own, but you don't want to fly thousands of miles from home or wither away to skin and bones in the process. Don't worry--there is something that offers challenging physical and mental tasks, requires teamwork and has a rewarding end. It's called adventure racing. There are dozens of races to choose from. Whether you're looking to compete for 3 hours or 6 days--there's bound to be a race that suits your desire. Most races require teams of three to mountain bike, kayak, and run their way to the finish line. Once you've narrowed down your decision to one particular race, next comes the training.

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The Ultimate Rush

Nothing compares to skydiving for the sheer adrenalin rush. Immersed in the moment, Karen forgets the recommendation to keep one’s mouth shut – to avoid the discomfort of wind flapping the cheeks like sheets in the wind.

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From Dawn to Dark in the Palisades

Craning my neck to see off the ledge I scan the terrain above me. I can see a blocky route that could go, but it looks sketchy. We’ve been testing that kind of chunky choss all day … no bueno. Gotta be here somewhere … I scoot out a little bit farther towards the edge of the ledge.

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Eastside Lowdown

To be frank, I thought about starting this story with an epic. Some hanging on the thin edge thing: frozen fingers grasping for a nub, a hair-raiser of a lightning storm scrubbing the inside of your helmet, being skinned alive by a fall on run-out slab. It sells magazines and stokes campfires, not to mention touches the void that is eg

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Like Surfers Gone Alpine

“What is alpinism, anyway?” Terry Kearney was starting to rave as we burned through the last of our fuel. It was the morning after our second bivy. The sun played coy with our perch on the north face of Birch Mountain, in the outer orbit of the Palisades. “Is it all speed-aided 72-hour push up some heinous M8 wall? Is it just Steve House and the latest mad Hungarian? I love reading about that stuff, but I’ll never touch it. Maybe it’s more like two old men sharing one Ramen and no coffee for breakfast.”

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Big Wheels Gaining Traction

One needs only to glimpse a monster truck show to know that big wheels roll over objects easier. So why have mountain bikers stuck to one wheel size for nearly three decades, one that’s three inches smaller than a standard road wheel nonetheless?

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The Transportation Dilemma

Hybrid versus standard. Incandescent versus compact florescent. Disposable versus cloth diapers…green choices can be daunting these days. Probably your single most important eco-decision of all is transportation. Driving ranks right up there with electricity as one of the top two causes of pollution that the average American contributes to the environment. But are buses or railways any better than automobiles?

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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.”⁠

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We hope you and yours are having a great holiday season.⁠

📆As we near the end of 2022, here are some highlights by our contributing editor Matt Johanson — pictured here. ⁠

🎉 2022 saw the pandemic recede, wildfires decrease and outdoor recreation dramatically improve as a result. ⁠

🌈 California opened the door to increased outdoor opportunities by committing $57 million for underprivileged people in 125 communities. ⁠

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Regular ASJ contributor Krista Houghton has always been on the lookout for trash on her outdoor adventures. 🏞⁠

This past year, she’s bumped up her efforts – accompanied by her husband – by getting out in her own neighborhood with a trash bag and picker. What started as a downer as she made her neighborhood rounds has developed into a sense of pride in caring for the area she lives in. 🏡 ⁠

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