Author: ASJ Staff

Shasta Climbing Season Extended

Wet spring helped preserve snow for summer climbing and skiing Don’t put away those skis and crampons yet! Weeks of cool temps and steady moisture through June have kept Mt. Shasta’s snowy flanks in prime shape leaving the window open for stellar late season climbing and skiing well into July and perhaps beyond.

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Born Again Rock Stars

Years ago, when I was a young, naive lad, I brought a pair old Boreal rock shoes to be resoled at the Rubber Room in Bishop. The resoling shop’s logo—a cartoonish scantily clad, rubber-wearing dominatrix found in climbing magazines—shared a certain salacious fervor more likely to be found in the back of a big-city weekly where the term “massage” is thrown around rather loosely. So with this image planted firmly in mind with the spike of a six-inch heel, I hesitated at the door half expecting to be whipped and spanked. And I would have deserved it given the sorry state of my worn shoes.

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Park Once, Play More

Despite California’s empty wallet, the Golden State is not hurting for amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. From the redwoods to the Sierra and back to the Bay there is an adventure lurking along every highway. Surrounded by all these beaches, trails, rivers, and crags, the diversity of natural amenities makes it easy to do it all, if even in a single sunny day. Care to kayak then pedal singletrack? Or how about a road ride and then some bouldering? … Double-up days like these are no problem in the rich and diverse landscapes of our greater Nor Cal/Nevada region.

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Fact or Fiction?

You’ve heard these myths before. Your uncle likes to repeat them at the dinner table, corporations tout them on TV ads, and politicians spew them during stump speeches. They’ve been used over and over to justify poor environmental policy, and they’re just plain wrong. Here are the top ten most dangerous eco myths.

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Wild & Scenic Bachelor Party

Greg Speicher watches as C-1 paddler Norwood Scott runs a rapid in Devil’s Canyon. We are dragging Tecate. There is so much beer in the raft – as well as a cooler of frozen red meat and bacon – on our first day on the Middle Fork of the Feather River that the back end keeps hanging up on shallow rapid entrances.

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Open Your Eyes and Climb

Ty Fairbairn pulls up into a Donner Summit sunset. Sometimes all it takes for progression is good vision. In the summer of 2006, Truckee rock climbers Ty Fairbairn, Dustin Sabo, Brian Sweeney and Scott Thelen opened their eyes to the obvious while driving along Interstate 80 and discovered one of the best new Tahoe rock climbing developments in recent years – the Castle Peak boulders.

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One Cold Stroke at a Time

Tahoe’s Karen Rogers out for a multi-mile swim in glassy Tahoe conditions. Rogers plans on swimming the length of Lake Tahoe in August 2009 after three years of training. At 6225 feet and holding a colossal 122 million acre feet of sapphire blue water, Lake Tahoe is not only the crown jewel of the Sierra but also the largest alpine lake in North America and the eighth deepest in the world.

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Zen and the Art of Surfboard Maintenance

Any self-respecting surfer who’s paddled out into the ocean’s fury and caught a wave knows that Zen and surfing are inseparable. It’s just that most don’t know it—yet. Now with Jaimal Yogis’ new book “Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea” (Wisdom Publications, 256 pages, $14.95) the connection between the two is at last articulated, coming full-circle into the reflective light of the ocean.

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Droppin’ the Royal Gorge

Eric Strittmatter lines up for the first of two consecutive 50-footers at Heath Springs. For such a benign particulate substance a water molecule sure does pack a punch when it’s rolling with a posse. Collect and confine them in a steep canyon and the power of the assembled molecules can be more intimidating than any gang that ever walked the streets.

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Paddling with an Aloha Spirit

By day, Tony Francis is the manager of a group of technical writers for Apple Computer. After hours, he’s an avid outrigger paddler and president of the Akau Hana outrigger Canoe Club in Santa Cruz, one of 20 such Northern California clubs from Monterey to Mendocino to Lake Tahoe.

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The California Enduro Series @ca_enduro took to the High Sierra for Round 4 of the 2023 season.

The sold-out Northstar Enduro delivered two days of intense racing in stellar conditions (dreamy temps! hero dirt!) at Northstar California Resort in Truckee August 19-20.

Read the recap at adventuresportsjournal.com/northstar-enduro-2023.

📸: Northstar Enduro 2023 Pro Women champion Amy Morrison @amymo_11 by @bixxel.media

#californiaenduroseries #northstarenduro #enduro #eduro
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Out now! Issue #130 a path to the path. We recognize that outdoor adventure is the path and great photos are the path back to the path. Sometimes we lose our way and great photos help us stay inspired. ⁠

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the @yosemiteclimbingassociation, guest editor and YCA director @timmyoneill presents five climbing photos that changed the game, including the stunner on our cover of Ron Kauk in Tuolumne Meadows by Chris Falkenstein. 🧗🏽‍♀️⁠

If you have temporarily lost your way, we hope you find a hard copy of this issue, and it helps you find the path out of your summer doldrums and into the magic of fall colors. Thanks for reading! 📖⁠

Click the link 🔗💕 in our bio for this issue's Editor's Note — A Path to the Path, Contemplating the Tao — by Matt Niswonger. ⁠

Cover Photo: Chris Falkentstein⁠

#print #printmagazine #independentmedia #outdoors #california⁠ #climbing #Yosemite #adventure #adventuresportsjournal #myasj⁠

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PSA: In anticipation of Hurricane Hilary, @castateparks has closed three state park units. Also, the public is urged to stay out of the ocean due to a high surf advisory in Southern California this weekend.⁠

See link in bio 🔗💕 for more info and resources. ⁠

📸 Negley Stockman / Unsplash⁠

#PSA #HurricaneHilary #StaySafe⁠
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Exciting news — California State Parks and Sempervirens Fund have joined forces to expand Castle Rock. This includes a new park entrance and acres of pristine landscapes. 🌿 ⁠

The $4.21 million in acquisitions for six properties by State Parks are the first for the agency in the Santa Cruz Park District since 2011 and the first anywhere in the state since 2021. 🎄⁠

Click link in bio 🔗 💕 to learn more. ⁠

📸 Dennis Yu⁠

📖 #CastleRockStatePark #NatureExpansion #DiscoverMore
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Our upcoming Fall Issue features an article by @alexhonnold 's mom — @dierdre_wolownick_honnold — on the benefits of climbing at ANY age. 💪🏽⁠ Keep an eye out for the print edition. ⁠

In meantime, you can click the link in our bio 🔗💕 to read how Dierdre has been rewriting the rules of adventure in her senior years. 🧗🏽‍♂️⁠

✏️ @chrisvanleuven, 2021⁠
📸 Jannette Wing Pazer⁠

#climbing #climbingforlife #climbingseniors #lasportiva #myasj
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Our upcoming Fall Issue features an article by @alexhonnold 's mom — @dierdre_wolownick_honnold — on the benefits of climbing at ANY age. 💪🏽⁠ Keep an eye out for the print edition. ⁠

In meantime, you can click the link in our bio 🔗💕 to read how Dierdre has been rewriting the rules of adventure in her senior years. 🧗🏽‍♂️⁠

✏️ @chrisvanleuven, 2021⁠
📸 Jannette Wing Pazer⁠

#climbing #climbingforlife #climbingseniors #lasportiva #myasj
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Public Announcement: Parking at Kings Beach State Recreation Area in Tahoe will be temporarily closed until 1PM this Wednesday, August 9 for the annual Tahoe Summit. ⁠

Online registration for the Tahoe Summit is now closed, but you can register the day of at the event.⁠

Learn more via the link in our bio. 💕🔗⁠

📸 California State Parks, 2019. Photo by Brian Baer⁠
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Michele Lamelin's four-legged trail partner, Anneke, enjoying a day on the trail in Oakridge, Oregon. 🌲⁠

In this photo, Anneke is modeling Ruffwear’s snazzy new Trail Runner™ Dog Running Vest. 🐕️⁠

Check it out in our latest issue's Gear We Love, or click the link in our bio to learn more. 🔗 💕⁠

📸⁠ @michele_and_anneke⁠

#trailrunning #dogs #trailrunningdogs #ruffwear #outdoor #adventures #oregon #california #adventuresportsjournal #myasj⁠
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