Category: Issue 84

Ear to the Ground

California Enduro Series (CES) Round 6 — the Northstar Enduro at Northstar California Resort — makes history as the first-ever California race on the North American Enduro Tour (NAET); California cements place as America's leader in solar energy; Klean Kanteen moves to bigger headquarters; Kialoa Paddles introduces paddle blades made from post manufacturing diaper scraps; Jeff-Kendall Weed joins WTB's global sales team; Surftech to open new showroom in Santa Cruz.

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Trails for All and All for Trails

Every mountain biker loves to roll along on a beautiful piece of single track, but mountain bike enthusiasts come in a wide variety of ability levels, making one person’s lovely romp through the rocks, a trail to be avoided at all costs by another. Given this wide disparity in ability and desire, imagine being the folks trying to build and maintain the trails to meet the needs of all the riders (and in almost all cases hikers, runners and equestrians as well).

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Goal 100

To kayak one hundred days of whitewater in the course of one year may not sound like an extreme or lofty goal, until you understand the circumstances. The first and most prohibitive factor was location. Living over three hours from the nearest available whitewater river was not going to help my cause. Sure, if I lived in Reno I could visit the whitewater park nearly every day of the year if I wanted. No big deal. The second barrier was that I was too broke to buy a dry suit, which is essential for winter paddling. The third factor, well, all the rest can fall into the general category of: that’s just a hell of a lot of days, especially in a drought year!

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When In Drought

Droughts. They’re rough. They cause all sorts of trouble, but don’t jump to too many conclusions. Many people assume that a drought means no rafting, but that’s not the case in California. Despite what you’d think, there are still plenty of incredible rafting options even when Mother Nature leaves us pretty high and dry. In normal snowpack years, rafting outfitters do offer trips on a wider variety of rivers, but even in a drought there is rafting fun to be had in the Golden State.

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Peace Pedalers

Over 1,000 total strangers accepted Jamie Bianchini’s invitation to ride on the world’s first open-invitation, intercultural expedition around the planet. Jamie piloted the front seat of a custom-built tandem bike while leaving the rear seat open to invite “guest riders” to join the journey and share the exhilarating cycle touring experience.

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Stand Up with the Children

Kayaks and canoes have long been the vehicle of choice when venturing out on the water with kids. But with the explosive growth of stand-up paddling – the fastest growing outdoor sport over the past five years – more and more parents are introducing kids to paddling on boards. Paddleboarding is an excellent way for parents to get outdoors with children, get some low-impact exercise, soak up a good dose of fun, and teach tykes about water safety, paddle skills and the marine environment. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for getting out for a little SUPin’ with little ones, whether riding on the board with you or going solo on their own board.

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Ski Shasta

If you have driven Interstate 5 through Siskiyou County, you’ve likely found your gaze pulled toward the glistening white of 14,197 Mount Shasta. It’s difficult not to: Shasta’s summit is striking. Rising 10,000 feet above the northern California landscape, the mountain is both alluring and awe inspiring.

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Liquid Imagery: Timmy Reyes

I’ve been good friends with Timmy for a long time. He’s rad and he lives to the beat of his own drum. Timmy doesn’t really like contests, yet he does really well in them. He missed making the World Tour by one heat last year.

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Join @ellasuring and @theory_in_motion as they discuss ultra running and Alyssa’s journey as both an athlete and a coach. The full interview is out now on our website. 🏃🏼‍♀️

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There’s still time for spring skiing at @bvadventure

With over 65 kilometers of groomed paths and a cafe on the trails, it’s a great destination for the whole family.

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Looking to beat the crowds this season for some spring skiing? Just 3 hours from the Bay is Bear Valley Mountain Resort. Our writer @ellasuring explored the area this weekend and was greeted with short lift lines and friendly faces to share in the stoke!

@bearvalleyresort is located between Tahoe and Yosemite and is the perfect casual ski destination for friends and families. With a variety of terrain levels, rentals, a lodge and lots of dining options, it’s the perfect winter getaway.

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🌸 Embrace the vibrant magic of spring in California`s desert state parks! 🌼 Get ready to be amazed by a sea of rainbow colors as the wildflower season blooms in all its glory. 🌈✨ Don`t miss out on this impressive display of nature`s artistry! 🌺🌵⁠ ⁠

Learn more about the bloom at the link in our bio!⁠

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🏕️ As the popularity of dispersed camping grows, an increasing number of campers are leaving the beaten path. Picture the disappointment of arriving at your chosen adventure spot after hours of planning and travel, only to find it strewn with litter. ⁠

🌿 Let`s safeguard the unspoiled magnificence of our natural surroundings! ⁠

Click the link in our bio 🔗 for five essential tips to ensure your next outdoor escapade respects and preserves the beauty of our wild spaces. ⁠

Photo and story by Krista Houghton
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Disconnect to Reconnect: James Murren shares his annual tradition of a ‘Digital Detox’ in this issue’s Earn Your Beer column. 🌵

This year, he turned to the deserts of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to reset. Read about his soul-refreshing experience. Cheers to adventure and unplugging! 📵

Featured Brews — The Butcher by @societebrewing and Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale by @sierranevada 🍻

Photo by Left Coast Photographer 📸

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