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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For the first time ever in the 71-year history of Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort (@dodgeridge) the Central Sierra destination will open the mountain to chairlift-accessed mountain biking on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14, 2022. On Opening Day, Saturday, August 13 at 9am, when the lifts start turning, there will be a competition to see who can get first chair for the inaugural season kick-off preceded by a ribbon cutting and official commemoration of the moment.⁠

You definitely do not want to miss the details on this celebration! Visit our website for the scoop. Link in bio 🔗

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Latest issue is on the streets. Featured on the cover is champion distance runner @ku_stevens on the Genoa Falls Loop Trail during the Siren Run. ⁠

Ku will be hosting the Remembrance Run on August 13th and 14th to honor the footsteps of his grandfather who escaped from a residential school that took Native children from their parents for nearly a century. We will be there to run over 50 miles in two days, from Yerington, Nevada to Carson City. ⁠

Also in this issue, we profile Paula Smith, a probation officer with a big heart who helps teens from the Washoe tribe discover the great outdoors. ⁠

We also travel to @yosemitenps where the @yageryca is working hard to preserve the history of rock climbing in Yosemite Valley with the @yosemite_climbing_museum. Their second mission is to spread the joy of picking up trash in our National Parks through their @yosemitefacelift events. ⁠

There is much much more in this issue. Pick up a copy of California's original adventure rag at your favorite outdoor shop, or become a member and have ASJ delivered to your home. Click the link in our bio to learn more. 🔗 ⬆️⁠

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Mt. Shasta Enduro race recap from our friends at @ca_enduro. ⁠

Click the link in our bio for a full report and awesome photos. 🔗 ⬆️⁠

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This Wild & Scenic route through the Sierra Nevada is definitely an adventure and is at its prime in early summer. It is about as good as a California river trip can get. Why? Click the link in our bio to find out 🔗⁠

📸: Dylan Silver/OARS

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Richard and Theresa Crocker, the donor advisors of the Crocker Philanthropic fund, have donated $1 million to the #Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), which serves the region by identifying and strategically addressing complex, inter-related issues that affect the community.⁠

Thanks to its impact investment agenda, trust-based philanthropy, and nimble capital, TTCF swiftly deployed the gift to fund critical initiatives where it was most needed, including forest health, workforce development, housing, scholarships, families and community programing.⁠

Together we can #KeepTahoeBlue! ⁠

Read more 🔗 Link in bio

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For professional cyclist Peter Stetina, the dream of creating what he considers his “best day of gravel bikes” and what it should look like came together on May 21 in Carson City, NV at the inaugural Stetina’s Paydirt gravel cycling event, providing a portion of proceeds to the @high5sfoundation. Although Stetina and founder/owner, Carlos Perez, organized a small VIP ride in Fall 2019 as a proof of concept for the event, Paydirt didn’t happen in 2020 or 2021 🚵‍♂️⁠

Pick up a copy of our latest issue to read the article by Kurt Gensheimer in our large tabloid format, or check it out on our website via the link in bio 🔗⁠

📸 Riders start their first timed segment with 10,638-foot tall Jobs Peak peeking in the distance (Christopher Keizer).

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Help the Amah Mutsun Tribal band stop gravel mining on their most sacred land. Check the link in our bio to learn how you can help. ⁠

#amahmutsuntribalband #protectjuristac #protectsacredlands #landback

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Energy bar pioneer, Jennifer Maxwell, started PowerBar together with her late husband Brian while studying at UC Berkeley in 1985. ⁠

Six kids and 37 years later, Maxwell has started a new whole food bar that nurtures the body and the local sports and music community. Learn more via the 🔗 in our bio.⁠

We love that 50% of JAMBAR profits go to music and active living. ⁠

Use code JAM15 to get @eatjambar delivered to your home.⁠

#foodforgood ⁠


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What dramatic extremes fill Inyo County: The large rural community on California’s eastern border boasts the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, the lowest and hottest points in North America, and the oldest trees in the world. Mount Whitney, Death Valley and the Ancient Bristlecone Pines Forest all deserve attention - Yet one need not climb high mountains, trek through arid desert or even venture far off Highway 395 to discover rewarding and accessible adventures. Interested? Visit our website for all the inside (or, outside) details ⛰️⁠

📷️: Matt Johanson

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Pick up our latest issue to read about @shechangethefilm, where @seasachi follows four of the best women big wave surfers: Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Möller and Bianca Valenti and their fight for equal access and equal pay in big wave surfing, one of the most dangerous sports in the world. ⁠

You can also learn more via the link 🔗 in our bio. ☝🏽⁠

📸 @seasachi

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Our summer issue celebrates the upcoming 30 year anniversary of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Author @leonie_adventures tracks down some of the crucial organizations and people, including Leon Panetta, who made protecting this special place a reality. ⁠

Pick up a copy of our current issue or check the link 🔗 in our bio ⬆️ to learn more. ⁠

📷 Douglas Croft

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Six reasons why rafting California’s Tuolumne River is at its prime in early summer. ⁠

Click the link 🔗 in our bio ⬆️ to learn more. Or call an adventure specialist at OARS to learn more.

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