Category: Issue 85

EPiC: California FarmLink

It’s an alarming yet well-known statistic in the world of agriculture that the average age of the American small farmer is 58. As our farmers retire, will there be younger farmers coming in to replace them? In many cases, offspring and heirs have moved from the farm and are not interested in returning. The next generation of beginning and aspiring farmers, many of them first-timers, face big obstacles to getting started and succeeding as farmers. The top two are lack of access to land and lack of access to capital.

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Paddle Yosemite

Recently a select group of Yosemite visitors soaked in views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and every other stately Yosemite Valley landmark. This sightseeing tour happened without setting foot on a trail or driving a car, and no, they weren’t looking at Google Earth either. They were floating down the Merced River in kayaks and rafts. I was honored to be among them, and now that the rules have changed, you can do it too.

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The Dirty Sanchez

I rolled the front tire of my mountain bike to the lip of the jump. Staring down at the edge where the dirt fell away, my eyes crossed over the deep divide to the landing. It was built up with massive logs that I envisioned my body crashing against if I failed to clear the gap. My heart raced. After retreating down the takeoff, I rode past the jump without hitting it. Continuing down the trail I was met with another jump, this one with a landing formed out of jagged boulders.

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Angels on the PCT

Though hundreds of hikers per year attempt the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail, my cousin Zach Padlo and I hit the wall around mile 26. We weren’t rookies but the first days are always tough when starting at high elevation, like 9,624-foot Sonora Pass.

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A Tale of Two Paddles

I wanted to quit. It wouldn’t be the first time and most certainly not the last. By this point in the 1996 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, nearly 15 of the starting field of 64 paddlers had already given in to the channel’s merciless conditions. In the end, only 38 paddlers would finish the race. The wind, the waves, the ripping southerly current, and the unseasonably cold water…it was all just miserable. I had been paddling for over five hours and had only covered about 20 of the 32 race miles. I was in a cold-water hell.

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Below The Tahoe Rim Trail

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165-mile loop around Lake Tahoe. It traverses the side of lofty mountains, and meanders along ridgelines high above Lake Tahoe. It passes by sparkling mountain lakes and saunters through deep forests of red fir and western white pine. It’s well worth the two weeks it takes to hike it. But wouldn’t it be cool to hike a 72-mile version instead?

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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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