Category: Mountain Monday

Official Trailer: Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter”

69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment features some of Miller’s favorite locations

LOVING THE PURE JOYS OF WINTER is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller, who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This fall, Face of Winter — the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen — will bring new and veteran athletes together to pay tribute to the man who started it all.

Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations, from Engleberg to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more. Watch as world-class athletes like Jessie Diggins, Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan and others carve down the faces of remote mountain ranges and pursue the thrills of a life lived in high places.

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Official Trailer: Ode to Muir – The High Sierra

New film from Teton Gravity Research stars professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect our Winters Jeremy Jones

TETON GRAVITY’S NEWEST FILM ODE TO MUIR pairs professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones with two-time Olympian Elena Hight as they embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Their journey balances the challenges of winter camping, grueling climbs up the Sierra’s biggest mountains, and aesthetic first descents with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world and those who first traveled it generations ago, and sharing perspectives gleaned from what it truly means to explore a great American Wilderness.

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Video: REEL ROCK 12 Trailer

Tickets now available for climbing’s biggest film festival

REEL ROCK has been following the world’s most exciting climbers, documenting their gripping tales and groundbreaking sends. REEL ROCK 12 brings you stories from the edge, featuring big names and breakout stars. Starring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage; and introducing Maureen Beck, a one-handed crusher who’s gonna knock your socks off.

2017 LINE-UP

Above the Sea
Legendary climber Chris Sharma returns to the island of Mallorca where he discovers an untouched, sweeping wall. If he can endure numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea and finally link the moves, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.

Break on Through
In modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a …

Mountain Monday: Halloween in the Hills

Adventures on All Hallows’ Eve

By Meggan Wenbourne

As the years go on, I find myself losing the holiday sparkle and flair that I once felt when I was younger. Halloween is one of those holidays for me and I find myself making every excuse in the book to not participate. I loathed the idea of being caught outside in clothing that is not appropriate for the weather conditions with people I did not know … until I started climbing.

Climbing really has been a lifestyle change for me beyond the normal smelly shoes, short fingernails and language of arm motions type of life most people think of when they the think of a textbook climber. I have found myself looking forward to the holidays again because it usually means longer chunks of time off work to go play somewhere outside with my friends and climbing community.

Halloween, since …

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Mountain Monday: Tahoe Basin Adventures

Altitude training is not something to be rushed, but with new techniques and know-how, it can be sped up

By Meggan Wenbourne

This last week I spent a majority of my time in the Tahoe Basin climbing, running and hiking with new friends from all over the world. With strong cups of coffee in our bellies and bluebird skies above, we found ourselves working hard every day against altitude and steep faces with smiles and kind-hearted banter.

The objective was simple: expose ourselves to training for high altitude ascents. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. I live at sea level and I felt it … a lot. With the use of some of the best equipment on the market and the training regiments of some of the fastest speed ascensionists in the world, we learned that there is a lot of discomfort associated with training for high altitude adventures.

A …

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Mountain Monday: Quick Chat About Safety

When you take off into the mountains, sometimes bad things can happen – be prepared!

By Meggan Wenbourne

A friend’s recent experience in the mountains has reminded me that going out into the wilderness, even if it is just for a weekend warrior trip to get some climbing in, can turn into a life or death situation in a split second. Sometimes the only option you may have is to depend on the trained skills you and the people around you have received to lessen the severity of the situation until alternative help arrives.

That being said, I am a firm believer in being prepared for all types of situations and I work hard to make sure I always have a plan. I’m the type of person who always has a first aid kit with me. I have a special one in my car, in my suitcase, for my mountain …

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Mountain Monday: Beneath the Shade of the Big Trees

Hiking through the sempervirens and swimming in the Stan

By Meggan Wenbourne

Sometimes all you really need is a trip to the mountains to swim in fresh water. I am biased, I much prefer fresh water to salt water. I like being able to open my eyes underwater and enjoy seeing shorelines covered in trees. There is something special about swimming up high in the mountains in the summertime and this weekend was no exception.

My partner and I found ourselves up in the mid-elevation Sierra playing in reservoirs and floating in the Stanislaus River. With ospreys circling overhead and little fish nipping at our toes, we were in complete heaven and could have stayed for a few more weeks. 😉

To me, this area has always held a special place in my heart. It is where I spent a majority of my childhood and where I escape to …

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Mountain Monday: Trinity River Adventure

A weekend on the river moves time only as fast as its current

By Meggan Wenbourne

A couple weeks back, my partner and I found ourselves driving through the night from Santa Cruz to Big Flat in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. With an alpine arrival (ha, I just made that up) of 0230, it was all we could do to actually find our sleeping bags, let alone crawl into them along the banks of the Trinity River. Four hours later we were up and looking forward to a day on the river.

This particular section of river is a Class III river with five or six rapids of that class and a handful of other awesome rapids within a six mile distance. Several companies guide on this section of river and coexist with one another quite nicely each season.

With one hard shell still strapped to my roof and a …

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Mountain Monday: The Inaugural Broken Arrow Skyrace

See that mountain top? Run to it.

By Meggan Wenbourne

I recently found myself at Squaw Valley Ski Resort outside of Lake Tahoe, California for a good ol’ fashioned footrace up the mountainside. This would mark my first race at elevation and having now completed it, I do not think it is going to be my last.

This race series is the type of event you would expect to see in states like Colorado and Wyoming. However, with the increasing popularity of trail running in the Sierra, the Broken Arrow Race Series made an incredible debut in this mountain community and seems to have been very well received.

Arriving at the village at Squaw, we were suddenly surrounded by giant mountains with snow still on their summits. With a rainstorm the morning of my race, I felt my confidence level dropping and felt more out of my league than when …

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Mountain Monday: Always Bring a Bike

Golden opportunities in Yosemite Valley via two wheels

By Meggan Wenbourne

This last weekend I went to Yosemite. The Yosemite. Arguably the climbing capitol of the world. It would be the second time in my life that I would travel to the valley floor without my sights set on climbing. Traveling solo, I was on a mission for some good old fashioned hiking and exploration.

The waterfalls were gushing like fire hydrants. This was a weekend where the Merced River was flooding its banks, where waterfalls that had not run in years were running and where mosquitoes were taking on new territories.

My usual tactics with climbing in the valley consist of finding a place to camp and using my car to transport between climbing destinations for my stay. I had never brought a bike into the valley before and it proved to be one of the best ideas …

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Mountain Monday: Pining for Summertime

Gearing up for a season of rocks in high and low places

By Meggan Wenbourne

Last weekend found me in San Luis Obispo, hiking up a giant hill. Although in hindsight, it wasn’t that big, I do remember thinking how much harder this hill would be if we were at elevation, instead of just a little over sea level.

With summer just around the corner, it is no wonder I am worried about elevationn… summer time means summer climb time, which means all those places with snow will soon be melted and exposed. This in turn means hiking is going to take on a bit more of a difficulty factor since I live at sea level if I want to get up to those beautiful stones up high.

To all my snow-loving friends out there, I am sorry, but I am so excited for the summer season to grace …

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Monday Monday: There’s Gold in Those Hills!

A trip to the foothills for some much needed river R&R

By Meggan Wenbourne

What a weekend spent in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. With the largely celebrated holiday weekend, coupled with spring break for many schools, we were expecting horrible traffic and less time than we wanted playing in the hills.

Boy, were we wrong or at least, lucky. We started our adventures in Coloma along the American River and ended them at the Confluence of the American River outside of Auburn, California. With nothing but perfect weather and only a few puffy clouds in the distance, it was a much needed weekend spent adventuring with old friends and playing in the mountains.

It’s a little intimidating (at least for me) to go solo mountain biking in an area in which I am unfamiliar, however the internet has made it a lot easier to gain …

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Mountain Monday: Up in Birdland

Finding yourself above the birds and the helicopters, you’re on top of the world

By Meggan Wenbourne

We had an hour approach, on mixed terrain and a five pitch, 750’ climb as our objective for the day. My body has not seen this kind of exertion or that kind of air under my feet in quite some time.

We are in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – not far past the California border into Nevada – and have our eyes set on Birdland, a 5.7+ rated 6 pitch climb (although the last pitch is “fragile and runout”… eww) in Pine Creek Canyon. The clouds have moved in ever so slightly and although the approach leaves us both a bit sweaty, the climbing temperatures prove to be perfect.

I found myself so excited to start up this featured rock, that I could hardly contain myself. These canyons have proven …

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Mountain Monday: Red Rocks, Polka Dots and Pink Ropes

Is there any better option than the desert in February?

In the chilly “winter” season here at my home base on the central coast, I find myself pining for warm weather and dry terra firma. It’s as if the colder weather turns me more and more into a bear – my body slows down, I stock up on some ell-bees and my motivation to get out there and go wanes ever so slightly.

Well, my psyche level turned to an eleven on the psyche meter when I headed just over the California border into Nevada to the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area near Vegas for the long weekend and finally got to climb those one-of-a-kind, beautiful desert rocks.

I came prepared for hellacious traffic with Justin Timberlake and three different books (luckily my partner in crime did not throw me out of the car in Barstow) and off we …

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Mountain Monday: Ode to Banff Mountain Film Festival

Beloved adventure film festival returns to California

By Meggan Wenbourne

Oh Banff Mountain Film Festival, how I look forward to you every year.

I find myself counting down the days to when we meet again.

There really is nothing like you, you make all our hearts race with adrenaline.

I’m so grateful for your stories and adventures, please be my friend.


Okay, so I am not a poet, but I can tell you what is quite poetic – the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016 that graced us with its presence for its California debut this past weekend.

With nothing but incredible beauty, outrageous stories and amazing adventures, the Banff Tour did not disappoint. With three full nights of films, ranging from daring kayaking and canoeing to high mountains of rock and snow, to the depths of our hearts for one special dog, Banff played with our heart …

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