Category: Ear to the Ground

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 …

Ear to the Ground: Issue 110

News and notes from the outdoor industry

ASJ Partners with Four Wheel Campers for Roadshow

After ten years of traveling to events and races in our trusty 2008 Toyota, we are excited to announce that Four Wheel Campers of Woodland has signed on to be the official vehicle sponsor for the ASJ Roadshow. Keep an eye out for the ASJ/FWC branded truck  at events and online as we share pictures via our social media channels.

“This truck and pop up camper will help take our roadshow to the next level,” says ASJ editor and roadshow manager Matt Niswonger. “We appreciate the opportunity to be brand ambassadors for a new model of pop up camper that carries more stuff.” 

Additional details on the model are forthcoming, but basic features include plenty of space for mountain bikes and other equipment in the collapsed position while still leaving room for a king sized …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 109

News & notes from the outdoor industry

SuperTopo Forum is Pulling the Plug

The online climbers’ community known as the SuperTopo Forum is pulling the plug. For climbers, it’s the end of an era.

“It is with a sad heart that I announce that normal operation of the SuperTopo Climbers’ Forum will cease June 1. The Forum has been an amazing digital campfire, with more than two million posts over the last 18 years. It has reconnected many climbers with old friends and helped many climbers make new friends. And, there have been many amazing and compelling posts on the site, especially those on climbing-related topics that have been enjoyed by millions of people,” wrote SuperTopo cofounder Chris McNamara in his final post to the site.

“For climbers, the SuperTopo Forum has been the virtual Camp 4. Located in the heart of Yosemite Valley, Camp 4 was the birthplace of …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 108

News & notes from the outdoor industry

Mt. Shasta trail access to expand

Forty-five miles of new trail is in the works for the Shasta Trinity National Forest. A collaboration between MSMBA (Mt. Shasta Mountain Bike Association), the US Forest Service, and Mount Shasta Trails Association, the proposed Gateway Phase II trail expansion project will open up additional non-motorized recreational opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, and horseback riding around the City of Mt. Shasta. Trails will connect to the existing Gateway trail system.

Get details about this Gateway Phase II trail expansion project at

Trails will also link to Mt. Shasta Bike Park which boasts two chairlifts and over 25 miles of trail already developed. Scenic chairlift rides, hiking, disc golf and weddings are also available. The park is currently developing a “Beyond the Boundaries E-bike Experience” program which will introduce riders to a new trail …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 107

News & notes from the outdoor industry

Bianca Valenti makes 2018 “Most Accomplished Athletes” list

Outside Magazine has named San Francisco based big wave surfer Bianca Valenti one of 2018’s most accomplished athletes. Other outdoor athletes recognized were climber Alex Honnold, runner Des Linden, and several others. While there is nothing physical that would preclude women from surfing giant waves, female big wave surfers have long struggled to compete for equal prize money in that exclusive arena. While competing in surf contests around the world, Valenti co-founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing. Because of her efforts (and the efforts of other committed female surfers) women will compete for equal prize money at Mavericks this year.

Sierra snowpack on the rise

As we go to press, data from the California Department of Water Resources indicates that the Northern Sierra and Central Sierra, which stretch from the Trinity Alps down …

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Ear to the Ground : Issue 104

News and notes from the outdoor industry

Yosemite Legend and Five Ten Founder Charles Cole Dies

The founder of the climbing shoe company Five Ten, Charles Cole III, died at his home in Redlands, California on July 14 at age 63. Cole was a bold Yosemite climber with multiple El Cap first ascents and also held two college degrees — one in mechanical engineering and the other in business. When Cole was 30 his father died and he knew he had to do something to help support his family.

Cole turned to his love of climbing and what he had learned in engineering and business school to invent what Five Ten is famous for — Stealth Rubber.  This new compound was durable and sticky, perfect for climbing on slick rock. Stealth Rubber has come to be regarded as one of the stickiest rubber formulas in the world and Five Ten …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 103

News & notes from the outdoor industry

Southern California’s Big Rock Re-Opens to Climbing

After being closed to climbing for nearly four years, Big Rock at Lake Perris State Park is again open. Southern California climbers have visited the area since the 1950s, but it was closed to all forms of recreation during the Perris Dam remediation project.

The Access Fund worked with Southern California Mountaineers Association (SCMA) and local climbers to ensure the integrity of the rock feature was maintained during the four-year construction project. In March, the organizations hosted an “Adopt a Crag” event to clean up trails prior to the area being reopened to the public.

Over the course of this summer and early fall, a dedicated group of volunteers will work with Access Fund, SCMA, and American Safe Climbing Association to replace aging bolts at the historic crag. With this area being closed to climbing for …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 102

News and notes from the outdoor industry

Legendary Climber Jim “The Bird” Bridwell Dies after Illness

The legendary Yosemite climber Jim “The Bird” Bridwell died in Palm Springs on February 16. He will be remembered for his contributions to not only Yosemite climbing — some 100 first-ascent free climbs plus A5 big wall routes on Half Dome and El Capitan — but also cutting-edge alpine routes from Alaska to Patagonia. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and son, Layton.

Bridwell had many adventures around the globe, and was known for this hard-driving, hard-partying approach. In a January 2018 GoFundMe campaign, his son explained that Bridwell suffered complications from hepatitis C. “My mom suspects he could have contracted that from any number of his adventures, but more likely than not it came from the tattoo he received from headhunters during his cross-navigation of Borneo back in the ‘80s when I

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 101

News and notes from the outdoor industry

Warren Miller’s Legacy

The adventure world has lost one of its original patriarchs. On January 24th Warren Miller passed peacefully into legend at the age of 93.

Like Jack O’Neill’s contribution to the sport of surfing, Warren Miller’s influence on skiing cannot be overstated. His humor and adventure-seeking spirit forged the legacy of a genre and a passion for freedom.

Fortunately his work will live on through Warren Miller Entertainment, with a continuation of the trademark feature length movie coming out every year.

Tahoe Donner Voted #2 Cross Country Ski Resort in N. America

The results are in for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award contest and Tahoe Donner was voted number two for Best Cross Country Ski Resort in the U.S. and Canada. Tahoe Donner rose one spot from its ranking in 2016.

“It’s a real honor to be recognized as …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 99

News and notes from the outdoor industry

Rivers for Change: Source to Sea Learning Adventure

In the face of current and future effects of climate change, providing enough clean water to support healthy communities will continue to be one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Working with science teachers across multiple school districts along the Truckee River, the non-profit organization Rivers for Change implemented a dynamic format for teaching kids about the importance of their backyard river, combining challenging adventure with environmental learning, planting the seeds for a future generation of river stewards and advocates.

Using a combination of stand-up paddle boards, whitewater kayaks and rafts, pack rafts, and outrigger canoes, a team of ten student ambassadors between ten to 14 years in age and representing seven different school districts completed an exploration of the Truckee river from its source above Lake Tahoe, CA to its terminus in …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 98

News and notes from the outdoor industry

Proposed Trails for Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is currently undergoing a master planning effort for its parks. Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) has been working closely with city parks and recreation staff on the plan. The proposed plan includes a progressive, directional, bike-specific trail in Pogonip. The concept is to build a technical and rocky trail, geared to intermediate and advanced riders. The plan also provides for new multi-use trails in Pogonip, Harvey West, and Delaveaga parks to provide better connectivity to residential areas and trail networks.

These proposed trails represent an unprecedented increase in legal mountain bike trail access, creating new riding opportunities accessible from town. The Parks and Recreation Department has recognized the need for legitimate trail access for mountain bikers. MBoSC is asking supporters to speak up and let the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Santa Cruz City …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 96

News & Notes

Climbing Pioneer Royal Robbins Dies at 82

Royal Robbins, legendary rock-climbing pioneer, died March 14 at the age of 82.

As an early proponent of pitonless climbing, Royal was instrumental in inspiring a new generation of ethical, low-impact climbers. He was especially known for his first ascents in Yosemite. He authored Basic Rockcraft and Advanced Rockcraft, and founded outdoor apparel company Royal Robbins with his wife Liz Robbins. After developing arthritis in 1978, Royal went on to become an established adventure kayaker.

Endangered Species Act at Risk

In the current political climate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is at risk. The Act, signed in 1973, was designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction. In December, Rep. Bishop (R-Utah), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, stated “I would be happy to invalidate the Endangered Species Act.” A February hearing to “modernize” the ESA included criticism …

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