Category: EPiC

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.

Follow along and celebrate a life lived in high places at warrenmiller.com.


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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.

Get more information, including tour dates and tickets, at tetongravity.com/films/ode-to-muir.

 

 

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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.

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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 …

Oslo Pax

Addressing climate change is not possible without peace; peace is not possible until we address climate change

By Leonie Sherman

“We are the first generation to experience the impacts of climate change,” Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo told a packed room at Oslo Pax, the Nobel Peace Center’s first annual Peace and Climate Conference. “And we are the last generation that can actually do something about it.”

Over the course of the next two days, the 200 politicians, activists, writers, generals, and young people who gathered at Oslo Pax helped me understand how lucky I am to call California home. Our state has been actually doing something about climate change for years. In 2006, California set an absolute statewide limit on greenhouse gas emissions. Ten years later we extended and strengthened the limit. In 2018, California organized an international summit which gathered governments, the private sector and indigenous leaders …

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The Tahoe Fund

Raising money to improve Lake Tahoe

By Leonie Sherman

The new bridge on the Tahoe East Shore Trail (Michael Okimoto) .

When then President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore visited the sparkling shores of Lake Tahoe in 1997, they kicked off a frenzy of interest in protecting the largest alpine lake on the continent. Residents have loved and worked to preserve the clear waters, glaciated peaks and surrounding magnificent forests for millennia.  

Though 80% of the land surrounding the iconic lake is federally owned, most environmental efforts had been at the local or state level. Federal involvement kicked off the coordination of hundreds of lake improvement projects, including healthier forests and lake clarity initiatives, the removal of invasive aquatics, and the enhancement of outdoor recreation and beach access. Over the next 20 years, between state and federal investment, almost a billion dollars poured into the Tahoe Basin for improvements.…

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California Bicycle Coalition

Making it safer and easier to live the bike lifestyle

By Leonie Sherman

If you’ve enjoyed a ride on a bike path, along a designated bikeway or in an urban bike lane somewhere in the Golden State, chances are the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) had something to do with getting it there. CalBike, headquartered in Oakland, was founded in 1994 to bring together the growing number of local bicycle organizations to fight for bikes at the state level. In practice that means they advocate in the state capitol and across the state for policy changes that make it easier for all Californians to lead healthier, more joyful lives by riding bikes safely in their communities.

“What communities really need to be bike friendly is a network of streets that connect destinations in a community with safe and attractive bikeways that don’t have stress from auto traffic,” says CalBike’s executive director …

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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wildlands Alliance protects national forests for quiet winter recreation

By Leonie Sherman

California is ground zero for a process called Winter Travel Planning, which will regulate snowmobile use in national forests for the first time in our country’s history. The Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) plan implemented by the US Forest Service (USFS) in 2015 requires the USFS to analyze all areas in the forest that get snow and designate where motorized vehicles are appropriate and where they aren’t. Five national forests in California will set a precedent for the rest of the country when they become the first to complete their OSV plans by the end of 2019. Plumas National Forest’s comment period is open until December 10, while draft plans are in the final stages on the Stanislaus, Eldorado, Tahoe and Lassen National Forests. Boise, Idaho-based Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA), with staff members spread across the snowbelt

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The Courage Project

Helping kids deal with mental health issues one adventure at a time

By Leonie Sherman

LIKE MOST OF US, RENO-BASED CLINICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST Dr. Brie Moore gets her juice from outdoor adventures. “When I’m stressed, or overwhelmed, climbing or snowboarding or paddle boarding clears my head. They give me perspective and allow me to cope with life’s challenges,” she says with a contented sigh. “I realized I wanted to bring those experiences to the kids I was working with.” So she started The Courage Project. In their first summer, the organization sponsored eight different events and reached 50 young people. They’d like to expand into offering snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding this winter.

The Courage Project aims to enhance the lives of kids struggling with anxiety or depression through a unique climbing, paddling, yoga or hiking experience. Athletes and guides provide quality instruction, while trained Courage Coaches provide individualized evidence-based …

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Channel Islands Restoration

Saving the world one weed at a time

Words by Leonie Sherman
Photos courtesy of CIR

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, TWO GUYS WITH CHAINSAWS and big hearts started cutting down invasive eucalyptus trees on Santa Cruz Island. Since then, Channel Islands Restoration, the non-profit they started, has worked on projects on all eight of the Channel Islands, as well as almost a hundred mainland sites. They’ve created three localized greenhouses for native seed propagation, pulled out nearly a hundred thousand invasive tamarisk seedlings in Los Padres National Forest, removed three miles of non-native giant reed that was choking Carpinteria Creek, engaged thousands of volunteers and brought over 2,000 school kids out to the islands. CIR has become the government’s go-to organization for habitat restoration on some of the most sensitive terrain in the Golden State, including Channel Islands National Park, California’s Galapagos Islands.

The Channels Islands, located just 25 miles from …

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Protect American River Canyons

A river runs through it

Words by Leonie Sherman

Photos courtesy of PARC

AT THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS, in the heart of Gold Country, Auburn State Recreation Area protects 48 miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American River and 30,000 acres of riparian, chaparral and coniferous habitats. More endurance races pass through here than anywhere else in the country. Over a million hikers, bikers, picnickers, swimmers, and whitewater enthusiasts visit every year. Though the site is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the all volunteer group Protect American River Canyons (PARC) is its unofficial guardian. Originally formed to oppose construction of the Auburn Dam, PARC’s mission has grown to include education, outreach and political lobbying, all with the goal of increasing protection of one of the wildest rivers in central California.

In the …

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Friends of the Inyo

Advocating for and protecting California’s iconic wild lands

By Leonie Sherman

If the Eastern Sierra is California’s playground, then the non-profit group Friends of the Inyo (FOI) is playground monitor, custodian and the funnest kid to play with all rolled into one office, five full-time staff members and over a dozen seasonal employees. When concerned individuals got together in 1986 to comment on a new management plan for Inyo National Forest, they never imagined the scope and effectiveness of the organization their ragtag band would become. Over three decades later, FOI collaborates with every agency along the 395 corridor to advocate, explore and steward the area’s greatest legacy — its public lands.

“Friends of the Inyo is the only non-profit that works to protect the entire Eastern Sierra region,” says FOI Executive Director Wendy Schneider. “We work all the way from Lone Pine to Bridgeport, from the desert to …

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EPiC: Saving Lives

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center teaches skills and vigilance

By Leonie Sherman

Veteran ski patroller Josh Feinberg didn’t really understand avalanches until he triggered one that killed a close friend. While backcountry skiing north of Yosemite, he and two companions, all well-versed in avalanche safety, decided they needed to traverse a wind-loaded ridge. The avalanche Feinberg started knocked him unconscious before completely burying him. One of his companions was swept through trees and rocks and the other clung to a small whitebark pine while the wave of snow flowed over him. After the dust had settled, the tree hugger retrieved the woman who’d been swept through the trees before digging Feinberg out. He left her in Feinberg’s care while he skied out to initiate a rescue. She died in his arms.

“That was by far the worst day of my life,” says Feinberg quietly. “After that, I just wanted to do …

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Restore the Delta

Opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s tunnels to protect California’s largest estuary

Words by Leonie Sherman
Photos courtesy of Restore the Delta

When Governor Jerry Brown announced his support of Water Fix, the plan to build two 30-mile long tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the non-profit group Restore the Delta (RTD) was waiting with hundreds of protestors. Its presence was so intimidating that Governor Brown retreated to the top floor of the building to make his announcement and refused to answer questions from the press or meet with the gathered residents. While its presence that day had a large impact, RTD’s effectiveness extends far beyond the plaza in front of the Natural Resources Building in Sacramento.

RTD originally formed in 2006, with the intention of advocating for water quality and quantity. Just months later, then Governor Schwarzenegger laid out plans for the Bay Delta Conservation Project, the predecessor to …

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After the Fire

Ventana Wilderness Alliance continues to educate and advocate after the devastating Soberanes Fire

By Leonie Sherman

In 1998, five dudes got together around a campfire and decided to work together to preserve the towering redwoods, twisted oaks, coastal meadows and baked southern slopes of the Ventana Wilderness. They loved to hike and swim and hang out where the mountains meet the sea but were disturbed by the impact of over-grazing, increased use and the Forest Service’s inability to protect these fragile places. Twenty years later the non-profit they spawned manages 23 volunteer rangers, oversees over 300 miles of trail maintenance and instills land ethics in the next generation of wild land protectors. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance doesn’t just advocate and educate, they encourage citizens to ask essential questions about government priorities.

The VWA focuses on 313,000 acres, from Mt. Carmel in the north to the border with San Luis …

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Weed’s Water War

How residents of a small town at the foot of Mt. Shasta are fighting back against the bottled water industry

By Leonie Sherman

For 107 years, residents of Weed, California, a picturesque hamlet nestled against the flanks of snow-capped Mt. Shasta, have been drinking water from nearby Beaughan Spring. The water is so pure it flows straight to their faucets; no treatment is necessary. Locals take gallon jugs of it with them when they leave town.

But Roseburg Forest Products, the Oregon-based timber giant that owns the land around the spring, has other uses for that pure water. Crystal Geyser already bottles Beaughan Spring water in Weed, and RFP wants to sell them even more. The timber company has told the 2,700 folks who call Weed home to find their water elsewhere.

“No way,” says Michael Yates of Water for Citizens of Weed CA. “I’ve been drinking that water …

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