Category: Hiking

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Radical Reels and Adventure Night 2019

September 20, 2019 • Santa Cruz

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre September 20 at 7pm. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. You’ll enjoy the great line up of cycling, climbing, skiing, running and horse racing films this year.

Note: Before purchasing tickets be sure to check out the film ratings if this is a concern for younger audience members.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out.

List of films:

  • Far Out – Kai Jones
  • Fast Horse
  • The Mirnavator
  • Ice & Palms
  • Viacruxis
  • The Moment
  • Life of Glide
  • Reel Rock 12: Break on Through

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Squaw Mountain Run 2019

Truckee, CA • July 27, 2019

Enter to win an entry!

For the past 38 years, hundreds runners and hikers have made the annual pilgrimage to the top of Squaw Valley to enjoy a great workout with stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. Starting at the base of Squaw Valley USA (6200’), the course climbs the 3.6 mile Mountain Run to High Camp (8200’) where awards, raffle, music, light refreshments & beer from Fiftyfifty brewery in Truckee are provided. Participants can choose to run or take a more leisurely pace and hike, or Nordic walk (hike with poles).

This event is a great for the whole family. Parents can hike will little ones on their backs and older kids feel super accomplished when they make it to the top on their own two feet. Everyone can go at their own pace to find their best challenge. …

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Best of the Fests 2019

Here comes festival season!

There’s something for everyone, from gatherings for beer lovers to music fests to celebrations of the myriad of human-powered summer sports. If you know of a festival not on this list, let us know and we’ll add it! ASJ partners are FULLY in bold — we appreciate their support of adventure enthusiasts throughout California, western Nevada and beyond.


>> Coachella – April 12-14 & 19-21 • Indio // Music and Arts Festival in the Coachella Valley. //

>> Lucidity Festival – April 12-14 • Santa Ynez  // An open-source transformational arts and music festival. //

>> Desert Hearts – April 26-29 • Los Coyotes Indian Reservation // A tribute to House, Techno, & Love with intimate gatherings focused on art, music and community. //

>> Back to the Beach – April 27-28 • Huntington Beach // Enjoy two days in the sand …

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Ruffwear Launches Spring 2019 Product Line for Working and Service Dogs

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 (Bend, OR) — Ruffwear, the leading manufacturer of performance dog gear to enhance and inspire adventure for outdoor explorers and their human companions, has announced the development of an assistance harness for the visually impaired, along with a full line of products specifically designed for working dogs.

For more than 20 years, Ruffwear has supported working dogs and their handlers. Working together with organizations like Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment, Conservation Canines and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Ruffwear has worked to better understand the job these dogs do and provide the gear they need to perform. Products will be available for purchase through accredited guide and service dog organizations.

UniFly™ Harness. The UniFly™ is more than a guide dog harness — it’s the unique line of communication between a human and their guide dog as they navigate everyday life. It allows the …

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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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Gear We Love: Issue 107

Goodies for your active lifestyle

Gear We Love Issue 107

1. Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit with Heat Shield

Imagine being able to set up a fire pit anywhere in less than a minute. That’s the cool thing about the Pop Up Fire Pit from Fireside Outdoor: it packs into a small bag and sets up quickly wherever you need a low-maintenance campfire. What makes this portable campfire so enjoyable is the stainless steel mesh that the logs sit on. Strong enough to withstand 125 pounds of wood, the mesh provides oxygen to the fire from below, creating a hotter burning fire that creates more warmth. We recommend you spend a little bit more and purchase the optional heat shield. The heat shield allows the Pop Up Pit to be set up on the grass or concrete without leaving any sort of brown marks, allowing for S’mores on the lawn and worry free backyard …

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Western Mountaineering

Producing quality gear since 1970, right here in California

By Leonie Sherman
Photos courtesy Western Mountaineering

Camping in February means eleven hours in a sleeping bag every night. Who makes that sleeping bag can make the difference between embracing adventure during the coldest, darkest, quietest months or shunning it. High-quality gear allows you to push further and love being outside in any season under any conditions. That’s why it’s good news that some of the warmest and lightest sleeping bags in the world are manufactured in the South Bay Area. If you want to explore new horizons and accept new challenges in the outdoors this winter, Western Mountaineering gear can make it a more pleasant experience.

Since 1970, Western Mountaineering has set the industry standard for warm, light, reliable sleeping bags and down garments. They manufacture three dozen different bags, from the summer Everlite, which weighs less than a pound …

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Earn Your Beer: 5-Peak Challenge

San Diego adventure pairs perfectly with BNS Brewing’s Gatling Gun Imperial Stout

Words and photos by James Murren

The sun rose bright over the mountains to the east as I stepped out on the trail to the peak of Cowles Mountain in San Diego’s Mission Trails Regional Park. It was 6:50am and I was getting started on the 5-Peak Challenge: summit all five of the park’s peaks, taking as long as you want (a day or several) and any route you want, but no shortcuts, meaning you have to stay on official park trails.  My plan was to do them all in a day, totaling somewhere around 15 miles of hiking, with an elevation gain of about 4,000 feet.

The number (30+) of people coming down Cowles as I headed up at sunrise was inspiring.  Who were the pre-dawn people with headlamps and flashlights? Women and men of ages …

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Save Red Rock Celebrates Major Victory for Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Clark County, Nevada commissioners stand by conditions of approval; Gypsum Resources postpones development request

Save Red Rock has long been battling proposed development on land that borders Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA), a popular Las Vegas-area destination for outdoor enthusiasts across the globe. The grassroots organization asserts such development would result in the destruction of Red Rock’s landscape, bringing pollution and traffic to the area and enraging the two million visitors who use RRCNCA each year as a destination for climbing, hiking, biking and camping.

On December 4, 2018, Save Red Rock was informed by Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager — who oversees Red Rock Canyon area District F — that Gypsum Resources’ development request would not be heard on the agenda for the following day’s meeting, marking a major victory in the fight to protect Red Rock.

“We are so grateful to Commissioner Brager for listening to …

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Santa Cruz 2019

February 21 – 24, 2019 • Santa Cruz, CA

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre, February 21 – 24 at 7 pm (4 shows, 2 programs). Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The 2018/2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 43rd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

The  Program A is Thursday OR Saturday, Program B is Friday OR Sunday.

Benefits the UCSC 

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Gift Giving Guide 2018

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season

Check out the stellar gift ideas below that are sure to be big hits with the adventure enthusiasts on your list. PLUS enter win sweet stash from many of these companies! Learn more here:

Evergreen Lodge Rush Creek Lodge
Clif Family O'Neill Yacht Charters
Pacific Yurts Mount Hermon Adventures
Giro Morsel
Gregory Packs Advanced Elements Summer Shower
Dynaplug Ride Concepts
Zodiac Lights ENO
Hydrapak Leki
Bucci Sportiva
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