Category: Backcountry Skiing

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

September 20, 2019 • Santa Cruz
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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

Visit riotheatre.com for descriptions.

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Earn Your Beer: Issue 108

Snowshoeing June Lake

By James Murren

I parked my car where the snow plows had stopped clearing the road that goes from June Lake to Silver Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Accumulated snow in the area was measured in feet and I was excited to go snowshoeing.

Where the snow plow stopped, snowshoeing began, meaning the unplowed road was the trail. As I strapped on my snowshoes, a backcountry snow boarder came walking out from the other side of the snow pile.

“Good, you’ll help pack it down,” he said. We exchanged a few musings on the recent weather as I finished with the final strap. He commented that the snow-covered road/trail was not tracked after  a half a mile or so.

A little ways down the road, two ice-climbers were seemingly learning how to use their axes on a snowy section of wall that was not more than …

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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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Event Profiles: Issue 107

Featured upcoming events

Alpenglow Mountain Festival

February 16-24, Lake Tahoe & Truckee

Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a nine-day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically acclaimed films and more. This year Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases over 75 individual events from February 16-24, 2019 and is almost entirely free.

Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – backcountry skiing and splitboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, natural history, yoga, live music, educational workshops, social gatherings and more.

Visit their website to see the full schedule of events and sign-up in advance to guarantee your spot. Also check out their lodging partners and use code MTFEST19 for deals and discounts.

Learn more here.


Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Santa Cruz

February 21-24, Santa Cruz

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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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Classic Backcountry Tours

Three Sierra tours from green circle to black diamond

Words and photos by Brennan Lagasse

The snow has been flying all over the Sierra Nevada this winter with mid-January storms blanketing the Range of Light in a bright shade of white from north to south. The backcountry in the greater Lake Tahoe area has been filling in as a result, and February looks to be a great month to get out for a tour. Here are three classic spots with varying levels of terrain for those looking to get out and enjoy the best of what Tahoe has to offer this season. Don’t forget to have a good partner as well as the tools and knowledge necessary to safely access avalanche terrain before you head out for a tour.

TOUR 1 // Mt. Rose

The Mt. Rose area is home to some of the best easy-access, high elevation powder …

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Doug Read

A Tahoe City Nordic ski legend faces his toughest rescue yet: himself

By Tim Hauserman

Long time Tahoe local Doug Read was one of the original founders of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team back in 1976 and served as its President for eight years. As a member of TNSAR’s A-Team, he has gone on over 150 searches: many in the middle of a blizzard in the middle of the night. He also has been the Great Ski Race Director for 42 years. While the last few years of mild winters have been tough on the race, in the past it has been the largest cross country ski race in the western United States.

When Read purchased a second home in rural Sierraville with his wife Laura, he founded the Tour De Manure Metric Century bicycle ride, which is the primary fundraiser for the Sierraville Fire and Rescue Department. …

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SnowPals Makes Bay Area to Tahoe Ride Sharing Easy

San Francisco Bay Area snow sports community celebrates twenty years of sharing enjoyment of Tahoe’s winter wonderland while advocating for the environment

SnowPals

SnowPals — the largest snow sports community (with 8,000+ members) on the west coast — is celebrating its 20th year of service to San Francisco Bay Area’s community of skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. The grassroots organization’s core mission is to bring San Francisco Bay Area residents together to enjoy snow sports in the Lake Tahoe area and beyond. A main goal of the organization is to reduce carbon footprint impact on the environment; to that end SnowPals work diligently to encourage people to pool resources and ride share to Tahoe area resorts.

SnowPals is comprised mostly of busy professionals from all parts of the Bay Area (San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, and North Bay), representing a diverse community of singles, couples, and families. …

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2019

Lake Tahoe & Truckee • February 16-24, 2019
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Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2019

Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a nine-day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically acclaimed films and more. This year Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases over 75 individual events from February 16-24, 2019 and is almost entirely free.

Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – backcountry skiing and splitboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, natural history, yoga, live music, educational workshops, social gatherings and more.

Registration opens December 17, 2018. Learn more and register at alpenglowsports.com/mountainfestival.

 

 

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