Tag: Christa Fraser

One Wheel Will Do, Thanks

“First off, people can’t be posers,” Corbin Dunn says. Riding a 36” fat-wheeled Coker unicycle, Dunn powers up a steep road in Los Gatos on a weeknight ride with a motley contingent of mountain unicyclists. The lone wheel is enormous. He powers up hill faster than a typical mountain biker. On the descents, his legs spin madly, trying to keep his feet on the pedals. He has broken his “handlebar,” a small carbon-fiber nub under his seat. Regardless, he aims for a berm on the side of the road. He bails at the last second, falling nearly four feet off his perch. He remounts in one fluid succession of movements.

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Destination: Santa Cruz

While municipal bigwigs argue whether Santa Cruz or Huntington Beach can claim the title of being the original Surf City, Santa Cruzians continue to live the California beach lifestyle. With an envious blend of coastline and public open space, local garages are commonly packed with bikes, surfboards and kayaks rather than cars.

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FLASHBACK: Red Lining on the Anguish Index: The Velodramatic History of the Race Across America

In 1982, a McDonald's in the sun-scorched desert town of Blythe was the fueling station for the lead racer in the inaugural version of a solo cycling race across the entire continental United States. That racer was Lon Haldeman. He rode on junk food, little water and even less sleep for the next nine days and 20 hours to win the first-ever Race Across America (RAAM) out of a field of four.

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Flashback: High Peaks and Deep Canyons by Kayak

The late 1970s and the early ‘80s were a time of fierce and friendly competition to claim first kayak and raft descents down hundreds of miles of unexplored California rivers. In order to make a successful first descent more likely, most boaters explored Sierra rivers in teams. Two teams stood out for the number and difficulty of first runs they made -- the team of Reg Lake, Doug Tompkins, and Royal Robbins, which came to be known as the “Billy Goat Crew;” and the team of Lars Holbeck, Chuck Stanley and Richard Montgomery, known as “The Hipsters on the Move.”

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Beginners Series

It’s springtime. There is still snow on the mountain passes, but some of it has started to melt. Rivers are beginning to run, creating ideal playground flows for boaters. And the winds that surge in with March and April are arriving in gusts, churning up waves. Conditions are perfect for playing outside.

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Gear: Backcountry Stoves

The improvement of stoves and hydrate-and-serve backpacking cuisine has fostered a culinary appreciation even amongst light-and-fast aficionados. But before they can argue the finer points of rehydrating their backcountry delicacies, they have to pick a stove, which can be a very tough choice, indeed. Here is a breakdown of the different stove types and what sets each one apart:

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Fido in the Snow

If your dog looks like an Alaskan malamute or a Swiss mountain dog, chances are your pooch takes to snow like a five-year-old Norwegian kid. Certain dog breeds, such as Huskies and St. Bernard’s, have been bred for cold weather pursuits for centuries. However, if your dog is not one of those thick-coat snow-adapted canines and spends most of his days running around in milder climates and suburban backyards, you may need to prep your pooch before heading for the high country, perhaps even buy him a new outfit or at least some winter accessories.

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Heliocentric: Love the Sun without Getting Burned

Most people know the basics of protecting themselves from the sun’s ill effects—wear sunscreen, avoid the sun between 10 AM and 3 PM, and avoid using baby oil while lying on a reflective mat. But there are a lot of sun protection myths out there. Since the rate of skin cancer in the US is now about 1 person in 35, it’s important to know the truth about sun safety.

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The California Enduro Series @ca_enduro took to the High Sierra for Round 4 of the 2023 season.

The sold-out Northstar Enduro delivered two days of intense racing in stellar conditions (dreamy temps! hero dirt!) at Northstar California Resort in Truckee August 19-20.

Read the recap at adventuresportsjournal.com/northstar-enduro-2023.

📸: Northstar Enduro 2023 Pro Women champion Amy Morrison @amymo_11 by @bixxel.media

#californiaenduroseries #northstarenduro #enduro #eduro
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Out now! Issue #130 a path to the path. We recognize that outdoor adventure is the path and great photos are the path back to the path. Sometimes we lose our way and great photos help us stay inspired. ⁠

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the @yosemiteclimbingassociation, guest editor and YCA director @timmyoneill presents five climbing photos that changed the game, including the stunner on our cover of Ron Kauk in Tuolumne Meadows by Chris Falkenstein. 🧗🏽‍♀️⁠

If you have temporarily lost your way, we hope you find a hard copy of this issue, and it helps you find the path out of your summer doldrums and into the magic of fall colors. Thanks for reading! 📖⁠

Click the link 🔗💕 in our bio for this issue's Editor's Note — A Path to the Path, Contemplating the Tao — by Matt Niswonger. ⁠

Cover Photo: Chris Falkentstein⁠

#print #printmagazine #independentmedia #outdoors #california⁠ #climbing #Yosemite #adventure #adventuresportsjournal #myasj⁠

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PSA: In anticipation of Hurricane Hilary, @castateparks has closed three state park units. Also, the public is urged to stay out of the ocean due to a high surf advisory in Southern California this weekend.⁠

See link in bio 🔗💕 for more info and resources. ⁠

📸 Negley Stockman / Unsplash⁠

#PSA #HurricaneHilary #StaySafe⁠
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Exciting news — California State Parks and Sempervirens Fund have joined forces to expand Castle Rock. This includes a new park entrance and acres of pristine landscapes. 🌿 ⁠

The $4.21 million in acquisitions for six properties by State Parks are the first for the agency in the Santa Cruz Park District since 2011 and the first anywhere in the state since 2021. 🎄⁠

Click link in bio 🔗 💕 to learn more. ⁠

📸 Dennis Yu⁠

📖 #CastleRockStatePark #NatureExpansion #DiscoverMore
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Our upcoming Fall Issue features an article by @alexhonnold 's mom — @dierdre_wolownick_honnold — on the benefits of climbing at ANY age. 💪🏽⁠ Keep an eye out for the print edition. ⁠

In meantime, you can click the link in our bio 🔗💕 to read how Dierdre has been rewriting the rules of adventure in her senior years. 🧗🏽‍♂️⁠

✏️ @chrisvanleuven, 2021⁠
📸 Jannette Wing Pazer⁠

#climbing #climbingforlife #climbingseniors #lasportiva #myasj
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Our upcoming Fall Issue features an article by @alexhonnold 's mom — @dierdre_wolownick_honnold — on the benefits of climbing at ANY age. 💪🏽⁠ Keep an eye out for the print edition. ⁠

In meantime, you can click the link in our bio 🔗💕 to read how Dierdre has been rewriting the rules of adventure in her senior years. 🧗🏽‍♂️⁠

✏️ @chrisvanleuven, 2021⁠
📸 Jannette Wing Pazer⁠

#climbing #climbingforlife #climbingseniors #lasportiva #myasj
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Public Announcement: Parking at Kings Beach State Recreation Area in Tahoe will be temporarily closed until 1PM this Wednesday, August 9 for the annual Tahoe Summit. ⁠

Online registration for the Tahoe Summit is now closed, but you can register the day of at the event.⁠

Learn more via the link in our bio. 💕🔗⁠

📸 California State Parks, 2019. Photo by Brian Baer⁠
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Michele Lamelin's four-legged trail partner, Anneke, enjoying a day on the trail in Oakridge, Oregon. 🌲⁠

In this photo, Anneke is modeling Ruffwear’s snazzy new Trail Runner™ Dog Running Vest. 🐕️⁠

Check it out in our latest issue's Gear We Love, or click the link in our bio to learn more. 🔗 💕⁠

📸⁠ @michele_and_anneke⁠

#trailrunning #dogs #trailrunningdogs #ruffwear #outdoor #adventures #oregon #california #adventuresportsjournal #myasj⁠
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