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Stealing the Swiss Arete

It was the first week of November and the high peaks of the Sierra were already wearing a substantial and scintillating blanket of snow. At first scout, it seemed that my goal of climbing the Swiss Arete, on 14,153-foot Mount Sill, the second highest peak in the Palisades Range, would have to wait another year. Even with years of experience, I knew I was alone in winter conditions and that while attempting an ascent I would have little margin for error. But the day was spectacular. An invigorating stroll a little ways into the high country to see the Palisade Glacier and the granite spine of the Sierra Crest started out as just an innocent hike.

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The Snow Dreams Are Made Of

Whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, this time of year your dreams are surely filled with but one thing … powder. Whether boot top, hip deep, or snorkel deep, floating through untracked powder snow is a sublime experience. One of nature’s most ephemeral gifts, powder rewards both ego and soul. It is no wonder that the delights of powder are likened to vices like champagne and cocaine. Slashing fresh tracks on your skis or board is an addictive natural high that leaves you wanting more.

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Winter Mountaineering: Getting Out in the “Off” Season

Don’t put your summit fever away for the year. Once temperatures drop and snow falls, your climbing rack can be put to good use aiming for the cold-capped peaks of winter. Sure, winter in the mountain ranges of California can be cold and stormy but winter mountaineering provides the chance to explore the state’s peaks at a time when few folks reach them.

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Our recent article with Michael Allen is up! Featuring his new film A Long Road To Tao, that's being featured in the Las Cruces International Film Festival this spring along with his work as a fine art surf and wave photographer 🌊🎥⁠

Check out Michael's work at the link in our bio 🔗⁠

Written by contributing writer @ellasuring
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When it’s not raining, Castle Rock State Park offers amazing hiking and rock climbing just under an hour away from Santa Cruz! 🌲🥾

And when it is raining, you can still get out there and have some adventures! 🌧️

We went out last weekend in a break from the rain and sent some climbs at Indian Rock 🧗🏽

Just remember to bring water, snacks, warm clothes, and plan beforehand as there is no cell service there, adventure on!

#rockclimbing #adventuresports #outdoor
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Can anyone guess where this iconic Redwood Tree ring is in Santa Cruz? 🌲The canopies of redwood trees support entire ecosystems of wildlife, insects, plants, and they even create soil up there from decomposing leaves 🍂. Next time you go mountain biking, running, or hiking, take a glance up and wonder at the marvels towering above you! #hiking #santacruz #adventuresportsjournal ...

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