Tag: issue #41

Thigh Deep in Patagonia

While winter holds here in the Sierra Nevada, southern Chile melts into summer. The snowy couloirs and valleys of the Cerro Castillo National Reserve are now rocky slopes and tree-lined trails. Just a few months ago, I finished a blog entry from the one computer with Internet access that exists in the quaint and colorful village of Cerro Castillo, where we spent our last night in warm beds before heading out into the spectacular grandeur of the Patagonia backcountry.

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Quick-Hit Tele Tips

While some consider telemark skiing to be a new sport, it may be the oldest new sport around. In fact, its Norwegian roots predate the alpine turn by a half century. Of course, that was before ski lifts made hiking for your turns superfluous, or should I say optional.

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Gold, Snow, Whiskey and Fast Dope

Winter enthusiasts might assume skiing for sport in North America got its start in the high peaks of the Rockies, or back east somewhere, in the woods of Vermont or the glades of the Adirondacks, perhaps with fur trappers or Western settlers stealing some leisure time having gotten fat and warm, or relatively so, from the bounty of the new land. Somewhere, you’d think, where a long tradition of skiing persists and to this day is celebrated by renowned ski resorts old enough and big enough to ring a bell with ski bums across the country.

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Kickin’ Axe in California

Nearly 40 winters ago, Yvon Chouinard and Doug Robinson scaled the Main Wall ice route in Lee Vining Canyon, off Highway 120 east of Tioga Pass. A near vertical frozen waterfall, the climb was likely a good opportunity to test some new ice climbing tools Chouinard was developing at the time, including an ice axe with a shortened shaft and a curved pick angle. His innovations helped push the sport past its roots as a subset of mountaineering to become a worthwhile winter pursuit in its own right. Since then, the sport has surged in popularity.

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Bela Vadasz: 30 Years of Alpine Guiding

These are two of the less obvious reasons why Bela G. Vadasz is a mountain guide and owner of Alpine Skills International, the Truckee-based ski mountaineering, climbing and avalanche education outfit he founded with his wife Mimi in 1979 – making it one of the oldest and most respected programs in the country for teaching human-powered mountain travel.

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The @ca_enduro Round 2 recap is now up on our website (🔗 in bio). The Georgetown Enduro was put on by @mtbexp and @californiaexpeditions , and dished out quite the wild course for its intrepid racers!

📸: Georgetown Enduro pro champ @jakekellr by @bixxel.media.

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Lupine motherlode in the Eastern Sierra. Just ... WOW 🤯 ⁠

📸: @mikemcdermottphoto⁠

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There's big water flowing all over California, including the Kern. Be safe out there! 🌊⁠

This is a good time to brush up on wilderness first aid and outdoor safety training — @survivalmedonline is offering 20% off all Survival Med courses. Use the code SPIRIT at checkout. ⛑️⁠

📸 Anthea Raymond
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Spotted in our latest issue. ...

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Have you ever thought of hiking the PCT? 🥾⁠

Our latest issue has the first of five stories in a series by Matt Johanson who has been sectioning the PCT for the past twenty plus years. ⁠

Matt recently took a one-year leave from teaching at Castro Valley High School to complete the remaining 2,250 miles.⁠

Lucky for Matt, his wife Karen has encouraged him to live his dream and has been providing support along the way. ⁠

📸 Matt is pictured here with his wife Karen, and their two dogs Sam and Elliot. ⁠

You can read his story "Sierra Splendor" via the link in our bio (🔗💕).⁠

OR better yet, pick up our latest issue at your favorite outdoor shop or become a member to have ASJ delivered 🗞️ to your home. 🏡
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