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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🎁 This Giving Tuesday, consider donating to the folks building the longest mountain bike trail in the world. It’s called Orogenesis, and it stretches from Canada to Cabo. ⁠

🚵‍♀️ The trail is 95% complete and there are a few rough spots in the middle (to put it lightly!). It will cost $5 per foot to complete and they could use your help. ⁠

⬆️ Click the link in our bio to learn more. 🔗⁠

#givingtuesday #givingtuesday2022 #bikepacking #mtb #publiclands #trails #california #oregon #washington #baja #oregontimbertrail #bajadivide #mountainbiking #bike #singletrack #mountains #s24o #publicland #nativeland #orogenesis⁠
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DON'T FORGET TO VOTE! We have news and updates about our latest issue that is hitting the streets, but the most important thing to do today is to vote. So please, if you haven’t already … please vote. Find candidates who will fight for our democracy and protect our planet. 🌎

📸 Melissa Askew
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The Upper Tyrolian Trail, North Lake Tahoe’s newest single track mountain bike trail is now open above Incline Village, Nevada. ⁠

Spearheded by the @tambatahoe (TAMBA) with a $60,000 grant from the @tahoefund, the trail was built in collaboration with the @u.s.forestservice and @sensusradtrails, a trail building nonprofit by local freeride mountain bike athlete @camzink.⁠

Check the 🔗 in our bio to get more info. ⁠

📸 Courtesy of TAMBA⁠

#trails #trailbuilding #trailsbuildcommunity #mtbtrails #mtb #mountainbiking #tahoe #northtahoe #outdoors #california #nevada #adventuresportsjournal #myasj
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Please help save Yosemite’s Camp 4. ⁠

Yosemite Valley is the center of the universe for rock climbers. From Royal Robbins to Yvon Chouinard to Lynn Hill to Tommy Caldwell to Alex Honnold to countless others—the history of our sport is etched on the walls of Yosemite.⁠

Unfortunately, under Yosemite’s current 100% digital reservation system, all the campsites in Yosemite Valley are continually booked many months in advance during the climbing season. A relatively small number of tech-savvy tourists book all the campsites and climbers get almost nothing. Climbers are forced to sleep hours away or pay for expensive lodging in the Valley. This makes it nearly impossible for us to follow in the footsteps of our heroes.⁠

See the 🔗 in our bio to learn more. ⁠

#SaveCamp4 #Camp4 #AccessForAll #ClimbersCamp #WalkInCampsites #Yosemite #NationalParks #Petition #AdventureSportsJounral #MyASJ
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The 10th Annual season of the @ca_enduro is a wrap! A little late getting this posted, but it still worth a click over to the 🔗 in our bio to get a recap of the season finale that took place in Ashland and check out the awesome images by @bixxel.media⁠

📸 Janea Perry, Pro Women 2nd place
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Last night we were excited to hear NPR's coverage of the Minden siren. For those who don't know, this is the last sundown siren in America and Adventure Sports Journal is proud to be a part of the movement to turn it off. Minden is a small town near Lake Tahoe.⁠

Take a listen as a multi-racial group of activists, including ASJ co-founder Matt Niswonger, work together to stop the siren. Also included in this group, are Marty G Meeden and Kutoven Stevens who is on our current cover. ⁠

A big thanks to The Sum of Us podcast host Heather C. McGhee and Joaquin Cotler of Futuro Media for covering this important story. ⁠

Click the 🔗 in our bio to take a listen. ⁠

#stopthesiren #thesumofuspod #tellthetruth ##nevadaindiancommission #stopracism #outdoordiversity #everyoneoutside⁠
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⛰️ We were stoked to get this photo from our backpacking editor Matt Johanson. After years of reading and helping proof Matt's articles for ASJ, our wonderful Michele Lamelin got to be his trail angel this past weekend. Michele has been so inspired by Matt's backpacking stories, that she has gone on to sectioning the PCT with her dog Anneke. ⛺️ 🐕️ ⁠

🗣️ Matt had just completed a 1300+ mile section of the PCT. Matt messaged us saying, "I had such a good time driving back from Crater Lake with Michele last night. Not just because I needed a ride so badly (there’s no public transportation there , so I don’t know what I would’ve done otherwise), but because it was so fun to get to know her and talk about our mutual interests like hiking, dogs and contributing to the magazine. We might even hike a section of the PCT in SoCal together next year." 📰⁠

👏🏽 Our contributors come from all over the state, so having them get a chance to meet (and even be a trail angel) doesn't happen everyday.⁠❗️⁠

🙏🏼Thanks Matt for sharing your inspiring stories with ASJ readers, and thank you @michele_and_anneke for taking time out of your busy schedule to be Matt's trail angel. 😇 ⁠

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Bobby McMullen: 1964 – 2022⁠

The cycling community lost one of its best ambassadors to the sport last week. Bobby McMullen fought an extensive battle with diabetes, cancer, kidney failure, and other health issues with humility, grit and grace. ⁠

"Blind Bobby" lost his vision 30 years ago and never let that get in the way of him hitting the trails. We were honored to have him on our cover back in 2012. ⁠

Bobby leaves behind his wife Heidi and daughter Ella. Bobby and Heidi were set to celebrate their 10 year anniversary later this month.⁠

Click the 🔗 in our bio to learn more and read a tribute to Bobby by his longtime friend and riding partner @yhauswald.
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➡"I'm here because of stories that my grandma would share with me, and all our other elders. I picture them scurrying away from town when the siren did go off. People are still alive today that would have to leave town," said Washoe descendant Stacey Burns.

📸 Stacey Burns contemplates the legacy of the sundown sirens in the Carson Valley during the Siren Run. Photo by Anthony Cupaiuolo / @acwithft⁠

🔗 Learn about the Siren Run that happened earlier this year by checking the link in our bio. ⁠
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