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Sizing up Two Epic Tours: The Sierra High Route and Alps Haute Route

We’re at the Symmes Creek trailhead, in the high desert sage out Onion Valley Road west of Independence, about to embark on the Sierra High Route. Pioneered by Dave Beck in 1975, this ski tour became an instant classic. Beck envisioned this line across the southern Sierra as California's answer to the famous Haute Route of the Alps. Traversing 50 spectacular miles from the Owens Valley near Mt. Whitney to the grand conifers of Sequoia National Park on the west, the route crosses the highest portion of the Sierra, including six major passes that top 12,000 to 13,000 feet.

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Working the 24-Hour Shift

My 24 hour mountain bike racing career started in 2006. A long-term adventure racing team sponsor bowed out and I was left with the task of redefining myself as an athlete or getting a real job. Fortunately, my sponsors Red Bull and Specialized were supportive in my quest to avoid a nine-to-five existence. For lack of a better idea, I decided to take my endurance experience into mountain bike racing. I knew I could race for days on end from my adventure racing career, but had no idea if I was fast enough or good enough on a bike. I had never actually entered an official mountain bike race or ridden against any women. I won the first 24 hour race I participated in that year in Spokane, WA. It was my test run and I beat everyone in the race, including the men. I took it as a sign. Nine to five would have to wait.

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Oh, the stories a Joshua tree might tell! Have you visited a Joshua tree yet and just listened? 💚⁠

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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 🤯 ⁠

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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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