Nothing compares to skydiving for the sheer adrenalin rush. Immersed in the moment, Karen forgets the recommendation to keep one’s mouth shut – to avoid the discomfort of wind flapping the cheeks like sheets in the wind.
Craning my neck to see off the ledge I scan the terrain above me. I can see a blocky route that could go, but it looks sketchy. We’ve been testing that kind of chunky choss all day … no bueno.
Gotta be here somewhere … I scoot out a little bit farther towards the edge of the ledge.
To be frank, I thought about starting this story with an epic. Some hanging on the thin edge thing: frozen fingers grasping for a nub, a hair-raiser of a lightning storm scrubbing the inside of your helmet, being skinned alive by a fall on run-out slab. It sells magazines and stokes campfires, not to mention touches the void that is eg
“What is alpinism, anyway?” Terry Kearney was starting to rave as we burned through the last of our fuel. It was the morning after our second bivy. The sun played coy with our perch on the north face of Birch Mountain, in the outer orbit of the Palisades. “Is it all speed-aided 72-hour push up some heinous M8 wall? Is it just Steve House and the latest mad Hungarian? I love reading about that stuff, but I’ll never touch it. Maybe it’s more like two old men sharing one Ramen and no coffee for breakfast.”
One needs only to glimpse a monster truck show to know that big wheels roll over objects easier. So why have mountain bikers stuck to one wheel size for nearly three decades, one that’s three inches smaller than a standard road wheel nonetheless?
A record amount of snow this winter isn’t holding back the renowned Lost & Found Gravel Festival – the show goes ON Saturday, June 3!
Race organizers have re-routed the course to stay out of the snow, keeping distances and elevation gain nearly the same. Nicely done Lost & Found 👏
Entries are still available but selling fast … so be sure to snag your spot at the start. Wildflowers will be going off, enhancing the phenomenal beauty of the Lost Sierra backcountry. You don’t want to miss this race and the weekend’s fabulous festivities!
Proceeds benefit Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's Lost Sierra Route, connecting 15 mountain communities to promote economic prosperity through recreation.
Learn more about the Lost & Found Gravel Festival at the 🔗 in our bio!
📸 Lead image by John Watson.
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Jump into our latest issue for the lowdown on an exceptional adventure that checks all the boxes!
Leonie Sherman takes us to Secret Canyon outside of Las Vegas for a day filled with world class canyoneering, packrafting, climbing, and hiking … all capped off by a hot springs soak and vegan Thai food.
Read all about it at the 🔗 in our bio.
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Mountain bikers rejoice! More epic riding is in the works linking mtb-favorite Downieville with the communities of Forest and Goodyears Bar in the Sierra Nevada.
Kurt Gensheimer lays out all the sweet dirt on the Mexican Mine trail project in his article in our current issue (🔗 in bio).
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FREE THE SALMON
Tribes along the Klamath River prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Salmon Run happening May 18 - 21. 🏃🏾♂️
After years of campaigning, this is the last year all four of the dams of the Lower Klamath will be standing, as deconstruction of the Copco 2 dam is already underway.
Learn more about the run and the upcoming dam removals in our latest issue. Or check it out via the link in our bio (🔗 ⬆️).
📸 Charles Wickman / Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Michael Weir / Cal Trout
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...
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 (🔗💕).
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We had the chance to meet Nevada Native runner Ku Stevens and his family during the Remembrance Run. We were so inspired by their story, we had Ku on the cover of our Fall 2022 issue.
@schh_films is doing a documentary on Ku's story and that of other Indigenous families who have been impacted by Indian Boarding Schools.
Please take a second to vote for the film Remaining Native.
Your vote will help determine which project will receive the $45,000 Audience Award. These funds are crucial in being able to finish this film!
You can only vote once, so please grab a friend and share this important story!
Voting ends May 11th. Click the link in our bio (🔗🧡) to vote or copy and past the URL below. Voting only takes a second.
In case you missed it, Yosemite announced yesterday that Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 west into Yosemite) is closed from just inside the park boundary to Merced Grove.
"The road has a crack that is about 200 feet long and up to four feet deep. The road surface has moved two to three inches vertically and horizontally and is continuing to move.
The embankment below the road has moved as much as 15 feet downslope and has significant water flow through it."
The road will be closed at least until mid-June and possibly into July.
Learn more via the link in our bio (🔗⬆️).