Tag: issue 45

The Ultimate Rush

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.

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From Dawn to Dark in the Palisades

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.

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Eastside Lowdown

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

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Like Surfers Gone Alpine

“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.”

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Big Wheels Gaining Traction

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?

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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!

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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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    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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    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 (🔗⬆️). ⁠

    📸 NPS
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