Tag: Issue #50

Step by Step Around Big Blue

The Tahoe Rim Trail: It’s 165 miles of primo single-track circling Lake Tahoe via two mountain ranges, three wilderness areas and two states. Mile after mile of jaw dropping vistas of Lake Tahoe, quiet strolls through deep forest, and glacier carved lakes at the base of high granite peaks. In July, you’ll find spectacular wildflower gardens at Meiss Meadows; August is time for a refreshing swim in Dick’s Lake; and in the fall, yellow aspen leaves light up Snow Valley.

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Shasta Climbing Season Extended

Wet spring helped preserve snow for summer climbing and skiing Don’t put away those skis and crampons yet! Weeks of cool temps and steady moisture through June have kept Mt. Shasta’s snowy flanks in prime shape leaving the window open for stellar late season climbing and skiing well into July and perhaps beyond.

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Born Again Rock Stars

Years ago, when I was a young, naive lad, I brought a pair old Boreal rock shoes to be resoled at the Rubber Room in Bishop. The resoling shop’s logo—a cartoonish scantily clad, rubber-wearing dominatrix found in climbing magazines—shared a certain salacious fervor more likely to be found in the back of a big-city weekly where the term “massage” is thrown around rather loosely. So with this image planted firmly in mind with the spike of a six-inch heel, I hesitated at the door half expecting to be whipped and spanked. And I would have deserved it given the sorry state of my worn shoes.

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Park Once, Play More

Despite California’s empty wallet, the Golden State is not hurting for amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. From the redwoods to the Sierra and back to the Bay there is an adventure lurking along every highway. Surrounded by all these beaches, trails, rivers, and crags, the diversity of natural amenities makes it easy to do it all, if even in a single sunny day. Care to kayak then pedal singletrack? Or how about a road ride and then some bouldering? … Double-up days like these are no problem in the rich and diverse landscapes of our greater Nor Cal/Nevada region.

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Fact or Fiction?

You’ve heard these myths before. Your uncle likes to repeat them at the dinner table, corporations tout them on TV ads, and politicians spew them during stump speeches. They’ve been used over and over to justify poor environmental policy, and they’re just plain wrong. Here are the top ten most dangerous eco myths.

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Wild & Scenic Bachelor Party

Greg Speicher watches as C-1 paddler Norwood Scott runs a rapid in Devil’s Canyon. We are dragging Tecate. There is so much beer in the raft – as well as a cooler of frozen red meat and bacon – on our first day on the Middle Fork of the Feather River that the back end keeps hanging up on shallow rapid entrances.

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Open Your Eyes and Climb

Ty Fairbairn pulls up into a Donner Summit sunset. Sometimes all it takes for progression is good vision. In the summer of 2006, Truckee rock climbers Ty Fairbairn, Dustin Sabo, Brian Sweeney and Scott Thelen opened their eyes to the obvious while driving along Interstate 80 and discovered one of the best new Tahoe rock climbing developments in recent years – the Castle Peak boulders.

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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. 🌎

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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. 😇 ⁠

#PCT #trailangels #hiking #outdoors #backpacking #getunplugged #visitcalifornia #traveloregon #printmagazine #printsnotdead #adventuresports #myasj⁠
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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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NEWS: Yvonn Chouinard gives Patagonia away, naming Earth as the company's only shareholder.⁠ ⁠

📸 Campbell Brewer⁠

➡️ Click the link 🔗 in our bio to read the full release. ⁠
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USING TRASH PICK-UP TO BUILD COMMUNITY AND MAKE A HABIT WITH IT. — @timmyoneill

"Over the decades, Ken Yager has built the annual Facelift into the largest Yosemite gathering of the year, volunteering hundreds of hours to do something that gives back to the Park while making it fun. The film Free Solo premiered during one Facelift to a packed audience that went wild. After successful shows year after year in Yosemite, Yager is now taking it nationwide with Facelift Act Local."⁠

📸 A Facelift volunteer displaying the hashtag #DontFeedTheLandfills reminding us to reduce our trash footprint. Courtesy of @yosemitefacelift⁠

➡️ Check out our latest issue to read the full article by @chrisvanleuven ⁠

❓️Can't find an issue? Become a MEMBER and have ASJ delivered to your 🏠️ or click the 🔗 in our bio to read more. 👆️⁠
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