Adventure races are also such a HUGE undertaking that someone entering one might think, “Am I ready? Did I train enough? Did I forget something?” I remember one race in particular, my very first Eco Challenge and only my second race ever. It was probably the most unprepared and frightened I have felt in my whole life. A 24-hour race seemed like an eternity to me. My background was cross country running in high school and college where the two and three mile races seemed long. Most of my fear was due to lack of experience and knowledge. I really had no idea what I was getting in to. I had done one 24 hour race that happened to be an Eco Challenge qualifier. I was like a deer caught in the headlights the whole way. We won the race, nonetheless, and were invited to Australia.
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 (🔗💕).
OR better yet, pick up our latest issue at your favorite outdoor shop or become a member to have ASJ delivered 🗞️ to your home. 🏡...
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 (🔗⬆️).