The American Alpine Club (AAC) and Access Fund — two of our country’s foremost climbing advocacy non-profit organizations — brought over 60 climbers from across the country to Washington DC last week to speak with lawmakers about protecting our nation’s most spectacular public lands.
The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an extreme bohemian lifestyle in the valley: living in the dirt, clashing with the National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on earth. The torch has been passed across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.
Fifty years ago, the world was a harsher, more primitive place—at least in terms of adventure sports. Think for a moment about a little route on El Capitan in Yosemite called The Nose. Its slick granite face was difficult for a team of climbers to ascend after weeks of dangerous toil, let alone all-free and in a day. Meanwhile, bicycles of the time didn’t boast suspension forks or disc brakes and surfers couldn’t stay in Northern California waters for longer than a half hour without turning blue. Skiing was still a ballet-like sport best done in stretchy woolens and leather boots, and no one even considered running a marathon, swimming 2.4 miles, and biking 112 miles consecutively while wearing a Speedo.
Entries are still available for the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge, a Santa Cruz-area road cycling event set to take place Saturday, July 29, 2023.
This year’s SCMC features new routes, catering to various riding levels and interests. It also boasts a fun climate festival, and a portion of the proceeds benefit Ecology Action for their efforts in tackling climate change issues. 🌎 🚴♀️
Learn more about SCMC and its partnership with Ecology Action in Leonie Sherman’s article in our current issue (🔗 in bio).
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Have you seen our 2023 music festival guide, published in our latest issue? Be sure to check it out and plan to attend one or more of these incredible events … most of which take place in some truly phenomenal California and Nevada locations!
Use code ASJ2023VIP by end of the day to get $60 off @theascensionmusicfestival happening at Mt. Shasta Ski Park July 28 - 30.
Photos: 1 & 6 - @bluesapalooza / 2 - @joshuatreemusicfestival / 3 - @schellraiserfest / 4 - @newportbeachjazzfestival / 6 - @outsidelands / 7 - @montereyjazzfestival / 8 - @theascensionmusicfestival
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Huge thanks to @oars_rafting and @h2oadventures for providing these awesome photos....
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).
@trail_whisperer @sierratrails @u.s.forestservice @castateparks #mountainbiking #mexicanminetrail #earnyourbeer #adventuresportsjournal...
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...