Tag: Mike Schwartz

Opinion: Shop Local and Boycott the Predatory Dot Coms

Without the funds to fight off Backcountry.com’s legal team, small companies are being forced to give up their perfectly legitimate use of the word “backcountry,” and it has been revealed that Backcountry.com is now becoming a gear manufacturer arrogantly looking to own the entire “backcountry” concept and all commercial opportunities that come from the word.

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Train for Snow

What’s the deal with winter? If you are anything like me, winter is generally a bad time for fitness and outdoor sports. Oh sure, I try every year to resist the lure of massive holiday overeating, but inevitably I am ten pounds heavier and in lousy shape come spring. Then I spend spring and summer getting back into shape and the whole cycle starts again—fit and motivated in the summer, lazy, fat and uninspired in the winter. Gaining fitness in the summer; gaining weight in the winter. You get the picture.

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GEAR: Tele vs. AT — A Matter of Preference

Telemark and AT (Alpine Touring) gear are all the rage these days. They’re proliferating at ski areas as fast as in the backcountry. The latest gear is half the weight and twice the performance of what you might expect. With one setup, you can comfortably tour the Sierra backcountry and hit the steeps at Squaw Valley. The choice to drop your knee or not is a tough one. Don’t sweat it if you can’t decide; the skills you develop in one discipline will help you conquer the other should you wish to switch later.

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Join @ellasuring and @theory_in_motion as they discuss ultra running and Alyssa’s journey as both an athlete and a coach. The full interview is out now on our website. 🏃🏼‍♀️

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There’s still time for spring skiing at @bvadventure

With over 65 kilometers of groomed paths and a cafe on the trails, it’s a great destination for the whole family.

#xcskiing #adventure #california
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Looking to beat the crowds this season for some spring skiing? Just 3 hours from the Bay is Bear Valley Mountain Resort. Our writer @ellasuring explored the area this weekend and was greeted with short lift lines and friendly faces to share in the stoke!

@bearvalleyresort is located between Tahoe and Yosemite and is the perfect casual ski destination for friends and families. With a variety of terrain levels, rentals, a lodge and lots of dining options, it’s the perfect winter getaway.

#california #skiing #snowboarding #winter #mountains #snow #adventure
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🌸 Embrace the vibrant magic of spring in California`s desert state parks! 🌼 Get ready to be amazed by a sea of rainbow colors as the wildflower season blooms in all its glory. 🌈✨ Don`t miss out on this impressive display of nature`s artistry! 🌺🌵⁠ ⁠

Learn more about the bloom at the link in our bio!⁠

© California State Parks, all rights reserved. 2024.⁠


#SpringinCalifornia #WildflowerSeason #NatureAtItsFinest
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🏕️ As the popularity of dispersed camping grows, an increasing number of campers are leaving the beaten path. Picture the disappointment of arriving at your chosen adventure spot after hours of planning and travel, only to find it strewn with litter. ⁠

🌿 Let`s safeguard the unspoiled magnificence of our natural surroundings! ⁠

Click the link in our bio 🔗 for five essential tips to ensure your next outdoor escapade respects and preserves the beauty of our wild spaces. ⁠

Photo and story by Krista Houghton
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Disconnect to Reconnect: James Murren shares his annual tradition of a ‘Digital Detox’ in this issue’s Earn Your Beer column. 🌵

This year, he turned to the deserts of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to reset. Read about his soul-refreshing experience. Cheers to adventure and unplugging! 📵

Featured Brews — The Butcher by @societebrewing and Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale by @sierranevada 🍻

Photo by Left Coast Photographer 📸

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