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Mountaineers oppose $500 park service climbing fee for Denali
Mountaineers oppose $500 park service climbing fee for Denali

A mountaineer taking in the scenery of Denali National Park, where the park service proposes to raise climbing fees.. The U.S. National Park Service is proposing to raise mountaineering fees by 150 percent in Denali National Park, Alaska, the location of North America’s tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley.. If approved, the cost for climbing in the...

Jan 22, 2021
Western states debate river access for paddlers
Western states debate river access for paddlers

We all own the rivers, right?. Not so fast. Paddler’s rights to navigate Western rivers will be a matter of debate this spring.. Trouble’s brewing in Utah. More accurately, it’s brewed and has begun to froth. The state legislature is debating the rights of paddlers to navigate the state’s river, according to American Whitewater.. One...

Jan 22, 2021
Video intro to America’s Great Outdoors intitative
Video intro to America’s Great Outdoors intitative

It’s a little difficult to describe America’s Great Outdoors, the Obama administration initiative to revisit America’s conservation policies, mostly because it’s such a huge topic.. In launching the initiative this spring, Obama invoked President Theodore Roosevelt, who in 1908 held the first White House conference on conservation.  So broadly speaking it’s about conservation and everything related to...

Jan 22, 2021
2010 Race Across the Sky chronicles Leadville 100 mountain bike race
2010 Race Across the Sky chronicles Leadville 100 mountain bike race

Race Across the Sky, a documentary about the 2010 Leadville 100 mountain bike race, hits theaters November 4. Tickets are on sale now.. It’s the second film about the grueling 100-mile race from the former mining town of Leadville, Colorado, to the top of 2,570-foot top of Columbine Mine. The first iteration of the film...

Dec 26, 2020
NPR features “quiet revolution” in biking transportation
NPR features “quiet revolution” in biking transportation

The National Public Radio show All Things Considered ran a feature yesterday on the rise of cycling in American transportation planning.. The piece was inspired by cities like Washington DC and Portland, Oregon, which have been steadily improving bike lanes and trails, and by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s pledge to expand biking infrastructure nationwide.. Responding...

Dec 24, 2020
Video shows start of 2010 Tour Divide mountain bike race
Video shows start of 2010 Tour Divide mountain bike race

The Tour Divide, a 2,745 mile North American mountain bike race, started in Banff, Canada, last Friday. As of this morning, the winner of the two previous tours, Mathew Lee, was in the lead near Seeley Lake, in Montana.. The video below, posted on YouTube by the creators of Ride the Divide, a documentary about...

Dec 24, 2020
Welcome to the cargo bike revolution
Welcome to the cargo bike revolution

But no guilt. Just because you don’t pedal heavy loads across town everyday, doesn’t mean you’re a weak-thighed Earth hater. We can’t all live in Portland, Oregon, the most bike-friendly city in the US. . Then again, maybe it’s a chicken-and-egg scenario: if you come — i.e., ride on sketchy suburban roads built for...

Dec 24, 2020
US plans “sea change” in supporting biking infrastructure
US plans “sea change” in supporting biking infrastructure

A rent-a-bike station in Washington DC. Courtesy: Bike Portland. The U.S. Department of Transportation is waxing bike-friendly. Earlier this month, the agency formally announced plans to consider biking and walking as equal forms of transportation to cars and trucks. That translates into greater federal investment in building networks of bike and walking trails and making...

Dec 24, 2020
The Queen of Fixed Gear Bike Tricks Moves to China
The Queen of Fixed Gear Bike Tricks Moves to China

Ines Brunn’s got crazy bike trick skills. In fact they are circus crazy, which might explain the theatrics and spandex.. Brunn took up “artistic cycling” in Germany at age 13 and joined the national team 3 years later. Yes, Germany has a national team in artistic cycling.. After performed professionally for years and becoming...

Dec 24, 2020
Surfing the Winter Away in Rincón, Puerto Rico
Surfing the Winter Away in Rincón, Puerto Rico

A lucky dude surfing in late winter at Sandy Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.. The waiter was suspiciously tan. My friends and I had decided to splurge one night during our trip to Rincón, Puerto Rico, at a swanky Spanish villa-style restaurant where they serve the food under silver hoods, like in old movies.....

Oct 20, 2020
First climbing wall for children opens in Kabul, Afghanistan
First climbing wall for children opens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Benafsha, a young Afghan woman, tops out on the new Skateistan rock climbing wall in Kabul, Afghanistan.. Not all news from Afghanistan is bad.. The capital of the war-torn country, Kabul, just got its first indoor climbing wall, installed at a facility run by Skateistan, a non-profit that runs skateboarding and educational programs for Afghan children.....

Oct 16, 2020
Epic surfing documentary series releases Australia trailer
Epic surfing documentary series releases Australia trailer

The Australians are laughing at us. As we break out sweaters and chapstick here in the Northern Hemisphere, they continue their campaign of “slip, slop, slap” – slipping on a shirt, sloping on sunscreen, slapping on a hat. Okay. We get it. You live in a sun drenched paradise. . Now, to give the Aussies...

Oct 16, 2020
Everest movie, The Wildest Dream, coming out on DVD
Everest movie, The Wildest Dream, coming out on DVD

The Wildest Dream, a National Geographic movie about climber Conrad Anker finding George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest 75 years after his death, comes out on DVD on March 15, 2011. You can pre-order it through Virgil Films and other online DVD sellers.. Here’s the description of the movie from the website:. George Mallory...

Oct 16, 2020
Drum Hike
Drum Hike

While serving in Iraq two years ago, Troy Yocum used his spare time to devise an epic plan.. Concerned for a friend and fellow veteran who had lost his job, Yocum decided to raise money for veterans who returned home to find themselves jobless and in debt.. For 15 months, he’d walk 7,000 miles across...

Oct 16, 2020
Dust causing mountain snow to melt earlier
Dust causing mountain snow to melt earlier

Andrew Temple, of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, in Silverton, Colorado, looks out over the dusty snow of of the San Juan Mountains. Courtesy: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies. Dust deposited on Colorado’s high peaks is causing snow to heat up and melt sooner, meaning paddling season starts earlier, but ski season...

Oct 16, 2020
Coke lobbying stops plastic bottle ban in Grand Canyon
Coke lobbying stops plastic bottle ban in Grand Canyon

A Hiker on the South Kaibab Trail about half-way to Phantom Ranch. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.. After intense lobbying by Coca Cola, the head of the National Park Service has blocked a plan to stop selling plastic bottles in Grand Canyon National Park, a policy intended to reduce plastic litter.. Fed...

Oct 16, 2020
Dam on popular Washington whitewater run done got blown up
Dam on popular Washington whitewater run done got blown up

After nearly a century, the White Salmon River in Washington has been freed, opening a popular whitewater paddling run to natural water flows. On October 26, engineering blew up Condit Dam, which had constricted the flow of the river and covered a large stretch of the river bed since 1913.. “New and improved recreational...

Oct 16, 2020