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Life in the Mountains- Crazy Beautiful Ugly Mountain Weather

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September 14, 2013

Why do we climb mountains?  To see what’s on the other side?  To stand on top?  To achieve a personal goal?  To sweat, and do something physically difficult? Because it’s fun? Or simply because it’s there. Without sounding like a cliche, climbing peaks has a lot of metaphors for life.  There is prep, commitment, effort,… Read More ›

Life in the Mountains- The Balancing Act of Adrenaline and Beauty

Sometimes we don’t know whether to keep moving or to stop to look at the view. There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors.  So many ways to combine exercise, fresh air, natural beauty, adrenaline, and the simple joy of being outdoors. A few weeks ago we were riding mountain bikes and making lots… Read More ›

The Cold, Damp Magic of Fog

I’ve had these photos for a while now.  They’ve been waiting to become a blog post, but I’ve been struggling to find the words to describe my relationship with fog.  As an outdoor athlete, I have a love-hate relationship with fog. On one hand, fog means cold.  Fog means damp.  Fog means extra layers.  Fog means… Read More ›

Dread and Terror on the NUT

Sometimes great adventure happens when you pick a destination you know nothing about. We had an  unplanned day on a road trip to Bend, Oregon and were looking for an epic one-day adventure.  A friend suggested the North Umpqua Trail (he had never done it, and we had never heard of it).  After a bit… Read More ›

The Madness of Black Friday

Black Friday is here once again.  H and I made our annual Black Friday pilgrimage. The lines were long and epic The roads were packed with holiday traffic, and we had to park miles away from the mall. We scored a great deal on some sunshine (80% off, Woohoo!).  I trampled some people to get… Read More ›

A Change of Seasons- The Sleeping Lady

We’ve had a few days of rain here in Northern California.  As we headed out the door for a trail run, I grabbed my camera as an afterthought.  It had rained all night, and heavy rain turned to showers in the morning.  We climbed to the ridge in low clouds and a steady drizzle.  As… Read More ›

Riding the Redwoods in Fort Bragg and Mendocino

Located on California’s North Coast, Mendocino and Fort Bragg are on the verge of becoming a “bucket list” mountain bike travel destination.  Imagine 100+ miles of smooth forested singletrack winding up and down through the steep canyons of Jackson State Forest.  Tight, twisty singletrack among redwoods and ferns.  Long climbs and flowing descents.  Oh yeah!… Read More ›

Bike Review- Eriksen Cycles Custom Ti 29er

Editor’s Note:  This is H’s review of her first custom bike.  She is exceedingly humble and doesn’t like to talk about herself, despite a phenomenal resume as a bike racer.  She has multiple national championship titles (in mountain, road, track, and collegiate racing).  Her credits include 2-time Masters National XC champion, 2-time Masters National Super-D… Read More ›

Glass Beach- Enjoy it While You Can

Located in Fort Bragg, California, Glass Beach is an accident of history.  For years, people drove to the edge of a sea cliff and tossed their garbage over the side.  The beach was the city dump.  Much of the garbage was burned right on the beach, and the remainder was just left for the ocean… Read More ›

Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe’s West Shore

Lake Tahoe’s West Shore is not often associated with epic Tahoe Mountain biking.  Among the marquee Tahoe mountain biking destinations (Mr. Toads, the Flume Trail, Northstar, Hole in the Ground, etc), the West Shore is often overlooked.  Make no mistake though, there is great mountain biking here as well. For our non-mountain biking blog readers-… Read More ›

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