Check this out, these people are insane!
‘BIRDMEN: The Original Dream of Flight’ is a documentary film scheduled for completion in March 2012. The movie chronicles the history of man’s ancient desire of bird-like flight and explains the how and why of arguably the world’s most dangerous sport today.
If you have yet to see it the 2011 Lake Tahoe Backcountry Vertical Challenge has people logging vert already! The new website is up and running and ready for you to start tracking some vert!
The 2011 Backcountry Vertical Challenge represents Lake Tahoe’s first ever FREE, community-wide fundraising initiative to benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center. In a quest to attain operational dollars for Lake Tahoe’s local avalanche forecasting agency, Alpenglow Sports has challenged the entire Tahoe backcountry community to a cumulative goal of 15 million vertical feet of human-powered uphill travel.
As a Tahoe backcountry enthusiast, this is your opportunity to give back to the Sierra Avalanche Center at zero cost to you! As such, every single foot of uphill travel matters, and no number is too small! While 15 million vertical feet is a lofty cumulative goal, the ultimate payoff is a $3000 donation to the Sierra Avalanche Center by Alpenglow Sports. The event is designed to motivate, inspire, and bond the Tahoe backcountry community around a vital resource for all methods of backcountry travel and recreation.
If $3000 wasn’t enough, Alpenglow Sports will be paying participants in the form of gift certificates for their progress! The event will run from November 15, 2011 through April 30, 2012. For competitive types, podium prizes will be awarded for the top three men and women, as well as for best camera edit pertaining to the event. Any skier or rider that registers data is also eligible for a FREE bi-monthly raffle! Major sponsors include: Black Diamond, Scarpa, G3, Rottefella, Marmot, Suunto, Clif Bar, Smith Optics, and Honey Stinger.
photo from National Parks Traveler
As we all know as backcountry use increases the land managers unfortunately add restrictions such as quotas and fees in order to manage our wild lands. Denali National Park has had a fee involved with climbing Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker since 1995. Since then this cost has increased and recently the park and the public have come to an agreement; $250 if you’re 24 years of age or younger and $350 for anyone over the age of 24. Check out a full article on the situation from National Parks Traveler:
“The idea of Wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.” Edward Abbey
Here in Tahoe we really don’t have bike lanes like bigger cities do. However for those of us who cycle, whether as a commuter or for recreation, we do have to deal with cars (and cars need to deal with cyclists).
In a demonstration to warn luxury car drivers not to park in the bicycle lane in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius, the mayor of the city recently crushed a Mercedes-Benz parked in the bike lane with an army tank. Full story here and here’s a Youtube video as well. Obviously this is set up however quite entertaining:
from Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line:
Backcountry Film Festival – Ready to Make You Backcountry Famous
How many ski movies have you seen that were shot in July and August – in North America? A deep and abiding snowpack across the West (coupled with a cool, wet, and stormy June) has yielded what is, for most of us, an apocryphal anomaly, the “July ski season.” Sure, the guys up in the Cascades and north of the 49th make it a habit of enjoying turns all year,but for the rest of us, winter is rapidly fading memory once the fireworks fly.
Not this year (check the stories from Tahoe, A-Basin, and The Bird). Which is precisely why it’s a great time to rally the brethren and sistren, grab your boards, and head for the hills to document this season of epic deepness. For your efforts, the Backcountry Film Festival is ready to provide a screen and an audience of thousands across the country. So whether you’re getting fired up to shoot some fresh footage or ready to pull out the powder vids you shot back in the frosty months, read on to find out how to submit your work to the Festival.
[Photo courtesy Winter Wildlands Alliance/Backcountry Film Festival. Skier, Sam Pope - KGB Productions. Photographer: Tuck Fauntleroy]
Presented by the Winter Wildlands Alliance
, the 7th-annualBackcountry Film Festival
focuses on grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of backcountry, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation.When they say “grassroots,” they mean it. From the Festival website: “You don’t need a degree from a film school. You don’t need footage shot while dangling precariously, camera in hand, from an ice wall in the Rockies. All you need is a compelling story, some quality footage and a keen eye for a fun, educational or juicy topic.”This year’s categories are: Best Short Short (under 5 minutes), Best Environmental Message and Best of Festival.Films entered into the festival should be short – no longer than 30 minutes. In keeping with the Winter Wildlands ethos, these films should share a thought-provoking, interesting story of backcountry, nonmotorized recreation. A strong focus on environmental themes is at the heart of the Festival and the Wildlands mission, so stories focusing on conservation, preservation and stewardship are encouraged. The Festival warmly welcomes whatever your creativity can conjure – documentaries, fiction, experimental, you name it.The Film Festival gets noisy in Boise, Idaho in early November before taking to the road and hitting over 50 cities throughout the nation (up from 30 last year).Submissions must be in DVD format, received in Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Boise office by September 15, 2011
and include three copies and a $20 submission fee. See festival rules
for more information and address to which you may mail your submissions. You may also contact Shelley Pursell at email@example.com
or 208-343-1630 for further details.
Interested in helping out the Winter Wildlands Alliance, getting some free Clif Bars, and sharing your stories? This is only running until July 17th! Click anywhere below to link to Clif Bar’s Meet the Moment website, share your story and dedicate it to WWA, then post your Moment to your Facebook page. WWA gets $5 to help wilderness stewardship you get some loot from Clif Bar!
view up to Muir Hut on Muir Pass 2006
Sorry we don’t have a current photo of the Sequoia backcountry but the one above is from the last huge winter we had. This is the view from the north looking south up at Muir Pass. You can see the Muir Hut poking out a bit as well. I’m guessing this is about what it looks like back there now. The creeks will be cranking and snow bridges will be sketchy as well, more so in the afternoons, so plan ahead and take on any crossings in the morning. This particular summer the water crossing at the outlet of McClure Meadow was 4 feet deep in the morning and McClure Meadow was a lake!
Here’s a list of a bunch of links that may be handy. Some of the Forest Service and National Park Service trail, road, and campground openings and conditions. Looks like they have tried to update them recently. If you’ve been out in the backcountry shoot these folks an e-mail with any info you’ve got on conditions. It is greatly appreciated since many of these agencies are understaffed especially in the Wilderness departments.
Road and Campground Opening Dates
Inyo National Forest:
Mono Lake Mammoth Bishop Lone Pine/Mt. Whitney
Yosemite National Park Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
One other spot to check for High Sierra information is the High Sierra Topic forums. They have a thread that may or may not be updated but worth a look for some first hand info.
Recently in the Sierra Sun a couple Alpenglow employees got some interview time on the topic of rock climbing. Check out this excellent article written by Matthew Renda that has some great info on how to get started, different disciplines, gear needed, and where to go in Lake Tahoe. If you’re from out of town the info on where to go is a great start and if you are totally new looking for guidance there is info on local guide services as well. Click on the article title to link to the Sierra Sun:
- photo from Matthew Renda/Sierra Sun
This has been all over our Facebook and Twitter and here it is again:
“Trail Update as of Saturday 6.18: Glen Alpine to Lilly Lake DRY, TRT Tahoe City towards Brockway 5 miles in DRY, Eagle Lake DRY, Rubicon Trail/Emerald Bay DRY, Meeks Bay mostly DRY 4.5 miles in. Things are melting quick! Get out there and enjoy the sun!”
According to the Yosemite National Park website Tioga is open as of today however with limited access:
The Tioga Road will open on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 8 am. There will be several no-stopping zones and visitors should be aware that hiking opportunities are extremely limited due to snow and dangerous creek crossings. No services will be available along the road.