Category: Adventure

3 Steps for Springing Forward in Style

You must have noticed it. Light in the sky where only a month ago was darkness. A gentle warming of the air. The first bird song in the trees. There are changes happening as we move toward spring, most noticeable with our calendar’s time change. Setting our clocks ahead may be perfunctory, but this is the time… Read more »

The Atmospheric River: Adaptability in California’s Sierra Nevada

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Words and photos by Ibex Advocate Jake Young In early January of 2017, one of the largest storms of the past ten years struck California. The storm brought fierce precipitation causing floods, mudslides, and falling trees, but it also helped California escape one its most severe droughts on record. As the storm moved across the… Read more »

Exploring Eastern Sierra Rock with Ibex Advocate Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson moved to Mammoth Lakes, California for the winters, but a drought brought her to Bishop’s Happy Boulders instead of the slopes. She’s been climbing ever since, and while her love for the sport began with bouldering, she quickly started exploring classic sport routes in the Owens River Gorge and has added several of… Read more »

Around the Bend: Pleasant Detours through Central Oregon

By Ibex Advocate Anna Jacobs We’re pretty fortunate here in Bend, Oregon – we get 300 days of sunshine a year, and living in the high desert means the air is always dry and the weather tends to be fairly predictable. It was peak foliage season a few weeks ago, and my friend Tony and I… Read more »

Use your summer trips to fuel your fall and winter months

Each year, I make a list of summer trips that I hope to do. Every day of vacation is accounted for in a plan that is fantastic (but in retrospect, likely impossible). As summer turns to fall, I find myself comparing my list of summer dreams to what we actually did. There are always some great… Read more »

5 Basic Steps to Start Your First Bikepacking Adventure

One could be forgiven for mistakenly hearing you say backpacking, when instead you were talking about bikepacking. After all, the two sports, at their core, are fundamentally similar. Both require at least one overnight stay, preferably off the beaten track. Both require packs, which you transport yourself, that contain the necessary rations and technical accoutrements… Read more »

Over the Divide

Time is a friend and foe. We wait through the long dark nights of winter dreaming of the days of summer – a blissful time filled with infinite opportunities. Now that the summer is here, we have to figure out what to do with all of the potential (and quickly before the sun starts to… Read more »

Climbing Against the Odds on Mt. Shasta

On June 22, 2016, a team of men and women will attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Shasta, a 14,179 ft. peak at the southern end of the Cascade Range. This annual mountaineering expedition is Climb Against the Odds, sponsored by The Breast Cancer Fund. Both breast cancer survivors and those who have been… Read more »

Mother’s Day Outdoors

We all appreciate the moms in our world. Picture a Mother’s Day morning of fresh flowers, a steaming coffee delivered to the bedside, and time to relax as a family. This year with a little advance preparation and a nose for adventure, the fresh flowers could be growing beside your tent door and the coffee… Read more »

Supporting Outdoor Experiences for New England’s Kids

It’s a party! As New Englanders, we at Ibex are over-the-moon happy to welcome Big City Mountaineers to the East Coast. Bienvenue and wilkommen! Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sharing outdoor experiences with urban youth. The adventures they facilitate are focused on mentoring, life skills, self-esteem, collaboration, independence, and breathing… Read more »

How to Prep for Riding Your First (or 50th) Gravel Race

While most of us celebrate four seasons, Russians apparently go for six. Rasputitsa occurs twice a year, like two pieces of soggy bread sandwiching the frozen expanse of a ham-fisted winter. These rasputitsa mud seasons are so intense across the realm of the former USSR that they’ve earned special designation synonymous with quagmires, un-crossable roads,… Read more »

Björn Bauer is Stranded in the Backcountry

Gotta get up to fall down. Photo by Björn Bauer. The premise: “Stranded in the Backcountry” is Ibex’s mash up of the New York Times’ “Three Days In…” series, NPR’s Desert Island Discs, and our own bias for skipping out on society every now and again. Whether it’s a stroke a good luck or your… Read more »