‘We’re going to change the world’

Manoah Ainuu, featured in the film “Black Ice,” grew up in Compton but became a professional climber.

S’lacio Bankston struggled on the icy pitch, lost his footing and backed off. Later, the 20-year-old refocused and invoked Mohammed Ali to pump himself up: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!” Bankston sent the frozen waterfall on his second effort as his friends erupted in cheers. If Black climbers are rare, African American… Continue reading ‘We’re going to change the world’

Challenge, camaraderie define 100-mile race

Steven Moore finished in 18 hours, 14 minutes and 57 seconds, setting a new course record for men aged 50-59.

One hundred miles of murderous terrain stretches out the field of Western States Endurance Run, but the legendary race still sees an occasional photo finish. Those in Placer High School’s LeFebvre Stadium in the late hours of June 29 witnessed a sprint for the ages. After more than 18 hours of racing up and down… Continue reading Challenge, camaraderie define 100-mile race

Sierra Summits: “a guidebook with heart”

Sierra Summits, Matt Johanson’s latest adventure guidebook, is his third and best effort.   Sub-titled A Guide to 50 Peak Experiences in California’s Range of Light, the book offers a wide range of experiences covering the 400 miles of the Sierra Nevada range. For example, beginners and hikers with children can start on Sentinel Dome… Continue reading Sierra Summits: “a guidebook with heart”