A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience
GEAR Black Diamond Speed 30 Backpack
This is a no-nonsense pack with no external gewgaws to muck up your climbing experience. There are no outside pockets or zippers or containers, though there is a tool attachment and an inner sleeve for a hydration bladder. It's just a pack with a 4-millimeter frame that fits well and holds up to 35 pounds.
Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Running Watch
For new runners or those who just want the basics in a GPS watch, this may be the most affordable yet. (It won't be available until later this month). This Garmin doesn't bog you down with data; it tells you how far and how fast you are running. On a second screen, it gives mile splits and calories consumed. That's it. And that's really all you need.
"50 Places to Bike Before You Die" by Chris Santella
$24.95, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 224 pages
From the ice fields of Alberta, Canada, to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, Santella takes readers on a tour of gorgeous countryside and mountainous terrain on two wheels. Two California rides make the cut: a five-day trek from Truckee to Mammoth Lakes; and a tour of the Napa-Sonoma wine country.
World's 10 Best Naked Outdoor Events
The Adventure Journal exposes the top activities, sans clothes, so of course the Bay to Breakers made the cut. Here are the first five:
1. World Naked Bike Ride: Now in 70 cities. Alas, not Sacramento.
2. Bay to Breakers: A San Francisco running tradition.
3. Naked Hiking Day: Held on the summer solstice. Info: HikingNaked.com
4. International Swimming Gala: Serious competition in events such as butterfly and breaststroke, sponsored by the French Federation of the International Naturist Federation.
5. Running of the Nudes: PETA sponsors this race two days before the annual running of the bulls in Pamploma, Spain.
From Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, dubbed the founder of aerobic exercise: "Age fast, age slow it's up to you."