I know more folks regard Marin County as the birthplace of mountain biking than do Crested Butte, but I'll tell you one thing we don't have in Colorado that you have in California: Other trail users trying to maim MTBers. Sharpened sticks pointed up the trail, blackberry bushes pulled into a trail at neck height, barbed wire strung across trails, these are all ways that they're not playing nice in Marin County nowadays. Video here at KTVU.
Wow, here's a newsflash, the increase in people climbing over the last 18 years has led to an increase in the number of climbing related injuries in emergency rooms says a new study, Rock Climbing Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments in the U.S., 1990–2007, in the Sep issue of American Journal Of Preventive Medicine. Some of the other findings:
An estimated 40,282 patients were treated in emergency departments for
rock climbing–related injuries in the U.S. over the 18-year period. (1990 - 1997)
Patients aged 20–39 years accounted for more than half of all injuries. (Really? Shocking that people climbing the most account for the most injuries)
Fractures, sprains, and strains accounted for the largest portion of injuries (29.0% and 28.6%, respectively)
The lower extremities were the most frequently injured body part,
accounting for 46.3% of all injuries; ankle injuries accounted for 19.2%
Men were more likely to sustain lacerations and fractures
Women were more likely to sustain a sprain or strain
Falls were responsible for three quarters of all injuries (77.5%).(shocker)
Full press release from K2 about the tribute ski...Rest in peace brother.
On March 26, 2009, ski legend Shane McConkey died in a ski BASE
jumping accident in the Italian Dolomites. In countless ways, McConkey
defined skiing as a lifestyle and by pushing the boundaries of the
Shane was a member of the K2 Skis team and was a creative thinker
who challenged conventional wisdom in ski design. His Pontoon rockered
powder ski, introduced in 2004, was one of the most profound
innovations in ski design in decades. His concept was soon after
adopted by the snowboard market thus making the sports more fun for
millions of enthusiasts.