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Eric Pollard picks a nice spot to chill. Virginia Lakes, California. Photo: Andrew Miller

The Last Hill

By Max Hammer   |   Dec 20, 2017 December 20, 2017

We were off-the-couch bikers, versed in miles per hour, not miles per day. After seven days of biking to ski, we needed a rest day. Hot springs mandatory. We remembered a shortcut to the Green Church pools, which was 9 miles shorter than the highway route. Shortcuts—with deeply rutted, washboard… Read More

Photo: Garrett Grove

Geography Lessons

By Lisa Richardson   |   Feb 1, 2017 February 1, 2017

One Christmas, my brother gifted me a copy of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. I hate those kind of books. He and his girlfriend could both name-drop dozens of the tick-listed destinations, but I was mostly perplexed. What did you do there? Came, saw, conquered—never to look back. Read More

Photo: Garrett Grove

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

By Eliel Hindert   |   Feb 25, 2016 February 25, 2016

The road has been my home for the better part of my adult life. That elusive space not quite here or there, but simply a collection of moments in between. Let’s rephrase that. The road has been where I’ve felt most at home for the better part of my entire… Read More

You Know What They Say About the Weather

You Know What They Say About the Weather

By Beau Fredlund   |   Jan 9, 2015 January 9, 2015

I’m sitting in a bar with Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. The man has more enthusiasm for snow science, alpine climbing and general life than about anyone I know. And the best part: it’s infectious. We are both a couple beers deep… Read More

What Inspired You?

What Inspired You?

By Old School   |   May 7, 2012 May 7, 2012

We recently received this email from Ross Curwen, a reader from, as he says, "rainy old England." Just a letter saying thanks to The Cleanest Line community from rainy old England. About a year ago I injured my shoulder. This meant I had to cut right back on two things… Read More

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