1. Mick Fanning Teases Surf World With Perfect Wave
Nothing gets surfers in a froth like the suggestion there’s a flawless, empty, firing wave somewhere in the world that the great unwashed hordes don’t know about (unless it’s another sighting of pro rider Anastasia Ashley unburdened by a wetsuit or anything else). So, yeah, people done gone nuts when the world champ was spotted charged this emerald right somewhere in some country on some continent. The irony: most of the surf culture is crowing about the importance of keeping the wave a secret…while promoting tantalizing shots of said wave.
Just like we did.
2. Walmart Buys Moosejaw Mountaineering
Consumers like the spunky, often twisted mentality of Midwest outdoor retailer Moosejaw Mountaineering and so does Walmart, to the tune of $51 million. Why would the world’s largest private employer (2.2 million workers) snap up Moosejaw? One word: Amazon. As enthusiast customers get more comfortable migrating from speciality online retailers to mega-brands, Walmart doesn’t want to get left out. Its new free shipping policy goes head to head with Amazon’s Prime. Yes, but does it come with Sneaky Pete? It does not.
3. Horsetail Fires Amazes the World Again Every Year
If it’s February and it’s clear, you can bet that the long pluming falls on the east side of El Cap in Yosemite Valley is going to catch fire in the late sunset light. But that doesn’t mean it ever gets old—this sudden blaze of red-orange wisp is one of the more magical luminary events you’ll see, ever, anywhere. Photo is by Ray Lee/U.S. Department of Interior
4. He’s 99.5 Years Old and Still Slaying the Best Snow on Earth
George Jedenoff has been skiing Alta and Utah for 57 straight seasons. What more do you need to know? Just press play.
5. Gu Runs Out of Energy for Utah
Patagonia, Arc’teryx, and Polartec are out. The North Face and REI are in. Count Gu in the camp of those leaving the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City in protest over Utah’s rebellious attitude over public lands. And if the cycling show, Interbike, moves there, Gu will boycott that, too.
“GU will return to Outdoor Retailer when Utah officials demonstrate a more progressive and protective approach towards public lands, including Bears Ears National Monument, or Outdoor Retailer relocates to a conservation-minded state,” stated a company representative. “Furthermore, GU will not attend any tradeshow, Interbike included, that moves to Utah while its public policy remains inimical to GU core values.”
AND A BOOK: Peter Heller’s Celine
Have you read The Dog Stars? Oh, man, what are you waiting for? Peter Heller’s Colorado-based, post-apocalypse survival tale is a page turner, which has us on the edge of our seats for his third novel, Celine. Here’s how his publisher describes it:
Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela’s father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed–that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Inspired by the life of Heller’s own remarkable mother, a chic and iconoclastic private eye, Celine is a deeply personal novel, a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmarks, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.