Category archives for Steve Casimiro

Not even a year ago, there were those who questioned the hoopla over the iPhone. And here we are now, secure in the knowledge that Apple’s micro-Mac isn’t just a radical new phone, it’s a revolution in computing, communication, entertainment, and connectivity. If you disagree, well, you probably don’t own one. And that’s not meant…

Can a tiny projector bring back the old-school slide show? Absolutely. The incredible shrinking of gadgetry has enabled everyone to indulge his or her inner photographer/videographer/iReporter. But showing off your goods can get tricky—especially when it involves gathering a crowd around a screen the size of a postage stamp. Now comes the portable projector. In…

Text and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Traffic is slow, but spirits are high in Salt Lake City at the gear hoedown known as Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, a.k.a. Winter OR. There's something about bookending a trade show with ski or boarding sessions in the Wasatch that gives the winter show a happy…

Mourners at a candlelight vigil in Sparwood, B.C., which lost eight young men to slides. By West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Seven Canadian snowmobilers are dead and one is missing and presumed dead after a series of avalanches hit their group in the backcountry near Fernie, British Columbia, Sunday. Also on Sunday, a snowmobiler died…

Story and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro The unveiling of Jackson Hole's new $31 million aerial tram Friday night was beautifully scripted and masterfully executed. Wrapped in a white gossamer sheet like some Christo installation, it descended from the uphill darkness and coasted to the convergence of five spotlights, where it glowed in…

In this post-Prius world, plug-in vehicles promise to be the next big thing. But unless you’re willing to drop $100K on a Tesla or wait another year for the Chevy Volt, options are scarce. Hence my excitement when I discovered the Zero X electric dirt bike: It runs on lithium-ion batteries (recyclable and nontoxic), recharges…

Part of the California wildlands to be protected. Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro, photo by John Dittli “Vote the Environment” doesn’t stop with the culmination of the presidential election: Congress is set to protect 3 million acres of land across the United States and add safeguards to 1,000 miles of rivers—but it needs…

Red highlights new BLM off-road routes in just one of six Utah regions. Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro, map courtesy Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Every president scrambles to get last-minute items off their to-do list in the final days of their administration, but the Bush government is attacking the environment with a gusto…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro High-altitude climbing can cause brain damage that impairs motor skills and memory, reports a study by Italian researchers published this month in the European Journal of Neurology. Exposure to the oxygen-depleted heights of high altitudes reduced the volume and density of “white matter” near what’s called the motor…

Text and photos by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Empty shores, empty waves, the cold tang of your first October session, warm afternoons and mellow evenings—there’s nothing like sense of seaside solitude during autumn on the coast. Whether you’re in Indian summer or the perma-summer of Southern California and Florida, the beach culture never really…

Courtesy Quiksilver Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Michael Jordan has six world championship rings. Lance Armstrong has seven Tour de France titles. Posers. Kelly Slater locked down his ninth world surfing championship on Friday in the Billabong Pro Mundaka in Spain. That’s nine. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9. At age 36, Slater has become both the youngest…

NEWS UPDATES: Fossett search teams see what looks like wreckage – AP Sheriff: Wreckage Found Is Fossett’s Plane – CNN Hiker Discovers Items Linked to Missing Adventurer – NY Times Fossett’s FAA identification card, which was found Monday in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro, photos courtesy of KSRW-TV Sierra…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro If you own one of Petzl’s extremely popular Myo headlamps, do NOT use rechargeable batteries with it. There have been 13 cases of batteries overheating and sometimes bursting into flames (and two injuries), according to Petzl and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company says there are…

Text by Steve CasimiroPhotograph by Joshua Scott Cold hands, warm heart—isn’t that how the expression goes? It’s a sweet thought, but in my greedy, powder-hungry world, cold hands mean perpetual discomfort, unhappy companions, early departure from the slopes, or some combination of the three. Which is why, though I’m usually skeptical of high-tech answers to…

Text and photos by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Havasupai Canyon, location of the stunning waterfall on the cover of the June/July issue of ADVENTURE, flash-flooded yesterday after heavy rains swept across northern Arizona and a small earthen dam burst upstream from the village of Supai. No injuries were reported, but nearly 300 visitors got…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Photograph by Joshua Scott Reviewed: Tissot T-Touch Expert, $1,095 For a while it seemed as though anyone with an adventurous streak was doomed to an eternity of wrist-top robots—watches that looked more like PDAs than the sleek timepieces so coveted in the corporate world. But thankfully that trend…

Text and photos by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro SALT LAKE CITY: The outdoor industry has descended on this lovely little desert town for the gearfest/trade show known as Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and that means it’s impossible to get a table at the Red Iguana, one of the best Mexican restaurants north of the…

Text and photos by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Also By Steve Casimiro: Will the iPhone Be MyPhone? >> Breathe, must remember to breathe. It’s just a computer. Really, just a computer. Breathe, son, breathe. Keep telling yourself it’s just a computer. Who am I kidding? The Macbook Air is the sexiest laptop ever. Yeah,…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro It’s not often you hear good environmental news these days, so let’s pause for a second to appreciate the foresight of the Ontario government, which is preserving a swath of forest twice the size of England to guard against climate change and loss of habitat for its critters.…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro For years, I have resisted the Apple hype, defended the lower-cost and more widely available software for PCs, and done everything I could to separate reality from marketing. But a year ago, after almost throwing my ThinkPad against the wall in frustration, I bought a MacBook Pro. Days…

1) Made of used coffee grounds and wax, Java-Logs fuel low-carbon-monoxide campfires and divert 20 million pounds of coffee from landfills annually ($3.50). 2) There are scads of rechargeable units, but the Duracell Mobile Charger has a handy USB slot to juice iPods, cameras, and phones. It plugs into wall outlets and car power ports…

Tobias seems to be very happy wearing a Nau jacket and holding a pitcher of fresh juice. Text and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Call it Nau Two Point D’oh: The uber-hip, ultra-eco brand that closed its doors six weeks ago with much lamenting, wailing, and gnashing of teeth (including some by yours…

Text and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Twenty years ago, my photographer friend Larry Pierce called his wife from his hotel room on a remote island in Tahiti, talked for 15 minutes, and unknowingly racked up a $400 bill. Ouch. Last week in New Zealand, I chatted with my family until even the…

Glacier plane landing in the shadow of Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Text and picture by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro The National Geographic ADVENTURE fall apparel guide shoot wrapped Sunday afternoon on the southeast coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Thanks to Air New Zealand and the International Date Line, I was home…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Photo by Joshua Scott Five years ago the only guys who knew what “stand-up paddleboarding” meant were pro surfers like Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama. Since then the sport has invaded beach scenes from coast to coast, attracting converts from outside the surfing world. Fitness fanatics have latched…