Fitness + Outdoors
Summer's here and the Bay Area surf is...down. While that’s bad news for experienced local surfers, it’s great news for anyone interested in learning. In the Bay Area, summer is definitely the best time for beginners.
It's time to skip town. Get your bathing suit out, pack the sunscreen, and head to any of these rivers—all within four hours of SF—in towns where the temps soar well above 80 degrees all summer.
1. Canoeing Down the Russian River
Driving time from SF: 1.5 hours
Average July high: 90 degrees
By the time he walks into his Market Street office at 8 a.m., Jamie Patrick, 40, has been up for hours, swimming in an Endless Pool in his garage. For lunch, the general manager of his family’s office supply firm Patrick & Co. hits up Aquatic Park or Golden Gate Tennis & Swim Club for another 90 minutes in the water. Come the weekend, he’s freestyling in the bay. It’s all part of his training to swim the length of the Sacramento River next month to raise money for Buena Vista Auxiliary’s literacy programs in Contra Costa County. He’ll start at the bottom of the Lake Shasta dam and plans to swim 240 miles nonstop over nearly three days in 55- to 72-degree water to reach Sacramento.
Now I'm thirsty. Whether you're looking to add to your collection or need a starter bottle, reusable water bottles are a simple way to help the environment, save money and stay hydrated. The main reason I carry one is to help eliminate the use of plastic — watch the documentary Bag It and you'll want to do something. Here's one thing. In a city full of fitness fiends, we have an extensive selection. Here's a guide to the city's coolest, all BPA-Free (BPA is a chemical compound used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins; it's an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen).
If you’ve been following the epic adventures of the Night Train Swimmers, you know they’ve had their eyes set on one prize: swimming between San Francisco and The Farallon Islands. After multiple six-person relay attempts in the frigid, shark-infested waters, the group finally completed two successful crossings of the notorious “Red Triangle” this spring. Now, with the smell of victory still fresh in the air, the group is setting out to do something even more challenging—swim it solo.
Scenes of the City: Rock Climbing and Bouldering At Ocean Beach, Glen Canyon Park and Corona Heights
For this week's Scenes of the City we shot local climbers in action Ocean Beach, Glen Canyon Park, Corona Heights just off of Beaver Street and on the retaining wall below the look out at Twin Peaks.
Running around the city solving riddles, searching for hidden clues and drinking beer dressed like a ninja is a heck of a way to spend a Sunday —especially for a good cause. The 2011 Scavenger Crawl is here to help you kick off the summer as a hybrid pub crawl/costume party/charity event that benefits Brush Fire Painting Workshops, an organization dedicated to healing kids through art.
You get three hours in one SF neighborhood (last year's was the Mission, this year's is SOMA) to solve all the clues, which are kept on the easier side so you actually have a chance to finish it within the time span and get some drinking in along the way at the various participating bars and pubs.