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  Feral LongboardingFirecrat Survival TipsSouthern Utah Road Trip  Features The Insider’s GuideTo The Great Parks Two countries. Thirty national parks. Fity adventureso a lietime. Between the United States and Canada,it’s time to gear up or a summer like no other.Here’s how to ind real adventure in the great parks. Portolio: Jim Richardson Photographer Jim Richardson has worked orNational Geographic or many years. Take a look athis accomplishments and his stunning photography. 1032 Departments Adrenalin A basic rundown o what you need to know about theincreasingly popular sport o longboarding. Road Trip Enter America’s o-road playground and experiencethe greatest stops. Survival Knowing how to make a ire is essential or wildernesssurvival. Learn how. 468 3FERAL MAGAZINE2FERAL MAGAZINE  What is a Longboard? A longboard is a longer version ofa skateboard. Longboards are mostcommonly used for either downhillracing, slalom, or transportation.Due to its longer and wider base, a longboard is more stable,making the ride generally saferand more comfortable than ona shortboard, although it may behard for beginners to ride downhills at high speeds. Their greaterweight makes them less suitablefor many tricks, but contributes to a uid motion by giving more momentum. Thus, a longboard willroll farther with a single push of thefoot. Many people therefore preferlongboards to normal skateboardsfor cruising on streets andsidewalks. Longboarding is often compared to surng on concrete, and the size gives riders the optionof performing big turns and quick short carves just like on a surfboard.Carving is way of turning that ismostly used when one is going12 mph or more. Deck Types Depending on their purpose,longboards exist in a wide variety ofshapes and sizes. The differentiation between a short skateboard and alongboard usually depends on their application and conguration. Most longboards measure between90 and 150 cm (35.4–59 inches). Transportation Boards used for transportationor commuting are the most commontypes of longboards. The boards areusually 100–130 cm long and do nothave a shorter nose. Slalom Slalom skateboards aresometimes used for racing throughcourses set up with small cones asquickly as possible. The boards areusually 63–89 cm long. Downhill Downhill longboards are usedfor riding down mountain roadsas fast as possible. The boards areusually 95–110 cm long with a verystiff dropped deck. Trick boards Trick boards are similar tothe short skateboards in shape andconstruction but are longer andusually wider. The trick boards areseldom longer than 110 cm. Cruisers Cruising is often used toshow off skill and control over thelongboard. Cruising longboardsare typically much longer then theusual longboard, 150–200 cm ormore, and often closely resemblethe shape of surfboards. Hybrids A relatively recent development.Companies have been experimentingwith unconventional wheeled-boarddesigns, modifying decks, trucks,and even the number of wheelson the board.  Adrenaline/ Longboarding ConcreteSuring Here is a basic rundown o what youneed to know about the increasinglypopular sport o longboarding.    S   O   U   L   B   O   A   R   D   S 5FERAL MAGAZINE    C   R   E   D   I   T  Advertisement 4FERAL MAGAZINE  Road Trip/ Southern Utah    N   A   T   I   O   N   A   L   G   E   O   G   R   A   P   H   I   C   A   D   V   E   N   T   U   R   E Southern Utah is a veritable snakepit of dusty, lonesome jeep roadswrapping around sandstonepinnacles and steep, red-orangecanyons. Go ahead, cruise a few.But to best explore the Canyonlands(and conserve fuel), you’ve got to re up your own God-given engine. Transform a battle-testedfour-by-four into your roving, all-terrain base camp as you hike, bike,and paddle through this string ofstashes that locals know best andguides are less likely to mention. Elephant Hill Elephant Hill is a legendaryfour-wheeling destination thatdoubles as a lesser known mountain biking spot. At the base of thehill, park the car at Squaw FlatCampground and crank up the5,300-foot (1,615-meter) hunk ofslickrock. Once past the Elephant’shump, push on for another four miles (6 kilometers) to Conuence Overlook, where the Green Rivermerges with the cappuccino-coloredColorado. Back at your car, pick aspot and crash at the campground. Glen Canyon Lake Powell is a hydro-Houdini. Each year its water levelsrise and fall to reveal more or lessof long-lost Glen Canyon. Naturalarches come in and out of view.Waterfalls are born, then cease toexist. See the magic act by takinga car ferry from Halls Crossing,160 miles (257.5 kilometers) west ofElephant Hill, to Bullfrog Marina,where you can rent a kayak andarrange for a shuttle to one of the96 side canyons. Primitive camping,away from the RV hubbub, can befound two miles (3 kilometers) fromthe marina, at the Stanton Creek Campground. Cottonwood Wash Wading through waist-deepwater is a rite of passage on CapitolReef National Park’s three-mile-long (5-kilometer-long) CottonwoodWash, a slot-canyon trail accessedalong Notom Road before Highway24. Out here, scrambling over large boulders, slogging through deeppools, and squeezing through high-walled passageways become secondnature—as does checking the weather (ash oods are frequent). At the end of the day, pitch yourtent back on BLM property. The Colorado Forget the crowded raftingtrip; you’ve got a big-wheeledvehicle built for hauling a couple of“duckies” (single-person rafts).Rent boats from Moab’sTag-A-Long Expeditions andrun 12 miles (19 kilometers) ofClass II rapids starting at HittleBottom Campground, 24 miles(39 kilometers) northeast of Moabon Route 128. On these slow-goingwave trains, minimal paddlingprowess will suffice. Or, for a bigger, longer, and more pamperedday trip, stick with the guides fromTag-A-Long and put in at Westwaterfor 17 miles (27 kilometers) ofClass III and IV rapids. La Sal Mountain Finish on solid ground with a63-mile (101-kilometer) ride on LaSal Mountain Loop Road, a pock-marked route that runs from Moab,through national forest land, andascends into the La Sal Mountains,the second highest range in Utah.Shoot past red rock canyons, climbhills lined with aspen and scruboak, and make the technical descentinto Castle Valley, where pinnaclerocks reign supreme. At ride’s end,kick back on the deck of Red CliffsLodge, 14 miles (22.5 kilometers)northeast of Moab on State Route18, overlooking the Colorado Riverand hulking Fisher Towers. 4x4 Required Enter America’s o-road playgroundand experience the greatest stops.  Advertisement    C   R   E   D   I   T 7FERAL MAGAZINE6FERAL MAGAZINE
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