San Francisco, CA â€“ Popular across the country, biking is one of the hottest ways to get around town these days. Reveling in the veiled beauty of New Mexico's Otero Mesa, SIERRA magazine honored this favorite pastime by following Peter Frick-Wright on a mountain biking expedition through the nation's largest contiguous piece of Chihuahuan desert grassland.
Columnist Michael Frank makes his SIERRA debut with a â€œless is moreâ€ look at the top new gear for bicyclists, including apparel, helmets, bicycles, bells and whistles (and lights).
From ancient cliff dwellers to cowboys to modern hikers, everyone longs for a good cave. SIERRA magazine tags along on a solo journey through the Grand Canyon's hidden alcoves, a region infamous for its lack of water and seldom straightforward terrain. A rockfall-induced dislocated shoulder isn't enough to slow down this explorer.
The July/August issue also includes an interview with gold-medal swimmer and gardener Natalie Coughlin, in which she reveals her passions outside the pool â€“ and dishes about her chickens. As well, SIERRA celebrates the Antiquities Act of 1906, which allows the president to proclaim areas of â€œhistorical or scientific interestâ€ as national monuments, with a spread featuring additional places that need the president's protection, including Berryessa-Snow Mountain (California) and Organ Mountains (New Mexico).
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