BearathlonAt 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, 100 lycra-clad athletes shivered in the dark besides Temescal Lake as they waited for Bearathlon, one of Berkeley’s prized endurance races. Given the location, it was no surprise that Bearathlon 2011 took on one of the toughest bike and run loops in the sport.

Bearathlon is typically an Olympic-distance triathlon consisting of a 1.5 km swim, 40 km cycle and 10 km run. Unfortunately this year, due to unsafe bacterial levels in Temescal Lake, the swim was called off, and was replaced by an equally demanding two-mile run instead. After the first run leg, read more »

All.I.Can in San FranciscoTonight the All.I.Can World Tour shall be swinging through San Francisco, showing Sherpas Cinema’s latest ski movie at the Victoria Theatre. Between incredible time-lapse sequences and thrilling descents, the film makes some commentary on the role of environmental activism within snow sports. Despite the ethical stance made by the film, the action scenes are overwhelming in comparison.

Last night the movie premiered in London where crowds cheered and whooped to a deliciously eclectic soundtrack. The showing was made complete with a lovely section shooting elderly skiers steaming through trees whose advice is simply “ski good or eat wood.”

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be bought for $12 online at Victoria Theatre Box Office.

All.I.Can. Official Teaser from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

Image source: Will Ross, Daily Cal
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Anthony Chabot Regional ParkIf the rainy weather hasn’t put you off the outdoors for the winter, Chabot Regional Park is well worth a visit. Only a few miles from Berkeley, the 5,000-acre park has a well-serviced campsite and enough mileage for a good weekend’s hiking in the East Bay Hills.

Hiking trails are abundant and offer loops of varying distances throughout the park. For an out-and-back, take on a portion of the 31-mile East Bay Skyline National Trail. This route slices through the park over the East Bay Hills from Richmond to Castro Valley, directly down the spine of Chabot. For those who want to line up routes for their visit, Transit and Trails is a great resource for planning walking routes ahead of arrival.

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Hardly Strictly BluegrassBlessed with golden rays and internationally renowned artists, this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival was an event to remember. As a free festival, Hardly Strictly sets itself aside from other live music events, drawing in a crowd that celebrated the easy access to a diverse music scene. Though the genre of Hardly Strictly is contested and the audience mixed in tastes, free-entry events undoubtedly create a novel opportunity for artists to promote their music.

The digitalization of music has shifted much of the power base in the industry away from record labels to promoters, with booking agents acting as middlemen between the two. Though booking read more »

Campus SnackAmongst other things, the bake sale protest got us thinking about campus snacking. Krispy Kremes were on Sproul the other day, alongside a foray of other delights from societies and clubs that sparked discourse on the snacking schedule.

Given all this heated debate over  munchies, we’ve taken some time to consider the ideal snack intake for three 90-minute, back-to-back lectures — a routine that mirrors perfection.

Fuel well before you start the day on campus. Aiming for a breakfast of at least two slices of toast with honey and butter would be a good standard for everyone. Take a regularly sized banana, a liter of water and a nutritional bar to campus.

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Golden Gate BridgeFor bicycle enthusiasts looking for something to set themselves apart from the pack, Renovo Bikes may have just the offering. Renovo has been manufacturing bikes using wood, pioneering a new phase in bicycle design that mirrors something as seemingly bizarre as the barefoot revolution in footwear.

Aware of the environmental implications of using wood to make bikes, read more »

St. George SpiritsIf you’re 21 and over, and looking for a break from studies, or just an evening outside Berkeley, head on down to Alameda to taste some premium Californian wines and spirits.

Formerly home to a U.S. naval base, Alameda Island and its drinking spots have a chic industrial feel and a stunning atmosphere during sunset sessions. It’s packed with delectable wineries, distilleries, breweries and of course nice eateries.

As a starting point, read more »