Zach O'Brien

Zach O'Brien is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Active NorCal
Outdoors

A Whitewater Rafting Adventure on the Middle Fork American River

It was always a dream of mine to document a whitewater rafting trip in Northern California and I had one…

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Stories

Opinion: Places are Beginning to Reopen in NorCal. Can We Please Be Smart About This?

Tahoe’s crowded Sand Harbor Beach. Photo by Steven Feather This week saw a litany of reopenings throughout Northern California as…

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News

The California Fish and Game Commission’s Emergency Meeting was a Chaotic Mess

It’s all that’s been talked about in California fishing circles for the past few days – will California restrict fishing…

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Introducing the Northern California Book Club

Hello Northern California! Anybody else want to do some reading? Since we are currently stuck inside, I’m looking for some…

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Destinations

How to Go Ice Fishing on Mount Shasta’s Castle Lake

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday in Northern California. In the wintertime in Mount Shasta, visitors to Castle Lake…

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Destinations

The Siskiyou Ice Rink is Open for the Winter Season!

The thrill of ice skating right beneath the majestic Mount Shasta while feeling the crisp winter air of Northern California…

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Stories

How PG&E – Along with Climate Change – Put Northern California in the Dark

View of the Camp Fire from a satellite. Photo:┬áStuart Rankin Unless you were directly affected, you probably don’t remember much…

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Wildlife

Our Official Response to the People Upset We Showed a Bear Eating a Deer on Our Website

This week, we published an article that included a video of a bear grabbing a hold of a deer on…

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Shasta Cascade

This is the Best Explanation of Lemurians I’ve Ever Read

Depiction of a Lemurian with Mount Shasta in the background Anybody who knows me well has probably seen my unhealthy…

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Outdoors

It Turns Out the Kayaker Who Fell Off Lower McCloud Falls is a Total Badass

Three weeks ago I posted a funny video of a kayaker who attempted to ride off Lower McCloud Falls with…

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Destinations

Celebrate Lassen’s Birthday with 2-Day Event in the Park – Discover Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park turns 103-years-old this week and the only way to celebrate this milestone is to head up…

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Destinations

An Unforgettable Summer Day on Shasta Lake

Brought to you by Visit Redding I had some good friends looking to come up from Los Angeles for the…

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Stories

It’s Official: This Song is Northern California’s New Anthem

To be quite honest, I’ve wanted to find the perfect anthem for Northern California for a while. There are a…

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Hikes

California Untamed: NorCal Trail Runner Sets Out to Run 330-Miles From Arcata to Mt. Shasta

Ryan Spitz is ready to complete the first ever California Untamed. Photo via CaliforniaUntamed.com Ryan Spitz is accustomed to being…

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Shasta Cascade

An Open Letter to College Students Planning on Houseboating on Shasta Lake this Summer

Memorial Day is approaching, which means thousands of college students will be heading to Shasta Lake for their annual party…

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News

Northern California Lake Levels are Currently Historically High

I was lucky enough to drive across Shasta Lake along Interstate 5 this week and I could not believe what…

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News

UC Davis Researchers May Have Made Cows Smell Less While Trying to Stop Global Warming

Mohandas Gandi once said “be the change you want to see in the world.” And if you want to see…

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Butte

That’s Odd: Car Found in Chico’s Sycamore Pool

Around 6:30 am Tuesday morning, a person enjoying Chico’s beautiful Lower Bidwell Park came across an odd sight. A car…

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Random

The 25 Best Movies Filmed in Northern California

Northern California is a filmmaker’s dream. With beautiful landscapes, unique locations and its proximity to Hollywood, it’s hard to say no to…

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