Hiking the Redwoods with California’s ‘Squatchers’

Amateur researchers in the United States continue to eagerly search for the mysterious creature known as Bigfoot, staking out California’s redwood forests at night in their hunt for the elusive beast. Despite many claimed sightings, the existence of Sasquatch has never been proven. Yet that hasn’t stopped the obsessed from pursuing his giant footprints....

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World War One’s lasting legacy: A stroll through South Tyrol’s turbulent past

Incredible as it seems, the Col di Lana was not the only northern Italian mountain to lose its peak during the First World War. While historians always focus their attention on the flat fields of Flanders as the epicentre of fighting during the Great War, right here in South Tyrol, the Austrians and Italians spent two years slugging it out in a battle that yielded a...

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NPCA Enhances Website and Information Exchange

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) updated their website design overnight, enhancing the attractiveness and overall ease of use. The color choices and large text are very easy to read and soothing. I didn’t have to reach for my reading glasses. The integration of outstanding landscape photography makes an appealing background. Navigation of the site...

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Hikers should be cautious after wind gusts toppled trees in Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Heavy snows in Rocky Mountain National Park have launched the snowshoeing season earlier than usual, and warm temperatures at lower elevations foster fall hiking. However, throughout the national parks and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, recent high winds have blown down heavy, old trees on a scale not seen for nearly four decades. Two areas in Rocky Mountain...

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The challenges of hiking (and parenthood)

The documentary piqued our interest in hiking. I’ve always loved the mountains – the endless succession of ridge upon ridge, each a microcosm teeming with life, with near-instant weather changes and country folk set in their ways. I’m not like most urbanites; the word “hillbilly” doesn’t strike fear in my heart. My grandparents were...

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Recyling outdoor gear: first industry steps towards a greener future?

How green is your outdoor gear? No, not the color; do you ever consider the environmental consequences of the clothes and equipment you use, or the trips you make to the mountains and lakes to enjoy your outdoor pursuits? There are moves afoot to acknowledge the effects our outdoor activities have on the very surroundings we treasure and which are one of the main reasons...

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Hiking: It’s Not Just for Professionals

When many people think of hiking, they conjure up ideas of heavily backpacked men and women with a walking stick in one hand and Sherpas by their side. They see hikers as these supernatural athletes who can (and do) walk for days while barely breaking a sweat. But that is far from the truth. Hiking today is as simple as finding an “off road” trail and...

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Mount LeConte llama packer reaches end of the trail

Three days a week — Monday, Wednesday, and Friday — he leads the llama team to LeConte Lodge atop Mount LeConte, the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After delivering clean linens and fresh food, he repacks the panniers with dirty laundry and garbage and returns to the parking lot. Householder and the llamas hike 40 miles a week while the...

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Hike to an ancient world

Muscles aching, nose running and forehead covered in sweat, it’s a matter of forcing both legs to move. Ruins dot the landscape along 26 miles of stone steps — each one seemingly steeper than the last. The structures provided a respite for the weary traveler in ancient times — a place to cleanse the body and prepare the mind for the final destination: Machu Picchu. After...

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Friends of the Smokies to host guided holiday hike along Mingus Creek Trail

Add a little outdoor joy to the holiday season with a guided hike of the Mingus Creek Trail, followed by a trip to the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center for some Great Smoky Mountain history and holiday shopping. Friends of the Smokies members receive 15% percent off purchases. Tuesday, Dec. 6, hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein (Hiking North Carolina’s Blue...

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Hunderds Of Hikers Expected To Protest Trail Closure

Hundreds of hikers are expected to protest the closure of the upper Bump and Grind Trail today by hiking into the closed area, but the California Department of Fish and Game will not likely enforce the barrier. The protest is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the Palm Desert start of the trail off Painters Path. “We understand why they are unhappy about this (closure), but...

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Made in America: New Report Finds National Parks at a Tipping Point

As Washington policymakers await action by the Congressional Super Committee, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) released a new report titled “Made in America: Investing in National Parks for Our Heritage and Our Economy,” which details how national parks and visitors could be impacted if the Super Committee fails and mandatory across-the-board...

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Tracks project acquiring land for new trail sections in Orange County

Two segments will connect Arovista Park with the La Floresta development. Acquisition has been the focus lately for the city’s Tracks at Brea project, as land continues to be purchased to turn abandoned railroad tracks into multi-use hiking trails. The Brea City Council recently approved the purchase of two tracts of land for the planned trail, which will begin...

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Bored of the same old routine? Go take a hike

San Diegans often overlook the abundance of enjoyable hiking trails that are located near their beautiful city. Hiking is becoming more and more popular among young adults, because it is a great way to enjoy the scenery while getting a great workout. Its the perfect “green” activity and is very rewarding as well. Here are some spots in San Diego that are...

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What exercises will prepare me for hiking?

There are few things more serene than an outdoor hike. Consider the dappled sunlight that shines through the tree canopy during the spring and the showy leaves of autumn – and the intense burning sensation in your muscles after a long walk over hilly terrain. Hiking is one of the richest and most rewarding exercises that we undertake, both mentally and physically....

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Hiking in Idaho: 6 Hiking Tips To Get The Most From Your Hikes

Check out the short video of hiking in Idaho to watch all the action. It’s to Sawtooth Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains. Then read o for 6 tips to get the most from your own hikes. Leave the wilderness better than you found it Give yourself plenty of time Go swimming Catch some fish Make your own dinner Leave before it gets dark Read full...

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3 Easy Hong Kong Hiking Trails

Look around Hong Kong’s landscape and you’ll see many beautiful hills and shores around the island. The sad thing is, most are so adapted to the indoor shopping or sedentary lifestyle that they rarely venture outside. This article introduces you to three outdoor Hong Kong hiking trails to get out there and explore instead of keeping your workouts confined to the indoors:...

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Grand Canyon Ranger Lisa Hendy Receives National Park Service’s Top Honor

Lisa Hendy was driving through Wyoming in a blizzard when she received the news that she had just been awarded the National Park Service’s (NPS) 2011 Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award for excellence, in effect dubbing her as the best ranger in the nation. “I had to pull over when my supervisor told me,” she told OldWestNewWest.com Travel &...

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Bear Activity Reported in Pisgah Ranger District

A black bear caused property damage in the Turkeypen Trailhead area in the Pisgah Ranger District near the Transylvania/Henderson County line. Property has been destroyed by bear activity at a campsite near the intersection of South Mills River Trail (#133) and Poundingmill Trail (#349). Campers, hikers and others visiting the national forests should practice safety at...

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Alabama hiking trail planned from Fort Morgan to Walls of Jericho

If one group has its way, there will be a new way to get from south to north Alabama: on foot. The Alabama Hiking Trail Society hopes to one day have a 550-mile-long footpath that starts at Fort Morgan on the Gulf of Mexico and ends at the Walls of Jericho in Jackson County, society President Joe Cuhaj said. The idea of a trail that would span the state has been in the...

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Hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail: It Takes More Heart than Heel

Is 2012 your year to hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail? It’s not about the gear; it’s about wanting to do it. You have to be all in. If you’re trying to figure out if you have the right stuff to walk 2,181 miles from Georgia to Maine, listen to Andrew Downs who finished the A.T. in 2002, a year after graduating from college. He now works as the...

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Five lodges you can’t reach by car

For travelers who believe the journey is just as important as the destination, these five lodges offer unique adventures in getting there – and getting away from it all. Modern transportation and technology aren’t part of the experience, so you’ll need either good hiking shoes, snow skis, a horse or a mule to visit these remote getaways. The Len Foote...

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Rich Mountain Loop trail provides Cades Cove scenery without the traffic

One of the best things about the Rich Mountain Loop is that it’s a Cades Cove hike without the traffic woes: to reach the trail head, you park at the entrance to the Loop Road and walk a short ways in. Loop trails are always nice, and the 8.5-mile Rich Mountain Loop is one of the best in the Smokies. The hike offers some terrific views of Cades Cove along the ridge...

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Improvements planned for neglected hiking trail in San Dimas foothills

A once-popular hiking and equestrian trail in the San Dimas foothills that has fallen into disrepair is getting a new lease on life. The San Dimas City Council at its meeting last week awarded Bellfree Contractors Inc. a $60,000 contract for improvements to the Poison Oak trail, which winds for about a third of a mile through San Dimas Canyon Park in Sycamore Canyon....

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Bradley Creek Trail, Squirrel Gap Trail, Poundingmill Trail, South Mills River Trail, Pisgah National Forest

Looking for a hike that includes streams and rivers, hardwood and conifer forests, plentiful rhododendron, and some climbing for good measure? Then the trails along South Mills River that embark from the Turkeypen Trailhead may be just the ticket. Situated in the southeastern corner of Pisgah National Forest, the Mills River Area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger...

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Maricopa County celebrating centennial with hiking challenge

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating Arizona’s 100th birthday with a 100-mile hike challenge for Valley residents. Starting this month, Valley residents can log the miles they hike at at least three of the county’s 10 parks. People also can participate in programs at county parks or hike a portion of the Maricopa Trail. “One of our greatest...

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Technology to Power a Hiking Blog

I’ve always kept an online journal when hiking, but in the past I had to mail or email journal entries to someone else for posting. Pictures took even longer as I had to mail camera memory cards back and forth. Technology finally has gotten to the place where I was able to completely post and manage my blog and pictures while hiking. Requirements First the solution had...

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26 Weeks, 26 Wedding Gowns, 2600 Miles on the PCT

What do you get when you take the guy out of the city, remove the socialite from the scene, yank the stage from the entertainer, then stick him in a blue collar job and suppress his creativity? Well, if he’s the mustached Mr. 26, you end up with an explosion of the unimaginable (and utterly undefinable) trekking of the west documented via odd photographs across your...

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Future of Blue Ridge Parkway to Be Determined by Park’s First General Management Plan

On Wednesday, November 2, the National Park Service will hold the first of four meetings on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first-ever general management plan (GMP) in Asheville, North Carolina. This important document, the first in its 75 year history, will guide resource management at the park for the next twenty years. When the Blue Ridge Parkway was established in 1935, it...

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Washington trails volunteers clear way for hikers

A group of volunteers has blazed the way for hikers and bikers to enjoy the burst of autumn colors in the Iller Creek Conservation Area. The Washington Trails Association has worked for three years with other local groups to maintain, rebuild and reroute trails in the popular Valley natural area secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program. A major effort...

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