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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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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Cast Your Vote for Extreme Hiking Tale

Over at Two Heel Drive, Tom Mangan has chose the five finalists for his Extreme Hiking Tale Contest. Tom says extreme hiking stories inevitably boil down to: at which point did you decide to turn back? At the first sign of trouble — when it made sense — or after a string of mishaps left you scared, cold, wounded or in some other condition of extremity? There’s a poll box...

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Fallen California Sequoia Stumps Park Rangers

Environmentalists suggest a massive tree that fell over at California’s Sequoia National Forest should be left where it is. The U.S. Forest Service is trying to decide what to do with the centuries-old sequoia that keeled over about a month ago along the forest’s Trail of 100 Giants. While the rangers mull over their options, the executive director of Sequoia...

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Remember Snacks when Hiking

Water consumption while hiking is often stressed but food is not mentioned nearly as often. The National Park Service advises hikers to eat and drink more than normal when hiking. This includes eating before, during and after a hike. Just as hikers are supposed to drink before they are thirsty, they should also eat before they are hungry. The National Park Service says...

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The Great Eastern Trail

The Great Eastern Trail Association, working with American Hiking Society and local trail partners are creating America’s newest long distance hiking trail. This path is 1800 miles long and crosses nine states. The Great Eastern Trail (GET) provides a premier hiking experience on a series of existing trails that are being linked to each other into a long-distance...

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A hiking program to get your kids moving and close to nature

Imagine our National Parks full of kids connected, engaged and participating in a variety of activities that contribute to and encourage overall health… their health and the health of our world. A team effort of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, the Kids in Parks program offers...

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Elk Environmental Assessment Approved

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced the approval of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) of the Environmental Assessment (EA) on a proposed plan for managing a permanent herd of elk in the Park. The approved plan, signed on October 20, 2011, culminates a 10-year effort to reestablish elk to their native range. In June 2010, the Park published the EA...

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Amid the City, Learning to Survive in the Wild

TWENTY feet away from the dogs and children playing on the grass, deep inside a Central Park thicket, the city almost disappears. A street lamp shines through the leafy canopy, and runners and cyclists race past, oblivious to a lean man huddled beneath the trees holding fire in his hands — a fire he created using a wooden bow drill. Since childhood the man has been...

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Off the Beaten Track: Hiking the Negev wilderness

Hiking in Israel is a whole different experience. The key to hiking in Israel is by knowing it’s in-depth history. The best place to start before you set out on a hike in any part of Israel is in the pages of the Bible. Whether you are a Jew or Christian, religious or atheist just does not matter, as the key is in the stories. The authors of the Bible were master story...

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BioBlitz Finds Hundreds of Species New to National Park

The 24-hour BioBlitz in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park added more than 400 species to park lists, including 190 species of invertebrates and 205 species of fungi previously unknown to the park, the National Geographic Society said in a news announcement. At least one species of bryophyte is new to the park and potentially new to science, Geographic added in a release....

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A Street View-Style Tour Of National Parks Hiking Trails

General Mills brand Nature Valley has embarked on an ambitious initiative called Trail View to bring the parks experience to the indoors and outdoors-oriented alike. “Nature is something you have to get close to in order to be moved by it,” says Scott Baldwin, Senior Marketing Manager at Nature Valley. “It’s easy to just show a picture of nature, but people want to have...

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New Hiking Trail Opens in Purcellville, VA

The Town of Purcellville Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the opening of a new hiking trail through the Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve connecting 21st Street and Hatcher Avenue. The trail will be dedicated with a ribbon cutting on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 1:30pm at the Hatcher Avenue trail entrance. The trail was envisioned by the Purcellville...

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The Beauty And Danger Of Zoar Valley

Zoar Valley in the Southern Tier of the Adirondacks is a study in contrasts. Like a pendulum swinging wildly between breathtaking beauty and life threatening danger, Zoar can be a perfect example of how a peaceful day in nature can turn into a traumatic, sometimes fatal experience. The valley is incredibly beautiful, with Cattaraugus Creek winding through 400 foot...

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Marines hiking for cause

Not rain, nor cold, nor wind, nor injuries will keep the Fortunate Sons from attaining their goal. A group of 18 Marines are three weeks into a 42-week hike that will take them from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks along the Mountains to Sea Trail to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. These Marines are participating as...

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SummitCorps builds a trail to the future

There has been a lot of work on hiking and biking trails adjacent to the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia this year. The Summit will be home to the national Scout jamboree starting in 2013 and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. It also will become the Boy Scouts’ fourth high-adventure base — and, likely, its most-visited, given its...

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Bill would keep portions of Cherokee National Forest unspoiled

A few years ago, the University of Tennessee and the U.S. Forest Service surveyed public opinion about recreational uses of the Cherokee National Forest. Their research found the most popular recreational uses of the forest are driving for pleasure, viewing and photographing wildlife, fish or scenery, picnicking, day hiking and visiting primitive areas. Strong support...

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Appalachian Trail “ridgerunner” Augie Buchheit aids hikers

Augie Buchheit travels light. In fact, he carries everything he needs to survive in his 22-pound backpack. As a “ridgerunner” employed by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, he is in charge of hiking 112 miles of trail through Shenandoah National Park from May to September. While the park’s traditional rangers serve as law enforcement or nature “interpreters,” Augie...

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