Hiker ate bugs, melted snow to survive six days in the Sierra

33-year-old hiker Gregg Hein ate bugs and melted snow for drinking water while stranded for six days in the Sierra Nevada wilderness after shattering his leg while rock climbing. Hein set out for a hiking trip July 3 at Mt. Goddard, a remote 13,564-foot mountain in Kings Canyon National Park. He’d had a large meal and plenty of water, and told his family he...

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Henning hike offers break from Branson

Just five minutes past the giant King Kong on the building, the go-cart tourist track and the White Water splash park, you will step into one of the most serene natural areas in the Ozarks. Still within Branson, MO city limits, the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area in the northwest part of town offers more than 5.5 miles of glade and forest hiking paths that leave...

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The Invasion of Southern Forests by Nonnative Plants

The Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) started in 2008 as an effort to study and understand the various forces reshaping the forests across the 13 states of the Southeast. Chartered by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region and Southern Research Station along with the Southern Group of State Foresters, the project examines a variety of possible futures and how they...

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Priest Lake hiking is a soothing summer treat

The Lakeshore Trail No. 294 is ideal for peak summer-heat hiking. Meandering along the northwest shoreline of Priest Lake, Idaho, about 90 miles north of Coeur d’Alene, the trail is an ideally shaded corridor through large cedar stands and other old-growth timber. Beams of sunlight streaming through the canopy cover in spots and reaching the lush forest floor are the...

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Appalachian Trail Museum aims to expand displays

Joe Harold may have just begun serving as director of the Appalachian Trail Museum, but he’s already leading plans to triple its size. The museum, which opened in 2010 in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania just off of the trail, is perhaps best described as quaint — big on ambiance from wooden paneling, a new grass-covered wheelchair ramp, and scenic views, but...

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Hiking in Maine: Happy as a Yarmouth clam

What do mountains of golden fried clams, strawberry shortcake piled high with fresh whipped cream, icy cold and refreshing lime rickeys and hiking have in common? Why, the fabulous Yarmouth Clam Festival and miles of wonderful walking and hiking trails in the scenic and historic village of Yarmouth, Maine of course. The festival, set for July 18, 2014 through July 20,...

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Seven hiking apps for hitting the trails

It’s official: Summer has arrived, and with it, longer days with warmer weather. It’s the perfect time to strap on some supportive sneakers and hit the trails. Whether your idea of a great hike is a ten-mile trek through the wilderness, a leisurely stroll through the woods, or a power walk in the urban jungle, apps abound to help you make the most out of the experience....

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Filling the slots: Hiking Little Wild Horse in Goblin Valley

It is a simple-enough hike at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah for even children, from infants to teenagers. The hike goes through two slot canyons, Little Wild Horse being the longer and more dramatic of the two. If you don’t have the four to six hours to complete the full loop, then definitely hike Little Wild Horse. The canyon starts about a half-mile from the...

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Hiking the breathtaking cliffside trails of Italy’s Cinque Terre

The Dolomites were inspiring. Venice, the third time around, was as hauntingly beautiful as ever. And is there a more perfect blend of history, scenery, sun and good wine than Tuscany? Yet, the bucket list item that most excites is hiking a portion of the cliff trails of the Cinque Terre, the five medieval fishing villages carved from the jagged bluffs on the Ligurian...

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Cellphones plug in Appalachian Trail

Maybe it was guilt over alarming her parents when she inadvertently dialed 911 from the Appalachian Trail, but Caitlin Belcher wishes she could ditch her cell phone for the rest of the 2,180-mile hike. “It would really be cool to not have it. I just want to be out in the woods, isolated,” said Belcher, 23, who has called home to Fredericksburg, Virginia,...

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74-year-old hiking into Appalachian Trail record books

Hundreds of hikers trek the Appalachian Trail every year, but rarely do you find one like Nan Reisinger. “I’m really slow. The only time I pass somebody is when they’re sitting down,” she laughs. Pace, though, is not getting in the way of her dream to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one trip, all 2,180 miles of it. Nan has hiked the trail...

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Volunteers help build a better Appalachian Trail

Visitors from across the country and throughout the world make the journey to Maine to hike the Appalachian Trail, and they have volunteers from just as far afield to thank for the trail’s upkeep. “If you are hiking, you’d rather not have mud up to your ankles every step you are taking,” stated Ron Dobra, a sort of volunteer district manager for a...

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Learn to yodel on the Austrian Alps’ first Yodel Hiking Trail

You’re standing 7,500 feet up an Austrian mountainside, attempting to imitate an Alpine aria as performed by the love child of Mariah Carey and a demented Siamese cat in heat. The man tasked with taming your tortured yelps into a melodic yodel – not an oxymoron, apparently, when it’s done right – is Christian Eder, founder of the Königsleiten...

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Saddle Mountain, Stanback Trail Hike

Come explore the 502-acre Saddle Mountain, part of the Mitchell River Game Lands, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 222 on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11:30AM. The trail forms a loop on Saddle Mountain and also leads to the Horn of Saddle Mountain, providing the first marked hiking trail to this dramatic point on the crest of the Blue Ridge rising 2,000 feet...

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Graveyard Fields Reopens on Blue Ridge Parkway

The National Park Service has announced that Graveyard Fields, located at Milepost 418 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, has now reopened; equipped with a new comfort station and 40 new parking spaces. Thanks to partners who helped conceive and fund this project, the U.S. Forest Service, Federal Highways Scenic Byways Program, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Just a...

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10 treacherous trails with gorgeous views

There’s a small thrill that comes along with walking somewhere out of the ordinary. Stepping near steep drop-offs or moving just above rushing rivers or violent waves creates an adrenaline rush and offers the chance to see the world from a unique viewpoint. Some human-made walkways are extreme, consisting of nothing more than narrow boardwalks hundreds or even thousands...

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Online trail map making Connecticut hike planning easier

Discover one of the best kept secrets in Connecticut—the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails. This 825+ mile network has been a hiker’s paradise since CFPA and its volunteers established it in 1929, but unless you own a Connecticut Walk Book, it can be a challenge to find the best places to access the trails. Not anymore. You can now locate trailheads and find parking through an...

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Smoky Mountains provide scenic and scientific appeal

Spotting black bears in Cades Cove. Hiking atop some of the tallest mountains in the eastern USA. Viewing cascading waterfalls and vast vistas overlooking the southern Appalachian Mountains. It’s easy to see why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s most visited, with more than 9.3 million people last year. But the Smokies are so much more. The park is one...

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Access at Pelham, MA development unlocks hundreds of acres for hiking

Two years after the town held a formal dedication of the Cutler-Spalding Conservation Area, a new parking lot and trail head opened to the public last month at Skyview Estates to give hikers easier access to hundreds of acres of Pelham, Massachussetts conservation land. John Gargasz, who owns the hilltop development at the end of Spaulding Hill Road amidst 600 acres of...

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Join CMLC for a ‘Bearwallow by Moonlight’ Hike – Saturday, July 12th

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a summer celestial show atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain near Gerton, NC on Saturday, July 12th, 2014. Hike to the summit in time to first watch the full moon-rise followed by sunset 30 minutes later. At 4,232 ft. above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands...

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“Seasons In The Smokies” To Premier In Mid-July

Seasons in the Smokies, the second in the Smoky Mountain Explorer Series from Great Smoky Mountains Association, will make its first appearance on the big screen during a premiere showing of the film Thursday, July 17, 2014. Gary Wilson, GSMA’s award-winning filmmaker, will discuss what it took to make this project during an hour-long exclusive premiere event at...

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Maryann Gaug discusses new Breckenridge, Vail hiking book in Frisco

On Saturday, July 5, 2014 author Maryann Gaug will visit The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco, Colorado to speak about and sign her Falcon Guide, “Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail.” Gaug said the book is an enhancement of her previous book, “Hiking Colorado’s Summit County Area.” “That book was 17 hikes in Summit County and eight in the surrounding counties,”...

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Gregory Bald in the Smokies temporarily closed due to bears feeding on wild cherries

Gregory Bald, one of the most visited high elevation meadows in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been temporarily closed due to a high number of bears feeding on wild cherries at the site. At least a dozen bears have been seen at the bald in recent days. Park officials say the situation has led to several close encounters between hikers and bears, creating an...

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Sketching the Smokies

“Why in the world would you want to visit the Smokies in March??” After a few days, the reasons become abundantly clear. The ability to walk a mountain trail and hear only birds, to contemplate a waterfall in solitude, and to drive the winding roads at your own pace without encountering traffic jams—these are priceless experiences. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is...

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Hiking Maine’s Monhegan Island

The only way to get to this island that lies ten miles off the coast of Maine is by boat. Three ferry lines operate daily in high season, roughly June through August, one line running all year. No cars are allowed. Monhegan Island is approximately one-and-three-quarters-miles long and half-mile wide and features seventeen miles of rugged hiking trails that traverse...

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Virginia Tech professor to lead team studying hiker impact on Appalachian Trail

More than 2 million visitors a year hike on the Appalachian Trail, from short hikes on day visits to months-long escapes as they traverse the sometimes rugged expanse from Georgia to Maine. The impact of their recreational experiences on the natural resources along the way is largely unknown. In 2015, a U.S. Geological Survey researcher will lead a team from Virginia...

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Land Trusts to Create New Trail System in Hickory Nut Gorge

This is a banner year for two Western North Carolina land trusts: Asheville’s Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) celebrates 40 years of land protection, while Hendersonville’s Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) reaches its 20-year milestone. Fittingly, the two organizations are partnering in 2014 on a project that gives hikers, bikers, birders, and...

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Appalachian Trail names Delaware Water Gap a best friend

Delaware Water Gap, PA made official June 28,2014 an identity embraced for decades by its citizens and the Appalachian Trail hikers they welcome. The borough was named an Appalachian Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservacy, which has designated about 35 towns so far for their proximity to the trail and support for it. Delaware Water Gap is the fourth AT...

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Clingmans Dome Revealed

A comprehensive collection of historical morsels, unique facts and present day tidbits are molded into a unique perspective of the spiral-capped summit. Clingmans Dome Revealed captures the significance of the natural, historical and cultural gem that stands as the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Author Bradley D. Saum offers insight into the wide...

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Blind, deaf man completes Appalachian Trail hike

Roger Poulin, who is deaf and blind, ascended the summit of Mount Katahdin on June 24, 2014 to likely become the first person with both disabilities to finish the entire 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail. He hiked the rugged footpath, which spans from Georgia to Maine, with the support of Roni Lepore, a support service provider who happens to be deaf herself. “As a young...

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