Bend woman completes 800-mile trek on Oregon Desert Trail

Sage Clegg of Bend this month became the first person to traverse the entire Oregon Desert Trail – hiking and biking nearly 800 miles from Bend to Adrian near the Idaho border in 37 days. The trip was not without rough moments, the worst of which Clegg said happened two days before finishing the journey. “I started out in the morning and I was not a minute...

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Long Trail footbridge will finally connect Duxbury and Bolton sections

The Winooski River’s 15-mile journey through the heart of the Green Mountains is spectacularly scenic. Dark, stony cliffs and sharp, evergreen-topped peaks rise abruptly from the river, which carves through the mountains from east to west. It’s also one of the prettiest sections on the Long Trail, the “footpath in the wilderness” that runs the length of Vermont, from...

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Plan would eventually link Chambersburg Rail Trail, Appalachian Trail

Talks are under way for the first phase of an 18-mile trail connecting the Chambersburg Rail Trail at Wilson College to the Appalachian Trail in Caledonia State Park, Pennsylvania. The six-mile section of the Conococheague Trailway would cross the campus of the former Scotland School for Veterans’ Children and the Chambersburg Country Club. The first phase of the...

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Senate Committee Taking Testimony July 25 On Funding The National Park Service

A hearing July 25th before the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will delve into the fiscal needs of the National Park Service for the next fiscal year. Specifically, the senators want to hear about “supplemental” funding mechanisms that could help the Park Service afford the National Park System. A range of supplemental funding sources was...

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San Ramon Valley Map Book Features 3-D Mt. Diablo Hiking Trails

More than 25,000 map books that cover streets, buildings and trails in the San Ramon Valley region will be available for residents or visitors in late July and August. The magazine-style maps, which cover Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Diablo and Rossmoor and downtown Walnut Creek displays 3-D elevations and hiking trails in Mt. Diablo State Park, Las Trampas...

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Quebec’s hiking trails ‘a great secret’ unknown to anglophones, says new guide

Michael Haynes, author of the new book “Hiking Trails of Montreal and Beyond,” says many of Quebec’s excellent walking routes are “a great secret,” largely unknown to anglophones. Most websites on trails in the province, as well as printed material and access information, are in French only, he says in his preface. The book profiles 50...

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TEENS on TRAIL – Hike Safe Contest

Hiking is fun, but inexperienced hikers, especially teens, are most at risk for injury, even death. Teens can enter a digital media contest to help raise awareness about hiking safety and win a backpack filled with the hiking “Ten Essentials.” Youth enter by submitting a link to an entry by Sept. 30 at Washington Trails Association. The entry can be a photo, video, sound...

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Wind farm lets you bike, hike or hunt among towering turbines

From Interstate 90, the wind turbines seem like toothpicks. But up close they are massive, and there may be no better place to learn about them than the Wild Horse Wind Farm, Puget Sound Energy’s power plantation 18 miles northeast of Ellensburg, WA. Its privately owned 11,000 acres of scrubby brush and ravines are accessible to the public for hiking or biking,...

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Lake Superior’s North Shore, Isle Royale hard to beat for hikers

Lake Superior contains more water than all the other Great Lakes combined, and all that water has to come from somewhere. More than 300 rivers and streams empty into the lake, including many in the stretch of Minnesota between Duluth and Grand Portage along the North Shore. The Cascade River drops 900 feet in its last three miles, and even at low water levels prevailing,...

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Woodsy escapes for your summer vacation

Looking at most summer travel editorials, you’d think everyone on Earth wants the same thing from a warm-weather getaway; beach, beach and more beach. But even if you love your time on the sand, some of us also enjoy spending time in the quiet, shady forests — it’s when the area is most “alive” and a more comfortable time to hike. Basecamp in Lake...

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Take care when hiking in the heat

Staying hydrated is a critical way to avoid heat-related problems during summer hikes. The human body is limited in the amount of fluid it can absorb, even when it is losing a high volume of sweat. Typically, a person can process about a quart, or 32 ounces, of fluid an hour. While that might not replace all of the fluid lost through sweat, it’s typically enough....

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Trekking the Ridgeway: Britain’s oldest road

By Ben Lerwill, for CNN The stone in front of me, twice my height, has been standing here in Avebury, England, for more than 4,500 years. The rough, pitted rock forms part of a huge Neolithic stone circle within which a pub, a post office and several cottages now stand. Avebury is one of the world’s great pagan heritage sites – and one of the most mysterious....

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A mountain jewel: Tennessee’s newest state park to be located in the middle of Rocky Fork

On July 1, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officially acquired 2,036 acres in the middle of the Rocky Fork tract located in the mountains of upper East Tennessee. Surrounding the state park’s future site is 7,600 acres that have been added to the Cherokee National Forest thanks to $30 million in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. At...

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How the UK’s national parks can cut traffic and reach their full potential

The UK’s 15 national parks – 10 in England, two in Scotland and three in Wales – will cost the public purse about £65m a year in 2013. They represent some the best value in public spending at the moment – but the parks are not doing enough to justify the special powers that they have. While it is unreasonable to expect a national park authority to solve every...

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Native Peoples Honored with Trail in Oregon National Forest

The Alsea were a tribe of Native Americans who, for thousands of years, lived along the central Oregon Coast. In 1901 anthropologist Livingston Farrand predicted their loss in “Notes on the Alsea Indians of Oregon.” The City of Yachats, a small coastal city in Oregon, has joined with the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State Parks to dedicate the new Ya’Xaik (pronounced...

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125 years of hut-to-hut hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Seems quite simple, really: one foot in front of the other. But when you’re faced with adversity such as flooded trails, heavy humidity, biting black flies, the threat of thunderstorms, and ascents and descents on rock-laden trails that at times feel like a Marine Corps obstacle course, nothing is easy. Then you arrive at the next hut, each a day’s hike apart, looking at...

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Butte des Morts conservation club unveils new hiking trail, habitat protection area

The Butte des Morts Conservation Club is showing off the Oshkosh, WI area’s newest hiking trail this summer. The 3.8-mile trail along a breakwall at the club’s Terrell’s Island property, on the south shore of Lake Butte des Morts, is the most recent addition to a conservation project that began more than a decade ago. The club collaborated with the Department of Natural...

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Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow Peak

Wyoming’s high country does not always lend itself to quick weekend getaways. The trailheads are often isolated, requiring hours of driving. The trails themselves frequently spend miles winding their way towards the peaks. In short, reaching the high country is usually a time consuming, laborious endeavor. So what is a mountain loving, time-strapped person to do? The...

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StandHere.net, Rodney Lough Jr.’s New Hiking Website, Is Live

Master Wilderness Photographer Rodney Lough Jr. has spent a lifetime hiking to the ends of the earth in order to find the best views of the most beautiful places on the planet. Now he’s sharing these special places with the world with his new website, StandHere.net. Stand Here guides its users to stunning Viewpoints in locations ranging from Acadia to Zion National...

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Friends of Smokies, Appalachian Trail Conservancy fund repair of cables at shelters

The Friends of the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are working to help backpackers keep their food out of the reach of bears. Using conservancy funds, Great Smoky Mountains National Park staffers and interns have repaired cables used to hoist food out of bears’ reach at the trail shelters at Mollies Ridge and Cosby Knob. The repairs should help...

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Lost in the Frank Church Wilderness: What Does It Mean to Be Utterly, Hopelessly, Truly Lost?

by: Jim Thornton for Backpacker Magazine You can take the blindfold off now, yells Dan, the bush pilot, over the propeller’s whine. When we first left the central Idaho mountain town of McCall this afternoon, I’d tried to maintain my bearings behind the blindfold by tracking the angle of the sun’s rays on my skin. It didn’t work. Five minutes...

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‘Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest Hiking Activities Set for July 19-21

Hikers and other visitors are invited to sample the rugged beauty of the Sproul State Forest in Pennsylvania when the three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes begins on Friday, July 19. Marking its 10th year, the increasingly popular hiking program links forest visitors with guides from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR)...

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Massive national forest holds story of conservation

It might be difficult to consider more than 1.5 million acres of land a hidden gem, but some lovers of northern Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest say it is just that. “The forest actually makes up a major part of the Northwoods, and while people know about the region, a lot of them don’t know about the forest,” said Brian Quinn, a forest environmental...

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Appalachian Trail hikers are going digital

Myron Avery, one of the men credited with helping to establish the Appalachian Trail, famously described the 14-state footpath as “remote for detachment, narrow for chosen company, winding for leisure, lonely for contemplation.” But Kindles, audio books, text messages, smart phones, Tweets, MP3 players, blogs and videos have changed — and in many respects...

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Forest Service awards $3 mil to NC conservation project

The U.S. Forest Service awarded $3 million to the East Fork of the French Broad Headwaters project that will protect 8,000 acres of working forestland, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a news release. The funding is part of $44.2 million in grants to permanently protect 16 working forests in 15 states. Money for the project will allow for the acquisition of an...

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A hike through Peru’s Colca Canyon

The night before our trek, Rosas, a 5-foot-tall Quechua man, came to our hotel to brief us on our trip. Starting at 7:30 the next morning, he said in Spanish as I translated for Alex, we would hike from Cabanaconde down to the bottom of the canyon, a descent of approximately 3,300 feet. We’d cross the Colca River, have lunch in the town of Llahuar, hike up about 1,650...

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Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC closed indefinitely (again)

The Blue Ridge Parkway, in its second busiest month of the year, is closed from Milepost 375, a few miles north of Asheville, to Milepost 355 at N.C. 128/Mount Mitchell State Park. “At Milepost 374, one mile north of Ox Creek Road, there’s an apparent slope failure below the roadway,” Steve Stinnett, parkway chief ranger, said. “There is a 2- to 4-inch-wide,...

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Reporter Demonstrates What To Do If You Find Yourself Face to Face with a Bear

 

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National Park Service Recognizes Safety Excellence Award Winners

Employees of four national parks were recently recognized by the National Park Service for outstanding public and employee safety achievement in 2012. The Director’s Award was presented to Daniel Watson of Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails (individual category) and Canaveral National Seashore (group). The Andrew Clark Hecht Public Safety Achievement Award...

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White Mountain National Forest offers free overnight outdoor photography hike July 15

As a prelude to being artist in residence for the White Mountain National Forest, photographer John Anderson is inviting outdoor photography enthusiasts to join him on a free hike in the Sandwich Wilderness along the Flat Mountain Pond Trail in North Sandwich, N.H. The overnight trip will be led by experienced guide Lauren Estabrook. The hike will begin Monday, July 15...

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Denali National Park’s History Rooted in Preservation

Mention Denali National Park and the first image people may envision is the 20,320-foot mountain the park surrounds. While Denali, North America’s highest peak, may be the cornerstone of the park today, it’s not the reason the land was set aside nearly a century ago by congress. In fact, it was something much smaller that provided the reason for the land...

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For more than two decades, Lantana retiree has been working to clear Florida’s hiking trails

When you’re a trailblazer, it’s an early-to-bed, early-to-rise life. Just ask Bea Rogers, trail coordinator for the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. The rugged outdoorswoman laces up her hiking shoes before dawn each morning for a 2-mile trek around her Lantana neighborhood — that is if she’s not clearing trails somewhere else. That somewhere else,...

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