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Hiking enthusiasts flock to Mount Fuji as climbing season opens

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 @ 6:35 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers flocked to Mount Fuji on Monday as Japan’s highest mountain, which last month was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, opened for the climbing season.

At the 3,776-meter summit, climbers cheered as the sun broke through the clouds at around 4:40 a.m. Monday.

They trekked up the mountain, which straddles Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, after three of its four climbing routes opened at midnight Sunday. Another route, from Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, will be completely opened by midnight next Sunday.

The mountain’s registration on the world heritage list is expected to attract more climbers this year, so the authorities will face a greater challenge to ensure adequate safety measures are in place and to protect the environment.

To help preserve the environment and fund safety measures, the two prefectures will charge a ¥1,000 admission fee on a trial basis for about 10 days from July 25 near the halfway points, and conduct a survey of climbers about the admission fee.

About 350,000 to 400,000 people climb the mountain every year, according to the Yamanashi Prefectural Government.

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Canadian man hiking for 5 years has backpack stolen, burned

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 @ 5:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Canadian man said he lost all his camping gear and footage for a documentary about his five-year hike when someone stole and burned his backpack.

Dana Meise said he was hiking in Saskatchewan when he was invited by a family to see the chuck wagon races in Onion Lake.

When he turned his back for a few minutes while preparing to sleep in one of the wagons, someone stole all his equipment and backpack, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. He found his backpack burned on the ground nearby.

A hard drive containing hundreds of hours of footage for a documentary about his hike, credit cards, his passport and camping gear were stolen or destroyed by fire, the CBC said.

He said the worst part was all the souvenirs that had been destroyed, including bracelets given to him by the parents of dead soldiers. “I carried these things with me for thousands of kilometers in honor of my fellow Canadians and a gift to my country,” he said.

Meise was attempting to be the first person to hike the entirety of the Trans-Canada Trail, hiking for six months of each year, the CBC said.

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The 5 best U.S. places to raise outdoor kids

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 @ 2:59 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Want to get your children hooked on the active life? In these five family-friendly towns, adventure is right outside the front door.

New York City is a great place to raise a cultured, worldly kid, but when it comes to teaching them to appreciate nature, the Big Apple falls short in a big way. Though it’s geographically close to a number of quick, fantastic getaways—kayaking in the Hudson and East rivers, climbing at the Shawangunks, hiking at Bear Mountain—it doesn’t exactly make it easy to give kids the kind of consistent exposure to the wild that will encourage them to keep going outside later in life. There’s no place to store the equipment, for one. And how often can we realistically get away from the city with one or more kids in tow?

Outside Magazine talked with some parents and grandparents of adventurous kids and asked them to make the case for their hometown (or the city or town they’re scheming to move to). In making their picks, they looked for towns that had affordable housing, were close enough to the city to give kids exposure to museums and other cultural institutions, and, most importantly, had easy access to a variety of outdoor recreation. While this list is by no means comprehensive, these five cities are a solid bet for parents looking to give their kids an early entree to adventure.

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Chimney Rock Wins Favorite State Park, Best Hiking Trail in Best of the Mountains Southeast Travel Awards

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 @ 7:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Chimney Rock Wins Favorite State Park, Best Hiking Trail in Best of the Mountains Southeast Travel Awards

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina won the platinum award for Favorite State Park in Blue Ridge Country’s 2013 Best of the Mountains travel poll, covering seven southern states in the Appalachian Mountains. Readers awarded three more platinum honors for Best Hike to Take the Dog Along, Best Birding Area and Best Beautiful Fall Foliage Spot.

Chimney Rock also received three golds for Best Hiking Trail (non-AT), Best Scenic Photo Opportunity and Best Waterfall. Chimney Rock, North Carolina, has been one of the Southeast’s most popular outdoor travel destinations for more than 100 years. View Chimney Rock’s online media gallery at chimneyrockpark.com.

Chimney Rock is perhaps best known for its 75-mile panoramic views from atop a 535-million-year-old rock monolith, conveniently accessed via an elevator inside the mountain. This family-friendly park has an abundance of scenic hiking, guided rock climbing, nature education programs and adventures worthy of summer travel vacations that attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock’s inspiring mountain scenery was featured in the film The Last of the Mohicans.

Held every five years, the Best of the Mountains poll features reader-selected awards, from best waterfall to best southern cooking. Ballots produced 250 platinum, gold and silver awards for cities, attractions and activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Winners were announced in Blue Ridge Country’s 25(th) anniversary edition.

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