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Hiking across the greenest island in the Caribbean

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 @ 11:41 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking across the greenest island in the Caribbean

“They say: stand still in the soil too long in Grenada and even you’ll start to grow.”

The southern Caribbean isle of Grenada, with its volcanic earth and generous lashings of both “liquid” and regular sunshine, is ludicrously lush. Every backyard, mountainside, valley and verge seems rife with nutmeg, cocoa and soursop, banana palms, guava, ginger lilies and dreadlock crotons; the island is like one big Christmas tree, baubled with scarlet immortelles and strung with bougainvillea.

The majority of people visit lovely, laid-back Grenada for rest and relaxation – and why not? However, you can also spend time away from the beach to explore the Spice Island’s wild forests, hill-perched villages, headlands and history via a series of short hikes. The idea being that you can learn more about a place at walking pace. And the strolls you’d be tackling aren’t too long, so there is still time for more traditional Caribbean beach-lounging each afternoon.

The island was first discovered by the Spanish in 1523, but it was the French and British who fought over ownership throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, with the latter eventually victorious, and in charge until Grenada gained independence in 1974.

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Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct to Close for Repairs

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 @ 6:35 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct to Close for Repairs

The National Park Service announces the closure of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway for surface repaving and bridge maintenance from March 1, 2018 through May 24, 2018. These projects require a full closure of the Parkway, including closure of the trail below the bridge; with the reopening coinciding with Memorial Day weekend. The Linn Cove Viaduct is located at Milepost 304.

A traffic detour will be put in place from Milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Rd) to Milepost 305.1 (US 221). Gates will be located at MP 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and MP 305.1, US 221 on the south end of the work zone. Within the closed area, including the trail areas beneath the viaduct, the Parkway will be closed to all uses including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. The public’s cooperation with these closures will provide for the most efficient work schedule and will ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

During the closure, crews will remove and replace the asphalt pavement, waterproofing membrane and joints on the bridge. Repairs to the supporting structure, stone curb, railing and drainage features will also be made.

The Linn Cove Viaduct was completed in the mid-1980s, and is commonly known as the “missing link” that signaled the completion of the entire 469-mile Parkway route. The Linn Cove Viaduct is often celebrated as an engineering marvel with the road wrapping around the contours of Grandfather Mountain. It is 1243 feet long, contains 153 segments weighing 50 tons each, and is supported by seven permanent piers.

For more information about the Linn Cove Viaduct: http://go.nps.gov/linncove

 

Montana’s Weatherman Draw offers winter hiking, ancient exploration

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 @ 9:27 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Montana’s Weatherman Draw offers winter hiking, ancient exploration

Winter hiking often involves snowshoes, but not if you wander along the southeastern edge of the Beartooth Mountains into Weatherman Draw.

Weatherman Draw creases one of the driest areas in Montana — a place where rain and snow are rare visitors. That makes it a great place to hike when more popular mountain trails are snowed in. By summertime, it’s too hot to hike there, so it’s the perfect off-season spot.

Also known as the Valley of the Chiefs and Valley of the Shields, the public land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management is protected as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. That’s because it contains scattered pictographs and petroglyphs, some of which date back 10,000 years to American Indian tribes that lived in the region.

The name Valley of the Shields comes from pictographs of warriors behind large shields, depictions that are believed to date to before the arrival of the horse in North America. Why this particular area was the scene of so much art is a mystery, but there is a mystical, harsh beauty to the place.

Once threatened by oil and gas development, and then with a loss of access when property along Cottonwood Road was offered for sale, the public has continually rallied to protect this sacred, spiritual, sandstone enclave.

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First look at Pacific Crest Trail after Columbia Gorge fire

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 @ 9:26 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

First look at Pacific Crest Trail after Columbia Gorge fire

Branches flew. Trail tools smoothed the earth. Stones tumbled downhill, crackling like Rice Krispies as gravity took hold. The trail workers are back.

Hardhat-clad crew leaders began work last month on a section of Pacific Crest Trail that’s been closed near the Columbia River Gorge tourist town of Cascade Locks since a wildfire ripped through the region last summer. The Eagle Creek fire covered nearly 49,000 acres and left the West’s most famous footpath marred by downed trees and rockslides, among other dangers.

But crews have begun to spruce up a few miles of the treasured trail by filling in stump holes, clearing brush and making other improvements.

A nearly six-mile hike is required to get to the PCT, which includes time on the Herman Bridge and Herman Creek trails. There is hearty evidence of the historic blaze: scorched rocks sit exposed, their mossy covering burned away, and downed trees look like they weathered a massive bonfire. Wide swaths of greenery have been singed.

It’s difficult to understate how drastically the scenery has changed. Before-and-after photos reveal scenes that sharply contrast one another. But those expecting a bleak moonscape, barren and lifeless, won’t find it here.

Moss and other vegetation line parts of the trail. The canopy remains green. And the PCT offers many of the same redeeming qualities it did before the blaze.

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Trekking Patagonia: from glaciers to temperate forest, it’s a world of its own

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 @ 12:11 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Trekking Patagonia: from glaciers to temperate forest, it’s a world of its own

It’s said that if you eat the berries of the calafate bush you will return to Patagonia. Patagonia is a place that’s wild and windswept and so capacious it could constitute its very own country.

There are two Patagonias, the forest-cloaked Andes straddling Chile and Argentina, and the Argentinian steppe that flares eastwards for about 400 kilometres before petering out into the Atlantic Ocean. Capping this tableau like a rough-drawn border between two countries is the Southern Patagonian Icefield, a vast freshwater reserve that oozes into valleys and basins, carving out a geological history as it goes.

“If you come here [to the icefield] in November and December you can see orchids and hummingbirds – and glaciers!” says a guide.

It’s a marvel, for despite the frigid icecap and the chilled air arising from it, this is a temperate region filled with forests of beech and 10 species of orchid and that portentous, yellow-flowered calafate bush. Foliage curls between the boardwalk slats at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, while Perito Moreno Glacier is caught mid-surge, a tsunami frozen in time. One of the world’s few advancing glaciers, the five-kilometre-wide behemoth calves into Canal de los Tempanos, sending waves and splinters of ice heavenwards.

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Linked to the landscape: Community envisions Plott Balsams’ future

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 @ 7:00 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Linked to the landscape: Community envisions Plott Balsams’ future

The doors opened, and the room filled — with hikers, bikers, ecologists, conservation workers, economic development professionals and Cherokee tribal members alike who were intent on making their voices heard during a public forum last week, which took input on plans that will impact the future of Waterrock Knob and the Plott Balsams.

“What I love is the passion that people bring to conversations like this,” said Leesa Brandon, spokesperson for the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Their love of these places, their hopes for the future and the fact that the (National) Park Service is here hearing that along with all of these other community partners — it makes me really excited for the resource.”

In August 2016, the Park Service announced that land donations from a quartet of conservation organizations would add 5,329 acres to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Waterrock Knob, and that announcement spurred efforts to plan for the future on a regional scale.

While the Waterrock Knob addition will represent the largest expansion of the Parkway in 60 years, it’s far from being the only piece of conserved land along its length. The stretch from Waterrock to Maggie Valley has drawn particular attention from a litany of conservation organizations, with blocks of conserved acreage — as well as undeveloped tracts of private land being eyed for conservation.

Planning for the Plott Balsams won’t be completely focused on future generations and future use, however. A key part of the planning effort will be deciding how to interpret the past — the settlers who scratched out a living in these mountains years ago and the Cherokee people who called them home for millennia before that.

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Trails in the South Carolina Lowcountry you may not know about

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 @ 8:46 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Lowcountry is an ideal place for anyone who loves the outdoors; visitors and resident alike enjoy the subtropical climate while biking, swimming, kayaking and golfing.

Both amateur and expert hikers can find many opportunities to hike in the Lowcountry, too. All a hiker needs is a pair of shoes and perhaps some company, and he or she is ready to walk through enormous oaks decorated with Spanish moss under the South Carolina sun.

Beaufort County has its fair share of trails. One of the longest trails — the Spanish Moss Trail — will eventually stretch 16 miles, connecting the Sands Beach in Port Royal to the Whale Branch River. So far, only 10 miles of the Spanish Moss Trail have been built.

But Spanish Moss isn’t the only trail in Beaufort County to offer picturesque views. Listed here are nine other trails in the county worth checking out. None of them are strenuous hikes, so even the littlest ones in the family can join.

 

An artist is reimagining the UK’s national parks in the style of J.R.R. Tolkien’s maps

Posted by on Feb 4, 2018 @ 11:52 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

An artist is reimagining the UK’s national parks in the style of J.R.R. Tolkien’s maps

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are iconic fantasy adventures, and readers return to them time and again because of the rich detail that defines the world. Tolkien’s prose is aided by his beautiful maps of Middle-Earth, which comes with simplified, beautiful forests, mountains, and typography that has set the standard for fictional cartography ever since. That influence extends beyond just fantasy novels: an English artist is using Tolkien’s style to reimagine the UK’s national parks for his own beautiful maps.

Dan Bell says that he began reading Tolkien’s books when he was 11 or 12 years old, and fell in love with them. “The most appealing thing about them is that they allow your imagination to run wild.” In particular, he was struck by Tolkien’s maps.

“I love the detail, and the thought processes behind them.” Bell explains, and says that he began drawing his own copies of the maps. After receiving positive feedback from friends, he thought about adapting the art style to some real world locations, such as the UK’s national parks.

To start his maps, Bell says that he works from an open source Ordnance Survey map, and begins drawing by hand. “I try to emulate his typeface as closely as possible, but have modified his mountains in an effort to develop a little bit of my own style.” He adds in additional details, such as forests, Hobbit holes, towers, and castles.

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Nature Conservancy Sets Stage to Add 955 Acres of Public Access to Jones Gap State Park

Posted by on Feb 4, 2018 @ 7:17 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Nature Conservancy Sets Stage to Add 955 Acres of Public Access to Jones Gap State Park

In warmer months, it’s common to see a line of cars waiting outside Jones Gap State Park as early as 9 a.m. on the weekend. Jones Gap has only 36 parking spaces; when those are full, the park is considered “at capacity” and the gates close until more visitors can be accepted. With 415,852 visitors welcomed to the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area last year – a figure that has nearly doubled since 2014 – getting outdoors is getting harder to do. Now, the park’s capacity likely will get a sorely needed boost.

The Nature Conservancy has purchased 955 acres in northern Greenville County known as the Gap Creek property. The Conservancy plans to transfer the property to South Carolina State Parks in 2018 to be added to Jones Gap State Park. The Gap Creek addition will increase the size of the park by nearly 25 percent.

“Gap Creek is a dual gift for Upstate residents and visitors,” says Phil Gaines, South Carolina state park director. “Its 955 acres include flat land that is ideal for more parking, facilities, trail heads and other visitor amenities. This property can help the Park Service meet its vision for expanding visitor service and making this wilderness area accessible to more South Carolinians.”

Gap Creek has been a high conservation priority for decades because of its size, connection to other conserved lands and unique natural features. The property is home to healthy, contiguous hardwood forests that provide habitat for animals such as black bear, migratory songbirds and even bats. Headwater streams and a series of cascades on the property support cold-water fish, salamanders and frogs before eventually making their way to Saluda Lake.

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Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Posted by on Feb 3, 2018 @ 11:42 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought.

The discoveries, which included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, were announced by an alliance of US, European and Guatemalan archaeologists working with Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation.

The study estimates that roughly 10 million people may have lived within the Maya Lowlands, meaning that kind of massive food production might have been needed.

Researchers used a mapping technique called Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging. It bounces pulsed laser light off the ground, revealing contours hidden by dense foliage.

The images revealed that the Mayans altered the landscape in a much broader way than previously thought; in some areas, 95% of available land was cultivated. The extensive defensive fences, ditch-and-rampart systems and irrigation canals suggest a highly organised workforce.

The mapping detected about 60,000 individual structures, including four major Mayan ceremonial centres with plazas and pyramids.

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North Country Trail Association offering online maps

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 @ 12:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

North Country Trail Association offering online maps

Following the blue blaze markers along the North Country Trail is a good way to stay on the trail, as is a good old-fashioned waterproof, tear-resistant paper map. A little technology, though, can’t hurt.

Matthew Rowbotham, the North Country Trail Association’s Geographic Information System coordinator based in Traverse City, also encourages accessing and using the NCTA’s online trail map as well as mobile apps.

The reason behind the NCTA’s online mapping efforts is to deliver trail users a unified mapping system and offer map content in as many modern popular platforms as possible — desktop computers, laptop computers, smart phones and the like.

The NCT is the longest trail in the National Trails System, stretching 4,600 miles seven states from the Vermont border of New York to the middle of North Dakota.

NCTA uses ArcGIS Online, a collaborative web GIS that allows people to use, create and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics and data. A user can click on the “Launch the online map” button at northcountrytrail.org/trail/maps/ and get lots of helpful information.

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Tips for keeping your hiking strength and endurance during winter

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 @ 3:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tips for keeping your hiking strength and endurance during winter

While we certainly need periods of rest and relaxation to thrive, becoming relatively inactive for months on end is rarely a good idea for your health and well-being, especially when you’ve spent the past several months hoofing it to amazing hiking destinations and building up your strength and endurance.

The good news is there are many ways to take the next step in your hiking journey by staying in peak hiking shape throughout the winter months. That way, when warm weather returns and your favorite trails are accessible again, you’ll be strong enough to enjoy them.

To maintain your hiking strength and stamina, the most important thing you can do is simply stay active. That activity can come in many forms and will vary depending on your interests and comfort level. Whether you want to hit the trails, hit the slopes or hit the gym, there are plenty of effective methods for staying active, healthy and energetic during the dark days of winter. No matter which options you choose, you’ll thank yourself come spring.

By far, the most obvious way to stay in great hiking shape is to keep hiking. Many of our favorite high-country trails are buried under snow right now, and trudging through the white stuff may not be within your comfort zone. It may seem simple to say, but go lower. Find out what elevation the snow line is in your mountains, and find trails below that elevation.

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Wildlife along the Swamp Trail at Francis Beidler Forest, SC

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 @ 12:14 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Wildlife along the Swamp Trail at Francis Beidler Forest, SC

The National Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Forest located in Four Holes Swamp, South Carolina contains within its 18,000 acres the largest remaining stand of virgin bald cypress and tupelo gum swamp forest left anywhere in the world.

Wander along an elevated boardwalk that starts and ends at the visitor center past ancient trees, black water swamp, clear pools, and wildlife. Thousand-year-old trees and native wildlife abound in this pristine sanctuary that has been untouched for millennia.

A 1.75-mile self-guiding boardwalk trail allows visitors the chance to safely venture deep into the heart of the swamp… to experience the peace and serenity that have characterized the area for centuries… to hear the sounds of bird and bug and breeze that have echoed through the trees for ages… to take a relaxing and informative walk back into time… to see a swamp the way nature intended it to be.

Located in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry between Columbia and Charleston, Four Holes Swamp is a 45,000-acre matrix of black water sloughs and lakes, shallow bottomland hardwoods, and deep bald cypress and tupelo gum flats— and a major tributary of the Edisto River.

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What in the Blazes?. . .Information About Trail Blazes and What They Mean

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 @ 2:40 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

What in the Blazes?. . .Information About Trail Blazes and What They Mean

For thousands of miles America’s hiking trails wander across ranges and rivers, reaching basically every corner of the country. The 11 National Scenic Trails alone offer almost 20,000 miles of hiking opportunities.

So how exactly does one successfully navigate these long trails? Anyone who has set foot on the famous Appalachian Trail has undoubtedly seen several of the infamous “white blazes”. The blazes are, at their simplest, trail “markers” to keep hikers on the right path.

A traditional blaze is 2” wide by 6” tall and is painted on trees, fence posts, rocks, or anything else available nearby. They can also be found in plastic or metal nail-up versions or as adhesive decals for carsonite posts.

A general rule of thumb is a single blaze should be visible at all times to a hiker on a well-marked trail, maybe two depending on the layout. Over-blazing (more than 2 blazes visible from one spot on the trail at a time) is considered overkill and can be classified as form of visual pollution.

Interpreting the blazes to find your way along a trail is fairly straight forward. A single blaze by itself just indicates that the trail ahead is fairly straight or obvious and you are traveling in the right direction. A double blaze indicates a turn in the trail, with the offset blaze (the top one) indicating the direction of the turn. Two blazes directly on top of each other with no offset just simply means “pay attention”, something about the trail up ahead may not be obvious.

Each long trail designates their own color for marking the trail, the AT famously adopting white. Spurs or loop trails often have a common but different color as well, in order to distinguish them from the main trail.

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Arches National Park Hikes and Travel Guide

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 @ 7:10 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Arches National Park Hikes and Travel Guide

Arches National Park is 4 miles outside the small town of Moab, Utah. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches and offers a variety of things to see, do and photograph.

With walks, hikes and drives ranging from 30 mins to a few hours, there is something to suit everybody.

The main scenic drive is a total of 43 miles and includes all spurs. Plan 2 to 3 hours to complete the drive. Add more time if you want to do any long hikes or serious photography. Most arches and landmarks can be seen from the parking lots and pullouts or a short walk.

Delicate Arch is always a must-see for most visitors since it is one of the most famous features in the world. The trail to see the arch up close is 3 miles round trip and climbs 480 feet in elevation.

Explore the narrow canyons and maze-like fins in the Fiery Furnace with a 3-hour, ranger-led hike. Advance reservations are necessary. The tour requires climbing over boulders, walking through sand, and navigating trails between rocks and along narrow ledges.

This post shares when is the best time to visit, where to stay, and points of interest including the best arches national park hikes to get you out and exploring the park.

 

A Guide to Exploring Utah’s Incredible Slot Canyons

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 @ 7:15 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Guide to Exploring Utah’s Incredible Slot Canyons

There is something magical and sobering about exploring slot canyons in Southern Utah.

Hiking, swimming and sometimes squeezing through high sandstone walls carved by the elements over thousands of hundreds of thousands of years makes you keenly aware of how powerful the natural world around us is.

Don’t worry though, if the thought of squeezing through a 10-inch crevice 100 miles from civilization inspires panic like that time your brother zipped you into your sleeping bag while he watched Saturday morning cartoons, there are plenty of incredible slot canyons like the Zion Narrows that don’t require any squeezing.

For the thrill seekers out there, there are several options to bring your rope and harness for some canyoneering.

Whatever your speed is, a day spent exploring the cool, winding depths of any of these Utah slot canyons is one you won’t regret.

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New hiking trail to open in Chattanooga this weekend

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 @ 11:51 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

New hiking trail to open in Chattanooga this weekend

  A new hiking trail climbs the eastern edge of Prentice Cooper State Forest, ascending more than 1,000 feet with two main water crossings and several smaller ones sprinkled throughout. The climax of the rocky hike comes in the final mile: a 30-foot waterfall that rains down before the trail connects to the Cumberland Trail System’s Pot Point Loop.

The “moderately strenuous” 2.5-mile Ritchie Hollow Trail connects the Tennessee River to the top of Suck Creek Mountain. It opens with an 11 a.m. ceremony and hike Saturday at the trailhead near Pot Point Cabin.

The project adds to the growing trail network in the area and gives hikers a more advanced hiking opportunity. That’s something the Southeast Conservation Corps believes the area could use. The corps helped build the trail. The group did much of the technical work that would have been too difficult for most volunteers. For instance, the group helped create a path through a rock garden.

The trail goes through a historical moonshine-making area. Several moonshine stills remain in the woods along the trail and can be seen on the hike. Eventually, the corps wants to add more signs to highlight the history.

Plans are in the works to extend the trail later this year to Davis Pond campground and parking lot. That will give trail access at both the top and bottom of the mountain.

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‘Sedated by software’: Few know how to read maps anymore, experts say

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 @ 6:57 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

‘Sedated by software’: Few know how to read maps anymore, experts say

Are you au fait with Ordnance Survey? Know how to read a six figure grid reference? If you were left on a moor with just a compass and a map would you find your way home safely or wander aimlessly, eventually getting eaten by wolves?

The Royal Institute of Navigation are concerned about the nation’s cartographical know-how and have suggested schools start teaching basic navigation to address the issue.

They believe we’re all too reliant on technology, expecting smartphones and satellite navigation systems to do the hard work for us and becoming “sedated by software” in the process.

“It is concerning that children are no longer routinely learning at home or school how to do anything more than press ‘search’ buttons on a device to get anywhere,” Roger McKinlay, president of the Royal Institute of Navigation said.

“Many cannot read a landscape, an Ordnance Survey map, or find their way to a destination with just a compass, let alone wonder at the amazing role astronomy plays in establishing a precise location.”

“Instead, generations are now growing up utterly dependent on signals and software to find their way around.”

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Sinai Trail: Bedouin bet on Egypt’s first thru-hike

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 @ 9:08 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Sinai Trail: Bedouin bet on Egypt’s first thru-hike

Seen from above, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is a dun-colored triangle of desert, a vast wedge that splits Asia from Africa.

Move in closer, and the desert resolves into a landscape of high peaks and sandy valleys, dunes and rocky peaks.
Tracing a route across that terrain is the Sinai Trail, Egypt’s first long-distance hiking path, which was established in 2015 and winds roughly 143 miles from the Gulf of Aqaba into the mountainous interior.

This past November, 17 men and women undertook a 14-day thru-hike of the Sinai Trail, the first crossing of the full length of the trail. Led by male members of three Bedouin tribes and an Italian organizer, the group was as varied as the topography, a convivial assortment of novice hikers and fit backpackers, mainland Egyptians and foreigners.

They started near the Red Sea community of Beer Sweir, climbing the Sinai’s coastal mountains with hazy views of Saudi Arabia at their backs. After two weeks of hiking, their travel reward was a frosty 6 a.m. sunrise from the slopes of Mount Katherine, the highest mountain in Egypt.

The Sinai Trail crosses the territories of three Bedouin tribes – the Tarabin, the Muzeina and the Jebeleya – pastoral nomads whose lives have traditionally been shaped by the search for rain-fed grazing land and other desert resources, and who have guided Sinai travelers for generations.

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How to Be Prepared for the Wildlife Shot of a Lifetime

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 @ 6:50 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How to Be Prepared for the Wildlife Shot of a Lifetime

Some of the best photographic opportunities happen when you least expect them. In this video see valuable tips on how to always be prepared for the surprise wildlife photo of a lifetime.

The first step for capturing any split second rare image is to have your camera out of the bag and turned on. Perhaps you’ve been guilty of coming upon wildlife in perfect light on a hike but your camera was stored away in your bag.

When this situation occurs it’s even more difficult to get set up because you have to move very slowly in order to not scare the animal away. And as you can imagine, by the time you get the camera out, turned on, dials set for the scene, and perhaps mounted on a tripod, you’re pointing the lens at an empty landscape.

The author suggests having your camera default settings optimized for the “worst case scenario.” He describes this as the times when there is very little light to work with and wildlife pops out.

This means having your ISO at the limit of acceptable quality for the camera, aperture is set wide open, and the shutter speed dictated by aperture-priority mode. The resulting image may not be technically perfect, but with your camera at the ready, there’s at least a chance you’ll get something incredible instead of fumbling with gear and enjoying neither the moment with an animal or any photo to take home.

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