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Healthy Hiking Snacks

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 @ 7:38 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). To celebrate, take a hike on your favorite trail, or go to the NPS website to find a park near you, and take one of these healthy snacks along to fuel your journey.

Once you select a trail, do some research — especially if you’re planning on a full-day hike. Call the campsite, or research online where you can access water near the trail. Longer hikes may require you to bring a water filter, in case you come across a stream or natural source of water, which may contain harmful bacteria or parasites.

You’re limited to what you can tote when hiking. You don’t want to carry too much or it might weigh you down. You also need to find foods that can take the heat for the extended period of time without refrigeration.

Here are several foods you may want to consider picking up before your next adventure.

 

Vancouver’s best parks: where the locals hike, swim and see the best public art

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 @ 7:21 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Easily the best thing about Vancouver is how it combines all the exciting bits of big-city living – cutting-edge food, art, music, etc – with fantastic access to the great outdoors. Surrounded by mountains, sea, forests and beaches, you can be eating the latest freshly foraged small plates in an industrial warehouse one minute, then kayaking, mountain-biking or lazing on the beach the next.

And one thing you definitely shouldn’t miss in this nature-swathed British Columbian coastal city is hiking in its brilliant parks.

Lynn Canyon Park has lots of well-maintained, clearly marked trails twisting through its 617 acres of forest. Don’t miss the nervy crossing over the park’s Indiana Jones-style rope bridge, which sways 50 metres above the canyon.

Visit Pacific Spirit Park and the Foreshore Trail for a “true West Coast experience”. The route traces the west side of the University of British Columbia and passes along Wreck Beach and Acadia Beach, giving lovely views out over the water.

But if you’re looking to stay even closer to the city while getting your dose of green, we can also highly recommend Hinge Park, Ambleside Park or the Capilano Pacific Trail. Hinge is one of Vancouver’s newest parks, created during the regeneration of the False Creek neighbourhood for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Planned 400-mile U.S.-Canada Hiking Trail Inspired by Wandering Moose

Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 @ 5:05 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Planned 400-mile U.S.-Canada Hiking Trail Inspired by Wandering Moose

The 400-mile trek of a radio-collared moose named Alice is the inspiration for a proposed hiking trail from Ontario’s forested Algonquin Park to the heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Planners of the A2A — Algonquin to Adirondack — Trail liken it to Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, with the added benefit of preserving an important wildlife migration corridor between two vast wilderness regions.

“This is one of last great migration routes. It’s an area where wildlife can regenerate itself,” said Emily Conger, chair of the trail committee for the A2A Collaborative, the Ontario-based nonprofit conservation group behind the project.

Still in the planning stage with no definite route, the A2A will combine existing trails and roads following the general track taken by Alice, a moose radio-collared by New York wildlife workers in 1998 and released in a remote forest area in the central Adirondack town of Newcomb.

For two years, researchers tracked Alice as she swam across lakes, traversed the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum, swam the St. Lawrence River and loped across Canada’s busy Highway 401 before eventually reaching the 3,000-square-mile Algonquin Park.

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Peaceful hiking trails lie just outside bustling Hong Kong

Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 @ 11:51 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Green spaces just beyond the busy metropolis of Hong Kong offer various trails for all levels of hikers, along with tranquility and awesome views.

One of the first things you notice is the silence. Minutes from Hong Kong’s frenetic core, yet seemingly a world away, lush landscapes, walking trails and scenic vistas overlook the vertical metropolis below.

There is so much to experience in the heart of Hong Kong — markets, temples, festivals, restaurants, shopping, heritage sites, big attractions, the night life — that you could remain happily ensconced for days without venturing further than a few city blocks.

But if you are up for a change of pace, a trip into the countryside is a welcome respite from the breakneck speed of the city.

Last year, more than 13 million people hiked, walked, camped and held picnics in country parks across Hong Kong. And nearly 40 per cent of Hong Kong’s undeveloped land is protected for conservation and recreation.

There are plenty of routes for hikers of all levels.

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Author Releases Memoir On Romantic Hiking Adventure

Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 @ 7:42 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Author Releases Memoir On Romantic Hiking Adventure

Not many people can say they met and married their spouse within 30 days of beginning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. But that’s exactly what happened to 25-year-old Claire Henley Miller.

Mile 445 is the inspiring—and romantic—true story of how Miller left corporate life behind to embark on a 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada. She is doing it alone, and the only gear she takes to survive the trek in the mountains of California, Oregon, and Washington fits inside her sixty-eight-liter backpack.

At the start of her five-month journey, she meets a handsome young man known on the trail as Big Spoon. Their paths keep crossing. The two quickly see a greater reason for their expedition than to explore the rigorous wilderness. They fall madly in love and get married. But their adventure is just beginning.

Told with rich vitality, Miller’s quest unfolds in mystical ways through deadly desert storms, 14,000-foot ascents, and decisions that will affect the rest of her life. This bold tale of courage and determination brims with humor and suspense as it reveals life, love, and loss in the rawness of the wild.

Mile 445 is available at Amazon.

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Hiking dog about to climb 46th Adirondack High Peak

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 @ 7:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Ariel, a husky-golden retriever-Labrador mix has just one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks remaining to climb with her owner, Amber Pitcher of East Berne, NY. At 11 years old, most dogs start to slow down — but not Ariel.

The husky-golden retriever-Labrador mix has spent the past three years hiking the 46 Adirondack High Peaks with Pitcher. The two are scheduled to climb their final High Peak, Mount Colden in Keene, Essex County, on Aug. 20, 2016. Pitcher said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I don’t think I would like hiking as much without her,” she said. “She’s so happy. When I’m tired or down, she there’s wagging her tail and giving me kisses. She’s my best friend.”

Ariel also has climbed the six peaks in Saranac Lake as well as the 35 Catskill peaks above 3,500 feet in elevation.
Her most recent hike, a traverse across multiple peaks including Blake and Mount Colvin, took 12 hours. Dogs are not allowed on the trail, so Pitcher and Ariel bushwhacked through the 20-mile trek.

Pitcher hopes Ariel’s story will encourage potential dog owners to adopt and support local animal shelters.

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Hiking a hundred miles for kids

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 @ 11:41 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Emily’s Miles for Smiles is Emily Beehler’s mission to hike one hundred miles while raising money for the Colorado Mountain Club’s (CMC) Youth Education Program.

“Everybody wants to do good and everybody wants to give back somehow,” Beehler says. “A lot of people can’t, either physically, time-wise, something. So they’re more than happy to give money because that’s how they are able to do good.

“I’ll do the hiking and the work if you just support me and help support the kids,” she says.

Beehler is raising money through CMC’s MountainUp campaign, where individuals set goals for themselves and create personal fundraisers. Campaigners donate money to CMC overall or choose a specific program, like the Youth Education Program or Conservation Program.

Other campaigners have set goals of climbing seven 14ers, running the Pikes Peak marathon and hiking 10,000 feet of elevation gain, Woollenweber says. So far they’ve raised $3,000 of the $10,000 goal.

Beehler was the second person to sign up for MountainUp, putting all her money toward the 7,000 kids served each year by the Youth Education Program. Her funds will go to education programs and getting kids into the mountains.

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Knoxville’s $45 million plan calls for 13 new greenway links

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 @ 11:25 am in Hiking News | 1 comment

Knoxville, TN officials will publicly unveil a long-term $45 million plan to build 24 miles of greenways that would connect the city’s existing trail system.

The city’s existing 90 miles of trails have been used largely as recreation, but the 13 planned corridors would help runners, walkers and cyclists to use the greenways to reach downtown, parks and other destinations, said Joe Walsh, Knoxville’s park director.

For years, the Third Creek Greenway, which linked student housing on Sutherland Avenue to the University of Tennessee campus, was the only major transportation greenway, he said.

The new greenway connections can also help protect fragments of urban forest and creeks, opening them up for public use.

“The more accessible facilities are, the more they’re used and taken care of by everyone,” Greenways Coordinator Lori Goerlich said. “So there’s a pragmatic (aspect) to having more access and more people being able to enjoy them, but also a lot of benefits to the experience and the connectivity offers more options on where you can go, to change up your route or go to different parts of town.”

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Colorado’s Mount Audubon Trail

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 @ 9:14 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Thanks to its position east of the Continental Divide, this gentle thirteener has incredible vistas of snow-capped peaks rising above wildflower-filled tundra.

Colorado’s fourteeners get a lot of acclaim. But hikers shouldn’t overlook the state’s gorgeous (yet still strenuous) 13,000-foot peaks. Take the easily accessible, 13,223-foot Mount Audubon, which is located about a mile east of the Continental Divide and is the most prominent peak visible from Boulder. It’s a gentle mountain, with expansive slopes and broad ridges that offer a mellow route to the rocky summit, and whose easterly perch offers close-ups views of the rugged peaks along the Divide.

Although most hikers in decent shape shouldn’t have a problem bagging this peak, Mount Audubon is still an alpine summit with 2,900 vertical feet of elevation gain, so be sure to take all prudent precautions, including starting early. From the trailhead near the upper end of the Mitchell Lake parking lot, the route is stony but easy to follow. It climbs steadily through a glacial valley with dense fir-spruce forest before bending to the right to ascend a series of switchbacks up the valley’s side wall.

The route climbs to a small saddle just north of the summit, where a large cairn marks a faint trail to the left, toward the final, steep ascent up a blocky boulder field. Before you start up this slope, it’s worth first walking a short distance north, where you’re treated to the route’s most vibrant wildflower displays and gorgeous mountain views.

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Hiking in Phoenix – A Southwestern Hiking Series

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 @ 11:52 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Many regions of the United States are extraordinary for their diverse climate and topography. California comes to mind, as well as the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. But many people don’t consider the Southwest region as being more than desert.

Yet, Arizona displays varied scenery, wide-ranging climate and awesome beauty, rivaling if not exceeding any other place. In fact, many parts of Arizona are so magnificent, in their various ways, that they challenge the capacity of human sensibilities to experience them in all their glory and richness.

Consider Phoenix for instance. Hiking in Phoenix and environs is arguably some of the best hiking in the southwest. From lush Sonoran Desert vegetation to picturesque mountain ranges it’s easy to see what attracts hikers to this corner of the world.

As you gaze upon towering saguaros and beautiful sky island mountain ranges in the distance, you will understand why hiking in Phoenix should be on every adventurer’s favorites list.

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New Jersey has a hiking trail lined with handmade fairy houses

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 @ 9:10 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A list of unusual things you might stumble upon during a walk in the woods of New Jersey: rare Piebald deer; curious geological formations; an extinct volcano; the ruins of an old ironworks; a telephone pole farm; a terrifying, kangaroo-like beast with wings, hooves and a forked tail.

And then there are the handmade fairy habitats that line the Rahway Trail, an unexpectedly fanciful footpath within northeast New Jersey’s sprawling South Mountain Reservation.

Conceived by the Olmsted Brothers in the late 19th century, the 2,100-acre nature reserve located entirely within Essex County is home to numerous standout natural features: dramatic waterfalls, tranquil ponds, babbling brooks and gently rolling wooded hills bisected by popular hiking trails. Yet along the Rahway Trail, the vibe is decidedly more whimsical than anything else thanks in part to the wood nymph-friendly handiwork of local resident and non-imp Therese Ojibway.

Recently identified as the creator and chief custodian of the so-called South Mountain Fairy Trail, Ojibway — aka “Thumbelina’s secret architect” — has quietly and anonymously installed intricately designed fairy furnishings — ladders, doors, sprite-sized seats and more — in gnarled stumps, tree hollows, root formations and other oft-overlooked nooks and crannies along the 1-mile footpath for the past five years.

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Meet the new Chimney Rock State Park

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 @ 5:10 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Meet the new Chimney Rock State Park

Amid the 100th anniversary celebration of the private park established by the Morse Family in 1916, along with the centennial of the North Carolina State Park System, it’s fitting that the park and its visitors are growing and stretching into a new century with new ideas and new outdoor activities.

James Ledgerwood, Chimney Rock State Park superintendent since 2011, and his ranger staff, along with many partners, including the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park, the Nature Conservancy and the Carolina Climbers Coalition, have secured land on the gorge’s northern side while improving trail access to Rumbling Bald and the myriad boulders strewn threw the forest, with names like The Wave, Moby Dick and Split Crack.

“When I first got here, this was a dirt disaster,” Ledgerwood said of the parking lot on a recent tour of the Rumbling Bald access. “People have been coming up here forever to climb, using a dirt logging road, with ATVs and trucks right up to the rock face, creating a lot of resource damage.”

Improvements are being funded with the voter-approved Connect NC Bond of $1.5 million. Besides Rumbling Bald, the rest of the bond money will go to create a public access at the World’s Edge, a remote area on the south side of Hickory Nut Gorge, another part of the 6,200-acre patchwork quilt of Chimney Rock State Park.

The World’s Edge was the first chunk of land acquired by the state for what was to become Chimney Rock State Park. “We’re working to obtain the cul de sac at the World’s Edge, where the McGraw Family owns 6 acres. That would give the public another access point into the park,” he said.

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Temporary Closure of Ramsey Cascades Trail @ GSMNP

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 @ 2:34 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the temporary closure of the Ramsey Cascades Trail due to a damaged foot log caused by a fallen tree that is blocking access along the route. The foot log spans a section of Ramsey Prong which is too swift and deep to allow hikers to safely rock-hop across river. The popular, four-mile trail is located in the Greenbrier section of the park.

For more information on road and trail closures, please visit the park website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm.

 

Ramsey Cascades Trail will reopen on Thursday, April 27, 2017 following the installation of a new foot log. The trail has been closed since August 2016 when the foot log was damaged by a fallen tree. The foot log spans a section of Ramsey Prong which is too swift and deep to allow hikers to safely rock-hop across river. The popular, four-mile trail is located in the Greenbrier section of the park and leads to the park’s tallest waterfall, Ramsey Cascades.

 

Booby traps found on popular NJ hiking trail

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 @ 12:39 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers and bikers beware. Police officials say there’s a sicko out there who is setting booby traps trying to injure people in a popular Northern New Jersey park.

Wayne Police are asking everyone to look very closely at the more than 11 miles of trails in High Mountain Park Preserve because someone has been placing booby traps in the dirt path, specifically barbed wire and wooden planks with nails sticking out just beneath the surface of the trails.

Wayne Police say a resident found these booby traps and told police about them starting in late June so police have now released the pictures. Other booby traps include broken bottles behind or next to rocks and logs.

“It’s bad karma, to will come back to get them,” Alfredo Rodriguez, hiker, said.

Wayne Police say anyone who sees any suspicious activity should call them immediately. The park is near William Paterson University. Police detectives are investigating.

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Roanoke club helping with foot-by-foot survey of Appalachian Trail

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 @ 11:03 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

With cicadas buzzing above their heads and a splash of a nearby stream providing the metronome to their march, two men document the details of a section of the Appalachian Trail in Craig County, VA in hopes of earning the recognition they say it deserves.

They wake up early, prepare for a long day of hiking through the woods and traipse through a different stretch of the trail each day. These excursions are not for fun. This is business.

Jim Webb, volunteer trail supervisor with the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, and Conner McBane, invasive species coordinator for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, are conducting an in-depth inventory of various man-made features along the trail near Roanoke.

“It gives you a new appreciation for what is out here,” said McBane, who has hiked various sections of the trail. “I think it really shows all the work that all the volunteers have put in for decades and decades.”

The section the pair was studying last week stretches about 120 miles and holds shelters, bridges, campsites and parking lots.

The goal is to get a thorough documentation of what the section of trail in Southwest Virginia holds. McBane is studying an additional 280 miles in Virginia with the help of trail clubs that maintain those sections.

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Tips for Bringing Your Dog into the Wilderness

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 @ 10:33 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tips for Bringing Your Dog into the Wilderness

Dogs are awesome. Dogs that can hang in the mountains are somehow even more awesome. Behind each of our favorite mountain pups is a loving and supportive owner making sure their quadrapedal compadre is happy and healthy.

Unfortunately, so many outdoorsy dog owners don’t take the time to properly prepare and train their animal, resulting in campsite chaos, unnecessary impact on the natural lands, or worse. This behavior gives our beloved mountain pups a bad rap in the outdoor community, and can actually be harmful to the animal and the environment. But, with a little education and preparation, your dog can thrive in the wilderness and become a shining example of mountain puppy stewardship.

Always be familiar with land/campground/property guidelines. Just because you’re out in the open and think you’re alone, does not mean rules don’t exist. There are pet regulations in almost all parks and open spaces. All US National Forest campgrounds allow pets, but they MUST be leashed and under control in campgrounds or on trails.

It is important to “train” your dog in much the same way you train for whatever outdoor activity you’re trying to do. This means starting out with easier day hikes to get your dog in hiking shape. Work up to your goals to make sure your animal can handle it.

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What to do and see in Bat Cave, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, N.C.

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 @ 8:51 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Travelers heading east on I-26 in North Carolina have surely shaken their heads a bit after passing exit 49. In fact, it might inspire a flashback to a classic TV show about a dynamic duo. The exit, like it says, leads to Bat Cave, but people hoping to catch a glimpse of Batman might instead have to settle for the community’s dynamic setting with “super” views.

The community situated in the Hickory Nut Gorge is named after a nearby cave. According to the Nature Conservancy’s website, Bat Cave is the largest known granite fissure cave in North America. It is not open to the public and tours are not offered due to its protected status with the Conservancy as well as concerns over White Nose Syndrome, a disease that can be deadly to bats.

The most famous landmark in the Hickory Nut Gorge is Chimney Rock. This 315-foot granite formation juts out from the mountain at an elevation of more than 2,200 feet above sea level. From the valley floor it’s hard to miss the rock and the large American flag flying high above it. Chimney Rock has been the center of tourism in the gorge since the early 1900s when it was purchased by Dr. Lucius Morse and his brothers. It remained in private hands until 2006 when it became part of the North Carolina State Park system.

At the entrance to the park, stone walls on each side of the road perfectly frame Chimney Rock and the mountain rising behind it. The road winds up the mountain for a few miles before ending at a parking lot at the base of the monolith.

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