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National parks offer prime viewing for Venus transit

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 @ 7:19 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

When Venus interposes itself directly between Earth and the sun for the last time in more than a century, national parks across America will be prepared to observe the historic event. Many will have special filtered telescopes set up for safe viewing of the sun, while rangers stand by to answer questions. Every national park in the United States should be able to view the transit of Venus, either completely or in part, in the hours leading up to sunset on Tuesday, June 5th. The duration of the transit varies depending on how long before...

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Plan floated to link famous hiking trails

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 @ 10:03 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

For almost 50 years, naturalists, hikers and government officials have dreamed of blazing a trail that would connect two of the country’s longest hiking routes: the Appalachian Trail, which runs along the East Coast from Georgia to Maine, and the North Country Trail, which stretches from Crown Point, N.Y., to North Dakota. The missing link? A roughly 40-mile stretch of prospective trail through Addison County, Vermont. But this month, the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) and the National Park Service wrapped up a feasibility study for that...

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Hit the trails backpacking with kids

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 @ 6:32 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Many parents have felt the joy and rewards of day hiking with wee ones, but far fewer have backpacked overnight into the wilderness, kids in tow (or in-pack, as the case may be). With the right gear, planning and attitude, parents and kids alike can reap the benefits of backcountry adventures. On June 2 – the 20th anniversary of National Trails Day – families have another incentive to hit the trails: dozens of (mostly free) outdoor workshops, trail maintenance projects and guided hikes will be offered in just about every state. To...

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This Time It’s for Real

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 @ 5:55 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

This Time It’s for Real

Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012. Organized by the Internet Society, and building on the successful one-day World IPv6 Day event held on 8 June 2011, World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for...

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Half-Day Hike to Ancient Pabonka Monastery

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 @ 9:18 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Explore Tibet, a Lhasa-based Tibet travel agency, announces a half-day hike from Lhasa to Pabonka Monastery, located on the lower slopes of Mount Dukri. “Pabonka is the most important of the Sera hermitages, and the place where the Tibetan alphabet was invented,” Explore Tibet said. “It’s an interesting historical site, and visitors to the monastery can share butter tea with the monks and learn about Tibetan culture.” Pabonka is located 8 kilometers north of Lhasa. To reach the monastery travelers must follow a rugged trail up to a...

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At National Parks, where are all the young people?

Posted by on May 31, 2012 @ 11:48 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

At Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, rangers are seeing more than green this spring. They’re also noticing a little more gray. The average visitor to national parks is getting older. Cyclist John O’Malley, 61, of Summit County, Colo., has enjoyed the trails for almost half a century. “You do get close to nature,” Malley said. But apparently, not everyone shares that fondness anymore. Back in 1996, at Death Valley National Park, almost a third of visitors were in their 20s. But in the last few years, that number...

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Hike the Heights 8: Soaring Spirits Return to the Sunken Playground in Manhattan

Posted by on May 30, 2012 @ 7:05 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

What better way to reintroduce northern Manhattan parks to residents and friends than through a neighborhood celebration that takes you hiking through the secret and not-so-secret parks and finishes up with a big outdoor party? Hike the Heights, an annual community-wide hike-and-party, is now in its eighth year. It will take place this Saturday, June 2nd on National Trails Day. Last year’s Hike the Heights was one of my most fun and memorable experiences. It was amazing to see hundreds of kids and families in the park enjoying...

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New Maps and Trail Descriptions for 88-mile Stretch of Mountains to Sea Trail

Posted by on May 30, 2012 @ 7:13 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Check out the new maps and trail descriptions for 88 miles of the Mountains to Sea Trail from Beacon Heights (near Grandfather Mountain) to Devil’s Garden (near Stone Mountain State Park) along the northern Blue Ridge Parkway. They are written as a series of 14 day-hikes which can be combined for a longer trip. The descriptions were developed by outdoor writer Joe Miller thanks to a grant to Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail from North Carolina’s Adopt-A-Trail Program. Please share your opinions about these trail descriptions...

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10 things every hiker in Utah’s Canyonlands should carry

Posted by on May 29, 2012 @ 6:36 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Sharon Brussel, the supervisory program assistant in the division of interpretation at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, said sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries hikers suffer while hiking in Utah. According to Brussel, hikers often suffer ankle and knee injuries while climbing because they don’t pay attention to what is under their feet. Hikers need to be more aware and better prepared, Brussel said. Many hikers these days set off into the mountains or canyons thinking a GPS and a cell phone is all they need to be...

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Denali National Park Marking National Trails Day With New Hiking Trail

Posted by on May 29, 2012 @ 6:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A new trail is coming to Denali National Park and Preserve, and in honor of National Trails Day the general public is being invited to help with the construction. The Savage Alpine Trail will run 4.5 miles through forest and across tundra. On National Trails Day, June 2, volunteers are being invited to help park crews build a 150-foot boardwalk. “This event is a great opportunity to get first hand experience on the challenges of building and maintaining trails in a sub-arctic environment, and to enjoy a beautiful area of the...

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Lupus Sufferers Still Need Your Help

Posted by on May 29, 2012 @ 3:35 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Lupus Sufferers Still Need Your Help

Lupus Awareness Month may be coming to a close but the Lupus Foundation of America continues awareness efforts year-round. They can’t do it alone. Stay involved with them. Listen to podcasts from lupus experts, find your nearest Chapter, become an e-Advocate, join a Walk, add your Voice. Today, people with lupus are leading healthier lives and living longer than at any time in history. Improvements in diagnosis, a greater understanding of how medications can work together to control symptoms, and increased knowledge of the effects of...

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List of US national parks with highest smog levels

Posted by on May 28, 2012 @ 3:39 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Sequoia National Park, home to the giant redwoods, suffers the worst air pollution of any national park in the country. The California forest that is home to the biggest and oldest living things on earth suffers that dubious distinction. Signs in visitor centers warn guests when it’s not safe to hike. The government employment website warns job applicants that the workplace is unhealthy, and park workers are briefed every year on the lung and heart damage the pollution can cause. An ozone reading of 75 parts per billion or higher, which...

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Outings set for trails week in Pennsylvania

Posted by on May 27, 2012 @ 6:18 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The trail might ascend into the nation’s first sanctuary for hawks, veer through a Superfund site that became a preserve or cross ground that a volunteer tended for the past 20 years. On National Trails Day on June 2, hikers, bicyclists, canoeists and equestrians have a chance to explore paths they haven’t taken before or to re-cover favorite ground. Pennsylvania has 3,000 miles of long-distance hiking trails, such as the 325-mile Mid-State Trail that runs between the Maryland and New York borders. Add rail trails and paths at...

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Finger Lakes Trail celebrating 50th anniversary with hikes across New York state

Posted by on May 27, 2012 @ 6:10 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

National Trails Day will have a little extra significance for the Finger Lakes Trail this year. Shortly after the sun rises Saturday, June 2, 75 simultaneous hikes will begin across New York state, as the Finger Lakes Trail celebrates its 50th birthday with a one-day collective trip spanning over 550 miles. Founded in 1962, the Finger Lakes Trail Conference now offers 958 miles of hiking from one end of the state to the other. The main Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) begins along the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park, tracing...

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Portion of Palisades hiking trails in NJ closed by rock fall

Posted by on May 26, 2012 @ 10:06 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Two miles of riverside hiking trails in the New Jersey section of Palisades Interstate Park will remain closed this holiday weekend because of boulders and debris from plunging rocks earlier this month. “Everything else is open except that particular portion of hiking trail within the Giant Stairs area,” said a park educator for the 12-mile New Jersey section. “Where the rock fall hit the river, (the stone debris) is approximately 100 yards wide.” The New Jersey section has three cliff-top lookouts on the Palisades – including Stateline...

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Bob Miller, ‘voice of the Smokies,’ retires

Posted by on May 26, 2012 @ 9:52 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Bob Miller first visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1984 while on vacation. Until then, his only exposure to mountains was viewing the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, which he’d seen while serving in the Army during the Vietnam War. At first, the relatively modest scale of the Southern Appalachians left Miller unimpressed. Over time, however, he began to appreciate that the park’s calling card — its rich biodiversity and its equally rich human history stretching from the Cherokees to the Scotch-Irish pioneers....

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A hiker’s guide to healing

Posted by on May 25, 2012 @ 7:22 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Aspen Matis is writing a memoir of rape and the wilderness adventure that helped her heal. In the morning we went farther south, through more desert. In the car we didn’t talk much. We referred to my sadness but never said “rape.” At the Mexican border, my father filled my water bottles and watched me swing my legs back and forth off the minivan trunk and eat cold pizza. When I was fed and silent long enough, he drove up the dirt road north, away. I was alone. Finally. There was a border monument marking the southern end of the Pacific Crest...

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Vermont Hiking Season Starts This Weekend

Posted by on May 25, 2012 @ 7:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Green Mountain Club welcomes the end to mud season starting this Memorial Day weekend. As hiking on trails in the Green Mountain National Forest is no longer discouraged, the club looks forward to another great hiking season in Vermont. The 10,000-member founder and maintainer of the Long Trail also knows there is a lot of trail work to do, especially in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Hikers who head out over this long holiday weekend to the Long Trail will find some sections rerouted around damage from the storm. The storm’s...

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National Park Foundation Grants $200,000 To Restore And Establish Trails And Promote Healthy Lives In America’s National Parks

Posted by on May 25, 2012 @ 2:30 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced over $200,000 in grants to be awarded to the thirteen national parks selected to participate in the 2012 Active Trails program. Now in its fourth round of grants, the National Park Foundation’s Active Trails program promotes national parks as a venue for community engagement and encourages healthy living through various forms of recreation and volunteer service on land and water trails. “Maintaining over 18,000 miles of trails is no...

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Kids in Parks program to open TRACK Trail at Mount Jefferson

Posted by on May 24, 2012 @ 7:27 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Kids in Parks program to open TRACK Trail at Mount Jefferson

Over the past few years, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program has been installing a network of kid friendly hiking trails, called TRACK Trails, on and in communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Kids in Parks program is installing their network of TRACK Trails to help get kids and families “un-plugged”, outdoors and actively engaged in nature, for their health and the health of our parks. Each TRACK Trail provides a series of self-guided, brochure-led adventures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled...

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Forest Service gives advice on safe hiking and camping

Posted by on May 24, 2012 @ 7:04 pm in Hiking News | 1 comment

As the summer hiking season approaches, the U.S. Forest Service reminds hikers to be prepared for whatever they might find on the trail and recommends websites that offer guidance on hiking safely and provide information on local trails, campsites and other information about the White Mountain National Forest. Those planning a hiking trip are encouraged to check out the hikeSafe website at www.hikesafe.com. There have been several recent news stories about hikers not being prepared, and consequently getting lost or in trouble. This hikeSafe...

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June is time for National Trails Day® and Great Outdoors Month

Posted by on May 23, 2012 @ 7:51 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

June is time for National Trails Day® and Great Outdoors Month

June is a special time to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. Presidential recognition of the American Recreation Coalition’s Great Outdoors Week and proclamations from governors across America are featured along with tours, work days, and celebrations. One special day in June is sponsored by the American Hiking Society and a variety of partners: National Trails Day® 2012 will be held Saturday, June 2. The Boy Scouts of America are joining in this year to highlight the 20th anniversary of NTD. June is a great month to get some...

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Blue Ridge Parkway Reduces Speed Limit Through Asheville Corridor

Posted by on May 23, 2012 @ 4:40 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Effective immediately, the speed limit between Highway 74A and Highway 25 (Hendersonville Road) will be reduced from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. This speed limit change is aimed at improving the safety of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians through the Asheville Corridor. In the past six years, the section of the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs through the Asheville area has seen a change in both traffic density and complexity as more residents and visitors choose to use the Parkway. More bicyclists, pedestrians, runners and...

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National Get Outdoors Day

Posted by on May 22, 2012 @ 10:23 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

National Get Outdoors Day

Early summer is a great time to disconnect from the video games, computers and phones and reconnect with the outdoors. Participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are again teaming up to host the fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. On Saturday, June 9, 2012, these diverse partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the...

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Do you ever ponder how trails are formed?

Posted by on May 22, 2012 @ 7:25 am in Hiking News | 1 comment

It would seem the first step is to plan the route. This may appear simple at first glance. Wouldn’t one always elect the easiest? Not necessarily – often the trail takes a detour from “easy” to incorporate a scenic view or historic site that happens to be along the way. And how would one know about these distractions? OK, so research might come before planning. We took a hike one spring along a creek with no trail and came upon an old foundation and small dam that may have been used for logging or a millworks. You...

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Environmental groups, tribes protest nuclear power plant along Green River

Posted by on May 21, 2012 @ 7:11 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Environmental groups and Native American tribes gathered at the site of a proposed nuclear power plant to protest its location and plans to divert water from the Green River in Utah. Blue Castle Holdings is proposing to take 53,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Green River for use in the cooling process at the proposed plant, which would be located near the city Green River, UT and generate 3,000 megawatts of electricity. “This is a land of national parks,” said the conservation director of Moab-based Living Rivers....

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Conservation Areas Perfect for Celebrating National Trails Day

Posted by on May 20, 2012 @ 8:37 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

On the first Saturday of June each year, the American Hiking Society encourages people to discover the healthy fun of spending time hiking, biking and horseback riding. National Trails Day falls on June 2 this year, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) bends over backwards to make it easy to celebrate the occasion. Conservation areas (CAs) have trails that range from short, wheelchair-accessible loops to more than 30 miles of interconnected loops and spurs. In all, CAs have more than 700 miles of foot, bicycle and equestrian...

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Technology Can Enhance Your Wilderness Experiences

Posted by on May 20, 2012 @ 8:31 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Few boundaries are so sacred and inviolable, few walls between church and state so absolute, as those that divide the great outdoors — the mountains and rivers and forests — from the electronic communications networks that, some say, have infiltrated the natural world to the point that it no longer exists. For these purists, who consider the wilderness a perfectly separate, primordial realm of ancient relations between wild organisms interacting in elemental ways determined by their deepest genetic drives, paradise is fragile and easily lost....

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Events Scheduled for Connecticut Trails Day

Posted by on May 19, 2012 @ 11:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

On June 2nd and 3rd, Connecticut will host the largest Trails Day celebration in the nation with 193 events scheduled in 121 towns on over 540 miles of trails throughout the state. Time flies while you are having fun. The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), the first private, non-profit conservation organization established in Connecticut, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of coordinating this fun-filled weekend. Every year, the Connecticut Trails Day Celebration inspires thousands of Nutmeggers to participate in activities...

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Conservancy group celebrates 50,000 protected acres

Posted by on May 19, 2012 @ 10:01 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Conservancy group celebrates 50,000 protected acres

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is celebrating its protection of more than 50,000 acres across Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. This is the organization’s 38th year of preserving land from the Highlands of Roan to the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “Protecting 50,000 acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tremendous accomplishment that demonstrates the commitment of a dedicated group of people to forever preserve one of the most important places in the world for biodiversity,” said Carl Silverstein,...

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Bartram Trail: Mystery tract with no heirs provides critical link for long-distance hiking trail

Posted by on May 19, 2012 @ 9:54 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Bartram Trail: Mystery tract with no heirs provides critical link for long-distance hiking trail

It took more than a decade, a lot of detective work and a protracted legal case to clear the way for a new portion of the Bartram Trail in Macon County, NC now under construction. The Bartram Trail Society maintains a 100-mile memorial trail in Western North Carolina in honor of the naturalist William Bartram, who traveled through the region in 1775 on a botanical mission to collect exotic, new-fangled plants from the New World for the English crown. A large section of the trail in Macon County is stymied either by private land or the Little...

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May 18 Is Put on Purple Day for Lupus

Posted by on May 17, 2012 @ 10:55 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

May 18 Is Put on Purple Day for Lupus

Research shows that most Americans know little or nothing about lupus and its devastating impact on millions of people. You can change that! Band Together for Lupus Awareness and help the Lupus Foundation of America fight this unpredictable and sometimes fatal disease by showing support for those who suffer from it. Join the Lupus Foundation of America and thousands of people nationwide for Put On Purple Day on Friday, May 18, 2012. Here are more daily awareness facts about lupus: Lupus can be an expensive disease. The average annual cost to...

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Hikers will follow old pathway to Hawaiian summit

Posted by on May 16, 2012 @ 9:37 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers may be taking the old trail to the summit of Haleakala for the first time in seven decades later this year following an agreement approved by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday in Honolulu. The memorandum of agreement between state Department of Land and Natural Resources Forestry and Wildlife Division, the Na Ala Hele Trail & Access System and Haleakala Ranch, through which a part of the trail runs, calls for a minimum of two hiking events each year on the trail, which provided access to the summit until the...

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The Outdoor Alliance Celebrates Partnerships for Public Lands

Posted by on May 16, 2012 @ 7:25 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A report published by Outdoor Alliance showcases how collaborations between federal agencies and outdoor recreation organizations can lead to more Americans visiting their public lands. Several of the projects in the report also have a history with National Public Lands Day. The Yosemite Facelift is a long time NPLD event that attracts thousands of volunteers to clean up the park over five days. The Yosemite Facelift is featured in the report because a partnership between the Yosemite Climbing Association and the National Park Service...

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