6 Years Old, and Reaching Summits

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 @ 8:56 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

“Are you sure about this?” I ask my daughters. “There’s no way we’ll get out of this forest before nightfall. We’ve at least five miles and two water crossings to go.” Despite their obvious fatigue, 6-year-old Sage cheerfully replies, “I’m sure,” and 8-year-old Alex enthusiastically nods in agreement. Though I’m nervous about the long hours ahead, if they believe they can complete this 18-mile journey in one day, then who am I to tell them they can’t? This is, after all, why we hike mountains week after week, month after month. Out there, the...

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Scott’s Creek trails offer window on nature in the middle of Dillsboro, NC

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 @ 10:01 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A nature discovery trail along Scott’s Creek in Dillsboro, NC has been two years in the making and the Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River is now urging the public to come see the fruits of their labor. The trail has educational signage on environmental and stream-related topics that explore how the ecosystem works. There are currently two trail segments located around the edge of Monteith Park. A third segment is still under-construction. Billed as demonstration trails, the ultimate goal of the Discovery Trails is to teach and...

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Montana group steps up to continue Continental Divide Trail work

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 @ 8:27 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

To help complete the Continental Divide Trail, CDT-Montana is building on five decades of grassroots volunteer work and successful collaborations. After the Colorado-based Continental Divide Trail Alliance closed its doors in January 2012, the Montana Wilderness Association saw an opportunity to pick up the slack on the CDT up north. After scrambling to pursue grants and funding, a summer project schedule was in place with nearly a dozen volunteer opportunities from Glacier to Yellowstone National Park. Designated in 1978, the CDT is the...

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Report offers a roadmap for America’s national parks

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 @ 3:20 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

On the eve of its 96th birthday on August 25th, the National Park Service is getting a special gift: A new report that is both the first of its kind in the last 50 years and a benchmark for the future. Announced by NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis in a ceremony at Rocky Mountain National Park today, the report represents a science-based effort to ensure America’s parks remain protected, accessible and relevant as the system approaches its second century and the world around them undergoes massive change. While the report focuses on the future,...

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Plan for proposed Lake Placid-to-Old Forge recreation trail presented

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 @ 5:09 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Plan for proposed Lake Placid-to-Old Forge recreation trail presented

Instead of bemoaning the existence of a tourist train, a local advocacy group is trying to highlight the economic benefits of a year-round, multi-use recreational trail between Lake Placid and Old Forge, NY. A new study was conducted by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy following weeks of detailed analysis by the RTC’s Northeast office. It showed that a trail could be constructed between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake at no cost, assuming rails and ties between Saranac Lake and Old Forge can be salvaged and sold for $65,000 per...

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Founder’s Day: Honoring The Legacy Of Those Who Built The National Park Service

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 @ 11:25 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Sure, the National Park Service could just call August 25th its birthday, but the term “Founder’s Day” seems more fitting since the Park Service was the brainchild of a great many people who contributed to its inception. The National Park Service Organic Act (or simply “the Organic Act”) established the National Park Service (NPS), an agency of the Department of the Interior. The Act was signed into law on August 25, 1916. From the vision of early conservationists and naturalists such as John Muir and Gifford Pinchot and the...

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Leaf Viewing in Western North Carolina

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 @ 11:51 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Fall is a great time to visit the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western North Carolina to view leaves adorned in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. When temperatures cool in autumn, chlorophyll starts to degrade allowing the hidden pigments of deciduous trees to provide a rich, colorful display. This rich display typically starts at the highest elevation in late September and early October gradually progressing to the lowest elevation by late October and early November. At high-elevation, above 4500 feet, red, crimson and orange...

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New TRACK Trail to open on Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 @ 5:35 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Want to do something outdoorsy and fun with the kids this weekend? Take them to the Orchard at Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway Saturday. There will be a grand opening of a new kid-friendly hiking trail, music and mountain beauty. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program has installed more than 15 child-friendly hiking trails, called TRACK Trails, on and in communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Through a partnership with the Altapass Foundation, the Kids in Parks program will install a TRACK Trail at the Historic...

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Waterford Press Launches Pathfinder Outdoor Survival Guide Series

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 @ 5:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

No Food. No Map. No Cell Phone. No Problem. Imagine you found yourself alone in the woods with no food, water, shelter—or cell phone reception. Could you save your own life? Most likely, the answer is no. Left to our own devices and without supplies, the majority of us lack the necessary skills to survive. Fortunately, it’s never too late to learn. Outdoor guide publisher Waterford Press introduces the Pathfinder Outdoor Survival Guides™, designed to help you take control in a dangerous environment by teaching you how to use the resources...

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National parks face severe funding crunch

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 @ 4:46 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

After more than a decade of scrimping and deferring maintenance and construction projects — and absorbing a 6 percent budget cut in the past two years — the signs of strain are beginning to surface at national parks across the country. The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, which curves along the spine of the easternmost range of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina, has a $385 million backlog of projects, mainly in road maintenance, and has been unable to fill 75 vacant positions since 2003. For the past three years, New...

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2012 BioBlitz in Rocky Mountain National Park

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 @ 7:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

On August 24 and 25, 2012, the sixth in the series of National Park Service-National Geographic Society BioBlitzes is scheduled to take place in Rocky Mountain National Park. The event is being held each year leading up to the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. Hundreds of scientists, students, teachers, and volunteers will gather to participate in this event, a two-day celebration of biodiversity which centers on a 24-hour discovery of species. Teams of experts and volunteers will explore the park’s majestic mountains, meadows,...

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Beauty contest for trees gets underway

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 @ 5:40 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

It’s time to branch out and root around for tall trunks, lush leaves, and beautiful bark: Nominations for Manitoba’s best trees are now being accepted for the second annual Amazing Tree Quest. The quest stems from a partnership between Rivers West and the Manitoba Forestry Association, and it seeks to find the biggest, oldest and most striking trees — or simply ones that are community favourites. “The quest is designed to get people out and exploring and finding their amazing trees,” said Andrea Kraayeveld of the...

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Day trips turn into a mission for couple on statewide trek

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 @ 7:32 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

When their two children had graduated from college and settled in Seattle, Roger Williams and Liesel Dreisbach-Williams saw no reason to discontinue their tradition of designating a weekend each month for family time — or as empty-nesters, couple time. Mostly, the Williams Township couple took day trips, going for short hikes in several Pennsylvania state parks each time they hit the road. They also logged some multi-day adventures to parks in western Pennsylvania. After a few years, they realized their jaunts were turning into more of a...

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46th Adirondack High Peak Climbed

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 @ 11:49 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

46th Adirondack High Peak Climbed

It is hard to describe the excitement and anticipation felt leading up to the culmination of a goal to climb all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks. The anticipation of a child awaiting Santa Claus’ arrival comes close. The author slept little the previous night – and would have headed out in the wee hours of the morning if she did not have two dear friends accompanying her once daylight arrived. After climbing 42 of the 46 solo, it was wonderful to have friends join her for the final climb. There is a time to be alone and there is a time for...

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Injured Dog Rescued From Mountain

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 @ 8:40 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

At 13,500 feet, among the snow-capped peaks of Mount Bierstadt in Colorado, Scott Washburn and his wife, Amanda, found an abandoned, dying German shepherd dog. Washburn and his wife were on a leisurely hike up Mount Bierstadt in Clear Creek County, a 14,000-foot peak near Denver. It’s too difficult for a dog to be on, or an inexperienced hiker. “We were hiking to this ridge and we got off course and I was a little ahead of my wife,” he said. “She called out to me, ‘Hey I found a dog,’ and figured I misheard her ’cause there was no way a...

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Historic rail trestle links walking trails

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 @ 6:01 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The promise of big dollars from big trees on southern Vancouver Island at the turn of the century spurred local loggers, farmers and labourers to build one of the world’s largest and most spectacular wooden railway trestles in the world. The curving 188-metre long, 38-metre high Kinsol Trestle spanning the Koksilah River canyon near Shawnigan Lake allowed steam trains to haul the giant coastal cedars and firs out of the rain forest. But times changed and the last train crossed the trestle in 1979. Abandoned, left to rot for years and...

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Colorado coed breaks ankle hiking on Wyoming mountain, records video

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 @ 4:55 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Colorado woman has become a YouTube sensation for taping her dramatic tale of survival after sustaining a horrific ankle injury while scaling down the side of a Wyoming mountain. Alexandra “Lexi” DeForest, 21, of Fort Collins, told of the frightening hour she spent alone on the side of a Vedauwoo, Wyo., mountain, with her ankle broken as she awaited help. “When I filmed myself, I didn’t want to feel anxious. I guess it was to take my mind off of what had happened, and to give myself some peace in knowing...

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SNRA Transformed by Trails

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 @ 4:28 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Sixty miles of biking and hiking trails would be charted around Galena Lodge under a proposal unveiled this week. The trails — proposed by the Blaine County, Idaho Recreation District — would transform an area that currently has few recreational opportunities for its increasing number of summer visitors. “Galena has some of the best Nordic trails in the West. This would give it world-class summer trails.” Sawtooth National Recreation Area Ranger Joby Timm and Ed Cannady introduced the proposals at two open houses this week in Ketchum and...

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Hiking Sticks and Poles

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 @ 6:12 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Walking on two legs seems like the right thing to do even before we’re a year old. It does have its disadvantages though – mostly in balance compared to our 4-legged friends. In spite of that, we humans do an excellent job of getting around on only two. In rough terrain or on unstable rocks or crossing fast moving streams or muddy slippery areas, or up and down steep trails, having assistance for our two legs from a stick or a couple poles can offer us some real advantages – and a few disadvantages also. The choice boils down to personal...

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When GPS Leads to S O S

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 @ 11:29 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The proliferation of cellphones, satellite phones, emergency locator devices, GPS, and similar technology has led to an epidemic of backcountry rescues for people who have called for help they don’t need, risking the lives of rescuers in the process. Far more people are now venturing into the backcountry without even minimal survival skills. Many carry gadgets they think of as get-out-of-jail-free cards. More of them than ever before will be rescued from their own incompetence. And too many of their rescuers will be endangered, injured or...

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Appalachian Trail Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 @ 12:32 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Appalachian Trail Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,184 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers. The trail was conceived by Benton MacKaye, a forester who wrote his original plan shortly after the death of his wife in 1921. MacKaye first...

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15 Stellar Hiking Trails On National Wildlife Refuges

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 @ 8:46 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Why see Labor Day as a season ender? One of the year’s best hiking times is about to begin. For a treat this fall, explore some standout trails on national wildlife refuges. Refuge trails can be just as scenic as national park or national forest trails, but tend to be less well-known. All the better for wildlife viewing. So says Mike Mullaley, who in 2011 helped survey more than 1,500 miles of trails at 234 national wildlife refuges with his Student Conservation Association team. “Many of these places are off the beaten path,” he says. “With...

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Adirondack hiking guide released

Posted by on Aug 12, 2012 @ 8:21 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has released the fourth edition of “Adirondack Mountain Club Eastern Trails,” a complete guidebook to trails in the Pharaoh Lakes region, the Lake George area and trails north and east of the Great Sacandaga Lake. This completely revised and updated guide includes popular trails up Buck, Black and Tongue mountains, as well as Crane and Hadley mountains. It is designed to be used with the new edition of National Geographic’s “Trails Illustrated Map 743: Lake George/Great Sacandaga.” The guidebook may be...

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New tag unveiled for Towpath Trail hikers

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 @ 11:55 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Towpath Trail tag was introduced in late 1996 in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. The $5 plastic tag with a red canalboat was touted as a way to raise as much as $100,000 a year to maintain the popular 19.7-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. With designs and colors that changed yearly, the pin-on tags were sold at visitor centers. There was no arm-twisting or high-pressure sales, park officials said. Sales never came close to the goal, however, and the dollar total the tags raised has been dropping precipitously in...

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Hiking law change could bring a tourism bonanza to Northern Ireland

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 @ 3:25 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hill walking has never been more popular in Northern Ireland, as more and more people exploit the benefits of exercise, fresh air and good company. But while greater numbers are being attracted to the hills, there are issues to be addressed. The primary concern of rambling clubs across Northern Ireland is access. Most publicly-owned land in the mountain ranges and around the coast is available for recreation, thanks to organisations such the National Trust. But problems arise when it comes to privately-owned land – such as farmland. The...

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Hiking in the Badlands

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 @ 3:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Spotting herds of buffalo in Theodore Roosevelt National Park is not uncommon. What`s slightly more rare is an opportunity to veer off the public trails for a tour into nature. “We wander around the back country of the wilderness, on trails the public doesn`t normally go on because they are unfamiliar with them,” said North Unit Ranger, John Heiser. “We do everything but take the official trails.” Heiser leads a group of sightseers on a wilderness hike through the north unit once a month. Hikers will climb several...

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Hike in Hong Kong

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 @ 7:00 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The breathtaking skyline of Hong Kong ranks in the top five of the world’s most stunning cityscapes. Hop onto a 23-minute train ride from the airport to Hong Kong station, and from there take a taxi ride to a hotel in the heart of the city. The 123-year-old Star Ferry is an inexpensive way to take in the views of Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. You’ll see the 72-story glass-walled Bank of China tower, designed by I.M. Pei, which resembles growing bamboo shoots. The Peak Tram to the 1,800-foot Victoria Peak has been...

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Tree Planting in Our National Forests

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 @ 10:08 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

From fresh water to clean air to sweeping vistas of green, America’s National Forests offer an incredible array of beauty and values. With all that these lands give us, it’s only natural to consider ways that we can give back. Planting trees on National Forests is a gift that provides benefits for generations. Trees clean the air, produce oxygen and sequester carbon dioxide. They help to clean water for the 123 million Americans who depend on National Forests every time they turn on the tap. Healthy forests sustain critical...

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O Say, Can You See the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 @ 7:37 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

O Say, Can You See the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail?

This week in Baltimore, Maryland, the National Park Service and regional partners remembered our national symbol’s origin with the inauguration of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. In September 1814, Americans were engaged in our second war for independence against Great Britain – the War of 1812. Only a month earlier, America’s political leaders had fled Washington as the White House and Capitol went up in flames at the hands of British forces. The powerful British navy set its sights on Baltimore, and began to sail up the...

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The Austrian Hiking Sausage

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 @ 8:51 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Jerky may be undergoing a gourmet renaissance and adding all manner of new tastes, but it isn’t the only non-perishable-protein alternative to nuts or trail mix. The next time you go hiking, try spicing up your snack inventory with a Landjäger, a chewy rectangular-shaped air-dried sausage. Made with equal amounts of beef and pork, it combines the meaty savory taste of beef jerky with the juicy flavors of pork salami. It’s been around since the 1700s, and is always sold as a connected pair. Named after the hunter-policemen that...

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Trekking In Nepal? Guides To Become Mandatory For All Foreign Tourists

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 @ 8:41 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Gone are the days of independent trekking in Nepal. Government officials have announced that, beginning in September, all tourists who wish to trek in the country, famed for its Himalayan peaks, must be accompanied by at least one government-approved porter or guide. Groups tackling Nepal’s rugged back country were already required to have the assistance of a guide, but the new ruling from the Ministry of Home Affairs will force solo adventurers to seek assistance as well. The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal welcomed the...

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Notice to Hikers and Other Users of the 8th Edition of the Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 @ 11:00 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Allen de Hart is hiking the new trails and re-hiking some of the old trails for the 9th Edition of the Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide. If readers know of any changes, or re-routing, or corrections needed for the 9th Edition, please contact him at, Telephone: 919-496-4771 or Email: [email protected], or postal mail to 3585 US-40l South, Louisburg, NC 27549 no later than October 15, 2012....

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7 Smokies trails still closed a month after violent storms

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 @ 7:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Several trails remain closed because of damage from the July 5 storm that swept through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, killing two people and injuring many others. Molly Schroer, spokeswoman for the national park, said all roads closed following the storm have reopened. “At this point, there are still closures on trails. Around seven or so trails are still closed from storm damage,” she said. “They are mostly in the western section of our park.” Schroer said that if trails have a few downed trees, the cleanup...

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Search for hikers after NZ volcano erupts

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 @ 7:05 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Search and rescue crews in New Zealand are checking for hikers on Mount Tongariro after the volcano erupted overnight for the first time in 115 years. People near the volcano in the central North Island have reported hearing loud explosions and seeing flames, bright flashes, and red-hot rocks flying from the mountain’s north side. Police say there are no reports of death or injury. Mount Tongariro is a popular hiking destination and searchers are checking huts this morning. Ash has fallen as far away as Napier, 100km to the south-east,...

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