Recyling outdoor gear: first industry steps towards a greener future?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 @ 6:06 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

How green is your outdoor gear? No, not the color; do you ever consider the environmental consequences of the clothes and equipment you use, or the trips you make to the mountains and lakes to enjoy your outdoor pursuits? There are moves afoot to acknowledge the effects our outdoor activities have on the very surroundings we treasure and which are one of the main reasons for our enthusiasm in the first place. All that fancy waterproof clothing, for instance, is likely made from synthetic materials which deplete the world’s limited resources;...

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Hiking: It’s Not Just for Professionals

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 @ 5:46 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

When many people think of hiking, they conjure up ideas of heavily backpacked men and women with a walking stick in one hand and Sherpas by their side. They see hikers as these supernatural athletes who can (and do) walk for days while barely breaking a sweat. But that is far from the truth. Hiking today is as simple as finding an “off road” trail and strolling down it with a good friend. It’s good for weight loss and cardiovascular health, and has great mental health benefits too. Across America there are hundreds of...

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Mount LeConte llama packer reaches end of the trail

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 @ 6:34 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Three days a week — Monday, Wednesday, and Friday — he leads the llama team to LeConte Lodge atop Mount LeConte, the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After delivering clean linens and fresh food, he repacks the panniers with dirty laundry and garbage and returns to the parking lot. Householder and the llamas hike 40 miles a week while the lodge is open from late March to late November. In 10 years as the llama packer, he has made more than 900 trips to LeConte Lodge, and logged at least 117,000 miles on the...

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Hike to an ancient world

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011 @ 11:33 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Muscles aching, nose running and forehead covered in sweat, it’s a matter of forcing both legs to move. Ruins dot the landscape along 26 miles of stone steps — each one seemingly steeper than the last. The structures provided a respite for the weary traveler in ancient times — a place to cleanse the body and prepare the mind for the final destination: Machu Picchu. After four days of desert, cloud forest, high-altitude climbs and no shower, you feel anything but cleansed. Instead, the final steps to the Sun Gate reek of accomplishment. This...

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Friends of the Smokies to host guided holiday hike along Mingus Creek Trail

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011 @ 10:51 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Add a little outdoor joy to the holiday season with a guided hike of the Mingus Creek Trail, followed by a trip to the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center for some Great Smoky Mountain history and holiday shopping. Friends of the Smokies members receive 15% percent off purchases. Tuesday, Dec. 6, hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein (Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage) will lead this 4 mile hike along the Mingus Creek Trail, interpreting the historic Mingus Mill, the Mingus family cemetery and a slave cemetery. The hike is...

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Hunderds Of Hikers Expected To Protest Trail Closure

Posted by on Nov 12, 2011 @ 10:26 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hundreds of hikers are expected to protest the closure of the upper Bump and Grind Trail today by hiking into the closed area, but the California Department of Fish and Game will not likely enforce the barrier. The protest is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the Palm Desert start of the trail off Painters Path. “We understand why they are unhappy about this (closure), but we’re not going to take any proactive action,” said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the DFG in Sacramento. The last mile of the trail was closed in June to help protect the...

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Made in America: New Report Finds National Parks at a Tipping Point

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 @ 11:20 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Made in America: New Report Finds National Parks at a Tipping Point

As Washington policymakers await action by the Congressional Super Committee, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) released a new report titled “Made in America: Investing in National Parks for Our Heritage and Our Economy,” which details how national parks and visitors could be impacted if the Super Committee fails and mandatory across-the-board cuts are made to the federal budget. The report also finds that investing in national parks not only protects our national heritage, but is critical to supporting the...

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Tracks project acquiring land for new trail sections in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 @ 7:32 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Two segments will connect Arovista Park with the La Floresta development. Acquisition has been the focus lately for the city’s Tracks at Brea project, as land continues to be purchased to turn abandoned railroad tracks into multi-use hiking trails. The Brea City Council recently approved the purchase of two tracts of land for the planned trail, which will begin with trails already completed at Arovista Park and ultimately lead to the impending La Floresta development. Mayor Roy Moore said the trails will be more than 4 miles and will,...

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Bored of the same old routine? Go take a hike

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 @ 7:18 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

San Diegans often overlook the abundance of enjoyable hiking trails that are located near their beautiful city. Hiking is becoming more and more popular among young adults, because it is a great way to enjoy the scenery while getting a great workout. Its the perfect “green” activity and is very rewarding as well. Here are some spots in San Diego that are recommended for hiking fun: Torrey Pines Mount Woodson Ramona Waterfall Cowles Mountain These four spots should all prove themselves very worthy of one’s time. People often...

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What exercises will prepare me for hiking?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 @ 3:12 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

There are few things more serene than an outdoor hike. Consider the dappled sunlight that shines through the tree canopy during the spring and the showy leaves of autumn – and the intense burning sensation in your muscles after a long walk over hilly terrain. Hiking is one of the richest and most rewarding exercises that we undertake, both mentally and physically. However, there’s a difference between good exercise and deep fatigue. To combat discomfort on the hiking trail, it’s a good idea to prepare by training ahead of...

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Hiking in Idaho: 6 Hiking Tips To Get The Most From Your Hikes

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 @ 3:09 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Check out the short video of hiking in Idaho to watch all the action. It’s to Sawtooth Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains. Then read o for 6 tips to get the most from your own hikes. Leave the wilderness better than you found it Give yourself plenty of time Go swimming Catch some fish Make your own dinner Leave before it gets dark Read full...

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3 Easy Hong Kong Hiking Trails

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 @ 9:55 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Look around Hong Kong’s landscape and you’ll see many beautiful hills and shores around the island. The sad thing is, most are so adapted to the indoor shopping or sedentary lifestyle that they rarely venture outside. This article introduces you to three outdoor Hong Kong hiking trails to get out there and explore instead of keeping your workouts confined to the indoors: The Peak to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road to Aberdeen Sok Kwu Wan to Yung Sheu Wan (Lamma Island) Read full...

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Grand Canyon Ranger Lisa Hendy Receives National Park Service’s Top Honor

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 @ 6:25 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Lisa Hendy was driving through Wyoming in a blizzard when she received the news that she had just been awarded the National Park Service’s (NPS) 2011 Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award for excellence, in effect dubbing her as the best ranger in the nation. “I had to pull over when my supervisor told me,” she told Travel & History Magazine. “Afterwards, I drove for a while trying to absorb the news and realized I was 11 miles past my turn off. It was overwhelming.” According to the...

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Bear Activity Reported in Pisgah Ranger District

Posted by on Nov 6, 2011 @ 6:13 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A black bear caused property damage in the Turkeypen Trailhead area in the Pisgah Ranger District near the Transylvania/Henderson County line. Property has been destroyed by bear activity at a campsite near the intersection of South Mills River Trail (#133) and Poundingmill Trail (#349). Campers, hikers and others visiting the national forests should practice safety at all times as bears appear to be especially active this year. The public is encouraged to prevent bear interactions by taking the following steps: Clean up food or garbage...

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Alabama hiking trail planned from Fort Morgan to Walls of Jericho

Posted by on Nov 6, 2011 @ 11:58 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

If one group has its way, there will be a new way to get from south to north Alabama: on foot. The Alabama Hiking Trail Society hopes to one day have a 550-mile-long footpath that starts at Fort Morgan on the Gulf of Mexico and ends at the Walls of Jericho in Jackson County, society President Joe Cuhaj said. The idea of a trail that would span the state has been in the minds of the group’s members for a decade, said Cuhaj. The holdup had been the lack of land along the Gulf to build trails that could serve as the southern tip of the...

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Hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail: It Takes More Heart than Heel

Posted by on Nov 6, 2011 @ 11:37 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Is 2012 your year to hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail? It’s not about the gear; it’s about wanting to do it. You have to be all in. If you’re trying to figure out if you have the right stuff to walk 2,181 miles from Georgia to Maine, listen to Andrew Downs who finished the A.T. in 2002, a year after graduating from college. He now works as the trails resources manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in the Southern Region. “I was 22 when I hiked the trail so I could handle the physical challenge,”...

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Five lodges you can’t reach by car

Posted by on Nov 5, 2011 @ 8:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

For travelers who believe the journey is just as important as the destination, these five lodges offer unique adventures in getting there – and getting away from it all. Modern transportation and technology aren’t part of the experience, so you’ll need either good hiking shoes, snow skis, a horse or a mule to visit these remote getaways. The Len Foote Hike Inn Phantom Ranch Charit Creek Lodge LeConte Lodge Backcountry huts at Mount Ranier Read full...

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Rich Mountain Loop trail provides Cades Cove scenery without the traffic

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 @ 5:38 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

One of the best things about the Rich Mountain Loop is that it’s a Cades Cove hike without the traffic woes: to reach the trail head, you park at the entrance to the Loop Road and walk a short ways in. Loop trails are always nice, and the 8.5-mile Rich Mountain Loop is one of the best in the Smokies. The hike offers some terrific views of Cades Cove along the ridge line of Rich Mountain, elevation 3,686 feet. The hike is known for its wildflowers in the spring, but it’s equally scenic in the late fall and winter after the leaves...

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Improvements planned for neglected hiking trail in San Dimas foothills

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:37 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A once-popular hiking and equestrian trail in the San Dimas foothills that has fallen into disrepair is getting a new lease on life. The San Dimas City Council at its meeting last week awarded Bellfree Contractors Inc. a $60,000 contract for improvements to the Poison Oak trail, which winds for about a third of a mile through San Dimas Canyon Park in Sycamore Canyon. Assistant San Dimas City Manager Ken Duran described the project as the “restoration of a historic trail that had gotten overgrown.” Through years of neglect, parts...

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Maricopa County celebrating centennial with hiking challenge

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 @ 7:27 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating Arizona’s 100th birthday with a 100-mile hike challenge for Valley residents. Starting this month, Valley residents can log the miles they hike at at least three of the county’s 10 parks. People also can participate in programs at county parks or hike a portion of the Maricopa Trail. “One of our greatest assets is our trail system because it ties into our mission to connect people with nature. So to celebrate the centennial, we decided to showcase this asset by creating a...

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Technology to Power a Hiking Blog

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 @ 8:31 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

I’ve always kept an online journal when hiking, but in the past I had to mail or email journal entries to someone else for posting. Pictures took even longer as I had to mail camera memory cards back and forth. Technology finally has gotten to the place where I was able to completely post and manage my blog and pictures while hiking. Requirements First the solution had to be light. I’m an ultralight hiker so weight is a big deal. Maybe that’s an understatement; weight is almost everything. I’m concerned about fractions of an ounce. So the...

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26 Weeks, 26 Wedding Gowns, 2600 Miles on the PCT

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 @ 7:32 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

What do you get when you take the guy out of the city, remove the socialite from the scene, yank the stage from the entertainer, then stick him in a blue collar job and suppress his creativity? Well, if he’s the mustached Mr. 26, you end up with an explosion of the unimaginable (and utterly undefinable) trekking of the west documented via odd photographs across your computer screen. This is the story of hiking26. The plan: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, from April through October, 2012. 26 weeks, hiking 2600 miles, while wearing 26 wedding...

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Future of Blue Ridge Parkway to Be Determined by Park’s First General Management Plan

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 @ 5:19 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

On Wednesday, November 2, the National Park Service will hold the first of four meetings on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first-ever general management plan (GMP) in Asheville, North Carolina. This important document, the first in its 75 year history, will guide resource management at the park for the next twenty years. When the Blue Ridge Parkway was established in 1935, it was conceived as a self-contained, controlled access scenic and recreational motorway to provide a unique experience of the landscapes and vistas of the Appalachian Mountains....

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Washington trails volunteers clear way for hikers

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 @ 9:05 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A group of volunteers has blazed the way for hikers and bikers to enjoy the burst of autumn colors in the Iller Creek Conservation Area. The Washington Trails Association has worked for three years with other local groups to maintain, rebuild and reroute trails in the popular Valley natural area secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program. A major effort this month has made the trails more foot-friendly. Although there are years of work to be done, the volunteers have connected a 5-mile loop trail circumnavigating the 876-acres...

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Cast Your Vote for Extreme Hiking Tale

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 @ 8:12 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Over at Two Heel Drive, Tom Mangan has chose the five finalists for his Extreme Hiking Tale Contest. Tom says extreme hiking stories inevitably boil down to: at which point did you decide to turn back? At the first sign of trouble — when it made sense — or after a string of mishaps left you scared, cold, wounded or in some other condition of extremity? There’s a poll box down below the summaries from the five nominees. Cast your vote for your favorite story. Read full...

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Fallen California Sequoia Stumps Park Rangers

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 @ 8:39 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Environmentalists suggest a massive tree that fell over at California’s Sequoia National Forest should be left where it is. The U.S. Forest Service is trying to decide what to do with the centuries-old sequoia that keeled over about a month ago along the forest’s Trail of 100 Giants. While the rangers mull over their options, the executive director of Sequoia Forest Keeper said the way Mother Nature would handle the issue would be to do nothing. Falling over has been the fate of sequoia trees since well before people began poking...

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Remember Snacks when Hiking

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 @ 8:31 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Water consumption while hiking is often stressed but food is not mentioned nearly as often. The National Park Service advises hikers to eat and drink more than normal when hiking. This includes eating before, during and after a hike. Just as hikers are supposed to drink before they are thirsty, they should also eat before they are hungry. The National Park Service says water and salty snacks should be consumed on any hike lasting longer than 30 minutes. Hikers also need to eat about twice as much as normal to meet energy and electrolyte...

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The Great Eastern Trail

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 @ 9:38 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Great Eastern Trail Association, working with American Hiking Society and local trail partners are creating America’s newest long distance hiking trail. This path is 1800 miles long and crosses nine states. The Great Eastern Trail (GET) provides a premier hiking experience on a series of existing trails that are being linked to each other into a long-distance footpath in the Appalachian Mountains stretching from Alabama to the Finger Lakes Trail in New York. Benton MacKaye’s original vision for an Appalachian Trail in the...

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A hiking program to get your kids moving and close to nature

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 @ 1:56 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Imagine our National Parks full of kids connected, engaged and participating in a variety of activities that contribute to and encourage overall health… their health and the health of our world. A team effort of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, the Kids in Parks program offers self-guided outdoor adventures aimed at reconnecting families with nature, encouraging physical activity and helping kids develop a life-long relationship with the natural...

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Elk Environmental Assessment Approved

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 @ 10:37 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced the approval of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) of the Environmental Assessment (EA) on a proposed plan for managing a permanent herd of elk in the Park. The approved plan, signed on October 20, 2011, culminates a 10-year effort to reestablish elk to their native range. In June 2010, the Park published the EA outlining the findings of an 8-year experimental elk release (2001-2008). The purpose of the EA was to determine the most appropriate and feasible approach to manage the existing...

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Amid the City, Learning to Survive in the Wild

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 @ 10:26 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

TWENTY feet away from the dogs and children playing on the grass, deep inside a Central Park thicket, the city almost disappears. A street lamp shines through the leafy canopy, and runners and cyclists race past, oblivious to a lean man huddled beneath the trees holding fire in his hands — a fire he created using a wooden bow drill. Since childhood the man has been passionate about, and studying, wilderness survival with a variety of teachers, some of them American Indians. A former stuntman, he now teaches these skills through his Mountain...

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Off the Beaten Track: Hiking the Negev wilderness

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 @ 6:16 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking in Israel is a whole different experience. The key to hiking in Israel is by knowing it’s in-depth history. The best place to start before you set out on a hike in any part of Israel is in the pages of the Bible. Whether you are a Jew or Christian, religious or atheist just does not matter, as the key is in the stories. The authors of the Bible were master story tellers who knew the landscape like the backs of their hands. There is no better way to explore Israel’s natural beauty, than to relive those stories where they are said to...

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BioBlitz Finds Hundreds of Species New to National Park

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 @ 5:03 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The 24-hour BioBlitz in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park added more than 400 species to park lists, including 190 species of invertebrates and 205 species of fungi previously unknown to the park, the National Geographic Society said in a news announcement. At least one species of bryophyte is new to the park and potentially new to science, Geographic added in a release. The BioBlitz was the fifth in a series of annual inventories of species in U.S. National Parks adjacent to large urban areas. The series is hosted by National Geographic and...

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A Street View-Style Tour Of National Parks Hiking Trails

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 @ 7:23 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

General Mills brand Nature Valley has embarked on an ambitious initiative called Trail View to bring the parks experience to the indoors and outdoors-oriented alike. “Nature is something you have to get close to in order to be moved by it,” says Scott Baldwin, Senior Marketing Manager at Nature Valley. “It’s easy to just show a picture of nature, but people want to have deeper experiences.” To deliver that deeper experience, the company sent content-gathering teams throughout the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon this...

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