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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New Hiking Trail Opens in Purcellville, VA

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 @ 2:46 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Town of Purcellville Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the opening of a new hiking trail through the Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve connecting 21st Street and Hatcher Avenue. The trail will be dedicated with a ribbon cutting on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 1:30pm at the Hatcher Avenue trail entrance. The trail was envisioned by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as a way for people to enjoy the Nature Preserve and the environment along Catoctin Creek as well as a connector between the two town roads....

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The Beauty And Danger Of Zoar Valley

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 @ 12:35 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Zoar Valley in the Southern Tier of the Adirondacks is a study in contrasts. Like a pendulum swinging wildly between breathtaking beauty and life threatening danger, Zoar can be a perfect example of how a peaceful day in nature can turn into a traumatic, sometimes fatal experience. The valley is incredibly beautiful, with Cattaraugus Creek winding through 400 foot cliffs, and ancient groves of trees secreted quietly within the valley. These groves contain some of the last stands of old growth forest in New York State, home to ten of the...

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Marines hiking for cause

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 @ 5:36 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Not rain, nor cold, nor wind, nor injuries will keep the Fortunate Sons from attaining their goal. A group of 18 Marines are three weeks into a 42-week hike that will take them from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks along the Mountains to Sea Trail to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. These Marines are participating as teams of two in a relay hike that will take them 1,000 miles across the state to help other Marines. The Fortunate Sons is an organization of Marines who make it their...

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SummitCorps builds a trail to the future

Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 @ 9:58 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

There has been a lot of work on hiking and biking trails adjacent to the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia this year. The Summit will be home to the national Scout jamboree starting in 2013 and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. It also will become the Boy Scouts’ fourth high-adventure base — and, likely, its most-visited, given its proximity to densely populated metropolitan areas. Before the jamborees or the adventures begin, though, an all-volunteer group called SummitCorps 2011 was put to work. In four...

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Bill would keep portions of Cherokee National Forest unspoiled

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 @ 8:50 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A few years ago, the University of Tennessee and the U.S. Forest Service surveyed public opinion about recreational uses of the Cherokee National Forest. Their research found the most popular recreational uses of the forest are driving for pleasure, viewing and photographing wildlife, fish or scenery, picnicking, day hiking and visiting primitive areas. Strong support was expressed for protecting our wilderness areas. The U.S. Forest Service has recommended nearly 20,000 additional acres for wilderness protection on the Cherokee. This...

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Appalachian Trail “ridgerunner” Augie Buchheit aids hikers

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 @ 6:04 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Augie Buchheit travels light. In fact, he carries everything he needs to survive in his 22-pound backpack. As a “ridgerunner” employed by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, he is in charge of hiking 112 miles of trail through Shenandoah National Park from May to September. While the park’s traditional rangers serve as law enforcement or nature “interpreters,” Augie actually lives in the backcountry woods for week-long stretches. He sleeps in a one-man tent, cooks dinner on the world’s tiniest camp stove and has a nodding acquaintance with...

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Sage and the Triple Crown

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 @ 8:25 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Triple Crown. Few outside of serious hikers have ever heard of it. Fewer still have ever done it. The Triple Crown consists of the three major long-distance hiking trails in the United States: the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail and the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Thirty-one-year-old Sage Mirrim Clegg-Haman didn’t start her sojourn with the intention of completing the elusive Triple Crown; nonetheless, while hiking the Vermont section of the Appalachian Trail (her third long trail in a row),...

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Top 5 granola bars for hiking

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:07 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

So many granola bars, so little time. With all these oat-enriched snacks on the market, what makes for a good granola bar for spending a day hiking the trails – with backpack on back? Sure, we want our granola bar to pack a nutritious punch of energy and hold a hunger between meals; but what are the healthiest choices? A few things to look for when laying down some granola coin when prepping for a hiking extravaganza: Check that oatmeal is the first ingredient listed instead of sugar. What to look for in a good granola bar is less than two...

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Best-ever topographic map of Earth released

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 @ 7:05 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The most complete digital topographic ever made of the Earth has been released by NASA. The map, known as a global digital elevation model, was created from images collected by the Japanese Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, or ASTER, instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. The 3-D effect is achieved by merging two slightly offset two-dimensional images (called stereo-pair images) to create depth. The ASTER data cover 99 percent of Earth’s landmass and span from 83 degrees north latitude to 83...

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 @ 11:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

You know you’re going to be hiking next year. Why not do it in style in one of the hundreds of US National Parks? Get a head start on your 2012 vacation planning with the Park Service calendar of fee free days. America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Get the complete...

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It was slow but steady that led him to the top

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 @ 7:22 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

There are plenty of stories about people who display extraordinary endurance as “thru-hikers,” those who cover the entire 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in a northbound marathon of consecutive months, spring through fall. In August, for instance, a 28-year-old woman finished in 46 days, the fastest-ever thru-hiker. But let’s not overlook the stick-to-itiveness of 82-year-old Jim Tschinkel of Delmar, a “section-hiker” who recently finished the Appalachian Trail – 20 years after he began....

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Outdoor Blogger Network 1 Year Anniversary Celebration!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2011 @ 11:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The idea for the Outdoor Blogger Network was born, appropriately enough, on a riverbank, via a conversation between two Outdoor bloggers. Rebecca Garlock, The Outdooress – and Joe Wolf, Flowing Waters – were talking about a myriad of topics and blogging ideas after spending a day fly fishing for trout in Oregon. It was one of those times when things just clicked. They shared a vision that we needed a centralized place on the web for people to find the best Outdoor related blogs. Year 2 will be focused on providing information and platforms...

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Hiker covers every mile of Glacier National Park trails

Posted by on Oct 16, 2011 @ 4:54 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Three pairs of shoes and 734 miles later, Jake Bramante emerged from Lincoln Lake trailhead as the first person in recent history to have hiked every Glacier National Park trail in one season. After a long winter and months of snow, Bramante began hiking in May. Paul Travis is director of development for the nonprofit Glacier National Park fund, which partnered with Bramante and helped publicize his hike. “May and June was crazy weather. He couldn’t access a lot of trails until July and even then, some of those – the high country...

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7 ways to take a hike into Western Washington’s pop culture

Posted by on Oct 16, 2011 @ 7:53 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

There’s no telling what you might stumble across when hiking in Western Washington. Bigfoot, vampires, bundles of cash. Maybe even Paul Bunyan. The region is steeped in nearly as much intriguing pop culture as it is good options for fall hikes. Here are seven hikes that will give you a taste of the region’s pop culture, or at least get you close to the legends. Read full...

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Hiking in Italy’s Dolomites

Posted by on Oct 15, 2011 @ 10:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Dolomites cover 90,000 acres of the Italian Alps, ending at the Austria-Italy border, and the region boasts a heady mixture of both cultures. The Ladin culture, established when the Romans invaded the territory in the first century, also endures, with its own language and cuisine, such as crisp spinach-stuffed pancakes and barley soup. Call it an Alpine fever dream. Or disorientation from a nearly utopian week in Italy’s vertiginous, bone-white Dolomite Mountain region, hiking through verdant valleys and along exposed ridgelines,...

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New trail opens at Finger Lakes State Park

Posted by on Oct 15, 2011 @ 10:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A 2.75-mile trail opened recently at Finger Lakes State Park in Missouri for hiking and mountain biking. The Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail is the first in the park devoted exclusively to hiking and biking. Development and construction began two years ago. The trail is one-way and has been approved for both pedestrians and cyclists. It features a small waterfall at the south end and an old mining bridge. The new trail is within the 90-acre Kelley Branch Restoration Area. To preserve the land, the path was cut using hand tools rather than...

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Backpacker Map Maker iPad App

Posted by on Oct 15, 2011 @ 10:22 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

If you’re like us, you don’t fire up your laptop and spend hours poring over maps reliving past trips and plotting new adventures. Instead, you want that info handy if you’re in a bind on the trail. Now you can do both on BACKPACKER’s new Map Maker iPad app. Loaded with colorful, richly detailed topos, aerial images, and street maps you can cache on the tablet, this powerful tool lets you import trips and GPS data, drag-and-drop waypoints, zoom in on that key river crossing on your dream trip, and much more. Sync with the smartphone app...

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Some tips to prepare for fall hiking

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 @ 5:47 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Fall weather will show hikers one thing: It sure is changeable. One day it’s summer-like and the next you need to wear your mitts and wool hat. Sometimes it happens in the same day. That’s typical in fall, the second-most changeable season after spring. Expecting conditions to change is part of planning for a safe hike any time of year. It’s especially important when it comes to fall hiking. Having a safe hike is important in any season, and it’s no different in autumn. What follows are a few tips to make your fall hikes a little more...

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Louisville, KY: Beware ‘Hiking Dead’

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 @ 10:30 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

October is known for its goons, ghosts, goblins and the occasional thing that goes bump in the night – including zombies. Zombies are referred to as the “living dead” or “walking dead,” but the “hiking dead?” Metro Parks, Louisville is hosting the first ever Zombie Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, October 22. The public is invited to come dressed in their zombie best and hike through the “undead” forest. Folks can stay for a camp fire, s’mores and a screening of “Night of the Living Dead.” For more...

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Hiking + Yoga

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 @ 9:16 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Now when you hear “hiking yoga” as a single workout, you may think, “how in the world can these two worlds collide?” With yoga poses like downward facing dog requiring a mat, how does someone do yoga and hike at the same time? Hiking yoga is a chance for people who may have been a little intimidated to walk into a studio and feel like “Oh do I need a mat and a prop and I have to be quiet?” The nice thing about getting people out onto the trails is that it’s a little disarming and people arrive to experiment with the idea of yoga. Limited in...

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Damaged section of Vt. hiking trail reopens

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 @ 9:10 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

WATERBURY (AP) – The last section of the Long Trail damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irene has reopened. Officials say three miles of the trail in Shrewsbury remained closed for a month while the rest of the Long Trail had reopened weeks earlier. The Green Mountain Club said that it had proposed a detour of the damaged section of the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail around the washouts in Shrewsbury. Officials say the U.S. Forest Service has posted and opened the detour. Officials say many side trails in the Green Mountain Forest...

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Protect the Colorado River Delta

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 @ 5:45 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Protect the Colorado River Delta

The Colorado River Delta, where the Colorado River ends in a series of wetlands at the Gulf of California, is less than 10% of its original size and getting smaller. Without a dedicated flow of water into the Delta, several indigenous communities, 380 bird species, and freshwater marine wildlife are in danger. To protect the Colorado River Delta: tell Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to help save what Jacques Cousteau once called, “the aquarium of the world.” Upstream water diversions from the Colorado River have reduced what was once two...

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Asheville area hikers invited to series of scenic hikes

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 @ 9:49 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Julie Gayheart is always looking for an excuse to go hiking in the mountains, to escape the heat and cityscape of her home in Charlotte. So when she heard about the new Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Hiking Challenge — a set of eight hikes on scenic land preserved by the CMLC — Gayheart and a friend signed right up. When she discovered the prize for finishing the challenge was a white squirrel patch, that was all the incentive she needed to hike all eight in one September weekend. As leaf color is hitting its peak in WNC might be the best...

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Why Leaves Change

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 @ 12:41 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Every autumn we revel in the beauty of the fall colors. The mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of chemical processes that take place in the tree as the seasons change from summer to winter. During the spring and summer the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy...

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Why hike?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 @ 3:33 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking is a great, accessible activity. It doesn’t require any special skill set and is an activity you can do with your friends and family. If you are looking for an economical activity, the chance to see nature up-close, adventure, and great exercise then you might want to go on a hike. One of the great things about hiking – it doesn’t cost much to go on a local hike. Many local parks offer free parking and free access to trails. For the parks that do charge fees for access, they are usually only nominal fees. As far as equipment goes, you...

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Breathtaking views, waterfalls highlight Sulphur Creek hike

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 @ 5:51 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Spring-fed water cooling your feet, breezy shadows beneath towering canyon walls and refreshing mist from a nearby waterfall. These are the things to look for in order to have a pleasant hike in Utah’s canyon country. Capitol Reef National Park’s Sulphur Creek has all of these things and more. Essentially a natural water park strung along the bottom of a strikingly deep and beautiful canyon, Sulphur Creek is sure to induce non-stop giggles from kids and adults alike. Being a lesser-known route in one of the least-visited –...

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Never took a hike in my life; would do it again

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 @ 6:33 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

“Take a hike!” That is what my father used to tell me when he’d had enough of my smart talk as a kid. Unfortunately, I never took that hike. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever hiked in my life, either formally or informally. During my ride to Chenango Valley, I tried to conjure up the demographics of the group I was to address. Young? Yes. Trim and the picture of health? For sure. Clear of eye, ruddy of complexion, adventurous of spirit? Absolutely. Well, I nailed the “adventurous of spirit” part of the...

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Last Mile of the 165-Mile Cohos Trail in NH Cleared for Hiking

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 @ 5:52 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

With chainsaw, clippers, branch loppers, mattock, shovel, and other trail tools in hand, five Granite Staters recently emerged from the forest around a bend on NH Route 3 six miles from the Canadian border and cut the last remaining brush and sapling trees to complete the 165-mile hiking pathway known as the Cohos Trail. The long-distance foot trail, twelve years in the making, is now complete end-to-end, from southern Crawford Notch at Harts Location to Fourth Connecticut Lake here, hard by the international boundary line. Today, a hiking...

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NPF Reveals Great National Parks for Fall Foliage Viewing

Posted by on Oct 8, 2011 @ 11:15 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

With the Autumn season in full swing, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced the 2011 “Great National Parks for Fall Foliage” list. This year’s list includes some iconic parks and a few lesser-known treasures. Each national park location, however, offers unique ways in which visitors can view the colorful foliage. Whether by water, foot, bicycle or car, these dramatic colors of the season are not to be missed. Many factors impact the timing of peak fall colors viewing, therefore, foliage...

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