NPS contemplates extending guided hiking on frontcountry trails in Denali NP

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

The original reason for limiting commercial guided use to parties camping at the Savage River Campground was to limit commercial traffic on the Park Road beyond the Denali Visitor Center. Additionally most of the Savage Alpine Trail is in designated Wilderness, and park managers were concerned about the impact of numerous commercially guided groups on wilderness character, including solitude and self-reliance. However, further experience and analysis of impacts from commercially guided groups on the other trails in the Park entrance area...

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Rock Castle Gorge hike

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 @ 10:23 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Saturday July 23rd at 9:30AM Milepost 176 – Rocky Knob Cabins Take a guided five-mile hike into Rock Castle Gorge, and learn the stories of the ruins from a community that existed there for over 100 years. Wear waterproof boots (or bring old shoes for stream crossings). The trail is moderately strenuous. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the entrance to the cabins. The hike will end at the Rt. 8 (CC Camp Rd.). The Park Service will be able to shuttle drivers back to vehicles at the end of the hike, or participants may set up their own...

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Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week – A Call to the Falls

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 @ 10:15 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Friday, July 22nd at 10:00AM Milepost 419 – Graveyard Fields Tired of seeing the rivers and the lakes you are used to? Interested in learning more about the beginning of the conservation movement in Western North Carolina? Come join rangers for a guided hike in Graveyard Fields. They will be exploring an area steeped in history and biodiversity, ending at the upper falls, an extraordinary hydrological feature hidden in this beautiful wilderness. This is a 2.5 mile hike round-trip, and is considered easy to moderate. Please wear suitable...

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Hiking and camping safety tips from the American Red Cross

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 @ 8:43 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and swimming. Since unexpected things happen, however, the best way to help guarantee a good time for all is to plan ahead carefully and follow common sense safety precautions. If you have any medical conditions, discuss your plans with your health care provider and get approval before starting out. Review the equipment, supplies, and skills that you’ll need. You may need to know how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter, or give first aid. It’s safest to...

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Blind adventurer conquers Arizona Trail

Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 @ 9:05 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The first fall came on the first mile. Mike Armstrong picked himself up from the loose rock as his friends made sure he was OK. Armstrong is used to falls and pain – the 41-year-old teaches martial arts for a living – but this was different. Armstrong was hiking the Arizona Trail, which runs about 800 miles from the Mexican border to Utah. If successful, he would be the first blind man to walk the entire trail. It was early morning, April 2, a clear, sunny day. His guides – Ben Cane, 28, and Yancey Herriage, 37 – took...

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Hiking Colorado National Monument with Family

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 @ 11:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

2011 is a great year to get out and visit the Colorado National Monument. Located approximately 250 miles west of Denver on I-70, the Monument (as it is affectionately known) is celebrating its 100th Anniversary as a unit of the National Park System with fireworks, special events and new displays in the Visitors’ Center. Hiking: Comprised of 32 square miles of breathtaking red rock canyons and monoliths between Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado National Monument has miles and miles of hiking trails on established and backcountry routes. In...

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Great hikes of America

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 @ 8:25 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Ever since Lewis and Clark made their trek across the continent with Sacagawea, Americans have been moved to experience the variety of great-outdoors attractions available in the U.S. From redwood forests to Gulf Coast beaches, from Maui’s mountains to Alaska’s distant reaches, this land was made for lacing up hiking boots and launching down trails. Indeed, all 50 states — and even urban D.C. — have world-class trails to offer. A state by state...

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Canadian Cross-Country Hiking Trails

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 @ 7:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Nature hikes in Canada will range from the most empowering and physically demanding trails, to footpaths natives took to get from one area to the next. Canadians love the outdoors, and it shows. The country’s current plan to construct not one, but two, cross-country recreation trails, is a sheer testament to the passion of nature hiking in the country as a whole. The two trails are called the Trans Canada Trail and the National Hiking Trail. The Trans Canada Trail will be, at its conclusion, the world’s longest recreation parkway. It will...

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Keeping Pace When Hiking

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 @ 3:28 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Pacing is an essential part of hiking because it allows people to reach goals and objectives that they may not have otherwise been able to reach. As long as the steps of the participant are measured and regular, they will be able to keep going on for much longer than they would normally. Hiking can be a draining experience for those that are unprepared. Often times, unprepared people will go off on the trail with a huge burst of energy, and will quickly burn out and need frequent breaks, until they are so tired that they can no longer...

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Today’s Hike – Coontree Loop

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 @ 2:43 pm in Hiking News, North Carolina, Pisgah National Forest | 1 comment

Today’s Hike – Coontree Loop

Went hiking on the Coontree Loop to Bennett Gap in Pisgah National Forest today. It was a nice mild day, but very, very humid. There had been significant rainfall yesterday as the trail was still quite wet, but surprisingly Coontree Creek didn’t have much water in it. In the photo, I paused for a moment while crossing the creek. The view from Bennett Gap of Looking Glass Rock was awesome as always. For those out-of-towners who don’t get to Pisgah National Forest every week like I do, the Coontree Loop hike is about 2 1/2 hours if...

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Join CMLC on a Public Hike to Connestee Falls Saturday, July 16

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 @ 7:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

On Saturday, July 16, join the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a hike to view the spectacular Connestee Falls waterfall from a vantage point not typically available to the public. This is a CMLC Hiking Challenge Hike! In addition to Connestee Falls, hikers will have the opportunity to view four other waterfalls: Upper Batson Creek Falls, Middle Batson Creek Falls, Batson Creek Falls, and Silver Slip Falls. The route will follow well-groomed trails entirely constructed and maintained by volunteer trail stewards. The hike will take 2 1/2...

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Lightning storm safety for hikers

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 @ 4:40 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Thunderstorms and lightning are a common occurrences throughout the United States, particularly in June, July and August. While the best defense is not to hike on days when thunderstorms are likely, there’s still a good chance that you’ll be caught in one with little warning. Here are some important safety tips to keep you safe if you find yourself in a thunderstorm with lightning. Stay away from tall trees Get below treeline and off open mountain summits Avoid wet areas that can conduct ground electricity Do not hide in a cave If...

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Vermont trail club opening new trail in Avery’s Gore

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 @ 3:51 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

AVERY’S GORE, Vt. — The Green Mountain Club has broken ground on a major new hiking trail in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The new “Split Rock” trail on Middle Mountain in Avery’s Gore, population zero, is part of the club’s effort to provide greater access to the Kingdom’s beautiful mountains to Vermonters and visitors. The new trail begins off the Gore Trail and eventually will go from there along the Bluff Ridge to Island Pond — a total of 17 miles. Read full...

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Wilderness Skills: What to do when…

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 @ 2:44 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Saturday, July 16th — Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater (milepost 316) 7:30pm: While out hiking you may become lost, get injured, encounter wildlife, or endure a thunderstorm. What do you do then? Come find out!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week: Shades of Summer

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 @ 2:38 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Friday, July 15th — Rough Butt Bald Overlook (milepost 425) 10am: — Join Parkway Rangers for an easy 4 mile hike to the base of Mount Hardy. Experience the magic of cool crisp hiking through high altitude Balsam Fir forests. Take note of the plethora of varying shades of greens and browns. Meet at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook (MP 425) just south of Devil’s Courthouse. Bring water; wear good walking shoes; and be prepared for changeable weather. Call (828) 298-5330 ext. 304 for details.

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How to use pepper spray during a bear attack

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 @ 7:16 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

When hiking in bear country, it is recommended that each hiker carry his or her own can of pepper spray. If a bear attacks, you will be happy if you have already practiced these six tips: 1.) Have your can of bear pepper spray readily accessible. Wear it in a holster on your hip or shoulder strap of backpack. Don’t pack it away inside your fanny back or backpack – you will have only seconds to get at it, if needed. 2.) Use bear pepper spray only in up-close confrontations with a bear. Pepper spray is not to be used as a deterrent like...

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Olympic National Park’s Mountain Goat Plan Warns Of Dangers of Urinating On Hiking Trails

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 @ 7:11 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

With hopes of preventing another fatal encounter between a hiker and a mountain goat, Olympic National Park officials will urge hikers not to urinate on trails, as the salty deposits in effect become “long linear salt licks.” Bob Boardman, of Port Angeles, Washington, was gored to death by a mountain goat last Oct. 16 on a park trail near Klahhane Ridge some 17 miles south of Port Angeles. The 63-year-old was protecting other hikers from a goat, estimated at 300 pounds, when it gored him in the thigh and then reportedly stood over...

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Hanging Lake: A National Natural Landmark

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 @ 4:09 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The pristine turquoise lake known as Hanging Lake has always been one of the most popular hikes for visitors to Glenwood Springs, CO. Located along Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, the breathtaking one-mile trail has awed countless hikers for decades. Now the scenic spot has another big fan – the U.S. federal government, which recently designated Hanging Lake as a National Natural Landmark (NNL). The Hanging Lake trailhead is located approximately 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs along I-70. The trail follows Dead Horse Creek, with foot...

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Ethical hiking in Annapurna, Himalayas, Nepal

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 @ 3:22 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hike through the Himalaya’s while giving back to the Nepalese community. Lisa Young explored 
a new community trek route that passes through the spectacular Annapurna mountains to Kopra Ridge. This route focuses on what’s known as ‘socially conscious trekking’, which means they stayed in lodges that help support 
the community. Lisa’s Trekking tips: Travel insurance is highly recommended before setting off. Take plenty of small Nepali Rupee notes as lodges struggle to find change. Avoid trekking alone in remote areas, especially...

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Two-Heel Drive, Tom Mangan’s site for hikers, campers and nature cravers

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 @ 10:30 am in Hiking News, North Carolina | 2 comments

Two-Heel Drive, Tom Mangan’s site for hikers, campers and nature cravers

Earlier today, Tom Mangan of Two-Heel Drive challenged hiking bloggers to “review and profile a great hiking blog you discovered in the past month.” For me, this one’s easy… why it’s Tom’s site itself. Unlike my neophyte month-long foray into the joy of trail reporting, Tom has been at it for five years with his well-known and well-followed Two-Heel Drive. Most recently Tom has been sharing his experiences on the trails of North Carolina, but that barely scratches the surface. To understand the genesis of...

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