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Move your downward dog to the hiking trail this summer

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 @ 9:51 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Move your downward dog to the hiking trail this summer

Considering hiking is truly about the journey, Steve Tsilimoss is taking each step in the right direction. The new Hiking Yoga program he’s introduced to the Vail Valley this summer brings eastern philosophy to the Western Slope of Colorado, where mindfulness meets movement. “I think this program adds an important element to what yoga was founded on — serenity in being one with yourself and with nature — simply finding peace,” said Tsilimoss, a certified yoga instructor. “I think being up here, or anywhere, outside on a beautiful day creates...

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One-night trips into the Smokies

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:00 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time or resources to make that long trip this year, outdoor author Jim Parham is offering up the solution that is just right: the short backpacking trip. His recently published book, Backpacking Overnights, details 50 one- and two-night trips in the Carolina Mountains. The premise of the book, and Parham’s philosophy, is that backpacking should be easy, accessible and fit into the schedule of the 9 to 5 working stiff. Instead of keeping the old...

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Maine author traces Thoreau’s steps in new hiking guide

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 @ 6:25 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

“I have met but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking,” Henry David Thoreau wrote in the mid 1800s. Thoreau, a Massachusetts man, was many things — an author, philosopher, naturalist, historian, transcendentalist — but perhaps more importantly, he was a walker. And if Thoreau hadn’t learned “the art of walking,” his life and legacy would have been far different. “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering...

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An angel for trekkers

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 @ 11:33 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Wiffer’s Wayside is really just a condo. But for hikers trekking across North America on the Continental Divide Trail, it’s truly a luxury hotel. Sharon Henschen of Sidney, Ohio, is well-known to the hiking community as “Wiffer,” a trail name she was given because of her keen sense of smell. She makes her vacation condo – two miles north of Purgatory, CO at Durango Mountain Resort – a home away from home for hikers in need of rest. Henschen is one of many trail angels who exist along the Continental Divide Trail. Being a “trail angel” has...

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Wildflower Festival Coming To Cedar Breaks National Monument

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 @ 9:23 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Wildflower Festival Coming To Cedar Breaks National Monument

At 10,000 feet and above, wildflowers bloom a wee bit later than, for instance, at sea level. That’s why Cedar Breaks National Monument’s 8th Annual Wildflower Festival is just beginning on July 6th. “During this spectacular display, visitors to the Monument will be able to see paintbrush and primrose, lupine and larkspur, and a spectrum of other flowers in meadows, woods, and marshes,” said Park Superintendent Paul Roelandt of Utah’s Cedar Breaks near Zion and Bryce Canyon. The festival runs through July 21. Volunteers will...

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5 Facts You May Not Know About California’s National Forests

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 @ 9:08 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

In California, we rely on our National Forests for half of our water. That is one of the many reasons why the National Forest Foundation is working to restore the valuable resources in the forests that contribute to $37 billion in food and commodities. From their work in the Tahoe on aquatic, forest and rural communities to their work in the Angeles National Forest to reforest and restore native plant communities, they are improving the value of the lands that cover 20 percent of California. The California National Forests not only provide...

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Group of teachers, coaches take hiking challenge

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 @ 8:34 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Group of teachers, coaches take hiking challenge

Hiking 34 miles in steamy, hot temperatures probably isn’t what most schoolteachers dream about doing on their summer vacation. For five Hampton School District teachers and coaches, though, it was their idea of a “challenge.” The group got together June 22 for the 17th annual Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy Challenge – a 34-mile hike between North Park and Harrison Hills Park in Harrison, PA through woods, across highways and in creeks. Hikers have 15 hours and 4 minutes to complete the challenge officially, but...

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Hike Florence Nature Preserve with CMLC

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 @ 3:17 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hike Florence Nature Preserve with CMLC

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, July 13, for a guided hike through CMLC-owned Florence Nature Preserve. Hikers will trek a lollipop-route, circumnavigating the Preserve to reach two of FNP’s most scenic locales: Rattlesnake Knob and Little Pisgah Point. These rock outcroppings feature scenic views of the rugged Hickory Nut Gorge. This hike is open to CMLC members as well as non-members, so bring a friend. Comprised of 600 acres on the southern slopes of Little Pisgah Mountain, Florence Nature Preserve was...

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Mount Hood book guides hikers safely around the mountain

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 @ 1:32 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A handy, pocket-size book that has long been in many a Portland hiker’s collection has gotten an upgrade and a facelift. “Around & About Mount Hood” is a new edition of an old classic that was first published in 1997. The author is Sonia Buist, with Emily Keller. Lots of things have changed around the mountain since the previous version of the book appeared, including the 2006 washout of the Eliot Creek crossing on the Timberline Trail. This book is written to tell users how to get the most out of the Timberline Trail,...

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Hiking enthusiasts flock to Mount Fuji as climbing season opens

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 @ 6:35 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers flocked to Mount Fuji on Monday as Japan’s highest mountain, which last month was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, opened for the climbing season. At the 3,776-meter summit, climbers cheered as the sun broke through the clouds at around 4:40 a.m. Monday. They trekked up the mountain, which straddles Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, after three of its four climbing routes opened at midnight Sunday. Another route, from Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, will be completely opened by midnight next Sunday. The mountain’s registration...

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Canadian man hiking for 5 years has backpack stolen, burned

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 @ 5:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Canadian man said he lost all his camping gear and footage for a documentary about his five-year hike when someone stole and burned his backpack. Dana Meise said he was hiking in Saskatchewan when he was invited by a family to see the chuck wagon races in Onion Lake. When he turned his back for a few minutes while preparing to sleep in one of the wagons, someone stole all his equipment and backpack, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. He found his backpack burned on the ground nearby. A hard drive containing hundreds of hours of...

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The 5 best U.S. places to raise outdoor kids

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 @ 2:59 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Want to get your children hooked on the active life? In these five family-friendly towns, adventure is right outside the front door. New York City is a great place to raise a cultured, worldly kid, but when it comes to teaching them to appreciate nature, the Big Apple falls short in a big way. Though it’s geographically close to a number of quick, fantastic getaways—kayaking in the Hudson and East rivers, climbing at the Shawangunks, hiking at Bear Mountain—it doesn’t exactly make it easy to give kids the kind of consistent exposure to the...

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Chimney Rock Wins Favorite State Park, Best Hiking Trail in Best of the Mountains Southeast Travel Awards

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 @ 7:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Chimney Rock Wins Favorite State Park, Best Hiking Trail in Best of the Mountains Southeast Travel Awards

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina won the platinum award for Favorite State Park in Blue Ridge Country’s 2013 Best of the Mountains travel poll, covering seven southern states in the Appalachian Mountains. Readers awarded three more platinum honors for Best Hike to Take the Dog Along, Best Birding Area and Best Beautiful Fall Foliage Spot. Chimney Rock also received three golds for Best Hiking Trail (non-AT), Best Scenic Photo Opportunity and Best Waterfall. Chimney Rock, North Carolina, has been one of the...

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