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Himalaya girl power: Treks ‘by women, for women’

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 @ 3:11 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Himalaya girl power: Treks ‘by women, for women’

When sisters Lucky, Dicky and Nicky Chhetri began guiding trekkers through Nepal’s challenging mountain routes in 1994, disbelief came from many angles. “At first, people thought we were doing sex tourism, not trekking – going into the mountains with foreigners for weeks,” says Lucky. Surrounded by skeptics in an industry dominated by men – of 452 Nepalis who summited one of the country’s peaks in 2011 only three were female – the three sisters, now all in their mid-forties, have established not only a successful company of...

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Appalachian Trail film to premiere Friday

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 @ 11:47 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Kori Feener, a documentary filmmaker, will debut her film “Hard Way Home,” chronicling her attempt to “thru-hike” the Appalachian Trail, on Friday, November 8th at the Virginia Film Festival. The 87-minute movie about her solo, 2,180-mile hike from Georgia to Maine was financed through a campaign on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where she raised $7,000 for the project. Along the way, she filmed the documentary herself. “I met tons of people on the way,” Feener said of her six-month hike from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount...

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Hiking trail languishes behind locked gate

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 @ 9:00 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A storm last year washed out a section of the Crystal Springs Regional Trail, prompting the county Parks Department to block that portion from public access. The roughly half-mile stretch hasn’t reopened. While the closed-off stretch isn’t the most spectacular part of the Crystal Springs Trail – it runs near the freeway, and views of the surrounding hillsides are limited – it served as a connection between popular segments to Crystal Springs Reservoir and San Andreas Lake. “If it was open, I would have more...

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Waynesboro, Va. Hiking Shelter Now Equipped With Solar Power

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 @ 6:21 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Waynesboro is getting greener. The hiker shelter off Arch Street now has solar power. Many hikers stop at the shelter while walking the Appalachian Trail. Now, the hiking shelter includes a charging station for them. Waynesboro Parks & Recreation and Sigora Solar handled the project. With the solar panel, hikers can now charge their cellphones, mp3 players and other electronic devices. There’s also a battery bank that stores the energy for nighttime use. “Actually running power from a power line out into the middle of this...

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Traversing the Dragon’s Teeth

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 @ 4:25 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

New Zealand’s Kahurangi National Park is the second largest national park in the country, covering the north-western end of South Island. It is unusual for a New Zealand park in that there are no glaciers or active volcanoes. It has been reserved mainly for its geology and botany, and the mountain ranges are similar to south-east Australia, rising just above the treeline. While less known than the alpine areas further south the park does contain some good tramping, with the best-known route along the Heaphy Track (one of New Zealand’s Great...

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Parts of Graveyard Fields Loop Trail Closed for Improvements

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 @ 5:05 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that portions of the Graveyard Fields Loop Trail at milepost 418 on the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed for upgrades. The agency expects to complete the work by late December. The Forest Service will construct a board walk on the east end of the trail, which will be closed. Users can access the Upper and Second Falls via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Also, users can park in the Graveyard Fields Loop parking lot and start at the west end of the loop. In addition, the Blue Ridge Parkway will make improvements...

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DuPont Forest model shows waterfalls

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 @ 10:56 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

DuPont State Recreational Forest, NC is installing a three-dimensional scale model of its major waterfalls in the Aleen Steinberg Center. An event to commemorate the installation will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the visitor center at 89 Buck Forest Road. Designed and constructed by Apply Valley Model Railroad Club, the exhibit focuses on the main stem of the Little River and the major waterfalls: High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls. It also will include the major trails, roads, bridges and facilities in those areas. The...

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Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards Blaze Today’s Conservation Trail

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 @ 10:12 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards Blaze Today’s Conservation Trail

Twenty-four-year-old Brenna Irrer admits it openly: she just loves using a crosscut saw. “There is nothing that compares with getting through a big tree,” says Brenna. “When you use a crosscut saw, you’ve really got to pick the right spot to cut. It takes a lot of planning.” Brenna is the education and volunteer engagement coordinator for Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), and manages teams of volunteers who build and maintain trails in National Forest wilderness areas such as Nantahala-Pisgah, Cherokee, Chattahoochee, and...

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Big Valley Vista perfect hike for Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 @ 5:09 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Central Pennsylvania is blessed with many natural wonders and a great network of trails for exploring those special wild places. If you want to see such a place and burn off a few Thanksgiving calories, then the hike to Big Valley Vista is perfect for you. Accessible only from the westbound lanes of U.S. Route 322 as it crests the Seven Mountains region, the Seven Mountains Rest Stop is the trailhead for this hike. It features a nature trail along with spurs of the long-distance Mid State Trail, and leads hikers to an outstanding overlook...

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Interior Secretary Jewell Calls On Congress To Step Up For Conservation

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 @ 7:01 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Washington politics are infuriating, disappointing, enlightening, and entertaining. They rarely are dull. That is obvious based on what has transpired since October 1, when the federal government ran out of money. * We saw a 16-day closure of the National Park System initially spurred by House Republicans…who then castigated National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis for how the parks were shuttered. * We received a 208-page report from U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, that blamed the current state of the park system largely on those in...

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Fall hiking calls for proper preparation, care in clothing

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 @ 8:49 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

These are the days when hunter orange is the height of fashion in the woods. But more important than fashion, is the fact that this bright orange hue can enhance one’s visibility and safety during hunting season. Hunters wear hunter orange clothing to be seen, and hikers should do the same. Canine companions should be outfitted with hunter orange as well. While in the woods at this time of year, hikers are advised against wearing dark earth tones, such as brown or black, which might appear as game. Likewise, white clothing should be...

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Getting Out in the Ozarks: Hiking

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 @ 8:40 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The hills and forests of the Ozarks in Arkansas offer a multitude of opportunities to get out and explore. What better way to soak in the scenery while the leaves are changing than a sweet, simple walk? That’s how Kevin Cheri and Caven Clark feel. They are park rangers at Buffalo River National Park. The brisk morning air and a cool layer of fog over the Buffalo National River add fall spice to an already gorgeous region. The two park rangers stay in the office on most days, but occasionally step out for tours. They enjoy donning a jacket in...

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Dream fulfilled: hiking Mount Hood’s 40-mile loop

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 @ 8:06 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Forest Service notice stapled to the wooden signpost was tattered and weatherbeaten, but its meaning was unmistakable: The path ahead was washed out, wiped off the map by a flood, and going forward was not an option. Two days into my four-day solo trek on Mount Hood’s fabled Timberline Trail, I was going to have to turn around. I had known this decision point was coming. The 5-mile segment between Cloud Cap Saddle and Elk Cove has been off-limits to hikers since 2006, when heavy rains came sluicing through the Eliot Creek drainage...

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Urban students find learning outside, hiking Cascades trail

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 @ 7:58 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Urban students find learning outside, hiking Cascades trail

None of the 10 students or their instructors fell on their faces while hiking through the leaf-covered Cascades trail, and for that, they said, the trip was a great success. The picturesque hike on the trail, located near Tatnuck Square, was a new experience for the students from Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc.’s Education for Employment program. While some said they had gone hiking before, none had ever been to the park. “I had so much fun today it’s ridiculous,” Alexis Peckham, 18, of Worcester said to her friends at...

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North Carolina waterfalls will plunge you headlong into a reverie

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 @ 8:40 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

As waterfalls go, Bridal Veil Falls are fairly small and easy to find. They cascade above Highway 64 just a couple of miles north of the town of Highlands in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. The fun fact about Bridal Veil Falls is that, if your car is small enough, you can drive under the 120-foot “veil” of water. Our 10-year old Mini Cooper, whose name is D.B. — get it? D.B. Cooper? — easily fits into the wedge between water and mountain and made for a neat photo op. But if you drive, say, a big extended-cab pickup truck,...

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Fees Waived at Popular NC National Forest Sites on Veterans Day Weekend

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 @ 4:36 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The U.S. Forest Service announced that day-use fees will be waived at three popular sites in western North Carolina during Veterans Day Weekend. “We wholeheartedly salute the men and women who represent the nearly 22 million American veterans who have served their country in the military,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “As we do throughout the year, we encourage veterans and their families to take advantage of their national forests and grasslands to enjoy all the benefits the outdoors provide.” There...

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Floridians don’t need hills to know thrills of hiking

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 @ 1:04 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Would you like a cool way to raise your metabolism? Take up hiking. Summer in Florida is too hot and humid for long walks in the woods. But we’re now coming into the best season of the year to explore the state’s many nature trails. We know that regular exercise increases the body’s calorie-burning capacity. We also know that adding muscle increases metabolism, and hiking can do just that. Plus, hiking is a great distraction from eating. Some of the fittest people you will see are hikers. And if you’re looking for...

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Conservancy buys 250 acres and a peak

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 @ 4:40 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Blackrock Mountain summit, a 5,700 foot peak that overlooks the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, has been purchased by the Southern Applachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). The Conservancy purchased the summit and more than 250 surrounding acres in the Plott Balsam Mountains of Jackson County to hold and manage as a nature preserve until it can eventually be transferred to public ownership as park lands, the SAHC said in a press release. The 5,700 foot peak contains “rare spruce-fir forest and two headwater tributaries that flow down its...

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Oakland hills activist saves hiking trail from closure

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:31 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Oakland hills activist saves hiking trail from closure

Joaquin Miller Park’s Palos Colorados trail has escaped permanent closure because of erosion, thanks to the efforts of Stan Dodson, community activist and board member of Friends of Joaquin Miller Park. The Palos Colorados trail is a wooded trail that runs parallel to the Palo Seco Creek, from Mountain Boulevard winding north through Joaquin Miller Park. The trail also connects Dimond Canyon to Joaquin Miller Park. “It’s a hidden gem. It’s a regional attraction,” Dodson said. “It’s not terrible, but...

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Growing Chestnut Trees and Hope in Western North Carolina

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 @ 5:18 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Growing Chestnut Trees and Hope in Western North Carolina

Working with others, the U.S. Forest Service may be one step closer to restoring the American chestnut tree to the mountains of western North Carolina. Beginning in 2009, agency researchers and partners planted close to 1,000 potentially blight-resistant American chestnut trees in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, as well as in national forests in Tennessee and Virginia. Two additional plantings were established in Tennessee and Virginia a year later. The goal is to test their resistance to Chestnut blight. Since then, more...

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Couple hikes through scenic Ice Age Trail

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 @ 9:44 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Couple hikes through scenic Ice Age Trail

When glacial ice flowed through the area that is now Wisconsin, more than 12,000 years ago, it sculpted a variety of features into the landscape. Those features — some of which are in the state’s most beautiful natural areas — are highlighted along a 1,000-mile foot path called the Ice Age National Scenic Trail which extends from Door County in the east, south to Walworth County and then back up to the north woods, and west as far as the Minnesota border. In 2005, Rick and Roberta Bie set a goal to hike the entire Ice Age Trail in 10 years,...

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Senator Coburn Blames Congress, Bloated National Park Service, For State Of National Park System

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 @ 8:53 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Our National Park System has become a bloated, underfunded, kowtowing shadow of the ideal for which it was created, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who lays out his case in a report that casts a withering portrait of Congress as a poor overseer. In that 208-page report, Parked! How Congress’ Misplaced Priorities Are Trashing Our National Treasures, the Republican from Oklahoma blames years of political self-aggrandizement for a park system that carries an $11.5 billion maintenance backlog and which is showing serious signs of decay...

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Law enforcement 
is down in national 
forest, records show

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 @ 8:09 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

It turns out that the White River National Forest over the last four years has been a relatively safe place to break the law. A nearly four-year shortage of law enforcement officers in the nation’s most visited national forest, combined with the distraction of competing priorities like wildfire mitigation, has led to a 76 percent decline in the number of citations issued since 2009. That has meant fewer tickets written for everything from lighting an illegal campfire to smoking pot on federal property. U.S. Forest Service records released...

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Clubs promote Louisiana hiking trails

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 @ 7:31 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Being closer to nature, relishing the wonders of the woods or simply getting away from it all are easy goals to achieve when on a good hiking trail. As hikers and backpackers who frequent Louisiana’s abundant trekking paths attest, the state is full of interesting places to hike. But five hikes have been singled out as the best by members of the Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society and the Louisiana Hiking Club and explained by two experts who have tramped across the state’s paths, encompassed years of on-trail experience, and have...

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Hiking made easy: Weekly Chattanooga Hiking Meetup events do it all for you

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 @ 11:12 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hitting the trails is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscape of the Chattanooga area, and getting out with others can make the experience even more enjoyable. A number of hiking clubs in the Chattanooga area make it easy to get out and hike by providing outings, trip leaders and hiking companions—all you have to do is show up. For three years now, the Chattanooga Hiking Meetup has been organizing weekly outdoor adventures in the tristate area for all ages and abilities. The goal of the club is to explore the natural beauty of...

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Jeffersonian dinner helps plot trail’s future

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 @ 8:48 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Jeffersonian dinner helps plot trail’s future

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) took a page from history to plot a path forward by holding a “Jeffersonian dinner” at Millstone Farm, Connecticut. Jeffersonian dinners, as they are called, are a way to pull together people with a common interest for the purpose of furthering a goal. In this case, the focus of conversation was the Norwalk River Valley Trail, its importance to Wilton and implementation strategies. “I have spoken to a number of people who are enthusiastic about the trail and had very good ideas on implementation,” said...

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New trails on Blue Ridge Parkway are labor of love

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 @ 8:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The path alongside Rose Creek naturally follows its rocky bank and gentle contours as it approaches the Eastern Continental Divide in North Carolina. For centuries this wild and lush land served as prime buffalo and elk hunting grounds for Native American tribes. And about 230 years ago, chestnut and massive oak trees dwarfed Revolutionary War patriots who traveled this trail on their way to Kings Mountain and a battle that historians say changed the New World. Until now, there has been no way for the public to hike Rose Creek from the nearby...

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Divide trail users poach signs for hiking momentos

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 @ 9:19 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Divide trail users poach signs for hiking momentos

Directional signs along the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado have been disappearing, according to Maura McKnight, executive director of Headwaters Trails Alliance. It is the assumption that people have been obtaining the signs, which feature the Continental Divide Trail logo, to serve as mementos. But the missing signs have been causing some hikers to get turned around on the trail, according to McKnight. Luckily, Headwaters Trails Alliance is involved in a partnership with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, a nonprofit organization...

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Wilderness designation sought for Scotchman Peaks

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 @ 7:54 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Wilderness designation sought for Scotchman Peaks

Wilderness policy is an often-divisive arena. In this arena, the Scotchman Peaks straddle many boundaries. The scenic mountain range between the Clark Fork and Bull rivers has more geopolitical lines dotting its map than a United Nations seating chart. About 20,000 of Scotchman’s 88,000 roadless acres lie in the Panhandle National Forest on the Idaho side of the border. The Kootenai National Forest in Montana has the rest. Three counties in two states have jurisdiction of the area. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks hope to change that. In the...

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Neva “Chipmunk” Warren Becomes Youngest to Solo Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 @ 6:00 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

It seems only fitting that this hike should end the same way it began, on a cold rainy day in October. A year ago, during a family camping trip at Shenandoah National Park, she joined her father and me on a short hike that included a section of the Appalachian Trail. When we returned to the Big Meadows Lodge to warm up, she said “I’d like to hike the whole thing.” She said those words with a quiet resolve that we have many times before witnessed. Once it was clear that she was unshakable in that resolve, we worked hard to...

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Hiking in South Korea: trails and tribulations on the Baekdu Daegan

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 @ 6:52 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Daniel Adamson, The Guardian The climb from the monastery had taken two days, a steady, breath-by-breath progression up through the woods under full packs. Suddenly, the path broke from the trees and we were on the exposed granite summit of mainland South Korea’s highest peak, Cheonwangbong. To the north we could see the crooked spine of the Baekdu Daegan, a mountain ridge and watershed that runs the length of the peninsula. I was there with my partner, Somi, who was brought up in downtown Seoul and had pushed hard for a couple of weeks...

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Massive Landslide Closes Denali Park Road

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 @ 2:49 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A massive landslide has closed the Denali Park Road at Mile 37 in Denali National Park, covering the road with an estimated 30,000 yards of material that will take crews days if not weeks to remove. The slide is west of Tattler Creek, on the section of road going up to Sable Pass. The slide, which covers approximately 200 feet of the road in depths of up to 35 feet, was released from a point 500 feet above the road and flowed south below the road, a park release said. The slide did not reach Igloo Creek. Park staff, including the park...

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Los Padres National Forest Launches Visitor Survey

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 @ 7:06 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced the beginning of a one-year National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey across the Forest. This survey, done in partnership with the University of California at San Marcos, will conduct interviews at pre-selected points throughout the Forest through September 2014. The Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests are undertaking similar visitor use surveys during this same timeframe. The NVUM survey is a statistical visitor sampling system developed for all Federal land management...

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Hiking Through Peru Showed One Journalist The True Dangers Of Climate Change

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 @ 11:26 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Rising sea levels and more extreme temperatures aren’t the only problems we can anticipate as the Earth warms. Climate change is causing local extinctions of plants and animals — and in places like the Amazon basin, these plants are moving to higher or lower ground in response to changing environments. Justin Catanoso, grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, spent July 25 to Aug. 11 in Peru with Wake Forest University tropical biologist Miles Silman. He hiked through Manu National Park with the researchers to experience the...

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