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Some common sense tips to keep you (and others) safe when hiking

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 @ 6:40 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Some common sense tips to keep you (and others) safe when hiking

Good hygiene and maintaining the appropriate social distance are central themes in this checklist of recommendations for hikers during this time of COVID-19:

Keep your hands clean. Use wet wipes and hand sanitizer. Better yet, use biodegradable soap and water to scrub your hands, well away from water sources, of course.

Don’t share anything. Your utensils, cup, bowl and water bottles are yours alone. Keep the errant fingers of others out of your GORP or Fritos bag.

Don’t touch. Keep fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with trail registers, picnic tables, benches, outhouse doors and seats, shelter surfaces, but if you can’t, wash very carefully afterward.

Cover your mouth. Properly direct your cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a tissue (pack it out) or bandanna.

Keep your distance. Maintain social distance — six feet is the current directive — between you and other hikers, on the trail and at natural gathering points like trail junctions, viewpoints and rest stops. If you meet other hikers on the trail, give them space and a smile and wave.

Senior or existing medical condition? If you’re over 60 or have a chronic medical condition (say, heart disease or diabetes), you have a greater than average risk of complications from COVID-19, making it all the more critical to practice social distancing.

Feeling sick? If you know you’re sick or are feeling so, strictly avoid any contact with other hikers. Don’t go hiking in the first place, it need not be said, but if you’re already on a hike, pack it up and head for home.

Camping. Avoid trailside shelters. Dispersed camping well away from other parties is best.

Leave No Trace. You know the seven principles, so keep them in mind, especially “Dispose of Waste Properly.” Correctly handling your #2 demands the use of a backpacker trowel.

Getting to the trail. Try to hike locally. Carpooling is out (except with members of your own household) and taking separate cars is in. Don’t congregate at the trailhead.

Solo hiking. Given the current circumstances, you may find yourself going hiking alone, maybe for the first time ever. Make sure you’re properly prepared and exercise due caution on the trail.

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‘We’re closed for your hiking business.’ Communities near national parks urge non-locals to stay away.

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 @ 6:50 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

‘We’re closed for your hiking business.’ Communities near national parks urge non-locals to stay away.

Josh Berman, a Spanish teacher from Boulder, Colo., had been looking forward to his rafting trip with his 12-year-old for more than a year. As a father of three daughters, he annually alternates taking each one on an outdoor adventure. This year’s 45-mile rafting trip on the Green River from Colorado to Utah was easily the most off-the-grid excursion yet, and he and his daughter could barely contain their excitement.

But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Berman immediately pulled out of the trip. He knew they would be traveling through tiny communities scattered around Colorado’s Dinosaur National Monument, and he didn’t want to take the chance of bringing harm to them.

“I look at it this way: Instead of thinking about whether or not you’ll get infected, consider whether or not you’ll infect someone else,” he says of his decision. “When you flip it like that, it’s an easy choice.”

As the coronavirus rips across the country like wildfire, it’s easy to be lured by Mother Nature’s charms. And, why not — health experts and government officials have endorsed hiking’s healing power during these trying times.

But as with all things during the age of covid-19, nothing is as it seems. In this case, walking into the wild can be irresponsible — and not the safety net we need it to be.

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How to Know How Hard a Hike Will Be

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 @ 6:58 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How to Know How Hard a Hike Will Be

“How hard will that hike be?” That’s a question that all dayhikers and backpackers, from beginners to experts, think about all the time—and it’s not always easy to answer. But there are ways of evaluating the difficulty of any hike, using readily available information, that can greatly help you understand what to expect before you even leave home.

Whether you’re new to dayhiking or backpacking, a parent planning a hike with young kids, or a fit and experienced dayhiker or backpacker contemplating one of the toughest hikes you’ve ever attempted, it’s important to have a good sense of what you’ll face on a new and unfamiliar hike and whether it’s within your abilities.

Exceeding your limits or those of someone with you can invite unwanted consequences—and the person with the least stamina, abilities, or experience often dictates any party’s pace, limits, and outcomes. Those consequences may range from an unpleasant experience that dissuades someone from wanting to go again, to failing to reach your destination or make it back to your vehicle, potentially creating a more serious situation.

There’s no one standard for measuring the difficulty or strenuousness of trails, but there are “hard” measures—statistics for any hike—that are commonly used as reference points.

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No, Sheltering in Place Doesn’t Include Hiking in Crowds

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 @ 7:12 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

No, Sheltering in Place Doesn’t Include Hiking in Crowds

In locked-down America, the outdoors is one of the only places left to go. And everyone seems to be going. Leaders and health officials around the country are struggling to balance the need for separation with the need for escape and exercise.

Southern California’s always-jammed roads were eerily quiet the first weekend of a statewide lockdown meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but bumper-to-bumper traffic found a new venue: local hiking trails.

So many Californians headed outdoors, state and local officials reversed earlier statements that getting out and enjoying nature was a safe exception to shelter-in-place rules.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom scolded residents for crowding parks and trails where “it’s almost impossible to socially distance,” adding: “To make it easier for you, we are going to shut down all state parking lots,” which he did. Los Angeles County, home to roughly 10 million people, closed its 60 hiking trails and parks.

Here closer to home, Great Smoky Mountains National Park had to close. Not because of a virus outbreak or bad weather, but because of overcrowding. The park received crowds 15-25% larger than the seasonal average. That is not social distancing. So too DuPont State Recreational Forest. Closed. Pisgah National Forest? All restrooms and campgrounds closed. The Blue Ridge Parkway? Also, restrooms and campgrounds closed. But did people get the hint? Apparently not, as the southern end of the Parkway is now closed, with more sections likely to follow.

It’s great that everyone wants to get outside during this time of ultimate stress. But don’t overload the infrastructure. Don’t go to the most popular places. Choose the least busy time of day. But best of all, just stay home.

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Maps

Posted by on Mar 21, 2020 @ 7:15 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Backpacker’s Guide to Maps

Overview maps normally have a scale of between 1:50,000 and 1:100,000, meaning that one unit on the map (e.g., an inch, a centimeter, a thumbnail) equals 50,000 or 100,000 units in the field. While planning a trip, use these small-scale maps to develop a general understanding of the landscape, including the main watersheds, road systems, and trail networks. They aid with identifying a general route and potential alternates and working through logistics like travel, permits, and resupply points.

In the field, overview maps are useful for pinpointing distant landmarks and serving as a reference for mid-trip planning discussions, self evacuations, and detours.

In the U.S., the gold standard for large-scale maps is the now digitized US Topo series, produced by the USGS. US Topo maps are modeled after the pre-digital 7.5-minute quadrangles.

Each paper quad—about 55,000 were originally made—represented 7.5 minutes of latitude and 7.5 minutes of longitude.This equated to about 8.5 miles of latitude (the map height) and about 5.5 to 7.5 miles of longitude (the map width), since the physical distance between lines of longitude decreases toward the poles.

The USGS quads have a scale of 1:24,000. One inch on these maps equals 0.3788 mile, since there are 63,360 inches in one mile. The most common contour interval is 40 feet.

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Despite the coronavirus, you can legally thru-hike the Appalachian Trail right now. But should you?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 @ 7:10 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Despite the coronavirus, you can legally thru-hike the Appalachian Trail right now. But should you?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic that has dislodged the United States’ social order and crippled its economy, the question of whether or not to attempt a thru-hike has become an actual life-or-death conundrum—and a question of what it means to put strangers before yourself.

A week ago, concerns about the coronavirus and thru-hiking centered mostly on supplies. With Americans making runs on cleaning wares and foods with long shelf lives, vendors like Mountain House and Good To-Go were running out of meals. In north Georgia, Mountain Crossings a hostel famous for helping hikers pick through their gear and drop unnecessary pack weight stowed bottles of hand sanitizer in back rooms to reserve them for future thru-hikers. Those needs now seem quaint.

More recently, the administrative organizations of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail have issued increasingly urgent guidelines and edicts for the pandemic. Just days after reminding people to wash their hands, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) urged hikers to “postpone your section or thru-hike” altogether.

But what none of these organizations can do, of course, is legally or logistically close trails that run the length of the United States. That limitation and its implications have ripped the thru-hiking community into subdivisions, whose differing views are reflected on message boards and along the trails themselves. As sports leagues have cancelled entire seasons and restaurants have laid off staff, the urgent question for thru-hiking in 2020 has become an ethical litmus test: Just because you can get on trail, should you?

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Is It Safe To Go Hiking? Yes, With Caveats

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 @ 6:45 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Is It Safe To Go Hiking? Yes, With Caveats

With so many of us stuck at home self-isolating or temporarily unable to work, people may be thinking about going for a hike.

But is it safe?

“Of course, but maintain a safe distance from others. There is no issue with going hiking with the people you live with,” says Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University.

If you go hiking with friends or in small groups Chi recommends driving in separate cars to maintain a six-foot distance and not going out with a big group. He also encourages people to avoid carpooling for the time being.

Getting outside is just the ticket during these uncertain times, according to Ryan Reese, assistant professor of counseling at Oregon State University’s Cascades branch.

Reese thinks that pretty much anything that gets you moving your body and connecting with the natural world is beneficial.

Chi agrees, with an important caveat.

“It is safe and better to keep it to a very small number in your party, as well as practice extreme hand hygiene,” he said. “Carry hand sanitizer, tissue papers and don’t touch any public place or building’s surface.”

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Bonneville Shoreline Trail runs into dispute between trail advocates and environmentalists

Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 @ 7:06 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Bonneville Shoreline Trail runs into dispute between trail advocates and environmentalists

Utahns of all political stripes enjoy trails that connect their communities to the outdoors, but efforts to expand one of the state’s premier trails threaten to divide two groups of stakeholders that are normally allied on public lands issues: trail users and wilderness advocates.

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which contours along parts of the Wasatch foothills, tracks the edge of what was once a vast lake. But most of it persists as mere jagged lines on a map, particularly in the southern half of Salt Lake County, where deep canyons meet a heavily populated valley.

There, the trail is more of an aspiration than an actual pathway because private properties, extending above Olympus Cove, Millcreek, Holladay, Sandy and other Salt Lake City suburbs, effectively push future trail development into steep, rugged higher ground.

To avoid such parcels, trail proponents and the U.S. Forest Service outlined routes that climb far above neighborhoods into the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. But that presents another obstacle. In several key places, the trail would cross designated wilderness, which prohibits the use of mechanized equipment, including mountain bikes and motorized trail-building tools.

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Coronavirus advice for Appalachian Trail hikers from trail organization: distancing and soap

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 @ 7:34 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Coronavirus advice for Appalachian Trail hikers from trail organization: distancing and soap

Coronavirus concerns have led the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to issue guidance for hikers already on the Appalachian Trail – like thru-hikers who started their 2,180-mile treks before or despite guidance on self-confinement and social distancing.

“For Appalachian Trail hikers, distancing yourself from other hikers and maintaining good hygiene is the best defense for reducing your chances of contracting any illness,” suggests a letter by Sandra Marra, president of the ATC, posted on the organization’s website.

“Wash your hands frequently with biodegradable soap at least 200 feet from water sources. When soap is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains 60-95 percent alcohol.

“Avoid sharing food. Do not eat out of the same food bag, share utensils or drink from other hikers’ water bottles.

“If you begin feeling sick, stay away from others and get off the trail until examined and cleared for return to the trail by a medical professional.

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How hiking can make you mentally and physically stronger

Posted by on Mar 12, 2020 @ 6:54 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How hiking can make you mentally and physically stronger

Serendipitously, her last name is Bliss.

Perhaps that’s not such a coincidence when you realize the immense joy Lauralee Bliss has discovered during her 10,000 miles of hiking. She’s traversed some of the most beautiful, secluded parts of this country, trekking the entire Appalachian Trail two times. Bliss has also completely tackled the Colorado and Florida Trails, among other walking adventures.

From her time in the wilderness, Bliss says if you’re seeking serenity, you might want to literally take a hike.

“Nature is the healing remedy we need in life,” says Bliss, who is now traveling across the country talking to the public to spread this message. “And not just watching birds at a feeder — which I love to do, by the way — or mowing your lawn or gardening. All are beneficial. But nothing can compare to a long distance hike in the woods where you immerse yourself in that nature.”

Bliss adds that a number of studies have shown the healing power of nature, including elevating your heart rate and mood. She also cites groups such as the Wounded Warriors Project, which utilize trail hiking as therapy.

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Hiking Aconcagua: Tackling the Highest Peak in South America

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 @ 6:37 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking Aconcagua: Tackling the Highest Peak in South America

A part of the Andes mountain range, Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia and, at 22,841 feet, is the highest mountain in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres.

Brad Fain, CEO of Fain Signature Group in Prescott Valley, and fellow hikers Mark Peterson and Sean Fain began their journey up the mountain on February 5, 2020 with their two guides, Argentinian Gustavo, and American Will. Their journey started, however, long before that first step in February. Months of preparation were involved to be prepared for this journey as anyone who hikes this mountain must be prepared for several days of strenuous exercise and be ready to carry a 33-45 pound pack.

The crew also learned that gear was to be an important part of this journey. “My wife took one look at me in my down jacket and said ‘You look like Kenny’” said Brad Fain as he described some of the gear he’d need. Brad went on to describe the layers of clothing he would need and the different types needed as the hike started in a hot moist climate then cool as elevation levels rose; finishing at the peak with temperatures averaging around zero degrees (before the wind chill!).

The trio began their trek up the mountain on February 5th. At the end of the first day Brad shared “Day one complete. 8.8 mile trek. Hot and rocky. Team is glad to be moving finally. Tomorrow we get to see Aconcagua for the first time.”

On February 16th, twelve days after they set out, the team summited the Aconcagua at 22,841 feet!

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New segment of Lake to Sound Trail opens, linking trails and transit

Posted by on Mar 8, 2020 @ 6:26 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

New segment of Lake to Sound Trail opens, linking trails and transit

A new segment of King County Parks’ Lake to Sound Trail opened that will eventually connect Lake Washington to Puget Sound in 16-miles of paved trail.

The trail will connect five South King County, WA cities – Renton, Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, and Des Moines. It also connects to four regional trails – Eastrail, Cedar River Trail, Interurban Trail, and Green River Trail — as well as three major transit routes: Link light rail, King County Metro RapidRide A Line, and the Sounder Tukwila Station.

“We are strengthening regional trail connections between South King County communities, making it convenient to walk, run, or bike to high-capacity transit,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “By connecting trails to transit, King County is making it easier than ever to explore the best places our dynamic region has to offer without having to sit in traffic or pay for parking.”

When completed, the Lake to Sound Trail and Eastrail will eventually connect Des Moines’ shoreline to Marymoor Park in Redmond, and will connect four light rail stations on the future East Link extension.

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Hiking One of Hawaii’s Most Beautiful Trails Now Requires a Permit

Posted by on Mar 7, 2020 @ 6:30 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking One of Hawaii’s Most Beautiful Trails Now Requires a Permit

If you want to take a hike on the famous and gorgeous Kalalau Trail, be prepared to make an advance reservation.

Since severe thunderstorms and floods in 2018 ravaged the coastline on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, major recovery efforts have been underway to return Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park and Hā’ena State Park, and the Kalalau Trail to their original beauty.

The two parks and hiking trail actually reopened back in 2019, but officials are still concerned with potential damage to the environment, especially since Kauai has grown exponentially in popularity.

As of 2019, Hā’ena State Park has implemented a 900-visitors-per-day cap as well as restricting the number of parking stalls and adding fines for people who attempt to park on the roadside. If hikers want to get to the beginning of the Kalalau Trail, they would have to reserve space on a shuttle in order to get there.

But now there’s an extra hoop you’ll have to jump through before you get to the trailhead. If you plan on hiking the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail, located in Hā’ena State Park, you will need an advanced reservation and permit, due to the daily cap.

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Man who hiked 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail 18 times headed to Hall of Fame

Posted by on Mar 6, 2020 @ 6:35 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Man who hiked 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail 18 times headed to Hall of Fame

Warren Doyle, of Mountain City, Tennessee, has hiked the entire 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail 18 times, including nine thru-hikes. He also led eight group thru-hikes of the AT, seven of which saw a 100 percent completion rate among the hikers.

But there’s so much more on Doyle’s resume that has earned him a spot among the Appalachian Trail Museum’s 10th class of inductees into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame.

The class, which will be formally inducted on Saturday, May 2, 2020, during the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA, also will include Chris Brunton, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; the late Thurston Griggs, of Baltimore, Maryland; and the late Jim Stoltz of Helena, Montana.

Doyle also played a leading role in founding the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association in 1983 to encourage long-distance hiking and promote hiking interests.

Through his Appalachian Trail Institute, Doyle educates prospective hikers on the proper strategies to successfully hike the AT and other long distance trails. His program covers not only the physical conditioning needed and proper gear, but also emphasizes the emotional and psychological aspects necessary for a successful thru-hike. Scores of thru-hikers credit Warren with inspiring and guiding them to complete their lifelong goal.

His doctoral thesis was on the sociology of a group long distance hike.

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Tips to prepare for your next hike

Posted by on Mar 5, 2020 @ 6:40 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tips to prepare for your next hike

Hiking is among the best outdoor activities that can be both fun and exciting in the company of friends and family. But it’s one of those trips that require proper planning, and could be frustrating otherwise.

Hiking involves walking uphill and downhill on unpredictable terrains. It is not like walking on a treadmill with high elevation. It can be hard on the body, considering all the extra items you will have to carry in a backpack. However, everything can go very smoothly if you consider these tips.

Research the Area First

When planning for your trip, look into different hiking trails. Many different trails are excellent for hiking, but they are designed for people with differing fitness levels.

It is best to choose a hike that is shorter than the distance you can easily walk on a paved surface, and to select a trail that doesn’t involve steeper elevations and challenging terrain that you aren’t prepared for. Consider taking a look at the exact path of the hike. Find a few maps of the area and review reports to get a better understanding of the track.

Check the Weather Forecast

Consider the weather conditions when planning your hike. Figure out the kind of clothing you should be wearing. It will also help you decide if there is a need to take any extras along.

Remember that although it may be hot during the day, it can get chilly when the sun goes down. Pack a spare shirt and an extra layer.

Happy Feet Means a Happy Hike

Feet are the most worked part of your body during a hike, and your trip can be ruined if they start aching in the middle of your trek.

Invest in high-quality hiking shoes; make it as comfortable for your feet as possible. High quality shoes usually have a lot of cushioning, and it would be best if they were light-weight. And don’t think just about shoes, but consider quality socks. Cushioning and warmth are important.

Wearing the wrong type of socks and shoes can lead to blisters, rashes, and a world of pain.

Don’t Forget the Essentials

Being out all day hiking under the sun can be very trying on the body. Make sure to pack all essential items for your trip.
Along with the basics, have emergency supplies in your bag. If you are having trouble figuring out what is needed, consider this list of items below.

1. Navigation. You will need to have maps. Make sure your mobile’s GPS system is working.

2. UV protection. Have good quality sunglasses and sunscreen.

3. Food. Pack an adequate amount of food, including protein bars.

4. Liquids. Have plenty of water and some sports drinks.

5. Emergency first-aid supplies

6. Flashlights

7. Lighters, candles, and waterproof matches

8. Small repair kits

9. Extra clothing

Leave It the Way You Found It

Many people go on hiking trips in public areas all year long. They want to see beautiful landscapes and have fun with their family members or friends.

But some hikers pollute the land, slowly destroying the beauty of nature. Make sure not to ruin any plants or harm any animals on your journey. Leave no trash lying around as well. Bring it all out with you, or as they say, “pack it in, pack it out.”

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This San Francisco hike offers nature, history — and unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 @ 6:48 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

This San Francisco hike offers nature, history — and unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge

Lands End is a rugged oceanside park within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the 82,027-acre expanse that includes many of the Bay Area’s most jaw-dropping landmarks and vistas. Lands End is usually less crowded than some of the other local spots.

Hugging San Francisco’s northwest shore, Lands End offers an unobstructed view of the iconic structure that draws so many visitors from around the world — the Golden Gate Bridge. And seeing it here doesn’t require elbowing your way through the crowds at Baker Beach or Fort Point. The site’s trails weave through the forests and beaches that abut the steep cliffs and sharp rocks that form a natural “gate” for the ships that sail into San Francisco Bay. Hiking here is a way to feel a little wild again, even in the quintessential 21st-century city.

The Coastal Trail is an easy 1.7-mile route that follows the bed of the railroad that operated here in the 1880s and takes visitors through tunnels of trees and past scenic outlooks. It’s not a strenuous hike. Pause at Point Lobos, named for the sea lions, orlobos marinos, that sometimes sun themselves on the rocks below.

It’s not hard to learn something at Lands End, as signage along the route provides interesting facts about the area’s history and ecology.

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Treasure hunt pays off for Las Vegas hikers

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020 @ 7:13 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Treasure hunt pays off for Las Vegas hikers

Most people come to Las Vegas with dreams to win big in a casino, but one hiking group managed to cash in without all the bells and whistles.

Eloros is a company that puts on treasure hunts in various outdoor locations across the country.. This past weekend, treasure found its way to southern Nevada.

Those participating in the hunt had to pay $30 to search a designated area roughly the size of Clark County. A poem was then released with clues on how to find the hidden treasure.

Alan Gegax runs a hiking group called Vegas Hikers. Gegax and his group won the hunt. Now the big question, what’s inside the box?

Eloros awarded Gegax and his team with $2,000 in cash and an assortment of North Face gear after finding the treasure in the McCullough Hills Trail area.

“In the box there was cash money, swag from North Face and a few other items,” Gegax said. “Well worth the hunt.”

Eloros says the hunt was a success with hopes of bringing it back to Las Vegas in the future.

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Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire

Posted by on Mar 1, 2020 @ 6:46 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire

More than 830 people completed the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail last year, up from just 182 in 1990, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, based in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. At Baxter State Park in Maine, the northern terminus of the AT, the number of registered long-distance hikers grew from 359 in 1991 to more than 2,000 in 2014.

The growing number of hikers is becoming a management nightmare at Baxter, where officials say they also believe the culture and attitude of the people using the footpath is changing.

Jensen Bissell, director of the park, said in a letter to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy late last year that AT hikers are “open and deliberate in their desire for freedom from all rules and regulations.” He warns that the trail may need to end somewhere besides Katahdin if something doesn’t change soon.

Some say there appears to be a growing sense of entitlement among thru-hikers, many of whom are just out of college or have enough money to leave work for months at a time.

Ron Tipton, executive director of the Conservancy, said the vast majority of thru-hikers are respectful and on the trail for the right reasons. He said he believes that the sharp increase in hikers has simply made it more challenging to deal with the behavior of a few.

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