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How to Survive a Wild Animal Attack

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 @ 9:45 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How to Survive a Wild Animal Attack

Imagine you suddenly run into a wild and unpredictable forest friend. What’s the best way to respond to this animal encounter? How do you prevent or survive from an animal attack?

It really depends on what animal you come across, and first of all, it’s of high importance to be prepared and do your homework before setting out for a hike.

Our friends from the Restless Backpacker have prepared this infographic to help you stay alive in the wild.

Restless Backpacker infographic

 

Outdoor Element set to Launch Fire Escape, the newest must-have Multi-Tool Carabiner

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 @ 7:27 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Outdoor Element set to Launch Fire Escape, the newest must-have Multi-Tool Carabiner

  It appeals to everyone, from first-responder to soccer-mom, anyone who spends time outside or rides in a vehicle.

A fire starting, window breaking, seatbelt cutting, bottle popping, O2 tank opening, every-day-carry, multi-tool carabiner, a must-have tool for everyone.

You don’t have to be an outdoor enthusiast to have multiple carabiners lying around. We use them on a regular basis. They come in many shapes and sizes and are great for keeping important items close at hand, preventing them from getting lost, storing things, hanging things, and just making life easier.

Outdoor Element previously created the Firebiner®, the fire-starting multitool carabiner. It was well received by our community. Soon after, Outdoor Element was approached by a group of first-responders, and they put in a request to create a carabiner for them.

Designed with first-responders in mind, built for everyone, introducing the Fire Escape.

Made from stainless steel, it’s built to last. Sure it looks awesome, but the focus is on innovation and function. This simple tool not only comes with a beefy seatbelt cutter, a window breaker, a bottle opener, an O2 wrench and a hex wrench (doubling as hang-slots for keys), it also features the patent-pending EverSpark wheel technology designed into a carabiner body.

With the flick of a finger, a spark can totally change your situation. Use it to start a fire, a grill, a tiki torch, a stove, wherever and whenever you need a spark to light things up. Yes, the ferro rod is replaceable, so these multitool carabiners can keep on sparking.

The Fire Escape is rated for 100 lbs. of gear, yet only weighs 1.7 oz. It replaces several tools in your go bag. Whether relaxing outside or caught in an emergency, being prepared is important and brings peace of mind. The Fire Escape will help you with the following essentials, and many more:

• Slicing a seat belt or just cutting some cord,
• Smashing a window and escaping to safety,
• Starting a fire and staying warm,
• Opening up an oxygen tank without fumbling for a separate wrench when seconds count,
• Tightening or loosening screws to keep things in working order,
• Popping open a cold one for some pop, fizz, happiness, and
• Lighting a camp stove or grill to get dinner going.

Learn more about the Fire Escape from Outdoor Element here…

 

Canada’s Best Fall Foliage Hikes You Need To Explore

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 @ 7:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Canada’s Best Fall Foliage Hikes You Need To Explore

What is it about fall that makes people even more anxious to get out and experience the great outdoors? Thanks to its unparalleled geography, Canada boasts an amazing array of hiking trails that show-off autumn’s cornucopia of colors.

One of the country’s not-to-be-missed autumnal hikes is Miscou Island’s peat bogs. Though the island is small enough to be driven end-to-end in just 15-minutes, its leaf peeping payload is huge. Here you’ll find sand beaches ringed by peat bogs that turn a jaw-dropping scarlet come fall.

Famed for its maple syrup, you just know that the province of Quebec is going to be rich in maple trees, which are hands-down autumn’s best color-changing performers. Forillon National Park offers some of Quebec’s most outstanding fall vistas, with the dramatic seaside cliffs (from which you can sometimes see whales and seals) of the Cap-Bon-Ami trail topping the list.

Whether you’re a hard-core hiker, a nature lover or are on the hunt for some impressive autumn panoramas, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland has what you need. It’s one of Canada’s most celebrated sanctuaries and you can watch this UNESCO World Heritage Site catch fire (figuratively, of course) as fall colors set the landscape aflame.

Here are some of Canada’s best fall foliage hikes…

 

Few Hikers Do the Pacific Northwest Trail. Should It Stay That Way?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2019 @ 9:25 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Few Hikers Do the Pacific Northwest Trail. Should It Stay That Way?

Montana’s Yaak Valley was one of the most remote places Emma Vigers had ever set foot. Tucked into the corner of the Idaho state line and the Canadian Border, this heavily forested region offered the type of solitude Vigers had been looking for in a thru-hike. She was just a few weeks into her trek along the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail, which connects the Continental Divide in Montana to Washington’s Olympic Coast. At dusk, Vigers and her hiking partner were plodding uphill toward a mountain summit, when they noticed a large set of grizzly paw prints underfoot. Reluctant to continue walking, they decided to stop and make camp. Vigers would spend the remainder of the evening wondering if they truly were alone.

Thru-hikers like Vigers should certainly be bear aware on the PNT, but some say it’s the grizzlies who are most at risk. A local conservation group known as The Yaak Valley Forest Council (YVFC), claims thru-hiker traffic threatens the area’s small, isolated population of 25 grizzlies.

“We don’t have any bears left to spare,” says Rick Bass, a nature writer and founding member of the YVFC. Bass has been advocating for the Yaak Valley for decades, even writing a book that speaks to the solitude and vulnerability of this remote region. “Being a place so far off the map, nobody knows to even protect it,” he says.

Only about 60 to 70 people currently attempt to thru-hike the PNT each year, but activists worry the trail will experience the type of growth that has plagued other popular routes. Some long-distance trails like the Arizona Trail and Pacific Crest Trail have seen over a 90 percent increase in thru-hikers in the last decade. Upwards of 3,000 people attempted to hike the Appalachian Trail this year. According to the YVFC, numbers like this would have a devastating effect on the grizzlies.

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Hiking Armenia’s New Transcaucasian Trail is a Beautiful Way to Immerse Yourself in the Culture

Posted by on Oct 12, 2019 @ 6:34 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking Armenia’s New Transcaucasian Trail is a Beautiful Way to Immerse Yourself in the Culture

It’s not every day that Time names a hiking trail to their annual World’s 100 Greatest Places list. In fact, this is a first.

And this is just the beginning of the attention and recognition that the new Transcaucasian Trail, a more than 1,800-mile trail that connects some of the most beautiful and remote regions of Armenia and Georgia (and eventually Azerbaijan) to one another, has started to receive.

And while these are some of the most incredible landscapes you could ever experience in person, it isn’t just the views that make the Transcaucasian Trail a special experience, it’s the interactions and hospitality of the locals along the way that especially set these hiking trails apart.

And whether you thru-hike the trail and camp all along the way or you decide to join a small group trip that will equip you with a guide, pre-plan your nightly stays at quaint and delightful local guesthouses and small hotels, and feed you all along the way, there’s no wrong way to experience everything that the trail has to offer.

From the moment you start this hike, with Sevan Lake to your back as you ascend into the clouds that you really start to realize the beauty – and diversity in landscapes – that Armenia has to offer.

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Hikers: Beware of Falling Trees

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 @ 6:55 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers: Beware of Falling Trees

The odds of dying from a falling tree are still small but maybe not as small as they used to be. Here’s why—and what to do about it.

There are no exact statistics kept on the number of Americans killed by falling trees, so it’s difficult to know for sure if the problem has gotten worse, and if so, how much worse. You’re still far more likely to die driving to the trailhead than you are from a falling tree. But it turns out, these tragedies may not be isolated incidents.

“A lot of forests are suffering, whether it’s from pine beetles, other invasive species, or diseases that are causing trees to die off,” says the American Hiking Society. “The likelihood of trees falling down is a much lower possibility when there is a forest full of healthy trees, and there are a lot of unhealthy forests, especially in Colorado and California.”

In California and Colorado, there are forests with more dead trees still standing, known as snags. An unprecedented 129 million trees in California have died from drought and bark beetles since 2010. All of those dead trees, in addition to the deadwood that has accumulated over a century of fire suppression, can lead to the kind of massive, out-of-control wildfires that have plagued California in recent years.

These fires, of course, kill even more trees, and burn areas are particularly at risk for falling timber. In Colorado, there were 834 million snags as of 2017, or one in 14 trees—30 percent more than in 2010. Plus both the Pacific Crest and Colorado Trails go through extensive burn areas. The issue of dead timber is likely to worsen, due to the ongoing climate crisis.

Here are precautions you can take…

 

18 of the Very Best Hikes in the UK You Need to Explore

Posted by on Oct 10, 2019 @ 7:09 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

18 of the Very Best Hikes in the UK You Need to Explore

This small area of land is so jam packed with hiking routes it means you’re never far from an outdoor experience. From 120 mile behemoth adventures through mountain ranges, historical strolls along coastal cliffs or even just a scenic route to discover a new destination, the UK really has hiking options to wow everyone.

To make things even better trails are well marked, accommodation and transport options are bountiful and, most importantly, you’re never far from a good pub.

For example, The Quirang Trail on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, which takes about two to three hours to trek depending on how often you stop, is ideal for landscape photographers. The area is packed with stunning geological features known as the Needle (a jagged 120-foot tall pinnacle), the Table (a flat, grassy area that slipped down from the 1,781-foot summit), and the Prison (a pyramid-shaped peak that looks like a medieval keep from certain angles).

Or, The Cotswolds is one of the UK’s most beautiful areas and is home to one of the most stunning hikes around. The countryside is full of gently rolling hills, dotted with sheep, and with quaint honey colored villages scattered throughout.

Take a look at this collection of the very best hikes in the UK with options to exhilarate every level of hiker…

 

The Ultimate Great Smoky Mountains Travel Guide

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 @ 6:24 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

The Ultimate Great Smoky Mountains Travel Guide

Even if you haven’t been to our most visited national park yet, you can probably picture those blue ridgelines blurred across a southern Appalachian sky by that perpetual, namesake haze. In the spring, the sight is often the backdrop for a field of colorful wildflowers; in the fall, a rich palette of changing leaves.

I’m lucky to call the 500,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains my backyard, and they call images to mind that captures their character. There’s the black bear sprawling over a low branch, paw dangling; the silhouette of an elk bugling against the fog in a valley; and countless 19th-century log cabins, barns, and springhouses that sit at the edges of wildflower-filled meadows just off of roads and trails, like pioneer exhibits in a museum.

While you’ll count yourself among 11 million people on average who visit the mountain range every year, you can still find something personal and deeply profound in its lush valleys, ridgeline paths, and panoramic lookouts. For some this happens while exploring the more than 300 historic sites the park service maintains, while others are captivated by the slanted headstones, crumbling chimneys, and buckling walls in the backcountry.

Many find solitude in the 800 miles of trails, ranging from scenic day hikes to multi-day treks along 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail—do them all and you can join the 900 Miler Club. Just off the paths, and often running parallel, are streams home to one of the last wild-trout habitats in the region, including the distinct southern Appalachian brook trout. But for most, what makes the Great Smoky Mountains special is how each season has its own distinct character and reasons to visit, from spring’s colorful blooms to winter’s unobstructed peak views.

Here is the ultimate Great Smoky Mountains travel guide…

 

Hiking trail reopens, a year and a half after Kilauea’s eruptions and 60,000 quakes

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 @ 6:34 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking trail reopens, a year and a half after Kilauea’s eruptions and 60,000 quakes

The popular Kilauea Iki Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recently fully reopened, a year and a half after Kilauea erupted and more than 60,000 quakes rattled the volcano’s summit. The shaking last year damaged much of the park, including the popular four-mile loop from the rim of a crater to its floor. Now visitors will see something new along the way: large boulders that tumbled down during the seismic shaking.

The trail starts out in lush forest and gives way to the sparse floor of the crater, which in 1959 was a “seething lava lake, with lava fountains up to 1,900 feet high.” Hikers now walk on hardened lava where decades later there’s still a hot rock that steams on the surface.

Work crews from the nonprofit Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and other national park workers helped make repairs. It’s all part of the park’s slow recovery from the eruption that forced the park to close for an unprecedented 134 days in 2018.

Some of the park’s features were forever changed. The bubbling lava lake within Halemaumau Crater near the summit disappeared after lava was sucked underground, and the crater doubled in size. The park’s Jaggar Museum, which contained geologic and cultural artifacts, sits precariously close to the newly formed rim.

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The Northeast’s Best Day Hikes for Leaf Viewing

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 @ 8:02 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Northeast’s Best Day Hikes for Leaf Viewing

Fall in the Northeast is a foliage frenzy. But many people who come to spot the changing colors don’t venture far from their cars or B&Bs. So all you have to do to escape the throngs of leaf peepers is set out on a day hike. You’ll find striking views of tinted maples and oaks and, with some luck, have a slice of wilderness to yourself.

Even better, this time of year offers other season-specific experiences, like foraging for wild mushrooms and wildlife viewing. From a trail that leads to Maine’s highest peak to a family-friendly outing that overlooks Lake George in upstate New York, there’s an easy and quick getaway, no matter where you are in the region.

The hike to the top of 3,155-foot Mount Cardigan isn’t long—the most direct route, up the West Ridge Trail, climbs 1,200 vertical feet and is just a three-mile round-trip—but the payoff is immense. From the bare granite summit, you’ll get a 360-degree panorama of the entire Lakes Region of New Hampshire, with unobstructed views of the White Mountains.

Maine’s expansive Bigelow Preserve is a 36,000-acre wilderness area consisting of seven summits in the Bigelow Range. There are endless hikes, but climbing to the top of Bigelow Mountain’s 4,145-foot West Peak, one of the tallest mountains in the state, is worth the effort.

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Hiking safety: Wear good shoes and 7 other tips for hitting the trails around Asheville

Posted by on Oct 5, 2019 @ 8:31 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking safety: Wear good shoes and 7 other tips for hitting the trails around Asheville

Cindy McJunkin, a veteran hike leader with Carolina Mountain Club and Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, said being unprepared, for mountain weather and terrain, is what she sees as the biggest source of getting into trouble on the trail.

“It’s really difficult when you’re at your home at 2,200 feet (in elevation) and it’s sunny, to visualize how much cooler and windier it is in the mountains,” said McJunkin, 58, a nurse from Candler.

She is intimately familiar with the dips, valleys, summits and drainages in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, having hiked all 900 miles of trails in the park.

“I’ve learned to always think about cooler temperatures at higher elevations. You have to think about gloves and a hat. I think that’s the thing people often forget. And the right footwear. I see people with messed up feet, with no maps. People are nonchalant and think nothing will happen.”

“You just never know what’s going to happen. I always have my ‘possibles bag,’ for anything possible that might happen,” she said.

It includes a flashlight and extra batteries for the flashlight — the dense woods of the Smokies get darker much earlier than the outside world — first aid kit, a fire starter, instant coffee, a spoon, rain jacket, at least one extra layer of clothing, a foil emergency blanket, water and a water filtration device, as well as extra food.

Learn more here…

 

New Scottsdale, AZ trailhead opens up more options for hikers and bikers

Posted by on Oct 4, 2019 @ 8:49 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Outdoor recreation opportunities continue to expand in the Ariona’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve of Maricopa County. The permanently protected swath of Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale that has more than 220 miles of trails winding through more than 30,000 acres of terrain recently gained a new trailhead.

The Pima-Dynamite trailhead that opened in the preserve’s northwest corner this year is part of the Scottsdale’s Phase 3 Trail Corridor Plan. The roomy access point is bordered by Pima Road and state trust land, Dynamite Boulevard and Stagecoach Pass. It has parking for more than 200 vehicles, including spots for horse trailers.

Phase 3 involves 3,000 acres of land just west of the Browns Ranch trailhead. While still under development, several trails are open for use by hikers, bikers and equestrians. Like all preserve trails, the new cluster of sustainably designed routes offers safe, nonmotorized access while protecting native plant and wildlife habitats.

A map kiosk at the trailhead shows the system layout as well as its connectivity with old-favorite preserve trails to the east. The circuit begins with a short walk on Powerline Road to the Latigo Trail junction.

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Hiking for Gold

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 @ 7:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking for Gold

Autumn is the time when many in the Pacific Northwest make the trek to the North Cascades to drive the Mountain Loop and North Cascade Highways in search of fall color, apple cider, and huckleberry jam.

But have you ever hiked to see a larch, a deciduous conifer? Unlike most conifers, such as cedar and fir, which are evergreen, the larch drops its needles in winter. But before that happens, they turn a vibrant gold.

Larch are at their peak for about two weeks, usually beginning in October. It can be tricky to catch them in their full golden glory before the needles drop, or they become inaccessible due to snowfall closing the highway.

About three hours from Bellevue, Washington the Maple Pass Loop hike starts at the Rainy Pass trailhead and provides stunning mountain and lake views. If you take the loop clockwise, you’ll get the steepest part of the hike out of the way when your legs are fresh. You can add a little over a half-mile to your trip to visit Lake Ann. There are also many other alpine lakes in the area for the seasoned cross-country hiker.

This is an area of rugged natural beauty that is awe-inspiring at any time of the year, but if you see the larches as they change color, it is pretty special.

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6-year-old girl breaks hiking record with family on Appalachian Trail

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 @ 9:16 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

6-year-old girl breaks hiking record with family on Appalachian Trail

This family made history, and they almost did it in time for the start of the school year. The Malones spent the months of February through August, hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.

20 years after her first Appalachian hike, Jamie, her husband Chris, and their four daughters, Maya,13, Harper, 11, Josie, 8, and Sabina, 6, camped in snow, and hiked across rivers and up mountains, all with blistered toes and homework assignments to complete.

“In some of the toughest physical moments, they would get sort of a fire in their eyes and say let’s do it,” said Chris. One of those tough moments was hiking Mount Katahdin, the final summit in Maine.

After walking 2,190 miles, the Malones were caught in a storm. A ranger told them to turn around when they were two miles from the top. The girls stopped, huddled along the side of the rocky mountain, and sang “Hallelujah” in the rain, before they abandoned their last climb.

But a few days later, the weather cleared and they were singing a different tune. “Let yourself feel pride, always stay humble and kind,” sang the girls from atop Mount Katahdin.

Most of the family celebrated birthdays along the trail, including Sabina, who turned 6, and is now believed to be the youngest female to ever hike the entire Appalachian Trail.

The Malones also raised more than $10,000 dollars for 6 different charities, while they were hiking.

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Hiking Middle Pyramid in the Central Oregon Cascades

Posted by on Sep 29, 2019 @ 6:42 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking Middle Pyramid in the Central Oregon Cascades

You don’t have to go to Egypt to see the Pyramids. That’s because the Three Pyramids, mountains created long ago by volcanic action, are in Oregon for the viewing and, at least in the case of the Middle Pyramid, for the climbing.

Reaching the Middle Pyramid is a pleasant hike, only a little more than 2 miles from the trailhead. But that’s a challenging 2-plus miles because mountaintops like the Middle Pyramid require some uphill hiking, in this case an elevation gain of nearly 1,800 feet.

Located in the Central Oregon Cascades, the Three Pyramids are a trio of volcanic plugs that are part of the Old Cascades. The Cascades are two mountain ranges in one. The better-known High Cascades mountains include such prominent 10,000- to 14,000-foot peaks as Shasta, Hood, Jefferson, Adams and Rainier. According to geologists, the Old Cascades, which form the foundation of the High Cascades, are older and lower, with many summits only 4,000 to 5,000 feet high. The Three Pyramids, with elevations of 5,690, 5,618 and 5,480 feet (from south to north), are part of the Old Cascades.

Even though the Middle Pyramid is not a dominant peak, you can still enjoy a wide-sweeping panorama from its summit that includes the Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Jefferson and, if lucky, Mount Hood. The promised views from atop the Middle Pyramid are part of the trail’s allure but, the journey itself is also rewarding.

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The best fall hikes around Atlanta—and beyond

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 @ 7:17 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

You don’t have to leave the state for an epic hiking expedition. There are some beautiful treks in Georgia—and many not far from the Atlanta metro area.

“The most common misconception about hiking in Georgia we see on a regular basis is that there are not that many hiking trails to explore,” says Kaleb East, founder of the North Georgia Hikers Instagram account, which has quickly amassed a community of more than 18,000 followers.

“North Georgia Hikers receives countless comments on posts from people saying that they have never even heard of this or that trail before, but they are adding it to their list to hike right now. Many people do not know that there are 45 plus state parks in Georgia that they can explore, and that’s just state parks.”

From expert level, adrenaline-pumping trails to family-friendly jaunts, there’s a trail for everyone. With cooler weather and the coming of fall’s beautiful bounty, now is the perfect time to check out a trail or two.

Here are a few of the big favorites…

 

Fall Hiking Series: World’s Edge

Posted by on Sep 27, 2019 @ 8:55 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Fall Hiking Series: World’s Edge

Located along the Blue Ridge Escarpment and traversing the Polk and Rutherford County lines, as the name implies, World’s Edge offers exquisite views of the surrounding mountains and Piedmont. Conserving Carolina (formerly Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy) purchased this property to save it from development in the early 2000’s. Then, the land was transferred to the state of North Carolina to be added to Chimney Rock State Park.

Following an old roadbed, the trail will lead hikers along the ridgeline, down a saddle between World’s Edge and Jude’s Gap, and into Polk County. The trail will end at the Park boundary then hikers will return the same way. There is a 948′ elevation change.

Conserving Carolina is sponsoring a Friday hiking series this fall, free, guided, and open to the public. The hikes will meet at various locations, and will leave promptly at 8:45 a.m. Hikers should plan to return to the area in the late afternoon, time varying with group size, distance of hike, and drive time. Car-pooling will be organized at the meeting locations. If you’re coming from an area closer to the trailhead, please contact Pam Torlina (Pam@conservingcarolina.org) to make other meeting arrangements.

Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water for yourself. In case of inclement weather, call the Conserving Carolina office, ext. 300, before 8:15 a.m. on the date of the hike. Please also remember to bring any medication that you may need in the event of an emergency (ie: epinephrine, nitroglycerine, insulin, etc.).

This hike at World’s Edge will occur on Friday, October 11, 2019.

More info here…

 

The Most Underrated Endurance Workout? Hiking

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 @ 8:36 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Most Underrated Endurance Workout? Hiking

Have you ever met anyone who regretted taking a good, hard day hike?

There’s something special about moderately paced movement through nature that leaves one feeling refreshed, renewed, and satisfied. Because of that, hiking is rarely considered a sport in the same way as trail running or mountain biking, both of which are more acutely painful and taxing on the body. And yet recent studies show that a walk in the woods—especially at the right tempo—is a superb way to build endurance and strength.

For a study published earlier this year in the journal PLOS One, a team of researchers affiliated with the University of Innsbruck in Austria had individuals complete two three-hour workouts under distinct conditions. The first was a “fast walk” on an indoor treadmill; the second was an outdoor hike through mountains. In the treadmill condition, the incline settings were contrived to mimic the outdoor route as closely as possible, so that the physical strain of both scenarios would be similar. (The researchers could not force the treadmills to decline, so outdoor downhill segments became indoor flat segments.)

During and immediately following both workouts, the researchers collected physiological and psychological measures. What they found is interesting, a bit paradoxical, and fully in support of hiking.

See the results…

 

The Ultimate Adventure Guide to Costa Rica

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 @ 9:49 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Ultimate Adventure Guide to Costa Rica

In terms of sheer natural beauty and variety, Costa Rica is a white unicorn of sorts. The country has everything from dense rainforests and high volcanic peaks to dry tundra and gushing rivers, all of it sandwiched between two distinct coastlines blessed with epic surf and secluded beaches.

“Costa Rica is like several countries in one,” says a local runner who designs multi-day trail-running adventures all over the world. “It’s full of different terrain, and different cultures. It’s full of possibilities.”

Given all that, it’s no surprise that Costa Rica is a bull’s-eye on the international tourism map. But it’s not all tour buses, cargo shorts, and tube-socks-under-sandals—not even close.

Thanks to the country’s environmentally progressive land conservation policies (more than a quarter of its land is protected as national parks or refuges), there’s a surplus of off-the-beaten-path adventures waiting to be had. Want to explore Costa Rica’s wild side?

Here are some of the best adventures to get you started…

 

The 10 Weirdest Hiking Trail Rules You Never Knew Existed

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 @ 9:14 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The 10 Weirdest Hiking Trail Rules You Never Knew Existed

Hiking is a pretty liberating experience since you get to truly immerse yourself into the gorgeous landscape of the world. But it is not without its rules, and within all rules there are always a few that are just a tad strange.

Some of these rules make sense, but the reasoning may seem a bit strange. Others are reasonable, but only with a certain amount of context. But a few feel completely outlandish and it is hard to understand what the story was behind them.

For example, Don’t give booze to a moose:

While hiking in Alaska, you might a spot a moose. And then you might have an uncontrollable urge to crack a cold one with said moose, but unfortunately for you it is illegal to do so. Giving a moose any sort of alcohol is illegal within the state of Alaska and is considered an offense. Likely this is because you are endangering the animal by doing so. It seems like someone did not figure that out because the state had to make a specific law for it. Additionally, like bears, moose are very dangerous creatures and likely more so when wasted.

Here are some of the weirdest rules of hiking…