Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fresh, June 26

 Astronomy Picture of the Day:  Galaxy and Planets Beyond Bristlecone Pines.  What's older than these ancient trees? Nobody you know — but almost everything in the background of this picture.  Read this...


 Alpine Mystic:  The Methow ~ The Meadow.  Lots and lots of meadow!  Read this...


 Ultralight and Comfortable:  Planning for Iceland.  In two weeks a friend and I will be heading out to Iceland to hike along the 75 kilometer Laugavegur trail.  Read this...


 The Hiking Life:  A Quick & Easy Guide to the Long Trail.  All logistical information has been updated as of June, 2016.  Read this...


 BackCountryJournal.net:  Hiking the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.  We'd had enough of the crowds, and were headed for the backwoods of Idaho!  Read this...


 Carrot Quinn:  Denied entry into Canada/total change of plans.  I forgot that when you cross through customs into Canada they ask you a million questions.  Read this...


 Backcountry:  Backpacking the #Goatworthy Way.  It's true that backpacking with a small herd of goats might seem a bit quirky...  Read this...


 The GearCaster:  Columbia Goes PFC-Free.  You now get all the non-wet out and superior breathability benefits of OutDry Extreme with the added benefit of eco-friendliness.  Read this...


 Lady on a Rock:  Sierra High Route Here We Come!.  The route is the brainchild of mountaineer Steve Roper, who sought an alternative to the heavily pounded JMT.  Read this...


 PopUpBackpacker:  Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  Instead of boring you with a trip report, it would be better to discuss all of this National Recreation Area.  Read this...


 HikeLighter.Com:  100 Days of Soylent 2.0 + Greenbelly Bars.  Of the 100 days, I spent 84 of them out on the trail.  Read this...


 Sweeping the Garden:  Local Summer Sleep System..  For short trips in the local foothills, a simple, hot-weather sleep system is in order.  Read this...


 The Weird Life:  Plantain Pancakes.  They caramelize as they brown and make an incredible, dessert-like breakfast.  Read this...


 Section Hiker:  Rolltop Backpacks — Pros and Cons.  I recommend you check out rolltop packs with a large rear shovel style pocket, side mesh water bottle pockets, and hip belt pockets.  Read this...


 The Denver Post:  Grandma Gatewood's non-'pantywaist' gear guide to the Colorado Trail.  I want to take it down 2 more pounds. Good-bye, fleece. Cut the Ibuprofen ration in half.  Read this...


 Married To The Trail:  A Slow Readjustment.  I apologize if I let some of you down. I honestly thought I could pull the Calendar Triple Crown off.  Read this...


 Hiking The Trail:  Valley Food Storage — Food Review.  These would not only come in handy but taste much better than many of the other products on the market.  Read this...


 Hikers For Life:  Darkest And Coldest Before Dawn.  When the going get tough, just hang on a little bit more. Success is just around the corner.  Read this...


 REI Blog:  10 Tips for Becoming a Gear Storage Master.  Suddenly, it's 11pm on Friday and you're digging...to find that left hiking boot that has to be in there somewhere.  Read this...


 Modern Hiker:  ParkWatchReport App Helps Hikers Report Trail Vandalism.  What does ParkWatchReport do?  Read this...


 Global Possibilities:  Scientists Conclude Octupus Dna Is Not From This World.  The scientific report mainly concluded that Octopuses share 'Alien' genes.  Read this...


 sweetwilder:  Long Trail — Day 9.  "Rutland? Are you serious? It's the heroin capitol of the US."  Read this...


 Hyperlite Mountain Gear:  Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Nine Tips For Success.  One-quarter of aspiring pacific crest trail thru hikes succeed: these tips can make the difference.  Read this...


 Avaunt Magazine:  The Worst Journey.  Three men who, trekking through the pitch-black Antarctic winter, survived temperatures of -60°C, crevasse falls and frostbite.  Read this...


 Aventuras:  Nature of Attraction.  Our four-day backcountry kayak trip was coming to an end and Glacier Bay was giving us a proper Southeast Alaskan farewell. We were wet.  Read this...


 PopUpBackpacker:  The Business of Backpacking.  I am not saying that all gear testers, ambassadors, or sponsored hikers are not 100% unbiased in their reviews, but Buyer Beware.  Read this...


 Bogley Outdoor Community:  Tooele County man indicted for trying to blow up BLM facility in Arizona.  Keebler is the commander of a citizen militia group known as the Patriots Defense Force, with headquarters in Stockton, Utah.  Read this...


 The Nugget Newspaper:  Camp Sherman Hasty Team rescues PCT hiker.  "...she is planning on purchasing a standalone GPS and refreshing her map and compass skills."  Read this...


 National Geographic:  "Bear Bathtub" Caught on Camera in Yellowstone.  New insights into bear behavior.  Read this...


 The Big Trip:  Eastern European Traverse Part 1.  I want to hike through Europe West to East - from Santiago de Compostella to Istanbul.  Read this...


 Trail Cooking:  Book Review: Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook.  This isn't a happy read by any means, but it is a good one.  Read this...


 Cooking in Tongues:  Why I Don't Chase Travel Bucket Lists.  It's not the top destinations, but rather those unexpected gems that I knew little about that had the greatest impact.  Read this...


 Hiking in Finland:  The Week in Review 238.  "What are men to rocks and mountains?" — Jane Austen  Read this...


 Hiking in Finland:  The Week in Review 239.  'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.' - Dr. Seuss  Read this...


 WTA Signpost Blog:  Will Hike for Catnip: Paddington the Hiking Cat.  "Is that a cat?" "Our cat would never do that." "How did you teach him to walk on a leash?"  Read this...


 Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency:  Who's a Good Dog With a Gun?  I'm a very good dog with a gun, yes I am!  Read this...


 LensCulture:  Jim Lou — Supercells.   A subset of my personal long term photo project following College of Dupage storm chase program.  Read this...


 Smithsonian.com:  These Drone-Lit Photos of the American West Are Straight Out of a Science Fiction Novel.  By highlighting specific elements of a landscape, rather than relying on the sun or moon, Wu renders them unfamiliar, unexpected and otherwordly.  Read this...


 Charlie Knight:  PCT Days 51-56: Lone Pine to Independence.  We went to a showing of Finding Dory in which the number of smelly hikers probably outweighed the number of children.  Read this...


 REI Blog:  How A Climber Manages Diabetes.  The Unstoppable Maggie Crawford  Read this...


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