PDN Photo of the Day:
The Beasts of the Mara, Up Close.
"I felt a primeval sense of being, a connection to a distant past. I wondered if I could translate that feeling into photographs."
Caltopo Backcountry Mapping Software.
The best backcountry mapping software currently available.
The Washington Post:
Man who dissolved in boiling Yellowstone hot spring slipped while checking temperature to take bath.
"In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving."
Joshua Abarbanel sculpts ice boats during arctic circle expedition.
To experience this unparalleled region, do research for future artistic endeavors, and make art in situ.
The Ultralight Hiker:
The Rolls Royce of Back Country Trowels.
I used to think these doohickies were pretty silly.
The Point and Shoot Camera is Dead for Hikers.
Squeezed into the grave from two sides.
Why Would a Man Wear a Hiking Skirt?
I've wanted to wear a skirt for a while. My wife will back me up on this.
The Arctic Circle.
I look around; wilderness in the middle of the fjord. Nobody; you can almost hear your heart beat. What brought him there? Eagles flying above the sea surface, Elks crossing the stream, the music of the sea.
My Greatest Challenge: Joseph Cook.
Changes in the Arctic don't stay in the Arctic, and yet it is an incredibly sensitive part of the planet and a driver of processes across the globe.
Hot rat is so hot right now: Moscow falls for the rodent burger.
The Russian capital's most challenging current food craze.
Cooking in Tongues:
Planning a Visit to Petra, Jordan.
The Monastery trail starts by the museums and is marked. If you can't find it, any mule boy can tell you where it is.
Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings:
Death Valley — Corkscrew Peak.
It's a route, not a trail. Definition of route hiking? Adventure!
Hiking For Her:
Trail Snacks: What To Eat On A Hike.
If we ever meet on the trail while you're taking a snack break, I'll be the one asking "Whatcha eating?"
Hiking For Her:
Hiking Energy: Can Sugar Be Your Friend?
To answer our original question...
Mad Libs — Gear review edition.
I'd argue that a real review takes at least one year of regular use. An initial overview based on experience has some merit. But a review? Naaaah...that it ain't.
The National Parks Girl:
Night Photography 101.
Night photography is not easy and it requires standing outside in the dark, usually uncomfortably cold, but it's worth it.
[Darn Tough] Socks for Backpacking.
Why wear socks? Opinions differ widely.
Winter Backpacking on a Budget: Gear Up without Breaking the Bank.
A phased approach.
Must Hike Must Eat:
Prosciutto Date Wraps.
I started looking for prepared meats that didn't have additional ingredients and found prosciutto. It is normally just ham and salt. Simple. Like these wraps.
Adventures In Stoving:
The Kovea Hydra — First Look.
The Hydra has three claims to fame: It's quiet, it's compact, and it works with either canister gas or white gasoline without needing any hardware changes or adjustments.
Adventures In Stoving:
What Makes a Good Backpacking Stove?
Here's my fourteen criteria.
The Hiking Life:
Can GPS Make You Lazy?
A complement, not a substitute.
This Rare 'Magic Rabbit' Was Spotted For The First Time In 20 Years And It May Soon Be Lost Forever.
The Ili Pika was first discovered in 1983 in the Tianshian mountains in northwestern China, but its estimated population has dropped by 70% since then.
Black Bears Attack, Or Do They?
Do not expect the bruin to announce its intentions and allow time to retrieve the weapon from the tent during a late night pee run.
Not Dead Yet:
I had just crested the mountain peak when my phone buzzed. I ate a PB&J and my phone buzzed again. Two different people, but the message was the same: You ok?
A Hiking Blog:
My second through-hike.
I'm taking another 5 month break and hitting the trail in New Zealand.
The Sunshine Coast Trail.
The trail has existed since 1992 when a small group of people started to connect trails and old roads in the Powell River region to showcase the old growth forest.
Fabienne & Philipp's Travel Diary:
Ushuaia — fin del mundo y principio de todo.
Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world.
Hiking Project Journal:
Bringing Sophisticated Home Cooking to the Backcountry.
How two New England entrepreneurs revolutionized dinner on the trail.
How To Be Alone. [audio]
We're changing the script and making the case for the lovelorn, the loners, the bachelors and spinsters that there's nothing wrong with being alone.
The space between these rocks.
Look, All I'm Saying Is Let's At Least Give Nyarlathotep a Chance.
Let's not be so quick to judge Nyarlathotep before He even excretes a blackened, corrosive bile on Inauguration Day.