Sunday, December 11, 2016

Fresh, December 11

 Astronomy Picture of the Day:  Lightning over Colorado.  Have you ever watched a lightning storm in awe? Join the crowd.  Read this...


 Cereal:  Matanuska Glacier.  Here, the climate is subarctic, with long cold winters and short cool summers setting the seasonal tempo. A palette of pale azures and powder blues colour the scene.  Read this...


 National Geographic Society:  Four Million Commutes Reveal New U.S. 'Megaregions'.  Where do you fall on the map?  Read this...


 Travelling On Foot:  Pyramids.  I wanted to buy everything except that tent I didn't understand: "It's too tall" I was thinking, "it'll be awful in the wind".  Read this...


 Must Hike Must Eat:  Olive Oil and Sea Salt Dates.  It's that easy.  Read this...


 The Outdoor Society:  Seven Awesome Winter Activities Around Olympic National Park.  Home to the world's largest dam removal project.  Read this...


 Bedrock & Paradox:  Why I like the desert.  For those who spend enough time within the desert, and put down enough experiential anchor points that understanding becomes possible, obsession generally follows.  Read this...


 Pinoy Mountaineer:  Hiking matters #521: Volcan Concepcion in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.  Past the forest, we reached a saddle that reminded me of Tarak Ridge, except that, instead of Manila Bay, we were facing Lake Nicaragua.  Read this...


 SectionHiker:  Columbia OutDry Ex ECO Rain Jacket Review.  Made with a new waterproof/breathable fabric called OutDry.  Read this...


 Old School Outfitter:  10 Photos From 2016 Adventures That Will Inspire You to Get Outdoors.  Maybe you'll find inspiration in one or more of these pictures for a future trip.  Read this...


 PMags:  High Plains in the winter — The Badlands.  It is a landscape ignored by my Americans. And most outdoors people.  Read this...


 The National Parks Girl:  Backpacking the Paria Canyon.  It sounded like exactly what I was looking for so I reserved a permit and we booked our flights to Las Vegas!  Read this...


 The GearCaster:  A Snowshoe Made Entirely from Foam.  Retail availability slated for Fall 2017. The price is expected to be $149 for the pair.  Read this...


 BoingBoing:  Breathtaking 4K timelapse of noctilucent clouds.  I thought they were just a 'sheet' of ice particles, but they are way more elaborate than that.  Read this...


 Sprinkles Hikes:  Smokies Wildfires - What It's Like to be Here Now.  Here is my experience in the Gatlinburg area in the past week.  Read this...


 Summit Register:  Plan it Like a Pro: Strengthening Your Pre-Season Backcountry Brain.  Simply logging days in the backcountry does not suffice as experience enough to keep you safe.  Read this...


 Old School Outfitter:  Gear Review: The Best Gear Duffles.  A sturdy duffle for organizing, hauling, and protecting your gear and clothing is invaluable.  Read this...


 Adventure Journal:  I'm Tired of Getting Shot At on Public Land.  Someone who decides to get in a little target practice on the public lands may not know if there is a trail, road, or recreation area close by. Some do not appear to care.  Read this...


 Pacific Crest Trailside Reader:  "Do More With Less" — A Review.  I loved the extensive trail footage. I appreciated the positive representation of the wonderful people who form the trail community.  Read this...


 The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader:  Another look at Alexander von Humboldt.  More than 200 years ago he painted a bleak future of humankind's eventual expansion into space, when humans would spread their lethal mix of vice, greed, violence and ignorance across other planets.  Read this...


 Hiker To Hiker:  Err on the side of YES.  Always err on the side of Going instead of Cancelling.  Read this...


 Jill Outside:  5 Degrees In Paradise.  One of the reasons we moved from California to Colorado was to live among winter again, but today was probably the first day of "real" winter.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  Hiking Nutrition News You Can Use.  Trail snacks = candy bars? Nah! That's just marketing hype! I mean REAL hiking nutrition news, hot off the press.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  Sports Drinks for Hikers: Better Than Water?  Let's take a hard look.  Read this...


 Across Utah! Hike Guide: Lower Muley Twist.  Lower Muley Twist is known for its amazing high walls and huge/deep undercuts which differentiates it from its nearby sibling Upper Muley Twist.  Read this...


 Lady On A Rock:  A Grand Canyon Thankgiving.  "Hey, you know what I felt like? I felt like a gnat..."  Read this...


 Ultralight and Comfortable:  Boil time: The most useless metric in backpacking.  As the title says...  Read this...


 Scottish Mountaineer:  Gear: Primus Winter Gas.  While summer backpackers will rave about alcohol stoves made from beer cans, try using one in a Cairngorm blizzard.  Read this...


 Hike Bike Travel:  10 of the Best Things to do in the Myvatn Area of Iceland.  Be warned. Myvatn means Midge Lake and once the summer hits the area is know for its swarms of tiny black flies.  Read this...


 Hiker To Hiker:  Prissy and Steve's Excellent Adventure.  Priscilla walked the Camino Frances on her own. She looked at the experience as Life at the speed of walking. It took her seven weeks all together.  Read this...


 Hiking Project Journal:  You Have One Body. Take Care of It.  Fundamentals are critical. By engraining healthier habits now, you are helping make hiking easier on your body down the road.  Read this...


 Outdoor Quest:  Topographic Map Symbols.  To view the USGS's complete listing go here [PDF].  Read this...


 Chris Townsend Outdoors:  Yosemite Valley to Death Valley: Food & Water.  Planning for both these is essential.  Read this...


 Adirondack Almanack:  Adirondack Winter: Hibernating Jumping Mice.  For roughly 6 months beginning sometime in mid-October.  Read this...


 Wasatch Will:  Uinta Highline Trail — Day 1.  Weather treated us well throughout the day making it a great start to what would be a fantastic trek.  Read this...


 distance makes...:  transformer.  A fun challenge: to build a minimalist fast pack that converts into a bridge hammock.  Read this...


 Rambling Hemlock:  Arizona Trail — Going Home.  It warms my heart to know there are still good people out there who will help out a stranger.  Read this...


 The Shooting Star:  Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: The Feeling That I've Found My Place on Earth..  As I waited for the ferry to transport me back to the outside world, the skies and waters burst into the colors of love; the last sunrise. For now.  Read this...


 Fixing Your Feet:  Tread Labs Insoles — A Review.  These are very unique insoles and I like them a lot.  Read this...


 Juxtapoz Magazine:  Wildlife Photographer of the Year @ the Natural History Museum in London.  Wildlife Photographer of the Year is on display at the Natural History Museum in London through September 17, 2017.  Read this...


 TheBackpacker.tv:  What I've learned in 20 years of backpacking.  No wonder I make sounds when I get out of a chair.  Read this...


 Predator Pee:  Coyote Urine — Wolf Urine — Fox Urine — Bobcat Urine — Mt . Lion Urine — Fisher Urine — Bear Urine.  FREE SHIPPING to USA, Canada & Mexico — All Major Credit Cards Accepted Plus PayPal too!  Read this...


 The Rotherham Bugle:  Buttock Tattoo Terror Lands Rotherham Pair In Hospital. "Next thing is, I sense a slight ripple in the buttock cleavage area just around Charlton Heston's whip, a hissing sound — and before I know what's happening, there's a flame shooting from her arse."   Read this...


 AwakenWithJP:  How to Become Gluten Intolerant.  Ultra Spiritual Life episode 12 - with JP Sears.  Read this...


 McSweeney's Internet Tendency:  We Kidnapped Real People, Not Actors, to See What They Thought of the All-New 2017 Chevy Equinox.  Their pleas for help, which could easily be answered by the built-in OnStar emergency vehicle assistance concierge, were instead drowned out by the 9-speaker Bose UltraBass™ sound system featuring SiriusXM Satellite Radio.  Read this...


 The Worst Things For Sale:  Bag of Unicorn Farts.  #1 on the best-seller list in its category.  Read this...


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