Sunday, December 25, 2016

Fresh, December 25

Faith is Torment Antarctica Cyclical.  Photos by Julieanne Kost  Visit site  ▷

Ars Technica How cooking vegetables changed humanity 10,000 years ago.  The truth is that many humans living 10,000 years ago were eating more vegetables and grains than meat.  Visit site  ▷

Atlas Obscura Do Not Eat, Touch, Or Even Inhale the Air Around the Manchineel Tree.  Meet America's deadliest tree. Found in Florida, of course.  Visit site  ▷

DNAinfo These Guys Surfed In Lake Michigan And Turned Into Human Icicles.  "It doesn't matter what the conditions are like as long as you have a smile on your face."  Visit site  ▷

The New York Times Polar Bears' Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village.  The bears that come here are climate refugees, on land because the sea ice they rely on for hunting seals is receding.  Visit site  ▷

Socks Visualizing Land: Works by Matthew Rangel.  Rangel's works reveal how human beings shape and experience landscape, showing the contrast between the segmentation of a territory in different properties and its natural features.  Visit site  ▷

American Long Distance Hiking Association — West Gazette (quarterly newsletter).  Best Soaks. Tree Lovers Guide. Shires & Tarptent. Idaho Centennial Trail. Lowest 2 Highest.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal Discovering a Secret Camp in a Hidden Spot.  This alcove housed people once. Against the wall, two wooden panniers for hauling all this stuff sit beneath a rough-scratched date: 1942.  Visit site  ▷

El Taraumara The Highlands // Las Alturas.  If you wish to see the valleys, climb to the mountain top.  Visit site  ▷

The Outdoor Society Surviving Logging: The Return of the Olympic Forests.  Recovering from the heyday of the logging industry, hillsides and valleys, ridge lines and fields have once again become filled with trees.  Visit site  ▷

Stick's Blog What if I Had to Buy All New Gear!  So, follow along and check it out.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hiker Readers Choice Hiking and Backpacking Gear Awards — 2016.  Thousands of readers provided input for this year's Readers' Choice awards which are based on reader recommendations collected during the reader surveys, gear raffles, and articles we publish year-round.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hiker Mid-Atlantic Mountain Works Marcy 20 Quilt Review.  I've taken the Marcy down to 20 degrees myself and feel it could go lower, but your metabolism and mileage may vary.  Visit site  ▷

Sweetwilder ULA Rain Kilt — 1 year review.  Does this kilt look ridiculous? Yes. Does it make others laugh at you on the trail? Yes. Does it work extremely well? Yes!  Visit site  ▷

Hike Bike Travel Hiking in the Andes: Peru's Spectacular Alpamayo Circuit.  I did this trip self-supported years ago and still look back at my time in these stunning mountains with wonder.  Visit site  ▷

PilgrimChris Camping: To Pee or Not to Pee....  As I grow older, I find my physical attributes changing.  Visit site  ▷

The Hiking Life Books for Hikers and Backpackers.  They represent a mixture of educational and philosophical texts; with a sprinkling of humour and social commentary thrown into the literary mix.  Visit site  ▷

Ultralight and Comfortable Lazy mans Snickers bar.  These homemade bars might not be the "real" thing, but according to my super senses, these are better.  Visit site  ▷

PMags Gear review: Booster PAC ES5000 Jump Starter.  If you travel to remote trailheads you should have one of these items.  Visit site  ▷

The Adirondack Almanack The Outside Story: Carpenter Ants.  The one thing they aren't, is consumers of wood.  Visit site  ▷

Inga's Adventures Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 FL is a light, roomy tent for solo hikers.  This is my preferred tent when I am hiking solo because of the light weight and compact size.  Visit site  ▷

Adventures In Stoving Calculating the Fuel Needed for a Trip.  Think it through and bring the the amount you feel comfortable with.  Visit site  ▷

CAIRN This Simple Idea Will Change How You Adventure.  Gobi Gear, an outdoor gear startup that's changing the game for adventurers who could use a little more organization in their lives.  Visit site  ▷

Rambling Hemlock Winter Solstice.  Mancos Canyon in the Ute Mountain Tribal Park in southwestern Colorado holds several sun calendars that mark the solstices. Our special winter solstice tour took us to see these unique petroglyphs.  Visit site  ▷

Adirondack Explorer Summer bad news for bears.  "The bear knew what it was doing, that it could walk up and people would leave food for it, and then it could go to the next group."  Visit site  ▷

Dave and Amy Freeman A Year in the Wilderness.  On September 23, 2015, Dave and Amy Freeman embarked on a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.  Visit site  ▷

Outside Online Sleeping Alone in the Woods While Female.  I began to talk with other adventurous ladies about my fear of sleeping outdoors by myself, and to my surprise, I heard similar stories from some of the toughest women I know.  Visit site  ▷

Wandering On The Edge 2017 We Rise Up.  Sunrise in the Sonoran desert.  Visit site  ▷

Gear Junkie Hiker For Hire: LA-Based 'People Walker' Is Real Service.  In a world where puppy psychiatry is a real practice, "People Walker" is now a job title.  Visit site  ▷

Pacific Crest Trailside Reader Skip the Latest Star Wars Episode and Watch a PCT Movie.  Billy Goat's homespun perspective on life. Donna Saufley's heartfelt words. Scott Williamson who has spent more time walking the PCT than anyone else ever. Carsten Jost's back injury. Jen and Brian's mid-hike marriage.  Visit site  ▷

Pacific Crest Trail Association You should know about Valley fever.  A fungus that lives in the soil throughout the Southwest causes this terrible lung infection.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultimate Hang Making a Tarp Repair.  Making repairs is actually quite easy, thanks to modern adhesive patches on the market. I made a short video to show how I do it.  Visit site  ▷

Ultralight and Comfortable A happy minimalist Christmas.  I have literally met people who take out massive loans in order to buy a bunch of garbage for their friends and families, and in the end feel just as empty after Christmas as before.  Visit site  ▷

TTBOOK Animals in Winter. [audio]  What could we learn from a walrus who spends the winter munching shrimp below 30 feet of polar ice? Or from frogs who survive the entire season awake, but frozen solid?  Visit site  ▷

Scoutmastercg Backpack Basics Infographic.  Basic information on choosing the right backpack.  Visit site  ▷

The Drifter Collective The Beauty Behind a Misadventure.  "Darlin' enjoy the sweet stuff in life."  Visit site  ▷

Miguel Marquez Outside Vicarious Yelling Station.  Yelling as loudly as possible can temporarily relieve the symptoms of stress.  Visit site  ▷

so says eff Hoodoo McFiggin's Christmas.  By Stephen Leacock, from Literary Lapses, published in 1910.  Visit site  ▷

As It Happens 'Fireside Al' reads Frederick Forsyth's 'The Shepherd'.[audio 32:22]  The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas. Fog sets in, and all radio communication is lost. As we have nearly every Christmas Eve since 1979, As it Happens presents Fireside Al's classic reading of "The Shepherd", by Frederick Forsyth.  Visit site  ▷

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