Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Definitions: Canted Hip Belt

(1) A hip belt on a big fancy pack.

A hip belt with attitude and its own slant on things.

A hip belt that's street wise and savvy to the ways of supporting a heavy load, though it does not necessarily have its own high school diploma.

May be well-contoured but overly stiff. A hip belt like this has to be stiff, because it's carrying all the weight of a heavy pack. No wait — you are. The belt is the mechanism that transfers all the weight of a big heavy pack onto your very own soft tender hips. The hips that belong to you, the hips made of living tissue.

It's true that a canted hip belt, being angled, conforms better to your body and therefore hurts less under laboratory conditions, but you have to keep in mind that less is only less, and isn't the same as not at all.

If your pack has a canted hip belt then it's probably very well made, having been designed by engineers who intended it to be adjustable to fit a wide variety of body types. Like you when you were slim, or now, after you've gained some weight, and also your next door neighbor, who isn't anything like you (at least you hope not), but whom the belt still has to fit, as well as it fits you, which may not be exactly perfectly.

A canted hip belt may flex and move with you like a good dance partner, sweeping across the landscape, keeping time with your every twist and turn, hip and hop, swivel and sway.

But the hip belt is still the point where your fragile body connects to a heavy pack, and canted or not, there's no incantation that can take the weight away.

(2) A hip belt on a pack that you just can't face carrying any more. This is usually because your pack is too heavy, or doesn't seem to taste good any more when you kiss it, or snores thunderously in its sleep, and you canted face it any longer.

Try thinking of good and delicious yummy things like powdered sugar on crispy donuts. Or imagine what life would be like if you had a candied hip belt, or even an entire pack made of ice cream.

Think about Christmas, the fairies, the sugar plums. Try to imagine what a sugar plum might be and what you would do with it in private, if only you had one, and time enough to bend it to your will, and enough privacy so you would not ever, ever have to explain anything you thought of doing, and then did.

But why stop there?

Think about what life would be like if you had a genuine pair of Sparkle Dots Ballet Slippers from the Sugar Plum Princess Boutique.

Or a set of fairy wings. Eh?

Or a shiny, glinting, flashing tiara and matching Hello Kitty kite?

Then there's the Jingle Bells Pastel Tutu that you could wear comfortably in bear country on even the hottest day. Because it's so light, and short, and shows off your legs. And has bells.

Heck, you could spring for a Wholesale Fairy Princess Party Units Business Start Up Kit and get off the damn trail and out from under that horrible old smelly painful pack and spend all day, every day doing fun and gentle girly things like you used to do when you were young and played dress-up with your Mommy, though you'd most likely have to lose the beard.

There are worse things, maybe.

Like the one on your back.

Have a nice day if possible.



Source: How to talk in the woods.

As always, Effort or Eff it. No sniveling.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Fresh, July 24

 Cool Tools:  Puralytics Solar Water Purifier.  As far as I know this is the only product that actually does this - shows you that your water is safe to drink!  Read this...


 Old School Outfitter:  Ask Me: How Do You Plan Food for Backpacking?  I always plan specifically what I'll eat every day and weigh my food.  Read this...


 Inga's Adventures:  Astral Rosa convertible flip-flop sandals make water-crossings safe and secure.  With the strap also going over the top of the foot the shoe isn't going anywhere the wearer doesn't want it to go.  Read this...


 Walks With Moss:  Mount Adams.  Unlike most of the other tall peaks in Washington, Mount Adams can be climbed by folks with little in the way of technical climbing skills.  Read this...


 Hyperlite Mountain Gear:  Inclement Weather Hiking: Ten Tips to Stay Comfortable & Alive.  After 57,000 Miles & 56 Countries, Cam "Swami" Honan Knows Inclement Weather.  Read this...


 The GearCaster:  Drink From The Source With The MSR TrailShot.  Suitable for filtering microscopic organisms out of just about any moving water source (the company advises against use in stagnant water).  Read this...


 The Atlantic:  How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology.  'It makes lichens all the more remarkable.'  Read this...


 Creative Review:  Smart About Sharks.  A great new children's book from illustrator Owen Davey  Read this...


 Photo Blog — Niebrugge Images:  Nursing Brown Bears.  A brown bear sow nursing her two young cubs last month in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.  Read this...


 MSR Summit Register:  Why New Zealand's Te Araroa Long-Distance Trail is One of a Kind.  It's safe to say we are far better humans than before we left.  Read this...


 Rambling Hemlock:  Rainy Harrison Lake.  Thunder rumbles in the distance...I splash along the shoreline...I'm determined to get to the survey site before the storm rolls in.  Read this...


 Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings:  DIY — Hiking Skirt and Tall Gaiters.  I never thought I'd be one to wear a skirt hiking, heck I didn't even wear them in my other life.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  Backpacking Hygiene Kit For Women Hikers.  Taking care of your skin, hair, lips and nails while on a backpacking trip makes sense in terms of your personal comfort, but also for your health and well being.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  Base Camping How To Tips: Day Hiking In Multiple Directions.  Why do it?  Read this...


 Pacific Crest Trail Association:  The millennials who live and work on the Pacific Crest Trail: AmeriCorps NCCC.  Each day on the trail was a gradual process of disconnecting from the things that I always felt were necessary.  Read this...


 Chris Townsend Outdoors:  Walking Man, the biography of Colin Fletcher, now available on Kindle.  I'm excited!  Read this...


 Lite Packer:  Bear Vault 450 Review.  The Vault can also be useful for hauling water, washing dishes and clothing, and using as a table or chair.  Read this...


 Carrot Quinn:  No Sunrises/No Sunsets: A week in Gates of the Arctic National Park.  'The herring lay eggs on seaweed,' she says. 'We gather the egg-covered seaweed and eat it with seal oil and salt.'  Read this...


 The Outdoor Society:  The Six Wilderness Regions of the Olympic Peninsula: An Overview.  Rugged and untamed, the forests, rivers and mountains surrounding Olympic National Park are some of the most impressive forests in the nation.  Read this...


 REI Co-op Journal:  Semi-Rad: 10 Questions to Ask 'Was It Fun, or "Fun"?'  7. Did you bleed, cry, vomit, curse, itch and/ or melt down at any time?  Read this...


 R U Nuts Adventures:  This date in my history.  Today was the first whole day of my odyssey 8 years ago.  Read this...


 Old School Outfitter:  Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV Air Mattress.  Who enjoys blowing up an air mattress?  Read this...


 The GearCaster:  Preview: Camping Gear From Therm-a-Rest.  Just slide your feet in and let the Toe-asis do the work.  Read this...


 Secret Compass:  Summit Armenia's least-visited peaks.  Adventuresome type Tom Allen is currently route-finding in southern Armenia's Lesser Caucasus mountains.  Read this...


 Backpackingman:  Hiking In Taiwan's Stunning Toroko Gorge.  It has stunning mountains and gorges and all covered in a lush jungle forest.  Read this...


 The Roaming Bobcat:  AT day 13. Mile 177. Maine. Pain. Rain.  'River, I love you. Please grant me safe passage. Thank you'  Read this...


 The Mountains Are Calling:  Pacific Crest Trail, Castella to Ashland: the first hundred miles.  The people I saw, I never saw again.  Read this...


 Ultralight Insights:  GEAR REVIEW: Topo HydroVenture Trail Running Shoe.  Hiking in mud and water was no problem for the HydroVenture.  Read this...


 Clever Hiker:  Wonderland Trail Backpacking Guide.  Awesomeness Level: High.  Read this...


 The National Parks Girl:  Backpack to Cracker Lake: A Wildlife Adventure.  It felt so surreal finally rounding the corner to see the icy blue Cracker Lake nestled below towering 4000' mountains.  Read this...


 Across Utah:  Hayduke: Tarantula Mesa.  A fall here would probably not be fatal - but it could be bad.  Read this...


 Brown Girl on the (P)CT:  Day 48 - Chafing at the Bit.  The dudes are now bathing upstream of both convenient collection points. Srsly?  Read this...


 Hiking in Finland:  The Week in Review 242.  'Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.' — Barry Finlay  Read this...


 Adventure Journal:  The Disturbing Bro-ification of Outdoor Recreation.  What used to be a very "volkssport," inclusive, hippy-like identity has transformed into a super-elitist and entitled one.  Read this...


 Cooking in Tongues:  Siq Trail, Mujib Biosphere Reserve, Dead Sea, Jordan.  You can leave your valuables with the park ranger at the front desk who also gives you a life vest to wear.  Read this...


 Have Tent, Will Travel:  Mt. Olympus.  A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again? Yeah...  Read this...


 PetaPixel:  Microburst Photographed from a News Helicopter.  In the right place at the right time, Ferguson managed to capture remarkable photos of it.  Read this...


 PetaPixel:  This Nature Photographer is an Animal Whisperer.  He has been able to capture portraits of them from unusually short distances.  Read this...


 PetaPixel:  Portraits of Foxes and Their Unique Personalities Explained.  'When you face a fox, you face personality.'  Read this...


 Feature Shoot:  A Dark and Majestic Fairy Tale of Animals Lost in the Forest Mist.  In the silence of the forest, great beasts hulk.  Read this...


 Kickstarter:  The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99.  The Superbook is a shell that turns your Android smartphone into a complete laptop. Get the freedom of using just one computer.  Read this...


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Definitions: Grizzly Bear

(1) A notoriously messy eater among bears, scientific name Ursus arctos horribilis. Is commonly known as griz or silvertip after its often "grizzled" or grayed-out pelt. Size: large, six to nine feet long, three to four feet high at the shoulder, weighing from 300 up to 1400 pounds. (Or 2 to 3 meters long, 1 to 1.2 meters high, 135 to 635kg). Color can vary from blond in the Los Angeles / Hollywood / Florida areas to almost black in less hip regions like New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis. Diet is mostly vegetation (i.e., grasses, nuts, berries, and roots), plus small mammals, salmon, bison, elk, caribou, carrion, and backpackers (when they are in season).

Current grizzly populations have been documented only in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington, but they are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in all 48 of the contiguous states. Scat usually occurs in large mounds, often filled with berry seeds or fish scales, sometimes revealing cans of pepper spray or hiker's warning bells.

(2) Giant hamster. Also known as the giant mountain hamster, it is an exceedingly large, extraordinarily rare, but entirely harmless beast often mistaken for an impossibly gigantic grizzly bear, when seen at all, which is vanishingly seldom, or you'd have heard of it.

But since they, like all hamsters, are nocturnal, they are, when sighted at all, seen at night, and may appear only as a vast, shuffling and silent shadow off in the darkness, which can make them seem all the more frightening.

If encountered, which is almost never (seriously — really and truly almost never), one of these creatures may accidentally and absent-mindedly stuff an unwary backpacker into one of its capacious cheek pouches and carry the person home to its tidy and clean underground nest, but will release the backpacker immediately after recognizing its mistake, especially if offered a snack such as a handful peanuts or a slice of dried apple. (This is a good reason to carry snacks.)

Hamsters are well known as both solitary and territorial and may fight to the death when encountering one of their own kind, but harbor no innate animosity toward humans at all, and have some of the softest and cleanest fur of all mammals.

So if you happen to be accidentally abducted by one of these beasts and find yourself in its sweet-smelling, grass-lined nest, then relax. Chill for a while. Your schedules will mesh perfectly. You'll be out and about during the day and your host will conveniently be gone all night, so that works.

You will be safe there, and may even decide to stay a few days, but be sure to do all your cooking outside, well away from the nest, and please try to remain polite and respectful of your host, who will treat you as a friend unless you go out of your way to be annoying, in which case it may nip your head off and suck out your blood. Before eating the rest of you.



Source: How to talk in the woods.

We few, we grumpy few, we rumply-hat geezers say to you Effort or Eff it. No sniveling.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fresh, July 17

 Garage Grown Gear:  Uphill Designs: how the PCT inspired bamboo hiking poles.  Rather than seeking out the most technical materials, Uphill Designs focuses on functionality, durability, and beauty using classic materials.  Read this...


 Outdoor Research:  How To Hike More Efficiently.  Enacted over the course of a full day, these little short cuts can really add up to make a difference.  Read this...


 Adventure Alan:  Best Lightweight Backpacking Electronics Gear.  This is part 1 of a 3 part series.  Read this...


 Hiking with Barry:  Iceline — Yoho National Park — Hiking BC.  The Iceline is an indelibly memorable hike in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.  Read this...


 Rambling Hemlock:  CDT in Glacier: Pitamakin and Triple Divide Passes.  The second and third days of our Continental Divide Trail trip in Glacier, Renee and I went walking through a gorgeous painting.  Read this...


 PCTA:  Learning trail maintenance skills at Big Bend Trail Skills College in southern Oregon.  Some of the most valuable time is spent socializing with fellow volunteers.  Read this...


 Hike Bike Travel:  5 Stunning Hikes You'll Want to do Along the Icefields Parkway.  Not only is Alberta's Icefields Parkway a spectacular stretch of road to drive, it offers quick access to world-class hikes.  Read this...


 The Hiking Life:  Gear Review: MLD Burn Backpack.  For $180, I think the Burn offers good value for money and represents an excellent combination of durability, weight and performance.  Read this...


 Rocky Mountain Journal:  Deputies Free Bear Stuck in Car.  Deputies could tell by all the moisture on the windows that he'd clearly been inside for a while.  Read this...


 Hyperlite Mountain Gear:  Adventure Adaptability: The Key To Succeeding on Your Thru Hikes.  Socrates called it 2400 years ago, 'The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.'  Read this...


 The NOLS Blog:  The Backpacker's Guide to Happy Feet.  Your feet will thank you for all of your work and planning.  Read this...


 Hiking in Finland:  Multi-Adventures in Macedonia.  Macedonia?  Read this...


 Section Hiker:  How to Fight Backpacking Meal Fatigue.  Here are some tips I can recommend for keeping your food interesting.  Read this...


 Bogley Outdoor Community:  Utah Votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires.  ...15 years in prison and $15,000 fine if a drone causes a firefighting aircraft to crash.  Read this...


 Ultralight And Comfortable:  Hiking boots or Running Shoes?.  This is actually a rather fun subject for me.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  Best Womens Hiking Rain Gear.  What about a rain kilt? Kind of like wearing your own personal tarp.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  The Best Plus Size Womens Outdoor Clothing.  Somehow, it's hard for outdoor gear companies to fathom that women hikers come in all sizes, shapes and heights.  Read this...


 Pacific Crest Trailside Reader:  Breathing and Walking from 'How to Walk'.  'When you walk, arrive with every step.'  Read this...


 Modern Hiker:  Interview: Matt Holly of NPMaps.  Matt Holly works for the Park Service as a ranger but on his own time he's dedicated himself to...free downloadable maps for National Parks called NPMaps.  Read this...


 The Ultralight Hiker:  Camera Glassing.  Pocket cameras have come to have much better resolution than expensive binoculars.  Read this...


 The Shooting Star:  My First Impressions of Ethiopia.  The more I think about it, the more I feel like I haven't matured enough as a traveller to take on East Africa.  Read this...


 Old School Outfitter:  My Top 5 Ultralight Backpacking Tips.  Lighten up. You'll make backpacking more fun.  Read this...


 Tales From The Wood Booger:  Backpacking Two-Day With The Sierra Club On Grayson Highlands.  [Just the photo is enough....]  Read this...


 Wenatchee Outdoors:  Spider Gap.  The weekend has left her hopeful yet worried. A little more fitness on top of the light pack may have her lungs and thighs outpacing what knee cartilage can handle.  Read this...


 The National Parks Girl:  Backpacking to Surprise, Amphitheater, and Delta Lakes in Grand Teton National Park.  Three beautiful alpine lakes nestled high in the Teton range.  Read this...


 Inga's Adventures:  Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 3.  I craned my neck to see where the group was...The day was dark and ominous and I fretted over the unknown.  Read this...


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Definitions: Alpine

(1) The region where people eat Alpo or other food from cans.

(2) A colloquialism for "alpen line", a kind of traditional, all-natural, hypo-allergenic climbing and utility rope made from the twisted stems of mountain flowers braided together with strands of flaxen hair removed from high-altitude meadow wenches (the Heidi is preferred).

For a 30-foot (10 m) rope: Take one bushel each of American Bistort, Bracted Lousewort, Fendlers Waterleaf, Sickletop Lousewort, Tall Mountain Shooting Star, Western Hedysarum, Cusicks Speedwell, and Scarlet Gilia. Showy Locoweed, Mountain Oxytropis, Sulpher Cinquefoil, or Rosy Pussytoes may stand in as alternate selections.

Pull off all blossoms and leaves and feed them to your goat.

Lay the stems out to begin drying in the sun, turning frequently.

Meanwhile shear three Heidis, but only their heads.

Save the hair and then gently release the girls back into the wild.

Exercise care in choosing only from the longhaired varieties as the shorthaired breeds, though they may be comely, will not suffice for this purpose. Locks of less than 20 inches (50 cm) make inferior alpen lines. Longer is always better, so keep that in mind.

When the flower stems are nearly dry but still supple and flexible, begin weaving them together, taking care to alternate stalks from different flowers, and mixing in a generous number of golden hairs as your work progresses.

Experience with macrame will help you here, but if you are new to this you may find it advantageous to first experiment with goat hair and grass stalks. (Another reason to keep goats, and they are also edible.)

When you are done weaving your line, stretch and pull it gently to tighten the braiding, store it in a cool and dry place for several days to set, then whip-finish the ends.

Give your rope an occasional gentle brushing to keep it glossy.

Remove soil with a quality shampoo (anti-dandruff is best, unscented).

If treated with care your rope should serve you well for many years.

(3) Alpine also refers to mountain geography residing above timberline, of varying elevation depending on the exact location, but reminiscent of Europe's Alps.

In the United States "alpine" refers to areas high in the Rocky Mountains, the Cascades, or the Sierra Nevada.

The Appalachians also have alpine areas, (regionally known as "homers") but these occur only in small, isolated pockets.

Remember, every alpine zone is delicate. A simple stroll that wanders off an established trail combined with an unsupervised elbow inadvertently colliding with the environment in one of these areas can knock the whole delicate ecology off its pedestal and send it crashing to the floor, so always walk with care. Treat all Heidis with respect.



Source: How to talk in the woods.

As always, Effort or Eff it. No sniveling.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fresh, July 10

 Cool Tools:  Exped Synmat Sleeping Mat.  After a brief explanation and a photo of the damage, they told me that they couldn't fix it, so they'd send me a replacement, free of charge.  Read this...


 Jill Outside:  Defiance.  Lately I've been feeling like 2016 will be the summer that I become old.  Read this...


 Rambling Hemlock:  Broken Leg Anniversary.  The stress fracture turned out to be a turning point in my life, shaping my PCT experience and my time beyond. It is something that I think about everyday.  Read this...


 Section Hiker:  My Independence Day.  I quit my corporate job six years ago today...I just up and quit.  Read this...


 The Mountains Are Calling:  The wolf and me.  For just a moment, the world stood still.  Read this...


 The Hiking Life:  Why Don't You Stop and Smell the Roses?  I chuckle every time I hear this line.  Read this...


 Liz Thomas:  The 12 Stereotypical Hikers You'll Meet On the Trail.  They never seem to go away.  Read this...


 PCT Trailside Reader:  The Best and Worst of Human Nature.  'I can't let this girl go home to Texas because some idiot took her stuff,' Yamaichi said.  Read this...


 Sprinkles Hikes:  Trail Trash - Why You Should Pack it Out.  Someone else has to pick up after you...and isn't going to be happy if they're the ones peeling your panty liners off a hemlock tree!  Read this...


 National Forest Foundation:  10 Pacific Northwest Wilderness Areas for Those Seeking Solitude.  Luckily, there are 40 wilderness areas managed by the USFS in Oregon and 25 in Washington totaling 5,233,337 acres in which to seek out some seclusion.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  Sore Knees: What's A Hiker To Do?  Figure out what you can control or change.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  Hiking Nutrients and Your Digestion.  Do I really have to look??  Read this...


 Bearfoot Theory:  Gear Review: Therm-a-rest DreamTime Sleeping Pad.  It's been a total game changer.  Read this...


 Brown Girl on the (P)CT:  Wiped.  I use my tennis ball with gusto on the entire lower half of my body before sleep bludgeons me over the head with its nightstick and I know no more.  Read this...


 Fixing Your Feet:  Consequences of Maceration.  There are ways to deal with maceration, but it's even more important to take steps upfront to prevent it.  Read this...


 Whiteburn's Wanderings:  Trailstar Vs Duomid.  The Duomid has a lot of space for the solo trekker but it has one significant disadvantage over the TS.  Read this...


 India Hikes:  A photo story of the surreal Bhrigu Lake trek.  Removed from the rush of Rohtang Pass and Manali, guarded by two high-altitude ridges is Bhrigu Lake.  Read this...


 Bedrock & Paradox:  Bear aware, maybe.  Be aware of the area you're moving through, read the situation when you do encounter a bear, and act with cold rationality.  Read this...


 Nordic Food Lab:  Bee Bread.  We still do not know exactly which species of microbes are driving this transformation of pollen into bee bread, or exactly how.  Read this...


 As It Happens:  B-cup bra? That's like carrying around five cockatiels, says useful Japanese website.  But if breasts were brains, seems like the person behind this chart would be three cockatiels short of a B-Cup.  Read this...


 REI Blog:  Semi-Rad: 10 Things I Learned From Climbing.  Now, off to add more to the list.  Read this...


 Ultralight And Comfortable:  The Laugavegur Trail — Iceland in pictures.  This is the first of several sets that I will release.  Read this...


 Summit Register:  The Well-Studied Water Treatment Benefits of Chlorine.  By 1890, scientists had discovered that chlorine served as a suitable defense against waterborne microorganisms.  Read this...


 The Outdoor Society:  Olympic National Park to Visitors: Stay Away from Mountain Goats.  Mountain goats are unpredictable and their sharp horns and powerful bodies can inflict significant and lethal injuries with ease.  Read this...


 The New Yorker:  How Trees Calm Us Down.  If someone offers you ten thousand dollars or ten trees, take the trees.  Read this...


 sweetwilder:  Long Trail — Day 22.  I've seen coyotes lots of times in North Carolina, and I'm also familiar with the coyote/dog mix. Staring back at me was not that.  Read this...


 Out there with Tom:  Quick Glacier Slide Lake backpack.  This country is lightly used, but well worth the visit.  Read this...


 Walks With Moss:  Mildred Lakes Dayhike Plus a Rockslide.  For all I knew half of the mountainside was coming down.  Read this...


 Rocky Mountain Journal:  USFS Introduces New Interactive Visitor Maps.  The maps are updated every 5 minutes with site-specific weather watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.  Read this...


 Hiking in Finland:  The Week in Review 240.  "If you go away on a summer day."  Read this...


 Hiking in Finland:  The Week in Review 241.  Are you ready for summer nights in the mountains?  Read this...


 Hiking in Finland:  2016: Six Months In.  2016 is six months old, time to reflect on the past outdoor months and reveal what lays ahead!  Read this...


 Trail Recipes:  Udon Miso Soup.  Servings: 1, cooking time: 20 min, weight: 114 g / 4.02 oz, cooking gear: one-pot.  Read this...


 Elina Travels:  To Find Your Inner Strength, You Must Pursue Solitude.  And the strangest thing happened. I became entirely unafraid.  Read this...


 Trail Hiking Australia:  Hiking Skills Basics.  The basics covered on this page should allow you to get out on the trail safely and actually enjoy the experience.  Read this...


 Cabbage of Curiosity:  Homemade Energy Bars in 5 Easy Steps.  Makes 16-20 bars.  Read this...


 Not Waiting to Live:  We Keep Marching On.  What would compel a person to walk until the pain from their broken foot became unbearable?  Read this...


 Chris Townsend Outdoors:  Outdoor Clothing: Layering.  I don't always agree with the conventional view but in this case I think it's correct.  Read this...


 My Modern Met:  Scandinavia Has Green-Roofed Homes That Are Like Real-Life Hobbit Houses.  Cozy exterior, extensive windows, and a green roof?  Read this...


 Colossal:  Pilot Captures Amazing Thunderstorm Photo at 37,000 Feet Over the Pacific Ocean.  This shot from Ecuador Airlines pilot Santiago Borja might top them all.  Read this...


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Definitions: Defensible Space

An area of at least 30 or so feet (10 m) around a structure or maybe around you, cleared of flammable stuff, so the structure doesn't burn (maybe you too).

If you get into a situation while backpacking where you need defensible space, then you've made your campfire too big. Cut back already.

In case of free range fire (that is, one that is not your fault) then such a space may be one you make to save your hide, or a defensible space can be the result of a natural barrier, such as an ocean.

Very few fires get big enough to jump an ocean. On the first try.

Which should give you enough time to do some more running away.

Screaming is allowed in this sort of situation.



Source: How to talk in the woods.

As always, Effort or Eff it. No sniveling.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fresh, July 3

 The Importance of Elsewhere:  I Stare a Sandwich Out Of A Stranger's Hands.  After being away from refrigeration for four months, its sorcery now amazes me.  Read this...


 Alone:  Full Gear List and Prohibited Items.  Here's a list of all of the standard items the participants are given, as well as the master list from which they are allowed to select ten special items. Finally, there is a list of prohibited items.  Read this...


 Injuring Eternity:  Fulufjället sufferfest.  'We should go on a trip together' said Eric to me. 'Sure, Let's do it' I answered. Three years later, we did it.  Read this...


 Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings:  CA — Alabama Hills — Geocaching for Arches.  Alabama Hills is probably most well known for it's leading role in many films. As for me, I was there for the views and geology.  Read this...


 distance makes...:  Corner unknown.  In a cold rain, I sweat nervously as I scramble over the slick boulders.  Read this...


 Hot Mama Hikers:  Manual for a Lost Hiker.  The trail should be somewhere over here, right?  Read this...


 Hiker Adventures:  Superior Hiking Trail Day 12: I am in Hell  Today was a pretty good day...I laughed immediately after I wrote that. I've lost track of how long it's been since I saw the sun.  Read this...


 Gore-Tex Blog:  How Rattlesnake Lake Swallowed Moncton, Washington.  Before it was called the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area, locals actually knew the area as the town of Moncton.  Read this...


 Gore-Tex Blog:  Visitor in the Dark: Black Bear Encounters on the Arizona Trail.  Heavy breathing. A snort. Something was lumbering nearby.  Read this...


 Making Waves:  Just another classic Monday.  The Plain of Six Glaciers trail is my go to place when I am feeling in a classical mood.  Read this...


 Brown Girl on the (P)CT:  Day 34 - Right Meow.  I see eyes reflecting back at me. Cat-like eyes. About three feet off the ground. Uphill. UM.  Read this...


 Cattywampur:  Not Quite the Holy Grayl of Water Purification.  It made filtering water a chore, something I loathed doing every day on the trip.  Read this...


 MSR Summit Register:  Steph Davis Answers: 'Any Advice for a Healthy Dirtbag Diet?'.  I eat generally the same when camping as at home.  Read this...


 Sprinkles Hikes:  Fuel 100 Electro-Bites: A Food Review.  They weren't fruit chews and...they weren't sickly sweet.   Read this...


 Bearfoot Theory:  Chasing Waterfalls on Milford Sound.  Its rainy cliffs are home to massive waterfalls, rainforest, friendly seals, and elusive penguins.  Read this...


 PCTA:  The problem of water caches on the PCT.  It was not long ago that there were no caches on the PCT. It was a wilder, rougher time. Self-reliance was paramount.  Read this...


 How To Wilderness:  How To Cache Water.  Because water is so sparse in these deserts, even if you can find it you can't legally drink it.  Read this...


 The GearCaster:  Waterproof Footwear: Membrane On The Outside.  What good are waterproof shoes when your feet are sitting in a puddle of sweat?  Read this...


 Bedrock & Paradox:  Closure options for large packs.  Volume in a big pack can fluctuate significantly, and pack height above the frame needs to be controlled so it does not go bobble-headed and flop around.  Read this...


 Bedrock & Paradox:  How to aquaseal your trail shoes.  Depending on shoe material and construction, aquaseal may help a little or it may help a great deal.  Read this...


 lotsafreshair:  Lightweight Hiking Recipe Book.  Aussie chef, food scientist and all-round outdoors adventure gal, Sonya Muhlsimmer, has poured her heart, soul and extensive food and nutrition knowledge into her first book, Xtreme Gourmet.  Read this...


 Hiking Fiasco:  Wolfe Crater, Western Australia.  I wasn't sure about the graffiti. It missed a bit of warmth.  Read this...


 Zenlightened Voyager:  Water Bed!  I peered through the bug netting and my shoes were gone, they had floated away in the river that now ran through my vestibule.  Read this...


 The Mountains Are Calling.:  How much food do YOU eat in 8 days?  I have everything else in my pack figured out. I still haven't gotten the food right.  Read this...


 Gizmag:  The latest take on sock-shoes tramp over floors and dirt.  The real key, according to the company, is in the seamless, glue-free construction, which enhances durability, turning basic sock into tough 'shoe.'  Read this...


 The Ultimate Hang:  Flying Squirrel Outfitters Hammocks — Preview.  If you are in the market for a quality gathered-end hammock, the Flying Squirrel makes a good one.  Read this...


 Gore-Tex Blog:  A Motor-Less, People-Less Boat Trip Across Lake Powell with Brendan Leonard.  'There's a dead bighorn sheep here,' my friend Sinjin says from the shore. 'But other than that, I think it's a pretty nice campsite.'  Read this...


 OtherHand:  The Hunt for the Death Valley Germans.  At this point I know the location and surroundings probably better than anyone, and I'm not going back. The area scares me just a bit.  Read this...


 FastcoDesign:  What Makes A Map Beautiful, According To A Parks Ranger.  A national parks ranger and self-proclaimed cartomaniac shares favorites from his extensive map collection.  Read this...


 The Shooting Star:  How Responsible Tourism Can Challenge Patriarchy in India.  I sat in awkward silence, not sure if I should join the women in the kitchen and further the house's patriarchal traditions, or eat with the men as the women waited.  Read this...


 National Parks Conservation Association:  10 Tips to Respect Wildlife, Stay Safe and Avoid Internet Ridicule.  Fish and amphibians are particularly vulnerable to DEET.  Read this...


 The Aloof:  An Overnight Ultralight Backpacking Microadventure on Utah's Lewis Peak.  ...and (3) see how light I can get my overnight backpacking kit down to.  Read this...


 Unbrave Girl:  4 Steps to Prepare for Your First Ever Solo Backpacking Trip.  I've found the best way to train your brain to be ready to go camping in the woods by yourself is to first go camping in the woods with a whole bunch of Class A douche-balls.  Read this...


 Bold Betties Blog:  Moab Adventures with Bold Betties.  'How the hell am I going to get out of this?' I thought. I had just agreed to go on a four-day, three-night camping trip with my sister.  Read this...


 Hiking For Her:  Looking for the best hiking tips for women hikers?  Hiking For Her gives you a bounty of free how to hike advice and information geared toward women hikers.  Read this...


 Backpacker:  Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders.  Since Bambi doesn't crap up your bedroom, you should extend the same courtesy.  Read this...


 Outside Online:  The Last Bastion of Outdoor Outlaws.  Adventurers are getting cozy with a surprising new advocate: the Bureau of Land Management.  Read this...


 Outside Online:  The Bears Who Came to Town and Would Not Go Away.  'How did he get there? He was just in the reeds!' Nikolai exclaimed. That's when he realized: 'Oh God, it's a second bear!'  Read this...


 Kevin Hellriegel's Blog of Worthless Advice:  Summer Camp for Adults? Cash on In!  Daily Field trips to the local pub for inspiration would be a must.  Read this...


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