Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fresh, April 23

Petapixel Minecraft in Real Life.  Retoucher Turns Real Animals Into Cubic Creations.  Visit site  ▷

marmots adventures Into the heart of Bears Ears National Monument.  We have skirted in and around Bears Ears for the last 70 miles, but today we dropped into Dark Canyon; deep into the wild roadless part of this special place.  Visit site  ▷

The Washington Post For the first time on record, human-caused climate change has rerouted an entire river.  In mid-2016, the retreat of a very large glacier in Canada's Yukon territory led to the rerouting of its vast stream of meltwater from one river system to another.  Visit site  ▷

Always Wanderlust Excuse me. Will the Real Mitad del Mundo Please Stand Up?  Well, just don't tell anyone about it and hope they don't find out.  Visit site  ▷

FarStrider Emergency shelter, fully enclosed tent with floor in less then 3 min, from 2x3 tarp.  It is one of the things that everybody interested in surviving and travelling through the wilderness must know how to do.  Visit site  ▷

reddit/r/Ultralight My two go-to tarp pitches: A-Frame and Half Pyramid [video].  A video for my tarp setup, showing my two go-to pitches: A-frame and the Half Pyramid.  Visit site  ▷

YAMA Mountain Gear Materials.  Selecting the best material for your tent or tarp is an important decision.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal This One-Person Tent Makes Me Want to Ditch my Backpacking Partner.  I've been pretty pumped to try out Nemo Equipment's new ultralight Hornet Elite 1P tent.  Visit site  ▷

Mile Hike Guys How to DIY a backpack part 2 — The Begining.  The material you use warrants some thought. There are several good all-around fabrics, and a few specific ones, and I'll be covering what my thought process is/was.  Visit site  ▷

Breaking UK news Icebergs draw hundreds to small town in Canada.  Over the Easter weekend, the first enormous ice mountains of the season emerged.  Visit site  ▷

JackNoen Hornstrandir.  We were told the last inhabitants of Hornstrandir left in the 1950's because it was so remote and tough to live.  Visit site  ▷

LA Times The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast..  There will be no miraculous recovery of these urban ecosystems after the beetles are done with them.  Visit site  ▷

The Outdoor Society Olympic Inspiration: Cub Peak, A Bear of a Hike in Olympic National Park.  With switchbacks starting right away and never letting up, this is officially one of the most difficult day hiking trails on the Olympic Peninsula.  Visit site  ▷

Atlas Obscura The Embarrassing History of Crap Thrown Into Yellowstone's Geysers.  Laundry, horseshoes, coins, and the collective decency of humanity.  Visit site  ▷

The Adirondack Almanack New Analysis: Freshwater Lakes Getting Saltier.  Due to development and exposure to road salt.  Visit site  ▷

Discover Magazine Get Lost in Mega-Tunnels Dug by South American Megafauna.  When Frank found a suitable passage, he squeezed through an elliptical shaft roughly four-feet wide, 65-feet long and lined with claw marks.  Visit site  ▷

The Walrus The Benefits of Solitude.  Here were imponderable processes and forces of the cosmos, harmonious and soundless. Harmony, that was it!  Visit site  ▷

The Outdoor Society Mount Rainier National Park Added Nearly $65 Million to Local Economy in 2016.  Who knew that mountain climbing would be more popular than shopping?  Visit site  ▷

The Outdoor Society Olympic National Park Added Nearly $400 Million to Local Economy in 2016.  Despite the budget cuts of previous years, the parks are prevailing and your love for them is sending a message to an administration that doesn't seem to value our most precious of lands.  Visit site  ▷

ak schmidtshow Rich Girls and The Little Boats That Could.  2894 miles of flying, 734 miles of driving, 94 miles of rafting, 38 miles of hiking.  Visit site  ▷

Ultralight and Comfortable Gear Review: Merrell all out terra trail shoes.  I was thinking of starting my own company with my own shoe design. I left the shoe store with pair of Allout terra shoes and never looked backed.  Visit site  ▷

Climbing Nutrition Juice Is Nature's Soda.  If you really want to get the benefits of fruit, eat it whole, and leave it there.  Visit site  ▷

The Shooting Star Why Long Term Travel is More Like Real Life and Less Like Instagram.  I cringe every time I scroll through my feed. Because the depiction of long term travel on Instagram often tends to be far, far removed from reality.  Visit site  ▷

Daily Mail Online Instagram hot spots that tourists risk their lives visiting for holiday snap.  The scariest part wasn't that the plank was the only thing between me and a 5,000 ft drop — it was the insane amount of people crossing in both directions.  Visit site  ▷

Popular Science I spent a week exploring how we'll have to live in post-water America.  I decided to see how low one person could go to ease the problem, and whether that could make a difference.  Visit site  ▷

Mashable Earth in limbo: Gripping photos of what's at stake.  In honor of Earth Day's 45th anniversary, we're here to remind you of the beautiful, massive world we call home.  Visit site  ▷

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Definitions: Yum-Yum Bag

(1) A barf bag, in case you get motion sickness while hiking.

A barf bag is essentially where you put discarded yum-yums (already-eaten food). Or yum-yums you don't want anymore, or need, or like. Or have decided are actually toxic waste. Or what your body has decided, without your conscious input, is toxic waste, or wretched excess.

Anyhow, need for a barf bag is probably a strong hint that hiking isn't for you. Better not to even think about backpacking, at least until the nausea passes.

(2) A bear bag. You score bonus critter points if you sleep directly under it. If you don't know what a bear bag is, you'll probably find out sometime, when you wake up during the night to find your tent full of big furry things ripping your pack to bits, looking for yum-yums.

Good luck with that, Bud.

(3) A garbage bag. For leftovers, anything that can't be eaten, or what no one wants to even think about eating, but that something non-human might eat (or fight you for). The garbage bag concept is especially useful for a gaggle of boy scouts who haven't learned the rule to eat all you cook and cook all you eat, or die trying.

This sort of bag of glop is great as an implement of punishment, by making anyone who breaks the rules or is just too sleepy to get up on time carry and look after it, thus ruining for life another person's attitude toward the outdoors and the whole idea of spending time with others having "fun".

(4) A bag for snacks, or a bag of snacks. But if you're a rat, it can be a garbage bag too.

Who cares, really?

Dinner-plate scrapings are as good as anything else. Especially if you're a rat. Or a grizzly bear.

(5) One of those plastic bags that you can roast critters in, and when used as a garbage bag, doubles as that critter's last resting place. I.e., a crinkly, see-through casket. (You can watch the dead eyes follow you around as you try to get away, and so on.)


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fresh, April 16

Astronomy Picture of the Day Man, Dog, Sun. Sometimes the unexpected can be photogenic.  Visit site  ▷

Astronomy Picture of the Day Comet Hale-Bopp.  Photographed above Val Parola Pass in the Dolomite mountains surrounding Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.  Visit site  ▷

Astronomy Picture of the Day Earth Shadow over Damavand.  A feature in Persian mythology and literature, Damavand is a stratovolcano reaching 5,610 meters above sea level, the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East.  Visit site  ▷

Outside Online The 40 Most Significant Tools and Toys Ever Designed.  The ones that truly stood out for their sheer inventiveness and impact.  Visit site  ▷

ScienceAlert Hawaiian health officials issue warning over an outbreak of brain-invading parasites.  The parasites are in the lining of my brain, moving around.  Visit site  ▷

ScienceAlert Scientists Discover a Hidden Network of 'Mini Brains' That Could be Responsible for Pain.  If new medication could target the peripheral nervous system, it could lead to the development of non-addictive and non-drowsy drugs that are more effective.  Visit site  ▷

The California Sunday Magazine Letter From a Drowned Canyon.  The story of water in the West, climate change, and the birth of modern environmentalism lies at the bottom of Lake Powell.  Visit site  ▷

The California Sunday Magazine Dirty Birds.  People in town call them Dutch Harbor pigeons. The rest of us call them bald eagles.  Visit site  ▷

Fubiz Media Stunning North Chile Landscapes.  Photographer Jay Kreatica offers us stunning pictures from North Chile.  Visit site  ▷

Atlas Obscura Gereja Ayam, the Abandoned Chicken Church.  Should you be trekking through the thick forests of Magelang, Indonesia, try not to be too alarmed if you stumble upon a titanic, rotting building, shaped like a chicken.  Visit site  ▷

British Mountaineering Council The 'snow patch' expert.  "These would be the beginnings of glaciers"  Visit site  ▷

USGS Titanium — Light, Strong, and White.  The ninth most abundant element in the Earth's crust and can be found in nearly all rocks. [PDF]  Visit site  ▷

The Guardian Scientists unravel mystery of the loose shoelace.  Simply reversing the way we form the final knot when tying laces makes a huge difference  Visit site  ▷

Fast Company Before-And-After Photos Show How Horrifyingly Fast The World's Glaciers Are Melting.  I do not believe in climate change. Belief is about ideology.  Visit site  ▷

PetaPixel Nubrella is a Hands-Free Umbrella That Can Keep Your Camera Dry.  It's a hands-free, invertible weather protector worn backpack style conveniently functioning like a hood.  Visit site  ▷

Cool Tools Hugo's Amazing Tape.  The tape is flexible, reusable, and has the fantastic quality of only sticking to itself. These qualities make it ideal for securing something that you need to wrap and unwrap repeatedly.  Visit site  ▷

Popular Mechanics Fake Blood, Real Screams: What I Learned at Wilderness Medic Training.  I can treat venomous animal attacks, heal frostbite, relocate dislocated joints, alleviate altitude-induced brain swelling, and manage strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. In short, I went from zero to survivalist in less than two weeks.  Visit site  ▷

The Hiking Life Gear Review: Montbell Tachyon Anorak.  Rarely does a day in the backcountry go by when I don't wear it at some time or another.  Visit site  ▷

The Adirondack Almanack Wood Ducks: Woods And Waters Working Together.  One of the most colorful and handsome species of waterfowl in North America.  Visit site  ▷

Adirondack Explorer The Early Life Of Legendary Climber Royal Robbins.  One of the country's legendary rock climbers.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal When a Housecat Goes to Africa.  What if instead of becoming brunch she tapped into her primordial instincts and went native?  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal We Love These Weirdly Futuristic Hiking Boots.  What does this design provide? Lightness. Breathability. Waterproofiness. The holy grail of hiking boots.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Alan World's Newest Long Trail.  Cuba's Ruta de la Revolución.  Visit site  ▷

Bedrock & Paradox Upper Level Stream Crossings, updated.  In the field, calculation and restraint must come first. Better to hike out than hurt yourself.  Visit site  ▷

Chris Townsend Outdoors Navigation: Thoughts on Using the Tools.  Over-reliance on GPS (or guidebooks) can mean failing to learn about your surroundings. However I do think GPS is a useful tool and it is one I'm glad to have.  Visit site  ▷

Chris Townsend Outdoors When To Turn Back, When To Change Route.  Being flexible allows me to extract the best out of a walk, rather than feeling forced to follow a rigid plan.  Visit site  ▷

A Backpacker's Life My $100 Super-ultralight Gear List: Cooking.  Going super-ultralight doesn't mean you have to give up hot foods and coffee. This setup costs next to nothing and is super-ultralight.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking Project Journal The Cat Lady.  Taking cover in a panther den seems, at least to me, like a less-than-ideal idea.  Visit site  ▷

Lotsafreshair How to Navigate with a Map & Compass.  The easiest and quickest way to get from A to B, isn't always in a straight line.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultralight Hiker 19 Gram Dyneema Camp Shoes.  I will see how much the next pair weighs. My guess is 16- 17 grams.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor Backpack Review.  It can expand from 40L to 60L of capacity if you need to carry a lot of gear or food, including a bear canister. It's also easy to attach a ton of gear to the exterior of the pack.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog 9 Expert Stream Crossing Tips.  Learning to cross small streams forms the foundation for coping with larger streams and rivers.  Visit site  ▷

Sweetwilder Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp — 1 Year Review.  I am very happy with the weight and performance. If you're thinking about tarping, this is a good one.  Visit site  ▷

The Summit Register The Thru-Hike You've Never Heard Of: The Oregon Desert Trail.  On the other side of the Cascade Mountains lies a high desert landscape that covers almost half of the state.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Today's Backpack Design and Utility: A Review.  My search led me to settle in on the Zpacks Arc Haul Zip. Utility and organization.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultralight Hiker A Hummingbird in the Hand.  I would not be 'betting my life' on one for ten days in the wilderness unless I had every confidence they are a superior product.  Visit site  ▷

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