Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fresh, February 19

iGNANT Cody Cobb's Mystical Pictures.  Cody Cobb captures portraits of the earth's surface, focusing on the American West, from the deserts of Utah to the Hawaiian Islands.  Visit site  ▷

Charlie Knight The Lost Art of Hitchhiking.  I wait. A lone figure standing at the roadside, thumb outstretched. I wait.  Visit site  ▷

Halfway Anywhere The Pacific Crest Trail Thru-hiker Lie.  Vomiting and diarrhea in 100+ degree weather outside of Etna, alone.  Visit site  ▷

PCT Trailside Reader Re-Introduction to the Bigfoot Trail.  An introduction to this, one of the newest of the long-distance trails.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Getting Lost With People You Hate.  At this point I would have left him there, but he was the only person with a cell phone. I finally convinced him dying in the woods isn't easy.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultralight Hiker The Umbrella Redesigned.  The folks behind New Zealand-based Blunt set out on a mission: to make an umbrella that actually works.  Visit site  ▷

Trail to Peak Gear Preview: The New Salomon XA Pro 3D.  If you're looking for a bombproof trail shoe for backpacking and hiking, the XA Pro 3D should be at the top of your list.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hiker Top 10 Backpacker Recommended Backpacks — 2017.  What are the best multi-day backpacks recommended by badass backpackers? We surveyed 900 backpackers to find out.  Visit site  ▷

Barefoot Jake Hikes Olympic Luna Oso (2017 Review) Flaco and 2.0 Sandals.  Right away the hardcore tread catches your eye.  Visit site  ▷

Bogley Outdoor Community How To "Lapse Rate" — Finding the temperature at elevation.  Geographers use something what is called the "lapse rate". Lapse meaning change. And there is a formula that you can use to find out the approximate temperature.  Visit site  ▷

HikeLighter.Com Vargo 'ExoTi 50' Backpack.  My initial thoughts, are very good.  Visit site  ▷

The Mountains Are Calling Embracing the Dry, or, Hunting up an Elusive Grand Canyon Permit.  Once again, there was an unwelcome email from the Grand Canyon Backcountry office, informing me that my permit request was denied. It cheerfully went on to remind me that I should have applied three months ago.  Visit site  ▷

LensCulture Zima: The Powerful Beauty of Russian Winter.  Photographs and text by Elena Chernyshova  Visit site  ▷

USGS Science Explorer: Barred Owl.  [A collection of posts on this critter.]  Visit site  ▷

The Adirondack Almanack Ugly History of North Country Nationalism Offers Lessons For Today.  We were taught to appreciate certain rights and freedoms, to speak out against perceived wrongs, to defend the less capable, and to question the directives of those in leadership positions. In some countries, those rights are viewed as privileges for the chosen few, or are not available at all.  Visit site  ▷

Always Wanderlust 20 Things I Hate About Staying At Backpacker Hostels.  Unfortunately, bed bugs are real and your likelihood of an encounter with them goes up when you stay at hostels.  Visit site  ▷

Chris Townsend Outdoors Igloos & Spindrift.  These conditions were ideal for showing just how comfortable igloos are — once inside all was calm and quiet and secure.  Visit site  ▷

Must Hike Must Eat Essential Oils Insect Repellent.  My battle with the bugs still rages, with varying success.  Visit site  ▷

Outdoors Father Backpacking Eagle Creek in Winter.  The site is a relatively small one that, in summer, gets full very early; but that night it was completely empty.  Visit site  ▷

REI Co-op Journal Microfibers — What We Know So Far.  When fabrics or other fiber-based materials break down, they can shed "microfibers," tiny filaments typically nanometers in diameter, much smaller than the width of a piece of hair.  Visit site  ▷

The GearCaster Wash Your Fleece Without Polluting.  While water treatment plants catch some of the microfibers that come from your laundry, they don't get everything.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek 10 totally normal things you do when you've decided to thru-hike.  Depending on your definition of "normal," of course.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Quest for a Lighter Hammock System.  When the ounce counters meet and compare a hammock set up versus a tent for the majority of setups the tent always wins. There is only one problem with this — you still have to sleep on the ground.  Visit site  ▷

The Hiking Life Is Thru-Hiking Really 90 Percent Mental?  The thing is, I've never believed it was true. Not even close.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal Duct Tape: A Love Letter.  To my dearest Duct Tape, I flippin' love you.  Visit site  ▷

GORE-TEX Blog Appalachian Trail Frequently Asked Questions Answered By an AT Thru-Hiker.  We've got an AT thru-hiker to answer common questions and give you an inside look at the trail!  Visit site  ▷

Hiking ProjectJournal How to Prep for a Long-Distance High Desert Hike.  Cold winter days and long, dark nights are the perfect time to start planning your next adventure.  Visit site  ▷

LightHeart Gear Polyester vs. Nylon Clothing for Hiking.  Polyester fabric is oleolphilic, or able to absorb oil and not water. It just so happens that body odors are oil based.  Visit site  ▷

REI Co-op Journal Renew Your Passport Right Now.  Government officials have been warning that there will be a flood of requests from now through 2018, possibly leading to delays. So get ahead of the crowd while you still can.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultralight Hiker Henry's Original Tarptent & Tarptent-for-2.  The following document has appeared in print since 1999 and details plans for making your own tarptent. These tents are excellent do-it-yourself projects.  Visit site  ▷

Trail Hiking Australia River Crossing Techniques.  Crossing rivers, especially when they're running high, is among the riskier things you can do on the trail.  Visit site  ▷

Trail Hiking Australia Hiking on Hills.  Hiking Uphill. Maintain a natural pace and avoid making large strides... Hiking Downhill. Never run downhill — inevitably gravity will always win...  Visit site  ▷

Men's Journal Outdoor Retailer Seeks a New Home.  After Utah Governor Clashes with Industry Over Public Lands, Bears Ears National Monument.  Visit site  ▷

The Shooting Star Sarmoli, Uttarakhand.  A Himalayan Village Where Locals Run Marathons and Their Own Instagram Channel!  Visit site  ▷

The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog Controlled Burns Across all Four NC National Forests in Coming Months.  In the Southern Appalachians, the Forest Service uses controlled burning to promote fire-tolerant native plants and restore threatened plants and communities, such as table mountain pine and mountain golden heather. The low- to medium-intensity burns create healthier, more diverse and more resilient forests.  Visit site  ▷

Men's Journal Uinta Brewing Announces Beer Brewed to Support Our National Parks.  For each Golden Ale release, of which there are currently eight planned, the beer itself will remain the same, while the can promotes a different National Park with an original illustration.  Visit site  ▷

Parasite of the Day Trichodectes Pinguis.  The words parasite and lice regularly go hand in hand, and usually brings us dreaded flashbacks to those primary school days when our parents would rigorously comb and shampoo our hair.  Visit site  ▷

— Links to external images are removed after one week. —


Fire In Your Hand: Dave's Little Guide to Ultralight Backpacking Stoves.

Available in the following formats...