Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Adams, August 2016

Dear Mountain:
When I first saw you
I thought maybe we could be friends.
Was I wrong?
Yours truly, Dave
(By the way, I like your glaciers.)
- Trail #112 -

Well, now that I'm here, I'm even more impressed.
I'd like to see more.
If possible.
Within reason.
I feel small now.

Yet I decide to come closer,
Feeling smaller than small.
To see if I can touch you, ice. Glacier ice.
Glacier ice of Adams Glacier.
Well named.
And to see these tracks.
Made by a stone departing on a summer adventure.
A stone. Am I right?

But when I get there, to the glacier,
The space is taken.
Just as I arrive at the lower skirts of ice,
A strange old man appears,
And then, after I leave, and turn to wave goodbye,
And wish him well,
He is no longer there.

See that dark cliff along the bottom?
There. That's the ice. Where it meets snow.
That is where I went, where he was, where we were.
For a few moments. Together.
I have the photograph to prove it. You saw it.
Right against the ice we were, standing.
Standing in the wind, in the sun, in the after noon.
I touched the ice there, where the old man stood.
But now, descending, it's just me again.
Not even a strange old stranger to wave to.

Well, regardless, the day is not done.
Its life continues.
Clouds arrive to play with the sun,
Which reaches around them,
Touching far mountains.
Which glow happily. And sing.
In wave after wave.
Hello, hiker. We are here too. Hello.
I believe.

What can I say?
What is there to say?
I don't say.
Perhaps I hum along quietly.
Perhaps not.
No matter.
The mountains seem content.
Am I? To be here?
Yes. I guess I am.

And still later, the sun again.
Dancing on the glacier.
This happens a lot, does it?
Doesn't it?
Today it does.

I never get done with it, the looking.
Only darkness, when it comes, stops my admiring.
Luckily I know this place.
Found it my first time here, years ago.
Out of sight.
Private, but open.
With a good view.
And room to sleep.

There you are, Old Rainy.
I thought you'd be here for sunset.
Way off, but impossible to miss, aren't you?
Always. As always.
I'll be back one of these days, to walk with you again.
But not quite yet, not today.
When the time comes.
When it comes.

Walking, walking. Around the mountain.
"Round-the-Mountain", "Trail 2000", "PCT".
All the same.
A collection of names for one trail.
But no matter.
No matter what, the dust.
I leave my tracks too. With others.
A trace. My passing signature.
I endorse.

Different this year.
There was fire. A year ago.
Or two, or what? A while. A while ago.
A while ago there was fire.
No fire now, but fire sign.
Every where. See it?

But life is here. Always.
Life cannot be defeated. Fresh every spring.
All around. Near us. Surrounding us.
Fresh. Clean. Green. Moving gently when a breeze.
Scattering its shadow everywhere, without a care.

It reached from the south, north, way up.
Is its own wonder.
Has effects.
Easy to see, years on.
But today is quiet.
All over. Quiet. Warm.

Another landmark. A marker. A hint.
Good to find.
Things are confusing this year.
Because of fire, and so
All a bit off.
With yesteryear's memory
Not quite matching today's mountain.
So good, then.
Good to find a marker.
Get a clue.
What clue is it? I wonder.

Past that then.
Into the open.
Beyond old fire.
Beyond forest.
Enough sky here for a world.
Good Adams, fine Adams.
You are my friend, I think.
Are you?
— Hellroaring Valley. —

And beyond.
Look up. See.
See that?
Ridge of Wonders behind.
And around left. It flanks.
Curves around, surrounds.
And from the front, once again confronts.
One day, I think, I will go there.
— Big Muddy Valley. —

It has no name.
Neither do I.
Being only a thing.
Here today.

Yes. Up there. One day. Not now.
One day.
But tomorrow,
Tomorrow I meet them.
Two people.
Up there now.
Out of sight.
Taking another route.
I will meet them, crossing Big Muddy creek.
Will show them a place to cross in safety.
Which I found by accident.
Perfect sharing. My reason to be here?
Could be. My purpose.

And next morning, before all that,
Coming alive with the sun.
For me. For us. For today. For now.
For ever and today.
Nothing to say.

You learn a lot that way.
By keeping still.
By waiting.
By looking.
By letting the world happen.

Not all extremes are bad.
But being extremes,
They have short lives.
Short lives lost quickly.
Which is why it is good to recall
These words:
Lightning flashes,
Sparks shower.
In one blink of your eyes
You have missed seeing.
So thank you again, crazy
Old Mumon, long dead. 1260.

Third trip around,
This mountain.
Third time lost trail.
Third experience
Finding secrets.

Not all who wander are lost.
Only me.
Alone again.
On unique traverse,
So I think.
Take your time.
Use your head.

Check map.
Observe sun.

Find landmark.
Don't forget to look.
Panic only if it helps.
And don't forget to look.

There it is. Again.
Sky-scratcher, rain-catcher.
Wide of my trail but with me.
Trail? Close, near. Only look.
Friend Rainier will stand.
Good to navigate by.
Trail? From here, left.
Go left I think.

Round the mountain's north.
Past Little Muddy creek.
Past Foggy Flats.
Past the PCT hikers up early, jogging,
Chasing Canada.
Past all of it, all of them.
To my secret campsite.
Under the glacier which sits
Singing its single silent deep note.

Which is an alarm,
A warning,
An alert.
A promise.
"Be up for it. Look east. Early."
I am. I do. It is.
East. Early. Up. There.

Transient, another extreme.
Another secret unshareable, because.
No one else is there.
To share. Those moments.
All gone. Quickly. Quickly over.
Too quickly.
Brushed aside by Sun,
Which owns the sky.

Leaving another hiker to fumble off.
Toward home.
Dragging shadow.
Leaving a last batch of tracks.
Among dapples.

Previous Adams:

Adams West, April 11, 2012.

Adams South, April 26, 2012.

Adams East, May 24, 2012.

Adams North, August 29, 2012.

A worm rides my hat.

I have met you but forgotten.
Or never met you.
Or will some day.
Or won't.
Life is like that.
Going ahead without us.

Take another breath.
Just look.
It is enough.
You have lived.
One more day.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fresh, March 26

Climbing Nutrition Caffeine Supplement Guide.  Caffeine is lethal in relatively small measured amounts (less than a tablespoon), and since it is an odorless, colorless powder it can be easy to accidentally take too much if you are not paying attention.  Visit site  ▷

The Art of Manliness 6 Unconventional Outdoor Shelters.  For comfortable long-term shelter, crawling into a nylon igloo is pretty stifling.  Visit site  ▷

Diedrica WATERSCAPE | HENGKI KOENTJORO.  The Indonesian photographer.  Visit site  ▷

Colossal Abstract Aerial Photographs of Southern Africa by Zack Seckler.  Photographer Zack Seckler's latest series took him 2,000 miles through South Africa, each piece shot from the passenger seat of a two-seater sport plane.  Visit site  ▷

NZ Bush Adventures Tramping Skills: River crossing.  Drowning remains a major cause of fatalities amongst kiwi trampers to this day.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultralight Hiker The Ultralight Trail Baker.  You can make a baking stand ('The Flashbaker') — for cook pot baking — out of aluminium flashing which weighs 8 grams.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek 6 Thru-Hiking Photographers You Need to Be Following.  Consistently snapping jaw-dropping, eye-catching, standout photos necessitates something special.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Granite Gear Backpacks: How to Choose.  Popular packs for long distance backpacking in the United States and a common sight on the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Section Hiker's Gear Closet: Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Sleeping Pads.  Here are the sleeping bags, quilts, and sleeping pads that I use year-round on a regular basis (90-120 nights/year.)  Visit site  ▷

REI Co-op Journal The Tale of the Iconic REI Quarter Dome Tent.  Our designers took us back in time through the history of the Quarter Dome.  Visit site  ▷

Rambling Hemlock Wonders on the Wilhite Trail.  I imagine a giant sea here, roving dinosaurs above and scurring trilobites under my feet. I hike with the students in the back of the pack, which we all know is where the magic happens.  Visit site  ▷

Pacific Crest Trail Association Staying tick free on the PCT.  Although quickly removing an embedded tick reduces the risk, there is no completely safe period of attachment.  Visit site  ▷

Old School Outfitter Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent.  The Big Agnes Copper Spur line of tents have long made me and my elbowroom-loving tentmates happy.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking For Her Best Tent Tips: What To Know Before You Purchase.  The best backpacking tents are well constructed, feature smart designs, and require a minimal amount of effort to carry, set up, take down, and care for.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking Project Journal 5 Must-Hike Spots in Oregon's High Desert.  Fewer folks know that nearly half the state is high desert — expansive, diverse, and full of hidden gems.  Visit site  ▷

Sierra Club Burger King Linked to a Whopping Million-Plus Acres of Deforestation.  Half of Brazil's savanna is already gone, and big soy has taken over.  Visit site  ▷

Love Her Wild Exploring Cuba By Bike.  You push yourself out of your comfort zone, experience more of the world and understand more about what makes you tick.  Visit site  ▷

Future Travel These Are Some Of The Differences Between Life In Colombia and America..  In America, Mama means Mother. In Colombia, Mama means blowjob.  Visit site  ▷

Fixing Your Feet BlogHow To Buy Shoes That Don't Hurt [infographic]It's one thing to read a list of tips. It's quite another to see an infographic that shows in pictures and text, the same information.  Visit site  ▷

Cairn How to Choose a Water Filter.  Even if the water looks pristine, it may be teeming with microscopic foes. Having a good water treatment plan is crucial to a successful trip.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal Opinion: How Trump Could Privatize National Parks.  This story examines the NPS maintenance backlog, which the agency claims totals $11.9 billion, to better understand the extent of critical, high-priority public infrastructure needs in the parks.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal How You Can Get Every U.S. Topo Map for Free — Easily.  There may come a day when electronics let you down and you're so very happy you packed the analog insurance of a map and compass. And for that day, you might want to thank National Geographic.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal Stop Telling Women Not to Go Into the Backcountry Alone.  The woman who issued my permit looked at me like I was crazy. It's a look women who venture into the wilderness alone often get. They say it without saying it: It's not safe out there. Not for you.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal The Joyful Warmth of Twig Stoves.  I started with a Svea. Then MSR and the Whisperlite. Great stuff and endless fiddling with the jet.  Visit site  ▷

Chemical Heritage Foundation Beyond Silent Spring: An Alternate History of DDT.  DDT was a poison, but it was safe enough for war. Any person harmed by DDT would be an accepted casualty of combat.  Visit site  ▷

PDN Photo of the Day Karl Blossfeldt's Botanical Masterworks.  More than 100 years after many of the images were made, they're still compelling.  Visit site  ▷

The Mountains Are Calling Running on Desire Paths.  I love this!  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Top 10 Backpacker Recommended Hiking Boots and Trail Shoes — 2017.  It's clear that the era of heavy leather hiking boots is on the wane.  Visit site  ▷

Parasite of the Day Balaenophilus manatorum (revisited).  Parasites need to move from one host to another. A perilous journey.  Visit site  ▷

PMags Website of the week: InciWeb.  How do you know what impact the fires is causing or even what fires are even happening? The answer is the Incident Information System. Commonly known as InciWeb.  Visit site  ▷

Pacific Crest Trailside Reader Ghost Mountain and the South Family's Experiment...  Tanya lived to be a few months short of 100 years. She died in 1997. She remained bitter about Marshal and her life on Ghost Mountain to the end.  Visit site  ▷ Cooking on a Campfire. [infographic]  Campfire cooking is perfect for car camping or canoe trips, where heavier items like a Dutch oven and fresh ingredients are easy to pack.  Visit site  ▷

Outdoor Herbivore Blog Where Bear Canisters are Mandatory in the US Parks & Forest.  Currently, each park management area decides which food storage technique and bear canister products are allowed in their area.  Visit site  ▷

GORE-TEX Blog How to Read Topographic Maps — and Why You Should Learn!  If you want to take it easy, you can avoid difficult climbs, whereas if you want a challenge, you can head toward more rugged areas.  Visit site  ▷

Cooking in Tongues Morning Visit to the Lower Lakes, Plitvice Nat'l Park, Croatia.  Crowd conditions stayed manageable until the tour groups started arriving around 9:30.  Visit site  ▷

Charlie Knight Crossing the Empty Quarter Desert — Janey McGill.  A broken back, a brush with death and a miraculous recovery completely turned her life on its head and left her with an insatiable desire to explore.  Visit site  ▷

Another Long Walk Day 31: Walking in the Valley of Death....  Our John Muir Trail hike was over but we had an "extra credit" assignment we made for ourselves: Death Valley.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Backpacking Lyme Disease Prevention.  Some people think I'm cracked when it comes to the preventive measures I take to avoid tick bites and getting Lyme Disease. But I still haven't contracted Lyme Disease.  Visit site  ▷

Barefoot Jake Hikes Olympic Rainy Hiking Gear Solutions (Olympic Peninsula).  Wet outdoor gear stays outside the pack.  Visit site  ▷

Bedrock & Paradox Backpack problems, and answers.  Problem 1: Seams are the enemy.  Visit site  ▷

Bigbananamountains Montane Minimus Mitt first look.  They're made using the well regarded Pertex Shield fabric with fully taped seams so should be perfectly water and wind proof while still being very breathable.  Visit site  ▷

Adventures In Stoving The G-Works R1 Gas Saver — Refilling Backpacking Canisters.  Ever notice how expensive the small canisters of gas are?  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal An Ode to My Favorite Backpack.  I still can't imagine loading up another pack when headed to the backcountry.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Alan A Very Different High Route — Escalante Overland Route.  The Escalante was the last river of its size to be discovered in the lower 48 states and the area was the last to be mapped in the lower 48. Today, only a few canyons see regular use.  Visit site  ▷

iGNANT Wandering Along The Moroccan Mountains With Nina Keinrath.  The 23-year-old film-maker and photographer Nina Keinrath chooses to capture the calmness of her surroundings.  Visit site  ▷

Ars Technica Spider venom messes with our brains-and may help protect them from harm.  Venom from the Australian funnel-web spider (Hadronyche infensa) contains a chemical that shuts down an ion channel known to malfunction in brain cells after strokes.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal What Would You Do If a Cheetah Got in Your Car?  Well, that's certainly something.  Visit site  ▷

Scarfolk Council Identified Flying Objects (& Esoteric Truth).  Many people claimed to have had a "close encounter" with an IFO. Some even reported that they had been taken aboard such craft.  Visit site  ▷

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Definitions: Butt Plant

(1) A butt plant is a way to kiss the earth without getting down on your hands and knees or having your upper lips come in contact with it.

It may result from a back-foot slide, which is defined elsewhere, possibly, or maybe not. Who can say?

(2) If you notice a butt plant growing near your butt or out of it, it's time for a shower.

Have someone help out by giving you a serious scrubbing too, OK? Weed often and check frequently for telltale regrowth.

Source: How to talk in the woods.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fresh, March 19

Astronomy Picture of the Day A Dark Winter Sky.  Monfragüe National Park in Spain recently had its night sky officially protected from potential future light pollution.  Visit site  ▷

Outside Online How 1,600 People Went Missing from Our Public Lands Without a Trace.  No official tally exists, but their numbers are growing. And when an initial search turns up nothing, who'll keep looking?  Visit site  ▷

The Trek How Backpacking Gear Has Changed Through the Decades.  Be flexible and willing to change things as your hike progresses.  Visit site  ▷

Chris Townsend Outdoors Then & Now: Comparing Gear For Long Distance Walks.  Comparing the items from these walks makes me very glad we have the gear of today, gear that is lighter yet just as functional as the gear from a quarter of a century ago.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Why Women Shouldn't Hike The Appalachian Trail.  After racking my brain for months, here are three logical reasons I came up with.  Visit site  ▷

The Summit Register Tips on Hiking the PCT & CDT in the Snow.  Your safety is the most important thing to inform your decision upon reaching the Sierras or San Juans.  Visit site  ▷

The Huckleberry Hiker Record Visitation to America's National Parks in 2016.  "As we enter into a second century of service and visitation numbers continue to increase, we will focus on maintenance backlogs and ensuring these special places are preserved for future generations."  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Top 10 Backpacker Recommended Water Filter and Treatment Systems — 2017.  We asked 565 backpackers. Here are their top 10 picks.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Gossamer Gear Silverback 50 Backpack Review.  The most durable backpack that Gossamer Gear has ever made. Weighing 37.4 ounces, it's also the heaviest.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal The Joys of Backpacking With Appropriate Undergarments.  Here's the deal.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal How Cotopaxi Re-imagined What a Business Could Be.  Every item you buy from Cotopaxi fuels a broad network of outreach and humanitarian work, both in their hometown of Salt Lake City and abroad.  Visit site  ▷

Foroyar Kevin Faingnaert.  I'm Kevin Faingnaert, a documentary and portrait photographer who lives in Gent, Belgium. I thrive on shooting interesting people and places.  Visit site  ▷

Popular Mechanics Vision Might Have Kickstarted Evolution on Land.  Insects and other invertebrates made the jump to land around 50 million years before fish did, so for a prehistoric fish, the shores would have been teeming with food just out of reach. Over millions of years, many fish species evolved better eyes as well as limbs to reach more of it.  Visit site  ▷

Popular Mechanics So You Want to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?  Kilimanjaro isn't a technical climb. It doesn't require the great skill needed to summit other monstrously tall peaks, but the extreme altitude makes the mountain a significant test of strength, stamina, and perseverance.  Visit site  ▷

Popular Mechanics The 9 Best Battery Packs to Keep Your Gadgets Going.  These are nine options to consider that fit a range of different demands, from ultra-portable units to more rugged and outdoor-friendly power banks.  Visit site  ▷

Design Luck Design a Lucky Life.  In 1993, Joan Ginther won a $5.4 million Texas Lotto jackpot. And this was just the start.  Visit site  ▷

Bedrock & Paradox Evaluating backpack capacity in the real world.  AKA the most exciting topic ever.  Visit site  ▷

GORE-TEX Blog Camping in the Rain: Tips for a Fun Experience in Wet Weather.  Being prepared for all sorts of conditions will help you make the most of your time outdoors.  Visit site  ▷

HikeLighter Zpacks Vertice Rain Jacket.  To start with, I have not tried this jacket. I have not seen this jacket. I do not currently own this generation of the jacket. I did not even know it was in the works.  Visit site  ▷

HikeLighter Enlightened Equipment Rain Wrap.  Thoughts on this compared to the Zpacks? Any reason to pay almost double for similar weight?  Visit site  ▷

Old School Outfitter 5 Pro Tips For Buying the Right Rain Jacket For the Backcountry.  Spending more is no guarantee of getting a jacket that you'll like.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking For Her Male Hiking Partner: Choose Yours Wisely.  This is a friends-buddies-brother type of guy.  Visit site  ▷

Washington Trails Association Backcountry Permit Reservation System Coming to North Cascades National Park.  Up to 60 percent of all backcountry permits for the included areas will only be available via the new online reservation process.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Hiking Sandals: The Best Friend You Never Knew You Wanted.  Hiking sandals are definitely not for every hiker, or every adventure. However, I have found them to be an awesome alternative for summer hiking and an option that deserves a place in any hiker's gear closet.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Alan Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Lyme and Zika While Hiking.  1. Don't Get Bit — Don't Get Sick  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Conquering the Demons-Let's Talk about Ticks.  Here are some of my resources to help you decide your tick strategy for this season.  Visit site  ▷

Fix How to Prevent Mosquito-Borne Illnesses. [infographics]  Mosquitoes and the Diseases They Carry: What is Your Risk of Infection?  Visit site  ▷

Cool Tools OpSite Flexifix Transparent Film.  Long-lasting, flexible, inexpensive adhesive bandage roll.  Visit site  ▷

Behance Research: Fade to White.  Emergence over Authority. Disobedience over Compliance. Resilience over Strength. Compasses not maps. Learning over Education.  Visit site  ▷

Review Journal Abandoned van causes serious damage to salt pan at Death Valley.  Death Valley has been subject to multiple instances of vandalism in the past caused by vehicles traveling off-road, though signs warn visitors not to drive past a certain point.  Visit site  ▷

Columbia Blog It's Bear Season: Time To Be Bear Aware.  So what if none of this works and the bear attacks?  Visit site  ▷

Feature Shoot Haunting Photos of Polar Bears in a World Without Ice.  No Snow, No Ice?, seen at the top of this story, has become an iconic picture documenting the realities of climate change.  Visit site  ▷

The Adirondack Almanack The Unusual Life of Barnabee Bear.  Skinny and gaunt, starving and mangy, riddled with internal and external parasites, and less than thirty five pounds, Barnaby was in real tough shape.  Visit site  ▷

Washington Trails Association 5 Steps to a Perfect Plan.  Take the little wins, and eventually they'll add up to something greater.  Visit site  ▷

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fresh, March 12

APOD 2017 March 6  Colorful Aurora over Iceland.  Visit site  ▷

The Adirondack Almanack Lorraine Duvall: Great Old Broads for Wilderness.  A national grassroots organization dedicated to protecting wilderness and wild lands.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal 5 Things You Should Know About Cleaning Your Sleeping Bag.  Sleeping bags, like a lot of outdoor gear, cost a lot. Protect your investment with upkeep research and proper care.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal Following a Camera to What Matters in Life.  I first moved to Colorado with a good friend of mine....on a bicycle. It was a big, beautiful trip.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal So, Um, Hey-They're Still Trying to Screw With Your Public Lands.  One might think that giving the public more say would be a good thing, but apparently not to the 115th Congress.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal Drain the Swamp? Florida Says No to That.  In the nineteenth century the very same calls were made and the aftermath devastated the environment.  Visit site  ▷

Halfway Anywhere I'm Afraid Of The Dark.  And the crazy thing is that this sensation only comes over me when I'm alone at night in the wilderness.  Visit site  ▷

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Blog Build Better Ultralight Backpacking Meals With Heavyweight Nutrition.  For this series we tapped sports nutritionist Brian Rigby, a Certified Sports Nutritionist.  Visit site  ▷

Inga's Adventures Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps with SD Ultralight Trench.  Overall, I liked the Elite Rain Chaps a lot and will be inclined to take them when the weather report is marginal.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking For Her Tick Bites and Lyme Disease: Hikers Need To Know This.  Two words for the connection between tick bites and Lyme disease: Borrelia burgdorferi.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking For Her Rocky Mt Spotted Fever And Tick Bites: What You Should Know.  How to prevent tick bites and Rocky Mt spotted fever.  Visit site  ▷

The Hiking Life Tips for Hiking in Tick Country.  Hikers are a lot more likely to fall foul of ticks than they are of bears or snakes.  Visit site  ▷

NPR Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast. [audio/transcript]  Last summer Felicia Keesing returned from a long trip and found that her home in upstate New York had been subjected to an invasion. It was a plague of mice. And it had landed right in Keesing's kitchen.  Visit site  ▷

Parasite of the Day Lagaropsylla signata.  This story takes place in a cave at the Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the west coast of Borneo. The cave is home to a colony of Naked Bulldog Bats.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Top 10 Backpacker Recommended Backpacking Tents-2017.  While we're confident that the results are fairly representative of the general backpacking population based on the size of the survey results where n=600 people, we can't claim that the results are statistically significant.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Gear Review: ZPacks Arc Blast UL Backpack.  I couldn't be happier with this pack, or the people from the company.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek If it's wrong, fix it..  Oh yeah, and not being in mind-numbing pain.  Visit site  ▷

The Summit Register Thru-Hiking the PNT: The Last Hike on the Pacific Northwest Trail.  Triple Crowner Quoc Nguyen undertook the PNT in the fall, a feat that should be reserved only for expert thru-hikers and those with extensive avalanche education and winter backcountry experience.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultimate Hang Review: Astucas Sestrals Poncho and Balaclava.  The hood is pretty hot.  Visit site  ▷

BBC Travel Africa's most misunderstood country?  BBC reporter and documentary filmmaker Benjamin Zand uncovers a side of Sudan that's seldom seen.  Visit site  ▷

Photo-Eye Gallery Laurie Tümer.  Clouds  Visit site  ▷

Halfway Anywhere The Best Pacific Crest Trail Resources.  Want to do some planning for your inevitable Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike but don't know where to start?  Visit site  ▷

Halfway Anywhere The Pacific Crest Trail.  Dedicated to helping (or at least entertaining) everyone curious about what awaits them.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail OCT in 23 days.  How long I hiked and where I slept.  Visit site  ▷

Inherently Adventurous One of most beautiful waterfalls in America.  I took my time taking photos there while thinking to myself what another great opportunity to photograph one of the most beautiful waterfalls in America was.  Visit site  ▷

LightHeart Gear Managing Food and Mail Drops on the Trail.  Wen I call home and tell my husband to send however many days worth of food, all he has to do is pull that number of individual one gallon bags out of the freezer.  Visit site  ▷

Greenbelly Meals Guide to Hiking Gaiters.  Why are hiking gaiters important? What should I look for in a pair? What are the best gaiter models for running shoes...and for backpacking boots?  Visit site  ▷

Ars Technica On the heels of Zika comes its deadlier relative, yellow fever, experts warn.  Some southern areas, such as Florida and along the Texas-Mexico border, could see outbreaks like we've seen with Zika. Plus, it would likely be carried in by travelers.  Visit site  ▷

Specials Not On The Menu Heart of the PCT Towns: My Re-Supply at Mammoth.  This is about my own journey by car through some of the PCT re-supply locations all the way into Canada.  Visit site  ▷

Future Travel Going Ultralight — Part I: Choosing a Backpack.  These articles are more of an aggregation of the research I have done deciding which gear to go with. I will start by discussing part 1 of my big three: the backpack.  Visit site  ▷

The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange (beta) How should I plan a backpacking trip with people who have never backpacked before?.  Make the trip short and easy. Better to have them wishing for something longer than regretting that they're stuck on the trail. Just spend one night on the trail, in good weather if you can arrange it. The four most important things for comfort are sufficient water, good shoes, a comfortable pack, and a warm, dry place to sleep...  Visit site  ▷

National Geographic Society Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for Decades.  In the middle of eastern Washington, in a desert that gets less than eight inches of rain a year, stands what was once the largest waterfall in the world. It is three miles wide and 400 feet high.  Visit site  ▷

DIY Photography This photographer creates artistic landscapes using only surveillance cameras.  Ultimately, the landscapes in this work act as a larger metaphor for the totalizing reach of our surveillance state.  Visit site  ▷

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

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