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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