Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fresh, April 9

Astronomy Picture of the Day Plane Contrail and Sun Halo.  What's happened to the sky?  Visit site  ▷

The Hiking Life The Narrows Top-Down Route.  Situated in Utah's Zion National Park, The Narrows Top-Down route is one of the most spectacular short hikes in the United States. Stretching some 25 km (16 miles) from Chamberlain's Ranch to Temple of Sinawava, it follows the course of the Virgin River through the northern reaches of Zion Canyon.  Visit site  ▷

Bedrock & Paradox Your mid wants a liner.  Mid devotees with a bit of sewing skill should try one out.  Visit site  ▷

Bedrock & Paradox Sandal hiking with the Bedrock Cairn.  The Cairn is as close to an ideal hiking sandal as I can imagine.  Visit site  ▷

Bold Betties Sisterhood and Sopping Sleeping Bags.  So there I was, in the middle of a crazy, freak rain storm that came up out of nowhere, standing braless and bedraggled in front of the park ranger.  Visit site  ▷

Brown Gal Trekker WOMEN TRAIL LEADERS: Summer & Lezley of Fat Girls Hiking.  The reality is that life in the outdoors is not perfect, especially when, as a female hiker, we don't fit the looks of women as portrayed by the outdoors media.  Visit site  ▷

Love Her Wild Interview with: Kerry-Anne Martin.  Scotland based Kerry-Anne Martin set about to rediscover the outdoors with her 6-year-old son, Finn. In 2016 she was awarded a Next Challenge Grant for her adventure.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking Project Journal 4 Things You Should Know Before Hiking Fitz Roy.  An insider shares her tips from hiking in the shadow of one of Argentina's most iconic peaks.  Visit site  ▷

HikeLighter.Com Zpacks 'Wallet Zip Pouch', 1300+ Day Usage.  The Zpacks 'Wallet Zip Pouch' is now officially receiving my "Top Pick" gear award!  Visit site  ▷

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Blog Snow Daze, Part II: Thru Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in an Epic Snow Year.  As of April 1, the snow pack for the entire Sierra region of California is at 164% of normal. Break that down regionally and the numbers get even more staggering.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog ULA Ohm 2.0 Backpack Review.  The ULA Ohm 2.0 is a high volume ultralight backpack (63L/27 to 32 ounces) that's sized for weekend backpacking trips and thru-hikes. It is designed for ultralight backpackers who've gotten their base weight down and want a durable but streamlined backpack.  Visit site  ▷

Washington Trails Association Why Do Trees Grow in Spirals?  This spiral pattern is a clever adaptation for survival.  Visit site  ▷

Sobo-Hobo Landmannalaugar and the Laugavegur Trail.  Honey-Bun, there is enough beauty to go around for everyone!  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Tips and Tricks for Singing in the Rain.  To be completely honest, sometimes the best way to beat a rainy day is to hitch into town and get a beer.  Visit site  ▷

Faith is Torment Echoes of Light: Photos by Mehran Naghshbandi.  Long exposure photos of seascapes by Iranian photographer Mehran Naghshbandi.  Visit site  ▷

Popular Mechanics Kentucky Coal Museum Will Be Powered By Solar.  The museum in Benham, Kentucky, is installing solar panels on its roof.  Visit site  ▷

Popular Mechanics Oldest Mammalian Blood Cells Found in Tick Stuck in Amber.  Between 15 and 45 million years ago, two primates were engaged in the societal act of checking each other for ticks. Having found one, one tossed it off the other's back, accidentally sending it into tree sap.  Visit site  ▷

ALDHA-West Sponsor Spotlight — Gossamer Gear.  This issue of the Gazette's "Sponsor Spotlight" features Glen Van Peski, of Gossamer Gear, one of ALDHA-West's sponsoring gear companies.  Visit site  ▷

ALDHA-West Opinion from a Member: Marmot.  Some groups of people spent their time on the trail serially binge drinking at each resupply town. It has already caused neighbors of Kennedy Meadows to officially complain to the licensing authority about bad behavior including public urination.  Visit site  ▷

ALDHA-West The 10 Commandments.  A set of guidelines for how to behave in town.  Visit site  ▷

ALDHA-West Sponsor Spotlight — Atlas Guides.  We asked Ryan a few questions about Atlas Guides so that we can get to know them better.  Visit site  ▷

ALDHA-West How to Meet Your Next (Hiking) Partner...  Last winter, I had a dream of hiking the Great Divide Trail through Canada but was not interested in going alone. How would I find someone with the skills and experience necessary for such a hard hike?  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Alan Top Mistakes Using the Layering System — How to Stay Warmer and Drier.  It can be heavy, and expensive. And not used properly it could even make you colder.  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic Above Canada and Greenland With NASA's Operation IceBridge.  According to NASA scientists and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, sea ice in the Arctic appears to have reached the lowest maximum wintertime extent ever recorded on March 7.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal Anatomy of a Flash Flood.  The floods that I witnessed and the lives that were lost as I wrote it are woven into my heart.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal BLM Puts Big Coal on Its Home Page.  Two days ago, visitors to the home page of the Bureau of Land Management were greeted by a picture of a man and boy, presumably backpacking. Last night, the home page filled with black — a giant pile of coal.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal Opinion: The Real Danger to Bears Ears Is...  Developed tourism.  Visit site  ▷

Chris Townsend Outdoors A Mountain Rescue Lesson.  Back when this happened I was very much a purist, feeling that carrying a phone was against the spirit of the hills. This incident taught me that carrying one was not just for myself but for others too.  Visit site  ▷

Northwest Hiker Calorie Burn Calculator.  For entertainment purposes and has no scientific support and does not claim to be accurate. However, i have spent a considerable amount of time trying to make the results close to other charts on the internet.  Visit site  ▷

Sierra Club The Return of Park Ranger Diplomacy.  The American Peace Corps and the National Park Service's Office of International Affairs were both created in the 1960s, when collaborative projects with other countries were a fundamental building block of America's foreign policy.  Visit site  ▷

Indiahikes Why Sandakphu is one of the Most Underrated Himalayan Treks.  There are so many things that make it an experience of a lifetime! I hope in the coming days, Sandakphu will get the appreciation it deserves.  Visit site  ▷

Rambling Hemlock Chesler Park in Needles.  Though I like my solo time, nothing compares to the magic of a shared sunset.  Visit site  ▷

The Adirondack Almanack Missing Lynx Return to New England.  The Canada lynx, once eliminated from most of New England by forest clearing and unsustainable hunting and trapping, is making a comeback.  Visit site  ▷

Ultralight and Comfortable Finding purpose.  Minimalism is the answer to the hamster wheel, the real answer. Not the "get rich quick" answer, but a true answer to many of life's real problems.  Visit site  ▷

Ultralight and Comfortable A little secret.  Something that has been in progress for sometime and only now am I starting to accept it.  Visit site  ▷

Slashdot Wolves May Be 'Re-Domesticating' Into Dogs.  The animals are increasingly dining on livestock and human garbage instead of their wild prey, inching closer and closer to the human world.  Visit site  ▷

The News Tribune Rainier stops taking Wonderland Trail reservation after record number of requests.  The park received nearly 5,900 requests during its normal March 15-31 application period. The number of requests more than doubles the old record of 2,700 set in 2015.  Visit site  ▷

Keith Foskett Hiker The ZPacks Hexamid Solo Review.  Even now when I erect the Hexamid I stand back and look at it. It is so simple. Every time I crawl in, lie back and look out, a small part of me still harbours a little concern that it will let me down. But it never has.  Visit site  ▷

Alex Roddie In the Footsteps of Forbes: how the Alps have changed since 1842.  Following Forbes's route, and examining the same glaciers he studied 172 years before my visit, made it all very real for me. The mountains have changed dramatically since the Golden Age of Alpinism.  Visit site  ▷

The Trail Life Building an Ultralight Pack.  Building and using gear you've made yourself is a blast. Five features made the cut, and drove the design.  Visit site  ▷

Aperture The Surreal Landscapes of California City.  Cities for people who don't exist yet, funded by "increasingly complex transactional instruments" whose value is divorced from anything resembling civic good or democratic well-being.  Visit site  ▷

Smithsonian Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish?  Newly discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island and why they suddenly disappeared.  Visit site  ▷

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