Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Anything happening out there? 27 FEB 19

APOD 2019 February 3.  An Airglow Fan from Lake to Sky.  Visit site  ▷

Alastair Humphreys Shifting Baseline Syndrome.  The phrase describes the way each generation perceives their own experience of the environment to be normal and is willing to tolerate a small decline in those standards.  Visit site  ▷

Long Walks and Dirty Socks Assimilation, Bad Histories.  Like our minds these landscapes are intricate machines. They take a while to get to know.  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic Photos: Superb Owl Sunday III.  A photographic essay celebrating a few of these magnificent birds of prey.  Visit site  ▷ Death Valley: Tin Mountain loop.  Back at the car, we were both disappointed not to have managed the longer, 8 day trip, but still rather pleased with the exploration of Tin Mountain and Hidden Valley.  Visit site  ▷

Parasite of the Day Acanthamoeba spp.  The cornea guzzling free-living protozoa from hell! Contact lens wearing accounts for > 80% of the cases. Basically, an ulcer forms on the cornea of the infected eye as a result of the hungry Acanthamoeba.  Visit site  ▷

Motherboard Climate Change Will Alter the Color of Half of Earth's Oceans by 2100.  Phytoplankton blooms tint the oceans green, which means their response to warmer waters will shake up the ocean color scheme.  Visit site  ▷

Instagram Even Tryggstrand.  Born under the Northern Lights  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal How About a New 4,000-Mile Bike Route Across the US?.  The RTC is currently in the midst of planning the Great American Rail-Trail (GART), a trail system they're calling the "single greatest trail project in the history of the United States."  Visit site  ▷

Zombie Squad Palmer Furnace style emergency shelter.  Doesn't make for a comfortable night, but it beats freezing.  Visit site  ▷

The National Parks Girl A Winter Wonderland: Mount St. Helens Summit.  The winter route up Mount St. Helens, called the Worm Flows Route, requires climbing 6 miles and 5,700' up to the summit which sits at 8,366',and then turning around and either hiking, glissading, or in our case, skiing back down.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Backpacking Quilt Temperature Ratings.  An Interview with Therm-a-Rest's Quilt Team.  Visit site  ▷

Spectator USA 'If I get an adrenaline rush, something's gone wrong': An interview with Free Solo's Alex Honnold.  The elite climber on fear, failure and conquering El Capitan  Visit site  ▷

Backcountry Post Album - Moon Shots.  'There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path' - Joe Buddha  Visit site  ▷ Going Left Where Others Go Right: Interview with Yasu Ogita.  From an expedition point of view, the Arctic is more difficult. The South Pole is not that hard. You gain a lot from taking responsibility for your life and achieving something entirely by your own strength.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultralight Hiker DIY Crampons.  A few 1/4&quo; nuts and some cable ties and a bit of spare time and you are good to go!  Visit site  ▷

Midwest Basecamp Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus Backpack Review.  A backpack that could carry all my gear, yet fit as a carry-on.  Visit site  ▷

Futurity Awesome mosquito hearing includes our voices.  The mosquitoes' frequency range for hearing overlaps with human speech, which means "they should be able to hear" people speaking.  Visit site  ▷

The Northwest Climate Toolbox Web tools for visualizing climate.  Past and projected climate and hydrology of the Pacific Northwest, USA​.  Visit site  ▷

Viajar a pie Via Alpina 1 Stage 5: Engstlensee to foot of the Wetterhorn.  I'm glad I slept under tree cover, the Alps are a surprisingly damp place!  Visit site  ▷

Viajar a pie Via Alpina 1 Stage 8: Bundalp to Adelboden.  I'm surprised at the gap between expectations and reality but not deceived. It doesn't really matter. I loved the trip.  Visit site  ▷

CNN It's so cold in Michigan, the trees are growing ghost apples.  Andrew Sietsema was pruning apple trees in an icy orchard in western Michigan when he came across some.  Visit site  ▷

science alert Watch a Swarm of Maggots Devour an Entire Pizza in Just 2 Hours, For Science.  People like enjoying meals together too.  Visit site  ▷

Pacific Crest Trailside Reader Bare Necessities.  Curiously, all black bears are not black especially in the Western United States.  Visit site  ▷

HikeLighter.Com Six Moon Designs introduced Carbon Fiber Sun Umbrella.  Our good friends over at Six Moon Designs have brought to market two new sun umbrellas made with carbon fiber, to help reduce weight of our favorite sun umbrellas.  Visit site  ▷

novaugust Cuba.  An incredibly interesting country. The government pretends to control everything. The Cubans pretend to obey.  Visit site  ▷

Scott Reinhard Mapping and Visualization.  Scott Reinhard is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer.  Visit site  ▷

Dwell New "Metallic Wood" Is as Strong as Titanium But Much Lighter.  Light enough to float on water. [Pack frames! Tent supports!]  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic The Scientific Cost of Glacial Retreat in Venezuela.  In the midst of political and economic chaos, Venezuelan researchers are struggling to save the scientific legacy of their country's fast-melting ice.  Visit site  ▷

The Adventure Blog Long Distance Paddler Will Attempt Northwest Passage in Summer 2019.  In 2012 he kayaked the length of the Amazon River in South America and in 2014 he followed that up with the first descent of the Volga River in Russia.  Visit site  ▷ The GEMINI Hammock Underquilt.  How to make a DIY, no-sew, all-season, convertible, down underquilt for $65 and love the results.  Visit site  ▷

Ridgeline Ferociously Scary Things.  "Goodnight, goodnight," he said as he shuffled off into the night.  Visit site  ▷

Bite Toothpaste Bits.  Bite down on your Bit. Brush with a wet toothbrush.  Visit site  ▷

Miguel Marquez Outside Spill.  Caution.  Visit site  ▷

Always Wanderlust Top 10 Best Backpacking Tents Of 2019.  We've handpicked a few tents worth mentioning to make this top 10 list.  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition.  For many scientists, the resonant mystery is no longer which animals are conscious, but which are not.  Visit site  ▷

Atlas Obscura This Glacier Is Losing Ice Faster Than Any Other in Antarctica.  Pine Island Glacier calved icebergs in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018-and now, another one is getting ready to break free.  Visit site  ▷

Behance Frozen Life.  Black Forest, Germany  Visit site  ▷

PetaPixel Photographer Captures Hikers as High-Fashion Models on a 2,653-Mile Hike.  The project is called Hiker Trash Vogue.  Visit site  ▷

Adirondack Explorer Should we stop rescuing people in wilderness?.  We need more forest rangers! We can't afford more forest rangers! There is a simple solution to the problem: stop rescuing people.  Visit site  ▷

Thermarest Blog How to Choose the Right Size and Shape Camping Mattress.  There are a few crucial considerations to make.  Visit site  ▷

Leor Pantilat's Adventures Recess & Mist.  Mount Gabb steals the show with its impressive arrow-shaped profile, flanked by Mount Mills, Mount Abbot and Mount Dade.  Visit site  ▷

Leor Pantilat's Adventures Mount Kaweah - Leor Pantilat's Adventures.  The Kaweah Peaks Ridge is one of the more rugged and remote features of the High Sierra and its jagged profile is recognizable from virtually all directions.   Visit site  ▷

Adventure Alan Lightest Air Mattress the ½ Lb Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite Mattress.  The new Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite Mattress is the lightest insulated backpacking air mattress.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Alan Approaching the 1 lb barrier for a 2-person tent! Big Agnes Tent Carbon with Dyneema for 2019.  1 lb 9 oz (709g) $1,000 for the Carbon with Dyneema version.  Visit site  ▷

Hike Bike Travel How to Spend a Day at the End of the World in Punta Arenas, Chile.  It's both bigger, windier and more colourful than I imagined it to be with an overriding sense of loneliness about it.  Visit site  ▷

Backcountry Post Album - Hoodoos, Spires and other Rock Formations.  I'll get it going with this large caprock hoodoo we found in Bears Ears National Monument earlier this month.  Visit site  ▷

Vox California has 149 million dead, dry trees ready to ignite like a matchbook.  18 million trees died just last year.  Visit site  ▷

the gear caster Ditch The Puffy Coat For an Inflatable Body Warmer.  The company claims it offers 10% better insulation than feather down (in R per gram), but at a fraction of the bulk.  Visit site  ▷ Cerro Vigia Circuit, Caleta Tortel, Chile.  Tourists visiting weird, wonderful and remote Caleta Tortel all climb up to the viewpoint above town. And back down the same way.  Visit site  ▷

Pacific Crest Trail Association The thing the trail teaches.  These days, I answer the question with a single word, one the trail teaches me a little more every year.  Visit site  ▷

Caitlin T. McCormack skeletal remains.  The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue.  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic Images From Antarctica.  Summertime in Antarctica is winding down these days.  Visit site  ▷

REI Co-op Journal Would You Create Your Own Thru-Hike?.  The fact is, no matter how well you plan this out, things are not going to go according to plan.  Visit site  ▷

The Outdoor Society Open Relationships and Our National Parks.  Relationships are tough. They take and they give, they inspire and they crush. If healthy, they allow us to love and be loved.  Visit site  ▷

The Nib How White Americans Refuse to Assimilate.  By Jen Sorensen  Visit site  ▷

Young Adventuress 30 photos that prove the Agordino in the Dolomites is a winter wonderland.  I'm going to make a bold statement: I love winter. Unashamedly.  Visit site  ▷

CBC Radio This woman hiked hundreds of kilometres to find peace.  Like others who have walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Margaret Lynch saw herself in a new light. [audio, 7:17 + transcript]  Visit site  ▷

CBC Radio The Dunning-Kruger Effect.  A look at the psychological phenomenon that makes you cocky in your ignorance - and how we all have it. [audio, 28:59 + summary]  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic 'The Last Ice Merchant': Chimborazo, the Highest Point on Earth.  The curtain falls on an ancient vocation.  Visit site  ▷

The Adirondack Almanack Feeding Deer Does Much Harm, Little Good.  Interestingly, northern deer will lose weight in winter no matter what or how much they are fed, even in captivity.  Visit site  ▷ Huemul Route, Fitz Roy, Argentina - day 2.  Omg your foot! Glad it's not painful for you! — Anna on February 18, 2019  Visit site  ▷ Huemul Route, Fitz Roy, Argentina - day 1.  Huemul is a difficult, remote, wild visit to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the second largest in the world.  Visit site  ▷

Alastair Humphreys Rowing the Atlantic Ocean: 7 Years On.  We gather together once more, from our separate homes and lives, and relive it all as friends.  Visit site  ▷

My Modern Met Award-Winning Landscape Photos Show the Beauty of the Environment.  Over 800 photographers entered the contest.  Visit site  ▷

HikeBikeTravel Everything You Need to Know to do the Torres del Paine Trek.  You are in for a treat if you head to Patagonia to trek.  Visit site  ▷

The Hiking Life Gear Review: Tarptent Aeon Li.  Impressions of the Aeon Li, along with recommendations for future users.  Visit site  ▷ Tarptent Aeon Li V Zpacks Plexamid comparison.  'Don't think I'll be buying either of those somehow. [video]'  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic Climate Change Enters Its Blood-Sucking Phase.  As winters grow warmer in North America, thirsty ticks are on the move.  Visit site  ▷

Ancient Earth globe What did Earth look like "X" years ago?.  Cryogenian Period. Glaciers may have covered the entire planet during the greatest ice age known on Earth.  Visit site  ▷

Eating Snow Around the World The highest point on the Te Araroa.  Sleeping in such a place, it's easy to imagine you're the only one around and that this is all yours. And it is, at least for the night.  Visit site  ▷

The Treeographer Every tree has a story.  A collection of the true histories of significant or symbolic trees from around the world.  Visit site  ▷

Miguel Marquez Outside Last.  Please take the brochure.  Visit site  ▷

APOD Red Sprite Lightning over Kununurra.  Red sprites may start as 100-meter balls of ionized air that shoot down from about 80-km high at 10 percent the speed of light.  Visit site  ▷

BBC The dark town that built a giant mirror to deflect the Sun.  The Sun has powerful effects on our minds and bodies – and it changes us when it’s absent.  Visit site  ▷

YouTube Sorelle Amore.  I tried the Wim Hof Breathing & Cold Therapy Method for 7 Days. [video]  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal The Bracing Sublimity of Coldwater Swimming.  Well, this is beautiful. [video]  Visit site  ▷

The Adventure Blog Bikepacking Cuba's La Ruta Mala [video].  Those who do embark on the ride will be treated to a Cuban encounter that few visitors ever get the chance to experience.  Visit site  ▷


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