Sunday, February 3, 2019

Anything happening out there? 31 JAN 19

APOD Partial Eclipse over Beijing.  2019 January 11.  Visit site  ▷

Idle Words Gluten Free Antarctica.  Far below the Antarctic circle, I watch a woman cry real tears because she can't get gluten-free toast.  Visit site  ▷

Behance N A T U . R A E VIII.  The sublime according to Immanuel Kant is the sense of awe that man feels when faced with the greatness of nature.  Visit site  ▷

Reddit -- WildernessBackpacking Baffin Island: Auyuittuq Traverse 2016.  Mount Thor, located in Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal The Backpacker Who Carries Too Much.  We must call him Jeffrey. Not Jeff. Not Jay. And certainly not "Turd Head,' which was the nickname we'd given him. Jeffrey was his name. He insisted on it.  Visit site  ▷

Iain Macdonald Wind River High Route Trip Report.  July 29 - August 6, 2018 And August 23 - August 29, 2018  Visit site  ▷

National Geographic Part of Earth's crust went missing, and Snowball Earth may be to blame.  A fifth of Earth's geologic history might have vanished because planet-wide glaciers buried the evidence.  Visit site  ▷

The National Parks Girl Backpacking 101.  National Park Backcountry Permit Cheat Sheet.  Visit site  ▷

American Geophysical Union Meet IceWorm: NASA's New Ice-Climbing Robot.  A robot that can inch up icy surfaces.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek After Tens of Thousands of Miles....  Has Hiking Legend "Nimblewill Nomad" Finally Retired?  Visit site  ▷

REI Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings.  If you have a reasonable idea of the coldest conditions you anticipate on your adventure, you can pick a bag that will keep you warm at or below that temperature.  Visit site  ▷

Reddit Morning in Goat Rocks Wilderness.  Photo was taken on August 24th 2018 while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  Visit site  ▷

Nomadic Pawprints Backpacking the Wind River Range, August 2018 [in three parts].  There is no hiding anything on a backpacking trip...if you have a wedgie you fix it, everyone makes prolific use of the "farmer blow' and everyone knows when you have to poop.  Visit site  ▷

REI How to Visit and Explore Patagonia.  Ready to get planning?  Visit site  ▷ Wow! What a pack!.  Can't get all your gear in your old pack? Try this one!!  Visit site  ▷

Daily Mail Online Icing with death.  Base jumper's 120-metre 'death' plunge after parachute fails to open. (Survives.)  Visit site  ▷

Backpacking Light StoveBench.  A stove testing protocol for comparing the performance of backpacking stoves.  Visit site  ▷

Jill Outside Windswept paradise.  I'm beginning to think my friends don't believe me when I insist that the Far North in wintertime is my version of heaven.  Visit site  ▷

BBC In Search of Snow Leopards.  A journey into the remote Altai mountains to look for one of the world's rarest animals.  Visit site  ▷

Behance Massiv IV.  Dolomites, Italy.  Visit site  ▷

Leor Pantilat's Adventures Glacier Ridge via Tablelands.  One of the snowier spots in the Southern Sierra.  Visit site  ▷

Pmags Colorado transit options for the outdoors.  Getting to the Colorado trailheads without a car can be interesting.  Visit site  ▷

Outside Online This Couple Created a New Thru-Hike in the Northwest.  Thanks to a new thru-hike created by Ras and Kathy Vaughan.  Visit site  ▷

Hiking For Her Benefits Of Hiking.  Gifts To Yourself.  Visit site  ▷

Ars Technica What could have wiped 3km of rock off the entire Earth?.  Some evidence for the cause of geology's Great Unconformity.  Visit site  ▷

Hike Meal Plan Pack lighter, eat better.  Inspired by LighterPack.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Hiking the Hayduke.  Welcome to the Wild, Wild (South)West.  Visit site  ▷

Behance Mystical.  Once you walk into the tangled web of trees you are transported.  Visit site  ▷

Miguel Marquez Outside Private Shouting Room.  Occupied/Vacant.  Visit site  ▷

Jill Outside It's just life on Earth..  Part one of five.  Visit site  ▷

Fox In The Forest The Step-by-Step Guide.  How to Find Free Camping in the USA.  Visit site  ▷

Tesla Tower Ideas For Tesla.  Offers the ability to live in your decked-out, personalized, AWD Tesla Van in an urban environment.  Visit site  ▷

The Hiking Life Time-outs and Tarptent Aeons.  Here are my initial impressions of the shelter.  Visit site  ▷

Section Hikers Backpacking Blog NEMO Equipment Rocket 2 Tent Review.  The NEMO Rocket 2 is a two person, single wall, ultralight backpacking tent weighing 22 oz.  Visit site  ▷

Climate Reanalyzer A platform for visualizing climate and weather datasets.  Access climate information using interfaces for reanalysis and historical station data. Maps, timeseries, and correlation analyses...  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic Photos of the 2019 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.  Every year, in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, the city of Harbin hosts the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.  Visit site  ▷

The Shooting Star How I Fit All My Life Possessions in Two Bags as I Travel the World.  After 5 years of long term travel, I write about my digital nomad packing list.  Visit site  ▷

Lady On A Rock How to Hike Hands Free with an Umbrella.  I have tried many different combinations of ties, pads, and small bungies. All have been okay, but moved around a bit. My latest system works perfectly.  Visit site  ▷

Into Cascadia The Volumetric Efficiency of Trekking Pole Shelters.  The least material to provide that space should clearly be desirable.  Visit site  ▷

CONTEMPORIST A Series Of Elevated Cabins Were Built On A Farm In Norway.  On a farm in Finnskogen, Norway.  Visit site  ▷

The Atlantic Plants Use Flowers to Hear the Buzz of Animals.  And they react to the buzzing of pollinators by sweetening their nectar.  Visit site  ▷

Behance PERAT II.  The mountains.  Visit site  ▷

Backpacking Light Tarptent Stratospire Li Review .  Large, cozy, and stable while remaining ultralight, it won't let you down-assuming you can stomach the price tag.  Visit site  ▷

U.S. National Park Service Bear Series, Part One: A Bear's Sense of Smell.  A black bear's sense of smell can easily be measured in miles.  Visit site  ▷

Reddit Overfill. An attempted explanation.  The notion 'overfill' refers to a base quantity of down receiving a request for extra fill.  Visit site  ▷

Captains of Us Doomsday.  Mt. Doom! Or, more appropriately, Mt. Ngauruhoe.  Visit site  ▷

Andrew Ineffective & outdated.  Six reasons to not hang a bear bag.  Visit site  ▷

Alastair Humphreys Adventures on Foot.  In Praise of Simplicity and Slowness.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Thru-Hiking After 50.  Prepare for an Amazing, Life Changing Experience.  Visit site  ▷

Quartz Arborists are bringing the "dinosaur of trees" back to life.  They're cloning saplings from the stumps of the world's largest, strongest, and longest-lived trees-felled for timber more than a century ago-to create redwood "super groves".  Visit site  ▷

Mountains with Megan 20 of the Best Wilderness Hikes Around the World from Travel Bloggers.  From multi-day to multi-week and span six different continents.  Visit site  ▷

The Great Outdoors Chris's Column: Tarptent Moment DW Tent.  Overall the Moment DW is a good lightweight tent for three-season backpacking.  Visit site  ▷

Backpacking Light Tarptent Notch Li Review (First Looks).  Representing Tarptent's first use of Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF, formerly, Cuben Fiber) in their shelter line.  Visit site  ▷

Fox in the Forest 10 Unforgettable Treks and Walking Holidays in Europe.  As told by local European bloggers and trekking experts.  Visit site  ▷

APOD 2019 January 14.  Meteor and Milky Way over the Alps  Visit site  ▷

Smithsonian The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London.  In his fictional universe, lone wolves die and abusive alpha males never win out in the end. In 18 years, he had written 50 books, 20 of them novels.  Visit site  ▷

Motherboard Antarctica Is Losing Six Times As Much Ice Mass As It Was 40 Years Ago.  We expect multi-meter sea level rise from Antarctica in the coming centuries.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal This Map Shows in Vivid Color How Territorial Wolf Packs Actually Are.  It's scent, right? You're using just your nose; there are no geographical markers. That's a really cool part of it.  Visit site  ▷

The Trek Women on Trail: Stories of Courage, Endurance, Empowerment.  Our stamina is questioned. We get romantically pursued whether we want it or not. We may be criticized for hiking solo. We get asked if we're carrying a gun or pepper spray.  Visit site  ▷

Explorersweb Unsupported Solo Death Valley Crossing — Trip Report.  I tried and failed 4 times. When I set off, on December 27th 2018, it finally felt right.  Visit site  ▷

Bad at Backpacking A Tour of Hobbiton.  It was honestly the most peaceful spot I could imagine, even with hundreds of tourists wandering the area.  Visit site  ▷

Backcountry Post Three days in Utah_Arizona.  My goal this time around was to visit spots that we hadn't been able to make it to.  Visit site  ▷

The Guardian When the ice melts.  The catastrophe of vanishing glaciers.  Visit site  ▷

The Adventure Blog The Trans Dinarica is a New European Bike Route Connecting 8 Countries.  Through Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The plan is to eventually add Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia.  Visit site  ▷

APOD 2019 January 23.  Orion over the Austrian Alps.  Visit site  ▷

Adventure Journal The Story of Doug Peacock and the Soul-Saving Grizzly Bear.  Peacock sought refuge in those blank spots on his map, the zones without people. Without roads, without buildings. With trees, rivers, and lakes. With grizzly bears.  Visit site  ▷

PopUpBackpacker Today You Have an Extra Hour to Use — or do You?.  Instead of contemplating a mystical appearance of an extra 60 minutes in our lives, perhaps we should recognize that each of us will have a finite amount of time to live.  Visit site  ▷

Serac Hammocks Staying Dry.  How to hammock in the rain.  Visit site  ▷

Backpackinglight Podcast 002.  Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF aka "Cuben Fiber")  Visit site  ▷

iTunes Podcasts With Park Rangers.  The Virtual Kampers explore the importance of our National Park and Historic sites from those who live and work in them every day.  Visit site  ▷

The Ultralight Hiker Best $5 Spent on Camping Gear Ever.  What is the most useful piece of gear you can buy for $5? You will notice many such items in my gear list.  Visit site  ▷

Outside Online Frozen Alive.  You've traveled to a place where there is no sun. In the infinite winter of space, heat is tiny; it is the cold that is huge.  Visit site  ▷

NOWNESS Johanna Under The Ice.  Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice.  Visit site [video]  ▷

Anomaly London The 12 Days of Christmas.  A Tale of Avian Misery  Visit site  ▷

Anomaly London DEAR SATAN.  (It's never too late, too early, or too much for Xmas.)  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  ▷

Obtainium Works Neverwas Haul.  "Damn the Blinkies, full steam ahead!" — Major Catastrophe  Visit site  ▷

Death touches my ear. 'Live,' he says, 'I am coming.' -- Virgil
(Died September 21, 19 BC, age 50)


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