Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Whatup? 31 JUL 19

The Atlantic

The Unbearable Smugness of Walking. 

The more conscious writers become of its creative benefits, the more walking takes on the quality of goal-driven labor, the very thing we are meant to be marching against. And yet again and again in the literature of walking, a stroll is portrayed as a working method. 

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PetaPixel

Shooting High-Res Thermal Photos of Iceland to Show Nature at Work. 

Thermal cameras pick up infrared light in the 7-14 micron range, which allows them to see the blackbody radiation that is constantly emitted by all objects at habitable temperatures. 

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KUOW

Mind the gap. 

Efforts aim to stitch together long trails, getting hikers off highway's edge. [text/audio] 

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Gizmodo

Pentagon Ordered to Tell Congress If It Weaponized Ticks And Released Them Into the Public. 

On July 11, the House stealthily decided via voice vote to support an amendment to the 2020 defense authorization bill that would require the Department of Justice look into weaponized ticks. 

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World Economic Forum

Melting Russian permafrost could speed up global warming and have a devastating impact on the planet. 

An environmental vicious circle is taking hold in Russia and other parts of the Arctic as permafrost - the frozen ground beneath a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere and almost 20% of Earth's landmass - thaws. 

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Ken Ilgunas

A trip to the Alps. 

It was perfectly legal to risk death on a steep mountain trail in the middle of the night, but it was a $1,000 fine if I slept in the woods or on a park bench. 

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Big Agnes

CDT Trail Guide. 

General information about Big Agnes staff adventures in the backcountry, summer 2018 

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Parasite of the Day

Halarachne halichoeri. 

Most of them are found up the nasal passages of seals and sea lions. 

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IDONTDOOHILLS

Tarptent Notch, first impressions. 

The space inside the Notch is impressive, for what looks like a very small shelter there is literally stacks of room. 

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All Women All Trails

The Other Georgia. 

This trail I backpacked through the Caucasus, dipped in and out of small villages and hamlets along the way. I was often invited to enjoy a cup of chai (tea) on the front porch with a family, as I passed through their village. 

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Fox in the Forest

The Local's Guide to Hiking in Colorado. 

This in-depth, local guide covers how to plan a Colorado hiking trip, what to pack for a high altitude hike, local knowledge about hiking a Colorado 14er, and plenty of helpful resources. 

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The Ultralight Hiker

The Olfa Knife. 

I'm just a little late to the party concerning this knife which has been around nearly as long as I have - at any rate since 1956. You could easily skin and butcher a sambar deer with one of them, and they only cost a few bucks. 

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Instagram

terryoinfluence. 

As seen (and discreetly posted from my phone) in a local Whitehorse cafe. 

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Christof Teuscher

News: 242mi Cougar Traverse FKT Attempt. 

Update: I finished the traverse on Wed, Jul 17, 2019, in 5 days 17 hours 52 minutes (137.9h). THE GOOD: I did not die. THE BAD: A concussion from a freak fall while traversing wet deadfall. THE UGLY: Lost the GoPro at about mile 179 with many hours of footage. 

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Christof Teuscher

Report: 242mi Cougar Traverse FKT. 

The 242-mile Cougar Traverse in Washington State's Pasayten Wilderness is the longest uninterrupted wilderness route in the lower 48 states. It's one big loop without any road crossings, no possibilities to resupply, and no easy bailout options. 

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The Atlantic

2019 Audubon Photography Awards. 

You can also see all of the top 100 entries at the Audubon website. 

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Idle Words

Gluten Free Antarctica. 

'You mean if this woman eats bread, she will die?' 'Not really. She just gets sick.' 'Yuri, come here! You have to hear this. If she eats bread, the woman will die.' 

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The Adirondack Almanack

Mosquitoes: Life Under Tension. 

A female mosquito, potentially using your blood or mine for energy, delicately alights on the water to lay her eggs. Alighting is not the same as floating - in fact some insects such as water striders are denser than water and therefore cannot float. Rather, insects are held up by surface tension. 

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Volcano Hot Spot

Up and Down and Up She Goes: ISCHIA ISLAND. 

Most people know that the island of Ischia is of a volcanic nature. Many of them believe that it is just another extinct volcanic cone, layers over layers of lava, piled up throughout distant eruptive periods. Not so! 

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Miguel Marquez Outside

Urban Weed Awards (continued and complete). 

[weeds!] 

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Wrong Hands

Cat Headlines. 

[see it] 

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The Guardian

Lyme disease: is a solution on the way?. 

One of the great ironies of the LYMErix story is that while human vaccine development was subsequently quashed, the situation for dogs has never been better. Effective canine Lyme disease vaccines have long been available in both the US and the UK. 

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Eric's Hikes

Three Sisters Loop Oregon. 

The Three Sisters Loop is one of the classic Oregon backpacking loops with outstanding scenery of the one of the most beautiful areas in Oregon. This is a very popular loop and beginning in 2020 very strict permit regulations will begin. I had the opportunity to simply fill out a self-issued permit at the trailhead. 

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Adventure Journal

Lone Grizzly Makes a Home in Bitterroot Ecosystem-First Time in 80 Years. 

'Most of the places he has appeared to have gone have been out of the way,' said Clay Hickey, regional wildlife manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. 'It's all tough country. If you were trying to get from point A to B, it's not how you would choose to go.' 

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The Summit Register (MSR)

Our Complete Guide to Water Treatment Basics. 

The information presented here is founded in peer-reviewed science and communicated by the experts at the Mountain Safety Research water research lab. 

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The Ultralight Hiker

Tinny's Gnomes. 

While I was working on my post about Simmer Stoves I just could not resist ordering a couple of Tinny's stoves. I have to admit to being a bit of a collector of these wonderful contraptions. Both stoves have wonderful patterns both in full flame and simmer though, don't you think? 

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APOD

Zodiacal Road. 

What's that strange light down the road? Dust orbiting the Sun. 

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VICE

Your Bagged Salad Is Full of Frogs. 

Instead of releasing him (or her) into their yard, they created a frog-friendly terrarium, bought some takeout crickets, and set him up in his new home. They even named him Lucky, because what else would you call a frog who narrowly escaped the business end of a salad fork? 

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Backcountry Post

Dayhike to Gothic Basin & Foggy Pass [photos/video]. 

Granite Falls, the nearby town, doesn't have the best reputation and there have been tons of break ins on the Mountain Loop Highway. Would absolutely recommend for a day hike though. 

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Arizona Hiking

Route 66 Ghost Roads Convergence. 

The Mother Road that ran for 2,448 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles is no longer the arterial travel corridor is was from the 1920s to the 1960s, but its legacy has been curated in stretches of drive-able pavement and backwoods "ghost roads" accessible only by way of bike or foot travel. 

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Backcountry Post

Idaho. 

White Cloud Mountains - Boulder Chain Lakes - Chamberlain Basin 

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Outdoor Herbivore Blog

MosquiToes. 

Repellants - natural and synthetic for the trail 

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Thermarest Blog

The Emotional Benefits of Sleeping Outside. 

As we navigated down the final part of the descent, the unthinkable happened. I watched him rappel off the end of his rope and fall 150 feet to the ground. I didn't think I'd ever climb again. 

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Seattle Backpackers Magazine

Mauna Loa Summit - The Big Island Hawaii. 

The observatory is at about 11,500 feet elevation. When I stepped out of my car, the elevation immediately hit me. The oxygen at this elevation is only about 2/3's of what it is at sea level. I immediately felt dizzy. After a few moments, the feeling went away, but when I began walking around, once again, I felt short of breath. 

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Gizmodo Earther

Undead Tree Stump Is Being Kept Alive by Neighboring Trees. 

We tend to think of trees as individuals, but the roots of some species fuse together to allow the sharing of resources, such as water, carbon, mineral nutrients, and microorganisms. On some occasions, these elaborate root systems involve a seemingly dead tree stump, an observation first made in the 1830s. 

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CarbonBrief

Global extent of climate change is 'unparalleled' in past 2,000 years. 

Over the past two millennia, the planet has experienced several episodes of extreme warming and cooling as a result of natural changes to the climate. The new research confirms, however, that these climate events were patchy - impacting different parts of the world at different times. By comparison, human-caused climate change affected 98% of the globe simultaneously through the 20th century, the research says. 

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APOD

The Veins of Heaven. 

From the edge of space, about 80 kilometers above Earth's surface, the icy clouds themselves still reflect sunlight even though the Sun is below the horizon. 

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VICE

Stop Blaming Instagram for Ruining the Great Outdoors. 

We don't need less nature photos on social media, we need more funding for our public lands. 

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NWPB

Central Washington Fire District Will Use Goats To Reduce Fire Risk Around Wenatchee. 

In June 2015, the Sleepy Hollow Fire burned to the edge of Wenatchee. Flames rushed through, consuming brush and cheatgrass and quickly destroying 28 homes and three businesses. People and machines have trouble getting to the grasses. Enter goats: 300 of them. 

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Return To Now

Woman Knits Lace Fence For Her Garden With Giant Needles. 

It took her about three weeks to knit a blanket of lace large enough to surround her front garden. Her creation was so popular, the Shetland Textile Museum asked her to make one to display at the museum. 

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DesignBoom

Monsieur Plant grows a love of nature in france with installation TREE HUG. 

Botanical artist christophe guinet - known as monsieur plant - installs a 'human-vegetable' work entitled TREE HUG in the gardens of europe in annecy, france. 

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The Adirondack Almanack

Burying Beetles: Nature's Grave Diggers. 

A regular chore of mine is to dispose of the mice and moles trapped in our home. I place them on a 4 x 5-foot patch of dirt and rock - which I have named the grave site - beside my woodshed. There, they typically disappear overnight 

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The Trek

Trekking to Kyrgyzstan's Ala-Kol Pass, Day 1. 

The Ala-Kol Hike that we are doing is touted as Kyrgyzstan's most beautiful and popular hike, so we are eager to see what that is all about. 

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CTV News

Lyme-infected ticks are so common in parts of Canada, testing no longer done . 

OTTAWA -- Lyme disease has settled so deeply into parts of Canada many public health units now just assume if you get bitten by a tick, you should be treated for the potentially debilitating bacteria. 

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Gizmodo

In First Half of July, the Amazon Lost Nearly 400 Square Miles of Forest. 

Bolsonaro has had a clear agenda since taking office: privatize the forest and hand it over to industry. 

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Gizmodo.

Satellite Images Show Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire. 

Intense hot conditions have also fanned flames in Siberia. The remote nature of many of the fires there means they're burning out of control, often, through swaths of peatland that's normally frozen or soggy. 

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Young Adventuress

10 Kiwi habits we should all embrace. 

Everyone is entitled to holiday and no one is made to feel guilty for actually taking their allotted holiday time. Many people take a month off entirely and no one bats a single eyelash. 

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Mobile Photography Awards

LANDSCAPES WINNERS | 8TH ANNUAL MPA. 

If it's true what Henri Cartier-Bresson says, that our first 10,000 photos will be our worst, then mobile photography has given people an historic opportunity to quickly get past 10,001. The MPA is a showcase for photographers and artists who have embraced this decisive moment. 

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APOD

Lightning over the Volcano of Water. 

Pictured earlier this month in a two-image composite, lightning stems from communication antennas near the top of Volcán de Agua (Volcano of Water) in Guatemala. 

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The Washington Post

Walking Britain's 'deadliest path.' . 

This walk is sublime. Just avoid the bombs, tides and quicksand. 

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Shutterbug

Watch This Jaw-Dropping Time-Lapse of a Storm Comprised of Over 120,000 Images. 

Vorticity 2 consists of approximately 122,000 frames of time-lapse captured over 54 days and nearly 40,000 miles driven during the spring months of 2018 and 2019. 

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The Big Outside

Ask Me: What Are the Best Hikes in Idaho's Sawtooths?. 

Living in Idaho for over 20 years now, I've hiked most of the trails in the Sawtooths over the course of at least 20 trips, and climbed a number of peaks. 

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Highlux Photography

Perú: Ausangate Circuit & Rainbow Mountain. 

The southern hemisphere winter sky is amazing at this time of the year, with the Milky Way extremely bright in the sky as early as 7.30pm. The nights in Chillca were cold though, with -10c recorded two nights in a row. 

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Volcano News

Shishaldin Volcano, Alaska – Neighbor to Fisher Caldera. 

Shishaldin is one of the more active Aleutian volcanoes. AVO lists 63 reported active events since westerners discovered it in the late 18th Century. The most recent was a period of unrest in 2017. The most recent large eruption was 1999. 

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VICE

The New Guy in Charge of Public Lands Thinks We Should Sell It All. 

In 2017, Pendley wrote in favor of Trump’s plan to shrink various national monuments, lamenting how monuments can get in the way of things like coal mining and deriding the Antiquities Act, the first US law protecting natural resources. 

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GOOD

18 of the most incredible animal photos captured by Google Street View. 

Launched in 2007, Google Street View has given us an incredible way to see the world. Google Street View has also inadvertently taken some fun photos of the animal kingdom. 

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The Trace

How Many People Have Been Shot Near You This Year? 

Every day, 30 Americans die in gun homicides. Another 200 are injured by bullets. These incidents of gun violence are recorded in every corner of the country. Including yours. ['Enter a city or street address.'] 

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Kathleen Loves Yoga

How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail? . 

Not only is this a popular question, but it’s also the hardest one to answer. For as many different hikers there are on trail, there are just as many different budgets. 

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Reddit

Wilderness Backpacking. 

Brought my phone stabilizer with me while backpacking in the Sierra’s this weekend. Didn’t regret it. 

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Section Hikers Backpacking Blog

Tarptent Aeon Li Dyneema Tent Review. 

While I’m critical about certain aspects of the tent, I’d definitely use it if I could fit it horizontally into my favorite multi-day backpack. 

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Wenatchee Outdoors

Minimalists Guide to Wilderness First Aid. 

Dr. Mark Shipman, who spent the length of his career in Emergency Medicine and is an avid climber, mountaineer and skier, helped me narrow down wilderness safety to a few key tips and suggestions 

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