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Archive for 'January 2012'

    1,700 Miles on the Pacific Crest Trail Squeezed into an Entertaining 3-Minute Clip

    fileThanks to the website Pete Thomas Outdoors for alerting followers to a video created by hiker Kolby "Condor" Kirk that imaginatively sums up the 1,700 miles that Kirk traveled last summer on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. In his report, Thomas, former outdoor writer for the Los Angeles Times, includes many details of Kirk's walk, including the fact that the hiker from Bend, Ore., dropped 90 pounds during his 5-month trek. If you have yet to see this clip, enjoy… Photo below from along the ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on January 17, 2012 4:11 PM & Tagged Kolby Kirk, Pacific Crest Trail and video | permalink | Comments

    OutdoorAfro.com Sets Out the Welcome Mat for Diversity in the Outdoors

    fileShe became a committed outdoor person on the night she stalled halfway up a climbing route, "starfished" on a rock wall, too afraid to go up or go down… Today's interesting outdoor person: Rue Mapp operates OutdoorAfro.com, an online community that aims to connect African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through outdoor recreation. (Slogan: "Where black people and nature meet.") Her site received a 2011 Black Weblog Award (popular vote) for Best Green/Nature/Outdoor Blog. Bio: Mapp ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on January 17, 2012 11:24 AM & Tagged African Americans, Martin Luther King Day and Outdoor Afro | permalink | Comments

    Low-Tech Gear Retains Its Enduring Appeal in a High-Tech World

    fileThe International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a showcase for lust-inducing gizmos soon to be on store shelves, is wrapping up today in Las Vegas. Some outdoor gadgets are on display at CES, and a handful of them are surveyed in this report from outdoor website Gear Junkie. A team of REI product managers is prowling the aisles in search of best-in-show do-dads for outdoor types. All well and good, but I notice my stash of must-carry gear includes lots of things that never need a battery, ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on January 13, 2012 2:03 PM & Tagged Gear, high-tech and low-tech | permalink | Comments

    Freebie Alert: No Entrance Fees on Federal Lands This Weekend

    fileNeed a last-minute getaway this weekend? Think about a national park—or any federally managed public land. No entrance fees will be charged at any of them Saturday through Monday (Jan. 14-16), which is Martin Luther King Day. All other fees (campground fees, tour fees and other concession fees) remain in effect. In this mostly snow-free winter, here are the forecasts, subject to change, for Saturday based on projections from Weather.com or NOAA for 10 randomly selected national parks: Park     ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on January 12, 2012 4:06 PM & Tagged entrance fees, fee-free weekend and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Freebie Alert

    Need a last-minute getaway this weekend? Think about a national park—or any federally managed public land. No entrance fees will be charged at any of them Saturday through Monday (Jan. 14-16), which is Martin Luther King Day. All other fees (campground fees, tour fees and other concession fees) remain in effect. In this mostly snow-free winter, here is the forecast for Saturday (based on projections from Weather.com or NOAA) for 10 random national parks: Park Forecast Acadia  27&mdegree;F, snow ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on January 12, 2012 3:19 AM & Tagged entrance fees, federal lands, free and national parks | permalink | Comments

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