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Archive for 'March 2012'

    Would You Take a 9-Month Honeymoon in the Wilderness? Andy and Heidi Brun Said, 'We Do'

    fileThis is the story of Andy and Heidi Brun—less about Andy's well-regarded gear company (Exped) and more about 2 people who were drawn to the outdoors, drawn to each other and strongly attracted to the idea of experiencing wilderness on its own terms, however unforgiving those terms might be. Consider the unconventional path to romantic bliss traveled by 2 lovebirds from Switzerland shortly after their 1980 wedding while both were still in their wide-eyed 20s: • Step 1: Agree to abandon ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on March 30, 2012 7:53 PM & Tagged Andy Brun, Downmat, Exped, Heidi Brun, SynMat and wilderness | permalink | Comments

    Gorgeous Lava Photos: The Low Spark of High-Vis Magma

    fileWalking in the fluid landscape of an active volcano offers some terrific photo opportunities, as displayed in a photo gallery (by Miles Morgan) published this week by The Telegraph of the United Kingdom. Click and enjoy. Decades ago I spend a couple of weeks meandering craters and lava fields in and around the Kilauea Caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Hawaii's Big Island, where Morgan took his gorgeous shots. Roads and beaches that existed during my visit are, alas, mere geologic ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on March 29, 2012 5:38 PM & Tagged Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, lava, national parks, photos and volcanoes | permalink | Comments

    Bear Spray: Still Your Best Line of Defense in Grizzly Territory, Bear Experts Believe

    fileYour best defense if you ever encounter a surprised or angry grizzly bear? Bear spray, according to a report on the Fourth International Human-Bear Conflict Workshop in Missoula, Mont., published in The Missoulian newspaper last weekend. The workshop involved more 300 bear experts, including author and bear expert Steve Herrero (Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance) and professor emeritus from the University of Calgary, who participated in 2 separate studies examining the effectiveness of ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on March 28, 2012 4:58 PM & Tagged bear canisters, bear spray, food storage and grizzly bears | permalink | Comments

    My 30-Year Plan to Hike the John Muir Trail

    fileHow long does it take to plan a hike on California's John Muir Trail? In my case, it took 30 years and some serious life changes. I hope that you don't wait that long to take a dream trip; maybe my story below will inspire you to go for it! It started one morning, 3 years ago, when I woke up creaking as usual. My back hurt, my ankles were sore and my head was throbbing; nothing all that different than the morning before.   I was in the middle of a full-blown midlife crisis, out of shape, at ...

    Posted by Curt Cragg on March 27, 2012 4:22 PM & Tagged Hiking, John Muir Trail, Mount Whitney and fitness | permalink | Comments

    The Sand Art of Andres Amador: An Artist's Vision Framed by Nature

    It is amazing what a person can do with a rake. Last month we highlighted the sand art of Jim Denevan. We now introduce you to Andres Amador, a San Francisco artist profiled last year on the Discovery Channel, which last night aired its latest installment of its 7-part Frozen Planet series. Today the Discovery-owned website published a feature on Amador and his work, which we share with our readers here. Sand art is a lovely, if ephemeral, thing to see. Take a look at Amador's ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on March 26, 2012 6:04 PM & Tagged Andres Amador and sand art | permalink | Comments

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