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      Archive for 'July 2012'

        World Listening Day: What's the Quietest Spot You Have Ever Visited?

        fileToday, July 18, is World Listening Day. Now you know. One of the day's purposes is to "raise awareness about the acoustic ecology movement, including ideas regarding how noise pollution can be reduced." A worthy goal. As a fan of quiet in outdoor and wilderness settings, it is my perpetual hope that fellow backcountry visitors will please, pretty please: 1. Avoid using external speakers on electronic devices. 2. Keep mobile phones shut off unless an emergency arises. This seems like a fitting ...

        Posted by T.D. Wood on July 18, 2012 7:03 PM & Tagged national parks and world listening day | permalink | Comments

        Trail Conditions, 2012: Northwest Trails Will Be Among the Last to Melt Out This Summer

        fileHow are high-country trail conditions in the West in the summer of 2012? Largely open and snow-free everywhere except the Northwest—Washington and Oregon—where late snowfall and cool spring temperatures have left most high-country trails still clogged with snow for the second July in a row. In phone conversations with rangers, we at The REI Blog are hearing that high-elevation trails from California to Colorado are mostly melted out and open for travel. Rangers in the Sierra Nevada, in fact, ...

        Posted by T.D. Wood on July 18, 2012 4:38 PM & Tagged national parks and trail conditions | permalink | Comments

        GeoTours: A New Wrinkle in Geocaching

        fileGeocaching + tourism/travel = GeoTours. Travel destinations interested in boosting visitation are creating "geo tours" with the guidance of Seattle-based Geocaching.com. Geocaching.com hosts a list of 6 GeoTours that it has helped assemble so far, one of them involving Maryland's Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal (which includes a sidebar with more details about the 6 tours) and The Seattle Times describe the attractiveness of the ...

        Posted by T.D. Wood on July 18, 2012 2:13 PM & Tagged Geocaching and national parks | permalink | Comments

        Savvy Mom Dishes Advice in 'The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids'

        fileTaking the kids camping? Need some tips for optimizing the fun factor? A new addition to the REI bookshelf might help: The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids by Helen Olsson. Olsson, a mother of 3 based in Boulder, Colo., and former executive editor at Skiing magazine, is a widely published freelance writer whose 2009's New York Times article on llama-trekking with her kids served as the inspiration for this book. Olsson serves up 10 chapters divided into 4 sections: • Getting Started ...

        Posted by T.D. Wood on July 16, 2012 4:31 PM & Tagged Helen Olsson, book, camping, camping with kids and kids | permalink | Comments

        Climbing Legacy of Hueco Rock Ranch to Live On

        fileHere's news all you boulderers and climbers will be happy to hear. The Access Fund and the American Alpine Club (AAC) have partnered to keep the iconic Hueco Rock Ranch in climber-friendly hands with new ownership by the AAC. Located just outside Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site near El Paso, Texas, the ranch is the primary spot for climbers to pitch their tents, pay for a bed or hire a guide when visiting the popular climbing destination. The AAC will be dishing out over $15,000 to ...

        Posted by Joe P. on July 13, 2012 7:28 PM & Tagged Access Fund, American Alpine Club, Hueco Rock Ranch, Hueco Tanks and Rock Climbing | permalink | Comments

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