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Archive for 'July 2012'

    Yosemite's Best Day Hikes That Avoid the Summer Crowds

    fileFor all the beauty of Yosemite Valley, the summer crowds can make it nearly insufferable at times. But some glorious escapes await the avid, well-conditioned hiker. In general, the farther that you're willing to hike, the less populated the park becomes. In some cases, you may find yourself almost alone on some of Yosemite's most scenic perches, like I did just a week ago in the middle of summer.   Here are 3 suggestions for epic, uncrowded day hikes in Yosemite National Park. Hike #1: Tenaya ...

    Posted by Curt Cragg on July 24, 2012 1:19 PM & Tagged Hiking, Travel, Yosemite and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Human Vs. Rattlesnake: What to Do If You Are Bitten

    fileEach year in America some 6,000 to 8,000 people report venomous snakebite injuries, most by rattlesnakes. Amazing myths persist about what one should do in such an emergency, everything from sucking out the venom (which doesn't work) to electrocuting the bite victim (which hurts and just might kill you). We at the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS have been teaching people how to handle medical emergencies for over 20 years. While we love a good, improvised traction splint as much as the ...

    Posted by Hovey WMI on July 24, 2012 12:31 PM & Tagged WMI of NOLS, Wilderness Medicine Institute, rattlesnake and snake bites | permalink | Comments

    Cheryl Strayed, Author of 'Wild,' Examines Her Pacific Crest Trail Journey with Oprah

    Cheryl Strayed, a backpacking novice whose impulsive decision to hike 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail at age 26 resulted in the best-selling memoir Wild, was Oprah Winfrey's first guest as Winfrey launched Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Sunday (July 22) on Winfrey's OWN network. The complete episode of Sunday's telecast (run time: nearly 90 minutes) as well as shorter outtakes from the full interview are available at Winfrey's website. Below is one segment where Strayed describes the challenge of ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 23, 2012 4:49 PM & Tagged Cheryl Strayed, Oprah Winfrey, Wild and book | permalink | Comments

    Infographic: Exactly How Stuffable Is a Sleeping Bag, Anyway?

    fileHey backpackers, how much do you really know about sleeping bags? This new sleeping bag infographic (click to see it full size) offers an entertaining and informative take on the topic. It's the brainstorm of a group of backcountry devotees here at REI headquarters. Their "semi-scientific" research into sleeping bags and stuffability resulted in the following nuggets of wisdom, to name just a few: •    An average 30-degree bag using 800-fill-power goose down compresses to the size equivalent of ...

    Posted by Steve T on July 20, 2012 5:07 PM & Tagged DriDown, Sleeping bag, backpacking, goose down, infographic and stuffability | permalink | Comments

    Name Those Formations: How Many High Points Can You ID in This Zion Skyline?

    fileZion National Park is sporting an eye-catching Facebook photo these days. After visiting the park last summer it got me wondering: Where was it shot? Do all those high points have a name? Sarah Stio, a Visual Information Assistant at Zion, tells me she clicked the pic in Springdale Town Park, about 3 miles west of Zion's south entrance:Sarah kindly provided an additional photo that identifies many of the prominent points on display. See how many you can pick out before clicking here to see the ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 19, 2012 3:33 PM & Tagged Bryce Canyon, facebook, national parks and zion | permalink | Comments

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