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  • Wilder Ranch State Park a Hidden Gem for Bikers and Hikers

    10/13/2017 12:37:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 28, 2017 | Tom Stienstra
    Maybe the “10-mile Bubble Rule” is in full force at Wilder Ranch. Maybe it’s the name and first sighting of a farmhouse and barns that doesn’t exactly conjure up the vision of world-class mountain biking, bluff-top walks and spectacular ocean views — or a park with 7,000 acres that spans from the coastal cliffs to inland ridges. Regardless, Wilder Ranch State Park might have the best mountain biking of any state park in California. The walks and ocean views are stellar. Yet many outside of 10 miles have not been there, and some haven’t even heard of it. For those...
  • Take 2 Hikes and Call Me in the Morning

    10/01/2017 4:04:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Some doctors are prescribing a walk in the park as good medicine for not just physical, but also mental healthA growing trend in medicine has doctors prescribing visits to parks for their patients. A pediatrician named Robert Zarr at Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C., has worked with the National Park Service and other institutions to create DC Park Rx, an initiative that helps health care providers prescribe activity in outdoor spaces to patients. And National Geographic recently highlighted the rise of this practice in Vermont, where doctors are now prescribing thousands of visits to state parks. In the last...
  • New Redwood Park in Santa Cruz Mountains Could Come From Beall Law

    09/30/2017 3:11:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 29, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    Clearing the way for what could potentially be the biggest open space deal in the Santa Cruz Mountains in years, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that would streamline the sale of up to 6,500 acres of land owned by San Jose Water Company, allowing it to become a public open space preserve. The bill would allow the sale of the land — which includes 1,100 acres of redwood forests and could easily eclipse $30 million in price — to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District without approval from the state Public Utilities Commission. The commission regulates San...
  • Hiking Mount Montara (near San Francisco)

    09/28/2017 2:13:59 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 56 replies
    Me ^ | 9/28/17 | POF
    Took an 8 mile roundtrip hike up Mount Montara a couple days ago, 16 miles south of San Francisco. This is a fairly strenuous hike going from sea level up to 1,894 feet elevation in four miles. Mount Montara is straight west from SFO and you see it when you take off north from the airport. I was fortunate to hit a beautiful early fall day with clear blue skies (that'll be changing real soon now). Hiking on a weekday, I passed no more than 20 people over several hours. Mount Montara is frequently socked in with really stiff winds,...
  • Hiking the Diablo Range

    09/21/2017 1:55:06 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 46 replies
    Me ^ | 9/21/17 | POF
    I was hiking in the Diablo Range near San Jose, CA yesterday and had the good fortune to be there when a storm front was moving in. This is the Joseph D. Grant County Park on the Dutch Flat trail (2,457 feet) looking into the Hall Valley. That's Mount Hamilton (4,360 feet) on the other side. The Lick Observatory is located on top of the biggest peaks and is the world's first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory. It was constructed between 1876 and 1887. The Mt. Hamilton Road was cut and everything was hauled up on mule-drawn wagons. The late summer...
  • "Homemade Wanderlust" And Her Video "THE AMAZING HIGH SIERRA | Compilation"

    09/13/2017 4:45:25 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 28, 2017 | Homemade Wanderlust
    Take a break for 19 minutes and 40 seconds, and look at what you could be doing. And I recommend after you click on the link below, you select 1080p and full screen. THE AMAZING HIGH SIERRA | Compilation
  • Flash, bang, and blood: Hiker tells harrowing lightning tale

    08/25/2017 10:51:47 PM PDT · by Enchante · 27 replies
    Associated Press via AZFamily.com ^ | August 25, 2017 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and JONATHAN J. COOPER
    The 31-year-old Austrian teacher, an avid hiker, had just reached the 9,000-foot summit of a Northern California mountain range ahead of his companions when he raised his arms for a picture and was struck in the back of the head. The electricity shot through his body and exited through his foot, and he was too stunned to know what had happened.
  • Did man get flesh-eating bacteria hiking in NH?

    07/23/2017 6:35:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    .unionleader.com ^ | KEVIN LANDRIGAN
    “To say that someone acquired it in New Hampshire and we have flesh-eating bacteria isn’t exactly accurate,” said Beth Daly, chief of the Infectious Disease Bureau for the New Hampshire Division of Public Health. “You never will know where the bacteria came from, but most people are getting the bacteria first from themselves.” Here’s what we do know: It was June 4 when Atkins came to New Hampshire to celebrate a family wedding. And, Atkins said, while here he went for a hike on Mount Garfield located at the western edge of the White Mountains in Grafton County. Atkins said...
  • CA Criptid Walks – Seven Places for the Paranormal

    05/08/2017 9:32:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 5/8/2017 | S Morstan
    When there’s something strange and it don't look good, it can be quite a thriller of a ride, but lest you fall into the Twilight Zone by accident -or if you want to go looking for trouble- here are a few places for California Criptids and paranormal pacers. Moro Rock Trail – Tulare, CA Starting off easy in Tulare, there’s the Moro Rock Trail, where the walk may be beautiful, but when you try to take a picture of the scenery, you may find yourself with some Phantasmic Photobombers trying to get in the picture. I wonder if they'll pose...
  • Hiker Bit By Rattlesnake at Fremont's Mission Peak, Transported to Hospital

    05/02/2017 11:29:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/2 | Cheryl Hurd
    A San Jose man is in serious condition following a rattlesnake bite Monday afternoon east of Fremont on Mission Peak, a California Highway Patrol flight officer and paramedic said. The snake bit the man at about 1 p.m. on the top of Mission Peak during a hike with his wife. A CHP helicopter crew heard a call to emergency personnel, responded and landed on the peak. The victim was given anti-venom after being transported to Washington Hospital, CHP Flight Officer and Paramedic Shaun Bouyea said. Bouyea was the one who administered the anti-venom. The victim, 47, sat on a rock...
  • Mount Umunhum: Closed for decades, opening Sept. 16-17 (CA)

    04/05/2017 7:01:41 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 25 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/4/17 | Lisa Krieger
    At long last the wait is over: Closed to the public since 1980, the summit of Mount Umunhum will finally open starting Sept. 16. The grand opening weekend celebration of the prominent 12-acre mountaintop, located within the 18,000-acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve south of Los Gatos, will include events and activities welcoming the public to the peak and inviting them to experience its panoramic vistas, rich cultural history and restored natural environment. Nearly 5 miles of new trails, now under construction, will offer dramatic views to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Impatiently, local mountain-lovers have long awaited the opening...
  • Pizarro: Hiking Santa Clara County’s ‘Magnificent 7’ Trails

    04/04/2017 5:27:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 4, 2017
    Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager is a bit of a fitness nut. He’s climbed Mt. Whitney, regularly takes part in obstacle course races and “mud runs” and has made getting county residents healthier one of his missions during his time in elected office. So it’s no surprise that he would welcome the task of tackling the “Magnificent 7,” a collection of trail hikes that the Santa Clara County Parks Department is showcasing with the “#PixInParks” challenge announced in January. The surprise was when Yeager invited me to join him on the first of them, a 1.7-mile trek along the...
  • 10 Questions With LA’s Hiking Guru Casey Schreiner of Modern Hiker

    01/26/2017 12:35:55 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Curbed ^ | JAN 24, 2017 | Alissa Walker
    His engaging new book catalogs hikes across Los AngelesJanuary is unequivocally the best time to hike in Southern California, and even more so after record-breaking rains have reactivated dormant waterfalls and painted the foothills neon green. So it’s pretty much the most ideal moment to buy the essential Day Hiking: Los Angeles, the new book by Modern Hiker’s Casey Schreiner. A writer for TV and video games, Schreiner has built Modern Hiker into one of the most authoritative hiking sites on the internet. Day Hiking: Los Angeles builds upon Modern Hiker’s winning formula. The itineraries are tightly curated, offer options...
  • People are hiking in hopes of a Hillary Clinton sighting

    11/28/2016 7:56:03 PM PST · by Loyalist · 57 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 28, 2016
    US News This afternoon In an alternate universe, Hillary Clinton is assembling her White House cabinet right now. In this universe, she's maintained a low profile since her election loss, occasionally crossing paths with hikers and shoppers near her home in Chappequa, New York.
  • Mom bumps into Hillary while hiking in the woods

    11/11/2016 5:10:23 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 215 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 11/11/2016 | Danika Fears
    A Westchester mom got the best therapy possible for her deep depression over Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat — when she ran right into her hero while out for a hike in the woods. Clinton looked happy as a clam in a comfy pair of leggings and boots — sans makeup — as she walked her toy poodle mix, Tally, with her hubby, Bill, near their Chappaqua home. Margot Gerster, who had her young daughter in a carrier on her back, described the chance encounter in an emotional Facebook post that was shared nearly 50,000 times by early Thursday evening. “I’ve...
  • Bear Attack

    10/04/2016 5:21:52 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 59 replies
    AK Sportsman ^ | 10/4/2016 | C Cocoles
    This video shows Todd Orr a former Trails Engineer at Gallatin National Forest records himself talking about the aftermath of a bear attack that he encounter while on a hike. He stated, "he had pepper spray with him and did use it to defend himself but wasn't much help”, but it was better than nothing. Here's the excerpt from the video: Yeah, life sucks in Bear Country. Just had a Grisley with two cubs come at me from about 80 yards and, uh, I sprayed the shit out of her with bear spray, and then I went on my face...
  • Obamas take a hike in national park

    08/28/2016 2:02:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Aug. 28, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama and his family took advantage of 88 degree temperatures and sunny skies on Sunday to go for a hike in the Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. The nature walk comes a few days after the National Park Service celebrated its 100-year anniversary on Thursday. Obama marked the centennial last week by designating a new national monument in Maine’s north woods, protecting 87,500 acres, including the East Branch of the Penobscot River.
  • Documents: Hiker found dead in Maine survived at least 26 days [AT]

    05/26/2016 4:13:07 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 72 replies
    WMTV.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | staff reporter
    AUGUSTA, Maine —Documents show an Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were found last year in Maine survived at least 26 days after getting lost. During that time, her texts went undelivered because of poor cell reception. The Boston Globe reports Geraldine Largay kept a journal in which she acknowledged that she expected to die and that it might be years before her remains were found.
  • ‘When you find my body, please call my husband,’ wrote dying hiker lost along the Appalachian Trail

    05/26/2016 1:18:25 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 179 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 26 May 2016 | M Miller
    Geraldine Largay knew she was doomed. It had been two weeks since she left the Appalachian Trail to go to the bathroom and lost her way; two weeks since she had wandered deeper and deeper into the woods of northwest Maine in search of a cellphone signal to message for help; two weeks since she had pitched her tent underneath a copse of hemlock trees atop a ridge; two weeks since she was supposed to meet her husband, waiting for her in his SUV on Route 27. Largay’s food was running low. Her water, too. So the 66-year-old retired nurse...
  • Young Man Dies After Being Stung by 1,000 Bees While Hiking Arizona Trail: Sheriff’s Office

    05/27/2016 10:37:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 75 replies
    A 23-year-old man died Thursday after being swarmed by bees and stung 1,000 times while hiking in Usery Mountain Park in Arizona, authorities said. Alex Bestler and a friend were on the Merkle Trail when a large swarm of bees descended on them “without provocation or warning” shortly before 9 a.m., according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office news release. The victim’s friend — identified only as Sonya — managed to escape by seeking shelter in a restroom, but Bestler was overcome by the swarm, the release stated. He was lying on the ground covered in bees when Sonya returned...