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  • Berkeley Physicist Spars With Oprah Winfrey Over Hiking Trail

    05/16/2014 3:27:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, May 15, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    86-year old scientist squares off with media mogul over Colorado trail.Oprah Winfrey is not being neighborly. The media mogul and billionaire is being sued by Charles D. Goodman, a retired physicist from Berkeley, over her plans to close off housing trails near a "megamansion" she's building in the Colorado Rockies, according to the Denver Post. Goodman's lawsuit says that Winfrey is part of a "below-the-radar deal" that will see hiking trails near Telluride, which Goodman and his family have hiked "for nearly tree decades" shut down, the newspaper reported. His attorney says that easements to access the trails were "erased"...
  • Spot the predator: Would YOU be able to tell if a snow leopard was stalking you?

    04/01/2014 10:19:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    mail online ^ | Paul Donnelley
    FULL TITLE: Spot the predator: Would YOU be able to tell if a snow leopard was stalking you? Try to find the animal in these photographs These rare photographs of wild snow leopards reveal just why the elusive animal is so hard to spot. Pictured strolling across the face of a mountain, the endangered big cat is barely visible against a background of rock and shale. Experienced wildlife photographer David Jenkins, 41, braved temperatures of over minus 20 degrees centigrade in an effort to get a glimpse of the creature. Scroll down for video But after two weeks enduring the...
  • Appalachian Trail hikers stranded in snow rescued

    01/03/2014 12:05:48 PM PST · by don-o · 44 replies
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Three Appalachian Trail hikers who were stranded in the snow without shelter have been flown to a hospital by helicopter.
  • 2,184 Miles: From Georgia to Maine on Foot

    12/11/2013 12:58:47 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 32 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | Dec 10, 2013 | Adam Klimt
    2,184 Miles: From Georgia to Maine on Foot, ( 13:16 ) Cornerstone University Documentary 2013 Final. Join Zac Tolsma and his friends as they experience the Appalachian Trail.
  • Something Different: Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101

    06/22/2013 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 49 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | May 23, 2013 | athike2010
    Watch the 7 minute 17 second video Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101. It's brief description : Everything you need to know about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 7 minutes. For the story beneath the surface... check out: http://beautybeneaththedirt.com.
  • Colorado Hiker Who Abandoned Injured Dog Relinquishes Custody

    09/17/2012 6:42:28 PM PDT · by sirchtruth · 76 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 09/17/12 | Christina Ng and Annie Rose Ramos
    The Colorado climber criticized for abandoning his injured dog on a mountain has agreed to give up custody of the dog to one of its rescuers. Anthony Ortolani, 29, originally said he wanted custody of his dog Missy when she was rescued by a team of hikers after surviving eight days on the mountain. Since then, Ortolani has received intense criticism and even death threats over his decision.
  • Gun Manufacturers Rifle Making Suggestion

    05/18/2012 3:35:36 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 154 replies
    me | May 18 2012 | Yosemitest
    Gun and Rifle manufacturers, I want your attention. I've been looking for a rifle/shotgun to take on a long hike, and there's not many choices. Take a look at Henry's U.S. Survival AR-7. It's a good product for backpacking, but too small on caliber. The fact that when it's packed inside its waterproof stock, it can float if dropped into water, and can be retrieved and will still work, is a great deciding factor. But being a .22LR is a detractor. Now take a look at the Rossi Circuit Judge and their many different variations. I like the 3-inch Magnum...
  • The Appalachian Trail

    11/26/2011 9:10:55 PM PST · by An American in Turkiye · 58 replies
    Self | 11/26/2011 | An American In Turkiye
    My brother and I are taking our first steps on the Appalachian Trail in 2015. We will start in Georgia and complete the trail in Maine. Any Freepers ever done a thru-hike? Would like any advice/stories anyone may have.
  • Pooch Airlifted From Angeles National Forest After Pooping Out On Trail (canine hiker)

    08/01/2011 5:46:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | July 31, 2011
    An afternoon hike turned into an overnight ordeal when a couple, whose 80-pound dog joined them for the trek, couldn’t make it back down the trail.
  • Field Trip: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

    04/23/2011 8:33:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbds) ^ | April 21, 2011 11:51 AM
    Our state flower is the California poppy, a perennial wildflower that begins to bloom in late winter with April being the usual height of its blooming season. The best spot to see it in all its glory is in Los Angeles County, at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve where the elevation and climate are ideal for the flowers, which bloom spectacularly in the spring. With the right balance of rainfall and sunshine, there are years when all 1,745 acres of the Reserve are ablaze in orange poppy blossoms.
  • Change in rattlesnake behavior?

    11/19/2010 10:16:49 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 68 replies · 1+ views
    11/20/10
    HUNTERS AND FARMERS AND THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY.....TAKE HEED.... My fellow friends and family, We have killed 57 rattlesnakes on two separate ranches this year. 24 @South bend & 33 @ Murray, since mid May. Not one has buzzed! We provoked one fair sized boy with a stick and he coiled & struck at the stick a couple of times before he buzzed up and rattled. The purpose of this explanation is that I have been hearing the same from fellow ranchers and hunters in regards to the lack of warning with rattlesnakes. I had lunch with a...
  • Hiker Joseph Bohlig dies after falling into volcano [Mt. St. Helens, WA]

    02/17/2010 11:35:37 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 68 replies · 6,257+ views
    Herald and Weekly Times ^ | Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | Staff Report
    Hiker Joseph Bohlig dies after falling into volcano NewsCore February 17, 2010 12:19PM Hiker dead after rescue efforts delayedBelieved to be alive after initial fallFell 457 metres into volcano's crater Mount St Helens looms over Spirit Lake, still full of debrisfrom the volcano's 1980 eruption A MAN who fell into the crater of north-west America's Mount St Helens volcano died after rescuers were forced to abandon their bid to save him overnight, it emerged today. The 53-year-old's body was recovered by a US Navy helicopter after rescue attempts began again this morning. He was named as Joseph Bohlig, KPTV reported....
  • Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s bizarre withdrawal (Something doesn’t smell right)

    01/07/2010 7:39:47 AM PST · by truthandlife · 31 replies · 2,937+ views
    Michellemalkin.com ^ | 1-07-09 | Michelle Malkin
    Something doesn’t smell right. Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter gave his press conference yesterday announcing his withdrawal from his re-election bid. By his own admission, his fund-raising had been going swimmingly. The decision took his staff by complete surprise. And the idea that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wanted to return from the Beltway swamp to take over the governor’s mansion just doesn’t wash. He’s an incurable Washington creature who loves where he is. So, let’s examine Ritter’s did-it-for-the-children card. While one Denver Post columnist lavished praise on Ritter’s ostensible sacrifice for family, other veteran observers point out that it doesn’t add...
  • Tired from a tough hike? Rescuers fear Yuppie 911 (hikers abusing personal locator beacon)

    10/28/2009 5:16:42 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 14 replies · 869+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 10/25/09 | TRACIE CONE
    FRESNO, Calif. — Last month two men and their teenage sons tackled one of the world's most unforgiving summertime hikes: the Grand Canyon's parched and searing Royal Arch Loop. Along with bedrolls and freeze-dried food, the inexperienced backpackers carried a personal locator beacon - just in case. In the span of three days, the group pushed the panic button three times, mobilizing helicopters for dangerous, lifesaving rescues inside the steep canyon walls. What was that emergency? The water they had found to quench their thirst "tasted salty."
  • Tired from a hike? Rescuers fear Yuppie 911 (crybabies multiply)

    10/27/2009 9:38:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 1,738+ views
    AP (via MSNBC) ^ | 10/25/09 | Ted S. Warren
    Tired from a hike? Rescuers fear Yuppie 911 Hikers are increasingly relying on personal locator beacons, just in case Ted S. Warren / AP updated 2:00 p.m. ET Oct. 25, 2009 FRESNO, Calif. - Last month two men and their teenage sons tackled one of the world's most unforgiving summertime hikes: the Grand Canyon's parched and searing Royal Arch Loop. Along with bedrolls and freeze-dried food, the inexperienced backpackers carried a personal locator beacon — just in case. In the span of three days, the group pushed the panic button three times, mobilizing helicopters for dangerous, lifesaving rescues inside the...
  • Tired From a Tough Hike? Rescuers Fear Yuppie 911

    10/25/2009 10:42:35 AM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 29 replies · 1,536+ views
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Last month two men and their teenage sons tackled one of the world's most unforgiving summertime hikes: the Grand Canyon's parched and searing Royal Arch Loop. Along with bedrolls and freeze-dried food, the inexperienced backpackers carried a personal locator beacon -- just in case. In the span of three days, the group pushed the panic button three times, mobilizing helicopters for dangerous, lifesaving rescues inside the steep canyon walls. What was that emergency? The water they had found to quench their thirst ''tasted salty.'' If they had not been toting the device that works like Onstar...
  • Triumph on the Appalachian Trail

    07/25/2009 6:07:59 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 56 replies · 2,792+ views
    dispatch ^ | July 21, 2009 | Ken Gordon
    Several weeks into Tom Lange's attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, some fellow hikers voted him "Least Likely to Succeed." It was hard to blame them. Lange, an Ohio State graduate and longtime Columbus resident, was older (50) than the average trail hiker, overweight, and limping along on a badly injured foot. But while appearances justified the doubts, nobody knew the depth of Lange's inner fire. "I wanted to prove to myself I could do something really, really hard," he said. "I had quit things before, and I wasn't going to quit this." He didn't quit, despite the foot, stomach...
  • Missing British backpacker found ALIVE after 12 days in Australian bush

    07/15/2009 12:38:48 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies · 1,484+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 15th July 2009 | Richard Shears
    British backpacker Jamie Neale has been found alive after going missing in the Australian bush for nearly two weeks, the Foreign Office said today. Mr Neale, 19, had not been seen since July 3 when he left his hostel in the town of Katoomba, New South Wales, for a walk in the Blue Mountains. The Briton was discovered by two hikers exhausted and dehydrated. Speaking from his hospital bed, he said: 'I really thought I was going to die. I could see the helicopters flying overhead but they couldn't see me.' Miracle: Richard Cass (left) with his son Jamie Neale...
  • Sanford (coincidentally) disappears to hike Appalachian Trail on Naked Hiking Day

    06/23/2009 10:55:09 AM PDT · by meandog · 198 replies · 5,804+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6.22.09 | Jimmy Orr
    We’re not suggesting that the formerly missing Governor of South Carolina specifically ditched his family and security detail to go hiking on Naked Hiking Day. It’s just that one of the days he hit the trail also happened to be the aforementioned holiday. [Editor’s note: This paragraph was changed to make clear that the governor’s timing was a coincidence.] Until late yesterday, no one would say publicly where he was. Poof. He just disappeared. The story started to resemble a John Grisham novel. A southern conservative governor and very vocal critic of a popular liberal president eluded his security detail...
  • Spokesman: SC governor hiking Appalachian Trail

    06/22/2009 7:45:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 124 replies · 2,610+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/22/09 | Jim Davenport - ap
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been hiking the Appalachian Trail, a spokesman said Monday, explaining a dayslong absence that perplexed fellow state leaders. Sanford hadn't been at work for several days and his office hadn't been in touch with him. Lawmakers and his wife said Monday they didn't know where he was, leading critics to question who was in charge of South Carolina. ... Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said Sanford left town on Thursday with plans to hike the Appalachian Trail. .. "He's just up there to kind of clear his head after the legislative session,"...
  • Rescuers Find Blind Hiker Who Vanished From Appalachian Trail in Good Condition (he lit brush fire)

    05/03/2009 12:12:04 PM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 1,069+ views
    Fox News / AP ^ | May 3, 2009
    (edit)Knight, a production editor for Backpacking Light magazine, set a brush fire to attract the attention of firefighters, said Ryan Jordan, the magazine's chief executive officer who had helped in the search.(edit) Because of his visual impairment, Knight often hiked alone and would meet up with friends at scheduled stops to camp.The National Park Service's small search for Knight expanded greatly on Friday to include more than 100 people combing a 385-square-mile area throughout the night.That area was whittled down to 20 square miles that were the focus of Saturday's search by about 130 emergency workers, hikers, trackers, canine and...
  • New Wilderness Map Available (Man Details Santa Barbara Backcountry)

    10/07/2008 6:30:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 324+ views
    Santa Barabara Independent ^ | Monday, October 6, 2008 | Ray Ford
    Detailed Backcountry Map Is a Must for Every Hiking EnthusiastBryan Conant knows the Santa Barbara backcountry like few others, having personally hiked every trail, most of them many times. “I got the backcountry bug in the 1990s when I was attending UCSB,” Conant remembers. “Surfing was everything in those days, but one weekend a few friends invited me to go with them to the swimming holes at Red Rock. I’d been in Santa Barbara almost three years before I’d even gone over the mountains that day and I was amazed what was out there. “For some reason, the mountains called...
  • Special Report: Pot Farmers Ravage Bay Area Parks (Many Pot Farms Located On Public Land)

    08/05/2008 1:04:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 699+ views
    NBC11 ^ | August 5, 2008
    It used to be that marijuana came to the Bay Area from the legendary back country of Humboldt County or the desert fields beyond Tijuana. Now the fields are in the Bay Area, and everywhere else in the state. Marijuana is one of the top cash crops in California, NBC Bay Area's Mike Luery reported. Many of the fields are located next to popular trails and in the middle of state parks. A fierce battle is being waged in our own back yard to remove the pot groves. They are hidden in brush so thick that specially trained officers must...
  • Any FReepers ever bicycled or walked across America?

    06/17/2008 5:56:50 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 54 replies · 1,630+ views
    self | 6/17/08 | NewJerseyJoe
    Have any of you ever bicycled or walked across America? It is something I've been thinking about for several years. If you have done this, would be interested in reading about your experiences. Routes you took (or avoided), mistakes made, lessons learned, planning, did you carry a firearm, memorable experiences, how long did it take, etc. ..... any aspect that you'd like to comment on.
  • Man who killed hikers in '81 suspected in shootings (Giles County, VA)

    05/08/2008 8:05:14 AM PDT · by Corin Stormhands · 61 replies · 152+ views
    A Giles County man paroled from prison after serving 14 years for killing two hikers on the Appalachian Trail in 1981 now is suspected of shooting two campers just off the trail in Giles on Tuesday. Randall Lee Smith, 54, was in a Roanoke hospital yesterday after crashing a pickup truck in Giles, Sgt. Michael Conroy of the Virginia State Police said.
  • Relatives Keep Hope for Missing Climbers ( eight days )

    12/15/2006 9:15:48 AM PST · by george76 · 107 replies · 2,340+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2006 | JOSEPH B. FRAZIER
    Relatives of three men missing in bitter weather on Mount Hood comforted each other and held out hope Friday that the trio survived, eight days after the lightly equipped men left for a two-day ascent. Winds were expected to gust to 100 mph Friday morning in the latest of a string of storms to hit the 11,239-foot mountain, and forecasters said rescuers' next shot to find the men probably would be Saturday. Kelly James, who like Hall is from Dallas, was believed to be holed up in a snow cave near the top, and the other two were thought to...
  • ( Three ) Missing climbers scaled difficult route ( Weather getting worse )

    12/13/2006 8:23:48 AM PST · by george76 · 142 replies · 2,685+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13 | JOSEPH B. FRAZIER
    Three climbers stranded on blizzard-ravaged Mount Hood selected one of the most difficult approaches to the summit, a decision that is hampering rescue efforts. The trio scaled the north side of the mountain, which offers a view of Mount Rainier but is treacherous, with slopes of 50 or 60 degrees and occasional sheer walls of ice. For rescue crews, the site has been made even more forbidding by snow-laden winds rushing over the steep slopes at speeds up to 80 mph. "Those are the strongest winds I've ever been in — knock you down, hands and knees," said Lindsay Clunes...
  • Children OK after night in the woods ( Snow, cold on Lost Man trail, grizzly bears ? )

    10/04/2006 11:04:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 251+ views
    Aspen Times ^ | October 4, 2006 | Joel Stonington
    After 18 hours in the snow and cold at 12,000 feet, three 9-year-olds and a mother arrived at the aptly named Lost Man parking lot to cheers from dozens of waiting family members and search-and-rescue teams that had worked through the night. The Lost Man Loop Trail, a popular hike just west of Independence Pass, is a partial loop with two trailheads on Highway 82. Rescuers couldn't confirm exactly how the group got lost, but several members said it was likely the hikers thought they began at the upper trailhead, when they were actually at the lower trailhead... The snow...
  • Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids

    08/18/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | August 16, 2006 | Jim Stiles
    Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kidshttp://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20060816/OPINION/108160053 http://tinyurl.com/zchy3 by jim stiles August 16, 2006 No matter how old I live to be, there will never be a place so full of mystery and adventure as a place of my childhood called The Woods. The stories that grew out of those trees still kindle powerful feelings, even after all these years. My friends and I knew the place was haunted. It had no boundaries, and in our 10-year-old minds, it went on forever. Jump ahead a few decades to a familiar topic: the commercialization of wilderness. What created the demand for such...
  • Finding God on the Mountain

    08/09/2006 1:06:12 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 250+ views
    Belifnet ^ | Tony McIntosh
    Finding God on the Mountainhttp://www.beliefnet.com/story/197/story_19711_1.html A scoutmaster discovers he had to get lost in order to find what was missing from his life. By Tony McIntosh I'm a scoutmaster for a small Boy Scout troop in my town. This summer during camp I went along with two of the older scouts--my son, who is 14, and another boy, 15--on what's known as "The Adventure Trek," a 28-mile backpacking trip that includes two days of white-water rafting. Our troop had gone backpacking in the past but never like this, so it was going to be a challenge for all of us....
  • Want healthier kids? Send them outside

    07/31/2006 2:39:24 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | Monday, July 31, 2006 | JASON KING
    Want healthier kids? Send them outsidehttp://www.dailyherald.com/story.asp?id=212657 BY JASON KING Daily Herald Staff Writer Posted Monday, July 31, 2006 Sean Taylor watched as 5-year-old son Payton played "snake tag" with other children at the Grant Woods Forest Preserve in Lake Villa. The father and son were participating in the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Knee High Naturalist program, which focused on snakes that day. Taylor said he wants his son to play outdoors as much as possible and, luckily, Payton loves to do so. "If he stays inside all day, at night he's just crazy," said Taylor, of Lake Villa. "He...
  • TAKE A HIKE

    07/21/2006 10:54:52 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 115+ views
    Family Fun ^ | (undated) | Alan Kesselheim
    TAKE A HIKEhttp://familyfun.go.com/family-travel/places/feature/famf0804hikes/famf0804hikes.html http://tinyurl.com/nfdbn by Alan Kesselheim Adventure has always been a priority for my wife, Marypat, and me. So when we decided to have children, we promised each other to do all we could to make the great outdoors part of the family equation. To our delight, not only have our kids--Ruby, age nine, Sawyer, 11, and Eli, 13--embraced our passion for exploring, but seeing nature from their perspective has deepened our appreciation of it. On the following pages, you'll find a variety of trail-tested strategies we've adopted to keep hiking a favorite pastime in our family. Whether you're...
  • Camping, hiking and fishing in the wild as a child breeds respect for environment in adults

    07/21/2006 8:49:02 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Cornell University ^ | March 13, 2006 | Susan S. Lang
    Camping, hiking and fishing in the wild as a child breeds respect for environment in adults, study findshttp://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/March06/wild.nature.play.ssl.html http://tinyurl.com/ljnj3 By Susan S. Lang March 13, 2006 If you want your children to grow up to actively care about the environment, give them plenty of time to play in the "wild" before they're 11 years old, suggests a new Cornell University study. "Although domesticated nature activities -- caring for plants and gardens -- also have a positive relationship to adult environment attitudes, their effects aren't as strong as participating in such wild nature activities as camping, playing in the woods, hiking,...
  • Fresh Idea: Survival Kits For Kids

    06/03/2006 5:41:30 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 284+ views
    KUTV ^ | May 23, 2006 | anon
    Fresh Idea: Survival Kits For Kidshttp://kutv.com/freshidea/local_story_143180939.html May 23, 2006 4:07 pm US/Mountain The summer is here and you may have a lot of outdoor activities planned. But before you send family members out in to the wilderness, Michelle King shows us what every parent should equip their child with. In case of any emergency being prepared for the worst may save your life or the life of someone you love. Last summer 11-year-old Brennan Hawkins went missing for four nights, but was found alive. Just one year prior to Brennan, 12-year-old Garrett Bardsley also went missing during a scout trip...
  • Utah Scouts preparing to push summer safety

    06/03/2006 5:33:43 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 153+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | June 03, 2006 | Pat Reavy and Ben Winslow
    Utah Scouts preparing to push summer safetyhttp://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635212541,00.html http://tinyurl.com/kcvon Deseret Morning News, Saturday, June 03, 2006 By Pat Reavy and Ben Winslow Deseret Morning News In the wake of high-profile outdoor tragedies in recent years, the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America is revising its rules to help keep Scouts safe this summer, and one Utah mom has developed an outdoors safety pack for children. The organization has made sweeping changes to many of its camping policies, including new safety measures for hikes, precautions against lighting strikes and new guidelines for campfires. "We now have in place...
  • WHAT IS "GMUG" AND WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU

    10/05/2005 7:38:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 1,014+ views
    BLUERIBBON COALITION ^ | September 26 | Brian Hawthorne
    "GMUG" stands for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Combined, they encompass some 2.9 million acres of National Forest lands in Central and Western Colorado. These three forests are home to some of the most outstanding recreational opportunity in the West. Right now, the forest's are revising their Forest Plans. These management plans provide broad guidance on what activities may or may not occur on these lands. The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national recreation advocacy group that champions recreational access and responsible use of public and private lands, is growing increasingly concerned about the influence several anti-access groups...
  • Vanity, seeking information about multisport tours

    11/26/2005 11:20:08 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 241+ views
    grey_whiskers | 11-27-2005 | grey_whiskers
    A quick vanity to all... I am beginning to plan a 1-week or so family vaction (experienced cyclists / hikers) "Up North" next summer to get out of Arizona heat. We are looking primarily at Alaska, Glacier National Park (Montana), Yellowstone. We are looking at hiking, kayaking/rafting, bicycling, horseback riding; and prefer camping to hotel stays. Does anyone have any recommendations as to the best tour company or ones to avoid? Could anyone give pointers on dumb things to avoid or things which really added to their experience? Cheers!
  • Yellowstone Is a World Wide Draw

    06/21/2005 7:21:01 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 25 replies · 656+ views
    Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 06-21-05 | Eastwood, Cara
    Yellowstone is a world wide draw By Cara Eastwood outdoors@wyomingnews.com Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle I scoured Yellowstone National Park during the first week of June, surrounded by European and Asian tourists. At each turn in the road, I found another tour bus squeezed onto the side of the road as its passengers pressed their faces to the windows to ogle an elk, a herd of deer or in one case, a dead bison. Other tourists I saw drove expensive SUV rental cars to explore the park. They all must have gotten the memo that American schools weren't out yet,...
  • Woster: Hikers, arm yourselves with song

    04/25/2005 4:43:06 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 42 replies · 916+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 25 Apr 05 | Kevin Woster
    Walk loudly and carry a big stick. That's my approach to hiking in mountain-lion country. I've fashioned a stout walking stick out of a pine branch that now is as much a part of my hiking gear as a water bottle and bug spray.
  • Hong Kong: Doctors Remove Leech From Woman's Nose(hikers beware!)

    04/08/2005 7:45:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 2,444+ views
    AP ^ | 04/09/05
    Doctors Remove Leech From Woman's Nose Fri Apr 8, 4:09 PM ET Strange News - AP HONG KONG - Doctors have removed a leech from the nose of a 55-year-old Hong Kong woman after she swam and washed her face in a stream, a medical journal reported. The woman went to her doctor complaining of nose bleeds and an occasional sensation that something was blocking her left nostril, the Hong Kong Medical Journal said in its April issue. Her family doctor noticed a "brownish mass" in her nostril but couldn't remove it because of heavy bleeding, the journal said. The...
  • Mother, Daughter Recount Struggle to Survive Winter Ordeal on Colorado Mesa

    02/10/2005 7:56:58 PM PST · by TheOtherOne · 38 replies · 966+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-02-10-05 2201EST
    Mother, Daughter Recount Struggle to Survive Winter Ordeal on Colorado Mesa The Associated Press Published: Feb 10, 2005 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Deborah Walker and her 18-year-old daughter had been lost for two nights in the snow, warding off death and worrying about her missing husband, when she sagged against a tree and thought, "God, don't let Camille see me die." Not long afterward, on Jan. 11, rescuers found the pair. But Walker's 54-year-old husband, Dan, who had struck out alone to find help, is presumed dead. The mother and daughter described their ordeal Wednesday to the Grand Junction...
  • NYT: This Time, It's the Faithful Hero That Needs the Rescue (GREAT ST. BERNARD PASS JOURNAL)

    10/29/2004 3:32:06 PM PDT · by OESY · 5 replies · 519+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 29, 2004 | IAN FISHER
    GREAT ST. BERNARD PASS, Switzerland, Oct. 27 - The only dog right now at the 950-year-old hospice of St. Bernard is a very nice golden retriever named Justy. The issue of those other dogs - the famously huge and heroic ones, who toted brandy barrels in legend, who lived here for centuries and sniffed scores of stranded travelers out of the snow - is not one that the Rev. Frédéric Gaillard is keen to talk about. "Now there are helicopters," Father Gaillard, one of four remaining monks at the St. Bernard's hospice here, said with some irritation. "And we have...
  • NJROTC Building Tomorrow's Navy Leaders Today

    03/27/2004 5:17:20 PM PST · by BykrBayb · 6 replies · 458+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | 3/26/2004 11:20:00 AM | Journalist 3rd Class Devin Wright, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
    Story Number: NNS040326-08 Release Date: 3/26/2004 11:20:00 AM By Journalist 3rd Class Devin Wright, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Almost 130 Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets took part in an annual four-day spring camp beginning March 19. The spring camp consists of a day of boot camp-style instruction on military protocol, and a basic seamanship course that includes sailing and kayaking. There is also a physical readiness portion in which cadets hike Diamond Head and complete second class swimming qualifications. Cadets also receive an historical overview of the Navy here in Hawaii,...
  • Hiking Mag publishes trail route that would lead off a cliff

    01/22/2004 2:07:51 PM PST · by jmcclain19 · 14 replies · 223+ views
    A Good Way to Lose Subscribers... Thu Jan 22, 8:44 AM ET LONDON (Reuters) - A hiking magazine apologized on Thursday after it published a route plan that would have sent walkers striding into thin air off the north face of Britain's largest mountain, Ben Nevis. The magazine, Trail, missed out a vital bearing needed to guide climbers off the summit of the Scottish mountain in bad weather. Anyone who had followed the magazine's directions would have plunged down a sheer cliff into nearby Gardyloo Gully. Editor Guy Procter, himself a keen hillwalker, said that Trail published 200 routes every...
  • Camping

    11/13/2003 6:13:10 PM PST · by OESY · 18 replies · 506+ views
    www.wbrucecameron.com ^ | July 16, 2003 | Copyright 1998 W. Bruce Cameron
    Camping Part 1 Well, it had to happen eventually, though when it came, I wasn't ready for it. My son, only ten years old--they grow up so quickly, don't they?-- finally approached me and asked, you know, THE QUESTION. He caught me off guard—but then, is a father ever really ready to have his once innocent boy come up to him, eyes solemn and full of trust, and so very bluntly ask, "Dad? Why can't we ever go camping?" Normally I handle his requests for information with a very patient and caring, "Ask your mother." Somehow I know, though, that...
  • Rangers Find Arm That Climber Amputated

    05/05/2003 3:04:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 91 replies · 307+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/5/03 | Associated Press
    CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Utah - Thirteen park rangers lugged equipment into this southeastern Utah park and lifted an 800-pound boulder that had trapped a mountain climber until he amputated his arm with a pocketknife. After hiking 3 miles to the remote canyon Sunday, the crew was able to lift the egg-shaped boulder and push it into a space where it fit securely. The rangers also recovered the arm of Aron Ralston, who was pinned for five nights before cutting off his arm below the elbow with a pocketknife on Thursday. Ralston, 27, hiked out of the canyon for help and...
  • Vandals pillage remote cabin

    06/05/2002 2:33:45 PM PDT · by Glutton · 34 replies · 291+ views
    the Register Guard ^ | 5 June 02 | By Scott maben
    Vandals pillage remote cabin By SCOTT MABEN The Register-Guard   Recommend this story to others.   A remote U.S. Forest Service cabin near Waldo Lake that is used almost exclusively by volunteers was found ransacked this week. Someone broke into the Taylor Burn cabin and proceeded to smash appliances with an ax, break glass out of cabinets, cut up furniture, ruin winter provisions and spray a chemical fire extinguisher over the mess. The Willamette National Forest estimated the damage at $5,000. "The cabin was totally trashed," said Gary Guttormsen, a volunteer wilderness ranger from Springfield and retired Thurston High School art...
  • Hiking/Hunting Boots: American Made

    03/29/2002 10:01:56 AM PST · by Dead Dog · 78 replies · 7,486+ views
    self | 03-29-02 | Dead Dog
    I'm looking for sources of quality, American Made, hiking and hunting boots. Any suggestions?