I like to stay informed about what is going on in the hiking world, and am always scouring the news for interesting articles. Ones I think you’d like too I’ve shared below. Enjoy!
The 10 best bargains in adventure travel
Bargain trips should offer more than just the lowest price. They should be unique and offer travelers the chance to experience something they couldn’t do alone. (USA Today)
CNN’s Best Affordable Fall Adventures
The changing leaves are just one lure for outdoor adventurers during the fall season. The tourist crowds of July and August have dissipated, and in many spots, the blistering summer heat has passed. And happily, an abundance of premier tour operators offer ready-made autumn adventures that are relatively easy on the wallet. (CNN.com via Travel and Leisure)
What’s the most remote spot on Earth?
We live in a technologically advanced and interconnected world. Places that were once almost impossible to reach are now accessible by road systems, waterways and airplane rides. Despite the ease with which we can contact people on the other side of the globe — whether it be through the click of a mouse or a letter in the post — about 10 percent of the Earth is more than 48 hours away, by way of land travel, from the nearest city. (How Stuff Works)
Become one with nature on High Divide trail
Be ready for bears, berries in Washington’s Olympic National Park. (MSN.com)
Ken Burns Hails Rockefeller, Muir in TV Parks Series: Interview
As that visionary conservationist John Muir put it, “Nothing dollarable is safe.” (Bloomberg News)
The Wildest of the Wild: The 10 Least Visited National Parks
Need to get away from it all? Try 400+ square miles all to yourself in some of America’s most pristine and remote wilderness. (The Daily Green)
Noteworthy Hiking Accomplishments
A mountainous task: Owosso native takes on the Pacific Crest Trail
WASHINGTON STATE – Owosso native Tobin Van Pelt is nearing the end of a five-month, mountainous 2,651-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. (Argus-Press)
Trailing Indicators: Out of a Job, Some Decide to Take a Hike Unable to find steady work in a dismal Florida job market, Dan Kearns did something a lot of gainfully employed Americans can only dream of: Ditch the straight life and hike the length of the Appalachian Trail. (Wall St. Journal)
Hiker does triple crown in 14:53
Troy Kellenberger isn’t your ordinary Yosemite hiker. Saturday, the 19-year-old Fresno City College student hiked to the top of Half Dome, El Capitan and Glacier Point — all in one day. (Fresno Bee)
The Performer: Blind mountain climber Eric Weihenmayer
When he was 14, Colorado-based Erik Weihenmayer lost his sight to a rare disease called retinoschisis. On May 25, 2001, at 32, he became the first blind person to summit Everest. He has since climbed hundreds of thousands of vertical feet all over the world. (Canadian Business)
A Mountain of Bills: Who should have to pay to rescue stranded climbers?
What’s the cost of a life—or really, what’s the cost of saving one? When climbers, hikers, skiers, and rafters get caught in tight situations and need to be found and rescued, the answer can be a large number of taxpayer dollars. (Newsweek)