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South Valley Park – Coyote Song Trail – Littleton, Colorado

South Valley Park offers several trail routes and is perfect for an early morning or sunset hike. Red Rock juts from the earth creating unusual form ations. A perfect place to wind down a day with your family and an excellent and easy hike if you hav…

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Mosquitoes. Aaaarg!

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Sunset at Appalachian Trail

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office.
"George Lucas"

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Hiking – Tips for a Great Hike with Your Dog

Bears in North America: Black or Brown?

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Land buy will connect French Creek State Park, Thun Trail

Hopewell Lake at French Creek State Park
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Grant enables group to buy 279 acres near French Creek.

Publish Date: 06/02/2010 22:00

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Schafer State Park on historic register – South Sound – The

Schafer State Park is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Publish Date: 06/03/2010 0:05

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New York State Park Police Announce Major Initiative to Combat

The New York State Park Police in cooperation with the New York State Police, the Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Field Investigations (DFI), the Department of Transportation, the Saratoga County District Attorney and the City …

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Hiking Is Good for You, Mentally

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Here are some interesting posts on the Appalachian Trail, also known as the AT. They include tips for hiking and tips for avoiding danger.

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Planning for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike | Go Backpacking

The common experience of hiking the Appalachian Trail creates a bond that surpasses differences.

Publish Date: 02/02/2010 6:00

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Avoid Danger When Hiking the Appalachian Trail: How to Cope with

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is generally safe. But hikers may encounter dangers such as bears and snakes, along with Lyme-disease-carrying ticks and contaminated water.

Publish Date: 02/01/2010 19:19

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Purify Your Water or Not?

Planet Earth Deserves Our Respect

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Here is an article on choosing a backpacking stove. It concentrates on different models according to the fuel that they burn. For instance, some burn white gas and others burn propane.

Carrying and using a backpacking stove in the wilderness is an environmentally wise choice. It is also much more convenient than having to search for wood to burn and lighting a fire after a long and tiring hike. Besides, to reduce the risk of forest fires, the United States and Canada have restricted the use of campfires in much of the backcountry.

Here’s the rest of the Stove Review Article.

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Outdoors Tips and Issues

Treating for Shock in the Wilderness

People do crazy things at times. But, stupidity on the trail can result in tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted and lives jeopardized.

Here’s an article on hiking responsibly.

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Is Global Warming Our Fault?

Organizing Your Food for the Trail

Automobile Roof Racks

Carry your illumination on your head while hiking and keep your hands free to do what they need to do in the wilderness.

Once limited to spelunkers and mountain bikers, headlamps are now becoming more and more popular among hikers and backpackers. Hiking with a headlamp has now pretty much lost its nerdy reputation.

Here are some reasons why you should consider replacing your flashlight with a headlamp:

 

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For Your Backpacking First Aid Kit

Flash floods are killers and they can come without much warning. Here are eight risk factors for flash floods. If you find yourself in any of these situations, be vigilant and have an exit plan in mind at all times.

1. Hiking in southwestern deserts.

2. Hiking in Low-lying areas.

3. Hiking in a wash.

4. Hiking along a dry riverbed.

5. Hiking along a streambed.

6. Hiking in a Narrow canyon or arroyo.

7. Hiking during a spring thaw.

8. A storm upstream, whether you are aware of it or not.

What else can you do to stay safe in a potential situation of flash flooding? Here is more information that can help: Great Outdoors Information: Flash Floods.

 

GORP has this great article with five tips for having a more enjoyable time on the trail. That burden on your back can get uncomfortable several miles down the trail. These tips will help a lot.
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Fight
Gravity’s Drag

Stuffbag
Pin a stuffbag inside the pack to stop dense items from
gravitating downward

Murphy’s Law of the Inconvenient Migration of Stuff means that dense items
(especially waterbottles, hydration systems, large cameras, and fuel) tend to
gravitate to the bottom of your pack, especially when the pack is not full and
tightly packed. Those are precisely the items that often need to be handy and
whose weight should be up high and close to your back between your shoulder
blades for easy carrying.

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TRASHY MINDSET, TRASHY ENVIRONMENT

No one likes trashy highways, at least no one that I know. And yet many of us think nothing of littering our freeways and streets. It’s not uncommon to see a car window go down an inch or two and a cigarette butt or a candy wrapper sail out.

I saw a middle-aged woman sitting at a bus stop recently. She could have been anybody’s mother, tidy and clean. Despite her nice appearance, she thought nothing of littering the space around her. She opened a snack and let the wrapper flutter to the ground without a second glance. A trash can stood close by.

PRISTINE MINDSET, PRISTINE WILDERNESS

Unfortunately, this trashy attitude too often carries over into our beautiful wilderness, where there are no trash cans. Frequently while hiking, we are confronted with litter spoiling what we go to the wilderness for – peace and beauty. Let’s determine to never detract from the pristine beauty of the wilds by leaving trash.

So, what do I do with my trash while I am backpacking? You pack it right back out and leave nothing behind. Remember to “Take only pictures and leave only footprints.”

PRACTICALITIES

Hike with a sturdy plastic bag or two for the purpose and store them in your backpack. Make sure they can be zipped shut or closed tightly with a durable twist tie, not just the paper-covered ties you find in the produce aisle of your grocery store. Plastic-covered twist ties that you get with new electronic equipment work great.

You want any odors that might attract bears or other wild creatures sealed tightly inside. Food wrappers, flattened cans, spent fuel cannisters and batteries, even toilet paper and hygiene products go into your pack-out trash bag. Used pads or tampons are especially attractive to bears. Seal ’em up and pack ’em out. Don’t invite trouble with sloppy behavior.

Don’t scatter your trash – pack it out. Don’t bury your trash – pack it out. If you’re strong enough to pack it in, you’ll be strong enough to pack it back out – all the way home and to your personal trash container.

Hike trashy? No!

Keep our wilderness and trails pristine? Yes!

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