Nov
05
2012
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What’s the point of “Salto del Pastor”?

salto-del-pastorSalto del Pastor, or Shepherd’s Leap, is the sport of doing cool things with a long pole. The pole, known as a lanza or garrote, is about three meters (9 ft) long and ends in a strong sharp metal spike. But Salto del Pastor wasn’t originally a sport. It evolved as a useful way for [&hel[more...]

Apr
30
2012
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What’s the story of the 1958 hiker?

not-an-iphone“The 1958 Hiker” is a story about a hiker who lost his map. As he drifted off to sleep that night, a visitor from the year 2008 taunted him with revelations of the future. This article was previously posted to Google Knol. In the story of The 1958 Hiker, a lone hiker is making his [&hel[more...]

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Feb
15
2011
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What does it mean to be sure-footed?

sure-footedTo hike some mountain trails, or to travel along a canyon strewn with boulders, one needs to be sure-footed. But what exactly contributes towards sure-footedness? Firstly, the hiker needs to have good balance. Without that, it’s impossible to traverse difficult country at speed. It’s also necessary to have good vision, particularly the ability to judge [&hel[more...]

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Aug
05
2009
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What is the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area?

Lost Lake in the Beartooth Mountains portion of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, accessible via a 5-mile hike from a trailhead near Red Lodge, Montana. Mvguy photo. CC-BY.The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area borders Yellowstone National Park and is made up of about 940,000 acres (3,800 square kilometers) of land in three national forests, mostly in Montana with a small portion in Wyoming. It includes Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana, as well as the largest contiguous area of land above 10,000 feet [&hel[more...]

Apr
05
2009
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What is there to do and see in and around North Cascades National Park?

The view toward Trapper Peak at Cascade Pass in North Cascades National Park.Because North Cascades National Park is 93% wilderness area, nearly all people who visit the park proper come to hike or climb mountains. But the park is only one unit in a vast region of public lands that include some of the most delightful peaks and lakes in North America. The park is managed as [&hel[more...]

Apr
02
2009
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of barefoot walking?

Image by Lu - CC-BYIn modern western cities it’s uncommon to see people going barefoot, yet in most of the world and for most of human existence barefoot has been the norm. The human foot has 24 bones, working together in a complex structure designed to lessen the impact of footfall, combined with muscles tendons and ligaments that store [&hel[more...]

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