Sep
05
2010
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What is canyoning, kloofing or canyoneering?

canyoning-blue-mountainsCanyoning (known as canyoneering in the US, and kloofing in South Africa) is the sport of making your way downstream through a slot canyon. These canyons are not broad canyons such as Arizona’s Grand Canyon, but narrow vertical-sided canyons formed by streams eroding their route through soft sedimentary rock (generally sandstone). The canyons may be [more...]

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 [more...]

Apr
09
2009
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Can you go “wild camping” in England?

Scafell, in the English Lake District (photo by Rich Childs - CC-BY)Wild camping is commonplace in Australia, New Zealand, the US, South Africa, and many other countries. In Finland and Sweden the right to camp is enshrined by law, provided it’s not close to someone’s house or garden. But in England it’s not so easy. One place where it is acceptable is on the moors of [more...]

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