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Hike Bryce Canyon During a Full Moon

September 8, 2010
Bryce Canyon, Night

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Are you a night owl? If you are heading by Bryce Canyon National Park be sure to take advantage of their Full Moon Hikes, scheduled for September 23 and 24. Tickets to these hikes are free, just go to the Visitor Center, it is first come first serve as tickets are limited. Visit their website for more info.

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Take Your Children Hiking

August 26, 2010
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Hiking with your children can seem a like a daunting “task”. Here are some ways to make that “task” into a fun activity that you and your family can enjoy.

Take Kids Hiking and Lower Childhood Obesity: Families Hiking

Hiking with children offers a myriad of rewards such as reduced childhood obesity, a greater attention span, and a heightened awareness of the natural world. Kids hiking with families create lasting bonds, become more physically fit and …

Publish Date: 03/30/2010 23:01

http://www.suite101.com/content/take-kids-hiking-to-lower-childhood-obesity-a215606

Hiking With Young Children: Getting Outdoors With Kids Under Five

With patience and flexibility, parents can continue to enjoy hiking while spending quality time with young children and fostering a connection with the natural world. … Young children focus on their immediate surroundings. Rather than focusing on the destination or the physical achievement of a hike, children experience a hike directly through their senses. They move slowly, take in the details, and stop when something catches their attention. Children take the time to …

Publish Date: 06/26/2008 22:41

http://www.suite101.com/content/hiking-with-young-children-a58333

Take your kids hiking: 10 tips to make the adventure fun for the

Hiking with kids is a great way to get them connected to the outdoors at a young age, but it can also be intimidating for the parent planner. We challenge you to get the kids in your life out on the trail this summer, because part of …

Publish Date: 06/03/2010 16:14

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How to Use Hiking Poles

August 26, 2010
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Hiking poles can be very useful while hiking, especially if you have weaker knees. Here is some information on what hiking poles are and how to use them.

Using Trekking Poles: Poles Can Assist a Hiker in Many Ways During

However, the first thing is the proper name. Don’t refer them as a “walking stick”. Use the term “trekking pole” or “hiking pole” to differentiate from the image of a broken down old-timer shuffling along the track. …

Publish Date: 02/23/2008 23:50

http://www.suite101.com/content/using-trekking-poles-a45645

Consumer Reports Health Blog: Hiking poles: 4 legs are better than 2

How to use them: Adjust the poles, if possible, so they’re comfortable for your height. Make them longer for descents, shorter for uphill climbs. Let them move naturally with the rhythm of your walking, shifting weight to them as …

Publish Date: 08/18/2010 3:00

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2010/08/hiking-poles-four-legs-are-better-than-two-hiking-tips-protecting-your-muscles-preventing-injury.html

Trekking Poles: What are They?

Other Cool Uses. Trekking poles can come in handy for several purposes besides hiking. They can be used as support poles for setting up a tarp shelter. Because they are adjustable, the poles can be lengthened or shortened for the …

Publish Date: 07/12/2007 1:00

http://www.suite101.com/content/treeking-poles-a26035

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Hiking Boots Tip: Breaking Them In

August 26, 2010
Old friend, new friend
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A great new pair of hiking boots, just like any other shoe, needs to be broken in before going on a long hike. Here are some tips on breaking in your new hiking boots.

The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog: Taking care of your hiking feet

Don’t try to break in brand new boots on a long hike either. Wear a new pair around town, or on short hikes, before taking them long distance. * Walking barefoot around the house, especially outside, will toughen the skin of your feet. …

Publish Date: 08/25/2010 6:54

http://hikinginthesmokys.blogspot.com/2010/08/taking-care-of-your-hiking-feet.html

Hiking Tip: Break in New Hiking Boots Properly | Great Outdoors

Learn how to break in your new hiking boots properly and thoroughly.

Publish Date: 02/08/2010 13:03

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Gear Care – Hiking Boots: How to properly care for hiking boots

Break Them In – Take the time to break in your hiking boots. Wear them around the house and out in the yard. Take walks around your neighborhood. Give them a chance to adapt to your feet, your style of walking and to lose their …

Publish Date: 03/23/2007 1:00

http://www.suite101.com/content/gear-care-hiking-boots-a16970

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Explore: Bandalier National Monument

August 23, 2010
Cliff dwellings, Bandelier, New Mexico, USA
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Summer is coming to an end but if you have a chance, explore Bandalier National Monument in New Mexico. Once home to the Ancient Pueblo People, it is now a monument where you can hike the trails and explore the ruins. Here are some articles on this fascinating place.

New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument is a Place of Mystery

Bandelier National Monument in Northwest New Mexico, contains a mystery. An ancient people once lived high upon its cliffs. Then suddenly they disappeared.

Publish Date: 06/22/2010 7:11

http://www.suite101.com/content/new-mexicos-bandalier-national-monument-is-a-place-of-mystery-a251832

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Bandelier National Monument to Celebrate Grand Reopening of Historic.

Publish Date: 08/12/2010 8:44

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Bandelier National Monument

One of the neat things about Los Alamos is that Bandelier National Monument is only a few minutes away. The volcanic tuff at Bandelier erupted from the Valles caldera about 1.25 million years ago, but it’s not just a site of geologic …

Publish Date: 07/05/2010 13:08

http://magmacumlaude.blogspot.com/2010/07/bandelier-national-monument.html

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Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument (outside Santa Fe, NM) has trails alongside a rock full of old Pueblo homes, some of which are nearly 1000 years old. Many of them have been restored/maintained so you can climb up into them and get a look …

Publish Date: 08/07/2010 12:26

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Hike: Rainbow Falls

August 5, 2010
Rainbow fall at Devils Postpile National Monument

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A gem of a find is Rainbow Falls located near Mammoth in California. This pristine waterfall is a day hike, passing the impressive Devil’s Postpile along the way. Come here to enjoy the view, take a few pictures and just soak up the great outdoors. View these articles for some pictures and information on the hike to Rainbow Falls.

Rainbow Falls

When we hiked to Rainbow Falls south of Devils Postpile, we took the shuttle bus from our campground to the trail head. We could have just hiked from the campground up and back, but that would have been the same route. …

Publish Date: 07/21/2010 16:43

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Rainbow Falls

JillOW posted a photo: Rainbow Falls. Outside Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Publish Date: 07/23/2010 21:43

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Stunning Views At Rainbow Falls In Mammoth Lakes Near Devils

Rainbow Falls is a MUST see for any spring or summer Mammoth Mountain or Mammoth Lakes visitor! View photos and see what it takes to get there!

Publish Date: 06/28/2010 0:58

http://www.skianything.com/2010/06/rainbow-falls-in-mammoth-lakes-near-devils-postpile-national-monument/

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Hiking Tips: Dehydration on The Trail

August 5, 2010
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Dehydration is a serious illness while hiking. So much of our bodies are made up of water; we need to make sure that we are keeping ourselves well hydrated so that we can keep healthy and enjoy our hikes. Question is, how do we know the signs of dehydration? Here is a great article that goes over the prevention, symptoms and treatment of dehydration.

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Purify Your Water or Not?

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Picture of the Day: Half Dome

August 5, 2010

the ascent

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this is the final phase of the ascent to the top of half dome. there are metal cables drilled into metal rods running up the side of the rock face, with wooden planks acting as steps at regular intervals. to ascend to the top, you pull yourself up, one step at a time.


climbing the raw vertical of half dome was one of the most breathtaking, inspiring, and exhilarating experiences ever.

i would do it again in a minute.

Author:mark daniel

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Hiking Tips: Hiking in Bear Country

August 4, 2010
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One of the great things about hiking is the wildlife we can encounter. However, bears are wildlife that are best to not get close to because as much as they look sweet and innocent, we still have to remember that we are in the wilderness and to respect the wildlife. Here are some articles on how to safely hike through bear country. Enjoy!

What are Smellables for Hiking in Bear Country?

Know what is a smellable to avoid attracting a bear into a campsite.

Publish Date: 07/19/2010 15:06

http://hikingbackpacking.suite101.com/article.cfm/what-are-smellables-for-hiking-in-bear-country

Hiking in bear country? Black bear safety video offers tips | In

If you are hiking in bear country, you’ll find the new 6-minute video, Day Hiking and Wildlife, from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park helpful. This black bear safety video covers hiking safety and educates viewers about the …

Publish Date: 07/05/2010 7:39

http://www.carlsams.com/inthewoods/2010/07/hiking-in-bear-country-black-bear-safety-video-offers-tips/

Warding off bears. | Great Outdoors Tips with Outdoors Expert

I’m not advocating that you never hike with your dog. But, just think twice about it if you are heading into bear country. Always keep your dog on a leash. Don’t shy away from hiking where bears are known to live. …

Publish Date: 07/11/2010 16:04

http://freeoutdoors.com/blog/hiking/hiking-tips-avoiding-unwanted-bear-encounters

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Hiking Tips: Poisonous Plants

August 4, 2010
089Q4053.JPG Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, & Poiso...
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Hiking is such a fun and enjoyable experience. However, something as simple as touching a seemingly harmless plant can turn that fun into pain. Here are some articles on identifying some common poisonous plants so that you may have a safe and enjoyable hike.

Hiking Tips # 2 — Avoiding Toxic Relationships (with plants).

Poisonous plants are as common as they are irritating. The allergic reaction to Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac can make a hiking trip memorable for the wrong reasons. Plants of Poison There are three major types of poisonous plants in North …

Publish Date: 04/28/2010 14:45

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Identifying Poison Ivy and Poison Ivy Relief Options | Hiking Revealed

These plants are Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. Poison Ivy, by far, is the most common culprit. The first point of defense to avoiding transmission is by identifying Poison Ivy on the hiking trail. Identifying Poison Ivy – The …

Publish Date: 07/24/2010 18:17

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How To Identify Poison Ivy | Mike’s Backyard Nursery

thanks mike for your information video on poison ivy . im sure you help more then one person identify this plant and stay clear off it. i know all about this plant had 3 very bad encounters with it . like you said it hides on you like …… In 1950, in India, I had a contact with some plant in the mountains and got the rash. Another person hiking with me told me to look for a plant, the look alike of spinach close to the plant which gave me the rash and rub the juice of …

Publish Date: 07/01/2010 17:13

http://www.mikesbackyardnursery.com/2010/07/how-to-identify-poison-ivy/

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