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Hiking Tips: Electrolyte Replacement

June 13, 2010

“Everyday, we sweat. No matter what energy we expend, no matter how hot or how cool the day, we sweat.

Drops of sweat
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But, of course, the more we exercise, the more we sweat. And, the hotter it is, the more we sweat. So, put together the high amount of energy it takes to hike a mountainous trail and make that a hot day for the hike, and you’ve got a formula for a lot of sweating. Sweating means fluid and electrolyte loss.

Sweating is normal and it’s healthy. But, you’ve got to make some compensations.” Read more.


National Parks News and Posts

January 26, 2010

Moonlit Cross Country Ski Program at Glacier National Park

On the evenings of January 30 and February 27, the public is invited to join a free, four-mile, ranger-led cross country ski excursion at night in Glacier National Park. Suitable for intermediate-level skiers of all ages, …

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Publish Date: 01/25/2010 0:00

Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah USA) on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Stewart @ Bryce Point 01/12/2009 14h20 At the background the most beautiful natural amphitheater ever seen. Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon National Park (pronounced /ˈbraɪs/) is a national park located in southwestern Utah in …

Publish Date: 01/21/2010 11:09

Banff film fest lineup – – Jan. 24, 2010

The Banff Mountain Film Festival will be in North Idaho for four days. The first three nights — Jan. 28, 29 and 30 — will be at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint, with screenings starting at 7 pm and doors opening at 6 pm The last night, …

Publish Date: 01/24/2010 16:21

Our National Parks: Little Known Benefits

Do you like visiting and camping in our beautiful National Parks? They provide many enjoyable attractions. But, here are some benefits of our National Parks that you may not have thought about. They give us pride to know that we, …

Publish Date: 09/29/2009 8:38

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Search for Missing Hiker Scaled back

January 13, 2010

Katherine Truitt, 37, evidently parked her pickup on McClure Beach in the Point Reyes National Park and started hiking. Days later, the efforts to find her are being scaled back.

Read the whole story here: Missing Hiker.


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Hiking a Slot Canyon Sounds Like Fun

September 25, 2009

Here is a sport you may want to consider getting into: canyoneering. It’s all about hiking and climbing in slot canyons.

These narrow canyons, usually formed in sandstone or limestone, are by definition deeper than they are wide. Some of them are only 3 feet wide. Others are 30 feet wide. Many are in between. The walls of the canyon, often sporting beautiful colors, are typically pretty much vertical.

Slot canyons are given technical ratings from 1 to 4. A class 1 slot canyon requires no technical abilities or equipment. A class 4 rating implies advanced rope work with possible multipitch rappels.

Some slot canyons are very dangerous with extreme risk. Others pose very little risk.

So if you are just starting, make sure you check out the ratings of the slot canyon you have chosen to visit. Also check out how much risk is involved in taking on this particular slot canyon. Talk with a Ranger before you go.

One more thing to remember with slot canyons is flash flooding. Always check the weather forecast at your current location and upstream.

I don’t have a lot of experience with slot canyons, but it sounds like a lot of fun to me. Here’s a resource for more information: American Canyoneering Community.


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Hiking Tip: Throw in Some M&Ms for the Kids

May 27, 2009

Hiking with kids? Take along some M&Ms. They make great treats for tired bodies and spirits.

Ration them and their healthy properties, flavanoids and antioxidents, will not be overshadowed by their less healthy properties.

Added note: This tip applies to kids of all ages.


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GPS Breadcrumb Trail

March 18, 2009

You can use a GPS unit to find your way back. This might be handy if you ever get lost. Or if you just want to go back to the trailhead and home. Your device can be instructed to create a track, like a breadcrumb trail, of where you have gone, not where you are going.
Configure your unit to automatically create “trackpoints” either by time intervals or by distance intervals. Just retrace your steps by following the trackpoints in the reverse of the sequence in which they were laid down. And there you are back to the parking lot and ready for hot soup for supper.

Hike the Great Wall of China

March 10, 2009

One year ago, almost to the day, my wife and I hiked the Great Wall of China. Correction, we hiked on the Great Wall. After all, this phenomenon stretches nearly 4,000 miles across China.

If you hike on the Great Wall section nearest to Beijing, you won’t really be hiking on the original wall. This section has been refurbished for tourist use.

The best you can do is this. Get on the Wall and go left, the direction most people are going. Then keep hiking (probably more than a mile altogether) until you come to a gate that bars you from continuing. Beyond that gate is the original Wall, unadulterated. You can’t hike on it, but you get a great close-up view. It’s awesome.

Savor the moment, contemplate the history and magnitude, and then hike back. It’s well worth the experience.

Someday maybe I’ll attempt to hike the whole distance. Hehe.

Stream Crossings

March 2, 2009

By the way, here’s more on crossing a stream at my main blog, Great Outdoors Information.

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Crossing a Stream Safely

March 2, 2009

I found a really good post about safely crossing a stream. This can be a fun part of hiking, but also a dangerous part. So, check this out. It’s a post with wise and practical information at Find Tips On.