Posts Tagged ‘wilderness’

Wildlife Photo of the Day: Puma

August 15, 2010

Puma

El puma (Puma concolor), león de montaña, león o pantera, es un mamífero de la familia Felidae, nativo de América.
Es el el cuarto mayor felino del mundo, después del tigre, el león y el jaguar.

fuente: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puma

Author:Gustavo (lu7frb)


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Picture of the Day: Congaree National Park

June 15, 2010

Congaree National Park

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Picture of the Day: Lower Cathedral Lake

June 10, 2010

Cathedral Lake, YosemiteLicense: GNU Free Documentation

This gorgeous view of Lower Cathedral Lake is in the Tioga Road Region of Yosemite.

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Cell Phones in the Wilderness: Good, Bad or Indifferent?

June 4, 2010

“Again and again I see in tips about hiking in the wilderness the advice to take along a cell phone. The tipster usually provides safety reasons for the advice. The reasoning goes something like this: If you get in trouble, all you have to do is dial a number and help will be on the way.

Cell Tower View
Image by herzogbr via Flickr

Here are some cogent arguments against packing along your smartphone.

Argument #1: It is unlikely that you will find a reliable signal any distance beyond the trail head. So, the weight of the cell phone is basically useless weight.”

Read more about cell phones in the wilderness.

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Is Water Purification Always Necessary in the Backcountry?

July 30, 2009

I drank water from streams all the time when I was a kid with no ill effects. More recently the professional thinking has been that all backcountry water is suspect. But, recent research as proven otherwise.

Quite a number of medical experts and researchers are now saying that much of the water in the US wilderness is very pure and safe to drink.

You are likely to find such water at high elevations, over 7000 feet, away from campgrounds, pastures and high concentrations of human traffic.

Read the complete water purification article here.

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Extend Your Camera Battery’s Life

May 15, 2009

On an extended hike, it’s important that your camera batteries last until you reach your destination.

You won’t want to miss a shot of that beautiful scenery.

Here are some tips for extending the life of your camera battery while hiking and photographing.

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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.