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Trees do more than keep our ecosystem in balance with oxygen: They bring nature closer to our lives, especially when we can't escape the bustle of daily city life.The Cultural Landscape Foundation and American Photo recognize the importance of trees in our daily lives and our country's history. They sent 12 photographers to document a few of the most important and at-risk trees in the country. The result: "Every Tree Tells a Story." Read Full Story...
If you purchased the DeLorme Earthmate PN60w and Spot Satellite Communicator combo (reviewed in April 2011), read this release to see if you need a replacement.From: http://www.findmespot.com/replacement/
Date: March 31, 2011
Spot LLC has issued a product recall on the SPOT Satellite Communicator which is bundled and sold exclusively with the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w. Spot LLC has discovered that a part, which does not meet operating specifications, was substituted in some SPOT Satellite Communicator devices during the manufacturing process.
JanSport announces $10,000 prize for easy outdoor videoHere's a way you can finally pay for that backpacking vacation to New Zealand, plus the Western Mountaineering sleeping bag you've had your eyes on for years. Submit a short 360-degree video depicting your favorite outdoor spot to JanSport's new What's Your Outdoor contest, and you might win a $10,000 grand prize. Learn more and upload your film here.
Dorn wakes up from GU-induced psychedelic comaThis morning, we reported on the shocking accident suffered by editor Jonathan Dorn late last night after he apparently and unknowingly self-administered a near-lethal dose of a powerful prototype electrolyte salve from energy-gel maker GU. An outpouring of concern ensued on Backpacker’s forums and Facebook page, with many readers and industry friends wondering if this report was, in fact, an April Fools’ prank. Read Full Story...
Suffers glycemic shock from new GU productLongtime Backpacker editor and adrenaline junkie Jonathan Dorn has been stabilized but remains in a coma at the Foothills Hospital ICU unit in Boulder, Colorado, announced AIM President Andrew Clurman in a short statement to the Outdoor Group's staff this morning. Read Full Story...
Stop-motion film "Green Tunnel" takes you through the length of the Appalachian TrailDo you aspire to hike the entire Appalachian trail, but simply don't have the time? Kevin Gallagher just did you a huge favor: His stop-motion film Green Tunnel is a lyrical, aptly-named trip through the entire AT—all in under five minutes.
After 38 years as "endangered", the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department finally pulled the plug on the Eastern cougar.It has been about 80 years since the regionally classified "Eastern" cougar has had a confirmed sighting in the U.S. For the last 38 years the subspecies has been on the Endangered Species List, and today, March 2, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department officially declared the giant cat extinct. Read Full Story...
Henry Cowell State Park holds an intriguing botanical oddity: albino redwood trees
American Hiking Society announces annual day of celebration for trails and trail volunteersThe American Hiking Society just announced the date for National Trails Day: June 4, 2011. Why should you be excited? Because this is like a birthday party for trails and wilderness—and no matter where you live in the country, something righteous is going down.
Skier Stefan Ager takes a mighty whipper off a steep slope--and captures it all on videoWho out there has hiked or skied right next to the bleeding edge of a precipice and wondered what it was like to fall off? If you haven't, you're lying. Usually we dispel those thoughts after a few seconds of stomach somersaults, but if you're still curious, skier Stefan Ager went and toppled off a cliff with his headcam on. Yikes:
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