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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...
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.
American Masters takes a look at the icon in "John Muir in The New WorldDidn't get enough John Muir in Ken Burns' PBS National Parks series? You're in luck: Mighty Muir returns to the network with the documentary American Masters: John Muir in the New World. The show premieresMonday, April 18 from 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Earth Day and John Muir Day.
Public comment period opens for BLM proposals to allow mining near the Grand CanyonWell, this seems like a no-brainer: The Bureau of Land Management just opened up a public comment period to weigh the positives and negatives of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. They'll host several meetings throughout Arizona to share data and see what the public thinks.
Scientists monitor hibernating black bears to look for solutions that could benefit humansIt's no secret that bears hibernate in winter—so it's a little surprising how little we know about it. A new study by Øivind Tøien of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks sheds a little light on bear dens in winter, and it turns out what's going on with a bear's body is way more complex than just passing out. The results could even lead to innovations in medical treatment.
Five friends with minimal kayaking experience take five weeks to kayak from Vancouver, B.C., to Alaska, stoking wanderlust dreams for everyday Adventure Joes and Janes everywhere
The President talks about preserving wild lands, getting kids outside, and Teddy RooseveltWhile Obama's track record on wilderness is mixed (let's face it—he's had a pretty full plate), he's regularly expressed his intentions to keep it top-of-mind in his administration. To wit: He gave a press conference on Wednesday covering nature preservation, getting kids outside, and the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt. Watch:
SI takes athlete models to Canada's marquee national parkThis year, Sports Illustrated skipped the sandy beaches and palm trees in favor of Doug firs, glaciers, and 10,000-foot peaks. The magazine chose to shoot three athlete models in Banff National Park, Canada. Read Full Story...
Northwest Editor Mike Lanza explores the country's cross-country skiing capitolThe groomed white track tilts sharply upward and continues for a discouragingly long stretch before disappearing around another bend in the lodgepole pine forest. Climbing this relentless hill on my skate-skis, my heart wails loudly enough to scare off birds, while alarming sounds and fluids spew from my mouth. I feel like I’m locked in mortal combat against gravity and the battle isn’t going so well for me right now.