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Backpacker Photo School: Capture Your Favorite Trees

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...
Friday, November 19, 2010 in: Backpacker Photo School
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RECALL: 2011 Editors' Choice Winner

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.


Date: March 31, 2011

Recall Notice:
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.

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Make (Gobs of) Money from Hiking

JanSport announces $10,000 prize for easy outdoor video

Here'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.
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Monday, April 04, 2011 in: News
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Medical Update On Backpacker Editor

Dorn wakes up from GU-induced psychedelic coma

This 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...
Friday, April 01, 2011 in: News and Events
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Backpacker editor hospitalized

Suffers glycemic shock from new GU product

Longtime 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...
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Video: Hike the Entire Appalachian Trail—in Five Minutes

Stop-motion film "Green Tunnel" takes you through the length of the Appalachian Trail

Do 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.

You'll see airy balds, fields of flowers, and —yes—miles and miles of trail boring through an endless green forest. Watch:

Green Tunnel from Kevin Gallagher on Vimeo.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011 in: News and Events
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Eastern Cougars Declared Extinct

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...
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Believe It: Albino Redwoods

Henry Cowell State Park holds an intriguing botanical oddity: albino redwood trees

Nature generally has no trouble inspiring sci-fi or horror movies (Jaws, anyone?), but inspiration from the plant kingdom usually falls short; last time I checked, Swamp Thing and Little Shop of Horrors surely didn't improve with age.

The latest isn't scary, but it could inspire a sort of lyrical, moody film like Solaris. Henry Cowell State Park in California hosts the extremely rare albino redwood (perhaps as few as 28 specimens), and while they don't grow to great white hulks in the forest, they do spring ghost-like out of burls and nurse logs. Check it: Read Full Story...
Monday, February 28, 2011 in: Nature and Wildlife, Weird and Funny
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National Trail Days Announced

American Hiking Society announces annual day of celebration for trails and trail volunteers

The 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.

This year's slogan is "Made With All Natural Ingredients," which, missing hyphen aside, sounds a lot like they've been taken over by Nature Valley. No matter: Here's what AHS has to say about it:
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Friday Video: Falling Off A Cliff

Skier Stefan Ager takes a mighty whipper off a steep slope--and captures it all on video

Who 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:

He stood up at the end and seems fine, but he revealed two things:

1) That took way longer than I expected, and
2) He should've ended his day at the casino.


—Ted Alvarez

via Adventure Life
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Friday, February 25, 2011 in: Survival, Weird and Funny
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