Nat Geo Offers the 14 Best Spring Trips for 2018.

I know the calendar may have officially turned to spring late last week, but where I live we’re still waiting for it to properly arrive. While we patiently wait for the arrival of warmer weather and some sunshine, we can dream about visiting other places for a springtime adventure. And to help us out with that, National Geographic has put together a list of 14 amazing trips for the season ahead.

Amongst the destinations that Nat Geo recommends are Japan, where the cherry blossoms are in full blooms, and the Upper Amazon in Peru, where temperatures remain fairly constant all year round. The article also suggests a journey to the East Coast of Sri Lanka or Morocco, where the weather is a bit cooler this time of year. But for those who aren’t ready to give up on winter completely yet, Svalbard in northern Norway is on offer, allowing travelers to experience the Midnight Sun and quite possibly even spot some polar bears.

I’ll leave the rest of the list for you to discover, but needless to say each entry offers a short overview of what Spring is a good time to go and what to expect when you get there. This being National Geographic, there are plenty of great photos too and some suggested destinations that you might not have thought of yourself, both foreign and domestic.

If you’re looking for a way to shake off the cold grip of winter, and bring a bit of adventure back into your life, than you’ll want to have a look at the list. Check it on in its entirety here.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Nat Geo Has Fun Facts for All 59 U.S. National Parks.

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the start of National Park Week, and to help celebrate National Geographic has published a story that shares fun facts about each and every park in the U.S. system. That’s 59 parks at the moment, stretching from Acadia in Maine to Haleakala in Hawaii, with some pretty fantastic landscapes located in between.

The list runs through all of the parks in alphabetical order starting with the aforementioned Acadia and ending with Zion. Scrolling through the story you’ll learn some fascinating things, such as the fact that Arches National Park has more than 2000 documented rock arches within its border or that Big Bend is home to a hot springs that reaches temperatures in excess of 105ºF (40.5ºC). You’ll also discover that Crater Lake’s caldera is nearly 6 miles in diameter and that beautiful wildflowers spring up in Death Valley for a brief time after a rainstorm.

These are just a few hints at the wonderful secrets that America’s national parks hold. These wonderful, beautiful, and endlessly wild places are amazing destinations, which is why they continue to hold such a sway over travelers. During National Park Week, entrance into the parks is completely free, making them even more enticing. And since the week comes prior to the start of the busy summer travel season, there is a good chance you’ll have the place to yourself if you go.

Find out more about National Park Week here and read all of Nat Geo’s fun national park facts here.

Autor : Kraig Becker

* source: – Nat Geo Has Fun Facts for All 59 U.S. National Parks

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50 Parks to Visit in 50 U.S. States.

The U.S. has always been at the forefront of creating public lands for its citizens and foreign visitors to explore. After all, the country was the first to designate a national park when Yellowstone was first created way back in 1872. Today, there are fantastic parks to explore in every state in the Union, and Popular Mechanics wants to help you discover the best ones.

In a slideshow entitled “50 States, 50 Parks” readers will go through each state in alphabetical order, with the individual slides providing some information on the absolute best park to visit at that particular destination. So, for example, in Alaska you’ll learn that Denali National Park has earned a spot on the list, which is no small feat when you consider the fantastic national parks that exist there. The slide not only contains a brief explanation for what makes Denali special, but an epic photo from the location as well.

Other great parks that make the cut include Grand Canyon (Arizona), Yosemite (California), Starved Rock State Park (Illinois), and Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. I’ll leave the remaining 45 parks for you to discover, as it is a lot of fun to see what choices were made for each state.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the national parks, but there are some pretty spectacular state parks to be found as well. Thankfully, this list doesn’t count them out and you’re likely to discover plenty of new places to add to your “must visit” list. Check out the entire slideshow here.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Video: Wonderland – Great Adventures in the Wilderness.

Remember that sense of wonder you would often have when you first set out into the wilderness? That feeling that you were exploring a place that no one else had ever seen, and the potential for discoveries were unlimited. That is the same sense you’ll get from this video from Salomon TV, which reminds us that great adventures await us outside in nature. All we have to do is go find them.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Everest Climbing Gear – Then and Now.

National Geographic has another interesting article and photo gallery up today, this time taking a look at the past and present gear used on Everest. The slideshow contains a number of fantastic images, and each one focuses on a particular topic, such as “communications” and “insulation layers,” with information what was used when Hillary and Norgay completed the first ascent, versus the gear that the rank and file mountaineers are using now.

Today’s climbers are outfitted with highly technical apparel, a host of gadgets, and gear that offers an amazing weight-to-performance ratio. Everything from the boots they wear to the tents they stay in have improved dramatically over the past 60+ years. With all of the advanced fabrics and space-age materials at our disposal, it is easier to climb lighter, faster, and more comfortably than ever before, which is part of the reason so many more people are making the attempt.

So just how different was it back in 1953? In the Nat Geo article we learn that Hillary and Norgay couldn’t use wireless communications higher up on the mountain, so they communicated by laying out their sleeping bags in a particular pattern that could be seen below. Today, walkie-talkies, sat phones, satellite messengers, and even cell phones can be used to communicate from any point on Everest, including the summit.

Similarly, the tents used on the first ascent where heavy and bulky. Those shelters were made from cotton, and were often crowded, uncomfortable, and very heavy. In contrast, today’s tents are surprisingly strong, lightweight, and warm, even at higher altitudes. Every aspect and component of a tent has been upgraded, making them easier to carry and assemble, even when the weather turns bad.

The story is a fun one and well worth a read for Everest fans and gear junkies alike. Lots of good information here comparing climbing now to then. You’re likely to come away with even more respect for those early Everest climbers.

Autor : Kraig Becker

* source: – Everest Climbing Gear – Then and Now

** see also – https://himalman.wordpress.com/category/gear/

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Himalaya 2017: Everest Summiteer Cory Richards Shares Intimate Challenges of His Life.

In the mountaineer world Cory Richards is known as quite a success story. He is an accomplished climber and adventure photographer who has topped out on some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Everest. Back in 2011, he was even part of the first team to complete a winter ascent of Gasherbrum II, joining Simone Moro and Denis Urubko on the summit. To all outside appearances, Richards looked like a guy who had the world at his feet, knocking off tall peaks in remote parts of the world and delivering some of the most stunning images of those places. But, as it turns out, he was also battling a lot of demons, which hid just below the surface threatening to bring it all crashing down.

In a new article for National Geographic, Richards opens up about the challenges he has faced in his personal life, revealing that he first ran into trouble as a young teenager who began using drugs and found himself homeless on the street at the age of 13. That would alienate him from his family for a time and send him on a downward spiral that would leave a lasting impression on any young person. But, he would eventually crawl out of that situation and reunite with his family.

Years later, while climbing Gasherbrum II, he would get caught in an avalanche, narrowly avoiding death. Understandably that would lead to Richards developing a case of PTSD that would begin to haunt him on and off the mountain. He started to drink, he battled addiction issues, he got married but struggled to stay faithful. The difficulties continued to mount, even as his career really started to take off. Eventually, it would all come crashing down. He lost his wife, he left the multimedia studio he helped found, he turned away from friends, and it looked like everything would implode.

Then, last year, climber Adrian Ballinger reached out to Richards to see if he would be interested in climbing Everest together. The two men traveled to Nepal and went to work on the highest mountain on the planet, using social media in unique ways to document their climb. On summit day, Ballinger was forced to turn back, but Richards continued upward, reaching the summit alone. It was then that he knew he had to confront the demons that he faced and get his life together.

In the article, Cory shares some very personal stories about his internal battles, how he got to the lowest point in his life, and what it has been like to crawl back out of that spot again. He gives us a stark, honest look at himself with the hopes that his story might help others, even as sharing the truth helps him too. It is an interest read and a cautionary tale for sure.

Check it on in its entirety here.

Autor : Kraig Becker

* source: – Himalaya 2017: Everest Summiteer Cory Richards Shares Intimate Challenges of His Life

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Nat Geo Posts 2017 Spring/Summer Gear Guide.

Now that April is all but behind us, it is pretty safe to say that spring is in full swing and summer isn’t all that far off either. Of course, that means it is time to head back outside an enjoy all of the activities that the warmer months have to offer. Of course, the changing of the seasons is also the perfect excuse to add some new gear to your arsenal as well, and National Geographic is here to help.

The Nat Geo Adventure website had posted its Spring/Summer 2017 Gear Guide, offering up 20 new products that you’ll want to have at your disposal this year. As usual, the list includes a wide variety of items ranging from clothing to shoes to tents and much more. If you’re in the market for some gear, chances are you’ll find a good suggestion here on what you should consider buying.

Amongst the items making the cut are the new Suunto Spartan GPS watch, the Sugoi Zap cycling jacket, and  the Voormi River Run hoody, which I’ve also reviewed on this blog. Other products that earned a spot on the Nat Geo list include the Nano-Air jacket from Patagonia, the Nemo Wagontop 4P tent, and the Gregory Paragon 48 backpack.

This is, of course, just a taste of the items that are recommended by Nat Geo’s expert gear tester. There are plenty of other products on the list for you yet to discover. So go gear up and head outside. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of good ways to put your new toys to the test.

Autor : Kraig Becker

* source: – Nat Geo Posts 2017 Spring/Summer Gear Guide

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