Traveling to California – The Lost Coast Trail with Tepui Tents.

As we round out the week, just a quick note on blog updates for next week. I’ll be starting the month of May with a quick trip to California where I’ll be testing out a Tepui Tents rooftop tent while spending a couple of days hiking on the Lost Coast Trail. This gives me the opportunity to not only see a place that I’ve heard so much about, but also test out some gear as well. I’ve been wanting to checkout Tepui’s shelters for some time now, and this will be a great chance to do just that.

I depart early on Monday and will be back early on Thursday, so there is a good chance there won’t be any updates until next Friday. But should a big story break, there is a chance I’ll be able to post something to the blog before then. In the meantime, have a great weekend, enjoy the spring weather, and I’ll be back before you know it.

After this trip, I don’t have anything planned for a few weeks, which means I should be around for summit season in the Himalaya. Always an exciting time of year for sure.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Top 10 Adventure Destinations For 2010 (U.S. Edition)

Author : Kraig Becker

A few weeks back I wrote a story for Gadling on my selection for the Top 10 Adventure Destinations for 2010, with places like Antarctica, Mongolia, and Bhutan all making my personal list. But for the passport challenged, or those that don’t enjoy spending 25 hours in transit to the far corners of the world, Outdoorzy has put together a list of their own, giving us their selection for the Top 10 Adventure Destinations in the U.S. for next year.

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Some of the fun, cool, and down right adventurous places to make their list include Leadville, Colorado, home of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and the amazing Channel Islands off the coast of California, which offer some great sea kayaking and access to a wilderness area that is little known and seldom visited. The Tetons, Maui, and six other great places all earn a spot on the list as well.

Notable locations missing from the list include Moab and Boulder, which have long been seen as the epicenters for the outdoor community. Those two places belong in the “Adventure Destination Hall of Fame” however, and it’s nice to see other places get recognized. Much like my list however, I’m sure compromises had to be made to pair it down to just ten. In my case, I even cheated, and snuck in two extra! 🙂

So, what other locations should make the list? With the economy still struggling to a degree, I’m sure a lot of people will pass on International travel again this year, and having some suggestions closer to home is always a nice option.

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US Climbers protest Olympic torch in Tibet.

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The Olympic torch, bound to climb Mount Everest in May, is unexpectedly turning into the loudest voice for human rights violations in Tibet and China yet.

Protesters made the torch’s journey through London more like “running the gauntlet than a journey of celebration,” according to AP.

In Paris today, the Olympic torch relay was cut after authorities were forced to ride buses and play hide and seek with protesters armed with fire extinguishers. And only a few hours ago three climbers scaled the Golden Gate Bridge in US, flying a “Free Tibet” banner there.


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Olympic spirit?

The growing human rights storm is seriously tarnishing the Olympic movement and International Olympic Committee head Jacques Rogge said he is “very concerned about unrest in Tibet,” his strongest statement yet. “Violence for whatever reason is not compatible with the values of the torch relay or the Olympic Games,” Rogge said. It’s unclear though if he meant protesters’ or China’s violence.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged Bush to consider a boycott of the opening ceremony and today, as the first presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton chimed in.

Nancy Pelosi said that in her opinion China should not have gotten the Olympic Games to begin with. “They did get them with the promise that they would open up more and have better respect for human rights and freedom of expression. They have not honored that,” Pelosi said.

In spite of the Olympic celebrating sportsman ideals; international climbers have already been banned from Everest north side. China’s ban on freedom of expression is also stretching outside its borders. World climbers on Everest south side (Nepal) have been forced to sign papers on forced censorship in order to get their permits, and their communications gear is to be locked up in order to protect “bilateral relationship between Nepal and China.”


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