Posts Tagged ‘Hiking’

Tell it on the Mountan PCT Documentary Review and Giveaway

I have watched the Tell it on the Mountain PCT documentary several times now and I enjoy it every time. It follows a half a dozen hikers as they traverse the Pacific Crest Trail that starts at the Mexican border and runs 2,663 miles to the Canadian border.  The journey lasts from April to October and requires hikers to hike on average 20 miles per day.  If you wish to know what life really is like then this is a must watch.  This film provides a fantastic behind the scenes look at the ups and downs of the trail. Everything from the peaks of happiness to the lows of having to leave he trail.

The fine folks at Tell it on the Mountain have given us a DVD and a Digital Download to giveaway.  To enter simply use the widgets below. Happy Trails and Good luck. To learn more about the movie please visit their website.

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Scuffing my Boots on The Pennine Way: A Short Introduction to England’s Oldest National Trail – Guest Post

Every country in which hiking is popular has its best-known trail; its mascot that anyone with even the slightest inclination to long-distance walking will know about. For America it’s the Appalachian, for Canada you might say it’s the West Coast Trail, and for Spain and France it’s almost definitely the Camino de Santiago. For Britain, for most people, it’s the Pennine Way.

6952482203_46c62e079f_zDespite the fact that it’s barely a tenth the size of the Appalachian, that’s it’s tallest peak is a piddling one third the height of Clingman’s Dome, and that you won’t find any deadly animals lurking in its environs (except perhaps for frustrating lyme-carrying ticks) it remains a tough and spectacular trek. This short article is meant as an introduction for people who aren’t from the UK to the country’s oldest long-distance trail. (more…)

Hiking Superstition Wilderness – First Water Trail & Boulder Creek

IMG_3563I woke up early with great excitement to go hiking. Not only was this my first hike in Arizona it was my first hike with fellow #Omniten-ers Dave of WildernessDave.com and Heidi of  bananabuzzbomb.com. I have known both of these fine folks for awhile through social media, I had met Dave on our #omniten Rogue River trip, but this was my first time meeting Heidi. This was my first hike with them and from the Twitter chatter it was going to fun.

We all started watching the weather earlier in the week and decided that we would not let the rain stop us. Arizona ended up having record rainfall that started on Thursday and we were hiking that following Saturday.  It continued to rain with very strong winds as I drove out to our meeting spot.

I pulled in to the First Water road turn off and Dave and Heidi pulled in very shortly after. As Dave and I were discussing whether or not to take both vehicles all the way back to the trail head my Jeep decided to play a nice little prank on me. I am not sure if the wind blew the door shut or if I shut it but either way my Jeep proceeded to lock the doors with the keys in the ignition and running.

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Photo Credit Hedi – bananabuzzbomb.com

As Dave and I were discussing which window would be cheaper to replace if knocked out a ranger drives past. We wave him over and ask if he has anything to help unlock the Jeep. He had lent out some of his tools not to long prior and they never returned. He did however have two wedges.  Using the wedges and some creative thinking on Dave’s part we managed to get the door unlocked. This whole ordeal only set up back about 20 minutes.

Back on the road we headed down to the trail head and got our stuff together and headed off into the rain. The first bit of the trail was flat which was a nice starter section to allow us to chat and to find our pace.  The mountains were glowing green a green I had never seen before.  We hiked a little further and came across our first obstacle. A quick moving but shallow runoff stream. We all crossed without any problems. My Columbia Master of Faster Shoes kept my feet nice and dry.

The rain had let up and the wind died down creating perfect hiking weather.  We managed to get in a few more miles before we hit Boulder Creek.  As we got closer to Boulder creek we noticed in the distance a series of waterfalls.  We were hoping to get over there and check them out. As we came round a bend we found that Boulder Creek was not a creek but instead a raging creek.

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The swollen Boulder Creek

 

We found a shallow place to cross however it was still almost knee deep in places. There was no avoiding getting your feet wet so we all just stepped in and safely crossed.  The water was chilly and moving quickly. Heidi and I both said that we had gotten a little bit disorientated  by the quick moving water and the light colored rocks in places. Once across we duped out our shoes and headed up the mountain to check out the awesome water falls.  We found a nice little place to stop to have lunch and Dave says “Anyone care for a hot beverage?” as he pulls out his JetBoil.

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Hot Beverages provided by “Adventure Dave” of the “Adventure Dave Experience”

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Always time for a product plug.

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Out view from our lunch spot.

We enjoyed a fantastic snack of Epic Bars, Backpacker Pucks, Coffee, Cider and other goodies.  Dave goes scrambling up the mountain to take a closer look at he waterfalls. Heidi and I decided to pass on this little adventure.  A few minutes later he yells saying that we have to come up and join him.  Heidi and I both were a little leery about climbing up, but we were very happy we did in the end.

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Looking back at our lunch spot and Boulder Creek

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ts always a good time for gear testing #tryingstuff!!

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A close view of the waterfall.

We scrambled back down picked up our gear and headed back towards Boulder Creek. The water levels had gone down some but the water was still moving quickly. We crossed the creek again without any issues.  Overall it was a fantastic day with great people.

In order for you to have happy trails you gotta get out and hike.

 

Safety Reminder when hiking, biking, walking, or running

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Chad his wife Sara and their son. Photo from the Bring Chad Rogers home Facebook page.

After the events of the past week. I wanted to remind everyone to be safe out there when hiking, biking, running, walking, or really any outdoor activities. One needs to especially careful when doing these activities alone.

On Monday a runner named Chad Rogers went out for a run from his house in Liberty MO and never returned. A huge community outpouring and search began early Tuesday and continued until late Thursday night. A Facebook page and twitter account were created.  We learned mid afternoon on Friday that there had been a body found in a porta potty at a construction site near a Liberty Middle School. The police have not confirmed that it is Chads body at this time and there has not been an announcement of a cause of death either.  To find out updates please visit Kansas City news channels here and here as well as the Facebook page here. Lots of questions are still unanswered. (more…)