Archive for the ‘Outdoor’ Category

I avoid social media during certain times. One of them is during awards show like the Grammys. Here’s a nice round-up from around the theological world with responses about what happened on the Grammy stage. Ed Stetzer had this to say…

We can complain about how everything has changed, but people have been doing that for a long time. Perhaps instead we might unashamedly hold to the truth we know and the hope we have.

Do you sing in church? Here’s a fantastic article about Why Men Have Stopped Singing in Church. Read this conclusion…

…there’s only one avenue left for men to participate in the service – the offering. Is this really the message we want to send to men? Sit there, be quiet, and enjoy the show. And don’t forget to give us money.

Here’s a very popular post this week is about wives letting their husbands love them – Let Your Husband Love You.

Yes. I love my wife and family. More than myself. This week on a friend’s blog I posted this confessional about when I knew I became a man. Thanks to fellow man, Brent Reinhart for encouraging me to write Being a Manly Man.

At this point in my life, some hobbies are on hold. But I will be introducing my kids to some outdoor sports and activities. Here’s a great read from one of the children who were “Born Into Rafting.”

Last thing. Spectate upon these incredible vistas from Bored Panda’s 22 Unbelievable Places…here’s one:

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Happy New Year!

Here’s a fun list of outdoor links for your work avoidance enjoyment…

One of the best longreads of 2012 is this New York Times piece about a fatal avalanche called Snow Fall.

Speaking of deadly mountains…check out this panoramic 3.8 Billion pixel, interactive image of Mount Everest. Look closely to see if you can spot base camp or the Khumba Ice Fall. – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/18/photo-mount-everest-in-two-billion-pixels/

Incredible map of where people live in the U.S. It’s much cooler than you think, and it’s placed over Google Maps.

I’d rather be with my family, but some would rather be ice climbing in Patagonia on Christmas Day – http://www.climbing.com/news/christmas-rush-on-cerro-torre/

Score one for environmentalists. Group raises money to buy out Wyoming ranches from Texas Big Oil.

Here’s a fun short story from Backcountry.com about a hiker who finds a note on a mountaintop from 1972. A newspaper reporter located the writer too.

Top 10 Best Road Trip Albums by Outside Magazine. I can’t believe a Garth Brooks album isn’t on here. What album would you include? (Comment below please).

I enjoyed reading this cool profile of a guidebook author and mother, who is now a Granny hiker. Be sure and check out her helpful list of trail tips when hiking with kids in this Backpacker article.

Google’s Streetview goes into the Grand Canyon. Here’s a great NPR story I heard this morning from All Tech Considered.

Gimp Monkeys. Three really funny, disabled guys rock climb the most famous granite rock wall on the planet in this piece from Adventure-Journal.com. The video is below.

A large collection of groups were lobbying to build roads for logging and such in National Forests. Well, they lost. Here’s the story from Adventure Journal.

Want to find the best places to look at the fall colors? This USA Today story should give you a few ideas near-ish you – Leaf Peeping in National Parks.

LL Bean has this gear giveaway going on. Just describe the adventure you’ve always wanted to take and they’ll outfit you. Everyday it looks like they are giving away $500 in gear. More details here.

It’s often said by adventurers that the unexpected issues you deal with build camaraderie and are the memories you keep. Take this for example, do you remember that scene in Planes, Trains and Automobiles where Steve Martin and John Candy spoon in bed? This alpine climber talks about how to bivy overnight on the side of a mountain in this Outside piece.

For the numbers guys out there, here is a detailed post from Outside about climbing injuries and deaths.

For those who are into climbing…check out this cool profile piece on what some would call a career “dirtbag.” (In climbing, that’s like a status or desirable title.)

Fall is finally here!

It’s time to log some miles on the trails. Wildlife is stirring, storing for the winter. Many birds are migrating. Snow is falling in the high country and the foliage is changing.

Backpacking or hiking in the cooler temps is my favorite (next to smiling, of course).

When asked about why I love to hike, I often respond “the views.”

The physical challenge is bleh and the conquering drive to join some “14-er” club is just not in me. I like to look out and see the scope of the world I live in. I like to soak in the warm, fall sun and not get in a hurry. I like to see how small I am in comparison to the rest of God’s creation. And, if it’s going to be a butt-kicking hike, I enjoy training so that I’m not dead when I get to the lookout.

One of those places I want to enjoy before dying is the John Muir Trail or JMT. Here’s a trailer from a JMT documentary in progress, appropriately called, The Muir Project.

Speaking of great scenery. What a spectacular view in Grand Teton National Park in this shot!

Sneak peak at an ultralight backpack from Gear Junkie.

REI is always a helpful source. Here’s an infographic about scenic U.S. trails and the “10 Essentials.”

Hiking the Beautiful USA: US National Scenic Trails Map

Looking for some advice on getting started hiking or backpacking?

Try Backpacking 101: Wilderness Class with Andrew Skurka

Here’s also a good resource to consider…

 

The election is coming up, so here are a couple of links that might interest those politically-minded outdoor enthusiasts…

Disabled doesn’t mean incapable. Archery with no arms – Armless American archer wins silver at paralympics.

As a former white water rafting guide (for one season), I know how much it takes to safely navigate some rapids. But rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon before it was dammed with one-arm in a wooden boat would be intimidating. Read this Adventure Journal piece on John Wesley Powell.

Speaking of rivers…what’s America’s best river town? See what online voters chose in this Outside Magazine poll.

Fall is hiking/camping/backpacking time, so be careful and remember to do the “right things.” They can help keep you alive. See what one injured hiker did to stay alive.

Below, see a great road trip infographic about the 10 Most Beautifully Challenging Highways in America from DailyInfographic.com.

Crazy-looking (atypical) deer my nephew killed with a bow.

If I lived anywhere near these trees, they would be toast. (I hate spiders) – Pakistan Picture – Nature Photo – National Geographic Photo of the Day.

I’ve always been fascinated with Mt. Everest base camp.Yes, I wrote base camp. I could care less about the mountain that people worship. I would be more interested in spending a few days observing the freakish sub-culture and chaos at base camp. Here’s a candid look from Adventure Blog.

Doping, performance-enhancing drugs, cheating, etc. A former Lance Armstrong teammate is releasing a tell-all book about the U.S. Postal team. Read this revealing piece from Outside magazine (who is no friend of Armstrong).

Here’s another from Outside’s Raising Rippers about taking a baby on a river trip. It’s a slow read, like the float trip they were on, but full of mothering anxiety and outdoor “unknownness.”

What’s a blog without some good infographics?

10 Tent Tips for Happy Camping from REI (below)…

Tents Infographic: 10 Tent Tips for Happy Camping

Check out REI’s wide selection of tents