restoration of the Elwha river

The Elwha Dam was a 108-ft (33 m) high dam located in the United States, in the state of Washington, on the Elwha River approximately 4.9 miles (7.9 km) upstream from the mouth of the river on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

It was taken out in an effort to restore the original habitat, especially for fish breeding.

Looks pretty good in 2015. I did a short day hike from the viewpoint.

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You didn’t want to be downstream when the floodgates were unleashed.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related:

• World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production

Olympic National Park’s newest attraction is made out of an old dam [Photo Gallery]

my hiking gear 2015

by besthike editor Rick McCharles

I’ve not changed my system much over the past 10yrs. Here’s how it works.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (Packing my pack. 2009)

That up-to-50litre pack (.54kg | 1lbs 3oz), a Granite Gear Virga, was named by the Gear Junkie in 2007 on the list of Greatest Gear of 5 Years.

Using a therm-a-rest as a backpack “frame” was first suggested to me by Kraig Becker, of The Adventure Blog and Gadling.

Granite Gear Virga backpack with Therm-a-Rest frame

Granite Gear Virga backpack with Therm-a-Rest frame

therm-a-rest

I’m just packing for the Sunshine Coast Trail starting next week. Five days minimum. Probably more. But with chances to resupply.

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Sleeping system: MSR Hubba tent, down sleeping bag, silk sleeping bag liner, 3/4 length therm-a-rest, dry bag stuff sack “pillow”, headlamp.

Outdoor clothes: unlined long pants, wicking t-shirt, Gortex jacket, long brim baseball cap. Two pairs of long socks. Two pairs of quick dry underwear. Two bandanas. One Buff. Well tested approach shoes.

Camp clothes: Wool t-shirt. Fleece. Crocs. Tent socks.

Food: Large bear bag, spoon, stove, extra fuel canister. (Start with 5 days grub. Mostly coffee, candy, instant mashed potatoes, instant soup, tuna in a bag.)

Drink: Water bottle, 2 litre soft drink bottle, purification tablets.

Entertainment. Paperback, plenty of audio books on iPhone.

Photography. Camera, extra AA batteries, MacBook Air with power adapter.

Toiletries: Toilet paper, lighter, disinfectant gel, Camp Suds.

Personal items in hip pack: Cash, sun screen, note pad, pen, asperin, mini-toothpaste, mini-toothbrush, mobile phone, etc.

fanny-pack

related – my gear 2007 – besthike editor

Jasper vs Banff: Alberta National Park Showdown

Intrepid Escape:

If there’s one thing Alberta Canada is known for, its the stunning National Parks in the Rocky Mountains, an area surprisingly accessible to the UK and Europe. In one corner of the ring we have Jasper, the smaller town but larger National Park, with over 11,000 square kilometres of intrepid wilderness. And in the other it’s Banff, with 6,600 square kilometres to explore, but rich in history and a larger more vibrant town. Both Jasper and Banff are UNESCO World Heritage sites, but which one is best? …

Jasper vs Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

Jasper vs Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

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Click here to see the winner. :-)

Hiking wise, I’d say Banff is superior. Scenery is slightly better in Jasper. But access and logistics are superb from Banff townsite. It’s the jumping off point for one of our top 10 hikes in the world – Sunshine to Assiniboine.

Thanks Alison.

Top Australian bushwalks

From mountain traverses to sand islands and outback tracks, these are the best long Aussie bushwalks. As chosen by Australian Geographic in 2010.

1. LARAPINTA TRAIL

Larapinta

Larapinta

2. THORSBORNE TRAIL

3. AUSTRALIAN ALPS WALKING TRACK

4. FRASER ISLAND GREAT WALK

5. WILDERNESS COAST WALK (Mallacoota to Wonboyn)

6. OVERLAND TRACK

7. EASTERN ARTHUR RANGE

8. WESTERN ARTHUR RANGE TRAVERSE

9. CAPE TO CAPE TRACK

10. SOUTH COAST TRACK

Thorsborne Trail, Austalia

We’ve added an information page for those wanting to organize for the famed Thorsborne Trail in Queensland, Australia, one of our top 10 coastal hikes in the world.

AT A GLANCE

  • between Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland
  • in Hinchinbrook Island National Park
  • part of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • 32km (20mi) 
  • 4 days, 3 nights recommended
  • April – October best months
  • reserve permits months in advance. A year in advance if possible. Ask about cancellations if you have no booking.

Click PLAY or watch an Australian Geographic promo on YouTube.

our Thorsborne Trail information page