Pete Brook on the PCT

I liked Carrot Quinn’s PCT book for her honesty. And I like this interview.

Pete Brook is an independent writer who covered his Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike for Outside Magazine last summer.

 

Along the way, Pete documented his experience through a handful of articles, and more closely through his social media. Pete’s honest take on the hike ran counter to the overly romantic versions of outdoor pursuits that have emerged in recent years. …

 

The Clyme

Trump donates to National Park Service

This is a surprise.

Trump donating first-quarter salary to National Park Service

The press secretary hands over a $78,333 check to the interior secretary and the superintendent of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Much appreciated. But here’s the down side for hikers:

The Center for Western Priorities, a conservation policy organization, quickly criticized the donation as a “publicity stunt” in light of budget cuts the president has proposed for the Department of the Interior.

“You can’t propose $1.6 billion in cuts to our public lands, then pretend a $78,000 donation makes it better,” said Greg Zimmerman, the center’s deputy director. “The White House needs to protect America’s parks and public lands, not pay lip service to them.”

Big Green Guide to Responsible Camping

Edward Dorian is a student of Outdoor Environment and Sustainability Education in the U.K.

He put together some good reminders for us all. Check it out.

The Seven Principles:

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
Leave What You Find
Dispose of Waste Properly
Respect Wildlife and Farm Animals
Minimise the Effects of Fire
Be Considerate of Others

The Big Green Guide to Responsible Camping

U.S. National Parks record visitations

Secretary Zinke Announces Record Visitation to America’s National Parks

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must DEFEND the Parks system.

In 2016, the National Park Service set a record for recreation visits for the third year in a row. NPS units received nearly 331 million recreation visits, breaking 2015’s record by 23.7 million visits. …

National Parks Service

(via Huckleberry Hiker)

Outdoor Retailers QUIT Utah – cost $500 million

Utah will lose half a billion dollars from the five planned shows — the three annual shows and the industry’s smaller “grass-roots” show for new innovations that were scheduled right before two of the annual shows. That will hit hotel owners, restaurants and other sectors of the service industry hard.

It also loses any shot of landing the Interbike trade show, the largest cycling show in North America, that had been aggressively courted by Salt Lake City and would have brought with it an economic impact of about $22 million a year in direct spending by attendees. Its contract with Las Vegas expires in 2018, but organizers now say they have zero interest in coming to Utah, again because of its hostile public lands policies. …

Salt Lake City Tribune 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) and the Republican State government are bad for business. They don’t support outdoor recreation.

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Boycott that State, if you can. Oregon would LOVE to host.

Greater Patagonian Trail warnings

Fidgit shares some advice on the NEW Greater Patagonian Trail — Routes would be more accurate — in the Andes:

SO YOU WANNA HIKE THE GPT

The Greater Patagonian is not an official trail but rather 1500km or more of connected best routes. You’ll be lost for sure unless you have KMZ and GPX files downloaded from wikiexplora.

Greater Patagonian Trail