I am packing for the first ever meetup of outdoor activity bloggers. Not surprisingly, it is in California.
During my lifetime most of the great outdoor innovations began in California. The first mountain bikes were built there, for example.
Yet when the Get Outdoors blog called California “the center of the outdoor universe”, there was dissent. Even I chimed in claiming that Queenstown, New Zealand was a better outdoors base than anywhere in California.
But, on balance, I agree with Get Outdoors. California is awesome.
Unparalleled Breadth of Outdoor Activities
Ecosystem & Geographic Diversity
National Parks & Wilderness Areas
Center of the Outdoor Universe – Getoutdoors.com Outdoor Blog
But since the California grizzly on the state flag has long been extinct, I feel a new image is needed.
Is this a spokesmodel for an ice axe manufacturer?
HiMountain Dhaulagiri Expedition 2006 – Now it’s Sylwia Bukowicka Time
No, it’s 28-year-old Polish climber Sylwia Bukowicka.
She’s headed for Dhaulagiri (8167m) this Fall.
She has already summitted two eightthousanders: Cho Oyu and Gasherbrum II.
And Ama Dablam, Alpamayo, and Khan Tengri.
And in August she summitted Korzeniewska Peak (7105m) with a sprained ankle.
What have you done lately?
Want to impress your hiking friends?
Throw around terms like:
ALTITUDE-ASPECT RATIO DIAGRAM
And more on the ABC-of-Hiking.com hiking dictionary.
UPDATE – added photos from the climb to Flickr
Scott Whiteside organized 6 hikers to scramble his favourite mountain in the Crowsnest Pass. We needed no climbing gear but be warned there are a few tricky spots on this mountain.
We took our time spending almost 8hrs on the adventure. All returned unscathed â€” except for 1 thumb squashed by a falling rock. Rock fall is the biggest danger when scrambling the rotten Rockies.
For evidence that we actually reached the summit, click PLAY on the video below or watch the clip on YouTube.
Every man has a dream.
For one of our contributors, Kelly Mock from Whitehorse, it was to carry a “Bubba” (mini keg of beer) over the Golden Staircase to Happy Camp.
Arriving on the solstice, he bought a round for the house.
I hiked the Chilkoot with Kelly in the late 1990s and, at that time, I thought it was impossible to carry more booze (photo).
I stand corrected.
The Chilkoot is without doubt one of the very best hikes in the world. The trip to Skagway is half the fun.
Details on besthike.com Chilkoot
the Golden Staircase – photo Kelly Mock
Fivefingers are “shoes” designed to provide support and protection for your tender feets while still keeping the sensation of traipsing around barefoot.
Ted McDonald (aka “Barefoot Ted”) recently ran the Boston Marathon in Fivefingers.
2Dolphins.com Blog: Fivefingers For Your Ten Toes
Who wants to try wearing them on a multi-day hike?