National Geographic OPENEXPLORER

National Geographic OPENEXPLORER 

… is a platform that allows you to connect with others, raise money as you go, and tell your story as it unfolds. It’s a new way to share fieldwork, projects, and expeditions of all sizes …

It’s for everyone: university researchers to citizen scientists, students to professional explorers …

Each entry on Open Explorer is a geotagged timeline that documents a given expedition in text, photos and video.

There are over 460 Adventures as I post.

You can sort by POPULARITY, ACTIVITY, or MOST RECENT.

One example – New England Explorers:

… search for lost Historic location buried in the forests and waters of New England.

Currently we are focusing on the shipwreck graveyards in Narragansett Bay. Narragansett Bay has more shipwrecks per square mile than any other state.

Over 2,000 wrecks, including colonial trading ships, ships of war, and luxury passenger vessels from the 19th century, can be found in its waters. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Via Adventure Podcast #16 – U.S. National Park ‘hidden gems’

BEST pit toilets – Ecodomeo

  • toilets work completely without water
  • do not require any additional material (chemicals, saw dust, etc.)
  • less odour than traditional pit toilets
  • far less maintenance

I learned about this system from the Outside magazine podcast –

Ep. 19: An Amazingly Crappy Story

Canadian researcher Geoff Hill is now putting the French design into National Parks in North America.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

ecodomeo.com/english/

related – Williams, Brennan – Risks And Benefits of the Use of Urine-Diverting Vermicomposting Toilet Systems

recommended – Hydrophobic Down or HydroDown™

… down insulation has been treated with a durable water repellent that enables the down to dry quicker and resist water for longer.

While Hydrophobic down jackets are by no means waterproof, this is a big step forward …

The main benefits are:

  • Dries faster.
  • Repels water for longer.
  • Retains Loft even when damp, to keep you warm.

Get Outdoors Blog

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Thanks Kraig.

Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock Trail

Though it occasionally appears on lists of “short long trails” in the US, Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock Trail is still fairly unknown. That’s unfortunate …

Total Distance: 59.2 miles

Location: North-Central PA, between the towns of Williamsport and Dushore.

Western trailhead: PA-87, Williamsport, PA Eastern trailhead: Mead Rd., Dushore, PA

Time to Finish: 4-6 days, depending on fitness, desired pace, and arrival time

BRIAN CIPPERLY hiked it — Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock Trail: a Thru-Hiking Guide

Here’s the guidebook.

MEC Spark tent vs Hubba

I first posted this in 2016. And did buy another Hubba. My third. I do love that tent.

Next time I will go for the MEC Spark, I think. It’s cheaper. And has far better waterproofing ratings.

___ original post:

I’m a Hubba guy. Hundreds of nights in the iconic one man tent and I’ve no complaints.

Hubba

Slightly lighter, slightly cheaper is the new MEC Spark.

Spark

 

why I carry an integrated stove system

In recent years I use either my Jetboil Minimo or MSR Reactor.

There are pros and cons to both.

I long ago gave away to a friend my dirty, fussy, problematic MSR Whisperlite International. (My friend is still using it. He loves to tinker.)

For me the efficiency, speed, and ease of use make it worth extra weight and space.

Never too cold to cook.

related – MSR – 5 REASONS YOUR BACKCOUNTRY STOVE SHOULD BE A STOVE SYSTEM

 

 

proposed – Escalante Canyons National Park, Utah

Most in the hiking community hate what Donald Trump and his minions have done in Utah– shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument by 85%.

But here’s some good news out of Utah.

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, plans to introduce legislation to create a new national park in a piece of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. …

The proposed Escalante Canyons National Park …

The size and exact location of the proposed park is unclear.  …

Only Congress can set aside land for a national park, while a president has power under the Antiquities Act to designate a national monument.

 

Rep. Chris Stewart proposes national park in Grand Staircase-Escalante

It could be that this is just a GOP diversion to deflect criticism.

On the other hand, some future Congress could move on this proposal to right the wrongs done by the Trump regime.