Kraig Becker is getting revved up for the 2012 Spring season on Everest:
… The video below gives you a good idea of what that trek is like. It was created with Google Earth and give an accurate representation of the terrain that surrounds you while hiking through the region. Those that have visited the Khumbu before will recognize some familiar sights, including that grueling hike up the hill into Namche Bazaar, while those just following along at home can get a better sense of scale for the region. …
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Adventure Blog – Video: Trekking To Everest Base Camp With Google Earth
related – my 2009 17-day Everest trek via Lukla
John Flinn in SFGate:
… Everyone I talked to in Jasper agreed that the trail I would be walking was one of the most reliable places around for coming face-to-face with a grizzly. Someone pointed me to a YouTube video, shot two weeks earlier, of an enormous mother and two cubs lumbering alongside the path.
My courage needed some serious bucking-up, so the night before the hike I went to a lecture on bear safety. The naturalist began with a scary story about a close call she’d once had with a grizzly – on the very same trail I’d be walking, naturally – and stressed that the safest thing hikers could do was travel in a group of four or more. …
Click through to see if John overcame his fears and made it the 14mi to the backcountry lodge.
Having grown up close to the Canadian Rockies I’m pretty blase about Griz. In fact, I’ve only seen two over the years.
It’s true that a lot of Grizzlies live close to Jasper. I’ve heard stories.
I’ve long subscribed. But on Tom’s recommendation I went straight to the site to see what I could learn. … Unfortunately, I was instantly distracted by this hilarious video linked by Hendrik:
Ted Bear teaches you how to survive, against all odds.
(via Hiking in Finland)
From now on I’ll pay closer attention to Hiking in Finland. Hendrik does have some near poetic content, including this one – Driving In The Mud and Rain
Trail Days 2011 will be May 13 – 15th.
It’s always the weekend after Mother’s Day.
Trail Days draws about 20,000 tourists, mostly hikers, every year. Here’s a photo from last year.
Damascus (pop. 981) is the home of the annual Trail Days festival, and is known as Trail Town USA due to the convergence of four scenic trails in the town, including the Appalachian Trail, U.S. Bicycle Route 76, and the Virginia Creeper Trail. …
For years I’ve been hearing about the biggest hiking party in the States, perhaps the world, from Tom Mangan.
He’s linked to another hiking festival:
VIRGINIA JOURNEYS 2011
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY’S 38TH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
July 1 – 8, 2011
Emory & Henry College – Emory, Virginia
Every two years, Appalachian Trail hikers, enthusiasts, supporters, and conservationists get together at an Appalachian Trail Festival and Biennial Conference to swap stories, take a hike or two, and attend workshops.
…All the details are at www.virginia2011.org.
As I post, tensions are high between North and South Korea after the artillery exchange of November 2010 – the Shelling of Yeonpyeong. I wish peace for all in both nations.
trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | (routes 1→ 6 = 106km)
Depart from the beautiful ‘Siheung Elementary School’ and climb up Malmi Oreum and Al Oreum. At the top of the volcanoes you’ll see Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise peak), along with Woo-do (Island) and many picturesque farms will catch your eye. The route continues along the salt fields in Jongdal-ri to the esplanade in Siheung-ri.
When walkers reach Sumapo Beach, the Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise peak) appears once again. The color of the sea at Gwangchigi Beach (the terminus of Route 1) is truly unforgettable.
We started at the beginning, Siheung Elementary.
The weather threatened, but turned out to be good walking. Windy and cool.
A group of us from the Walking Festival unloading from the bus to begin.
These volcanic stone walls are emblematic of this island.
In the Cotswolds, UK, stone wall masons study for 3yrs. Likely fitting these together takes more skill than it appears.
Jeju Olle is very well signed. Ribbons flag the route, as well as other devices.
This was my first good view of Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbong), the geological highlight of my hike.
You could see how volcanic soil and a mild, wet climate make Jeju ideal for agriculture.
Our first of the famed Jeju ponies.
They are one of the symbols of the Jeju Trail.
As part of the Walking Festival, we enjoyed many treats and surprises en route. A piano, at one point. Singers at many other highlight sections of the trail.
The professor is also an opera singer. Our charismatic leader, Suh Myung-sook, convinced him to sing, as well.
For the two days prior, at the conference, I had heard many apologies regarding too few toilets on the Jeju Olle. Much to my surprise the toilets were excellent.
Signs marked the distances between, rarely more than 4km apart. (Many are squatters, however. And some are signed only in Korean.)
We foreigners had much discussion about the many burial plots.
Tradition is that bodies are cremated. Then buried in sometimes spacious stone rings. … It seemed to us (from outside the culture) that much arable land is lost to the farmer.
More treats for the walkers. Fresh carrot juice. And some kind of tasty sweet.
Finally, Sunrise Peak. The highlight is a short, steep climb to the summit. (That’s not actually part of the official hike, so I came back another day to join the throngs climbing it.)
Read more about route 1 on the official website.
See the rest of my route 1 photos on flickr.