Happy 123rd Birthday, Yosemite National Park! We would have liked to celebrate your big day by touring your Giant Sequoia groves, impressive waterfalls, and magestic rock formations, but, unfortunately, due to the government shutdown of 2013, effective October 1st your park doors are closed. We're sorry you have to celebrate your birthday alone.
With only a month until the first snowstorms could hit, Boulder, Colo., residents are making a mad scramble get things back to normal after the one thousand year flood that ravaged the area two weeks ago. “Back to normal” is the ideal; “simply functioning” may be a more accurate phrase. Miles of roadways have been washed away or corroded so much they are undrivable. Power outages left many in the dark for days on end, spoiling food, stopping well pumps, and essentially halting everyday life. And that’s just what the lucky ones have had to endure. The less fortunate don’t have homes to return to, and much of the population has been displaced for the unforeseeable future.
FalconGuides’ own senior acquisitions editor, Clyde Soles—a Boulder resident—reports on the sights and sounds from deep within the disaster area:
The plan is to link Kings Creek Falls with Summit Lake, tying in a side trip to Corral Meadow. Three hikes in one, all with the goal of wrapping up my second edition to Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park. It begins well, with a pleasant descent to the falls. On the way over the ridge that separates Kings Creek from the no-name creek to the north, I encounter a young couple. We exchange greetings and destinations. They alert me: They encountered a mama bear and her cub down by the little streams feeding Kings Creek, “way, way down.”
When you’re on the trail, it’s important to have a hearty breakfast to give you the energy you’ll need for the long day ahead of hiking. Here, from Cooking the One-Burner Way by Buck Tilton, are some hot breakfast recipes that will give you the energy boost you need for the day ahead:
It’s always a bit of a gamble making “classics” lists. When Fifty Classic Climbs of North America first came out in 1979, most of those climbs saw only a handful of parties every year. After “The Book” was published, most were perpetually covered with climbers like ants on a candy bar. Not that we don’t want to share, but a lot of climbers and canyoneers are stingy about beta for just that reason. Crowds modify the backcountry experience, and eventually complex trails are beaten through what was wilderness. Routes are mega-bolted and dumbed-down to accommodate even the inexperienced and underfit, and that creates all kinds of problems.
Fortunately, all of the routes on this list, with one exception, are beta’d to death already. Some of them are now so crowded they are controlled by quota systems. Go there if you must, but understand that you will never have the same sort of exploration experience in them that the early descenders had. Let these canyons teach you how to canyoneer, then go find something new and exciting of your own.
Here (taken from Canyoneering) is the countdown of ten of my favorite canyons:
The Teton Crest trail is 39 miles of pure backpacking bliss. Many rate it as the number one rated multi-day trek in all of North America. There is so much to offer on this trail, I made it the feature hike for the Parker family in To the Top of the Grand, book twelve in the Adventures with the Parkers series.
The trail, for most, starts incredibly easy, and is often hiked in mid to late summer, as the trail is often snowed in both before and after that. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort runs its ski tram to the top of the mountain all summer—and what a ride it is, from 6311 feet all the way to the top at 10,450 feet, saving over 4000 feet of climbing. From the top of the ski tram, Grand Teton looms in the distance appearing as a beacon and escort for the whole hike. Day one on the trail, for most, takes backpackers to Marion Lake—about 6 miles in. Part of that day is often spent getting acclimated, as the elevation hovers near 10,000 feet much of the way. It is good to go slow to take in the incredible wildflower display on the trail. The higher elevations of Grand Teton have wildflowers in a short season bloom in July and August, while in lower elevations they have typically dried out.