Blog > mike.graf

By Mike Graf, author of the Adventures with the Parkers series

Our national parks are full of wonderful hiking opportunities. The Adventures with the Parkers series, which features a fictitious family of four—a mom and dad and their two children, twins Morgan and James who are going into 5th grade—follows this family as it spends a week or so in a famous national park and has adventures derived from trails, campgrounds, tours, or other experiences our best national parks have to offer.

Featured here is one of the hikes from Crack of the Glacier, Touch of the Tidepool, which takes place in Olympic National Park.

Lynn Hill. Steph Davis. Sasha DiGiulian. These are just a few of the greatest names in women’s climbing history. And they’re just a few of the twenty most inspiring North American female climbers featured in the visually-stunning book, Women Who Dare. Each one has dedicated her life to pursuing her dream, to becoming the best climber she could be. And these ladies have certainly mastered the rock. So when it comes to offering up climbing tips to other climbers, who better to go to for answers? So we dared Lynn Hill, Steph Davis, and others to answer: If you could offer one essential tip to other climbers, what would it be? Read on for their answers:

Blog > Johnny Molloy
Average: 5 (2 votes)
May 15, 2012

by Johnny Molloy,

Hiking in and around Springfield, Illinois, undeservedly gets a bad rap. Situated between the Appalachians to the east and the Rockies to the west, most outdoor enthusiasts imagine walking through endless flat cornfields.

Au contraire mon frère. Hiking within the sphere of Illinois capital city presents trails among glacial carved lands, across wildflower laden prairies, within the rocky depths of the Sangamon River Valley and back into history, to walk where Lincoln did.

No votes yet
Oct 14, 2014

In honor of Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of nine haunted hikes across the country that you should know about. If you’re into getting spooked, be sure to add these places to your hiking wish list:

Blog > John Spalding
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Nov 29, 2012

As you make your holiday gift lists and check them twice, be sure to keep an eye out for these cool gift suggestions for your favorite gear guy or girl:

by Dave Black

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:

Blog > Christine

by Christine Conners

Dehydrophobia is the irrational and debilitating fear of dehydrating your food.

This phobia came to my attention after the publication of "Lipsmackin' Backpackin’." This book, designed for backpackers, regularly called for the use of a dehydrator. Despite the book’s popularity, there were a few readers that had an odd negative reaction to the suggestion of drying their food.

Their reaction was so extreme in fact that I, a trained psychotherapist, couldn’t help but wonder if there wasn’t something more insidious lying beneath the surface. What would cause this? An incident from their childhood? A genetic disorder? A bad case of giardia? And more importantly, what would Freud say?

And then one day it came to me! These people were consumed by a fear, a fear so debilitating that it might forever keep them from discovering the joys of dehydration! They were suffering from a new psychiatric disorder: dehydrophobia.

If you are suffering from dehydyrophobia, take heart! By following my four-week program, you CAN beat this.

by Robert Hurst

Rousseau said: Men are born free but everywhere are in chains. A profound observation which foretold the bicycle craze. Then Aretha came along and said: Chain-chain-chain, chain of fools. Which sums it all up quite a bit better in my opinion.

The invention of the chain drive in the 1880s (almost exactly halfway between Rousseau and Aretha) enabled bicyclists to escape the purgatory of the highwheeler era, during which their pedals were shackled directly to those comically large front wheels. Along with Dunlop's pneumatic tire, Starley's addition of a chain and gears to the bicycle was certainly one of the most important waypoints in the entire history of personal transportation. The chain drive was a revolution in personal freedom and human dignity.

Not long after the miraculous chain drive took over, however, inventors were thinking of ways to put it out of business. Chains were hardly perfect, after all. They were greasy and needed frequent lubrication, and occasionally tried to take your finger off, realities that diminished the marketing glow of the new form of transportation.

Blog > John Spalding
No votes yet
Aug 15, 2012

Biolite Stove


Features - Most popular
Features - Newest
What outdoor activity are you most looking forward to this fall?
Falcon Videos
Contact Us

© 2012 Falcon® and FalconGuides® are imprints of
The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.