No stretch of water on the planet is as feared as the legendary passage around Cape Horn, where gale-force winds, rogue waves, icebergs, and summertime blizzards have sunk more than 800 ships. Freya Hoffmeister intended to paddle around it.
Indispensible to the early pioneers, wall tents have been around for centuries, and it’s easy to see why. Also know as cabin tents, these four-sided shelters with peaked roofs are easy to move and yet rugged enough to provide shelter from extreme elements. Though their basic design has changed little over the years, this staple of recreational camping today—with vast improvements in construction, material, and comfort—is definitely not your great grampa Jedidiah’s wall tent.
Hexagonal in shape, Montana Canvas’s Montana Lodge features five-foot sidewalls and an almost 10-foot peak, sleeping up to six people comfortably and providing enough headroom to hang lanterns and a clothesline. In addition to its interior spaciousness, the Montana Lodge features a centralized camp stove, four screened windows, and two large zipper doors for easy access. A sturdy aircraft aluminum frame offers stability in adverse weather, and the tent’s roof, sides, and end walls are made out of fire-resistant material treated to prevent water and mildew damage. $1,523.95; montanacanvas.com.
I would guess that many of us are familiar with the Devil’s Tower National Monument, one of the filming locations for 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in northeast Wyoming? The volcanic neck tops out at 5,112 feet above sea level and juts up 865 feet from the ground with nothing but grasslands and pine forests surrounding it. Such an odd formation to be in this location that it is known as a sacred site to the Lakota and over twenty other tribes in the area. The tower is a popular destination for rock climbers and park tourists alike.
Check out this cool crack climbing video of 22-year-old Hayden Kennedy making the first ascent of Carbondale Short Bus (5.14-) in Indian Creek, Utah, which he redpointed on March 21, 2012. Indian Creek is featured in Stewart Green’s upcoming new edition of Rock Climbing Utah.
Welcome to June 2012, a month that has been designated Great Outdoors Month by President Barack Obama and by dozens of states across the country.
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is gearing up to celebrate the great outdoors with Great American Backyard Campout, scheduled for June 23. You can join the Great American Backyard Campout, whether you are an experienced outdoor enthusiast or a first-time camper. Spend the night sleeping under the stars and give back to American children what they don’t even know they’ve lost—their connection to the natural world. We have all you will need to get you ready to camp at your fingertips on the official website at www.backyardcampout.org.
If you participate in the Campout, consider nocturnal wildlife-watching as an activity that will keep you and the family entertained even without your computer or TV. Once the sun sets, the cast of critters that roams your yard changes completely. Depending on where you live, here are five species you may be able to spot:
Learning about edible wild plants not only will provide you with some extra food but will also inevitably lead you on a path of discovery about the natural world and our connection to it. Many of the plants we walk past daily, see as ornamentals, or destroy as weeds are indeed edible, delicious, and filled with nutrients.Here, from Edible Wild Plants, by Todd Telander, are five plants you should know about:
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: