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.
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.
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.
The pastoral countryside and peaceful rolling hills near Sharpsburg, Maryland, belie the fact that this beautiful landscape was the site of the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history. Were it not for silent platoons of sobering historical plaques, stalwart rows of strategically-placed cannons, and stoic legions of intricately-carved memorials, a hike through the Antietam battlefield would seem like a typical walk through the picturesque fields and farmlands along the Blue Ridge.
Text-Friendly Gloves If you’re like me, when you’re off skiing or snowshoeing across a glorious winterscape, you don’t want to be simply gulping fresh air and developing a case of delayed onset muscle soreness. No, no—you also want to be shooting video, flipping through your iPod playlists, checking your friends’ status updates, and harvesting crops on FarmVille. And the last thing you want is to have to remove your gloves for any of this—particularly if you’re on the lift and it’s 20 below...
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:
The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed yesterday that surfer Garrett McNamara has indeed broken the world record for longest wave surfed. McNamara surfed a 90 foot wave in Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal. The previous record was held by Mike Parsons, who surfed a 77-plus foot wave at Cortes Bank, west of San Diego. In surfing this wave, Garrett also won the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award for 2011 with a prize of $15,000.
“It’s amazing we get to do what we do, I am so grateful” Garrett says on his blog.