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New Study Finds Many Appalachian Trail Hikers Are Unable To Identify Key Sign Of Lyme Disease | National Parks Traveler

New Study Finds Many Appalachian Trail Hikers Are Unable To Identify Key Sign Of Lyme Disease | National Parks Traveler | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
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Travel Dream Jobs: A Conversation With Megan McCormick Of 'Globe Trekker'

Travel Dream Jobs: A Conversation With Megan McCormick Of 'Globe Trekker' | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
Whenever I need a little escape but can't get out of town, I fire up an episode or two of 'Globe Trekker' so I can
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My favorite Globe Trekker host, living vicariously through Megan. Happy Trails!

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How do I know when my mountain bike’s had it?

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How do I know when my mountain bike’s had it?

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Hikers celebrate the Appalachian Trail's 75th year at special Maine spot - Bangor Daily News

Hikers celebrate the Appalachian Trail's 75th year at special Maine spot - Bangor Daily News | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
Hikers celebrate the Appalachian Trail's 75th year at special Maine spotBangor Daily NewsForty hikers gathered at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain early Saturday morning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail by trekking eight...

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68-year-old woman set to hike Appalachian Trail

68-year-old woman set to hike Appalachian Trail | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
What do you do when you're retired, living the dream, and about to turn 69? If you're Elaine Gregory-Duty you set out to hike the entire Appalachian Trail!

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Georgia Man Begins Hike for Hope on the Appalachian Trail - "Don's Brother" Brings Awareness & Funds to ALS Research

Georgia Man Begins Hike for Hope on the Appalachian Trail - "Don's Brother" Brings Awareness & Funds to ALS Research | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it

Mike has been journaling his pre-planning on his website, DonsBrother.com. Already he has posted many narratives about his training hikes and preparations; however it is the stories of Don, memories of childhood and good times together as adults that speak the loudest. “Don loved the woods” is echoed throughout the entries and it is in the woods where Mike will feel the closeness of his brother encouraging him when the journey gets rough. Shares Mike, “Every year between two and three thousand hikers begin the trek in late winter or early spring. Fewer than 25 percent reach their goal. I am determined to be one of those who make it.” If all goes well, Mike will reach Mt. Katahdin on the one year anniversary of Don’s death – August 28, 2013.

 

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“Don’s Brother” will be uploading journal entries from the Appalachian Trail at www.donsbrother.com and also on TrailJournals.com . Donations can be made from the website and all funds donated will benefit research for effective treatments and finding a cure for ALS. Mike Stephens says, “A hike needs to be accomplished, but more importantly, a disease must be cured.” Please support Mike – Don’t Brother – and his Hike for Hope on the Appalachian Trail.


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Springer Mountain, GA, March 22, 2013:  In just 24 hours, Mike Stephens will take his first step onto the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia to begin a five month thru-hike to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. He will hike the 2180 miles in memory of his brother, Don who passed away on August 28, 2012 from ALS. As Mike takes this journey he also plans to raise money for ALS research, and hopes to meet with ALS patients and families along the way to share stories about his brother and the strong faith he lived, especially during the last 15 months of his life.

 

Mike is no stranger to hiking or the Appalachian Trail, having hiked over 1000 miles of the trail in various sections since 2002. He has meticulously planned each day; each mile, the food he will eat, and where he will lay his head each night. He has spent the past four months preparing mentally and physically to spend time in the woods – a place that Don loved so much. While Don was still alive, Mike talked to him about his desire to do something substantial to honor him while raising money for ALS research. Don said, “It won’t be in my honor; it will be in my memory.” Sadly, Don was right.

 

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neuromuscular disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It is universally fatal, taking away the ability to move, speak, swallow, and ultimately breathe. It can strike anyone without warning and the average life expectancy after diagnosis is 2-5 years.

 

Mike has been journaling his pre-planning on his website, DonsBrother.com. Already he has posted many narratives about his training hikes and preparations; however it is the stories of Don, memories of childhood and good times together as adults that speak the loudest. “Don loved the woods” is echoed throughout the entries and it is in the woods where Mike will feel the closeness of his brother encouraging him when the journey gets rough. Shares Mike, “Every year between two and three thousand hikers begin the trek in late winter or early spring. Fewer than 25 percent reach their goal. I am determined to be one of those who make it.” If all goes well, Mike will reach Mt. Katahdin on the one year anniversary of Don’s death – August 28, 2013.

 

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“Don’s Brother” will be uploading journal entries from the Appalachian Trail at www.donsbrother.com and also on TrailJournals.com . Donations can be made from the website and all funds donated will benefit research for effective treatments and finding a cure for ALS. Mike Stephens says, “A hike needs to be accomplished, but more importantly, a disease must be cured.” Please support Mike – Don’t Brother – and his Hike for Hope on the Appalachian Trail.

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Haiku Stairs

Hiking up Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven) and along the Ko'olau summit to Moanalua Valley via Moanalua Middle Ridge on Oahu, Hawaii on August 31st, 2009. I...

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Video Maps Of The World’s Bike Lanes Let You Preview Your Ride

Video Maps Of The World’s Bike Lanes Let You Preview Your Ride | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
NoteThis piece was first published at Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project.Another cycling innovation is making its way from the Netherlands to this side of the Atlantic.
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Another cycling innovation is making its way from the Netherlands to this side of the Atlantic. Cyclodeo is a bike-focused mapping website that pairs videos of bike lanes with Google maps.

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The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog: Lightning and what you can do while hiking

The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog: Lightning and what you can do while hiking | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
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#prevention ALWAYS SAFETY FIRST

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National parks could get more cell, Internet connectivity

National parks could get more cell, Internet connectivity | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
Concern is being voiced in some circles about a plan to greatly increase cellular and Internet connectivity in some of the last places people might hope to get away from it all -- national parks.
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Ben Fogle, The Adventurer: Our inspiring disabled travelers

Ben Fogle, The Adventurer: Our inspiring disabled travelers | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
When I was in a team racing to the South Pole in 2009, one explorer stood out. Mark Pollock seemed to ski effortlessly across the sastrugi, the uneven, wave-like grooves that stretch across hundred...

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The 10 Greatest Adventurers Of The Year

The 10 Greatest Adventurers Of The Year | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it

From outer space to the Congo River....


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Checklist for: a father with kids' hiking trip in a hot weather

A travel checklist that was generated for a hiking trip. Expected weather: hot/sunny. Accommodation: hostel / guesthouse. Create your own checklist, for any trip or vacation!
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Glamping: The New Face of Roughing It

Glamping: The New Face of Roughing It | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
If you yearn for falling asleep to the sound of crickets underneath a ceiling of stars, if you find the smell of unnamed bug repellent strangely intoxicating, if a bathing suit is not a priority and WiFi is not a necessity, Glamping -- one of the...
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Flip Flopping Is the Latest Way to Hike the Appalachian Trail - Litchfield County Times

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Flip Flopping Is the Latest Way to Hike the Appalachian TrailLitchfield County TimesThat's because he's among the growing number of hardcore hikers who are stepping onto new ground by “flip flopping,” or reversing, the direction they head when...

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3 Lessons for Entrepreneurs Gained from Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

3 Lessons for Entrepreneurs Gained from Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
Five millions steps.  Two thousand, one hundred and eighty one miles.  Six months.

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The 10 most scandalous euphemisms

The 10 most scandalous euphemisms | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
Mark Sanford returned to politics after "hiking the Appalachian Trail" became a euphemism for infidelity. What other scandals enriched the lexicon?

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Every cloud has a silver lining...at least they gave the lexicon a 'spicy' touch :) 

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Kalalau Trail

Four IAESTE guys hiking the Kalalau Trail along Na Pali Coast of Kauai. We took a couple of videos and pictures and put them together here. http://blogging.g...

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A Few Thoughts on Camping With Kids

A Few Thoughts on Camping With Kids | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
On that first trip to Sequoia National Park, however, the 13-month-old thought bears were giant doggies, the backpacking stove was a light-up rattle, rock-strewn campsites should be wobbled through at the highest possible speeds, ...

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How To Give Your Puppy CPR - Infographic | Carrington.edu

How To Give Your Puppy CPR - Infographic | Carrington.edu | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
Learn the steps to modified respiration and CPR for puppies to increase their chance of survival.
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How To Climb Katahdin : OG Vids

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AMC's Maine Mountain Guide editor offers expert advice about how to climb Maine's highest summit in the summer.

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Five-Minute Memoir: A steep learning curve on the Appalachian Trail

Five-Minute Memoir: A steep learning curve on the Appalachian Trail | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
It never occurred to us how far from help we were. Baldpate is a mountain in the wilds of western Maine, New England. It stands 3,780 feet tall. The Appalachian Trail runs up one side and down the other.
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"It never occurred to us how far from help we were." Lightening can strike any of us while we are in the outdoors, safety and preperation are paramount. 

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Incredible video of 2 adventurers crossing Iceland on foot and by boat

In July, 2010, Alastair Humphreys and Christopher Herwig planned a trip across Iceland. The goal was to cross the entire island on foot and by raft, carrying all their supplies needed. I shoot come up with such an adventure myself!


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The adventurer who had no limbs

The adventurer who had no limbs | 45ºN 68ºW Outpost | Scoop.it
Born without arms or legs, Arthur MacMorrough Kavanagh was an adventurer who travelled the world and rose to become a prominent politician.

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