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Flora above Treeline NH Lay of the Land

NH White Mountains: The Lay of the Land

The White Mountains include a huge variety of terrain, from windswept alpine areas above treeline to dense boreal forests, sheer cliffs and low-lying intervale and swamp land. There are 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in the White Mountains, and a number of notches (called passes or gaps in other mountainous regions). These include Pinkham, Crawford, Franconia, Bear, Kinsman, Jefferson, and Carter Notches. The terrain can be very steep and rocky, so plan accordingly, as short sections of trail can take much longer than anticipated.

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USA Luge announces 2017 summer national training group

16 athletes named to training pool; 10 will qualify for Pyeongchang

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – After competitions last winter and spring, USA Luge has named a pool of 16 athletes for its 2017 summer training group. The 10 members of the Pyeongchang Olympic team will qualify from this initial pool of racers.

Three men and three women will represent the United States in singles next February, along with two doubles teams.
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Leave Your Plans

Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.

Your hike begins before you reach the trailhead. It’s important that you research, write down and distribute your plan before you leave. Include:READ MORE

Hiker Safety

Prevent Injuries on the Trail

Injuries and afflictions on the trail

Accidents happen to even the most experienced and best prepared hikers. That’s why it’s important that you know how to rescue yourself if you’re injured or become ill on the trail.

  • Be prepared with knowledge: of the terrain, first aid, how to stay warm and dry.
  • Be prepared with gear. If you take a fall on a day hike, you may have to spend the night. Have what you need to stay warm, dry, hydrated. Matches, flashlight, whistle and other items in your pack you thought you’d never need may mean the difference between getting home quickly and safely – or not at all.

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Sailing On Blue Water

Sailing on Blue Water

California has got the goods when it comes to climate. I’m finding Los Angeles to be more and more of an outdoor city. There are beautiful mountain trails, camping venues from the shore to the desert, and it seems everyone is constantly outside enjoying nature. The weather here allows for it. The ocean’s current brings cold water down from Alaska, but the sun shines on the same latitude as Georgia. The result is a warm sun with a cool breeze. This creates a Mediterranean climate that hangs out somewhere between 50 and 70 degrees all year long (perfect sailing weather). So if you are a fan of light jackets and ocean breezes, this might be the place for you.READ MORE

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Last week I had the fortune of coming home for Easter. The East coast ordered us up chill nights in the 40s and sunny days in the 80s. (Layers of wool were applied and removed as needed.) While home in the Adirondack Park, we were sure to spend some time on the mountain-side; hiking the trails, drinking the spring melt water, and breathing in the evergreens. Some people say that a walk in the woods can be just what the doctor ordered and recently I found evidence supporting that claim.READ MORE

Moose hunting with Minus33 in Alaska

Moose Hunting with Minus33

Minus 33,

My friend Dale Ash turned me on to your products last year. In September I did a DIY moose hunt in the Alaska Range. It was my first trip to Alaska. Your underwear was perfect for hunting in and sleeping in. Kept me comfortable even when damp. Temperatures ranged from 15 degrees F and snow to sunny and 55.READ MORE

Lightning Weather Strikes the Ground

Check the Weather…Then Check Again

Weather can be harsh and changeable

 

You should always take the weather into consideration before setting out on any hike. If you’re hiking in a mountainous area, be aware that weather in the mountains is generally colder and more severe than in the valleys—and the weather can change quickly. Often in higher elevations, especially above treeline, rain, snow and fog are possible at any time of the year.

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Merino Wool Folded

Wool’s Arch Nemesis: Insects

Moths, beetles, and other insects love wool. However, they can damage your clothing. To prevent insect larvae from eating your wool, follow these quick tips for caring and storing.

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WHITE CASTLE BECOMES OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF USA LUGE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nation’s two foremost slider experts, White Castle and USA Luge, announced a two-year partnership Tuesday, making White Castle the first and only fast food organization in the United States to become an official partner of USA Luge and title sponsor of the off-season recruitment program, the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search.

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The Hiker’s Responsibility Code

How To Prepare For A Successful Hike

Preparation is key for anything you do in life, and hiking is no exception. Preparing ahead of time for hiking adventures will help keep yourself and others safe, and will make it easy to have fun once you get out on the trail. Knowing The Hiker’s Responsibility Code, developed by the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish & Game, should be your first step in preparing for hikes.

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