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  • Yosemite National Park Tioga Pass
    Comment periods closing soon for proposed national park entrance fee increases
    In case you hadn't heard, the National Park Service has proposed entrance fee increases at Yosemite National Park and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. A 30-day public engagement period began with the announcements and will end on...
  • Rim Fire of 2013 postpone deer season in Zone-D6 until November 18, 2014
    Rim Fire of 2013 postpone deer season in Zone-D6 until November 18, 2014
    "Did you see it?" 'Yes, it poked its head out from behind that big tree, just for a minute, and disappeared." "Let's wait until it pokes its head out again, it has big antlers."Two hunters were discussing a deer,...
  • ALPS Extreme 3-Season
    The all-around best tent for SoCal Camping
    What's the difference between laying in a field and camping? One essential product, arguably the most important part of anybody's camping setup — a tent.Tents can cost hundreds and, for some 4-season beasts, thousands of dollars. But...
  • Black bear
    Know what to do when encountering a black bear when hiking around Johnstown
    Last weekend a New Jersey man was killed by a black bear while hiking in Apshawa Preserve in northern New Jersey. Darsh Patel was hiking along with five friends when they encountered the black bear. After the bear started to follow them, they...
  • Hostel review: Casa del Parque in San Jose, Costa Rica
    Hostel review: Casa del Parque in San Jose, Costa Rica
    San Jose, the largest city and the capital of Costa Rica, is a central hub for world travelers. Deep in the city center, crowded streets, a variety of shops, and looming beggars remind one of other major cities in the world, like New York City or...
  • Nathan Sports BigShot water bottle
    Nathan Sports BigShot water bottle’s small spout makes a big difference
    Nathan Sports took the classic one-liter, hard-plastic water bottle that has been around for ages, gave it a little tweak and made it sippable. By adding a spout to the wide-mouth, leak-proof, screw-on top they made the BigShot water bottle much...
  • Fall Backpacking
    Johnstown area backpacking: five tips for fall backpacking
    Fall is my favorite time of year for backpacking. Summer in the Johnstown area gets awfully hot and humid. While the spring temperatures are more bearable, I am trying to get my body to switch back into the hiking mode. In fall the temperatures,...
  • Meadow Fire
    Wildfire closes area near Yosemite's Half Dome
    ABC30 Action News reported on September 7, 2014, that a wildfire has broken out inside Yosemite National Park in the vicinity of Half Dome. The fire reported started around midday and prompted evacuations of the area and an emergency rescue of...
  • SPOT Gen3
    No worries on the trail with the SPOT Gen3 satellite messenger: Gear review
    A major advance in the pursuit of outdoor activities has been the development of lightweight, affordable satellite communication devices, such as the SPOT Gen3, that enable people to stay in touch with loved ones, track their progress and call for...
  • The RAO AVIO
    The Extrema Ratio RAO AVIO is one sublime survival knife
    Howdy campers. I will be writing a series of survival focused articles in the coming months. I thought that I would start with the most important piece of gear in any well organized survival kit, which is the knife. I am continuously impressed by...
  • Fits socks
    A trio of backpacking socks for the trail: Tilley, Injinji, Fits
    A trio of very different socks, Tilley, Injinji and Fits, can make all the difference between sore feet and a carefree backpacking trip. The most important body parts for bipeds on a backpacking trip are feet—they take the brunt of the extra...
  • Back pack trip
    International backpacking 101: 10 helpful tips for a successful trip
    Backpacking may seem like a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be so. The major step in back packing is not just what you pack, but how you pack your pack. Taking the steps to properly prepare for a trip will allow you to enjoy your...
  • Earthquake struck Northern California near Napa, California
    Earthquake struck Northern California near Napa, California
    Napa, California--An earthquake near Napa, California, California's Wine Country, about 3:20am was felt for about 7 to 15-seconds, according to several people who felt the earthquake."I was asleep and the next thing I knew, I was on the...
  • Crusing with the Deuter Kid Comfort III
    Must-Have New-Parent Hiking Packs
    It's tough to get out on the trail when baby arrives. Especially in L.A., where there are already enough excuses not to get out (the traffic is horrible, the sun is too strong, it's too hot). A baby is just another reason to stay...
  • Mount Goddard search area, July 2014
    Missing hiker found alive in Kings Canyon National Park
    An experienced hiker overdue from a backpacking trip in Kings Canyon National Park was found alive but injured on Thursday evening, July 10, according to ABC30 Action News and the Fresno Bee. Search and rescue personnel found Clovis native Gregory...