Posts Tagged ‘hiking safety’

New Article: Mud Hiking!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Mud HikingCoast published a new article this month called “Mud Season Hiking: How to Stay Safe” by Ben Nystrom. The article offers practical advice on hiking trails in late winter and early spring when mud is prevalent on trails, making them potentially hazardous to both hikers and the surrounding environment.

Nystrom opens by briefly explaining that mud season is simply melting snow and rain that saturate the ground, creating massive amounts of mud. As he continues, he makes a number of crucial observations about hiking trails during this particular season that will help keep you safe as well as content along the way.

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Camper Missing in Deschutes Falls Area

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Jeff "Jay" NelsonThe search continued today for a 20-year-old man who went missing Saturday while camping near Deschutes Falls in Washington state. Police believe the camper, Jeff “Jay” Nelson, may have fallen off a cliff during the middle of the night.

Officials said Nelson and his friends went to bed at about 11 p.m. after setting up a campsite near the Deschutes River. On Saturday morning Nelson was gone, although his sleeping bag and other gear were still there. Friends, family, and local officials began organized rescue efforts Saturday morning and afternoon. Local rescue dive teams began searching the Deschutes River on Sunday.

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New Rules to Hike Half Dome

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

It looks like hikers will need to be a little more proactive when it comes to scaling Yosemite’s iconic natural monument known as Half Dome. Starting in the 2010 hiking season, Yosemite will begin issuing permits to make the climb, limiting the number of persons to 400 per day.

For now, the permits will only be utilized on the weekends (Fri-Sun) and holidays, and will, consequently, result in hundreds of hikers being turned away. The permits are free, though there is a $1.50 fee to reserve a permit, up to four per party. There are currently no limits on the number of hikers visiting during the week (Mon-Thur).

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Find a Local Winter Hike Destination

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Champoeg State Park MuseumAre you dying to get outside this winter? Then, go! A local Oregon newspaper recommended one of its state parks recently, dubbing it a perfect spot for a “gorgeous winter hike.” I only mention this particular park because it’s close to home, and I can confirm it as a great location from being there first-hand. Plus, it has a funny name: Champoeg (for those of you who don’t speak Oregon, it’s pronounced “sham-POO-ee”).

The article’s author, John Carr, writes: “For a winter hiker, the Champoeg area has a little of everything to brighten your day: pioneer history, beautiful views along the Willamette River, migratory wildfowl and some good exercise…”

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How to Make Winter Hiking Safe

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

I love hiking in the winter: the crunch-crunch of ice beneath your boots, the cold brisk air on your face, and the white sheet of snow that covers the scene around you. For the outdoor enthusiast, winter can be a perfect season to enjoy nature’s beauty, provided he or she takes the right precautions.

Cold temperatures, inclement weather, and short days are only a few of the things that make winter potentially hazardous. At the same time, these things also contribute to the unique beauty the season has to offer. So how do you reconcile the potential enjoyment and potential risks of winter hiking?

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Young Hiker Dies After Coyote Attack

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Taylor MitchellTaylor Mitchell, 19, died Wednesday morning after sustaining injuries from a coyote attack. Mitchell was reportedly hiking alone in Nova Scotia, Canada on Tuesday when the attack occurred.

Mitchell, whose screams were heard by another hiker in the area who called for help, was responded to by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and airlifted to a hospital in nearby Halifax. She died the next day.

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Adventurers: Make Some Noise!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Hikers, campers, and adventurers of all sorts, this message is for you: Make some noise!

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Quick Tips for Winter Hiking

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Hiking isn’t just a summer activity!  The fall and winter months offer new elements and sights to experience, not to mention a completely different set of challenges.  Avid U.S. traveler and hiker James Hutchinson offers some great safety tips for winter hiking.

 

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