Kelty Helps Haitian Relief Effort

Outdoor gear manufacturer Kelty is getting in on the Haitian relief efforts too and has sent nearly 300 tents to the earthquake zone since January. In one case, some of the Kelty tents were used to house 750 children left without parents after the disaster. Recovering from a natural disaster like the quake in Haiti …

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GPS Enabled Footwear

Now I’ve heard of almost everything. GTX Corp was recently awarded three patents that cover GPS location devices embedded in footwear. Although it appears most of the applications are in running shoes for now, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine hiking boots with integrated GPS chips in the near future… The GTX technology …

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Tripleblaze Contest Winners

Congrats to our top contributors in January – SCGuide1 and Tom from JTX. Both members will receive $25 gift cards to REI and immortality here on the Tripleblaze blog. 🙂 Although the weather may not be ideal for camping or hiking at the moment, now is the time to start planning your summer adventures! It’s …

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National Parks Announce 3 Free Weekends This Summer!

As if US National Parks weren’t already one of the best outdoor recreation values around, this summer the Department of the Interior is waiving entry fees at 147 parks one weekend each month. The idea is to boost local tourism and economies near the National Parks which are already preparing for a busy season as …

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100 Favorite Hikes in Texas

If you’re thinking about exploring the hiking trails of Texas, take a look at E. Dan Klepper’s new book, 100 Classic Hikes in Texas. Klepper says he hiked 98% of the trails in the book (guess that means there are 2 trails he didn’t hike) and logged more than 500 miles along the way. That’s …

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Appalachian Trail News

Two Appalachian Trail news items of interest this week: Mike Caetano of Pensacola, FL is hoping to become the oldest person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and he’s already on his way into the record books. The 86-year-old man started his hike this spring and hopes to complete the journey in November. Caetano is planning …

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Backpacking Colorado Canyon Country

The trail near Fruita, CO. While it’s still way too early to backpack in the Colorado high country, right now is the perfect time to hit the lower elevation trails in canyon country. The western part of the state near Grand Junction and Fruita is dry and quite pleasant this time of year and offers …

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Hiking Popularity Increases in China

Map credit: TravelChinaGuide.com According to a recent article in Backpacker Magazine, the popularity of hiking and backpacking is growing in China and that could be good news for the environment. The author reasons that increasing prosperity gives citizens more time to pursue recreational activities which should in turn increase appreciation for nature and the environment. …

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Food for Hiking

The other day I came across this blog about hiking food and it made me realize we often talk about camping food but rarely discuss food geared specifically toward hiking. To me there’s even a difference between hiking food and backpacking food since backpacking implies an overnight stay whereas hiking is usually a daytime activity. …

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Great Hikes Outside Payson, AZ

If you’re planning a business trip or a visit with relatives out of state and are looking for a short day hike to kill some time, local newspaper articles can often be a great resource for finding the perfect spot. Most local papers publish an online edition these days so local day hikes are often …

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Camping in yurts

Camping yurt in Colorado. From Wikipedia. Want to camp old-school like an ancient nomadic Asian herdsman? Consider staying in a yurt for your next camping trip. The Everett, WA HeraldNet posted an article that explains what yurt camping is about and offers details on a new “yurt village” in River Meadows County Park. Some of …

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Top 10 Hikes Outside Asheville, NC

Dupont State Forest photo posted by Tripleblaze member Yosef Mudslogger RomanticAsheville.com has selected the top 10 Asheville, NC area hiking trails and the list is a pretty good one (though I don’t know how romantic any of these treks are 🙂 ). 1. Gorges State Park 2. Mt. Mitchell 3. Craggy Gardens 4. Point Lookout …

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A challenging hike in Virginia: Old Rag

Some hiking trails, like this one, require hikers to get vertical. Fredericksburg.com published an article by Bill Freehling about a recent hike to the summit of Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park. Old Rag is a popular hike (I’ve heard of it and I live 400 miles away) but it’s not exactly a walk in …

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Camping at the Zoo

We’re always looking for new camping experiences to share and the Denver Zoo has a cool one for families: Bunk with the Beasts CampOUTS. For $65 kids can spend the night at the zoo and enjoy campfire stories, a picnic dinner, and of course, tours of the zoo. Guests spend the night under the stars …

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Desert Camping in Dubai

Photo from Time Out Dubai. Quick – what do you think of when you hear about Dubai? Ridiculously large sky scrapers? Luxury shopping and resorts? Oil? Better add camping to the list because according to Time Out Dubai there are some amazing opportunities for desert camping just outside the city. Desert camping outside Dubai sounds …

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ATV riders damage hiking and biking trails

A popular hiking and mountain biking trail in Oregon was damaged by ATV riders last month and the Forest Service is asking the public to help find the culprits. Four-wheel ATVs were ridden on the singletrack trail near Sisters causing severe damage and leaving muddy ruts about a mile into the woods. ATVs are allowed …

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Without Electricity, Everything Slows Down

This thought just occurred to me as I’m sitting in my office waiting for the power to come back on. It’s cliché to talk about how much we depend on electricity these days, much less the internet, but when you’re without power for more than an hour or so it really becomes clear how much …

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Hiking the peaks of California

The view on a hike near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. If you’re looking for a hiking to-do list this summer, check out this article SFGate.com posted last month on hiking 5 prominent California peaks. The hikes stretch from Mount Lassen in the Cascades to Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental US, …

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