National Park Service Fee Free Day: November 11

To honor our Veterans the National Park Service has waived entrance fees for all Americans November 11th. If you know a Veteran, take them out for a hike, or even better: camping. Start planning your trip today on tripleblaze.com or at the National Park Service website. When you get back rate your camp, hike, or cave, leave a comment and share your …

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National Park Service Fee Free Day: September 26

Summer is almost over, but the fun doesn’t have to stop now! In honor of National Public Lands Day, the National Park service has waived entrance fees September 26th. Get out there and explore our public lands! Photo: Melissa Peacock. Start planning your trip visit today on tripleblaze.com or at the National Park Service website. When you get back …

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National Park Service Fee Free Day: August 25

Photo: carsuek Come celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday entrance fee free August 25th. The National Park Service is comprised of 401 National Parks across the country. You may be surprised that you are only a short road trip away for a quick weekday adventure. Start planning your trip visit today on tripleblaze.com or at the National …

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Interview: Caving Advice and Guidelines

I’ve had the incredible opportunity to correspond with Jennifer Redell, Cave & Mine Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, about caving activities in the Upper Midwest and abroad.  As caves continue to see more and more activity, her expertise has proven useful in providing me with additional resources and advice to encourage responsible …

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Interview: Caving Resources and Information for the Upper Midwest

We have had the incredible opportunity to correspond with Jennifer Redell, Cave & Mine Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, about caving activities in the Upper Midwest as a form of recreation.  As caves continue to see more and more activity, her expertise has proven useful in providing us with additional resources and …

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Interview: Understanding Cave Closures and White-Nose Syndrome

Jennifer Redell is a Cave & Mine Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation.  The photos included here are from caving activities of guided groups in Southeastern Minnesota that demonstrate ethical caving activities in areas free from White-Nose Syndrome. Tripleblaze: In 2013, what caused an increase in cave closures (permanent/temporary) throughout …

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Trip Report: Popp’s Cave, Day 1

One of the long-standing trip traditions of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Recreational Sports Department is caving in Popp’s Cave. Time and time again, this trip is rated as one of our most enjoyable student trips.  When heading out on this trip, participants gain a full-fledged, beginner caving experience that provides excitement and plenty of …

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Hiking Inside Lava Tubes

It’s hard to get tired of hiking above-ground trails, but perhaps you’re ready for a new challenge! Lava tubes are a lot like caves, but they’re formed differently. Like caves, they’re underground passageways which sustain cool temperatures year-round. They can be a great way to escape from the summer heat without hiding indoors. The stairway …

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Outdoor Book Review: Blind Descent

I don’t normally come across great outdoor adventure books at my local library but earlier this month I got lucky. Blind Descent, by James M. Tabor, tells the story of two adventurers seeking to discover the deepest cave on the planet and it’s a fascinating read for cavers and no-cavers alike. The book starts off …

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Indoor hiking?

Backpacker Magazine posted an interesting poll on their website: If indoor hiking were possible, would you be interested? Apparently the answer was a pretty clear NO with about 80% of respondents saying it was a horrible idea. Indoor hiking may sound far fetched but in fact there are indoor analogs for most other outdoor sports …

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Extreme Hiking: Spelunking

To continue our series on extreme hiking I thought I’d talk a little about spelunking (or caving). A friend recently mentioned that caving was really just hiking in 3D which I thought was a good explanation, though I would add it’s hiking in 3D with no weather or sun! I’m a bit of a mapping …

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