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  • This 9-Year-Old Completed Thru-Hiking's Triple Crown

    10/18/2017 2:31:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Outside ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Jonathon Olivier
    Christian Thomas, aka Buddy Backpacker, finished the Continental Divide Trail on September 18, becoming the youngest person to complete all three of the nation's longest hiking trailsn September 18, nine-year-old Christian Thomas stood in front of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park with his parents, Andrea Rego and Dion Pagonis. The family from Crested Butte, Colorado, had just finished a 1,200-mile section hike of the Continental Divide Trail, the last leg on their journey to say they officially walked its length. Having finished both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014, this was the third long-distance...
  • An 1888 Volcanic Collapse Becomes a Benchmark for Tsunami Models

    10/18/2017 9:44:56 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 12 replies
    EOS ^ | 10/10/17 | Aaron Micallef, et al
    When volcanic mountains slide into the sea, they trigger tsunamis. How big are these waves, and how far away can they do damage? Ritter Island provides some answers. Early one March morning in 1888, a 4-cubic-kilometer chunk of the Ritter Island volcano collapsed into the Bismarck Sea northeast of New Guinea. This volume of land was about twice that of the Mount St. Helens landslide in 1980, and it is the largest historically recorded tsunami-causing volcanic sector collapse. The ensuing landslide triggered a tsunami tens of meters high. The waves were still 8 meters high when they reached parts of...
  • Why Hurricane Ophelia has turned the sun red and sky yellow as storm lashes the UK and Ireland

    10/16/2017 2:33:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | Updated: 16th October 2017, 9:39 pm BST | By Amanda Devlin
    A blood red sun has been seen over parts of the UK as dust from the Sahara swept across the country today =========================================================================================== THE sky above Britain turned yellow today after a red sun was created by fatal Hurricane Ophelia. The gales pulled Saharan dust north to the UK to create a blanket of orange cloud, with the deadly storms also bringing powerful 80mph winds - killing three people. The layer of thick dust brought an eerie glow across the sky and turned the sun red as Hurricane Ophelia killer winds picked up dust and debris southern Europe and Africa....
  • New London [CT} man disputes blight violation for bamboo grove

    10/16/2017 4:57:47 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 33 replies ^ | October 14, 2017 | Greg Smith
    New London — The man facing a criminal charge for what city officials say is his failure to maintain an unruly bamboo grove claims he is being unfairly targeted by the city and he is mounting a legal defense in Superior Court. Carlos Carrion of 16 Borodell Place entered a not guilty plea last week in New London Superior Court to the city’s first blight-related criminal infraction under a newly revised blight ordinance. The ordinance allows for criminal penalties and fines when civil actions are exhausted. City officials claim Carrion repeatedly refused to trim back his bamboo and clean up...
  • Dan Hohs, Man Saved by Endurance Sports, Dies From Rattlesnake Bite

    10/15/2017 2:10:39 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 34 replies
    Westword ^ | October 9, 2017 | MICHAEL ROBERTS
    Dan Hohs posted this photo on Facebook in August. Dan Hohs, Man Saved by Endurance Sports, Dies From Rattlesnake Bite Michael Roberts | October 9, 2017 | 6:41am Dan Hohs, a well-known triathlete from Steamboat Springs who wrote movingly about how endurance sports saved his life, died after a rattlesnake bite in Golden on Saturday, October 7. His death saddened his friends and loved ones, who poured out their grief on social media, and speaks to the dangers associated with an uncommonly late rattlesnake season.In 2014, Hohs, a 31-year-old who was originally from the Chicago area, commemorated National Day...
  • Burned to the ground: Inside the Napa wineries gutted by raging wildfires (many photos)

    10/15/2017 9:57:49 AM PDT · by dennisw · 84 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 15 October 2017 | Ruth Styles In Napa
    Burned to the ground: Inside the Napa wineries gutted by raging wildfires that has devastated the $63billion industry and killed 40 people The wildfires, the deadliest in California history, have claimed 40 lives so far and have destroyed an estimated 5,700 properties More than 100,000 people have been evacuated in Sonoma, Napa, Santa Rosa and Calistoga Entire neighborhoods have been leveled and 214,000 acres of land has been reduced to ash Among the most high-profile victims of the disaster has been the area’s wine-making industry In Napa County alone, the industry contributes $13bn to the local economy each year and...
  • Humor the antidepressant A study of grime and germs

    10/15/2017 5:45:35 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    Ah! The scent of chlorine-permeated hair blowing in the wind, the pungent odor of sweaty bodies, and the cloying coconut scent of tanning lotion are part of summer. But now those joyous months are a blur in our rearview mirrors as we launch into fall and all the ways people, athletes, in particular, manage to get grubby. It is October and baseball division playoffs are in full swing. We cheer for our favorite teams, hoping they reach the ultimate baseball pinnacle known as World Series Champions. But, have you noticed all the ways the boys of summer manage to get...
  • Wilder Ranch State Park a Hidden Gem for Bikers and Hikers

    10/13/2017 12:37:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 28, 2017 | Tom Stienstra
    Maybe the “10-mile Bubble Rule” is in full force at Wilder Ranch. Maybe it’s the name and first sighting of a farmhouse and barns that doesn’t exactly conjure up the vision of world-class mountain biking, bluff-top walks and spectacular ocean views — or a park with 7,000 acres that spans from the coastal cliffs to inland ridges. Regardless, Wilder Ranch State Park might have the best mountain biking of any state park in California. The walks and ocean views are stellar. Yet many outside of 10 miles have not been there, and some haven’t even heard of it. For those...
  • As Cub Scouts welcome girls, rival group sees expansion of ‘war on boys’

    10/13/2017 11:05:07 AM PDT · by cyclotic · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/13/2017 | Bradford Richardson
    Established in 1910, the Boy Scouts have long stood on tradition, but in recent years, the organization has yielded to a changing culture by revising its admission policy to permit openly gay Scouts and adult volunteers, as well as transgender children who identify as boys to join. Mark Hancock, chief executive officer of Trail Life USA, said the admittance of girls into the Boy Scouts of America is part of a growing “war on boys” that views the sexes as interchangeable and masculinity as something undesirable. He said the decision Wednesday is just latest step in the Boy Scouts’ progressive...
  • Asteroid that just buzzed Earth may not miss on return visit

    10/13/2017 10:58:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    C-Net ^ | October 12, 2017 2:34 PM PDT | by Eric Mack
    Asteroid 2012 TC4 doesn't have a very memorable name, but it might leave quite an impression years from now. The house-sized asteroid that just passed by Earth, almost as close as many satellites in orbit, will be back -- and a future visit might lead to it taking up permanent residency here. On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Asteroid 2012 TC4 safely passed by our planet at an altitude of 27,300 miles (44,000 kilometers), just a few thousand miles above the level of satellites in geosychronous orbit. That's nearly twice as close as when it passed us almost exactly five years ago,...
  • Utah's 'Negro Bill Canyon' renamed after years of debate [now Grandstaff Canyon]

    10/12/2017 6:43:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2017 6:51 PM EDT
    After years of debate, a U.S. government board has voted to rename Utah’s Negro Bill Canyon, overruling a recommendation by Utah officials to keep the name. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided Thursday to rename it Grandstaff Canyon to get rid of an offensive name, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The vote was 12-0, with one member declining to vote. The decision comes 16 years after the board voted to keep the name. The new name honors black rancher and prospector William Grandstaff, whose cattle grazed there in the 1870s. “His name was Grandstaff; it was not Negro Bill,”...
  • Yellowstone supervolcano could blow faster than thought, destroy all of mankind

    10/12/2017 1:32:37 PM PDT · by Sopater · 123 replies
    foxnews ^ | 10/12/2017
    Arizona State University researchers have analyzed minerals around the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park and have come to a startling conclusion. It could blow much faster than previously expected, potentially wiping out life as we know it.
  • Safari West owner had ‘a thousand souls’ to save from Tubbs fire

    10/11/2017 11:58:33 PM PDT · by Califreak · 16 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 10/10/17 | Paul Payne
    Peter Lang had a heart-wrenching choice — save his house in the fire-ravaged hills above Santa Rosa or protect the more than 1,000 animals trapped at his wildlife preserve, Safari West. The 77-year-old owner of the 400-acre facility on Porter Creek Road didn’t give it much thought. As the flames approached, Lang ushered his wife, employees and 30 overnight guests off the hill, grabbed a garden hose and began dousing hot spots threatening his collection of primarily African species, including cheetahs, giraffes and rhinoceroses. When dawn broke, they were all alive but Lang’s home was destroyed. “I did not lose...
  • Man Hiking in the Dark Calls 911 for Rescue in Mission Trails Park

    10/11/2017 5:03:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC San Diegio ^ | R. Stickney and Angelos Papazis
    An injured hiker needed to be rescued from Mission Trails Park before sunrise Wednesday, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said. The 35-year-old man fell and broke an arm and his ribs on a trail in the park near Jackson Drive and Mission Gorge Road, according to SDFD officials. Because of the early morning fog, the department’s helicopter could not land near the injured hiker right away. Some emergency personnel had to hike approximately 45 minutes to reach the man along the trail. Once the fog lifted, several rescuers were dropped off by helicopter near the hiker's location. Officials said the man...
  • That scary-looking crosswind A 380 landing

    10/08/2017 8:04:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 10/8/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Millions of people have been viewing and forwarding or posting an alarming-looking video (embedded below) of a giant A 380 airliner landing in heavy crosswinds at Dusseldorf. It’s scary-fun, but actually nothing unique to the Airbus or all that unusual. There is an entire genre of crosswind landings on YouTube. But owing to size, it is impressive.
  • Latest Earthquakes (More Calm before the Storm?)

    10/07/2017 10:07:17 AM PDT · by SubMareener · 21 replies
    United States Geological Survey ^ | 10/7/2017 - Live updates | USGS
    7 Days, Magnitude 2.5+ U.S. 178 of 178 earthquakes in map area. This is a very low number for the 7 day window. It has been running in the high 200s for the past year.
  • Hike at Pescadero Marsh (CA)

    10/06/2017 10:41:22 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 33 replies
    Protect Our Freedom ^ | 10/6/17 | Me
    It was a magnificent fall day on the Northern California Coast this afternoon. I decided to return to the Pescadero Marsh, 30 years after my first visit and the worst case of poison oak of my life. It took cortisone shots to stop it from spreading through my circulatory system. Back then, I didn't know how to identify the poison oak plant, but I sure do now. Today, a couple of the trails at the marsh were overgrown with poison oak, so turned around and didn't even try to get through or bypass. It was a short hike today, less...
  • Did you like the big moon last night? Tonight’s is even better

    10/05/2017 4:32:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    Mercury News ^ | October 5, 2017 | Susan Steade
    What makes it “harvest”: It’s the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. The reason the moon has been looking so big this week is that it’s rising around sunset. The bright moon comes up in a twilight sky, and at a time when more people are likely to take notice of it near the horizon.... ... . On average, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each night — so if it rose at, say, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, it would rise at 6:50 on Wednesday. But around the equinox, because of the position of the moon in relation...
  • Trump administration reverses Obama-era listing of the walrus as endangered

    10/05/2017 6:50:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 10/5/2017 | Rick Moran
    The Pacific walrus will not be designated as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday, reversing an Obama administration finding that the walrus deserved protections because of the effects of global warming and receding Arctic sea ice. "Their thorough review, driven by the best available data and science, found that the population of Pacific walrus is robust and healthy, and has proven that it can adapt to the changing conditions in the Arctic," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
  • 'I Think We've Gone Overboard With Trying to Keep Kids Safe': a Swedish Mum's Secret for Raising 'Em

    10/04/2017 11:39:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    The Local ^ | 2 October 2017 | Eugenia Tanaka
    'I think we've gone overboard with trying to keep kids safe': a Swedish mum's secret for raising healthy kidsLinda Åkeson McGurk grew up in Southern Sweden and moved to the US years ago with her American husband. She had lived there for years and felt completely integrated in American society, until she had a baby and her notions of how to raise a child clashed with those of the rural Indiana town she calls home. As a Swede, she was brought up with the concept of friluftsliv, or "outdoor life", is a true believer in the motto 'There is no...