Grasshopper Geography

Although I don’t think they would be as dramatic or beautiful as the watersheds and forest maps at grasshopper geography, it would be interesting to have similar maps for trails. I am sure it is a question of when, not if. These maps certainly drive home the tread watershed concept.

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John Muir on Hiking

I don’t like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!’ Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and…

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Nutrient Collapse

This is (mostly) a trail web space, but sometimes I share other stories. This story on plants isn’t a feel-good story, but how much of the news is not sad as of late? At any rate, plants have been getting more carbon dioxide since the industrial revolution. The result, “measurements…

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Real Time Satellite Imagery

Real-time satellite imagery isn’t available yet, but nearly real or close enough to suffice can be found. Whether clouds or not will obscure the landscape remains for you to discover. Its not surprising that not all satellites have cameras for imagery, but considering how many satellites orbit the earth it’s…

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A Day in the Life of…

I have enjoyed some of this builder’s trails and this piece about him recently: A Day in the Life of a Mountain Bike Trail Builder Perhaps one day I will leave a memo deeper than the one below on a typical day in my trail building and layout life thus…

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IMBA’s Future

IMBA has had some issues lately, not the least of which was their stance on Wilderness. They expand on their decision here. Bike Mag recently published a good piece on the future of IMBA’s “footing.” Perhaps in part due to the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, and not long after,…

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Made in Taiwan

Why do we assume ‘Made in China’ or ‘Made in Taiwan’ means shitty? Because that is indeed often the case, but not always, as “Made in America” can mean products just as shitty or on the road to obsolescence just as fast. The sentiment above is also a result of…

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Asian Long-Horned Tick

One more crappy reason to still enjoy the outdoors: The Asian long-horned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, is spreading rapidly along the Eastern Seaboard. It has been found in seven states and in the heavily populated suburbs of New York City. At the moment, public health experts say they are concerned, but…

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Edward Burtynsky

A fellow trail builder shared Edward Burtynsky’s work with me some time ago. It’s hard to forget some of his work, or his documentation of the spoils of other people’s work, and nature, or as he says: Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work…These images are…

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The White Silence

It’s summer, it’s hot, liking and living the heat, but sometimes thinking cold thoughts… This excerpt from The White Silence by Jack London is indeed what walking in snowshoes can be like, especially if the snow is fluffy and you sink deeper than hoped: Happy is the man who can…

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