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 enjoyed this piece 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 far. It’s diverse to say the least. The New…

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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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Transcaucasian Trail

I was asked more than once by my old boss in California if I knew of anyone or was interested in doing trail work myself in Armenia. I think it all began after this trip for him, or maybe beforehand because part of his heritage is Armenian. By the following…

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