Inspiration for the Adventure Traveller

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Bert terHart is Canoeing 7,000Km Across Canada

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63-year old Bert ter Hart is trekking and paddling his canoe across Canada, from west to east, using only a sextant and compass. He’s following routes that Canada’s Indigenous people travelled for thousands of years; they later helped guide the fur traders and explorers like David Thompson. He’s also carrying a petition that seeks to recognize these Indigenous guides.

Learn more about the Bert’s solo adventure at his website.

Wilderness Poop Etiquette Is Changing (You’re Probably Not Going to Like It)

As the number of people exploring the great outdoors has exploded, so have the risk to the environment and the public’s health. We’ve known for a long time that burying our waste in six-inch deep cat holes is not a great way of breaking down poop. With so many now pooping in the wilderness, it is clear this is not sustainable to bury our waste, and time to update our backcountry poop etiquette.

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we ought to begin teaching backcountry users in nearly every location to pack out their poop with WAG bags (the acronym is for “waste alleviation and gelling”) or similar waste-disposal kits. Such kits usually include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and special, double-layered bags you can poop directly into, complete with chemical crystals that render human waste inert and minimize the smell. (See below for tips on how to use these kits in the backcountry.)

Many public lands are already moving in this direction. A Forest Service website claims that “waste kits are becoming standard…throughout the West.” Visitors to Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument can now pick up free WAG bags at the visitor center. California’s Mount Whitney has required WAG bags since 2006, and it reports that users pack out 8,000 pounds of poop per year. And Rocky Mountain National Park provides WAG bags not just on climbing routes or above treeline but also at its backcountry permit office and trailheads throughout the park. »

52 year-old Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest for the 26th time, breaking his own world record — again

On Saturday, 52-year-old Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa summited Mount Everest for the 26th time, breaking his own world record of 25 ascents of the world’s tallest mountain, which he set in May of last year.

He has now broken the record for summiting Everest five times in four years.

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With more than 35 years of mountaineering experience, Kami Rita is a world-renowned climber. He first set the record for Everest summits at 22 in May 2018, after having shared the 21-summit record with two other climbers.

He broke that the following year when he conquered Everest a 23rd time on May 15, 2019, according to Guinness World Records. Kami Rita broke his own record six days later with his 24th summit.

Several US National Parks now require reservations to access

America’s national parks are becoming more and more crowded. Some parks are extremely busy during the summer.

Out of necessity to preserve fragile ecosystems, some of the more popular are choosing to restrict visitor traffic with a reservation system.

Acadia National Park, located near Bar Harbor, Maine, is among the smallest and most popular national parks in the United States with more than 3.5 million visits a year. Growing visitation has caused severe traffic and parking congestion at the park’s most popular destinations. Recreation.gov has info on gaining access to the Cadillac Summit Road.

On January 3, 2022, Arches National Park, located near Moab, Utah, implemented a pilot timed entry reservation system to enter the park from April through October, 2022. Visitors will need three things for their visit, 1) timed entry ticket, 2) photo ID, and 3) park entrance fee OR valid park pass. Learn more at Recreation.gov

Glacier National Park, located near West Glacier, Montana, is implementing a vehicle reservation system from May 27 through September 11 this year. In addition to a vehicle reservation, visitors also need a park pass. There are two areas of the park affected by the vehicle reservation system. More at Recreation.gov

Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colorado, now requires each vehicle carry a special pass to enter the park between May 27 and October 10, 2022.

Shenandoah National Park, located just 75 miles from Washington, D.C. As of March 1, 2022, those wishing to hike Old Rag are required to purchase a day-use ticket.

Yosemite National Park, is crowded. Even in winter months. To cut down on congestion, a reservation is required to drive into the Park from May 20 through September 30, 2022.

Zion National Park, located on State Route 9 in Springdale, Utah, is piloting a permit program to hike Angels Landing starting April 1, 2022. The program provides a fair process that will improve visitor experience and protect park resources along Angels Landing. Permits will be required at all times of the year and times of day.

Neal Moore crossed the US by canoe » a 22-month 7,500-mile journey from coast to coast

Photo of Neal Moore in a 16-foot red Old Town Penobscot canoe on a river in the wilderness

Photo: Neal Moore (via Explorersweb)

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Mr. Moore began in the Columbia River in Oregon, crossed several northern states and traveled down to the Gulf Coast by last winter. By early 2021, he was headed back up to the Great Lakes and to New York State, where he followed the Erie Canal to the Hudson River and ultimately to the Statue of Liberty.

“I wanted to see the country up close and personal at this interesting time, with the pandemic and all the political strife, to find out what it actually means to be American today,” Mr. Moore said.

“I felt like I followed that light shining all the way across the country,” he said later. “My journey was one of illumination. So to finally see that beacon up close, that flame of liberty, after seeing it in so many people I met across this land, it was overwhelming.”

Traveling by river became metaphoric: Just as rivers connect towns and cities, Mr. Moore said, he began exploring connections between people often separated by race, class and political stripe.

Elsewhere » 22 Rivers / Explorersweb / Adventure Journal

Norway has some 300 soaring mountain staircases

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  • Preikestolen is among Norway’s most hiked trails, with 331,000 visitors reaching its exposed top in 2019.  Its stone stairway was built by Nepalese Sherpas.
  • Around 300 stone mountain stairways have been built in Norway over the past two decades.

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In many ways, the location and the sublime views from Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, near Stavanger in south-west Norway are irrelevant, because what is important is the journey to get there. It is a hike up an expertly engineered and well-maintained stone staircase that is as much of a marvel as the finale itself.

There’s an ancient beauty to the stairway and it comes from the fact that Preikestolen – like nearly 300 other natural stone staircase projects in Norway purpose-built over the past two decades – has been crafted by teams of Sherpas from Nepalese communities living in the shadows of Mount Everest.

There was a time when Norway’s mountain paths would only see a handful of local visitors. But social media has changed all that, and over the past decade, the country has seen such a dramatic spike in overseas travellers keen to Instagram its viewpoints that something has had to give.

 

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