Before bringing your furry friend on a hike, consider these important things.
By Teaghan Skulszki – September 9, 2021
Animal shelters emptied out amid the COVID-19 pandemic as people adopted furry friends to quarantine with through 2021.
But the adventures you may have planned with your pet may need some rethinking, according to the National Park Service.
The service is urging people to reconsider hiking with their dogs after three dogs died on the trails in July. Additionally, NPS and local search and rescue teams in Los Angeles and Ventura County reported about a half dozen canine rescues already in 2021, a year that has seen scorching temperatures across the West.
“Keeping canine companions safe during a hike requires planning and a heavy dose of realism,” Ken Low, an NPS ranger at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said in a press release.
Soccer star Abby Wambach retired from professional play in 2015.
She’s a two-time Olympic gold medalist and she’s a vocal activist on behalf of women in sports. She wrote her own memoir, Forward, five years ago, so we asked her what books she’s drawn from when it comes to leadership in sports — and in fact, the first two books she brought us weren’t about sports at all.
But Wambach says they definitely have lessons for leaders.
As intros to backpacking go, this might be pushing it. At noon on a brilliant Tuesday in March, my 12-year-old son Kai and I are a mile and a half into a four-day, 27-mile walk through the Grand Canyon — his first backpacking trip — when he asks: “Are we almost to camp?”
Camp, at Hermit Creek, is seven miles and nearly 2,500 vertical feet below, a trek that will take us several more hours. We’re descending the Hermit Trail, a poorly maintained path off the canyon’s South Rim, and have paused on a precipice, across which we can see many of the canyon’s neatly stacked layers: the chalky beiges and browns of the upper Kaibab, Toroweap and Coconino formations, which yield to the pinkish pastels of the Hermit, Supai and Redwall deposits below.
This is on display in cliffs hundreds of feet tall, a stark reminder of how far we have to go — and how quickly we could get there with one misstep.
By hiking at night, nature lovers gain new perspectives while escaping crowds
By Rachael Davies, Published March 10, 2021 • 9 min read
Photographer Rebecca Douglas has always been fascinated by the night sky.
Her love of the stars has taken the U.K. resident on “star walking” trips to Iceland and into the Arctic, where she steps out onto darkened trails to capture twinkling constellations and glowing planets in her images.