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Man Hikes Appalachian Trail to Raise Money for Haiti

February 16, 2011, 12:49 pm
Ever think about hiking the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail? Well, numerous hikers are now doing it for a good cause. Richie Tice set out on the 2,179 mile Appalachian Trail to raise money for Haiti. Tice completed the journey in six months, leaving Georgia in April and arriving ...

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How far in advance do you need to book, sleeping at the bottom of the grand canyon, if you do angel trail, what do you need to bring?
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It depends on the season you are hiking for the advance of your booking.  Fewer people stay at the Phantom Ranch campground and lodging at the bottom of the canyon in the summer.  During late Spring and early Fall, you better make advanced reservations if you are staying at the lodge.  The campgrounds are provided by the National Park Service, and are separate from the Phantom Ranch lodging by Xanterra.  For any camping in the canyon, you are required to have a backcountry permit.

Equipment you will need depends on where you stay once at the ranch.  The Phantom Ranch lodges are full service, meaning stoves, camping equipment, and even your meals are unnecassary to pack.  You do have to schedule your meals before you embark if you intend to eat at the ranch!  For getting to the bottom, you must be sure to follow a couple of important tips.

You want to bring a lot of water with you, probably 3 liters per person if you plan to stay on the Bright Angel Trail.  This trail has water, however other trails do not.  Bring salty trail mix.  In hot, dry climates, your body loses essential salts and electrolytes necessary for retaining the water you drink.  You want to have ankle-supporting hiking boots as well.  Do not attempt to hike the Grand Canyon in anything less than heavy soled, broken-in hiking gear.  Thick socks and excercise before you travel will also help to make your hike less strenuous and more enjoyable.  Wear a hat and even light, white sleeved shirts to keep your skin from exposure to the sun.

In warmer times of yer, I would personally advise leaving the Phantom Ranch as early as you can in the morning, perhaps between 5:30 and 6 A.M.  The way up is much more strenuous and time consuming than down.  By leaving early, you will be able to reach the top of the Canyon before it gets too hot, and before the sun is beating down on you! 

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hikerdude
Backcountry hike beginning in Yellowstone at the Slough Creek area then into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness; do u need AB permits?
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Not sure about your planned route or how fast you plan on going, but backcountry camping inside yellowstone requires a backcountry permit, which you can get for a small fee at one of the visitor centers or ranger stations.


Once you leave yellowstone, Im unsure of the different rules in the areas you'll be passing through, I recommend contacting the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department with your planned route and dates for accurate information:

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • 1420 East Sixth Avenue
  • P.O. Box 200701
  • Helena, MT 59620-0701
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  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
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  • Phone: (406) 444-2535
  • Fax: (406) 444-4952
  • E-mail: fwpgen@mt.gov
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Camping sites in the Absarokas follow Leave No Trace prinicpals, there aren't many defined spots so you just have to pick the place that works best. As for fishing, you'll need a Montana fishing license since the park license doesn't carry over outside the park like it does in some places. Bill Schnieder's book "Hiking the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness" has some great information on this hike. 

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Encompassing one-third of the total land area of New York State, the Adirondack Park is unique in the United States. Within its boundaries are vast forests and rolling farmlands, towns and villages, mountains and valleys, lakes, ponds and free-flowing rivers, private lands and public forest. The Adirondacks are known for ...

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I know the NPS hires thru USAjobs but i was wondering is there a way to network with Rangers/parks to hear about jobs and get information.
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I love to hike can you send me a list of the top 25 national parks
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Is there a specific part of the country that you are interested in?  Here are a few of our favorite parks to hike in all over the country:

  • Acadia 
  • Denali 
  • Sitka
  • Grand Canyon
  • Great Smokey Mountains
  • Shenandoah
  • Death Valley
  • Joshua Tree
  • Glacier 
  • Grand Teton
  • Mount Rainier
  • Olympic
  • The Badlands
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Sequoia
  • Kings Canyon
  • Yellowstone
  • Yosemite
  • Zion
  • Bryce Canyon 
  • Arches


 

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For hiking recommendations, check out our Top 10 Trails of a Lifetime list.

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What is the common relative humidity in the death valley?
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samwalsh
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Death Valley is generally a dry region with some of the highest temperatures on earth.  Its is below sea level, and the Rocky Mountians block most of the rain fall that could get to it. With the hottest temperatures in the US and the lowest rainfall totals it has to be the least humid place in the US. The nearest lake to death valley is dry as a bone (the dry salt lakes) so with almost no water an the highest temperatures it has to have the lowest humidity.

Check out this map for rainfall totals in the US: http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/maps/current/
Death Valley, all of Nevada, and most of California are in the brown and get the least rainfall in August.
This map shows the rainfall totals for the year:http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/maps/index.php?…

There is an annual flood in Death Valley, but that s a once a year event, if it even comes.

According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_valle…
"Death Valley is a valley in the U.S. states of California and Nevada, and is the location of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 ft (86 m) below sea level."

"The valley radiates extreme amounts of heat, creating temperatures that are among the hottest on earth. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States was 134 °F (56.7 °C) at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913. The highest average high temperature in July is 117 °F (47 °C) with temperatures of 122 °F (50 °C) or higher being very common. The valley receives less than 2 in (50 mm) of rain annually. The Amargosa River and Furnace Creek flow through the valley, disappearing into the sands of the valley floor.

While Death Valley gets very little rain, it is prone to flooding during heavy rains because the soil is unable to absorb the bulk of the water. The runoff can produce dangerous flash floods. In August 2004, such flooding caused two deaths and shut down the national park."

  

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Which yellowstone autumn ranger led program is good for 1st timer Looking for intermediate to strenuous Fairy? Shoshone? Lone star? All 3
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