Summary of “Meet the 96-Year-Old Man Who Turned Southern Idaho Into a Bluebird Haven”

“We noticed a bluebird going in and out of a cavity of an old, dead snag,” Larson says.
Four decades later, at the age of 96, Larson is monitoring almost 350 nest boxes on six different bluebird trails across Southwest Idaho.
Bluebird recovery efforts like Larson’s rose in popularity in the 1970s and ’80s when people discovered how easy it was to use homemade nest boxes.
As a result, over the past several decades nest box and trail building has become one of the largest grassroots conservation activities in North America, biologist Myrna Pearman writes in the Mountain Bluebird Trail Monitoring Guide.
Studies in the 1970s tied DDT to the death of hundreds of Mountain Bluebird chicks in western Canada.
Are the projections panning out? To answer this, volunteers in Idaho and other states are surveying bluebirds for Audubon’s Climate Watch network.
In his experiments to create “The ultimate bluebird box,” Pandit’s found that aluminum foil and polystyrene batts are the best way to stabalize temperatures.
The resulting 30-minute documentary, titled Bluebird Man, of course, went on to be nominated for an Emmy Award in 2015.

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Summary of “Murder on a Mountain Bike”

A bike mechanic and lifelong outdoorsman, Watkins was known to spend nights in the wild, something he had done since he was a boy in Palmer Lake, Colorado, the town where he and Ginger grew up and still lived.
Watkins often led her on rides around Mount Herman Road, where trails like Bobsled and Stoopid and Mule snake through the forest.
One day Watkins asked Ginger, a recreational mountain biker, to go for a ride.
Three hours after Watkins’s shoe turned up on Mount Herman Road, a searcher found his bike resting on its side next to a spruce tree, as if Watkins had laid it down and gone for a hike.
Watkins is the first mountain biker known to have been murdered during a ride.
The first of them-murder-gained traction eight days after Watkins was found, when police in Woodland Park, a town 20 miles west of Monument on Mount Herman Road, arrested a then 31-year-old transient named Daniel Nations on unrelated weapons charges.
Detectives told Watkins’s family that they had no evidence to link Nations to the murder scene: ballistics tests were inconclusive, meaning the bullet inside Watkins was too deformed to match its striations to the murder weapon, and DNA tests were also inconclusive, though it’s unclear whether Nations submitted DNA. Nations was extradited back to Indiana in February to face charges in three counties for, among other offenses, failure to register as a sex offender and possession of marijuana.
Watkins usually pedaled up Mount Herman Road to a place called Shooter’s Alley, a popular sport-shooting hangout on top of a rocky bench that overlooks Limbaugh Canyon.

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Summary of “Chile unveils Patagonian Route of Parks hiking trail”

AFP Chile has launched a huge hiking route through its Patagonian wilderness to boost tourism and highlight the need for conservation.
The Route of Parks covers 2,800km from the city of Puerto Montt down to Cape Horn.
The land has helped create a network of 17 national parks and the new route – called the Patagonian Route of Parks – connects all of them.
“We want Chile to be internationally recognised for having the most spectacular scenic route in the world, and thus become a benchmark for economic development based on conservation,” said Carolina Morgado, executive director at Tompkins.
A website for the new trail says it encompasses three existing hiking routes – the Southern Way, the Patagonian channels and the End of the World Route.
His widow, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, signed an agreement with the national government in March 2017, donating the land with the intention of creating a network of national parks roughly the size of Switzerland.
The Great Trail runs for 23,000km from coast to coast across Canada.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail in the US is about 3,500km long and travels through 14 states from Georgia to Maine.

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Summary of “Outside Online”

Otter hadn’t planned on hiking the CDT in 2015.
Otter returned to the campground latrine, a six-by-six foot structure made of cement blocks with a vault toilet in one corner.
Martinez ended up being a pivotal liaison between trail friends, Otter’s family, and SAR. “I just got off the phone with Search and RescueI’m considering putting a call out to local trail community. Do you know anyone who may [want] to head into area?” she wrote to the group on December 9.
Otter couldn’t know for certain that he’d been abandoned, but as days passed without any sign of the searchers, he grew more and more concerned.
All his life, Otter had said “Hike your own hike,” an admonition to not get caught up in what others thought.
Then his friend Chas Bolling, a golfer on the PGA Tour who hired Otter as his coach and caddy every year: “I so enjoyed you-love ya and thanks for everything-Sorry I didn’t get to caddy.”
Otter had a message for me, too: “What can I say? I fucked up. You were so nice to me over the last few years.” Then he came to his trail friends: “TO ALL OF YOU-Get as much joy out of the rest of your lives as you can.”
Having said his goodbyes, Otter attempted to asphyxiate himself by lighting the stove, hoping it would burn up the oxygen in the outhouse.

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Summary of “Step up: eight epic hikes of the world”

Hiking is about more than exercise, pleasant scenery or getting from A to B; putting one foot in front of the other for hours, days or even weeks on end creates a special sense of connection to a place.
Lonely Planet’s new book, Epic Hikes of the World, contains 50 of the best routes suggested by our writers.
Hikers visiting Torres del Paine often add on an expedition to the national park of Los Glaciares, which offers equally stunning scenery, not to mention a wealth of day hikes and multi-day treks.
It’s a long but rewarding day hike, with the added bonus that you get to sleep in a proper bed and get a good meal at the end of the day: the town of El Chaltén has plenty of accommodation options for hikers.
With 22 miles of ups and downs, hiking this epic trail is equivalent to scaling Mt Everest four times, and it will eventually form part of the 2700-mile England Coast Path, which will be the world’s longest coastal footpath.
The classic hike covering the length of the North Alps takes around seven days in the most spectacular alpine scenery Japan has on offer.
The clear waters of Upper Snow Lake provide solace for weary hikers on the way up, who must later summon courage for a perilous log crossing over a waterfall that spills from the sheer-faced rim of Lake Viviane.
Ready to stretch your legs? Check out Epic Hikes of the World for many more suggestions.

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Summary of “The 22 best US national parks to escape the crowds, chosen by experts”

3 The attraction: Bryce Canyon national park, UtahThe alternative: Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument, Utah Hoodoo ‘garden’ in the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument.
7 The attraction: Gettysburg national military park, PennsylvaniaThe alternative: Manassas national battlefield park, Virginia Henry Hill at the Manassas national battlefield monument.
In August 2015, Cole and Elizabeth Donelson quit their jobs to visit all 59 US national parks.
Residents of Chicago and Minneapolis may love their local parks – the popular Indiana Dunes national lakeshore and the St Croix national scenic riverway – but if they looked a little further afield they’d find this rich and uncrowded water wilderness.
16 The attraction: Joshua Tree national park, CaliforniaThe alternative: Saguaro national park, Arizona Cyclists ride the Cactus Loop road in Saguaro national park.
17 The attraction: Mount Rushmore national memorial, South DakotaThe alternative: Theodore Roosevelt national park, North Dakota The Little Missouri river flows through Theodore Roosevelt national park.
19 The attraction: Yellowstone national park, Wyoming and other statesThe alternative: Wind River range, including Bridger-Teton national forest, Wyoming The Jackson Ranger district in the Bridger-Teton national forest.
21 The attraction: Zion national park, UtahThe alternative: Cedar Breaks national monument, Utah The amphitheater at Cedar Breaks national monument in summer.

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Summary of “12 Hiking Destinations You’ll Want to Add to Your Bucket List”

So we decided to go straight to the source and asked 12 expert hikers, adventurers, and explorers to tell us about their favorite awesome, potentially underrated hiking destinations that are worth checking out-and how to make the most of your visit.
From waterfalls in South Carolina to international trails in Myanmar and Nepal, here are some of the picturesque hiking destinations seasoned trailblazers swear by.
“Summit Lake is relatively close to Seattle and makes for a great half-day or overnight backpacking trip. From the top of the ridge above the lake, there are stunning views of Mount Rainier and the Carbon River Valley 3,000 feet below. Because [it’s] located outside the national park, it’s a great place to enjoy Mount Rainier without having to deal with fees, reservations, or permits required for many of the hiking and camping facilities at the park. I always recommend checking the Washington Trails Association website for trail reports before heading out on any trail in Washington State. The trail reports often include recent photos and current trail and road conditions.”
“For an adaptive hiker like me, it isn’t heavily trafficked by other wheelchair users, and that might be because, frankly, it’s not wheelchair accessible at all. [It’s] an amazing adventure because I’m willing to get a bit creative. I rely on a friend to piggyback me up the tough parts and strangers on the trail to carry my wheelchair and gear. I hiked Devil’s Bridge on the weekend, because I knew there would be more traffic and I anticipated that I’d need more help on this trail. It’s all about anticipating your needs and planning for them.”
“There’s so much to love about Turner Falls, but the beautiful turquoise water, the stunning waterfalls, the natural pools, and hiking areas are my personal favorites. The difficulty varies based on the trail you decide to take, but you don’t need any hiking experience to enjoy them. Many visitors also rock-climb and kayak in the area, and the park also offers ziplining for those who don’t want to hike.”
“I love this trail because it offers something for everyone. If you want to do a long backpacking trip or an ultra-run, you can do the entire trail within one to three days. If you want to hike a piece of it for a day trip, you can do that too. It circumnavigates Mount Hood, an active volcano in Oregon, and I guarantee that the views of the mountain will be some of the most beautiful you’ve ever witnessed.”
“Not only does the hike bring you to an amazing waterfall, but it also leads you to the wild and scenic Chattooga River. You really lose yourself in the wild back there. Other people aren’t usually around, and if they are, they’re probably boating. It’s moderate to strenuous at time, and I think most people should have some hiking experience under their belt before trying to take on this trail. To someone wanting to hike it, I’d suggest planning to spend a full day hanging around Chattooga-maybe even book a yurt and a rafting trip to see it from both angles.”
It’s easy to access and not many people are on it because they are hiking the popular destinations in the park.

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Summary of “10 Most Breathtaking Day Hikes in the U.S.”

Here are some of the best national parks for hiking in the U.S., as well as some easy day hikes that you can do within each park.
Of course, there are plenty of multiday treks available in most parks as well, but if your time is limited or you’d simply rather spend your time doing other things, day hikes may be what you’re looking for.
So get your boots on, get your daypack stocked, and get ready for a look at the 10 most breathtaking day hikes in the United States.
The stunning scenery makes this one of the best day hikes at Yosemite, so if you only have time to do one hike, make it this one.
Devil’s Garden Trail: Spanning a breathtaking 7.5 miles of well-maintained trail, the Devil’s Garden hike is one of your best options for a power walk in Arches.
Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail: You can’t visit Acadia National Park without a hike up its tallest mountain! This hike is accessible any time of the year besides the dead of winter.
Canyon Overlook Trail: At just one mile round-trip, this lovely and leisurely hike won’t likely take you more than an hour, but it takes you through a giant natural cave and ends with breathtaking views over the Zion Canyon.
The Subway: Because this 9.5-mile hike does include some repelling and a decent amount of skill, it’s not recommended that novice hikers attempt to complete the entire trail without a guide.

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Summary of “Extreme Athletes an Human Endurance”

Jurek joins a tried-and-true literary tradition: the extreme athlete telling a harrowing tale of making it to the edge and back.
Jurek gives the impression that doubting his commitment hardly ever even occurred to him-until he hit the Appalachian Trail.
Jurek felt buried under medical bills and a new mortgage, and he glimpsed salvation in running 84 consecutive marathons over “The gnarliest and oldest mountains in the world.”
Breaking through his own limits makes Scott Jurek Scott Jurek, for whom the mantra served to help reaffirm the value of his long-guarded myopia.
In her own more reflective way, Jennifer Pharr Davis-the very person whose record Jurek set out to break-ends up confirming the power of compulsive determination in her book The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience.
Though Davis’s ultrarunning credentials pale in comparison to Jurek’s, she’s no slouch: She’d already completed the trail twice and set the fastest time for women.
“Endurance isn’t a human trait; it is the human trait,” she writes, giving Jurek’s borrowed mantra more philosophical sweep.
In detailing the loss of her competitive drive, Davis converges with Jurek, for whom extreme endurance is more a calling than a choice: Trail feats could no longer define her when something else did.

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Summary of “Fleeing to the Mountains”

The wilderness is nature’s cathedral, and it’s a thrill to worship here.
Otherwise, these lands might have been carved up and sold off as ranches for the rich.
President Trump sees this heritage as an opportunity for development.
More aggressively than past administrations, Trump’s is systematically handing over America’s public lands for private exploitation in ways that will scar the land forever.
The Trump administration lifted a moratorium on new coal mining leases on public land, it is drawing up plans to reduce wilderness protected as national monuments and it is rapidly opening up additional public lands to coal mining and oil and gas drilling.
A second challenge comes from our paralysis in the face of climate change, compounded by the Trump administration, and the risks this creates to our wilderness.
Even before Trump took office, wilderness trails and campgrounds were in embarrassing disrepair.
When public lands are lost – or mined in ways that scar the landscape – something has been lost forever on our watch.

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