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Motorized electric bicycles may soon be humming their way into serene national parks and other public lands nationwide, under a new Trump administration order – hotly opposed by many outdoors groups – allowing the so-called e-bikes on every federal trail where a regular bike can go.
TRAILS -- A Seattle native and former Boston College cross-country runner has traversed the 2,190-mile (3,524-kilometer) Appalachian Trail in record time after a sleepless, 37-hour sprint to the top of Maine’s Mount Katahdin in gale-force winds, the Associated Press reports. Joe McConaughy, known on the...
An Appalachian Trail hiker who died after getting lost in the woods of Maine did the right thing by setting up camp to wait for help, officials say. But the guidance evolved into a gray area, they said, after she went a week without being rescued.
An Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were discovered last year survived at least 26 days after getting lost and kept a journal of her ordeal, according to investigatory documents.
OUTDONE – A Seattle woman, 34, has set an unsupported speed record for hiking the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail through 14 states from Maine to Georgia in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. Heather Anderson (trail name “Anish”) is no fleeting moment in trail-record history. In 2013, she set the unsupported backpacking speed record for the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes.
HIKING -- A 34-year-old Seattle woman on Thursday set a UNSUPPORTED backpacking speed record for hiking the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail through 14 states from Maine to Georgia in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. Heather Anderson, trail name Anish, is no fleeting moment...
When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring – not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night’s sleep while listening to the sounds of nature were instead filled with trash, graffiti and people who seemed more interested in partying all night, said Spencer, who finished the entire 2,189-mile trail last month in just 99 days.
TRAILS -- Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, 41, finished the Appalachian Trail today in a supported speed-record time of 46 days, 8 hours and 8 minutes. That's more than three hours faster on the 2,189-mile route than the record set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011...
After enduring six months backpacking the Appalachian Trail, Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker were pretty sure their relationship was good for the long haul. They confirmed they could go the distance a few years later with a five-month trek on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.
The Scotchman Peaks area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille is a roadless area the Sandpoint couple prizes. For seven years, Hough and Hunsicker have been leaders in Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness group promoting the roadless area for wilderness designation.
Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker have winnowed their long-distance hiking gear to a base weight (sans food and water) of 15-19 pounds, depending on how many luxuries they bring, such as MP3 player, GPS, camera, umbrella, cell phone, book or extra chocolate. Extra fleece and clothing and an ice ax for early and late-season hiking adds a couple of pounds to a load.
As Jennifer Pharr Davis makes her way though Maryland on the Appalachian Trail this summer, don’t blink or you’ll miss her. The North Carolina hiking specialist is trying to break her own speed record of 57 days, 8 hours, 35 minutes – an average of 38.2 miles per day – as she attempts to go from Maine to Georgia.