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Surprisingly Popular YouTube Niche: Videos of Hikers

Nothing much happens, and that's apparently the appeal

(Newser) - There are cult followings of just about any kind of (presumably legal) footage you can imagine on YouTube—people popping zits, people blowing bubbles, people (and other animals ) giving birth, and so on. But there is one type of video that has the Outline somewhat perplexed: hiking videos. Hiking... More »

Most Important Gear for Women Campers Isn't What You Think

Don't hit the backcountry without an IUD

(Newser) - "Taking a [poop] in the woods is funny and easy to talk about," Heather Hansman writes for Outside Magazine . "Periods are not." That why Hansman says the "one item that made the biggest difference" during a recent two-month river trip through the wilderness wasn't... More »

When Dad Dies on Trail, Boy Scout Leads Kids to Safety

'I know he would've wanted me to lead'

(Newser) - When his father suddenly died while leading 34 Boy Scouts and chaperones on a 19-mile hike in the Appalachian Mountains in New Hampshire, 16-year-old David Norton didn't panic. Instead, he led just as his father had done. David, who hails from Acton, Mass., was in charge of a group... More »

Hiker Dies Because Husband Used App Instead of Map

Jane Wilson fell to her death in March

(Newser) - A hiker's fatal fall in March has been blamed on using a smartphone app map instead of an actual map. The BBC reports Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were hiking on Tryfan in Wales when it started to get dark and they decided to skip the summit. While... More »

Boy, 12, Dies After Hiking in 100+ Degrees

Area in Arizona hit 112 degrees by evening

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy has died after he was out hiking in north Phoenix amid triple-digit temperatures, the AP reports. Phoenix police say the boy was hiking with an adult male Friday afternoon in the Sonoran Desert Preserve when he became ill. Firefighters responded, and he was airlifted to Phoenix Children'... More »

In NH, a Tiny Mountain Wins Again and Again

A Canadian man may be the latest victim of deadly Mt. Washington

(Newser) - "Why does such a small mountain kill so many people?" That's the question Wes Siler, writing for Outside Online , set out to answer. The mountain is 6,288-foot-tall Mt. Washington, part of New Hampshire's White Mountain range, and since records began in 1849, some 150 people have... More »

For the Obese, Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

The obese see distances as at least 10% greater than those of average weight

(Newser) - The very weight we carry can change our perception of the space around us, reports the Guardian , with obese people seeing distances as being at least 10% greater than those of average weight do, report researchers from Colorado State University Fort Collins. In the journal Acta Psychologica they report that... More »

'Biggest Badass You've Never Heard Of' Is This Hiker

Heather Anderson, 34, just covered 2,168 miles in 54 days

(Newser) - When Heather Anderson beat the world record for a self-supported thru-hike of the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail in a mere 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes in September, she scrambled to the top of Springer Mountain in Georgia and called her boyfriend Adam to verify her math. "I... More »

Partying on the Appalachian Trail Raises Ire

Trash, graffiti, and all-night parties become a concern

(Newser) - 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,... More »

3 Sisters Missing in Wilderness Found

They set out June 28, didn't return when expected

(Newser) - Searchers combing the Wyoming wilderness for three missing Midwestern sisters this morning found the women; they were cold and hungry but otherwise healthy. ABC News reports the Andrews-Sharer sisters set out on June 28 to hike and camp outside Jackson Hole, and the search for them began Tuesday after they... More »

'World's Scariest Walkway' Open Again

Spanish cliffside path dizzying but no longer deadly

(Newser) - The stunning cliffside walkway in Spain once known as one of the world's most dangerous is a lot safer now, authorities say—but still no place for the fainthearted. The recently reopened Caminito del Rey trail includes 2 miles of thin boardwalks that hang 300 feet over the Guadalhorce... More »

Climber Makes History on Mount McKinley

Lonnie Dupre becomes first to climb it solo in January

(Newser) - Thousands of people have climbed Mount McKinley, aka Denali, in solo expeditions during the summer. Not one has made it to the top of North America's highest peak alone in the brutal weather of January—until now. Lonnie Dupre, a 53-year-old Minnesota adventurer, became the first to do so... More »

1K-Mile Hiking Trail to Span From Appalachia to Atlantic

NC's Mountains-to-Sea Trail not complete yet, but hikers already forging own path

(Newser) - One day, hikers will be able to step on a trail near one of Appalachia's highest peaks and follow an off-road path all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Next year, officials say they hope to make more headway on the 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina by... More »

84-Year-Old Hiker Survives 5 Days Lost in Mountains

Donald Combs found alive in Adirondacks

(Newser) - It's one thing when a hiker goes missing for five days; it's another when that hiker is 84 years old. Yet search and rescue squads near Forestport in the Adirondacks in upstate New York were able to find Donald Combs alive—barely. The hiker, who'd set out... More »

Search for Missing Writer Called Off as Body Found

Corpse hasn't yet been positively identified as Karen Sykes

(Newser) - Rescuers have suspended the search for missing outdoors-woman Karen Sykes , after finding the body of a woman on a little-traveled part of Mount Rainier, the AP reports. The body hasn't been concretely identified as Sykes, and the cause of death isn't yet clear; the remains have been taken... More »

Hiker Attempts to Traverse Both Koreas

New Zealander wants to document something all Koreans love: their mountains

(Newser) - Hiking is not a popular pastime in North Korea—when you're starving, walking long distances is not a fun recreational activity. But that hasn't stopped New Zealand hiker Roger Shepherd, who has visited the country four times to climb the Baekdudaegan mountain range—the first foreigner to set... More »

Body of Senator's Brother Found in Wyoming

Randy Udall died during solo hike

(Newser) - The body of Sen. Mark Udall's brother Randy, 61, has been discovered in the Wyoming mountains after he went missing while hiking on his own . Udall's poles were still in his hand when he was found dead, likely of a medical condition, says his sister. He was at... More »

99% of Appalachian Trail Has Been Moved, Rebuilt

Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of its completion

(Newser) - Like the people who hike it, the Appalachian Trail is always moving. Technically, tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of its completion. But the 2,180-mile path stretching across 14 states from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Katahdin, Maine, is never really finished. It took 15 years for hundreds of volunteers, state... More »

Dog, Hiker in Dramatic Cliff Rescue

Dog slips down sheer cliff chasing bottle, owner goes after her

(Newser) - Los Angeles firefighters saved a hiker in a hair-raising rescue after the teen went over a sheer cliff to save his terrified dog. Ivan Salas' year-old shepherd mix, Lola, slipped 150 feet over the edge as she chased a water bottle tossed by Salas' dad while the men were traveling... More »

Injured Hiker Survives 4 Days in Desert

North Carolina man inspired by '127 Hours'

(Newser) - Maybe the sequel will be called 100 Hours? Inspired by the cringe-inducing James Franco film 127 Hours, a North Carolina man went hiking in the Utah desert, broke his leg, and crawled toward his parked car for 4 days, the AP reports. Amos Wayne Richards, 64, is now recuperating at... More »

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