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A Hiking Mecca Makes a Big Rule Change

Nepal bans solo hikes

(Newser) - Hikers who prefer to trek alone will have to scratch a prime destination off their bucket lists: Nepal. The nation is banning foreigners from embarking on solo hikes starting in April, reports the Hindustan Times . The Nepal Tourism Board says it's all about safety because too many solo hiking...

'Hiking Queen' Dies After Sliding Hundreds of Feet

She had already decided to turn back from Mount Baldy due to dangerous conditions

(Newser) - A mother of four known to family and friends as the "hiking queen" died after sliding as many as 700 feet down a California mountain on Sunday, authorities say. Crystal Paula Gonzalez-Landas is the second hiker to die in recent weeks on Mount Baldy, the highest of the San...

Women's Religious Hike Nearly Turns Tragic

Eight women had to be rescued in extreme heat from Camelback Mountain in Arizona

(Newser) - The idea behind their hike was to test themselves physically and spiritually, and it ended up being off the charts on both counts. Eight women had to be rescued from Arizona's Camelback Mountain this week amid triple-digit temperatures. All suffered what were described as "heat-related illnesses" but survived,...

Sitting Near Cliff's Edge, He 'Spontaneously Slumped'

Paul Classen of the Netherlands dies after falling 50 feet near Virginia's McAfee Knob

(Newser) - A Dutch hiker attempting to conquer a portion of the Appalachian Trail has died after falling from a cliff in Virginia. Paul "Grandmaster" Classen, 23, who was known to carry a chess set with him, fell 50 feet from a cliff just north of the iconic 3,200-foot-tall McAfee...

Hikers, Brace Yourselves for a New Poop Protocol
Hikers, Brace Yourselves
for a New Poop Protocol
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Hikers, Brace Yourselves for a New Poop Protocol

Sentiment is growing that it's time to start packing it out instead of burying it

(Newser) - For a long time, the standard protocol for hikers and campers who had to poop in the woods was to bury it in what's known as a "cat hole," writes Krista Langlois at Outside . But with more people than ever on the trails, a new sentiment is...

Missing Nonverbal Teen Used Rocks to Alert Rescuers

16-year-old was helped out of forest after clinking rocks together

(Newser) - A nonverbal teenager who became lost while hiking in dense wilderness in Southern California was found safe Sunday after he banged rocks together to alert rescuers. The 16-year-old developmentally disabled teen had been hiking with his mother and sister in Crescenta Valley Park in Glendale, Calif., when he uncharacteristically ran...

Final Text Revealed From Family Who Died on Trail

From Jonathan Gerrish's phone: 'can you help us. ... No water or ver [over] heating with baby'

(Newser) - Update: More is now known about the final hours of a California family who perished on a hike near Yosemite over the summer, thanks to dad Jonathan Gerrish's cellphone, reports CNN . Per the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office , some of the last things that Gerrish, wife Ellen Chung, and...

Your Kid Finished the Appalachian Trail? Be Quiet, Maybe

In 'Outside' essay, Krista Langlois explains why she doesn't like stories of young record-breakers

(Newser) - We've all seen the occasional headlines about kids who set mountain-climbing records or hike the entire Appalachian Trail , but Krista Langlois doesn't want to hear about such feats anymore. In her latest piece for Outside , she explains it's not that she's unimpressed by the youngsters' abilities,...

He Tried, Failed to Reclaim His Appalachian Trail Record
His Wild Appalachian Trail
Goal Wasn't Attainable
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His Wild Appalachian Trail Goal Wasn't Attainable

Scott Jurek's second fastest-known-time attempt lasted only 8 days

(Newser) - In 2015, ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek set a fastest-known-time record by tearing through the full 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days, eight hours. At the time, Newser covered the fine he had to pay due to the fact that he celebrated with champagne . That record stood for just a year,...

He Just Hiked Entire Appalachian Trail. Next, Kindergarten

Harvey Sutton completed the entire 2.1K miles in 209 days with his parents

(Newser) - Harvey Sutton, or "Little Man," as he's known on the Appalachian Trail, won't have long to bask in the glory of hiking its full length. After all, he starts kindergarten Friday. At 5 years old, Harvey is one of the youngest to complete the trail, trekking...

Woman Who Passed Out During Hike Wakes to Familiar Face

Actress Julie Bowen and her doctor sister to the rescue

(Newser) - Imagine going for a picturesque hike while on vacation with your family. You find yourself feeling unwell and need to sit down. Suddenly, darkness takes over and you pass out. When the light returns and you open your eyes, you see a familiar figure smiling over you. Sounds like maybe...

His Time for Legendary Trail Is 'Mind-Boggling'
He Finished Legendary Trail
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He Finished Legendary Trail in 'Mind-Boggling' Time

(Newser) - Hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail is quite an accomplishment. As Outside notes, only about 20% who try are successful. Hiking the 2,655-mile trail in only one season? Amazing. Doing it in 51 days? "Mind-boggling," says an official with the PCT Association. In fact, it appears to...

Heat to Reach Yosemite This Weekend

Hikers will be facing temperatures of 100 degrees or so

(Newser) - As a heat wave settles in on the West Coast this weekend, Yosemite National Park might sound like an attractive escape. But temperatures at Yosemite are expected to hit 100 or 111 degrees over the weekend, SFGate reports. "Because there's a lot of exposed granite in the park...

Hiker Missing 8 Days Miraculously Found Alive

Andrew Devers, 25, survived more than a week on river water and berries

(Newser) - It’s blazing hot in the Pacific Northwest right now—which means it’s unusually warm at higher elevations, too. That could have been what saved a hiker lost in the wild for eight days. Andrew Devers, 25, left on June 18 for a hike near North Bend, Washington,...

Trail Hazard for Female Hikers: Mansplaining
Trail Hazard for Female
Hikers: Mansplaining

Trail Hazard for Female Hikers: Mansplaining

'Backpacker' editor Zoe Gates recounts the frequent condescension

(Newser) - It may as well be on the checklist for female hikers gearing up for a trek—the knowledge that somewhere along the trail, some guy, even a well-meaning one, is liable to explain in condescending manner the ins and outs of trail life. At Outside , Zoe Gates—who just happens...

Missouri Hunter Shoots Hiker He Mistook for Turkey

Police say the shooting appears to be an accident

(Newser) - A hunter shot and seriously injured a hiker near St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, with police stating that the hunter mistook the man for a turkey. "It sounds like it was just a really bad accident," a police spokesperson said, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporting that it...

Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Adventure Turns to Tragedy
Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's
Trek Turns to Tragedy

Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Trek Turns to Tragedy

A look at the death of 22-year-old Trevor Laher in 'Alta'

(Newser) - It's difficult to know exactly how many people have died on the famed Pacific Crest Trail since it was completed in 1993, but Louise Farr at Alta estimates the figure could be as high as 20. Her story, however, focuses only on the most recent of those—the death...

2 Hikers Aim to Finish Coveted 'Triple Crown'

Stanford pair hope to be youngest to hike 3 mammoth trails in one calendar year

(Newser) - Two Stanford students started hiking on New Year's Day and don't plan to stop for the better part of a year—all part of their goal to become the youngest hikers to claim the "Calendar Year Triple Crown," reports the Los Angeles Times . In other words,...

Grand Canyon Hiker Falls to Her Death Taking Photos

59-year-old was off the trail, officials say

(Newser) - A woman taking photographs during an off-trail hike at the Grand Canyon fell 100 feet to her death, park officials said. She was taking photos with family members, USA Today reports. Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, accidentally stepped off the rim just west of Mather Point, officials...

For Isolated Hiker, Coronavirus Panic 'Never Registered'

Leslie Pariseau describes effort to pull determined father from Appalachian Trail

(Newser) - As COVID-19 found a foothold across the US, plenty of young adults "expressed indignation at failing to convince their parents to stop running to the grocery store for milk, or to abandon vacation plans, a strange inversion of roles that has left many of us boomer-reared sons and daughters...

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