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Deliciously terrible music videos with mountain backdrops
Deliciously terrible music videos with mountain backdrops

R. Kelly yodelling. Need we say more?. When my family gets together at holidays, talk inevitable turns to YouTube. Somebody will say, “Did you see that video of [insert funny/strange/disturbing topic here]?” Before you know it we’ve all been circled around someone’s laptop for an hour howling in laughter or disgust.. This Christmas, in addition...

Oct 16, 2020
Decline in youth outdoor activity slows
Decline in youth outdoor activity slows

Fewer children participated in outdoor sports and activities in 2009 than in 2008, but a steady drop in youth participation in recent years appears to be bottoming out.. Among children ages 6 to 12 years, 62 percent participated in some form of outdoor recreation in 2009, a decline of 2 percent from 2008, found the...

Oct 16, 2020
Climbing restrictions in wilderness areas proposed by National Park Service
Climbing restrictions in wilderness areas proposed by National Park Service

New U.S. park policy would put limits on setting new fixed climbing anchors. . New regulations proposed by the National Park Service seek to limit the placement of fixed climbing anchors and the replacement of aging anchors in wilderness, including iconic climbing areas such as Yosemite, Zion, Black Canyon, and Rocky Mountain national park.. The...

Oct 16, 2020
British Woman to Circumnavigate Globe By Paddling and Biking
British Woman to Circumnavigate Globe By Paddling and Biking

Sarah Outen, seen here on a previous paddling trip across the Indian Ocean, plans to circumnavigate the globe by boat and bike.. Sarah Outen, a 25-year-old British woman, was scheduled to leave London today by kayak, launching an attempt to circumnavigate the globe by paddling and biking.. Outen plans to travel 20,000 miles across three...

Oct 16, 2020
Trailer for the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix
Trailer for the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix

The 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix puts together the world’s top whitewater kayakers to race on Eastern Canada’s high-volume rivers in a multi-stage, multi-discipline spectacle. A taste of the action is offered by this promo video for the case. .

Dec 28, 2014
Indonesian River Wave that Defies Description
Indonesian River Wave that Defies Description

Last month, we posted about surfers riding a 5-mile tidal bore up Alaska’s Turnagain Arm. Pretty cool. But this wave that Rip Curl team surfers, including Tom Curren, found in Indonesia is something else.. The spot, called Seven Ghosts, breaks in rows of giant chocolate milk barrels. It’s pretty mind blowing..

Apr 11, 2012
Largest Wave Ever Surfed?
Largest Wave Ever Surfed?

A video of Greg McNamara surfing a huge wave in Portugal is circulating the web along with claims that it was 90-feet tall and the largest wave ever surfed. What do you think? .

Nov 09, 2011
New Sunscreen Labels Include Broad Spectrum and Water Resistance Ratings
New Sunscreen Labels Include Broad Spectrum and Water Resistance Ratings

New sunscreen labeling guidelines released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday will help people headed outdoors better protect their skin from the sun, according to federal health officials.. The new guidelines will require sunscreen labels to disclose whether a. sunscreen protects against a broad spectrum of sunlight and how long it. remains effective...

Jun 15, 2011
Running an 82-Foot Waterfall in a Tandem Whitewater Kayak
Running an 82-Foot Waterfall in a Tandem Whitewater Kayak

The more the merrier when kayaking 80-foot waterfalls. In this video, Todd Wells and Sam Freihofer paddle a Topo Duo tandem kayak over Metlako Falls on Eagle Creek in Oregon. Well claims it is the tallest waterfall every run in a two-person whitewater kayak.. Here’s his account from his blog:. One final time we discussed our game plan,...

May 03, 2011
Surfing a 5-Mile Wave in Alaska
Surfing a 5-Mile Wave in Alaska

This may be the perfect use for a standup paddleboard: Surfing a tidal bore.. In its winter issue, SUP Magazine published this video of Eric Newberry, Dave Calkins and Mike McCune catching a 5-mile ride on a tidal bore up Turnagain Arm, an branch of Cook Inlet near Girdwood, Alaska.. It’s difficult to catch the wave on...

Mar 21, 2011
EPA Blocks Largest Mountaintop Removal Project in West Virginia
EPA Blocks Largest Mountaintop Removal Project in West Virginia

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has blocked a West Virginia mountaintop removal mining project, raising speculation that the agency might put an end to the destructive strip mining technique long criticized by outdoors recreation and environmental groups.. Citing the Clean Water Act, the EPA announced on January 13 that it would veto the permit for...

Jan 24, 2011
Surfing 30-Foot Waves at Night
Surfing 30-Foot Waves at Night

On Wednesday night at 2 a.m. Hawaiian time, Australian big-wave surfer Mark Visser caught a 30-foot wave at Jaws, the big wave break off Maui. Cringe inspiring video below.. Visser had LED lights embedded in his life jacket and submarine lights in his surfboard. A helicopter followed him with a spotlight.. “It wasn’t until I saw the pictures...

Jan 21, 2011
World Record Waterfall Decent – in a Dinghy
World Record Waterfall Decent – in a Dinghy

Whitewater kayaker Tyler Bradt may hold the record for running the highest waterfall in a kayak, but Anton Immler is leading the charge in the rubber dinghy category.. In the video below, Anton attempts to run a huge Chilean waterfall in little rubber raft. Dingy indeed..

Jan 19, 2011
Netherlands Boasts the World’s Largest Climbing Wall
Netherlands Boasts the World’s Largest Climbing Wall

Today’s aphorism: You want most what you have least.. For the Dutch, apparently, it’s mountains to climb. Evidence of this:. Excalibur Tower, the world’s largest freestanding climbing wall.. Thrusting up from the otherwise flat landscape surrounding the Dutch city of Groningen, the tower tops out at 121 feet, with a long slab climbing on one...

Dec 22, 2010
Google Maps Adds Option to Find Bike Routes
Google Maps Adds Option to Find Bike Routes

Google has added bike route mapping capabilities to its ubiquitous Google Maps service, intended to allow cyclists to find pedal-friendly ways to travel through hundreds of U.S. cities.. The maps now contain data on bike trails and lanes and suggest efficient routes that avoid steep hills, according to Google. The effort seems be focused on cities...

Dec 07, 2010