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SPOT Satellite Communicator for Wilderness Texting Recalled
SPOT Satellite Communicator for Wilderness Texting Recalled

Spot has recalled the SPOT Satellite Communicator (on the left) because it fails to send messages in cold weather.. Spot is recalling its SPOT Satellite Communicator, a device that was supposed to allow the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS to send and receive text messages from the backcountry via satellite.. A part which “does not...

Jan 22, 2021
SPOT Connect turns smartphones into backcountry tweet machines
SPOT Connect turns smartphones into backcountry tweet machines

The SPOT Connect, unveiled at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, connects smartphones like iPhones, Blackberries and Android phones to satellites when they are off the cell phone grid. This provides a cheaper way to communicate from the backcountry than buying a full-on satellite phone.. The Connect, which is 3...

Jan 22, 2021
This little piggy stayed warm
This little piggy stayed warm

Call it “digital parity.” Toes, long maligned as stubby, incompetent fingers, are finally getting some respect. . Vibram now offers its Five Fingers line of toed shoes and since 2004 Injinji Footwear makes “toesocks” that give each toe its own cozy sleeve. Injinji claims that separating the toes is this way prevents between-the-toes friction and...

Jan 22, 2021
Solar flares expected to distrupt GPS systems
Solar flares expected to distrupt GPS systems

Portrait of the sun taken on March 30th by the recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Shown in false-color, the composite view covers extreme ultraviolet wavelengths and traces hot plasma at temperatures approaching 1 million kelvins. Credit: NASA / Goddard / SDO AIA Team. The sun is awesome. It gives life. It blasts us with...

Jan 22, 2021
Art from on high
Art from on high

During their years as nomadic climbers, Amee Hinkley and Renan Ozturk carried an unusual form of survival equipment. Packed in their bags, with food, shelter and climbing gear, were art supplies.. The couple roamed the globe together for half a decade, living from a car for long stretches and changing crags with the seasons....

Jan 22, 2021
Benoît Mandelbrot, rogue mathematician inspired by nature, dies at 85
Benoît Mandelbrot, rogue mathematician inspired by nature, dies at 85

Benoît Mandelbrot, a mathematician with a rogue streak who found beauty in the roughness of nature, died last Thursday at 85.. By all accounts, Mandelbrot was an iconoclast, willing to follow his own curiosity when the field of mathematics was headed in a different direction. Instead of joining the herd in pursuit of more accepted...

Jan 22, 2021
Glacier National Park turns 100 years old
Glacier National Park turns 100 years old

False-colored photograph taken in the 1930s of hikers on snow field returning from Grinnell Glacier, in Glacier National Park. Photo: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection . Tomorrow marks 100 years to the day since Glacier National Park in Montana officially joined the US National Parks system.. On May 11, 1910, President William H. Taft...

Jan 22, 2021
The Death Grin
The Death Grin

Dragon carving from a temple in Yunan, China. . The dentist grinned at me. He was missing teeth. Several teeth.. He stood in front of a small, sturdy building in a dusty town in southwestern China, sharpening some kind of pointed tool on stone wheel. Like his stone-block office, he was short and sturdy,...

Jan 22, 2021
The Joys of Whistler Blackcomb
The Joys of Whistler Blackcomb

Two lucky skiers taking in the none-too-shabby scenery of Whistler Blackcomb. Photos by Gordon Metz.. Arriving in Whistler, I felt a “wow” coming on.. It’s very apparent upon approach that you are going to have a good time. I entered Whistler Village through a large, brick yard that is generally being crisscrossed by boots, whatever...

Jan 22, 2021
US trail system gets 716 miles longer
US trail system gets 716 miles longer

Map of the National Trail System in 2008. The system grew by 31 trails this year. Click on the map to enlarge.. Thirty one new trails in 15 states were added this week to the National Trails System, a federally managed network of trails, according to an announcement by federal officials.. The 716 miles of...

Jan 22, 2021
Go North, Young Man
Go North, Young Man

As of Sunday, March 21, Andrew Skurka, a 28-year-old long distance hiker and runner was 180 miles into a bold attempt to ski, hike and raft a unprecedented 4,700-mile loop through Yukon and Alaskan wilderness.. Nine days into his trek, which started in Kotzebue, Alaska, Skurak reported skiing quickly along a snowy trail. The...

Jan 22, 2021
Columbia Sportswear matron thwarts kidnapping attempt
Columbia Sportswear matron thwarts kidnapping attempt

Gert Boyle sporting the Born to Nag tattoo featured in Columbia Sportswear’s 1980s ad campaign.. Gert Boyle, the 86-year-old matron of Columbia Sportswear isn’t just tough – she’s crafty. When a would-be kidnapper forced his way into her home in West Lynn, Oregon, on November 10, Boyle set off a silent alarm under the pretense...

Oct 17, 2020
Mercedes releases four-wheel drive Sprinter Van
Mercedes releases four-wheel drive Sprinter Van

Sprinter vans, with their spacious insides, have always seemed like a perfect adventure vehicle, except for one detail: no four-wheel drive. Mercedes-Benz has now remedied that issue by releasing a 4×4 Sprinter in Europe — they will hit the market in 2014.. The company is planning to release the 4×4 models in the United States...

Dec 12, 2013
Ascent of Patagonia’s Famed Cerro Torre Sparks Controversy
Ascent of Patagonia’s Famed Cerro Torre Sparks Controversy

If you’re looking for a . spirited conversation, go chop some bolts off a famous mountaineering . route. And by “spirited,” I mean prepare for a verbal smack down.. Case in point: the recent ascent of Patagonia’s jagged peak, Cerro . Torre, by 21-year-old American, Hayden Kennedy, and 24-year-old . Canadian, Jason Kruk. The pair...

Jan 31, 2012
Chasing Barefoot Runners
Chasing Barefoot Runners

I like to feel the earth beneath my feet. Luckily for me, barefoot or “minimalist” running is all the craze in the running world.. A number of companies are already producing “barefoot” running shoes, including Nike, Newton and Vibram, and the popularity of this back-to-nature version of running has now pushed running shoe giant, New...

Jan 03, 2011
Drink of the Gods
Drink of the Gods

The locals were getting restless.. The afternoon heat in Paraguay was brutal and I was holding up the circle of five other women waiting for an ice cold drink of yerba mate under the shade of a tajy tree.. “It’s not a microphone,” Blanca teased, referring to the hollowed-out cow horn in my hand.. “Sorry,” I stammered.....

Dec 06, 2010
New All-Terrain HD Waterproof Video Camera
New All-Terrain HD Waterproof Video Camera

Oregon Scientific recently released the ATC9K HD All Terrain Video Action Camera, a new take-anywhere waterproof camera you can strap to a helmet, bike, kayak, surfboard … whatever.. The ATC9K shoots 1080 x 720p HD resolution video with 135 degree capture field of view. It’s shockproof and waterproof down to just shy of 66 feet. It’ll...

Sep 30, 2010