Tom Fassbender, an active member of Boing Boing's G+ community, hiked the John Muir Trail solo last year. It's over 200 miles long, and he's been writing entertaining and informative articles about his adventure on his blog, Ford's Basement. Tom writes about gear, food, clothing, maps, tents, water purification, footwear and foot care, trash, batteries and solar recharging, photography, first aid, sun protection, and crapping in the wilderness (and what do do with your crap).
Anyone thinking about embarking on a backpacking trip of similar length (or even weekend trips) will benefit from reading his posts. If you aren't, the posts are still great travel writing, and you'll learn about gadgets and other gear that might be useful in your daily life.
Backpacking the John Muir Trail
Look at this cool stone hut on John Muir Pass that was built in 1931. Tom encountered it on Day 9.
I’ve always felt a spiritual connection with grizzly bears. They’re slow, chunky and have an overwhelming affection for peanut butter–just like I do. From time to time, I’m fortunate enough to spot one, or at least the signs of one’s passing, while we’re in Alberta. But, as they generally don’t want anything to do with […]
What animals have night vision and how the hell can they see in the dark anyway? (Nat Geo WILD via The Kid Should See This)
NASA photographed a rectangular iceberg puttering around off the coast of Antarctica. Kelly Brunt, a glaciologist with Nasa and the University of Maryland, said the process of formation was a bit like a fingernail growing too long and cracking off at the end. They were often geometrically-shaped as a result, she said. “What makes this […]
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