We also observed the difference between cutting though living, green trees and dead ones. The dead ones are a lot tougher to get through, and there were plenty of dead blowdowns in this area. Jeremy explained that there was a huge wildfire in the late summer of 1988. Nearly 800,000 acres of Yellowstone National Park were affected by the fires, and led to the closing of the park for the first time in history.
We weren't in the comfort of Harriman State park in New York anymore. Cooke City is notorious for grizzly bear activity. As we walked through the forest we came across piles of scat bigger than anything the east can offer. Not only gross, but also terrifying. Then we came across some massive claw marks in a couple pine trees. Steve and I looked at each other, and in the eerie silence and fading sunlight realized that there were monsters in these woods that would be very willing to eating us.
Last weekend's convenient placement of July 4th on a Thursday helped many of us secure the ever coveted 4-day weekend - and what an adventure it was!
Leaving New York on Thursday morning, freedom was ours as we drove hours away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Yet, Monday morning, here we are, back in the office again.
"When you see a completed wall that you have built together with a group of people that only days earlier were total strangers, there is a bond that's created that. It's hard to define..."
For Valentine's Day we bring you a story of an adventurer with a big heart who spent two weeks volunteering to aid elephants in Namibia.
Sometimes we think of adventures as adrenaline-inducing epic experiences, but I believe that ordinary moments can contain their own brand of adventure. When your perspective shifts, or you're challenged with discovering something new you'd never noticed before. Like green sand.
Today Expand Outdoors writer Amy C. gives us tips for cultivating our sense of adventure
It's called an Alpine Start, they tell me. The general idea is to wake up in the middle of the night so you can hit the trailhead hours before dawn. For experienced hikers, this is the best way to ensure you have time for a full hike on and off the mountain before the afternoon heat or thunderstorms. For inexperienced hikers, it is an excellent way to ensure you have no sense of how ridiculously steep your mountain is until it's too late.