Good news/bad news

March 10, 2006

Good news: Gayle Norton is reportedly about to resign as Interior secretary.

Bad news: George Bush will pick her replacement.

UPDATE: Hilarious Borowitz Report:

“Secretary of the Interior Gail Norton announced her resignation on Friday, saying that there was “no more environment left to wreck” after five years at her Cabinet-level job.”


Not ready for prime time

March 9, 2006
backcountrymaps.com

A new Google map mashup offers some intriguing possibilities for outdoor enthusiasts. Backcountrymaps.com attempts to combine satellite views, USGS topo maps and even Nexrad Doppler radar images, with user-submitted information like GPS waypoints, trip reports and video.

Unfortunately, it may be a little overly ambitious.

Google Maps Mania says it

“…combines an enormous amount of information and mapping layers with some excellent user interface design.”

Yet the site’s creator, who identifies himself only as JP, concedes the design has some problems.

“The UI sucks, its not dynamic, there are bugs, there are features missing, and even spelling errors. Why? Because one person cant do it all. Please bare with us as we are not software developers.”

JP’s not an English major either, it seems, but I like his ideas.

For now, though, he needs to put polish on a few of the best ideas and introduce the rest later.

It shows promise, so I’ll check out this site again in a few weeks.


These boots are made for slogging

March 8, 2006

I read with interest Ryan Jordan’s blog post about finding the right boots for a trek he’s planning to make across the Arctic.

No, I’m not planning a similar hike. But I am looking for boots that fit some of the same criteria he’s seeking.

Ryan wants:

  • Trail running stability last
  • Light
  • Absorbs minimal water
  • Drains – and dries – fast
  • Sticky rubber
  • Durable enough to last 600 miles

Ryan goes on to say he needs boots, rather than trail shoes, because of the rugged and varied terrain of the Arctic.

I’m currently wearing a pair of Montrail Hardrock trail running shoes. Though they are solid, stable shoes with good breathability and drainage, they’re not the boots he needs. And they’re not the boots I need, either.

I want more ankle support for a week-long backpacking trip in Colorado’s Chicago Basin this summer.

Okay, so our trips are a bit different. He’s planning to hike 600 miles in one of the most desolate and unforgiving places on earth; I’m hiking a week in a Rocky Mountain paradise.

It’s difficult pick just the right shoe or boot for your needs. There are thousand of styles available and many thousand more opinions on what’s the right one.

But I only have one pair of feet. And no one else has the same feet as me.


Gorgeous day on the Piney River Trail

March 4, 2006

A trip report to come (eventually), but here’s a hint of what kind of day today was:

Piney River

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