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Monthly Archives: October 2016

31 Oct 2016

International Community Creates Massive Marine Reserve

Adventure Journal | Brian Khan | October 31, 2016

24 countries agree to preserve 600,000 square miles of Antarctic waters.

The creatures of the Southern Ocean just got a lot more space to roam freely. On Thursday, 24 countries and the European Union agreed to set aside a 600,000-square-mile swath of ocean — roughly twice the size of Texas — off the coast of Antarctica as a marine protected area.

It’s taken years of negotiations to get to this point, but the end result is the largest marine protected area ever created. More than two-thirds of the ocean set aside was designated a marine reserve, closing it to fishing and making it a particularly safe space for marine life to weather the pressures of climate change and overfishing. It’s a technique that’s had success in other parts of the world and in addition, scientists will also be able to use the Ross Sea as a baseline in the coming years to assess the impacts of climate change on the marine food web.

23 Oct 2016

Behind the Photo: South Fork

My first backpacking trip happened in one of my favorite parks. I had built up the Tetons in my mind for so many years and yet when I arrived, it still managed to surpass all of my dreams.

Our trip consisted of a simple out and back, overnight trip up Cascade Canyon to a campground about a mile down the South Fork of the Teton Crest Trail. The hike was easy going and the views were spectacular. Along the way we encountered quite a few moose and, what came as a big surprise for me, were the pika. I normally expect to see them at much higher elevation but they were everywhere!
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20 Oct 2016

Utah Sells Critical Desert Land to Farm Corporation

Adventure Journal | Steve Casimiro | October 20, 2016

Really think the feds should turn over lands to the states? Environmentalists are up in arms over land dump to private hands.

Comb Ridge is a dramatic reef of rock that stretches for 80 miles across northern Arizona and southern Utah and has served as barrier, landmark, and home back through the millennia. And through all those years, across the majority of that land, it’s remained open and public. But the state of Utah, which is the most vociferous of the states demanding the federal lands be turned over to state control, just sold 391 acres of Comb Ridge to a private party, Lyman Family Farms.

The transaction went through despite the strong opposition of locals and environmentalists.

18 Oct 2016

Planet Earth II – The Planet’s Wilder Side

Fstoppers | Wouter du Toit | October 18, 2016

We know that if something is narrated by David Attenborough, it’s going to be special.

And to make it even more of a go-see, the original score is produced by award-winning Hans Zimmer who gave us the score to Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Inception to name a few. BBC used the latest filming technologies to get up close and personal to these creatures we seldom see or think about as being part of this eco-system on Earth.

The shots are incredible. The camera gets up close to the animals. Whether it’s birds, a monkey jumping from one branch to the next in a dense forest or the battles between two males just shows how much more there is to see in this natural kingdom and how new technologies can make it possible.

07 Oct 2016

Nevada BLM Lands Suffer Vandalism, Neglect

Adventure Journal | Anna V. Smith – High Country News | October 07, 2016

The feds withdrew from Gold Butte after being shot at—now this remote slice of desert is under assault

In June 2015, for the first time since federal officers confronted Cliven Bundy and militia members over Bundy’s illegal grazing in 2014, the Bureau of Land Management sent a survey crew to the Gold Butte area near Bunkerville, Nevada. The three surveyors from the Great Basin Institute were there to inventory springs, cattle troughs and seeps. According to contemporary news reports, they encountered Cliven Bundy and his son, Ryan Bundy, who spoke with them briefly and asked what they were doing. Later that night, as the surveyors were getting into their tents, a vehicle lit up the camp with its headlights as it drove by, and shortly afterward, three gunshots rang out nearby. An hour later, they heard three more shots. The surveyors packed up in the dark, left, and did not come back. Cliven Bundy told reporters he had not fired the shots, and the BLM kept out of Gold Butte.

07 Oct 2016

Finding The Right Track

Mountain Goat at Logan Pass - Glacier National Park, Montana

Outdoor Photographer | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo | January 14, 2016

Now, more than ever, we need an open discussion on the ethics of wildlife photography

This is the best time in history to be a wildlife photographer, and this is the worst time in history to be a wild animal. That statement might sound extreme, but consider the facts.

It has never been easier to find a wild subject. Online databases, photography forums, texting and social media yield instant information on the location of a bird or other animal—often with GPS coordinates. Workshops that promise spectacular shots of wildlife in thrilling destinations abound. Thermal-imaging devices locate dens and nests; camera traps, drones and buggies find and track elusive animals.

03 Oct 2016

Seven Life Lessons Photographer Jimmy Nelson Has Learned From Photography

Fstoppers | Dustin Levine | October 3, 2016

Photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent over 30 years traveling around the globe taking pictures, mostly photographing indigenous cultures by using his camera as a tool to make contact and build relationships with unknown communities around the planet.

In this video, Nelson shares seven life lessons that he has personally learned through his photography experiences during his worldwide adventures.

The Seven Lessons

  • Humor
  • Knowledge
  • Vulnerability
  • […]
02 Oct 2016

Focus, Near And Far

Outdoor Photographer | George Lepp | October 2, 2016

Glass Vs. Air For Close Focus

Q: When would it be best to use macro diopters vs. extension tubes? I do a lot of backpacking, and I’m looking to make my camera kit as versatile as possible with the least amount of weight. –Seminar Participant

A: A great variety of tools and techniques will bring you closer to your subject, but the fact that you’re looking to stay compact and lightweight for backpacking will narrow the choices somewhat.