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The Outdoor Report | Week of July 27

Greetings campers! At 50 Campfires we’re often chatting about the latest headlines in the outdoors because that’s where we spend most of our time. From national park news to new gear to the latest survival story; they’re stories that have always interested us. Moving forward, we’ll be sharing the stories that interested us each week. If you come across a story you’d like us to include, please drop us a line!

How to go camping during this bizarre summer

What a long, strange summer it’s been! This is open, that’s closed…now it’s open again. Ugh! Jessi Phillips from the Sierra Club has some excellent tips on navigating the confusing outdoor landscape this summer. We thought they were solid!

With that in mind, I’m putting my tent and sleeping pad to use this summer, but I’m engaging with the outdoors a little differently. I’m heading out less often and planning ahead more carefully. I’m staying closer to home, and I’m exploring less-crowded options like backpacking and dispersed camping. 

Whether you plan to pack your entire apartment into a car and head to a developed campground or dive into the wilderness with just a backpack, here are some ideas on how to enjoy a safe and enjoyable outdoor adventure under “new normal” circumstances.

Read the full article here: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/how-master-pandemic-camping

Have you been on the #1 hike in YOUR state?

We’re not exactly sure how this list was calculated, but at the very least, these are bound to be great hikes. Travel and Leisure put together the best hikes in all 50 States, and yes, we’ve hiked the one they list in ours – the Lake Superior Hiking Trail! It is indeed excellent.

Wondering where to go hiking? We’ve got you covered. Each one of our 50 states has remarkable state and national parks which put the country’s natural splendor on full display. Those living in the U.S. and travelers coming from halfway ‘round the world revel in the country’s gorgeous terrain and ecological diversity. From the hiking trails along the Atlantic Coast to trekking the Tetons or ascending the slopes of Mount Rainier, we’ve rounded up each state’s best hiking trail. Which trail do you want to tackle this year?

See the full list here https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/where-to-go-hiking-near-me

What’s the deal with that refreshing feeling around waterfalls?

You’ve probably experienced this more than once. You round the trail to finally see the waterfall and a calm sets in. Is it sheer beauty? Is it negative ions? The Adventure Journal takes a closer look at what’s happening here.

“The atmosphere we breathe normally is full of positive and negative ions,” he adds. “Air-conditioning, lack of ventilation, and long dry spells remove negative ions…the best ratios of negative to positive ions are associated with waterfalls and the time before, during and after storms,” says Howard. “The worst are found in windowless rooms and closed, moving vehicles.”

See the full article here: https://www.adventure-journal.com/2020/08/can-simply-being-near-a-waterfall-make-you-happy-science-says-sure/

“Water hiking” sounds awesome

What is water hiking you ask? It’s when you put a wetsuit on and make your way down the river, IN the river. If you ask us, cliff jumping and swimming sounds a great way to spend an afternoon!

“There are a lot of things you need to know, like how you get over obstacles, how you jump into the river, where you go in, where you come out,” Zavala continued. A guide for roughly ten years, he also explained that water hikers do need some slightly more technical equipment, so he is also available for advice on the right footwear or wetsuit to protect against the cold.

Read the full article here: https://www.monaco-tribune.com/en/2020/08/water-hiking-a-refreshing-way-to-explore-the-french-riviera/#