2016 Climbing for Kids with Bigger Mountains to Climb

2016 Climbing for Kids

What: Each year we climb 14,000 feet to the summit of Mt. Bierstadt to honor children with much bigger mountains to climb

When: August 12th, 2016

Where: Mt. Beirstadt

Beneficiaries:Children’s Hospital Colorado Learning Services and Pediatric Mental Health Institute

Registration:

Team Children’s

http://support.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/site/TR/ClimbingforKids/General?team_id=3452&pg=team&fr_id=1410


WV Rivers Film Festival with Special Guests the Halftime String Band

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WV Rivers Film Festival – Oct. 22 in Morgantown
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The WV Rivers Film Festival is more than just great films. It’s an evening of foot stomping music with West Virgina’s own Halftime String Band. The Halftime String Band will take the stage at 6:00 pm with their unique blend of Americana and bluegrass music. Films begin at 7:00 pm.

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:00 pm
Where: Metropolitan Theater, Morgantown

Tickets can be purchased for $8.00 each in advance online.
Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10.00, $8.00 with a valid student ID.

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Charleston, WV 25304

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Its Time to Get Up to Speed Donate a Little Money and start anticipating Avalanche Reports

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It’s that time of year again. The mornings are crisp, the leaves are past peak, and we have seen snow in the high country! Winter is around the corner and we are ramping up for the coming season. We have a lot going on this fall to bring our community together for some good times and some great workshops. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets now!

Stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for additional events and updates. We look forward to seeing you this fall and of course, IN THE SNOW!

October 9

Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop
Breckenridge, CO

Click here for more info and tickets.

October 24

6th Annual Ullr-Fest
Edwards, CO

Click here for more info and tickets.

October 30

First Frost
Denver, CO

Click here for more info and tickets.

November 14

8th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash
Breckenridge, CO

Click here for more info and tickets.

November
16-18 Mountain Weather Workshop
Leadville, CO

Click here for more info and tickets.

November 19

Cripple Creek Backcountry CAIC Fundraiser
Carbondale, CO

More info coming soon!

2015/2016 Friends of CAIC Benefit Bash Presented by:

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Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education has money to give away.

 

News Release

The Association of Outdoor Recreation Education (AORE) is now accepting applications for its $10,000 research grant. The application deadline is October 9, 2015.

The Grant Committee seeks to assist research in the following areas:

o College Climbing Walls

o Environmental Stewardship

o Return on Financial Investment

o Retention and Graduation Rates

o Leadership

o Value of Outdoor Recreation Experiences

o Outdoor Orientation Programs

o Operations and Administration

o Challenge Course

o Standards

For more information about this funding opportunity, including instructions for completing application, visit: http://www.aore.org/research-grant

AORE’s mission is to provide opportunities for professionals and students in the field of outdoor recreation and education to exchange information, promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and address issues common to college, university, community, military, and other not-for-profit outdoor recreation and education programs.


CAEE: Keeping those in the Environmental Education Feed ahead of their time

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Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education
“There are many bright spots across the country, as well as a growing understanding of the power of education to create new thinking, a renewed interest in civic engagement, and a commitment to positive change and a greener economy. The challenge for environmental educators of every description…is to expand the impact of those bright spots by making them even more visible and connected.”

~Environmental Literacy in the United States

Recognize and nominate great EE “bright spots” in Colorado!

Nominate your programs or individuals you know who are making an impact!

Nominations are Due Today!

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Self Nominations are Encouraged!

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Welcome CAEE to our new Home in the

Alliance Center!

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EE Changemaker Happy Hour

Thursday, September 17, 2015

5:00-8:00p.m.

Alliance Center

1536 Wynkoop St, Denver

~Help build the movement toward 100% environmentally literacy in Colorado~

Catalyze the collective power of environmental education! Join us for this free event to kickoff the annual Changemaker Fundraising Campaign to transform environments and communities through environmental education.

Find additional information about the Alliance Center including parking and transportation information.

Register to attend or build the movement with a donation today.

Join us for a Great Evening to Celebrate EE!

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Win Fabulous Auction Items Celebrate with Free Food and Drinks!
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October 15-18

North American Association for Environmental Education Conference

Click here for more info.

Oct. 6

Western Slope EE Summit

Catalyzing the EE Network

Carbondale

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Due Oct 1

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Board of Directors

Guide the Future of CAEE!

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People for Bikes: They making riding better for everyone.

People for Bikes
These grants are making riding better
Read about the new grants
Find grants near youOur Community Grants are making your bike rides better. Learn more here.

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Get Graduate Credits, live on Brainbridge Island and Teach for a Year. Sounds nice!

The graduate residency program in Environmental Education— IslandWood—has room for more students. During this residency you live in a cabin in the woods on Bainbridge Island, WA for a year, while teaching EE to elementary students and receiving Masters’ level Education credits for the graduate classes you are taking. You can complete an additional year to receive your Masters degree in Education or to receive your teaching certification. Please pass on this opportunity to anyone that might be interested!

Education for Environment and CommunityBainbridge Island WAThere is still time to begin your master’s degree this summer! IslandWood’s certificate in Education for Environment and Community, is the first half of a master’s in education through the University of Washington.

Experiential learning at the graduate level! Live, learn and teach on an island in the Puget Sound. University of Washington classes are taught on the IslandWood site. Students apply new understanding of ecology, teaching, and learning while working with diverse groups of children from urban and rural communities.

The IslandWood/University of Washington program in Education for Environment and Community begins in late August. Inquire now and apply by July 15!

For course information and application materials, visit our website at www.islandwood.org/graduate-programs

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Clean Trails

Clean Trails News
Our Amazing Volunteers
Collaboration is Our Middle Name
Hot Spots to Hike
Postcards From the Trail
Outdoor Photo Tips
Volunteer Spotlight

Amanda Wallander Roberts is on a mission to bring some organization to the Clean Trails organization-if that makes any sense! Amanda is the pulse of the organizational and program development for Clean Trails. She works on the systems and processes that allow individuals to get involved with Clean Trails and determine what they do once they are on board.

Collaborative Spotlight

LIONSHARES (Lionsgate Entertainment)

Who says cleaning up can’t be fun and productive? Another great collaboration this weekend with LIONSHARES (Lionsgate Entertainment’s volunteer program) at Solstice Canyon in the Malibu National Recreation area. A crew of 25 collected a 55 gallon bag of roughly 500 pieces of litter comprised of water bottles, labels, lids, and security seals at the regularly maintained trail.LIONSHARES is a volunteer program that seeks to provide opportunities for employees within the Lionsgate Entertainment family to partner with a diverse range of charitable organizations. The program not only enriches the Lionsgate work experience through cultural and educational outreach, but also positively interacts and invests in the local and global community.

Corporate Social Responsibility is an important cornerstone of our outreach strategy. If your company is looking for a way to give back to its community, contact our CSR Director Annette Poliwka to learn how your company can participate.

Visit Our Sponsor

We really like this company! In addition to excellent customer service and an extensive selection of products, they offer small grants to Jeep clubs and other organizations to promote responsible recreation and to clean up after themselves and others. Here’s a little more about this great company…

ExtremeTerrain is a collection of dedicated enthusiasts striving to bring you the best Jeep Wrangler aftermarket parts and accessories at the best prices possible. When shopping for Jeep parts online, you want to know you’re ordering from a reliable and trustworthy company that has extensive experience with both OEM and aftermarket Jeep parts. ExtremeTerrain was founded as an outlet for Jeep enthusiasts to seek advice from like-minded people and get the best Jeep Wrangler parts on the market without paying for ridiculous shipping and handling costs. We’re experts on anything and everything Wrangler as we stock the Jeep parts you seek and have the experience to back it up.

Order a free catalog, read a review or two and give us a call if you have any questions. Whether you’re into crawling canyons, climbing mountains, wheeling a tough trail, exploring the off-road, or just cruising the open highway give us a call to chat about your next modification-we’ll be happy to help recommend the right Wrangler parts for your project and your budget!

Things We Like

GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. Our independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has committed more than $825 million in lottery proceeds to more than 4,500 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support.

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Trail Talk
Dear JIM,Clean Trails is on the move! We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter. Along with a bit about what we’ve been up to, we’ve selected some interesting content we hope you will appreciate . Let us know what you think…
15 Best Day Hikes

Here they are: GP’s best day hikes, as told by our readers. All of the words and images below are straight from your submissions to our GP best hikes competition. We edited and condensed as necessary (some of you really like to type) and shot for widest possible range of locations and types of stories. What we were left with is a diverse hodgepodge of outdoor activity, organized from west to east, starting with Hawaii in the Pacific and ending with St. John in the Atlantic. Without further ado: 15 favorite hiking destinations, as told by GP readers, for GP readers.

Postcard From the Trail
The Grand Canyon

Introducing our new blog series, Postcards from the Trail. It gives our readers, supporters, and volunteers the opportunity to share their outdoor adventures, experiences, and memories with the Clean Trails community.

This post in our series is from Chris Fortunato. Chris is a Clean Trails volunteer in San Diego, CA. He recently spent some time at the Grand Canyon. Here’s an excerpt:

“Often times it’s the little details that make an adventure special and add a personal element to a trip. It could be the unexpected memories you create after taking that wrong turn and getting lost. Or maybe that morning cup of coffee while overlooking the view outside your tent. Even the smell of dusty gear when you get home, jolting you back to the trail for just a moment. These little gems make a huge impact, even when visiting overwhelming locations like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. They may not make the trip, considering the world class sights to be seen, but they add another level of satisfaction.”

If you have something that you would like to contribute, Please contact our Web/Blog Editor Tim Brown.

Wildlife Photo Tips

We bet everyone has tried to get that perfect wildlife shot on one of their hikes. We found these great tips at Backpacker Magazine that should help you improve your photography.

“Practice at home, zoom in, and follow these other simple rules to score an intimate shot that captures an animal’s character.”

“We believe that people are naturally responsible; if we encourage them to care for their favorite places, to pick up after themselves and others, then our trails will become self-sufficient, clean, and more enjoyable. Our job is to show them the way. Thanks for joining us!”Sincerely,

Richard L. P. Solosky
Interim Executive Director, Clean Trails

What if everyone picked up just one piece of litter?Trails that are littered tend to get more littered, but trails that are clean remain that way. If you know of a trail or area that is in need of clean up and would like to coordinate an event, please let us know.

Oh, and please like and follow us on your favorite social media channel.


Walnut Canyon National Monument celebrating its 100th Anniversary this Summer. Great Place for a Picnic

Celebrate Walnut Canyon National Monument’s 100th Anniversary with a Summer Picnic

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA – As part of the yearlong celebration of Walnut Canyon National Monument’s 100th anniversary, the Natural and Cultural Resources staff will host a summer picnic. Please join us for this family friendly event on Sunday, June 21, 2015 featuring special talks and tours highlighting the unique resources of Walnut Canyon National Monument. Whether you are a frequent visitor or it is your first time, this will be an excellent opportunity to meet with park biologists, ecologists, and archeologists to learn about Walnut Canyon National Monument.

Regular entrance fees apply. The entrance fee is $5.00/person for visitors 16 and over. America the Beautiful Passes are honored and sold. There is no additional fee for this event.

Reservations are required for the picnic. Please contact Lisa Leap at 928-526-1157 ext. 222. Picnic space is limited. Sign up for the various talks will occur on site.

Walnut Canyon’s Summer Picnic at the visitor center, Sunday, June 21, 2015

· -11:00 am -3:00 pm
· -Participants must bring their own food and beverage. Dessert will be provided.
· -Featured talks and tours will begin immediately after lunch. They will include:

o Ranger Cabin and CCC boundary fence

o Archeology along the Island Trail

o Archeology along the Ranger Ledge Trail

o Architectural styles at Walnut Canyon

o Bird watching and wildlife tracking/identification

o Plant identification and Ponderosa Pine

· -Picnic area is wheelchair accessible as are several of the tours.
· -Family friendly event.
· -Wear comfortable shoes/clothing; don’t forget your sun protection, extra water, and camera!

Event location

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located approximately 7.5 miles (12km) east of Flagstaff on I-40; take Exit 204, and head south. The Walnut Canyon Visitor Center is located at the end of this 3 mile road. Information can be obtained from (928)526-3367 and on the web at www.nps.gov/waca.

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About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 406 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.

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Are you looking for the Best Ski Season forecasts and Now summer biking and hiking Forecasts

Read more about the developing El Nino and the launch of our summer forecasts.
Opensnow Forecasts

El Nino Update

Welcome, El Nino! Ocean water temperatures reached 1.3 degrees Celsius above average in the “Nino 3.4 region” of the ocean. This means that we are pushing toward a “moderate” El Nino. Look at the red colors below, showing warmer-than-average water.
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Why does El Nino matter for us skiers and riders? Changes in ocean water temperature in the Pacific Ocean affect weather patterns around the world. If El Nino maintains its strength into next winter, it could be good news for some regions of North America. For more, read these recent posts about El Nino’s affect on Tahoe and Utah.

Sign Up for Summer Forecasts (finally!)

You’re not just a skier. Summer in the mountains is fun, too!
That’s why we are starting…48f0d21d-48a5-4a97-ba4b-5786b94360ee.pngHow will these forecasts help you? By answering questions like:

  • Which weekend day or mountain range will have fewer storms?
  • What time will the lightning threat increase? (the answer is NOT always “noon”)
  • In what direction should I look to keep an eye on approaching storms?

Access these forecasts by signing up for our summer email list.

  • Expect one email per week, delivered on Thursday morning.
  • This timing will help you plan your weekend.
  • Emails will start next Thursday, June 11th.
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Should I sign up for these forecasts?

  • Yes, if you hike, bike, or climb in the summer.
  • Yes, if you do these things in Colorado.
  • No, if you’re outside of Colorado. We will add other locations soon.

When to expect our next email?

Summer forecasts will ONLY be sent to our summer email list. If you’re in Colorado, sign up for that by clicking the button above.This is the Opensnow email newsletter, and it will visit your inbox again in July or August to share an update about El Nino plus expansion plans to bring our summer forecasts to other regions. Until then, enjoy your time playing in the mountains!– Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist, Chief Powder Officer

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Public Meeting to Protect the Grand Canyon and the People around the National Park

Please consider attending an upcoming PUBLIC MEETING to discuss the threat of URANIUM MINING near Grand Canyon:

Date: Thursday, June 18th at 6:00 PM

Place: Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 E Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ

Grand Canyon River Guides Association

Grand Canyon River Guides Association

Here’s the scoop:
Uranium haul trucks, coming soon to a highway near you…

The Canyon Uranium Mine, six miles from the Grand Canyon’s south rim, is set to resume operations in June 2015. If this happens, mine owner Energy Fuels plans to truck uranium ore through Flagstaff and dozens of other northern Arizona and southern Utah communities en route to the White Mesa Uranium Mill outside Blanding, Utah.

Jointly hosted by the Grand Canyon Trust, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club, the meeting will be an occasion to share information and answer questions about the potentially devastating impacts of uranium mining on water, wildlife, human and environmental health. Join us for the discussion and find out what you can do to help protect the Grand Canyon and our communities from the toxic legacy of radioactive contamination.

Learn more: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/blog/small-likelihood-permanent-contamination

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Lexus Ride Like a Pro Sweepstakes during the USA ProChallenge

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Dear Pro Challenge Fan,How would you like to attend two stages of the USA Pro Challenge as a Lexus VIP?Lexus is giving one winner and guest a trip to remember at the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, August 20th and 21st, 2015. The opportunity to “Ride Like a Pro” starts at Stage 4 in Aspen. Guests will be whisked away in a Lexus to follow the pros on course and end in Breckenridge, where they will enjoy VIP hospitality.Accommodations for stage 4 will be provided by Lexus Hotel Partner St. Regis Aspen. Winner will also take home official USA Pro Challenge merchandise.

The Lexus Ride Like a Pro Sweepstakes is brought to you exclusively by Lexus, a proud partner of USA Pro Cycling Challenge. To read the rules and regulations, click here.

*Trip will include round-trip coach class air transportation for winner and one (1) guest from a major commercial airport near the winner’s residence to a major commercial airport near Aspen, CO. Hotel accommodations will include four days/three nights from Wednesday, August 19, 2015 through Saturday, August 22, 2015 (one room, double occupancy). Sponsor is not responsible if any event listed in the prize description above is canceled, delayed or postponed.

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Cut Cable across Dolores River: Beware!

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Beware of River Obstacles!

Last evening, Tuesday, June 2nd, local boaters reported that a cable was strung across the Upper Dolores River below the American Legion and State Wildlife site. As of this morning, the cable has been cut, but it is still attached to a tree on RIVER LEFT. Please pay attention as the cable is alongside the river and may be in the water. And as always, pay attention to the changing conditions and obstacles occurring on the river. Have fun, but be safe!

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World Leisure Congress on the African Continent

REMINDER : THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2016 LARASA WORLD LEISURE CONGRESS IS FAST APPROACHING!

2016 LARASA World Leisure Congress

Theme : Challenges, Choices and Consequences

Congress Dates: 27 – 30 June 2016, Durban, South Africa

DUE DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS – 30 JUNE 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS

The first World Leisure Congress on the African continent will be hosted by the Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA) in Durban, from 27 – 30 June 2016. The aim is to explore the main theme “Challenges, Choices and Consequences” by creating a platform for professionals from diverse fields to interact, share and present a context for leisure services and opportunities. We anticipate speakers and delegates from many countries, communities and academic fields to merge their knowledge by identifying the challenges that confront us, to develop strategies in making the right choices and to achieve positive consequences for all. The benefits of leisure has been widely documented and this congress will highlight the importance of an integrated approach using leisure services to improve the human condition, transform spaces and boost the economy.

The legacy we leave behind for future generations as leisure professionals is reflected not only in the extensive scientific research evidence debated throughout the week, but also in the mentorship and grooming of the young leisure professional as a future leader. The Congress provides a platform for young people to be part of the volunteer corp under expert supervision throughout the week.

Together with the World Leisure Centers of Excellence (Breda, Deusto, Aizona State University and Vancouver Island), we are thrilled to announce the innovative field school concept which will be held during the week of the Congress. Leisure and Tourism students are invited to be part of this stimulating and exciting opportunity to engage in a critical discourse with a focus on theory and hands on practicum in a local setting within the city of Durban.

The warmest place to be in South Africa is Durban (http://www.durbanexperience.co.za/)! Located on the east coast, it is a popular tourist destination and coastal city, a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, adventure activities, natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. The city played host to the successful 2010 FIFA World Cup events which transformed Durban into a leisure and sustainable city where different cultures mingle. The celebration of the historic and cultural event in 2016, of the 200 year anniversary of the formation of the Zulu Nation under the leadership of King Shaka, provides the perfect landscape for the 2016 LARASA World Leisure Congress.

A warm and cordial invitation is extended to all presenters and delegates to explore and reflect on the role of leisure across the lifespan and all sectors to become the fastest growing global trend to address global concerns. The congress affords each one an opportunity to share research across the spectrum of the environment, society and the economy.

Submissions are invited for the following sub themes

1. Leisure and Society

2. Leisure, Health and Happiness

3. Leisure and the Environment

4. Leisure, the Economy and Technology

5. Leisure Research / Methodology / Theory

6. Leisure and Tourism

7. Leisure Management

8. Leisure and Education

9. Leisure, theme parks and playgrounds

10. Leisure, culture and creative industries

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be 400-500 words, structured as follows and submitted using the online abstract submission form.

Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme (not more than 10 words)

a. Abstract should include, background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research),

i. approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach), and

ii. significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper)

b. Most relevant conference theme as listed above.

c. Type of presentation

a. Due date for abstract : 30 June 2015

For further information, please visit our websites : http://www.larasa.org.za/2016-larasa-worldleisurecongress/ and http://www.worldleisure.org

We look forward to hosting you in the warm city of Durban where the fun never stops!

Take advantage of the early bird registration which is now open.

Kind regards

The Organising Committee

Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa

P O Box 202122 Durban North 4016 South Africa

T : +27 82 4848146


POLAR BOTTLE has teamed up with Green Guru and Headsweats for an awesome Father’s Day Instagram Giveaway

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Official national bicycle network expands to 8,992 miles with addition of three new routes in Idaho and Utah; eighteen states now have U.S. Bicycle Routes.

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Official national bicycle network expands to 8,992 miles with addition of three new routes in Idaho and Utah; eighteen states now have U.S. Bicycle Routes.

Missoula, Montana, May 26, 2015Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO has approved 919 miles of new U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBRs): USBR 10 in Idaho and USBR 70 and 79 in Utah. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 8,992 miles of routes in eighteen states and the District of Columbia.

“Today’s announcement carries even greater significance because of where the new routes are located,” said Bud Wright, AASHTO’s executive director. “Utah and Idaho are only the second and third Western states to be added to the US Bicycle Route System, but we’re confident more will follow as we connect the entire nation from coast to coast.”

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a developing national network of numbered and signed bicycle routes that connect people, communities, and the nation. Similar to emerging international and regional networks, such as Europe’s EuroVelo network and Quebec’s La Route Verte, the U.S. Bicycle Route System provides important recreational and transportation options for the active traveler. Currently, more than forty states are working to develop route corridors into official U.S. Bicycle Routes to be approved by AASHTO at their spring and fall meetings.

”Adding almost 1,000-miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes is a testament to the growing interest in bicycle travel all over the country,” said Jim Sayer, executive director of Adventure Cycling Association. “These designations are the result of hard work by the states and their local partners along with support provided by Adventure Cycling staff. It’s a true partnership for active travel and transportation across America.”

U.S. Bicycle Route 10 in Idaho (137 miles with Alternates)

U.S. Bicycle Route 10 includes a 66-mile section that travels through northern Idaho to Montana using U.S. 2, Idaho 200 and local routes. Along the way, the route parallels historic water paths in the Panhandle region and follows railroad beds established more than a century ago.

The route travels between the Bonner County communities of Oldtown and Sandpoint on U.S. 2, Sandpoint and Clark Fork on Idaho 200, and between Clark Fork and Heron, Mont. on River Road and Clark Fork Road.

Brian Shea, the Statewide Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the Idaho Transportation Department, said, “We are excited to share this new route which includes some of the most beautiful areas of our state with bicycle travelers who, in turn, will provide economic opportunities for our local businesses and communities.”

The route features services in Oldtown, Priest River, Dover, Sandpoint, Ponderay, Kootenai, Hope, East Hope and Clark Fork such as restaurants, bike shops, lodging, campgrounds, grocery stores and emergency services to accommodate the needs of touring cyclists. There are many scenic vistas and points of interest along the corridor as well as alternate routes and side trips aligning with or giving access to the growing trail system in Bonner County.

USBR 10 parallels historic water routes in the region, including the northerly bank of the Pend Oreille River between Newport, Wash. and Sandpoint, the northerly and easterly shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille, and the south bank of the Clark Fork River into Montana. Albeni Falls Dam near Oldtown and Cabinet Gorge Dam near Clark Fork can be viewed and visited along the route.

The route uses three Scenic Byways: the International Selkirk Loop, the Panhandle Historic River Passages State Scenic Byway and the Pend Oreille National Scenic Byway.

USBR 10 follows the Great Northern Railway bed between Oldtown and Sandpoint and the Northern Pacific Railway bed between Sandpoint and Montana, both established in the 1890s and in operation today as main rail freight corridors. The railways opened up the Lake Pend Oreille area some 80 years after the early fur trader, David Thompson, established a trading post near what is now Clark Fork.

The area is rich in trading, mining, timber, fishing, and tourism history. Many seasonal events occur throughout the area during the touring season ranging from farmers’ markets to cycling events at Schweitzer Mountain Resort to The Festival at Sandpoint, Sandpoint’s music festival. Area businesses welcome touring cyclists and encourage travelers to enjoy the many features of Bonner County.

In endorsing the route, Bonner County’s Board of Commissioners stated, “We recognize that bicycle tourism is a growing industry in North America, contributing $47 billion a year to the economies of communities that provide facilities for such tourists. This community stands to benefit from this opportunity economically and from the health and environmental benefits of encouraging bicycle travel in our region.”

More information and a link to the map can be found on the ITD website.

U.S. Bicycle Route 70 and 79 in Utah (782 miles)

U.S. Bicycle Routes 70 and 79 combine to create a transverse route across southern Utah that connects the Nevada and Colorado borders. The U.S. Bicycle Route 79 portion of this route travels 130 miles in a southeasterly direction through the high elevation desert of the Basin and Range Province, providing travelers with a unique scenic experience and unmatched solitude. The route follows paved, two-lane highways through a landscape dominated by sagebrush, piñon pine, and expansive views, and connects to Route 70 in Cedar City, where cyclists can access food, water, and bicycle shops.

The Route 70 portion of this route travels 450 miles through the unique red rock landscape of southern Utah, passing through sinuous canyon country, through high elevation pine forests in the Dixie National Forest, and crossing the Colorado River near Lake Powell. Route 70 also travels past Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park, two of the crown jewels of Utah’s iconic “Big Five” parks. The red rock hoodoos at Bryce and the sprawling vistas at Capitol Reef are truly once in a lifetime sights that all travelers should have on their must-see list. This route follows paved, two-lane, county, state, and U.S. roads, which pass through small, rural towns that provide cyclists with the opportunity to re-supply with food and water.

USBRS 70 and 79 offer cyclists the opportunity to experience Utah’s stunning red rock landscape and make these routes a truly unique part of the U.S. Bicycle Route network.

“The Utah Department of Transportation is pleased that the efforts of all of Utah’s communities and transportation partners are being recognized with the approval of USBR 79 and USBR 70 in Utah,” said Carlos Braceras, UDOT Executive Director. “In Utah we know that biking plays an important role in Keeping Utah Moving, which is helping drive our great quality of life and economy. National bike routes such as these play a significant role in providing active transportation options for the citizens of Utah and the rest of the United States.”

For more information about bicycing in Utah, visit the UDOT website.

U.S. Bicycle Route 45 realignment in Minnesota (26 miles added)

Originally designated in 2013, The Minnesota Department of Transportation has realigned U.S. Bicycle Route 45 to incorporate changes in coordination with the installation of guide signs along the entire route.

The route, also known as the Mississippi River Trail (MRT), is now twenty-six miles longer and includes improvements such as: roadway realignments due to construction, improved shoulders on nearby roads, new bridges, opportunities to bring cyclists closer to the Mississippi River, and newly-built off-road paths and trails, which appeal to a broader bicycling audience. The route includes seven percent more off-road facilities, and incorporates long continuous sections of three state trails and numerous miles of regional and local paths.

“MnDOT worked with local communities and Department of Natural Resources partners since 2013 to identify sign locations,” said Tim Mitchell, Minnesota Department of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “In just a few years, our partners made many improvements worthy of a statewide realignment and we are pleased to incorporate them into a route that’s better, safer, and offers an even greater opportunity for adventure and cultural enrichment along one of the world’s great rivers.”

The MRT/USBR 45 connects existing shouldered highways, low-use roads, and off-road paths for bicyclists to closely follow the Mississippi River from the headwaters at Itasca State Park to the Iowa border. The route begins where the Mississippi is just a small stream surrounded by towering white pines. It winds through forests and farm fields, passes through the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the National Park Service’s Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and through charming, historic river towns. It offers challenging climbs in the limestone bluffs of southeastern Minnesota, rewarded with long scenic views of the river valley. The route is sometimes on two sides of the river, offering a linear long distance bikeway along with opportunities for short loop rides if crossing from one side to another.

Two ribbon-cutting events and a bike ride will be held this summer to commemorate the project completion. The events will be Aug. 27 in Itasca State Park and Aug. 31 in St. Paul. They coincide with the inaugural eight-day, 470-mile “Headwaters to Hills” tour from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2. For more information about the ride, go to http://www.bikemn.org/headwaters-to-hills.

“With the project completion, it’s time to recognize the partners’ accomplishments,” said Liz Walton, MRT/USBR 45 project manager. “Many MRT cities worked hard to encourage safe bicycling for both for residents and visitors alike and to invite them to enjoy the river and what their communities have to offer. The route celebrates the people, places, and stories that have made Minnesota communities great. What better way to experience all that than on a bike.”

Detailed route maps and other information are available on the MNDOT website.

The Largest Bike Route Network in the World

The U.S. Bicycle Route System will eventually be the largest bicycle route network in the world, encompassing more than 50,000 miles of routes. Adventure Cycling Association has provided dedicated staff support to the project since 2005, including research support, meeting coordination, and technical guidance for states implementing routes. Adventure Cycling recently completed a makeover of the web pages devoted to the U.S. Bicycle Route System with improved layout and easy to find implementation tools, including route criteria, designation resources, and links to official sign guidance documents and studies. Adventure Cycling also provides an updated list of links to maps and other resources for cyclists wishing to ride an established U.S. Bicycle Route on its Maps & Route Resources page.

AASHTO’s support for the project is crucial to earning the support of federal and state agencies. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A powerful voice in the transportation sector, AASHTO’s primary goal is to foster the development of an integrated national transportation system.

Support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System comes from Adventure Cycling members, donors, foundations, and a group of business sponsors that participate in the annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. fundraiser each May.

Learn more at www.adventurecycling.org/usbrs.


Get Outdoors Colorado/National Get Outdoors Day Saturday, June 13, 2015

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Saturday, June 13

10am – 3pm

Denver’s City Park

National Get Outdoors Day 2015Registration is Still Open!
The 8th Annual National Get Outdoors Day is just around the corner! We got word that this may not have made it to some of you. If you haven’t signed up yet, registration is still open. If you’ve already signed up, thanks! You’ll receive your confirmation packet soon!Register Now!

To learn more about the event, visit

www.getoutdoorscolorado.org/ngod

Exhibitor Fees: $75

Note: We have closed the A-Z rental options. You are responsible for bringing your own tables, chairs and canopies if you are not already registered.

Please note that the event is from 10am-3pm this year.

Set up will begin on Saturday at 6am.

If you have any questions about your registration,

please contact Melissa Daruna.

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Grand Canyon Gondola Project seems to be Derailed

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Hello Friends,Good news! Years of fighting a well-funded campaign to build a mega resort and tramway on the Grand Canyon’s east rim have finally paid off.Save the Confluence family members and Navajo citizens opposed to the proposed “Escalade” development are celebrating. Escalade’s promoters are no longer employed in the executive office of the Navajo Nation.

On May 12, Navajo President Russell Begaye took office. The next day he issued a firm statement against Escalade. Begaye’s vice president, Jonathan Nez, added “any attempts to pass legislation to proceed with the development would be vetoed by the president.”

Save the Confluence family members expressed relief and thanked the new leaders for ending their “nightmare” under the Ben Shelly administration: “We believe ‘the two mighty’ rivers, the Colorado and the Little Colorado, have spoken.” They concluded that “while the president’s stance is being recognized as good and welcome news, we will remain cautious of the Navajo Nation Council.”

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As you know, protecting the Grand Canyon requires constant vigilance. The Forest Service is currently seeking public comments on whether to pave the way for a large subdivision and several million square feet of retail space near Tusayan, within half a mile of Grand Canyon National Park. You have until June 2, 2015 to comment.

The Grand Canyon Trust pledges our ongoing assistance to Save the Confluence families and efforts to permanently protect the confluence and Grand Canyon from inappropriate development.

Thanks to all for your enduring support to Keep the Canyon Grand.

With gratitude,

Roger Clark

Grand Canyon Program Director

P.S. Your donations make this work possible. Make a gift today.

Photo courtesy of Jack Dykinga


Know about Clean Trails? You Should

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Trail Talk

When many do a little, much can be gained.
Our grass roots efforts continue to grow. In the last month we have done awareness and maintenance events in the San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Denver metropolitan areas. We are working to schedule more activities in those areas and grow our presence in 7 others across the west and in New York City. Consider joining us in developing a nationwide network of trail stewards to keep the more than 50,000 public trails across our country as pristine as nature intended.Highlighted Activities

  • One of our favorite activities is cleaning up an area. In the above image, our Utah State Coordinator, Nate Hawkes organized a clean up activity along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, in Provo Canyon at Canyon Glen Park near Johnson’s Bowl. His crew of 8 collected an estimated 150 pounds of trash, enough to fill over a half dozen large trash bags of litter.
  • In Colorado, Clean Trails’ State Coordinator Lindsay Walton kicked off a collaborative effort with Jefferson County Open Space at Mt. Falcon, which is nestled in the foothills just west of Denver. Just a few hours of spreading our message of responsible recreation, netted close to a dozen prospective volunteers, while touching close to 150 people with our message.

Consider joining us in your area, we can help you get started building a community effort at your favorite trail. Remember that Litter begets litter, areas that are littered always get more littered, while areas that are litter free, tend to stay that way.

Find us on social media!

Stay tuned to all the Clean Trails conversations on your favorite social media channel. Consider following us on these select channels:

Join us in keeping our nations’ trails litter free:
Because you’re getting this newsletter, we know you identify with our mission; if you are looking for a rewarding volunteer experience building a nation-wide network of volunteers, email our Interim Executive Director your resume and we’ll find you a great organizational opportunity. rsolosky

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We’re really interested in your stories, send them to info

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LOVE THE LAND | LOSE THE LITTERStudy after study shows the highest indicator that someone will pick up litter is if they witness someone else picking up litter. That’s because peer group norms are more powerful than incentives, and when worked in concert with each other, they can provide impressive behavioral change impacts.ENLIST YOUR FRIENDS, SEND THEM THIS EMAIL AND ASK THEM TO JOIN TOO!

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Do you Subscribe to Expedition News? You Should!

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EXPEDITION NEWS, founded in 1994, is the monthly review of significant expeditions, research projects and newsworthy adventures. It is distributed online to media representatives, corporate sponsors, educators, research librarians, explorers, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts. This forum on exploration covers projects that stimulate, motivate and educate. May 2015 – Volume Twenty-Two, Number Five

Celebrating Our 20th Year!

OUTDOOR COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SUPPORT NEPALHard to believe. Another spring and reports of more misery and suffering in Nepal, only this time on a scale of unimaginable proportions. When a 7.9 magnitude earthquake centered approximately 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu struck on Apr. 25, it destroyed homes, flattened historic UNESCO World Heritage sites, and unleashed an avalanche that slammed into Everest Base Camp killing at least 19 and leaving many more injured.

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Fahim Rahim, jrmfoundation.org

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations resident coordinator for Nepal, estimates that the earthquake had affected eight million people in the country, including two million in the 11 worst affected districts. The death toll at press time was well over 7,500.

It was the worst tragedy in Everest’s history. The American victims who died on the mountain were: Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive; Marisa Eve Girawong, a physician’s assistant from New Jersey; Tom Taplin, a documentary filmmaker from Santa Monica, Calif., and Vinh B. Truong, according to ABC News.

The Independent in the U.K. captured the horror in a series of images depicting the misery and devastation:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/nepal-earthquake-google-employee-killed-in-everest-avalanche-received-inspiring-letter-before-his-expedition-10208186.html

The news from those on the ground in Nepal was dismaying. Tashi Sherpa, founder and CEO of Sherpa Adventure Gear, wrote a few days after the earthquake, “I spent a heartbreaking morning paying my respects to a broken down Manisha (one of our long time employees) and her husband who lost their only son Sunny, in the devastation that hit Bhaktapur, and her old mother who is still missing in the collapsed rubble of an ancient township … Another April and another tale of a sorrowful spring.”

Climber Alan Arnette, a teammate of the late Marisa Eve Girawong, says of the avalanche at Everest Base Camp, “It was a F5 tornado combined with IEDs all in an environment of nylon tents. The only place to hide was behind a larger rock, even then there was no certainty.”

His report of the abbreviated Everest climbing season posted to ExplorersWeb.com is chilling:

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According to Arnette, on May 3, the Nepal Ministry of Tourism said “Everest is closed” due to the Icefall being impassable, then on the following day they said it was officially open and anyone with a permit may attempt the mountain. “As of this writing no one remained at EBC with the intention to climb. For the first time since 1974, Everest would have no summits by any route, from any camp, by any means,” writes Arnette.

Adventurers, explorers, climbers and trekkers who have visited Nepal and know how the country and its people create memories that last a lifetime, are bonding over their shared despair for this latest disaster to befall the kind, warm and beautiful people of Nepal.

As the U.N. and Nepalese government estimate three million people need food and hundreds of thousands are homeless, here’s a look at how some members of the outdoor community are rallying support:

* The American Alpine Club said in a statement, “This tragedy has impacted our tribe of climbers on the high peaks. And it has devastated communities, families, and towns across Nepal. A number of AAC partner organizations are collecting relief funds to help local mountain communities and to support on-the-ground aid efforts. These include the American Himalayan Foundation, the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, and the Juniper Fund.” (www.americanalpineclub.org)

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Envirofit EFI 100L low polluting stoves are heading to Nepal earthquake victims

* The Himalayan Stove Project has reported raising $20,000 in its first six days of appeals. HSP,in cooperation with Rotary International Clubs and individual Rotarians, and a generous global donor community, isfocusing on providing shelter – tents and tarpaulins at a minimum, and more substantial shelters wherever possible, along with water, food and sanitation.

They hope to supply more Envirofit low polluting institutional stoves. Founder George Basch writes, “The EFI 100L which has a 100 Liter pot, is ideal for cooking lentils (Dal) and rice (Bhat) making Dal Bhat, that staple, highly nutritious Nepali dish, as well as soups. The plan is to distribute them in pairs – one for Dal and one for Bhat – so that mass-feeding programs can be supported.

To donate log onto www.himalayanstoveproject.org

* International Mountain Guides (IMG) based in Ashford, Wash., reports

many homes in the Khumbu area have been destroyed, including those belonging to some of the IMG Sherpa families. According to IMG’s web site, “We intend to help support the IMG Sherpas who have done such a great job supporting our IMG teams on the mountain, by providing money and support for specific projects. This is charity work on a small scale, local and accountable.” Donations

to the IMG Sherpa Fund can be made through International Mountain Guides, Attn: IMG Sherpa Fund, P.O. Box 246, Ashford, WA

98304, www.mountainguides.com.

* The Outdoor Industry Association recognizes the role Nepal plays in the adventure field. Its web site statement reads in part, “For the outdoor industry, Nepal represents the pinnacle of world trekking and climbing. Outdoor gear of all types is utilized in every capacity, both by Westerners who journey there every year and by the people of Nepal who make their living in the tourism, guiding and adventure industries.” The OIA recommends cash donations to three groups with high Charity Navigator ratings: Direct Relief, Global Giving, and the American Himalayan Foundation.

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Nepal employees of Sherpa Adventure Gear assisting in relief efforts with some of the supplies earmarked for a local monastery. (Photo courtesy of Sherpa Adventure Gear)

* Sherpa Adventure Gear, the Kathmandu-based outdoor apparel manufacturer, has created an earthquake relief fund called “Help Sherpas Help Nepal” to support aid to remote villages affected by the disaster.

The company has committed to initially raising $100,000 through the campaign and 100% of the money raised will be dedicated to direct relief efforts thru Sherpa Adventure Gear’s existing network in villages, where the company underwrites the education of Sherpa children through its charitable Paldorje Education Fund.

The fundraising appeal is on Crowdrise. At press time over $72,000 had been raised. SAG also plans to donate 500 tents and blankets out of existing fabric stock. (www.crowdrise.com/helpsherpashelpnepal)

* The Explorers Club in New York has offered its facility to the country of Nepal for fundraising purposes. In a letter to Ambassador Dr. Shankar P. Sharma, Nepalese Ambassador to the United States, newly-appointed Club president Ted Janulis writes, “From the peaks of Mt. Everest, to the streets of Kathmandu, many of our more than 3,000 world explorer-members have entrusted their lives and their expeditions to the loyalty, bravery and expertise of our Nepalese colleagues and we will forever be grateful for their friendship and support.” (www.explorers.org)

* The U.S. Nepal Climbers Association, Inc. is an organization focused on promoting growth of mountaineering and climbing activities and protecting the Nepalese mountains, natural resources and cultural heritage. Serap Jangbu Sherpa, president, seeks donations through usnca.info.

CAROLINA IN HIS MIND

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An expedition can be as close as your own backyard and nothing proves this more vividly than the Carolina Rivers – Education and Preservation through Exploration initiative launched by African explorer, anthropologist and native Carolinian Julian “Monroe” Fisher.

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Julian Monroe Fisher (left raft, center) on the French Broad River. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Rivers Expedition)

Over the course of the next two years Fisher, 50, will conduct overland and river expeditions along the rivers in North Carolina and South Carolina. He plans to kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard down 32 Carolina Rivers, then hike long sections of North Carolina’s proposed Mountain to Sea Trail and South Carolina’s Palmetto Trail. While exploring the Carolinas, Fisher will gather video to be produced and distributed by Blue Car Productions (www.BlueCarProductions.com).

The first Carolina Rivers Expedition will be on North Carolina’s French Broad River, believed to be the third oldest river on earth. At press time he had traveled the river over 100 miles.

“In reality, well you don’t have to travel to Africa, Asia or Antarctica to be an explorer,” Fisher says. “All you have to do is walk out your door and look at your world with curious eyes.”

The effort is presented by Costa Del Mar and supported by over 30 products and services. For more information: www.CarolinaRivers.com, www.JulianMonroeFisher.com

EXPEDITION UPDATE

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Dooley Intermed International Postpones Eye Mission

The Nepal earthquake occurred 48 hours before the Dooley Intermed International/Operation Restore Vision team of ophthalmologists were to depart to Kathmandu (see EN, March 2015). The epicenter of the quake was in the Gorka region, roughly midway between Pokhara and Kathmandu, the planned location for the eye camp set to open in late April. Dooley president Scott Hamilton wrote, “While we all want to jump in and help, we have been advised by our local contacts in Nepal to postpone our planned project until conditions are under control and we can deliver care effectively. Typically after a disaster like this orthopedic surgeons are in the highest demand due to crushing injuries and need for amputation.”

In the meantime Dooley Intermed transferred funds to its Kathmandu based agent, Mission Himalaya, so that it could provide vital assistance. Donations are being accepted at www.dooleyintermed.org

Six Summits Cancels

Expedition leader Nick Cienski has decided not to continue his attempt to summit Mount Everest out of respect for those who lost their lives in the Apr. 25 earthquake and subsequent avalanches on Everest (see EN, March 2015).

“We feel it would be wrong for us to continue climbing these mountains,” Cienski told People magazine in a statement. “We have made the decision to rededicate our efforts in Kathmandu and provide help alongside our existing partner organizations such as Tiny Hands International, Shared Hope, and Catholic Relief Services.”

Cienski, 48, who is an executive for Under Armor and the CEO for the nonprofit organization Mission 14, had initially wanted to continue the expedition despite the tragedy in order to complete the 6 Summits Challenge – a project to bring awareness to human trafficking by reaching the top of six of the earth’s highest mountains in a year.

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The sea doesn’t scare Erden Eruc. It’s drivers who text he can’t stand.

Row For Peace Begins by Tagging New Jersey

Before he sets out with a teammate to row across the Atlantic this spring, Erden Eruc, the first person to complete an entirely solo and entirely human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth, has to tag New Jersey (see EN, June 2014). As he explained during an Explorers Club presentation on May 6, his rowing journey is from one mainland to another. Since his departing point on May 19 is from North Cove Marina on the island of Manhattan, he must first head west to the New Jersey shore, land there, then turn east towards his destination in Tangier, Morocco.

The project, Row for Peace, will extend to the Gallipoli peninsula on the Dardanelles strait to commemorate the 101th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, a notable failed offensive by the Allies in World War I. They hope to arrive at the battle grounds in time for the multi-flag 101st anniversary commemorations and the dawn service at the ANZAC Cove on April 25, 2016.

When asked if he ever faced death at sea during his 5-year 11-day circumnavigation, he told the Explorers Club audience, “The boat was an oasis for me at sea. I had radar, a transponder, navigation lights, and reflectors to be seen by other ships. What scared me most was biking on land and facing drivers who were texting – they were like missiles headed towards me.”

For more information: www.rowforpeace.com

EXPEDITION NOTES

“You’re Going to Get Spanked”

Free solo phenomenon Alex Honnhold was one of the featured panelists during a Men’s Journal reception on Apr. 30 in honor of its naming “50 Most Adventurous Men” in partnership with TUDOR Watch U.S.A. Senior editor Ryan Krogh asked Honnhold point blank, “What goes through your head?” Honnhold replied, “Because I have no rope, I only climb on terrain I’m totally prepared for. You have no back-up.”

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Alex is no dope on a rope

Later, in what must be the understatement of the year, he said, “The entire time you have no protection, you have to be very, very careful. I use ropes 99 percent of the time, I only free solo (i.e. no ropes) on special occasions.”

Adventure skier and BASE-jumper Matthias Giraud commented in general, not necessarily addressed to his fellow panelists, “If you want to do something dumb, be smart about it. … there is no quick reward, if you want to do dangerous stuff, you have to pay your dues. … there needs to be a balance between excitement and fear. If there’s too much excitement and not enough fear you’re going to get spanked.”

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An adventure dream team (l-r) Matthias Giraud, Greg Treinish, Alex Honnhold, and Mike Libecki with

Men’s Journal senior editor Ryan Krogh.

Also on the panel was climber/explorer Mike Libecki who defined “organic enthusiasm” as “passion you have and don’t know why.” On the matter of corporate support, he said he doesn’t consider it a sponsorship in the true sense of the word. “It’s a reciprocal relationship – we’re all having fun together making products as members of the adventure community. We’re sharing the fun together before the deathbed comes.”

We Won’t Drink to That

G.H. Mumm’s representatives sent around a suggestion that media covering the Nepal earthquake should interview British explorer and adventurer Neil Laughton, their sponsored climber.

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by Jon Maguire of Third Revolution Media and distributed by G.H. Mumm after the earthquake.

Laughton is shown in the email smiling with a giant bottle of G.H.Mumm, which he was taking up Mount Everest to host the World’s Highest Dinner Party to benefit Community Action Nepal. Laughton was leading his team up the North Ridge of Everest to Advanced Base Camp when the earthquake struck. The team survived. But the attempt at publicity was in poor taste.

It was a classic case of “newsjacking” – using a major news story, in this case a disaster, to promote a product or service.

Adventure 101

Would more people get outside and pursue more worthwhile projects if they could take a course that taught the thousand and one skills need by an adventurer? Matt Prior, an Ex-RAF pilot, hopes to find out.

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Matt Prior wants to teach you how to be an adventurer

The British military overseas expedition leader has launched the Matt Prior Adventure Academy so that people can learn while actually on an adventure, in a developing nation, with no Internet, no English and physical challenges along the way. The courses are a no frills practical approach to adventure, travel and overland expeditions in just under a week.

“If you need a hot shower and WiFi each day this is not the course for you,” he warns.

The adventure consultancy business has been endorsed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes who said it’s, “A must for anyone with an adventurous spark but not sure where to start.”

He promises students will gain insight into how to get the ball rolling on their own adventure and answer any questions they may have on adventure travel.

Topics include “showstoppers” that can kill the project before you leave; finances and managing sponsorships; and method of transport. There will be four courses per year each of seven days’ duration, with Prior and only three students per session across several islands in Indonesia.Cost is $4,495 USD.

Learn more at: mattprior, www.mattprior.co.uk, www.mpadventureacademy.com

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“The principal difference between an adventurer and a suicide is that the adventurer leaves himself

a margin of escape (the narrower the margin the greater the adventure)…”

– Thomas Eugene “Tom” Robbins, an American author, from Another Roadside Attraction.

MEDIA MATTERS

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Polar Explorer Ben Saunders Launches New Magazine

Ben Saunders is editor and co-publisher of a new London-based glossy called Avaunt which will cover fashion, outdoor gear and luxury lifestyle products.

He calls the project, “a selfish distillation of everything I’ve enjoyed and been inspired by.”

In an interview with Lena Dystant on Selectism.com he explains, “Digital is a big part of what we’re doing, but that long shelf of decades’ worth of National Geographic magazines was a seminal memory for me. If I close my eyes now I can still recall the smell of some of the older copies as I opened them up, and you don’t get that on an iPad. So print – and making a beautiful thing that people will hopefully treasure – will always be at the heart of what we’re doing.”

Saunders continues, “I’d argue that style has always gone hand-in-hand with adventure. After all, the Earl of Carnarvon cracked open Tutankhamun’s tomb wearing a Norton & Sons’ suit; George Mallory died on Everest in a tailored tweed Norfolk jacket; Amelia Earheart launched her own clothing line in the 1930s (‘For the woman who lives actively’) and Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler climbed Everest without oxygen for the first time in natty Fila down suits. A lot of brands have their roots in the great outdoors, from Barbour to Nigel Cabourn, Moncler to Burberry (who sponsored Captain Scott).”

Learn more at: https://avauntmagazine.com/

EXPEDITION MARKETING

Divers Wanted

The 100 miles of the Big Sur coast of California is one of the most remote, unique and pristine stretches of marine resources along the west coast of North America. But the same remoteness that results in less fishing pressure and puts it out of reach of polluting industries and human population centers, also makes it difficult for scientists to study and manage this area.

To help document changes taking place, Reef Check is planning an expedition in June that’s open to both Reef Check divers and other non-Reef Check recreational divers. In addition to conducting Reef Check surveys at each reef they stop at, they will document the work and the ecosystems they find using Google Ocean’s latest specialized underwater camera to take panorama or “underwater street view” photos. They will then upload these images to Google Maps to help raise awareness of the conservation issues in this unexplored ecosystem.

The expedition is being funded in part with a Kickstarter campaign, and contributors are being solicited to help make it happen. At press time they were only $700 away from their $4,000 goal. For more information: Anna Neumann, aneumann.

See the Kickstarter campaign here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2033378493/marine-ecosystem-assessment-of-the-big-sur-coast

ATC Partners with Moon Shine

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), founded in 1925, has signed a new licensing agreement with Moon Shine, a maker of belts, bags, key chains, pet products and more, that will offer consumers quality products that support the organization in its mission to protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Funds received from the sales of these products will benefit trail management and support, conservation work, community and youth engagement and educational initiatives.

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With this belt, a trail name and some trail angels, and you’re all set to tackle the A.T.

A.T. themed products that will be available this year include dog collars, leashes, and harnesses; leather belts and key chains; lanyards and sunglasses holders; and canvas totes, koozies and more, according to Javier Folgar, the ATC’s director of Marketing and Communications. “These new co-branded products will give Appalachian Trail enthusiasts a chance to show their love for the Trail everywhere they go.”

A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world.

For more information about Moon Shine’s products visit www.moonshineusa.com

EXPEDITION INK

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The Oregon Trail

By Rinker Buck

(Simon & Schuster, June 2015)

Reviewed by Robert F. Wells

This summer, you could pack the family up in a station wagon bound for The Cape, or Vineyard … Or, you could call your wacky brother, fly to Kansas City, buy a covered wagon – and three unsuspecting mules, not to mention an ungodly amount of canned chili and other supplies – and head West along the 2,100 mile Oregon Trail. An unforgettable adventure? Yes. And as a result, a book by one Rinker Buck.

This wasn’t entirely out of the blue. Back when the author and his brother, Nick, were kids their father packed the family up in an Amish wagon with a sign on the back reading “See America Slowly” and meandered around Eastern Pennsylvania. (Just proves again: apples don’t fall that far from a tree.)

This delightful little narrative details what the Bucks did to hit The Trail. It sprinkles doses of historical perspective about the mass migration of wagons heading West in the mid 1800’s. And then, invites you to enjoy their “reenactment” ride – as they traced old wagon ruts still plainly visible along the way. Who knew The Peter Schuttler Wagon Works was Chicago’s largest factory in 1850? Or that peak migration years – like 1852 – saw over 60,000 pioneers leave the Midwest for California and Oregon. The story of Ezra Meeker. Or a Pony Express rider named Jim Moore who survived one of the greatest endurance rides in history.

Face it, suspension systems on wagons were and still are butt awful. Today, The Trail is bisected with interstates and Walmart parking lots. Rinker’s mules needed water every day. Painted over dry rot on wheels broke through out of nowhere. Yet the trail kept on. Rocky Ridge. California Hill. Cattle guards galore. Barbed wire fences. Surging streams. Irate land owners. Hair-raising drops off mountain sides, littered with boulders and brush.

Readers can’t avoid getting dirt in their shoes. Kinks in their shoulders from sleeping vicariously on bumpy and soggy ground. But for those who have lingered along a trail in nowhere Wyoming… smelling the sage, watching the sun dip over some badlands as everything turns brilliant red… a bit of Albert Bierstadt, an American painter of the American West, tickles your imagination as you flip pages and wander your the way towards the setting sun.

The last documented crossing of The Oregon Trail was in 1909. What Rinker and Nick Buck did to do it again, was epic. Get ready for some gosh darn salty cursing between the two. And hold on, or you’ll get bounced right out of the wagon. Just be glad you’re probably able to read this on The Cape or Vineyard.

Robert Wells, a member of The Explorers Club since 1991, is a resident of South Londonderry, Vt., and a retired executive of the Young & Rubicam ad agency. Wells is the director of a steel band (see www.blueflamessteelband.com) and in 1989, at the age of 45, traveled south by road bike from Canada to Long Island Sound in a single 350-mile, 19-hr., 28-min. push.

EXPEDITION CLASSIFIEDS

Adventure Photographer Seeks Speaking Opportunities – International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk has spent the past 25 years adventuring alone in some of the most remote places on earth. Using his own compelling photographs as examples and his powerful storytelling, he offers dynamic presentations that inspire his audiences to see the world with new eyes. Contact Hawk at hawkphoto, www.darylhawk.com, 203 834 9595

Get Sponsored! – Hundreds of explorers and adventurers raise money each month to travel on world class expeditions to Mt. Everest, Nepal, Antarctica and elsewhere. Now the techniques they use to pay for their journeys are available to anyone who has a dream adventure project in mind, according to the new book from Skyhorse Publishing called: Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers.

Author Jeff Blumenfeld, an adventure marketing specialist who has represented 3M, Coleman, Du Pont, Lands’ End and Orvis, among others, shares techniques for securing sponsors for expeditions and adventures.

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Get-Sponsored-Explorers-Adventurers-Travelers-ebook/dp/B00H12FLH2

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Looking for a great job? Denver Zoo is hiring for Research North American Bison Issues

Denver Zoo’s Department of Conservation and Research has a growing human dimensions of wildlife research program focused on documenting the social contexts for plains bison (Bison bison) conservation and reintroduction across the Rocky Mountain West. We seek highly qualified and motivated graduate students in conservation social science-related fields to apply for the following two internships:

Internship #1: American Icons in a Metropolitan Grassland – Understanding People, Place and Bison Conservation in Denver, CO

This internship advances the mission of Denver Zoo by assisting with a research study that examines the social meanings of and visitor experiences with bison conservation in metro Denver, Colorado. Using survey and interview research, the study will examine metro Denverites’ knowledge about, attitudes towards and experiences with bison conservation generally, and with three of metro-Denver’s conservation bison herds specifically. The research intern will work 20 hour per week to conduct structured visitor intercept interviews in the field, and, as time permits, assist with public opinion survey design. The internship dates are June 15 – October 16, 2015 (final dates based on hire availability).

Internship #2: Creating Sustainable Futures for People, Animals and the Environment – The Human Dimensions of Bison Reintroduction in Northern Colorado

This internship advances the mission of Denver Zoo by assisting with a collaborative and interdisciplinary One Health study funded by Colorado State University (CSU), which will document the effects of bison reintroduction in Northern Larimer County, Colorado on human, animal and ecological health. The research intern will work 20-30 hours per week at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area (near Fort Collins, CO) to collect data about the ways in which the planned bison reintroduction may affect the visitor experience, recreational use patterns and place attachment through visitor intercept interviews, trail monitor data collection and the distribution of handheld GPS units to track visitor trail use patterns. The internship dates are June 15 – October 16, 2015 (final dates based on hire availability).

Please apply through Denver Zoo’s job portal at: http://www.denverzoo.org/jobs-internships

Closing Date for both internships: May 22, 2015

Rebecca Garvoille, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Conservation Biology

Denver Zoo | 2300 Steele St. | Denver, CO | 80205

(Office) 720.337.1676

(Cell) 954.330.7412

(Fax) 720.337.1406


Comments Needed to Stop Development at the Grand Canyon South Rim & Loss of more Water

How to comment

The scoping process for the town of Tusayan’s roadway and utility easement application will run through June 2. To submit a comment online visit comments-southwestern-kaibab with “Tusayan Roadway Easements” in the subject line.

The Forest Service also will hold three public scoping meetings:

  • May 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Williams Elementary School Auditorium, 601 N. 7th Street, Williams
  • May 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grand Canyon Squire Inn, 100 Highway 64, Tusayan
  • May 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, 1175 Route 66, Flagstaff

or

you can write to:

Michael Williams, Forest Supervisor

Kaibab National Forest

Williams Ranger District

742 S Clover RD

Williams, AZ 86046

Your own comments are usually better than a talking points form letter. I would suggest you express your concerns about impacts on the GC National Park, including but not limited to night sky, water, wildlife, traffic. You might question the need for such a project as well as better definitions of the scope of the project beyond the easements.

The cumulative effects should be considered. Irreparable and irreversible damage could be done with out a complete and thorough EIS. Insist on one.

Naturally, you will want to comment on the national and international significance of the Grand Canyon Canyon .

Your comments thoughts and frustrations will not be considered if you do not make them formally known.

For those in the area, try to attend one of the public scoping meetings. If you do attend and do comment at more than one meeting, do not repeat yourself, alter your presentation.

 


2015 USA Pro Challenge Route will Attract Great Racers and Great Fans

USA PRO CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES 2015 ROUTE WITH EPIC MOUNTAINTOP FINISH AND ALTITUDE INFUSED TIME TRIAL

New Host Communities Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain

Promise to Delight Fans

DENVER (April 28, 2015) – The 2015 USA Pro Challenge swings into action in its fifth year with a new circuit start in Steamboat Springs on Monday, August 17th and then it makes its way through another eight stunning host cities for the race finale in Denver on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

The Rocky Mountains of Colorado serve as home for the USA Pro Challenge, and every year since its inception over a million fans get to witness the world’s best cyclists, iconic routes and lung-piercing climbs of the seven stage event. With the State of Colorado containing 28 of the 50 highest peaks in the United States, it’s no surprise the race is a favorite for the world’s top teams and cyclists.

“Each of our 2015 host cities offers something unique and special to the 5th anniversary of the Pro Challenge,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of USA Pro Challenge. “We’re confident that this year’s route will provide the most exciting week of racing yet. We have added new cities and a dramatic mountaintop finish that will prove to be a fierce battleground for riders eager to show they have what it takes to compete on a new climb up Loveland Pass.”

The Pro Challenge has grown into the largest spectator event in Colorado history with tremendous crowds enjoying the weeklong race action and event festivities. New additions to this year’s race include: Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Pass, Copper Mountain and a lung buster time-trial in Breckenridge, a new twist for a familiar host city of past races. This year the USA Pro Challenge also pays homage to the inaugural race in 2011 with a repeat of that year’s final stage – from Golden to Denver.

The 2015 USA Pro Challenge race is back with a combination of familiar host cities and new communities added into the mix.

Highlights of the route include:

Stage 1 – Steamboat Springs Circuit – Monday, August 17, 2015

After a brief venture onto the rolling roads of Routt County in 2013, the USA Pro Challenge knew it had to make a return to put on a classic circuit race. The quiet roads offer straights, twists, and a few rather steep surprises. Match that with the fan favorite host city of Steamboat Springs, and you have the makings of a great opening stage. This 49-mile circuit will be completed twice by the peloton, creating great spectator opportunities both in Steamboat Springs and for on course locations like the Rt. 27 KOM climb and the town of Oak Creek. Will Steamboat Springs be treated to another classic sprint finish or will the challenges of Routt County create an opportunity for a surprise first yellow jersey of 2015? Either way, the fans of Steamboat Springs will be treated to quite a show.

Stage 2 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin – Tuesday, August 18, 2015

As the Pro Challenge says goodbye to its overall start host, Steamboat Springs, it welcomes a new member to the family with the race’s first visit to Arapahoe Basin. Leaving Steamboat Springs there is little time to settle in before the pros have to tackle Rabbit Ears Pass. From there, this familiar route heads south through Kremmling, around the Green Mtn. Reservoir, and continues through Silverthorne and Dillon. Unlike years past, the 2015 Pro Challenge will then turn east and suffer 5 miles up Loveland Pass to Arapahoe Basin. Look for jerseys to change hands, dreams fulfilled for some, expectations dashed for others, on this new mountain top finish.

Stage 3 – Copper Mountain to Aspen – Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another new twist on an old favorite, but this time it is the opening that changes. Copper Mountain plays host to its first ever Pro Challenge stage and sends off Stage 3 in style, while familiar terrain and fans await the race on Independence Pass and the run into Aspen.

No rest for the weary this day as the climbing starts right away with the ascent of Freemont Pass, followed by the gorgeous shores of Turquoise Lake and then a quick sprint through Leadville. However that is only the appetizer as the main course awaits on the upper slopes of Independence Pass and then it’s down the breathtaking descent into Aspen where some of the most memorable moments in Pro Challenge history have played out.

Oh, and by the way, over half of Stage 3 takes place above 10,000 feet. Bring your lungs.

Stage 4 – Aspen to Breckenridge – Thursday, August 20, 2015

This crowd-pleasing stage from 2013 is back for an encore in 2015 as it connects the Pro Challenge’s two most visited towns; Aspen and Breckenridge. Starting off with 20 miles of climbing up Independence Pass is a rude wake up call, but that is only the beginning. The racers still have the climbs of Trout Creek Pass and Hoosier Pass to conquer, while sprints in Buena Vista and Fairplay dot the route to Breckenridge. Once in town, one final obstacle stands between the riders and victory, the wall up Moonstone road and the drop down Boreas Pass to the finish where the always boisterous crowds of Breckenridge await.

Stage 5 – Breckenridge Time Trial – Friday, August 21, 2015

Completely new for 2015, the Breckenridge Time Trial will test all of a rider’s skills and will produce a truly worthy winner. The 8.5-mile time trial starts out flat for the pure time trialists. However, it’s not long before it’s back onto the climb up Moonstone road, still fresh in the pain file from the day before and a real test of climbing skills. Finally, the race could be won or lost going downhill this day, as racers will push the limits on the Boreas Pass descent to shave seconds off their time. Whoever wins the day will certainly be one who can hammer the flats, dance up the climbs, and carve down the descents.

Stage 6 – Loveland to Ft. Collins – Saturday, August 22, 2015

The start and finish location of Stage 6 may be familiar, but what lies between the two is new and challenging.

The early flats and sprints in Windsor and Loveland hide the wicked side of the route that waits in the second half. It may not have the grand names or the huge elevation numbers, but the lower and smaller climbs of this stage still have a serious sting. Climbing the north side of Carter Lake and then onto the new climb up Rist Canyon should get everyone’s attention. It may also present one of the last chances for overall contenders to make a move. Wrapping up with the jagged rollers of Horsetooth Reservoir before bombing into Ft. Collins, this stage proves that a race doesn’t need to reach 12’000’ to be epic.

Stage 7 – Golden to Denver – Sunday, August 23, 2015

For a finale the Pro Challenge goes back to its roots. This route was the final stage of the first Pro Challenge in 2011 and introduced the world to the cycling crowds on the Front Range.

After a short loop north of Golden the race will tackle its main obstacle of the day, the 4-mile climb of Lookout Mtn. Another quick pass of Golden and the race is screaming through Wheat Ridge and Lakewood en route to downtown Denver. Four laps of the familiar Denver circuit await and Civic Center Park, City Park, and 17th street will be treated to blazing speeds as the last prizes of the week are fought for over tooth and nail.

One of the most highly anticipated events on the race calendar, the 2015 USA Pro Challenge will test the riders’ strength and endurance over a 605 mile course. To give fans the opportunity to see their heroes up close and in action, each stage, with the exception of the individual time trial, will start with at least one circuit lap in the start city before leaving town

Host city information, maps and elevation profiles are available on the race website http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/route

About the USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 17-23, 2015 and an inaugural Women’s USA Pro Challenge will take place from August 21-23, 2015. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top male and female athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2015. Featuring a challenging course, the fifth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

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After 40 Years, the Ride Continues: Adventure Cycling Seeks to Reconnect with Bikecentennial & TransAm Cyclists

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After 40 Years, the Ride Continues: Adventure Cycling Seeks to Reconnect with Bikecentennial & TransAm Cyclists

Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2016 will include events, tours, reunions, ’76 retro merchandise and more.

MISSOULA, MONTANA, April 22, 2015 —Adventure Cycling Association has been creating social networks since the launch of Bikecentennial in 1976. Now, the largest cycling membership organization in North America wants to reconnect with those involved in Bikecentennial and cyclists who have ridden all or part of the TransAmerica Trail between 1976 and today. In preparation for a yearlong 40th anniversary celebration in 2016, Adventure Cycling invites Bikecentennial and TransAm cyclists to fill out an online form to share their contact and trip information. Anyone interested in participating or volunteering in the 40th anniversary events can also fill out the online form.

“We are looking to reconnect and honor the contributions made by our original Bikecentennial family and those who have cycled our first route, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.” stated Eva Dunn-Froebig, events and outreach coordinator for Adventure Cycling. “We are also excited to engage present and future generations with a great lineup of events open to people of all ages.”

Adventure Cycling was founded as Bikecentennial, a 4,250-mile TransAmerican bicycle ride in the summer of 1976, with over 4,100 participants. Today, Adventure Cycling has over 48,000 members, guided tours, an award-winning magazine, 44,673 miles of bicycle routes, an online store, and bicycle travel advocacy programs.

In addition to reconnecting with TranAm and Bikecentennial 76 cyclists, Adventure Cycling is looking to engage anyone who is interested in celebrating 40 years of bike travel with family-friendly events, special tours, retro merchandise, and more. Those interested can fill out the online form.

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The 40th anniversary will include The Montana Bicycle Celebration, July 15 – 17, 2016 in Missoula, Montana—home of Adventure Cycling’s headquarters—and will bring together bike travelers from all over the world for celebratory Bikecentennial reunions and parties with inspirational speakers, and music, art and film. Organized bike rides throughout the weekend will showcase Missoula’s trail system including the completed 50-mile Bitterroot Trail south of Missoula. On the same weekend, Tour of Montana will host professional bike races, an expo, and a Gran Fondo.

Two new annual events, set to kick off in 2016, will inspire a bike travel movement throughout North America. National Bike Travel Weekend, June 3 – 5, 2016, will motivate bike travelers from all over North America to go on bike overnights through a festive online community. Adventure Cycling will provide do-it-yourself resources and an interactive map that will connect bike travelers during what will be the most prolific weekend of bike travel in North America. Bike to Your National Park Day on September 24, 2016 will celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial, National Public Lands Day, and Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary by promoting bike travel to and within national parks, state parks, and other recreational areas.

In honor of the 40th anniversary, in 2016, Adventure Cycling will offer extra TransAmerica Trail tours and other special epic tours, including on Bicycle Route 66, the Underground Railroad and the Great Divide. Sign-ups will be available on the Adventure Cycling website in the summer of 2015.

For those who cannot attend Adventure Cycling’s events or tours and want to plan their own reunion or ride, Adventure Cycling will provide online tools and resources to help plan Do-It-Yourself Reunions and Celebrations throughout 2016.

Adventure Cycling will also have retro-themed jerseys and merchandise available in the Cyclosource store throughout 2016. Other Bikecentennial projects include a beautiful, large format, picture-laden book about the TransAmerican Trail co-authored by Greg Siple, a co-founder of Adventure Cycling, and longtime Adventure Cycling staff member Mac McCoy; special bike giveaways; a commemorative beer; an online project that will recognize 40 bicyclists who have made significant contributions to the bike travel community; and an archival project with Story Corps to preserve the fulfilling and transformative memories of Bikecentennial cyclists and other bike adventurers.

“Bikecentennial started with a vision to encourage more people to experience bike travel and was fueled by the passion of a small group of dedicated staff and volunteers,” Siple says. “Bikecentennial 76 continues to inspire bike travelers of all ages and backgrounds 40 years later.”

Adventure Cycling invites the public to share photos, stories and words of wisdom from Bikecentennial, now, and any time in between at adventurecycling.tumblr.com.

For more information about Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary visit adventurecycling.org/40th.


Golden Bike Shop: Bike Junkies Fest Sunday May 3 & Beer