OUTER POINT TRAIL PICNIC AND VOLUNTEER DAY FOR ACCESSIBLE TRAIL
Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® is the country's largest celebration of trails. Mark your 2013 calendar for June 1 to make sure you don't miss out on the thousands of NTD activites happening all over the country. Events include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.
Find an event near you! http://www.americanhiking.org/ntd-events
May 18 event includes guided tours of the state-of-the-art, energy-efficient facility
JUNEAU, Alaska. May 14, 2013. The Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station will officially dedicate its new Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory this Saturday, May 18 during an afternoon ceremony that includes guided tours and the raising of carved house posts. The event is free and open to the public.
“Our new laboratory will strengthen the station’s Alaska research program and enhance the partnerships critical for addressing natural resource issues in the state and beyond,” said Robert Mangold, Acting Station Director.
Adjacent to the University of Alaska Southeast campus, the 12,000-square-foot facility includes both office and specialized laboratory space. It provides a collaborative environment for Forest Service research scientists to interact closely with university faculty, students, agency colleagues, and key regional stakeholders. The building houses scientists and staff from the station, the Forest Service’s Alaska Region, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center and is home to research on climate change, watershed and young-growth management, human values and uses of natural resources, and forest health.
Energy-efficient features—including high-efficiency ground source heat pumps and a heat recovery ventilation system—and regionally sourced building materials feature prominently in the new building. In addition, the building’s entrance will be flanked by two house posts, carved by Tlingit master carver Wayne Price, that pay homage to the Eagle and Raven moieties of the Tlingit People, on whose ancestral land the laboratory is built. The posts will be unveiled and raised during the ceremony.
Guided tours of the facility will be available every half hour from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on May 18. Signup will be onsite. The formal ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. and will feature the Woosh.ji.een and Mt. Juneau Tlingit Dancers and speakers including Acting Station Director Mangold; former Mayor of Juneau Bruce Botelho; and University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh.
· What: Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory Ribbon-Cutting and House Post Dedication Ceremony
· When: Saturday, May 18, 2013; Open house and tours from 12:00-3:00 p.m.; formal program from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
· Where: Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory; 11175 Auke Lake Way; Juneau, AK 99801
For more information or to RSVP, call (907) 586-7802.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland, Ore.—generates and communicates scientific knowledge that helps people make informed choices about natural resources and the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 390 employees. Learn more online at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw.
Has the backpack become a suitcase with a bunch of novelty gadgets? When I purchased my first pack, around 1975, the options were simple. It was an external metal frame and had three compartments, top, middle and bottom. Each compartment had its own zipper. Your bed roll and tent either strapped externally to the top of the pack or the bottom.
Modern backpacks, well, they are full of non essential options and gadgetry, let’s name a few:
I know there are more out there but I think you get my point. I know everyone has different needs when they are out. Many of those personal preferences may depend on the area you hike/backpack in. If you could design your own backpack, what are some of the details you would like to have. I know many options we want come on different packs from different manufacturers but it seems they have that one great option then mess it up with a couple of stupid things.
Here are a few that I would like to see:
Those are some of the things I would like to see, what are yours?
These days most hiking boots on the market are not recraftable. Meaning when
the sole wears out, you throw them away and purchase a new pair. Even if your
leather boots are not recraftable, proper maintenance and care can get you a
few extra miles out of them, that is, if you haven’t worn the soles slick. I
had never really paid much attention to the maintenance of my boots in the last
20 years simply because most boots on the market seemed to be disposable. It wasn't like when I was growing up and I would watch my father put saddle soap on his boots to keep the leather clean and plyable. Now that
I am in
Recraftable Boot. Danner Mountain Light II
Non-recraftable boot. Danner Crater Rim
So for any of you that haven’t succumb to the plastic and nylon footwear craze and still love to wear a great pair of leather hiking/backpacking boots, here are a few tips to help get those extra few miles out of them.
Regular cleaning and the application of leather conditioners and water repellents aid in maximizing the breathability of Gore-Tex® footwear. Your first step is regular cleaning. Dirt, saltwater, grime and grit can work their way into the fibers of the leather causing it to dry out and break down, prematurely wearing out the upper of you boot.
After each outing, Remove the laces and rinse off the mud, dirt and grime with water. For tougher dirt, use a nylon brush and scrub gently, I use an old tooth brush. After you scub an area, rerinse with water. To remove oil-based dirt, excess wax, and stubborn grime use leather cleaner. Pour leather cleaner onto the brush, wet the area to be cleaned and scrub briskly. Dry away from direct heat. Drying should be done with little or no heat and enough air circulation to dry them. I use a hair dryer on cool to speed up the process. Be sure to clean the linings of your boots too. You can use a warm damp cloth after each use. Salt from perspiration can pass into the lining rapidly destroying the leather making it dry and cracked.
RESTORE or ADD WATER-REPELLENCY. This is important not just to keep your feet dry, but will keep boots cleaner and maintain the leather's suppleness for improved durability. Most boots on the market have some type of waterproof liners and factory treatments, but even these require maintenance. Gore-Tex® does nothing to protect the outer boot from water and other abuse. Before waterproofing or water repellent is applied, the boot should be clean and dry. Simply apply the appropriate waterproofing treatment to the entire boot, paying special attention to the stitching and hardware (anywhere the leather has been punctured) to ensure complete protection from the elements. I like to use a sno seal, there are a few manufacturers of these types of products. I either take the laces out, place my boots in a hot oven. The oven should already be preheated and turned off prior to placing your boots in there. We are warming the leather, not making meatloaf. Heat the boots to a tempurature that you can still handle them without burning your hands. I use my bare hands and simply apply the sno seal to the outside of the boot. Use as much sno seal as the warm boot will absorb into the leather.
If the wife says no to the oven then simply grab a hair dryer. You may want to purchase one of your own for this. Most sno seal is made of bee's wax and it can be a mess on the handle of the hair dryer. You don't want to sleep in the dog house because your wife ended up with bee's wax in her hair as she is prepairing to get ready for work. When using this method apply the sno seal liberally all over the outer of your boots. Wash the excess sno seal off your hands, get the hair dryer out. Turn it on high, hot blow drying the outside of your boot. The sno seal will start to liquify and be absorbed into the leather as the leather heats up. Always follow the manufacturer's directions for application of waterproofing and conditioning. Reapply as necessary or after use in severe conditions. For best results let boots dry for 24 hours before use.
I hope this helps.
When you hear the word
March - Fish Creek Trail
Mendenhall Glacier February 2013
December 2012 Juneau
Nestled between the
May, between Fish Creek Trail and the Gastineau Channel 05.12.13
The steep terrain, ocean, jagged rocks, densely wooded forest, rushing glacial rivers and streams, and the constant moisture presented a challenge for us. We were having trouble keeping our feet dry when we would go out on hikes. The weather here is either soaking rain or snow. We needed a boot that was capable of withstanding both the harsh weather and rugged terrain here. We hike every weekend and we hiked in every boot we owned from three different, well known manufacturers. Each of those boots belonging to us is billed as “waterproof.” Let me say they were only waterproofed after I rubbed Sno Seal all over them. Prior to that, our waterproof boots left us with wet feet and soaked socks. Not something you want when you are hiking in the rain when it is 39 degrees outside, not to mention sloshing through streams, trails, sand, muskeg, salt water pools and ocean water that has a temperature of a whopping 35 degrees.
on the trail hiking the wetlands to get to the ocean 05.12.13
I reached out to Danner to see if they had a boot that would
hold up to the challenges of
on the trail in the forest 05.12.13
on the trail to get to the beach 05.12.13
Here is what they say:
Crafted just an hour outside of the summit of
The Crater Rim features a durable waterproof nubuc leather upper, a 360˚ abrasion resistant Vibram® rubber rand, lace-to-toe design for a secure fit, a proven waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® liner and a Vibram® Bifida outsole which provides superior traction in rugged ascending and descending terrain.
Here is what we say:
After many hikes in the Crater Rim, both my wife and I have been completely satisfied. The boots give us a stable platform for the uneven terrain we hike on. Our feet stay dry even when we are crossing fresh water streams and salt water tidal pools. The abrasion resistant rand really protects the boot in this harsh rugged terrain as well. The Crater Rim is our go-to boot all year round. Unless the temperature drops far enough and there is enough snow coming down to warrant a pack boot, we will be hiking in our Crater Rims.
shells and barnicles on the shoreline 05.12.13
Muskeg, 05.12.13 (it got deeper)
These boots are rugged. They go from muskeg and jagged rocks
along our shorelines to the wettest, steepest trails. Many of the trails in and
Fresh Water Crossing
If you are still reading this and you have not purchased this boot yet, all I can say is what are you waiting for? Carrying a price tag of $300.00 they will put a dent in your wallet, but they are 10 times the boot you can get for $200.00. Don’t try to save a few bucks only to pay for it later on the trail. If you are one that likes to get outside, and I don’t mean taking the dog around the block, I mean if your idea of a walk includes getting off the beaten path, the Crater Rim is the boot for you.
the trail on the shoreline heading home 05.12.13
I do have to tell you my wife DID NOT want to wear these boots out hiking. Even though she complained every time we went out about either her feet being wet or her ankles hurting. I finaly asked her why she wouldn't wear the Crater Rims? Her response was, "I don't want to get them dirty, they look too cute with jeans".
Dale & Stacy Smith