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Fun Facts for Hikers

 

What is it about hiking that has us on our feet?Hiker

There are more then few folks who just don’t get it. After all it is an awful lot of work and in the end it’s not like your getting anything from it. Of course I totally disagree, the rewards for all that toil is often a view that can be seen from no where else but the top of that next rise, or a sunset that is beyond beauty. The more tangible benefits are of course an elevated heart rate (in a good way), fresh air and open skies and a chance to explore places not everyone gets to see. Still, not everyone buys into that. So we thought we would look at a bigger picture of hiking, and find the following nuggets of hiking facts, stats, averages, and other numbers:

7,325: Miles. Sum length of the Triple Crown (Appalacian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails combined)

420,880: Feet. Elevation change in the 2,663 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

46:11:20: Time, days:hours:minutes. Record set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011 for the fastest through-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

5: Pairs. Shoes used up by Davis on her record-setting trek. That’s a new pair every 9 days.

31 million: Americans. According to the American Recreation Foundation this is the number of Americans who hiked a trail in 2007.

4,600: Miles. Longest hike in the U.S., North Country National Scenic Trail. From Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota to Crown Point, New York.

16,368,000: Feet. Length of Continental Divide Trail. That’s 3,100 miles.

734: Miles. Sum of the length of all hiking trails in Glacier National Park.

10: Essentials. As dictated by The Mountaineers, a climber’s organization, in 1930 for establishing what you need to react positively to an accident or emergency, and to spend an unexpected night outside. In order: Map, Compass, Sunglasses and sunscreen, Extra clothing, Headlamp/flashlight, First-aid supplies, Firestarter, Matches, Knife, Extra food.

2003: Year. The Mountaineers updated their 10 Essentials in the 2003 edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills to the following: Navigation (map and compass), Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen), Insulation (extra clothing), Illumination (headlamp/flashlight), First-aid supplies, Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles), ulta-light towels/blankes, Repair kit and tools, Nutrition (extra food), Hydration (extra water), Emergency shelter

1989: Year. A river guide started a little company that makes sandals. Chaco. You know the one.

10-20: Percentage. Suggested backpack weight for children as a percentage of their body weight. For example, a 50 lbs child should carry backpack that weighs 10 lbs — or until they start whining about numb arms. Which ever comes first. Keep the peace. Try bribery with candy, then move on to reducing weight.

31: Satellites. The Global Positioning System (GPS) operates on a constellation of 31 satellites that orbit the earth on 6 orbital planes at an altitude of 12,600 miles in a fashion that puts nearly all points on the planet in line of sight with at least 6 satellites at any given time.

14,505: Elevation. Mount Whitney is the tallest peak in the 48 U.S., and also the tallest “hikeable” peak (vs climbable) by a trail 22 miles round trip.

6,288: Elevation. Tallest hikeable peak in New England, Mt. Washington.

13: Length. Miles of longest slot canyon, Buckskin Gulch in Utah.

800: Approximated average. Number of hikers who would hike Half Dome on a busy holiday or weekend day in Yosemite before the current permit system went into place. The NPS now allows just 400 people on the trail in a day, and a permit is required.

21: Distance. A rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon using South Kaibab and North Kaibab trails is 21 miles long. A hard 21 miles.

517: Calories. Man weighing 190 lbs will burn this in one hour of hiking.

440: Calories. A woman who weighs 163 lbs will burn this in an hour of hiking.

Missy’s Product Review – Lightload Towel

Lightload Towels
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
When you have ever gone to the beach have you thought there has to be a better way to carry a towel well with Lightload Towels there is as this is a towel so small it fits in your back pocket or lightweight and very easy to carry. I got a few to review and one is an Ultra Space Saver Towel which is 36×60″90x150cm and fold so neat. These towels can be used again or thrown away after use. It is also more absorbent than cotton beach towels, dries much quicker than cotton and almost weightless when wet, easier to handle than cotton when wet, disposable/reusable don’t need to carry back after a trip, softer than cotton. I also got 2 Lightload Beach Towels the Only Beach Towels That Fit in Your Pocket weights only 5oz., more absorbent than cotton and microfiber, wick able fabric so insulates against heat and cold.

Lightload Towels Missy's Review

My Opinion: These are great for camping and taken to the beach, the colors could be more attractive than just brightly colored but they do work well and can be taken anywhere even flying as they do not take up much room.They can be used for outdoor travel towels, camping towels, beach towels and sports towels.

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Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.
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WICKABLE LIGHTLOAD TOWELS CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE TRAVEL AROUND THE GLOBE

WICKABLE LIGHTLOAD TOWELS CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE TRAVEL AROUND THE GLOBE Jamaica, New York (November 18, 2009)— Traveling light is a goal for many people, whether they’re going on an extended backpacking trip or a day trip to the mall. With this in mind, Lightload Towels were invented. The hallmark of Lightload Towels is their space-saving design and light weight in addition to the wickable fabric from which they are made. Packaged to fit a 2-inch diameter, the towels are small enough to fit in a pocket and still leave room for other incidentals like keys and a wallet. Lightload Towels open to a full 12” x 24” inch 30x60cm size. They weigh only ½ ounce or 17 grams each and are constructed from 100% viscose, a wickable fabric that draws excess moisture from skin. Wickable fabric is best for keeping warm in cold weather. The towels are an almost indispensable piece of gear for backpackers, campers, fishermen, hikers, bikers or anyone who travels outdoors, and now, after years of successful sales in the United States, Lightload Towels can now be purchased in Europe on amazon.de (Germany) and amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom). Less adventurous travelers will also appreciate the versatility and compact design of Lightload Towels, which can be used in hundreds of imaginative ways. They are useful as fire starters, scarves, insulation, first aid bandages and strainers. They can also be used to protect skin from wind and bugs or any time a traveler needs something to cover the ground to sit on. The towels are more absorbent than cotton, and they dry much faster. A single, machine washable towel can be used over and over again. Lightload Towels are also inexpensive at approximately $2 each. Buyers who purchase 12 towels or more can get a 50% discount using coupon code “50 per.” More information about this product can be found on the company’s website at http://www.ultralightloadtowels.com. Lightload Towels are also available in stores, online and in catalogues through retailers such as EMS, REI, Campmor and Paragon Sports They make excellent stocking stuffers for anyone who can benefit from a lightweight, compact “take-along” towel.

 

Lightload Towels Bug Repeller Video Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmteFWTVYU

Lightload Towels  are the only towels that are survival towels.  View this demo of the lightload Towels as a bug repeller.

Lightload Towels Wickable Fabric Video Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmteFWTVYU

Lightload Towels  are the only towels that are survival towels.  View this demo of the lightload Towels Wickable fabric.

Lightload Beach Towels Video Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmteFWTVYU

Lightload Towels  are the only towels that are survival towels.  View this demo of the lightload Towels Beach Towels.

Lightload Towels Superabsorbency Video Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmteFWTVYU

Lightload Towels  are the only towels that are survival towels.  View this you tube video demo of the lightload Towels superabsorbency.

Lightload Towels Fire Starter Demonstration Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmteFWTVYU

Lightload Towels  are the only towels that are survival towels.  View this demo of the lightload Towels as a fire starter for camp fires.

 

Cycling Around the World blog Reviewed the Lightload Towels

http://bikeblog.cyclingaroundtheworld.nl/?p=85

This morning I received a set of three Lightload Towels. The manufacturer claims  that these towels are the lightest( 5 oz. or 140 gr.)  and most versatile towels around. Even better, they say these are not just towels but can be considered as a multi-pupose survival tool. The towels are made of 100% viscose, quick drying and wickable.

For a travelling cyclists one of  the rewards after a long , and hot adusty day on the road is a (hot) shower. To dry yourself you’ll need a towel. A towel that is as lightweight as possible but on the other side can absorb plenty of water. Can the Lightload towel stand ” The Cycling Around the World Test” ?

Lightload towel in use
My initial reaction after unpacking, what initially looked like a set of three  pill boxes, was: “Are these towels, where are my towels?”  It took me a little while to figure out that dipping in water softens the towels up and gets the wrinkles out.  The “pill box” quickly then transforms into a 30 x 60 cm towel that absorbs a lot of water. The towels dry quicky and feel soft on your skin. According to the FAQ pages on the Lightload Towels website, they last for about two months.

The initial package The initial package

But are these towels useful for cyclists travelling and trekking around the world? Well, on a very long trip I would typically use a more durable towel. But as an extra “emergency supply”  these towels could be useful. The manufacturer claims that the Lightloads can also be used as “pot holder, seat or pack padding, water of coffee filter, First Aid supplement or even as fire starter”.

Add some water and seconds later your towel is ready Add some water and seconds later your 30 x 60 cm towel is ready

I wouldn’t use it as a serious water filter but for the rest it’s probably ok.  And of course you could use it as a pot holder or pack padding, but anything soft can do such a job. I also tried my luck to use it as a fire starter. I was not too impressed. Ok, I was able to set in on fire but it petered out after a few minutes.  I’ve had better results with dry paper and a few drops of (car)gas from my camping stove to get a fire going.

So what’s the verdict?
Good for use as an extra disposable towel (very lightweight and very compact) on bike and camping trips. The Lightload towels seem less suitable for the alternatives mentioned on the pack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2-hVudVMe0

Pocket Sized Beach Towels are Great Holiday Gifts Demonstration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB-iPiqGQ0c

Lightload Towels(www.ultralighttowels.com) are the only towels that are pocket sized beach towels. They make great holiday gifts. For a demo of our great product please click on the above link. The video was produced swamp City Productions for their TV show segment “What the Stuff Outdoor Adventure.”

They are

1. easy to mail

2. Easy to store

3. Very useful

4. Many Uses

5. No shelf life so can be used any time.

6. More aborbent than cotton

7. Dries quicker than cotton.

8. much easier to manage when wet than cotton.