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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.

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.

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Pocket Sized Beach Towels are Great Holiday Gifts Demonstration

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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.

Survival Travel And Light Load Towels

disaster supply
disaster supply
compact and portable lightload Towels
compact and portable lightload Towels
Compactness For World Travel And Light Load Towels

Survival preparation is one of the most essential parts of scheduling any mission or trip. It is crucial to pre-plan for the contingencies when you may have to stay in an unfriendly terrain without anything but just some life saving gear, and in a few situations, without any safety gear or kit.

Therefore, it is essential to plan for and carry endurance and survival supplies when we set out for a trip where emergencies and contingencies might arise. One must never go out without carrying the essential survival gear to places where assistance may take a little bit of time in reaching you when something happens wrong.

Everything, which goes inside your survival equipment kit must be essential, adaptable and multipurpose. Military forces diligently plan and prepare survival kits for officers and individuals who carry out missions and require survival apparatus. One of the exclusive survival tools that some in the military use is in it’s kits are lightload towels. These lightload towels are as small as a hockey puck while they are folded. These towels measure anywhere between 12 x 36 inches and 30 x 24 inches yet weigh only half an ounce.

Lightload Towels are made out of 100% viscose. They are packed in watertight packs that help them remain dry in the wettest of situations and are so small that you can easily carry a couple in your pocket since they fold to the size of a quarter. Lightload Towels can be as inconspicuous as pocket change, but in a life and death situation, these things will be priceless as they can perform multiple functions as a life saving tool. Some of the main ways in which a light load towel can help in an emergency are:

• Harnessing Drinking Water: Lightload towels tend to soak up more water when compared to the usual cotton towel. In addition, these multiple purpose lightload towels can also assist you in harnessing rain water or even dew when you are faced with a shortage.

• Making Shelter: The first thing that you need to do in order to survive in the rough terrains is to search for or make your own shelter. Lightload towels which are extremely compact to carry around, open up into full beach size towels i.e. 36 x 60 inches. A couple of these full sized beach light load towels can provide help in making a temporary shelter during dry weather. As these towels are extremely compact, you can keep them in your survival gear kit when you fall short of space to pack extra stuff for making an emergency shelter.

• Treating Injuries: Sealed, sanitized and dry lightload towels can be used for first-aid treatment in emergencies. These towels take up very little space when compared to gauze and therefore act as multipurpose gear while traveling.

• Signaling: Unfortunately, sometimes you get trapped in a condition where you are not able to rescue yourself without external help. In such cases, you need a signaling device like a mirror or flares to get attention and help. However, if you are not carrying any signaling devices with you, then lightload towels, which can unfurl into flags can act as a signaling device that will help your rescuers in finding you.
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Light Weight Towels: A Must Have In A Backpacking Checklist

using to clean dishes
using to clean dishes

Light Weight Towels:
A Must Have In A Backpacking Checklist
If you are going for a backpacking tour, the first thing you need to consider is that the luggage to be carried should be light. At the same time, you should not be compromising on the essential things that you need to carry. As you will have a single pack on your back, you will want to carry as many things as possible in the limited amount of space available. So, while preparing your backpacking checklist, make sure that you choose the items that are lightweight but serve the same purpose as their heavier counterparts.
While packing your backpack, you will find that one of the items that consumes a lot of space is a towel. However, you can easily avoid carrying bulky towels by switching to LightLoad ones. Whether it is a beach towel or a hand towel, there are lightload towels available that are extremely small in size and can be converted into full size towels when they have to be used. These towels are not only light in weight but also save a lot of space in your suitcase, RV or backpack. You can keep them in your pockets and still have space for your money and keys.
This feature makes them an essential travel accessory for outdoor camping. These towels can also be used as wind scarves, fire starters, bug repellants, insulators, sun blocks, masks and strainers. To deal with emergency situations, people can also include them in their toilet kits, first aid kits, cars, boats, hunting gear, camping equipment or hiking gear. Since you will not need to buy a separate first aid cloth, wind scarf or fire starter when you use a LightLoad Towels, you also end up saving a lot of money, space and weight.
LightLoad Towels are an indispensable part of a backpacking checklist because of their numerous advantages. Some of the major advantages that these towels have over regular cotton towels are:
LightLoad Towels are more absorbent when compared to cotton towels.
• These are the only full size beach towels that can fit easily into a person’s pocket.
• These towels can be used to serve more purposes than a traditional cotton towel.
• They are very easy to store and consume lesser space than cotton towels.
• They can sometimes be bigger than cotton towels.
Because these towels are extremely cost effective and cheap, they can easily be used and thrown away if you do not want to carry the extra burden of a towel once it has been soiled. If you do not want to waste them, you can wash them and reuse them for a number of times. At the end of the trip, you can discard them off so that you do not need to carry back the burden.
You also do not need to worry about drying LightLoad Towels because after washing, they dry up very easily and quickly. It is a product which is biodegradable and does break down in the environment rapidly. The towel can also be burned or composted in a compost heap thus you do not need to worry about any after effects, once it is thrown off. All these reasons make light load towels one of the most favorable options that need to be ticked off as you prepare your backpacking checklist.
for more info please contact www.ultralighttowels.com

Idaho Based A Happy Camper sells lightload Towel

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    Here is a summary of the homepage of A Happy Camper a great camping store that sells lightload Towels, the only towels that are survival tools. Please visit their website http://www.ahappycamper.com.

    “When was the last time you went camping? Remember what it felt like to be in the fresh air outdoors? Remember sleeping under the stars and dreaming of the exciting adventures that the next day might hold? Maybe it is time for you to leave behind the modern world and reconnect with Mother Nature. At A Happy Camper, we can supply you with all the essentials that you might need on your great adventure outdoors or indoors if it rains!!

    Ever wonder what it takes to be A Great Dutch Oven Cook? Come check us out! We have the high-quality dutch oven equipment and camping gear. Everything you will need to make your outdoor cooking experience a great one. Feel free to browse this site, or visit us at A Happy Camper in the big city of Twin Falls, Idaho.

    We carry Lodge Dutch Ovens, Camp Chef Dutch Ovens, Maca Dutch Ovens, Dutch Oven Cookbooks, Dutch Oven Accessories, Dutch Oven Tables, Volcano Stoves, Fire Starter, Fire Pans, Insect Repellent, Lanterns, Camp Stoves, Hot Dog Forks, Flashlights, and plenty more.

    All orders are usually shipped out the next day after receiving the order unless it is a holiday or a weekend. Orders should be received in 3 to 5 working days unless next-day, 2-day, or 3-day service has been requested. All customers are responsible for the freight coming to them; and if they decide to return the item, they are responsible for paying for the freight back to A Happy Camper.”

    1848 Addison Avenue East – Twin Falls, Idaho 83301 – (208) 736-8048
    Open M-F 9:30 AM. to 4:00 PM Sat. 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday Closed MST

Anti Gravity Gear Sells Lightload Towels

Anti Gravity Gear now Sells Lightload Towels the only towels that are survival tools. .The online retailer “provides high quality low cost ultralight backpacking gear such as TarpTents Tarps, Ponchos, Trail Designs Caldera Cones, Pepsi can alcohol stoves, pot cozys, ultralight backpacks, survival bandanas & mapdanas, headlamps and cooking pots. “Their “vision is to provide the best camping gear available and support organizations that develop and maintain the trails and wilderness we all enjoy. ”

Buy Lightload Towels at Get Outdoors With Anitra

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Lightload Towels are now available through Get outdoors With Anitra http://www.anitrakass.com. The great blog site offers articles and advice on wildflowers, backpacking, books and gear.

Anitra the brainchild behind the site is a long distance triple crown hiker. She hiked the three major long distance hiking trails the Continental Divide, Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest. She is one of the few people in the world to have done that.

Lightload Towels is the only towel that is a survival tool. Use it as insulation in cold weather, a fire starter, first aid supplement and much more. It packs down to the size of a silver dollar and can be stored in it’s package for an entire 2000 plus mile hike. It’s great as a Pacific Crest Trail addition to gear, Appalachian Trail lite backpacking supply or Continental Divide hiking accessory. It works for short section hikes too.

Ultralight Designs.com sells Lightload Towels

as ultralight as they get
as ultralight as they get
Ultralight Designs an Ultralight backpacking site with all the equipment, tips and techniques for lightweight and ultralight backpackers sells the lightload Towels. Lightload Towels are as light and compact as you can get with a towel. Weighing in at .6 oz these reusable towels can be used so many ways. One favorite is to wear around the neck or hands to keep warm in cold conditions. The wicking power is superb and does insulate the user.

Ultralight Designs also has stoves, food, shelter, sleeping, packing and emergency gear.
please contact bob the manager at bob@ultralightdesigns.com or go to the site

Columbus Dispatch says Lightload Towels will Ease Air Travel

The columbus Distpatch Newspaper

’08 Holiday Hit List: ways to ease air travel
Sunday, December 21, 2008

TODAY: ways to ease air travel

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