Gerry Adams

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Lightening Your Load: A Guide to Light Weight Backpacking

Everyone would agree that carrying less weight is a good thing. So no matter whether you are a ultra-light or heavy weight packers, losing un-needed …

With giant cactuses and sleek jaguars, Arizona's Sonoran Desert has an edgy beauty tinged with danger

It was 10 a.m. and already 100 degrees.<p>I could feel the moisture being sucked from my body as I climbed toward a cluster of pale green cactuses. Their serpentine arms waved gently like desert anemones in the scorching wind.<p>I was hiking through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a wild sliver of …

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How to turn wood chips into a great compost heap | Alys Fowler

Take a leaf out of a French inventor’s book for a compost heap that’s cheap as chips<p>My allotment site made a deal with our local tree surgeon to take his brush and wood chippings. Very soon we were swimming in them – so many unloved leylandii and cherry laurels now steaming in our dropoff area. It …

Ozone pen zaps water potable wherever you wander

The highlight of Overland Expo East was the large motor vehicles and trailers, but the show also had some interesting tech in smaller packages. …

Who’d have guessed the founder of the Boy Scouts was a spy?

So in Canada, being a scout is a pretty huge thing. I remember growing up, going through the ranks and camping and hitting up Scouts Canada jamborees …

James Bond

5 Essential Gear Articles for Long-Distance Backpackers - The Trek

<b>Gear</b>. It’s is one of the favorite topics of thru-hikers, backpackers, and general trail enthusiasts. Appalachian Trials is no different, and over the …

Four Americans Sentenced in Failed Gambian Coup

U.S. news<p>Four U.S. citizens were given relatively light sentences by a federal judge in Minnesota on Thursday for their roles in a bloody but failed coup in the tiny West African country of Gambia.<p>The four men pleaded guilty to various firearms violations and conspiring to violate the Neutrality …

Who Knew Composting Is So Important? (Whether You Garden or Not.) | Goop

We always thought of composting as the dominion of hard-core gardeners—while we’re big proponents of eating locally-grown, organic produce, we’re …

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2016’s list of fruits, vegetables with the most pesticides

If you’re loading up on fresh fruit and vegetables for the summer season, it may be wise to look at this year’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen – a …

Pesticides

Top 12 toxic fruits and vegetables for 2016

<b>EWG's annual list of produce pesticide loads is out, helping consumers know what items to buy organic and what conventional items have the lowest</b> …

Pesticides

Hiking 500 Miles on the Colorado Trail in Vintage Gear

Hiking 500 Miles on the Colorado Trail in Vintage Gear How difficult would it be to hike 500 miles on The Colorado Trail using nothing but gear …

Trails

An 'unbelievably stupid' New York law about knives could be changed very soon

The bill, if it passes, would clarify that the definition of a gravity knife excludes knives with a "bias toward closure" such as pocketknives. The small, spring-assisted knives have for years been grouped into the same category as the weapons the law originally intended to target — knives with …

A CIA operative's guide to safe travel

Even in the most hostile environments, you can make yourself a very difficult and less attractive target by applying simple preventive security measures.<p>Terrorists and criminals will always conduct surveillance of their intended target.<p>If your preventive procedures are good, they will most likely …

Wall Art

FBI agrees to help Arkansas prosecutors open iPhone after hack of San Bernardino device - Los Angeles Times

The FBI has agreed to help prosecutors gain access to an iPhone 6 and an iPod that might hold evidence in an Arkansas murder trial, just days after the agency managed to hack an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino terror attacks, a local prosecutor said Wednesday.<p>Cody Hiland, prosecuting attorney …

Los Angeles

Gear Review: goTenna Personal Communications System

One of the biggest challenges we face while traveling in the backcountry is how to stay in touch with our companions in a place that has unreliable …

Wilderness Food Storage - Olympic National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

<b>Please do your part to protect park wildlife and yourself by properly securing your food.</b><p>Bears and other wildlife can be active 24 hours a day, year …

7 Power Banks for 7 Different Adventures

Trees, trails and waterfalls don’t have USB ports, unfortunately. Still, we <i>need</i> to bring our devices — mirrorless cameras, GoPros, plus-sized …

Officials: Paris attackers used encrypted apps

Investigators of the Paris attacks have evidence they believe indicates that some of the terrorists used encrypted apps to plan the strikes, …

Encryption

The Gun-Loving Boy Scouts of the Early 20th Century

In the early 20th century, a gun-toting group of uniformed teens took aim at the Boy Scouts of America. The American Boy Scouts (ABS) became known …

Guns

Litvinenko killers left trail of radiation after visit to British embassy to plead innocence

Senior diplomat reveals he carried out radioactive sweep of embassy that found polonium after bizarre visit by assassins of Alexander Litvinenko<p>A senior diplomat stationed at the British embassy in Moscow has told for the first time how Alexander Litvinenko’s assassins left a trail of polonium in …