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How The World Will Look In 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 Years Time

Want to know how the planet might look in 100 quintillion years time? (That’s 100,000,000,000,000,000,000, with 20 zeros, in case you’ve forgotten). Take a look at this infographic, which was created for the BBC by IIB Studio. It shows how things may finally turn out long after humans have kicked …

Buy Experiences, Not Things

Live in anticipation, gathering stories and memories. New research builds on the vogue mantra of behavioral economics.<p>Forty-seven percent of the time, the average mind is wandering. It wanders about a third of the time while a person is reading, talking with other people, or taking care of …

JMT '013

I hiked the 210 mile John Muir Trail in the High Sierra mountains in California in August 2013, from north to south. I walked half of it solo, half …

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.<p><b>A</b> trio of boys tramps alongthe length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens …

A Passage from Hong Kong

Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate<p>by Rose …

“A Boy Grew In Brooklyn” by Arthur Miller — March 1955

Nobody can know Brooklyn, because Brooklyn is the world, and besides it is filled with cemeteries, and who can say he knows those people? But even …

Precious Memories

Dementia has taken its toll on former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, but family and devoted friends stand by the beloved coach.<p><b>BILL GUTHRIDGE,</b> his …

Tag: Hollywood

A star explodes.<p>A visit to the set of <i>Lost Highway</i>, minus an actual interview with the director.<p>Multiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual …

16 Astounding Backpacking Trips To Add To Your Bucket List

Hit the rugged, dusty, spectacular road.

13 Adventurous Hiking Tales

<i>Have you ever marvelled at the scale and magnificence of those great, immoveable giants of nature, the mountains? Have you ever felt the cool caress of a snow-scented breeze from distant peaks, or seen the first long sun rays of dawn dispel shadows as light creeps up to the heights? Have you ever</i> …

Hiking

The 'Flickering, Fragile Flame' of Richard Pryor

Talking with the authors of a new book that chronicles the obscenely candid comedian's tragic, drug-fueled peak<p>“The funniest man in America”—those were the words Columbia Pictures used in TV spots promoting <i>Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip,</i> its 1982 concert film. The claim wasn’t far off. In …

How to Save Football

Is there an activity that Americans give more of their attention to and know less about than professional football? The essence of N.F.L. life is the intense weeklong process of preparation for Sunday, which takes place at the thirty-two N.F.L. team “facilities.” The New York Jets allowed me to …

What to Do if You Get Lost While Hiking

Getting lost while hiking is one of the worst feelings in the world. The combination of fear, confusion, and loneliness can be overwhelming and often …

Hiking

Deals, Discounts and Things to Do

The Mystery of Moon Dust

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned from the moon, their cargo included nearly fifty pounds of rock and soil, which were packed in an aluminum box with seals designed to maintain the lunar surface’s low-pressure environment. But back at Johnson Space Center, in Houston, scientists …

Breaking Bad: America Has Used Walter White Logic Since 9/11

The earliest moral compromises made to fight terrorism spiraled out of control, doing grave harm at home and abroad.<p>In <i>Breaking Bad</i>, Walter White starts off as the most sympathetic of all possible meth cooks. A brilliant chemist, he is stuck teaching bored students at an Albuquerque high school. He …

How Astronomers Came to Think We Are Probably Not Alone

NASA has long suspected that life was possible, even likely, on other planets. The real importance of the Kepler news this week: more motivation to fund further exploration.<p>To the average American, the news about NASA’s Kepler spacecraft discovering evidence of potentially “billions” of Earth-like …

Soul Cell : Solar Power Lamp by Jesper Jonsson

<b>Soul Cell project</b> is a solar power lamp that allows you to enjoy the light even when there’s no power supply. It combines photovoltaics and lighting …

How to Choose an Ultralight Tent or Shelter

A lot of SectionHiker readers contact me asking for advice about which ultralight shelter they should buy. These purchases are almost always driven …

Backpacking

The 11 Best Astronomy Apps For Amateur Star Gazers

It can be very difficult to identify planets, stars, and clusters at home from your backyard, especially if you are a beginner.<p>But hey, there's an app for that, of course. Astronomy apps are making it possible for anyone to be astronomer — you don't even need a telescope.<p>The apps use the GPS and …

Tips for Coping with Horrific Mosquitoes

By onJuly 19, 2010 in Alaska-Yukon Expedition, Skills 9<p>The section between Dawson City, YT, and Fort McPherson, NT, will be memorable for several …

Campsite on Shore of Ediza Lake

What are some things you wished you had known before solo-hiking the John Muir Trail?

I hiked it September 11 (public-transited out from San Jose the day before) to September 25, 2010 -- Yosemite Valley to Whitney Portal. I thru-hiked …

Summiting Mt. Whitney Without AMS - Brian's Backpacking Blog

Earlier this year I successfully summited Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous US, after almost exactly one year to the week that I had …

20 Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags

Click on a bag for more info.<p>This post has been updated to reflect the best sleeping bags of 2014. Our earlier selections are on the following …