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On Mountaineering

Probably everyone has a book inside themselves, somewhere; some interesting....some not so much. Radford West's is interesting, mainly because he's had an interesting life, with a keen passion for the outdoors. In 1971 West came home from the confusion of Vietnam and sought solace in the high, lonesome. "The mountains gave me a new respect for nature and myself," he says, and his book reflects that.
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Cape Cod National Seashore : Clambakes, Whales, And Beach Time

Summer vacations at the Cape have long been an American tradition, dating back well before the national seashore was authorized in 1961. So popular is the seashore, in fact, that the vacation season has stretched out, going well beyond Labor Day and creeping into October. And why not? Waters, whether you’re talking about the Cape’s freshwater kettle ponds, Cape Cod Bay, or the Atlantic, remain relatively warm through September.
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Photography In The National Parks: A Wildlife Advocate's View Of Wildlife Photography

Nearly every day someone tells me that I have the dream job as a full-time wildlife photographer in Yellowstone National Park, but if they knew that a Dutch photographer nearly punched me out yesterday, when I was trying to assist a black bear in crossing the road on a blind curb, they might think again.
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Ruby's Inn: Western Hospitality On The Doorstep Of Bryce Canyon National Park

It sounds counterintuitive to head to the Utah desert this summer to cool off. But Utah is an enigma: it is desert, canyons, and high mountains in one trip. You find groves of Ponderosa pines and wildflower meadows in abundance in Bryce Canyon National Park. The days are warm, the nights are chilly. The view of the desert is astounding, and at night visibility is measured in light-years.
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Bid In Congress To Have Ozark National Scenic Riverways Given To State Of Missouri

Is Congress in the mood to return units of the National Park System back to the states in which they are located? An initial indication could come Tuesday, when a U.S. House of Representatives Committee considers legislation that calls for Ozark National Scenic Riverways to be given to the state of Missouri.
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Good News For Boaters: Lake Powell Rising Due To Melting Snowpack Upstream

Recent years haven't been kind to boaters at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, with lowering water levels in Lake Powell hampering use of boat ramps and increasing hazards to navigation. Now, thanks to higher-than-expected runoff from last winter's snows, lake levels are rising to levels not seen since November 2012.
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National Park Service To Look At American History Of Lesbians, Gays, Transgenders, And Bi-Sexuals

The role that lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, and transgender individuals played in the history of the United States is to be explored by the National Park Service, which will launch the effort Tuesday with a panel discussion involving Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and the U.S. ambassador to Australia along with LGBT scholars and historians.
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Exploring The Parks: Musings From Chaco Culture National Historical Park

It’s a long, rough and dusty road from anywhere to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. But, boy, is it worth the trip! The fact that it’s such a rough trip may have a lot to do with determining the kind of people who come to visit this place carved out of the high desert of northwestern New Mexico. Unlike visitors to so many other parks, these folks have a certain quality about them that hit me right off the bat.
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Exploring The Parks: Floating Nebraska’s Niobrara National Scenic River

The Niobrara River flows eastward 535 miles from the high plains of Wyoming to its confluence with the Missouri River in northeastern Nebraska. Over its course the river cuts through nearly the entire width of northern Nebraska, much of which is in the state’s scenic Sandhills region. Unlike most rivers that are fed by rainwater runoff, nearly three-quarters of the Niobrara’s flow is the result of groundwater from the vast Ogallala Aquifer.
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Comfort Station Doors And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Throughout the National Park System, and other public lands across the nation, arguably the most popular facilities are also the most utilitarian: comfort stations. They come in a variety of styles, from modern to rustic, but one good rule applies to them all—please keep the outside door closed. Failing to do so can lead to some classic examples of the Law of Unintended Consequences.
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Tips For Dealing With Crowds At Yosemite National Park This Summer

Yosemite National Park, one of the most-visited parks in the system, likely will be even busier this year as attention is drawn to the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant that set aside the landscape for protection and which was a prelude to the idea of creating "national parks." As a result, park officials have some tips you might consider for avoiding the crowds as much as possible when you visit Yosemite.
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Deer Culling At Valley Forge National Historical Park Leads To Better Forest Growth

Dogwood. Black Gum. Sassafras. These are just some of the native species seedlings that have been spotted in the forests of Valley Forge National Historical Park, where a significant reduction in the white-tailed deer herds has allowed these trees to recover from overbrowsing.
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Sea Turtles, History, And Solitude At Canaveral National Seashore

Though Florida is one of the most populated states in the country, there still are places where you can flee humanity in the Sunshine State. Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, is one of them. Here on the Atlantic Coast the seashore’s beaches draw surfers, swimmers, surfcasters...and turtles...lots of turtles.
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Birding In The National Parks: Birding By Ear

When I was first learning the basic skills of birding, I read a line in Roger Tory Peterson’s famous field guide that almost made me want to give up any aspirations of becoming a good birder. He said something about skilled birders sometimes doing 95 percent of their birding by ear. I was horrified. Here I was, looking through a field guide, imagining all of the pretty birds I would see some day, and Peterson was telling me I’d learn to do 95 percent of it by sound. That’s no fun at all!
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World Ocean Day Programs Scheduled At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

What role do oceans play in our daily lives? How will we rely on them in years to come? These are just some of the questions that are prompted by World Oceans Day, which was first recognized in 2008 and which will be marked this coming Saturday. At Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, rangers will be exploring some of those questions.
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Climate Scientists Coming To San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island National Historical Park offers a bit more than just sightseeing to its visitors this summer. Residents and visitors alike will have an opportunity to learn about the impacts of climate change, how it affects the popular San Juan Islands and other admired national parks through a series of expert speakers.
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Move Over Baseball, National Parks Have Trading Cards, Too

People have been collecting stuff forever. When adults visit national parks, they can collect passport stamps or pamphlets. Children earn Junior Ranger badges, though getting one takes a lot more effort and time than a passport stamp. But there’s something else out there to collect, too, and it looks a lot like baseball trading cards
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Climate Change Poses Risks Of Flooding, Erosion, And Fires To National Park Units And Their Treasures

Treasures of history, culture, and natural beauty contained within the National Park System are increasingly at risk to the perils of climate change, with flooding and wildfire likely to sweep numerous park sites across the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide