Shale gas, that trapped within the Marcellus Formation in the Eastern United States, has grown to become a significant component of the country's energy portfolio. But it also poses a threat to national park lands in the region, with more than a few proposed pipelines that could cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Roaming the gift shop in Yellowstone National Park in search of a book to fill any idle hours I might encounter after the sun went down, I spied a paperback edition of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, and figured that now, almost two decades after it came out, was as good a time as any to add his Appalachian Trail odyssey to my library. I wasn't disappointed.
The following backpacking gear lists for the Appalachain National Recreational Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail were compiled by REI. They are offered here for your reference.
If Robert Redford ever made a horrible, forgettable movie, it was A Walk In The Woods, with his buddie Nick Nolte.
After expressions of strong concern from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, other members of the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance, the National Park Service and, most importantly, a groundswell of support from the people of Loudoun County, Virginia, AT&T has abandoned its application to develop a two-story, 161,000-square-foot facility atop Short Hill Mountain.
Firefighters from as far away as New Mexico were heading to Shenandoan National Park in Virginia on Monday to help battle a backcountry fire that led to the temporary closure of a short stretch of Skyline Drive as well as a portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
A wildfire possibly started by a backcountry traveler spread Sunday to roughly 500 acres at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, leading officials to close sections of both Skyline Drive and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
While there’s been little movement in the ongoing debate about whether a portion of Maine’s North Woods should be protected under the National Park Service, photographer Scot Miller has produced a 9-minute film highlighting the people, wildlife, scenery, and sounds of the area.
You're counting down the days, double-checking your gear, your food drops, your mental fitness. Hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail end-to-end takes some planning and mental preparation, so don't overlook your feet.
Planning to hike the entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail this year? Then you might consider a flip-flop, or going against the tide of hikers coming north from Springer Mountain in Georgia.