Monday, August 22, 2011

Body found in remote area of Lost Creek Wilderness

Body found in remote area of Lost Creek Wilderness: 8/22/2011 4:33:00 PM

Body found in remote area of Lost Creek Wilderness
Could be that of missing hiker

Mike Potter
Staff Writer

Rescuers may make another attempt on Aug. 27 to recover the body of an unknown male discovered near Bison Peak on Aug. 20 by a Park County Search and Rescu1e worker.

Park County Coroner David Kintz Jr., said the body, which could be that of missing hiker Frank Stanley, was found in a rugged area of the Lost Creek Wilderness east of Jefferson.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

August 17, 2011

As the following article illustrates, we should have real concern that or government does do the job we pay it taxes to do. Why is America the dumping grounds for Asian honey that Europe is banning because of impurities and chemicals?


Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.

A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities.

And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe following the widespread arrests and convictions of major smugglers over the last two years.
Thumbnail image for honeycomb406.jpgExperts interviewed by Food Safety News say some of the largest and most long-established U.S. honey packers are knowingly buying mislabeled, transshipped or possibly altered honey so they can sell it cheaper than those companies who demand safety, quality and rigorously inspected honey.

"It's no secret that the honey smuggling is being driven by money, the desire to save a couple of pennies a pound," said Richard Adee, who is the Washington Legislative Chairman of the American Honey Producers Association.

Read the full article at the link below...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hikers petition against Smokies Backcountry camping fees |

Hikers petition against Smokies Backcountry camping fees |

"While some of the high-quality gear can be expensive, the hike is currently free of charge. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park does not charge multi-day hikers any fees for backcountry camping permits.
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In late-July, GSMNP officials announced public meetings to discuss proposed fees for backcountry campers. Since then, more than 500 people have signed a petition against adding pay-for-permits.

'Almost all of the trail maintenance and campsite rehabilitation is done by volunteer backpackers,' said Jim Baun, a backcountry hiker who started the petition. 'I feel like we already put in our sweat-equity towards the park. Fees would target people who have a minimal impact on the park because we don't use many park resources and we help maintain a lot of the park for free.'

'At this point we are strictly in the mode of starting the conversation. Nothing is set in stone,' said Nancy Gray, GSMNP spokesperson. 'We want to start this dialogue and have a few options to use as a starting point.'"

Friday, August 5, 2011

Outdoors blog

Woman breaks Appalachian Trail speed-hiking record

HIKING — Striding along at a rate of nearly two marathons A DAY, Jennifer Pharr Davis has set an unofficial record for the fastest assisted hike of the entire Appalachian Trail from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia.
She saw 36 bears, moose, porcupines and every sunrise and sunset during an epic 2,180 mile journey that lasted 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. Friends and spouse supported her effort so she could trek equipped with a daypack or less.
She went through five pairs of hybrid hiking and running shoes while averaging about 47 miles a day, or nearly two marathons, breaking the previous record set by a man six years ago by just over 24 hours.
And she suffered nearly a week of dysentery in the early portion of her trek, giving a new twist to “the trots.”
‘Fastest is so relative,’ Davis told the Associated Press on Tuesday after estimating she had slept about 30 of the past 48 hours. ‘My average was 3 mph. So what are you not going to see at 3 mph?’
She emerged from the woods on Sunday and walked to the granite slab on Springer at the trail's southern end. Her parents and dozens of other family members and friends were cheering her on.
‘There were a lot of tears,’ Davis said. ‘Everyone was like: “Are those happy tears?” I just said they're everything tears. I'm so happy. In a way, I'm sad it's over.
Of course, this isn't Jennifer's first hiking experience.  Here's one of my previous posts on Davis' adventures with links for background.

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