Last week marked what would have been the 177th birthday of the father of national parks! On April 21, 1838, America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist – ‪‎John Muir‬ – was born. Muir fought to protect America’s wild places, and his writings convinced the government to conserve special sites like Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California. Photo Sequoia National Park along the iconic John Muir Trail by Jeff Sambur (


Almost There - The Muir Project

In exactly 90 days I will be taking my first few steps on the John Muir Trail. I’m planning on spending 24 days hiking the 211 mile trail from Yosemite valley to Mount Whitney.

The next few months are going to consist of a lot of planning, I still have to figure out my meals and food resupply points, some major gear such as tent and pack are still up in the air, and all of the fun little details that will come up last minute.

I’m excited though, I’m excited to spend some serious time alone with my thoughts. I’m excited to get away from the cyber world for 3 weeks. I’m excited to make friends along the way and share in this huge adventure. I’m excited to hike. 

Watching a documentary called “Mile, Mile and a Half” about a group that hikes the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. So inspiring! Now I’m excited to go hiking and be in nature. Definitely check it out if you can!

Happy #JohnMuirDay 

Check out this post then play outside!!

Muir Is the Man: John Muir Quotes and Mountain Musings by Tyler Kurbat

We’ve seen a resurgence. We have an open invitation to take back the great wide open. Hashtags and cooperatives. Clothing companies and gear. Beards, flannels and nature photography.
It’s exciting. People are looking up from their phones and stepping out into the wild.
And I’m thankful for guys like John Muir. Who knows what wild might remain had it not been for his adoration and evangelism for all things outdoors? Yosemite and the John Muir Trail are a testament to his efforts. Even my dad and sister are gearing up to spend some time in his tracks.

Arran Man Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

An Isle of Arran, Scotland, environmentalist has been awarded a prominent global award, the Goldman Environmental Prize, for his work protecting marine habitats and the waters surrounding his community. Howard Wood is also an experienced diver who knows what it is like to travel under the ocean to view the delicate ecosystems he has worked to protect.

Howard Wood, along with Don MacNeish, founded the Community of Arran Seabed Trust or COAST organization to help manage and sustain marine resources and areas around Arran back in 1995. Wood is the first Scotsman to be awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, and the second person from the UK to receive it.

Goldman Environmental Prize Given to Heroes of the Environment

The Goldman Environmental Prize is meant to provide recognition to ordinary, everyday people who are considered environmental heroes for their actions in protecting the environment. The recipients are chosen from six areas of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. The goal is to inspire others to take action of their own to help keep our world safe, even if it means taking great personal risks to do so. Wood is the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize award winner for the European area. He was given the award due to his establishment of a campaign to create the first community established, Marine Protected Area in Scotland in 2012, which is helping to turn a destroyed ecosystem into a place full of life again.

COAST Helped Return Ecosystem to Life

Wood was first able to see the damage that commercial fishing does as part of his travel under the ocean as a diver. The commercial fishing industry was using scallop dredging that destroyed all that it encountered in its path and didn’t just collect prawns or scallops. It broke up the coral reefs, tore up the kelp beds, and made it impossible for fish to have anywhere to breed, so the local fish, such as herring, and cod disappeared from the local waters.

Through the COAST organization, Wood managed to draw attention to this problem and get scientists, politicians and even fisherman to listen to the situation, which ultimately ended up accomplishing a No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay, which started in 2008. This allowed the area ecosystem to heal since no fishermen or others could travel there and fish or remove any other resources.

According to Wood, since that time the area has completely rebounded and has hundreds of times more scallop, fish and lobster living there, as well as more seaweed, sponges, and other sea creatures. Wood is set to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize in a ceremony in San Francisco, and is one of six in 2015 to be awarded it from Kenya, Myanmar, Haiti, Canada, Honduras and Scotland.

Nothing better than being out there to give you appreciation for the environment:

Big adventures require proper preparation. All the cool gear in the world won’t get you up the mountain if you neglect the two most important pieces of equipment: your brain and your body. Whether you are tackling a big peak like Mt. Whitney or a long trail like the John Muir Trail, you need to arm …

This here is going to be the skeleton of my Mount Whitney training program.  Avid hikers in SoCal already know about the six-pack but for everyone who doesn’t, check out the link for the full info.

I’m fleshing out my hiking training with gym time dedicated to strength; focusing on the core and lower-body.

I need to get my quads, glutes, and calves in tip-top shape by September.  My back could use a tune up as well.

I’m still waiting on the outcome of the Chicago Marathon lottery so I may have to combine this all with some marathon training which would SUCK!

I’ll keep you all posted!

Top 5 Hiking Trails in the U.S.

By: Jenna Murrell

Tie your laces and pack some protein bars, these trails will make you want to live on them.

5. Pacific Crest Trail: This is the most scenic route stretching the 2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico. It’s hard to visit more places by exploring a trail than what this trail has to offer - three states, seven national parks, 24 national forests, and over 1,000 lakes.

4. John Muir Trail: Plan this hike between June and September, otherwise the snow might stop you in your path. This 211-mile trek parallel to the Pacific Crest never drops below 8,000 feet. Climbing this trail through the Sierra Mountains brings great rewards in nature’s beauty with hundreds of lakes, canyons, peaks, and granite cliffs to admire.

3. Glacier National Park: Montana’s National Park offers hikers of all skill levels over 730-miles of marked boundaries to venture out in. The trails boast impressive lakes, mountain peaks, and an abundance of wildlife, but of course the main attraction are the glaciers. But glacier lovers beware, the remaining 26 aren’t expected to last past 2020.

2. Mount Whitney: To climb one of the tallest mountain peaks in America, get ready to make a 22-mile trip. And just because it’s only three hours from Los Angeles doesn’t mean this hike is not rugged! Navigating rivers, slick boulders, and snow fields are just some of the early tests!

1. Denali National Park: Of course, no hiking list is complete without an Alaskan adventure. Don’t expect to see any trails or marking here, it’s all about experiencing the true backcountry, whatever terrain and wildlife that may come with.

Watching “Mile…Mile and a Half ” a documentary about artists hiking the John Muir trail.
Gonna sleep.

Canopy View Trail at Muir Woods National Monument

Canopy View Trail at Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument, just north of the Marin Headlands portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California, was set aside in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt via the Antiquities Act. The landscape had been preserved by William Kent and his wife, who had purchased it three years earlier to prevent the old growth forest from being turned into a reservoir. They then donated…

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John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America’s Most Famous Trail, 5th Edition free ebook ,

John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America’s Most Famous Trail, 5th Edition

<p>2014 | ISBN: 0899977367 | English | 304 pages | EPUB + MOBI | 8 MB + 16 MB&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Elizabeth Wenk&#39;s authoritative guide describes the 212-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney. John Muir Trail provides all the necessary planning information, including up-to-date details on wilderness and permit regulations, food resupplies, trailhead amenities, and travel from nearby cities. Useful essentials are updated GPS coordinates and maps for prominent campsites (along with an updated list of sites along the trail), trail junctions, bear boxes, and other points of interest. The trail descriptions also include natural and human history to provide a workout for both body and mind - a must-have for any Muir Trail enthusiast. Note that the text includes the southbound trail description, while the full guide with the northbound description is available as a separate ebook product.</p>

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