Weekend reading: Slackling photos, bear safety, more

Wow! Check out these photos of women showing off some stunning moves on a slackline thousands of feet above Yosemite valley. This video is also impressive.

100 peaks: Mountaineers members have created an e-book guide to 100 peaks in Mount Rainier National Park. It includes maps and tools to help you find your way to beautiful, high places. This piece includes more info and a nice interview with the authors.

High tide in Chicago? This is a fascinating little piece about how sea creatures, when removed from their homes to somewhere away from the ocean change their schedule. They’ll change their activities based on the tides of where they are, even if they’re in the middle of the country. It refers to Barbara Kingsolver’s essay, High Tide In Tucson, which is well worth reading.

True facts about the owl: This video, is flat out hilarious. It is, indeed, full of facts about owls. But they are presented with, um, let’s just say flair. My favorite line: “The owl is what we call a bird of prey, because it eats prey. Just as the owls call of apes of the hamburger because we eat hamburgers.”

Bear attacks: A number of bear attacks have been in the news recently. This article provides some good perspective. It also has some good simple safety advice. If a bear is stalking you, it thinks you’re prey. Act aggressive. If you are attacked by a bear that you have surprised, around a corner on a trail, say, play dead. Once the bear no longer sees you as a threat, it will be more likely to leave you alone.

How to poop in the woods: Let’s face it, if you spend any length of time in the great outdoors, it’s going to come. This WTA article deals with the basics in a straight-forward, no-nonsense manner.

Parenting win: A father wrote up a great trip report about his Wonderland Hike with his wife and their baby. That’s 93 miles. I’m impressed.

Protect your gear: The Clymb has a handy, straight-forward guide to making sure your spendy outdoor gears lasts a long, long time.

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