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Published on August 16th, 2013 | by Pat


On the Trail/In the News: Hiking with Chimps, Record Breakers, Hiking for a Cause, and More…

Trekalong, back in its infant days, had a great habit of rounding up our favorite hiking stories from the previous week. Here’s to rekindling an old fire!

Here’s what’s in the news, on the trail from this past week:


Image via Conde Nast Travel

Hiking with Chimps in Uganda: Why Haven’t You Done This Yet? (Conde Nast Traveler)

“On the park’s Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX), visitors hike with a researcher to watch chimps descend from their overnight nests between 6 and 6:30 a.m. You stay with the group all day, observing and photographing the chimps as they forage for fruit, copulate, hunt, breastfeed, rest, patrol, and display until it is time to build new nests in the canopy above…”


Image via USA Today and Courtey Evolotus Public Relations

Hiker Breaks Pacific Crest Trail Speed Record (USA Today)

“At 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, he reached British Columbia and the trail’s end after a total of 59 days, 8 hours and 59 minutes. It was the fastest time in the trail’s history, breaking the record set just two days earlier by Heather “Anish” Anderson of Bellingham, Wash., who completed the hike in 61 days and about 17 hours.”



Banker Makes Hiking Hobby Serve a Cause (The Daily Journal Online)

“For some people a hike is a way to clear their mind and forget about their worries for a while. For Matt Sebastian a hike he’s going to undertake in September is about finding a cure so others can walk the same trail. Sebastian will be participating in an extreme hike to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with hopes of finding a cure.”


Image via Wikimedia Commons

Making Your Kids Fall in Love with Nature (Cincinnati Nature Center)

“Don’t be so eager to name everything for them. Ask your little ones, what would you name that fish, how would you tell someone who wasn’t here what the fish looked like, if you were a fish where would you want to live, what do you think that turtle’s name is, where do you think he is from, how old do you think he is, why does he look that way, etc.”


Image via Maryland Gazette

Pasadena Couple Hiked 50 states and 25 countries (Maryland Gazette)

“Married for 38 years, the couple has been hiking together since 1986. They’ve completed 10-kilometer walks in all 50 states, as well as 25 countries. Now they are on a quest to walk trails in all the U.S. capital cities.”


Image via Newsplex

“Fast Eddie” blazes through Appalachian Trail (NewsPlex)

“‘Once in a lifetime, now or never.’ That’s what keeps me going. When you have a really, really bad day, and you say, ‘what in the hell am I doing out here? ‘Once in a lifetime, now or never.’ You have those days when you’re cold, and wet, and hungry, and miserable, and you’re hiking day after day in the rain. And you can’t tell what is louder, the squish of the mud or the squish of your socks, and say, boy, I could be home, comfortable, eating some real food instead of peanut butter and granola bars. But as we say on the trail, never quit on a bad day.”

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is happiest when he's on the move, whether by foot, pedal, or some other form of alternative transportation. Hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing demand his outdoor attention at all times. Now, as editor and contributor to, they demand his indoor attention, as well.

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