Stay Out of That Old Mine!

It seems like the most adventurous thing in the world. That dark opening in the hillside beckons, tantalizes, excites. What wondrous treasures await discovery inside? What artifacts might remain in this time capsule, mute testimony to an era when grizzled men moved tons of rock in pursuit of their dreams? Such is the poetic, romance-novel appeal that might induce you to take leave of your senses and crawl into an old mine. Thousands of such small openings are scattered throughout the country. Although most common in the historically "hard rock" Western mining states, they can also be found in the old lead and copper districts of the Midwest. In reality, multiple dangers lurk beyond the pale ring of light that filters through the adit mouth.

While scoping out a field area for a thesis project, I spent six weeks camping and hiking in the West Elk Mountains, in the Colorado Rockies. My days were spent tramping around the flanks of a majestic 13,000-foot peak, chosen due to tantalizing reports of silver mining activity around 1900. During my ramblings, I came across several old mine workings. Some were simply short adits driven into the hillside, designed to test for the presence of silver, copper, and lead minerals that might be distributed within the contact zone of the porphyry intrusive that defined the mountain peak. Other workings, though small, were relatively more sophisticated and had rail tracks extending from the passageways out onto the progressively extended pile of fine waste rock. I explored each of these, sometimes crawling over piles of rock that had fallen from the roof or ribs, or widening a hole and sliding down the pile of washed-in dirt to reach the adit floor.

This really was the height of folly, as I was alone in the wilderness and had no idea of the potential dangers. I currently work in the field of ground control engineering, and have firsthand knowledge of numerous fatalities that occurred in active mines when rock fell out of the roof without warning. I have also become more familiar with the extensive engineering design work, and variety of support systems, required to develop and maintain a mine opening. The "old timers" were often lucky by developing small openings in hard rock, but modern mining engineering indicates that time does not favor stability.

A more insidious danger is represented by a lack of breathable air. In sealed underground openings, the air may have become "stale" by not being circulated through the outside. In modern mines, a staff is devoted to designing and maintaining ventilation systems that cycle fresh air through the mine. Some gases displace oxygen, but are colorless and odorless and give no warning of danger until the person suddenly realizes that they feel as though they have been holding their breath for several minutes. This is a condition known to miners as "black damp" that can cause loss of consciousness or death. While working in Bolivia, I entered over a dozen small mines in a district that had been developed initially by the Spanish, or perhaps even the Inca, and later by a Polish mining engineer in the early 1900's. The most modern operation had closed in the 1980's, when the underground portion of the mine was abandoned as uneconomical, but a small open pit was developed that intersected some of the old workings. As a geologist working to unravel the geological history of this area, I entered the mine to document the relationships between intrusive phases. As I was intently concentrating on the last face of the mine, trying to decide if the rock was rhyodacite or dacite, I suddenly noticed a warm, tingly, numb sensation in my nose and lips. Panicked, I exhaled what little air remained in my lungs and held my breath, while at the same time wheeling and sprinting back up the tunnel. Weird, ghastly shapes of rotten canvas and timbers danced in the shadows thrown by my flashlight. I had little hope of sprinting the nearly 300 yards to the mine mouth, but as gray spots floated before my eyes, I determined to keep my legs pumping to at least get out of what might only be a pocket of bad air. Then I saw a sliver of light where the floor of the open pit had intersected the tunnel. Fresh air! I ran to the cut and gulped in the thin mountain air. Although the air smelled like decaying sulfides, at least the threat of black damp was gone, and so my panic subsided enough to allow me to walk briskly out of the mine.

Crawling into an old mine, in which no miner or engineer has evaluated the condition for decades, is something that I would now consider as pure stupidity. No shiny bauble or rusty artifact is worth it. Take a picture of that beckoning hole, and then leave it alone. Remember that the "old timers" have already taken out the rock and dumped it on the ground for you. Satisfy yourself with a little piece of azurite, malachite, chalcopyrite, or pyrite from the dump pile if you must have a souvenir, but stay out of that mine!

About The Author

I am a geologist who has visited several countries in Latin America and Europe, and worked on various civil engineering and mining-related projects in the U.S. and elsewhere. I have published in scientific journals, but thought it would be fun to write about some of my travel experiences on a more informal level. I have other pictures and geology items at my homepage, http://sedward.home.netcom.com/petrography.html

[email protected]

In The News:

Action Outdoors: First ice angling | Outdoors  Kokomo PerspectiveEvery angler knows that “first ice” is the best time of the season to get on the fish. Gamefish tend to really put on the feedbag as the ice is.
Recreation and outdoors calendar (Dec. 16)  Baltimore SunA calendar of recreation and outdoors events in Central Maryland.
Outdoors calendar: Dec. 16, 2018 | Hunting & Fishing  Charleston Gazette-MailWest Virginia's muzzleloader season will end, one-half hour after sunset. Monday. The third segment of West Virginia's three-part duck season will begin, ...
How European Outdoor Industry Coalition Grants Help Young People To Explore Life Outdoors  ForbesEstablished as an International Non Profit Association, the It's Great Out There Coalition (IGOTC) of European outdoor companies aims to encourage more ...
May: Outdoors for the holidays and beyond  Carroll County TimesCold weather and the holidays may curtail some outdoor activities, but they open up others. Here are some options.
OUTDOORS digest  Youngstown VindicatorLowellville gun show. Lowellville. The Mahoning Valley Gun Collectors is having a winter gun show Dec. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 ...
New ODNR director Mary Mertz brings outdoors and political experience – D’Arcy Egan  cleveland.comThe appointment of Mary Mertz to ODNR director is being praised by Ohio outdoors enthusiasts. (State of Ohio photo) ( State of Ohio ). Comment. By D'Arcy ...
Nearby Nature encourages neighborhood kids to explore outdoors  OnMilwaukee.comNearby Nature is an after-school program at the Lighthouse Youth Center, where students can dive more deeply into the realm of science, Milwaukee ...
Outdoors brand Fjallraven boosts spending amid parka battle  AdAge.comFor three winters in a row, parka-marketer Fjallraven has pushed its product with a Times Square billboard and other out-of-home and print ads. But amid rising ...
Jerry Davis: Wisconsin's 2019 deer hunting season begins ... now  Madison.comAdrian Alan, range manager at Vortex Optics and a former officer in the Madison Police Department, believes from experience that the moment a hunter comes ...
Outdoors: No ice fishing happening yet  Galesburg Register-MailNovember temperatures were pretty chilly here in the Galesburg area. The weather folks said the average temperatures we had were below normal. Now that ...
Outdoors: Working with nature can be 'luxury of simplicity'  Burlington Times NewsThose who appreciate the outdoors the most enjoy the “luxury of simplicity.” No words I could choose would better describe little Clyde Mitchell. We called him ...
Gander Outdoors to open for business in Augusta Friday  WRDW-TVThe store formerly known as Gander Mountain will open its doors to shoppers Friday under a new name - Gander Outdoors.
Outdoors: Deer management will continue until February  Daily RecordThis year's deer harvest is up over last year's, and winter seasons will continue until February.
Outdoors | Westerville team hooks 4th in Bassmaster event  The Columbus DispatchSix ounces don't pull as much weight in the grand scheme as they can in a professional bass tournament, so the two are not to be confused.Nonetheless, six ...
Meet Pattie Gonia, the Backpacking Drag Queen Promoting Inclusivity in the Outdoors  SELFInstagram drag queen Pattie Gonia is spreading positive vibes and a powerful message about inclusivity in the outdoors, one high-heeled hike at a time.
OUTDOORS: Family heirloom will be treated with respect from now on  Tuscaloosa NewsMoving, particularly when it involves moving some of your possessions a considerable distance, can be trying. And no matter how careful you are, some things ...
Warm temps encourage outdoor winter fun | Outdoors  International Falls JournalRANIER — The fire was blazing, and kids were sledding and skating at the Ranier Rink Wednesday afternoon.
Gift suggestions for outdoors enthusiasts  Lima OhioWith a little more than a week left before Christmas, there is still plenty of time to get some gifts for the outdoors lover on your list.Stocking stuffers.
Best holiday gifts for the outdoor junkie on your list  Digital TrendsWant a unique gift for the outdoorsy person on your holiday shopping list? Look no further. We've hand-picked some of our favorite outdoor items to help you ...
RATHER BE OUTDOORS: Make a welcoming first impression  The Register/AdvertiserWhen a front door is hidden or obscure, it makes first-time visitors uncomfortable.
When Shan Rukh Khan gets 'lonely on long outdoors', son AbRam comes to his rescue – details inside  Times NowThat Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan's youngest son, AbRam is the internet's eye candy cannot be denied. Ever since he was born, the little one got fan pages ...
Tecumseh North kindergartners receive bicycles, helmets donated by Academy Sports + Outdoors  The Topeka Capital-JournalExcitement was in the air Thursday afternoon at the Tecumseh North Elementary School gym.Parents and family members sat in bleachers on one side of the ...
Gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast  Las Vegas Review-JournalFor some of us, buying Christmas gifts can be a rather arduous task. Not because we don't care about our loved ones and friends, but because holiday shopping ...
OUTDOORS: Millions proposed to increase hatchery chinook production for orcas … and anglers  Peninsula Daily NewsWEST END RIVERS are going to be sidelined as they recover from rainfall plentiful enough to trigger flood warnings over the last few days.
Academy Sports + Outdoors partners with Columbus Police Dept. for bike giveaway  WTVMCOLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Academy Sports + Outdoors partnered with the Columbus Police Department to give way bikes to children for Christmas. Thirty bikes ...
High Plains Outdoors: Air Gun Hunt  HPPRThis week, Luke takes us on a big bore airgun hunt to Ranger Creek Ranch www.rangercreekranch.com . Luke's hunted here for many years and loves the ...
Iowa's Great Outdoors - December 14, 2018  Local 5 - WeAreIowa.comCopyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Wrap up the 12 Days of Deals with sports/outdoors gifts  Chicago TribuneFor kids, trained athletes, and general fitness enthusiasts, sports and outdoor gifts are hard to beat. They can provide hours of entertainment, exercise, or.
Curious Idaho: Ask us your questions about the Gem State’s outdoors lifestyle  Idaho StatesmanWhat do you want to know about Idaho's outdoors? Idaho Statesman outdoors reporter Nicole Blanchard wants to hear your questions about the state's outdoor ...
Podcast aims to bring scientific foundation to outdoors discussions  Laramie BoomerangConversations about hunting, wildlife management, public lands and conservation have moved squarely into the podcasting world in the past few years, with the ...
Womp, Womp: 5 Gifts You Should NOT Get for the Outdoors Person  GearJunkieThere are 1001 gift guides out there. But whatever you do, avoid these common bad outdoor gifts.
Man rescued after steep fall off Drinking Horse Trail  KBZK Bozeman NewsGALLATIN COUNTY, Mont. – A man hiking on the Drinking Horse Trail was rescued after slipping and falling about 30 feet, according to the Gallatin County ...
Former Gander Mountain will reopen under new name Gander Outdoors  The Augusta ChronicleGander Outdoors, the store formerly known as Gander Mountain, said Tuesday it will re-open its Augusta store on Friday at 9 a.m.The 52000-square-foot store, ...
First he got healthy, then he went elk hunting  Lewiston Morning TribuneHow 12-year-old John Gegen found himself in a cabin in the Colorado mountains on a recent evening receiving a personal video message from Philadelphia ...
As temperatures drop for outdoors debate, Tampa's mayor's race heats up  Tampa Bay TimesSeven candidates will gather at Sparkman Wharf tonight to debate transportation issues, the latest sign that activity in advance of the March 5 election is picking ...
Johnson Outdoors (JOUT) PT Lowered to $75 at Imperial Capital Following 4Q  StreetInsider.comNews and research before you hear about it on CNBC and others. Claim your 2-week free trial to StreetInsider Premium here.
'She was sold on it.' How smartphones are helping hunters bag deer in Mississippi  Jackson Clarion LedgerAdapters help overcome vision, physical challenges.
Naples Baker Museum moves outdoors with minimalist prize: Buren work  Naples Daily NewsThe Baker Museum's newest exhibition is outdoors at Artis—Naples: Daniel Buren's "The Colors Above Our Heads Are Under Our Feet as Well."
Unique gifts are a perfect option for lovers of the great outdoors  Pike County News WatchmanCOLUMBUS, OH – As Ohioans celebrate the holidays and create memories with loved ones, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has great ...
NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Hawkeye Wildlife Area Refuge Opens Dec. 18  KIOWThe wildlife refuge at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County will be open for public use, including hunting and trapping, on Dec. 18. The main purpose of ...
Author John McPhee Still Finds Wonder in the Outdoors, Chocolate and Circus Bears  TIMEJohn McPhee discusses teaching creative non-fiction at Princeton and the process putting together his most recent book 'The Patch'.
Johnson Outdoors to Release Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Results on December 7, 2018  GlobeNewswireRACINE, Wis., Nov. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC. (Nasdaq: JOUT), a global company engaged in the design, manufacture and ...
Eva Shockey Brings Her Adventures Outdoors to a New Facebook Watch Series  CheddarAcclaimed outdoor enthusiast Eva Shockey is starring in her own outdoor lifestyle reality series. The six-episode series takes viewers on an adventure into the ...
Learning outdoors: growing explorers, not robots - Positive News  Positive.NewsLook at my baby dragons,” says three-year-old Rubens, gently stroking three polished stones. “They are sleeping now. Shhhh,” he whispers. Sitting under a tree ...
Cyber Monday 2018: Best Outdoor and Fitness Deals (Fitbit, Apple Watch, Etc)  WIREDIf you need running shoes, a fitness watch, or a new backpack, these Cyber Monday deals are for you. Apple Watch, Fitbit, Treadmills, and more.
Outdoor Moments: Jonas Hiller  NHL.comAnaheim Ducks net minder Jonas Hiller stopped all 36 of the Los Angeles Kings shots in the 2014 Stadium Series. Presented by Discover.
Nature smart  Aitkin Independent AgeWinter is upon us, and many parts of the country are covered in a blanket of snow. Even though the official start of winter is yet to come, it hasn't stopped all the ...
Outdoors, Vol. 2  Willamette WeekMy Happy Place Camp Fire Mug | Tender Loving Empire | $22. This 14 oz. steel mug is perfect for your next camping adventure! Inspired by love for the outdoors ...
UW  Madison.comVolunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at Grady ...
NDC race: Sylvester Mensah outdoors fundraising short code  GhanaWebNDC flagbearer aspirant, Sylvester Mensah, has outdoored a mobile telephony platform as part of a range of innovative means to pool resources to fund his ...
Missing bushwalkers safe but will spend another night outdoors due to bad weather  ABC NewsTwo bushwalkers missing in the Morton National Park, west of Nowra, are safe after calling rescuers using a mobile phone, but will spend another night outdoors ...
Enjoying Iowa's great outdoors  Fort Dodge MessengerWhat is important to you? The most important things in my life are my family, friends, faith and the time I spend outside. My family and friends are the cente.
Kids 'Bring the Outdoors In' at Family Fun Day  KVALEUGENE, Ore. — Today was family fun day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum at the University of Oregon. The activities had a environmentally friendly theme.
UKC Articles - 360° Video - Bringing the Outdoors, Indoors  UKC NewsMilosz Pierwola is a New York-based humanitarian explorer who quit his high paid but ultimately unsatisfying job as a lawyer to travel the world. Through ...
Chris Dollar: Resurgence of brookies an encouraging sign  CapitalGazette.comEven if you live much closer to the Atlantic than the mountains, you can still be in Western Maryland within hours, where several state parks offer great mountain ...
Best of Phoenix 2018: Things to Do and See Outdoors  Phoenix New TimesIt may not always feel like it when you're in the city, but the sheer amount of wild spaces in and around Phoenix is nothing short of impressive. And now that the ...
Taking the festivities outdoors  The West AustralianWith the festive season just around the corner, this is the perfect time to start preparing your outdoor space for long hot days and nights spent entertaining family ...
REI Closes on Black Friday, asking shoppers to #OptOut and go outdoors instead  WTVCThe day after Thanksgiving is often associated with door buster deals. But this Black Friday, some locals chose peace and quiet in the great outdoors. Outdoor ...
Connecting youth with faith and the outdoors  WXOW.comThe Coulee Region based Kicking Bear Foundation organizes camps and adventures to teach people about the outdoors while connecting them to God.
Beautiful Dog Portraits Capture Their Adventures in the Great Outdoors  My Modern MetTraveler and dog photographer Kristýna Kvapilová spends her spare time exploring the world with her beautiful 7-year-old Australian Shepherd, Charlie.
Safety first when running outdoors  Medical Xpress(HealthDay)—Between the *fresh* air and the interesting scenery, running outdoors can be invigorating. But there are safety precautions to take when you leave a ...
Watch thief grab $3,300 worth of North Face coats from Alabama Outdoors in Homewood; suspect sought  AL.comAuthorities are trying to identify a suspect who grabbed an armful of coats and dashed out the door. The theft happened Thursday, Nov. 15, at Alabama Outdoors ...
OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: New DNR conservation officers go to work,...  Grand Forks HeraldThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' 18 newest conservation officers began working at their field stations Wednesday, Dec. 5. The new officers ...
County hosts annual Hope Outdoors youth hunt  Scott County TimesAt least a dozen youth will be visiting Scott County December 7-8 for the annual hunting experience and fundraiser through Hope Outdoors Ministries. Each year ...
Fighting corruption: CHRAJ outdoors 'online reporting Dash Board'  GhanaWebThe National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) online reporting Dash Board (NACoRD) was on Monday, 10 December 2018 outdoored by the Commission ...
How to protect outdoor potted plants from the cold: Ask an Expert  OregonLive.comWinter approaches, but gardening questions abound. Get advice from OSU Extension *Service* and Master Gardeners.
Where to find outdoor ice skating this winter  SW News MediaWhen the dry, freezing part of winter hits, Minnesotans aren't the type to skirt away indoors. We get out and cross country ski, ice fish, and of course, skate.
Hong Kong's great outdoors is right here in the city, too  South China Morning PostDoes looking at the Hong Kong cityscape give you the same mental benefits as looking at beautiful natural landscapes?
How the Outdoors Makes Your Kids Smarter  OutsidePlaying outside isn't just good for your kid. It's essential.
Some people are skipping Black Friday shopping to spend time outdoors - here are 8 underrated national parks to visit over the holiday  Business Insider IndiaShutterstockLassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.The #OptOutside campaign beckons people to explore the outdoors the day after ...
What's Up Outdoors: Ice fishing gift ideas to add to the Christmas...  Brainerd DispatchSince most of my time lately is spent at ice fishing events all over the state, I've been seeing a few new products that I think might make great Christmas gifts.
Saturday is the Interior Alaska Christmas Bird Count  Fairbanks Daily News-MinerFAIRBANKS — Arctic Audubon holds its annual Christmas Bird count on Saturday.
New outdoors sports show coming to Chippewa Falls  Leader-TelegramCHIPPEWA FALLS — A new outdoor sports show promoting archery, hunting and hundreds of exhibitors will be presented in September at the Northern ...
Scenic Sanibel Island offers many choices to enjoy outdoors  Buffalo NewsSanibel Island, adjacent to Fort Myers in Southwest Florida, uses its natural attractions that include a wide variety of fish species, an incredible amount of b…
Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia defends decision to practice outdoors  ESPNA day after Lions coach Matt Patricia held his team's practice outside in the cold and snow, despite playing four straight games indoors or in Arizona, the ...
New Penguins jerseys for Philadelphia outdoor game?  PensBurghThe Pittsburgh Penguins released a tweet yesterday that kind of flew under the radar, but it has to do with the upcoming Stadium Series game in Philadelphia.
Home improvement gifts for people who love getting their hands dirty  Popular SciencePut that smart light bulb back in the re-gifting pile. Here's a gift guide for the friend or family member who is always outdoors, cutting up brush, and posting photos ...
Mag-Spark puts POW! back into muzzleloader hunting  The Star DemocratMuzzleloader season is back open through Dec. 29, and when the rain stops, many of us will be back out in tree stands and in fields searching for elusive deer.
Erie middle school playground, outdoor classroom to be dedicated  GoErie.comA new playground and outdoor classroom at East Middle School will be officially dedicated on Monday. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the school, ...
Glowing outdoor playground ready to make music in Quartier des Spectacles  CBC.caA lit up, “vintage tropical” set of oversized dominoes are waiting to be toppled over by deep winter revellers in Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles.
Outdoor Notes for Dec. 16: Bear hunting tooth sample require...  Brainerd DispatchBear hunters who are successful in 2019 and after would be required to submit a bear tooth sample to be eligible for the upcoming year's bear hunting license ...
New Year's Resolutions for Your Yard and Outdoor Life  PRNewswireALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The turn of the new year is a great time to plan and dream about what you'd like to do in your yard or garden ...
10 Heavy Duty Watches For Tradies, The Outdoors & Action Men  D'MargeFancy yourself an action man or just a bloody good tradie? Dress like your most adventurous idols, these heavy duty outdoor watches are a sure-fire step in the ...
Better Black Friday for the outdoors  The ColumbianIf working off the Thanksgiving calories by jostling with other shoppers isn't your idea of a good time, how about spending your Black Friday in the outdoors ...
Outdoor briefs for Thursday, Nov. 29 | Outdoors | bismarcktribune.com  Bismarck TribuneRegistration for the Bismarck/Mandan Rifle and Pistol Association's Junior Marksmanship Program will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Johnson Family ...
Turkey Dogs in Moab: An Unconventional Thanksgiving Outdoors  GearJunkieIf you haven't planned Thanksgiving, I highly recommend giving yourself a pass. Last year, instead of sitting around stuffing our faces with stuffing, we rode our ...
24 holiday gifts for those who love the outdoors  AL.com24 holiday gifts for those who love the outdoors. Here's where to find them and how much they cost.
Scuttlebiz: Gander Mountain didnt work, maybe Gander Outdoors will?  The Augusta ChronicleThe once-shuttered sporting goods store on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway is reopening as Gander Outdoors. The company made no formal announcement about ...
Plans for £14 million outdoor activity centre at Durris Forest are unveiled  Press and JournalPlans have been unveiled for a multi-million-pound mountain bike park and snowsports centre in Aberdeenshire. The North East Trail Centre Organisation ...
Detroit Red Wings Outdoors: Ranking the Classics  The Hockey WritersWhich Detroit Red Wings outdoor game stands out at the best in team history? Check out The Hockey Writers' rankings of Hockeytown's classics.
All Outdoors: Whitetail season off to great start  MassLive.comWhitetail season is in full swing with some really great reports coming in of big deer in big numbers from across the Northeast. By all indicators the herd is ...
Incorporating the outdoors into your life when you’re an apartment dweller  Washington PostA balcony garden or indoor plants can help you bring the outdoors into your apartment.
Gander Outdoors to locate retail store in Port Wentworth  Savannah Morning NewsPort Wentworth City Council approved a $13 million project Thursday night which will include a Gander Outdoor retail store and Camping World facility. The plan ...
DIGISOL Unveils a Range of Industrial Grade Switches for Harsh Outdoor Environments  APN NewsMumbai : DIGISOL Systems Ltd., a leading provider of the Networking products, extends its Industrial Grade switches portfolio by launching DG-IS1006GP ...
Outdoors calendar  Duluth News TribuneCourage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers these events. Call (218) 726-4834, ext. 1 or email [email protected] for more information. • Curling ...
How a great black hawk became a Maine celebrity  Bangor Daily NewsThere is a great black hawk in Portland that has become quite famous — but only he knows if he left Mexico because our squirrels taste better.. Maine news ...
Global Outdoor Advertising Market 2019-2023 - Increasing Use of Analytics to Increase Ads Effectiveness  PRNewswireDUBLIN, Dec 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Global Outdoor Advertising Market 2019-2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
Hunter films rare albino porcupine waddling in the Maine woods  Bangor Daily NewsIt was just before sundown on Dec. 6 when hunter Greg Strand heard a commotion nearby in the trees. Strand, who was out in the Windham woods, ducked out ...
Covington responds to outcry after outdoor cat houses torn down  WXIXCOVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Some residents are sounding off after shelters for cats were accidentally torn down by Covington officials. In an effort to take care of ...

How To Buy a Used RV - Part 2

The key to getting a good bargin, instead of a... Read More

Visiting Whistler in Summer

It is the end of the season for the year... Read More

Too much to do in London!

No one can truly say... Read More

Drive Me to WA Today!

Western Australia Driving Adventure Great Australian Road Trip Large... Read More

How to Save Money AND help the planet

Don't all of us love to have the money to... Read More

RV Vacations: Ten Tips

Perhaps you have wondered about taking an RV vacation. It... Read More

Alternatives to Pressurized Fuel

Recently I attended a Boy Scout Leader Roundtable meeting where... Read More

Camping and Outdoor Activities: Get Involved with Nature

Camping mixed with outdoor activity is a great way to... Read More

New Technologies in Camping and Outdoor Clothing Enhance the Outdoor Experience

Camping is an excellent way to explore and experience the... Read More

Taking an Alaskan Cruise ? What to Pack

Packing in general can be a hassle. But when going... Read More

Stay Warm - A Backpacking Skill

Stay warm or die. That's what it comes down to... Read More

Maples for Autumn Colour

As the weather cools in late summer and the days... Read More

Trekking Poles And Walking Sticks

Are walking sticks longer than trekking poles? What about hiking... Read More

Mount Kenya ? Up High at God?s Mountain

Mount Kenya is Africa's second highest mountain, after Kilimanjaro. It... Read More

Whitewater Rafting Trip

For the dedicated water sport enthusiast there can be no... Read More

The Pyramids of Giza

The most famous Egyptian pyramids to be built are the... Read More

Review: Russell Shortos The Island At The Center Of The World

Up to now the preponderant view held by many historians... Read More

One of the Oldest Traditions of the American West; The Dude Ranch

Dude Ranches first gained popularity in the 1920s, in large... Read More

Inflatable Boats: An Overview

Inflatable boats are made from flexible material, usually rubber, canvas,... Read More

Dont Forget that Camping Gear Checklist Before You Leave on that Family Camping Adventure

A camping gear checklist is an important tool to help... Read More

Disneyland for Hikers: A Walk to Mt. Whitney

Base camp sits at 12,000 feet - stark, windy, unshaded... Read More

Three Places to Interact with Dolphins in Hawaii

Visitors to Hawaii frequently see dolphins from shore or on... Read More

Kerala Backwaters - Gently Down the Stream

The quaint little balcony was large enough to accommodate two... Read More

Alaska Sport Fishing Guide

WHAT TO FISH AND WHERE: Alaska offers some of the... Read More

Tent and Outdoor Gear Care and Repair

TENT CAREYou should seal all floor seams and those seams... Read More