I have been testing out a new camera, the Nikon P5000. I have been impressed so far with the quality of the photos. The video quality is also decent. Something like a waterfall can be difficult to video. Here is a short video I shot of Elbow Falls. The Elbow and the falls are impressive right now with the runoff. I was disappointed to see how much garbage there was near the picnic tables.
This week the prediction is for temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Hiking wearing a fur coat can be tough. May be a good time to leave your dog at home. If you take your dog, choose your hike carefully. A hike following a creek or that ends at a lake, as opposed to a mountain top with no water sources, would be a good idea. I am amazed at how quickly my dog cools down just walking for a short distance in a creek. On a warm day starting a hike off with a swim will also help keep your dog cool for some distance.
Now that the snow is starting to leave the passes the hikes are starting to get longer and more and more scrambling is involved. Imagine trying to hike 15 or 20 kilometers in your bare feet. To be more accurate, image that you never wear shoes so your feet are somewhat conditioned and then you hike for a day across rock spree slopes. You might expect some lesions. For dogs a ripped pad like the one in the photo below are painful and may mean that you have to carry your dog back to the car.
I did a review on my Source Hydration System. I have only used water in it so far because I did not want to have to deal with the mess that Gatorade and the other energy drinks might make. Here is a good video from Backpacker magazine with some tips on cleaning your drinking system.
In preparing the post on the Mount Lady McDonald Trail I found out that the debris from the teahouse were cleaned up only a few days ago. The cleanup involved the removal of 2000 lbs of trash and building supplies from the tea house near the summit on June 9, 2007. Two sling lifts and five cargo nets were required to clean up the bulk of the mess.
Here are a couple of the videos from the cleanup. The link to YouTube will allow you to review the remainder.
Other than the information attached to the YouTube description of the videos I have been able to find out little as to how this project developed. If anyone has any information or comments about the great work by these individuals please add them to the post.