Outdoor Enthusiast’s Heaven – Smoky Mountains National Park

smoky-mountainsThe Smoky Mountains offers an incredible range of diverse activities for visitors to take advantage of. Hiking, cycling, fishing, and the exploration of wildlife and historical sites are available for all people; whether you are brand-new to the tangled wildlife of a national park or an expert, there are opportunities for everyone. Shorter trails are available for those who are more inexperienced, and there are even specially designated child-friendly trails are offered.

A basic understanding of what to do in a dangerous situation involving black bears should be maintained before a trip to the Smoky Mountains. Black bears are often unpredictable and violent animals, and one should not approach them or allow them to approach. In order to not encourage problems between humans and bears, do not throw away food into the wilderness, and certainly do not offer food to the bears.

However, black bears and other forms of wildlife is always a pleasure to view from a distance with a camera or telescope, and should definitely be done. Just remember that safety is first!

Mammoth, It’s a Cave!

mammoth-caveMammoth Cave is quite literally mammoth. It is the longest cave system in the world, and its lengthy 390 miles are located in central and south Kentucky, and it is known as a part of the Green River Valley. However, that number is bound to change in the near future as researchers continue to discover new branches of caves.

Mammoth Cave is home to some bizarre yet fascinating rock formations. Take a trip to the Frozen Niagara entrance and take pictures of the most photographed part of the cave system. Take a cave tour and explore the Rotunda and the Snowball rooms, or squeeze through passages such as Fat Man’s Misery and Tall Man’s Misery. Even visit the Lost River Cave, a section of Mammoth Cave through which you will experience an underground lake tour, ducking under the low ceiling.

For overnight stays, try camping on one of the various campgrounds located in the park. There are many modernized ones while more experienced campers can take the opportunity in the primitive campgrounds.

Gem of United States Nature – The Grand Canyon

grand-canyonA summer vacation idea not to be missed is a road trip to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon National Park is split into two rims; the North and South rim. Due to the disparity in their elevations, the two rims seem like two completely separate parks. If you’re interested in visiting the North Rim, be sure to save the trip for a date between May and October, or you may risk being trapped by snowfall. However, a visit to the North Rim is well worth it because of the breathtaking views and solitude that can be experienced through a day hike.

Both rims should be explored through day hikes, and can be explored in a variety of different ways. Park rangers are available to offer information on the history and science of the park, and mule trips are offered for both rims. The South rim offers a Desert View drive, whitewater rafting trips through the Colorado River, and a photo hot spot for nature photographers trying to find the best lighting to capture views of the park. The North rim offers a myriad of different hiking trails and roads, and should be explored as thoroughly as possible for some truly awesome sights.

The Ultimate Hiking Trail – Appalachian

A hiking trip is a great way to get back to nature and to escape urban life, at least for a little while. The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world and runs across 14 American states from Georgia to Maine, passing mountainous terrain, forest and lakes. Practice your boots before you set off into the wilderness. Our road ahead t-shirt will keep you motivated and cool each and every of the 2160 miles!

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Trail Talk: The Stoney Point One

Happy Friday to all the Adayakfans out there. I can’t believe how fast this month if flying by – it’s almost November! A lot is happening behind the scenes right now at Adayak to bring you new products and an overall better customer experience. We’re very excited about the future of our brand and are very appreciative to those of you who continue to support us.

Moving on … let’s take a look at what we have for you in today’s Trail Talk. I just love going through dozens of outdoors related blogs searching for the best content to share with you every Friday. Today we have a recap of a hike in Italy, tips on how to wash your sleeping bag, a great quote about mountain climbing, and a cool trailer for an upcoming documentary on bouldering.

Hiking the Cinque Terre, ItalyBest Hike Blog
Washing a Down Sleeping BagSection Hiker
Coming Back Changed…Summit Stones & Adventure Musings
Stoney Point: Portrait of an American CragCole Gibson on Vimeo

If you have anything you’d like us to share in next week’s Trail Talk, please send us an email with the link.

Trail Talk: The Cold Weather One

Boy oh boy has it been awhile since we’ve posted a trail talk. It’s time to get back on the path and bring you guys some of the latest and best blog posts of the week. So much is happening in the world of the outdoors – let’s jump right to it.

In today’s edition of trail talk we have a first ascent bouldering video, a snow capped mountain in the Great Smokies, a memorable whitewater kayaking trip from this summer, awesome rock climbing pictures from the Alps and finally a trip report from Linville Gorge.

Chris Marley puts up a first ascent on War Tactics (V11/V12)NOLS Vimeo
Day Hiking in Cold WeatherHigh on LeConte
East Fork of the KaweahEGCreekin
Rock Guiding in the AlpsInto the Mountains
Table Rock and The Chimneys, Linville Gorge WildernessTwo Heel Drive

Hope everyone has a great weekend! The weather is getting cool so there’s no excuse not to get outdoors. Also, I want to send a reminder in case you’re blind to all the banners we have running – Adayak is giving away a free shirt every Friday in the month of October. Enter now.

As always, if you have something you’d like featured on Trail Talk then shoot us an email!

Trail Talk: The Teton Rescue One

We took a week off from Trail Talk last Friday because our staff was on vacation. A lot has happened since the last edition and it took a good amount of time for me to skim through all the blogs I follow to find out what’s been going on. It feels good to be back on schedule now and bringing to consistent content on the Adayak Blog.

In today’s Trail Talk we have a photo from the Appalachian Trail on Roan Mountain, a wet climb in the Rocky Mountain National Park, a slideshow of East Buttress on Mt. Whitney, a dramatic rescue attempt on Grand Teton, and some tips on how to make it through a trad alive.

What Lives WithinAppalachian Treks
Tuesdays in the ParkTravels & Tribulations of Blake Herrington
Climbing a Classic – the East Buttress on Mt WhitneyClimb | Ski | Sleep | Repeat
Choppers Pluck 16 from Grand Teton in Dramatic RescueThe Adventure Life
Basic Technique – Saving Energy on the TradDave MacLeod

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