• McMurdo FastFind 220
Remember that trail runner who took a wrong turn on the Western States Trail, near Michigan Bluff in late March, and got lost for two days? He could have used the McMurdo FastFind GPS locator. It’s a palm-sized device, weighing just .65 pounds that, according to its website, transmits a signal to “a global network of search and rescue satellites.” This is not something required for your everyday hiker, but if you’re deep in the back country, it might give you peace of mind.
• “Hansons Half-Marathon Method,” by Luke Humphrey
The Hansons-Brooks Distance Running Project, which has produced world-class marathoners such as Desi Linden (nee Davila), last year released a training book, “Hansons Marathon Method.” Now, Hansons coach Luke Humphrey is back with a half-marathon guide based on the group’s principle of “quality miles.” It is geared toward both sub-elite runners and those trying to fit dedicated running into a busy schedule.
• Outside Magazine: “How To Break in Hiking Boots”
Short answer: It takes time and wear. But experts also offer other tips, such as waxing the leather on the upper of the boot to make it softer and more pliable.
• Top 10 Stone-Carved Sites
The Toronto Sun, via the website www.cheapflights.com, carved out this list of stone-beautiful locations. Stonehenge doesn’t make the cut:
1. Mount Rushmore, S.D.
2. Moai, Easter Island, Polynesia
3. The Great Sphinx of Giza, Giza, Egypt
4. Statue Heads, Mount Nemrut, Turkey
5. Leshan Giant Buddha, Leshan, Sichuan, China
6. Dazu Rock Carvings, Chongqing, Dazu, China
7. Ancient City of Petra, Ma’an, Jordan
8. Lycian Tombs, near Dalyan, Anatolia, Turkey
9. Persepolis, Fars Province, Iran
10. Angkor Wat, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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— Compiled by Sam McManis, firstname.lastname@example.org