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Perils of Polly: Gravel, gravel everywhere ...

...the park, and all I could find was that most people came here to backpack what they called "the circuit." We are not backpackers. We didn't have the gear nor the inclination to climb up steep mountains. There was horseback riding, which I did want...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2012-05-04/perils-of-polly-gravel-gravel-ev
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Grizzly bear kills hiker in Denali National Park

...Park officials said they don't believe other registered backpackers are in the immediate area. That portion of the park is closed...said. Prior to receiving a permit to hike in the area, all backpackers in the park receive mandatory bear awareness training that...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-08-25/grizzly-bear-kills-hiker-in-denali-n
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A look back ...on a fun career!

...people - from concerned citizens, environmental activists, non-profit groups, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, fishermen, backpackers, ranchers, oil and gas operators, to various agencies and departments in local, state, or federal governments. Complicating...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2012-04-20/a-look-back-on-a-fun-career
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The hills are alive!: Riders enjoy good start to season

...is to preserve the trails in the Caribou Hills, so they may be enjoyed summer and winter by hikers, hunters, bikers, backpackers, cross-country skiers, dog mushers, skijorers and anyone who enjoys these public lands. "We promote safe and courteous...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/121109/out_481369684.shtml
Water filters or purifiers a good addition for backcountry travelers

...Disease Control and Prevention, according to an article in Backpacker magazine. Crypto likes city waterways, too, and in April...giardia is more rampant than ever in many streams. The same Backpacker article quoted a noted Colorado State parasitologist as saying...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/102600/out_102600out0010002.shtml
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Harding Icefield: A find in Southcentral Alaska

...glaciers. Our first glacier and the highlight of the trip for me was Harding Icefield, which I'd read about from other backpackers online and was determined to experience. On our way up, we met hikers who turned back early, unable to keep going but...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/032511/out_805372157.shtml
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Americans losing interest in nature, replacing the outdoors with electronics

...easily accessible Kenai Peninsula waters. There does not appear to be similarly increasing hordes of campers, hikers, backpackers, canoeists and hunters on the Kenai Peninsula, which makes me wonder if actively experiencing nature in the outdoors is...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/031408/outdoors_4021.shtml
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Body-warming blaze can be difference between life, death

...three-to-five-pound inflatable boats backpackers carry to cross or float wilderness...any fire sign. Campers, backpackers, rafters and most other...says The Outward Bound Backpacker's Handbook, ''campfires...life and death for hikers, backpackers, snowmobilers, skiers and...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/102501/ala_102501out0010001.shtml
Little Alaska town braces for influx of tourists with opening of road

...Phillips, who has operated a tour company offering day cruises of the sound from Whittier for 42 years. ''Not everybody's a backpacker or a kayaker. I deal a lot with the blue-haired crowd, and they want to see Prince William Sound, too.'' But where...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/052300/ala_052300ala0010001.shtml
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