Author: HikingMike

A Brief Story of Wilderness Areas in the U.S.

I read an article on National Geographic’s website that was a good short read about the Wilderness Act and wilderness areas. I particularly liked some of the quotes: “In truth, ‘Wilderness’ is a state of mind and heart” is how photographer Ansel Adams once put it. “Very little exists now in actuality.” And that actually […]

Ansel Adams Wilderness Hike Write-up Is Up

We covered some fantastic terrain in this 2007 trip to Ansel Adams Wilderness, with a brief between-passes bit of trail within Yosemite National Park. I’ve gotten the trip report up now. There are some beautiful lakes in this area on the eastern edge of southern Cathedral Range, which has some stunning peaks itself.  Plus there were […]

Paddling the Boundary Waters – REI Talk

Brad and I went to a talk at REI about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota, part of the Superior National Forest. The speaker was a great guy named Jerry, retired teacher, that had been going up there for many years and actually first went there when he was a kid […]

Great Panorama Stitcher – Microsoft Research’s ICE

Best panorama stitching software I have found and now use is Microsoft Research’s ICE (Image Composite Editor). It’s extremely simple to use, has good quality results, and has all the options I need. It’s free, but it’s only available for Windows. Microsoft Research’s ICE (Image Composite Editor) I have had 2 cameras that each came […]