This fall, Hal Herring plans to go backcountry hunting with his son near his Montana home. If they both take an elk, they'll be able to provide the family with enough meat for the following year. But should House bill 4089 pass into law, he's worried that such a hunting trip could be jeopardized. Somewhat ironically, H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act, is described as pro-hunting legislation.
The bill, which has passed through the House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate, uses language that its opponents—which include wilderness advocates, conservationists and some hunting groups—believe could lead to motorized vehicles being allowed into protected wilderness areas. Other parts of the bill would open the door to hunting and shooting in national parks system lands that currently ban those activities. The bill would also require state approval before the president could declare any new national monument, a move that punches a hole in the Antiquities Act—a legislative tool that has been used to protect many important areas in the past, including the Grand Canyon.
Road to Ruin? If the roadless areas in which Herring hunts were open to motorized access the game would be more scarce and the regulations and limits around access would likely become more onerous, he says.
"We need to cease and desist this endless attack on roadless areas and wilderness by people who have no idea what they're talking about," says Herring, who, aside from being an avid hunter and angler, is a journalist. "We already have millions of acres on which to cavort on ATVs. Road access into wilderness means more regulated hunting."
When Steph Davis turned three, her mother put her on the Suzuki method for learning piano. She practiced every day for 15 years. At 18, during her freshman year of college, she climbed a rock. "The first day I went climbing, like I said, I just felt like this is that thing I don't have when I do music," she says in A Perfect Circle. "And I didn't even get it, but it's passion."
You can now control up to 50 GoPro cameras via a remote. That's what skateboarder Ryan Sheckler did—with a little help from four other people—to record his journey from the Manhattan Bridge to a Lower East Side skate park for a short called New York City. Sheckler's video demonstrates how GoPro's just-released Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit ($99) works so far. It's a neat innovation, but the best part of the product is yet to come.
This past weekend, we sent a good chunk of our staff up to Vail to cover and compete in the Teva Mountain Games. For those of you not familiar with the event, over the past 11 years it’s evolved into a bona fide festival: athletes from around the world compete in 24 different races over the course of four days. But that’s just part of it. Nearly every event, from bouldering to mountain biking to fly-fishing, also has recreational divisions. And then there’s everything else, from free concerts and film series to slacklining and SUP demonstrations to mud runs and the always-popular dogs-jumping-into-water events.
The resulting mash-up of athletes and revelers makes for a pretty fun mix: you’ve got guys like pro cyclist Tom Danielson, who decided at the last minute to show up and smoke the competition in the road bike time trail, clomping around in their spandex kit and tear-dropped aero helmet. But you’ve also got visor-wearing fly fisherman; superfit moms and dads pulling bike-trailers filled with kids; and just about everybody in-between. And dogs—lots and lots of dogs, everywhere.
At least two thank yous should be given for the timelapse video above. The first goes to NASA, for sharing the images of earth taken from the International Space Station for free. The second goes to a man named Adonis Pulatus, who downloaded more than 16,000 of those images and turned them into a two-minute video for all to see and share on Vimeo.