According to the US Forest Service, there are currently 105 large active fires burning in the United States this week and, no surprise, a large percentage of them are concentrated along the West Coast, where years of drought have been steadily whittling away local forests' ability to stave off big burns.
Esri, a California-based provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software, has put together a live map of every active wildfire in the Continental U.S., which you can peruse through above–giving you info. on fire size and location, the date each started, and even layering in Youtube videos and Flickr photos from folks on the ground.
Wildfire forecasters are calling for above average fire activity in the Pacific Northwest and in central and southern California through the rest of the summer, although forecasters are hoping that the strengthening El Niño pattern will start bringing bursts of moisture to the West Coast as the fall closes in.
While many of us may head to the mountains to escape that dreaded and never-ending pull of computers and electronics, gear and technology are inevitably something we rely on. TGR has always been appreciative of cutting-edge technology, and we choose our gear very wisely, especially since our lives often depend on it. Here are our favorite 10 stories from the gear and tech world from 2017! TGR TESTED: This Year’s Best Mountain Bikes Patagonia Really Wants to Fix Your Shit Mountain Hub’s
On New Year's Eve, a group of Polish mountain climbers set out to record the first winter ascent of K2–the world's second tallest peak–according to a report by Reuters. The team of 13 climbers will be led by 67-year-old Krzysztof Wielicki, who attempted a winter ascent of K2 in 2003 but was unable to reach the summit. Wielicki told Reuters the group hopes to begin climbing either Jan. 8 or 9 and will spend around three months on the mountain if successful, returning to basecamp by mid-March.
Ahh skiing. The foundation of TGR’s universe. We all know it, but sliding down a frozen mountain on two planks is the best feeling in the world. Okay, snowboarding is cool too, so same thing goes there. Anyway, here are our 10 favorite skiing-related stories from the past year. EXCLUSIVE: HOW AARON RICE SKIED 2.5 MILLION FEET IN ONE YEAR Two and a half years ago, Aaron Rice decided he was going to try and ski 2.5 million human-powered vertical feet in one calendar year. Despite many hard