Jeff Rossen of the Today show would not be too happy. Last month he put out a "Rossen Report" of the dangers of cliff jumping. Andrew Santos couldn't care less. It appears he's been taking tours all over British Columbia to test his antics on various waterfalls. I guess you would expect a guy dropping 50+ feet to look calm, but he appears to have nerves of steel. Last month we spent some time jumping around waterfalls in Jamaica and now that we have some more perspective, it is safe to declare these jumps as insane. Well worthy of this week's Thrill Thursday. Enjoy.
Beginning in the summer of 2015 the FNO team reached out to some of our favorite explorers/bloggers/adventurers in the outdoor and travel industries for their favorite treks. We have compiled some of the coolest hikes on earth thanks to our contributors, and tacked on trails to our ever-growing wish list. We have no doubt you'll add some to your list too!
FNO Takes you to the state of: Oregon
Where are you (park, forest, etc.): Three Sisters Wilderness
Nearest town (s): Bend, Oregon
How long is this hike: The trail is 2.5 miles hiking each direction
On your toughness scale (1 easiest, 10 toughest): 3-4; easy to moderate at times
Directions to Trailhead
1. Take Cascade Lakes highway from Bend past Mt. Bachelor.
2. Take road to the north to Todd Lake (NF-370), and continute straight on past Todd Lake which will be on the left
3. After about 4 miles take NF-380 to the left and the trailhead is about 1 mile after this turn.
Tell us about it:
Getting to the trailhead is equally as hard as the hike if not harder. One site I was looking at before attempting this hike called it one of the hardest roads in Oregon, but I didnt feel it was that tough to do in our 2000 Subaru Outback which does not really have THAT great of clearance. It is highly reccomended that you have a high clearance vehicle to make it to the trailhead, but like I said, if youre careful, an Outback can make it there. If your car is not up for that tricky road and you want to do the hike, you'll have a longer trek ahead of you, and can start at Green Lakes Trail Head.
The trail to No Name Lake is well maintained and a fairly easy 2.5 miles in each direction. It will lead you through a forested section as well as lots of lava rock. Taking time to look back will give you stunning views of Mt. Bachelor and other surrounding volcanic mountains of the area. As the trail continues to climb towards the lake, you will get cloesr and closer to Broken Top, which will be on your left and the colors of the rock and layers kept my camera contantly snapping and my mind in awe. Even in August, when I did this hike, there were snow patches here and there with flowering vegetation by creek sides which made for a really nice color contrast and compliment to the beautiful scene. Once you stumble upon No Name Lake, the trail follows along the lake rim to the right and up a ridge line which will give you stunning close up views of the eastside of North, Middle and South Sister. Turn around and you will see Broken Top in all its glory as well as Mt. Bachelor in the distance.
The entire day spent getting out there, hiking, lunching, and LOTS of picture taking, took us about 6 hours from Bend.
See any wildlife? Chipmunks and squirrels; classic Central Oregon "wildlife" hehe
Would you recommend? My hands down favorite hike to do in Central Oregon
Who are you?
Avid skier, adventurer, photojournalistic photographer
As a promotional video for a Swedish sock company stuntman Adrian Cenni took to the air. When we heard he was snowboarding in the clouds we didn't exactly see this one coming. Ridiculous, but awesome. Great footage plus good music has all the makings for a viral video in the making. Well worthy of this week's Thrill Thursday.
Beginning in the summer of 2015 the FNO team reached out to some of our favorite explorers/bloggers/adventurers in the outdoor and travel industries for their favorite treks. We have compiled some of the coolest hikes on earth thanks to our contributors, and tacked on trails to our ever-growing list. We have no doubt you'll add some to your list too!
FNO Takes you to: The Inca Trail
Where are you: Peru
Nearest town(s): Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
How long is this hike: 4 Days
On your toughness scale (1 easiest, 10 toughest): 8
Tell us about it:
Machu Picchu is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world and trekking their via the Inca Trail is the ultimate experience.
The 4 day trek along the Inca Trail leads you through valleys, peaks and even tropical climates. The altitude and arduous days make the trek seriously challenging but also incredibly rewarding.
Each morning before the sun came up, we started our day by sipping coca tea in our tents. With headlamps on, we dressed, repacked our bags and began our long day along the trail. One of the best decisions I made as a novice hiker was hiring a porter to carry my gear for the trek. I limited my weight to a camel back to ease the challenge.
The most challenging day of the trek was Day 2 which led us up "Dead Woman’s Pass” to the peak at 13,776 ft above sea level. On the final day, we set out before the sun rose, and arrived at Puerta del Sol where we could finally see Machu Picchu in the distance. It took my breath away.
See any wildlife?
There isn't a ton of wildlife along the trail, but I did see wild deer, butterflies and plenty of birds. The trail is lined with all sorts of flora and beautiful plants and flowers.
At Machu Picchu, you'll find definitely see llamas!
Would you recommend?
Who are you?
Kiersten Rich is the author of The Blonde Abroad, an award-winning solo female travel & lifestyle blog featuring travel tips, fashion, festivals and photography from around the world.
Lately every weekend has found the FNO crew biking on what is considered what is some of the best single track on the east coast. That said, it is still relatively tame to most videos we watch, and it pales in comparison to this video. This video was shot our direction just recently and it features mountain biking where it doesn't belong- In the Dolomites on a fixed lined climbing trail. This is known as "Via ferrata" in the Alps and it translates to "Iron Road" in Italian. The climb requires fixed lines to tie into given the danger of the sheer cliffs adjacent to the trail. If it requires fixed lines for climbers, it only makes sense to take a mountain bike on the same trail and give it a whirl. Well that's just what we found. Enjoy Via Ferrata.
What will you find here?
Here’s a few of the more entertaining segments you’ll encounter while reading the Father Nature Outdoor's blog. One, for when we stumble upon some of the coolest content on the web. Two, because we tend to enjoy alliteration. -
Media Monday- Showcasing some of the best outdoor news outlets we follow on social media. These guys and gals deliver internet gold day after day.
Trail Tuesdays- Our original blog segment that tracks itself back to our beginning. A personal look at some of the coolest local trails we’ve trekked.
Wanderlust Wednesday- Because you can never get too much exploration under your belt. These are some of the coolest places we’ve been, and want to go.
Thrill Thursday- Exhibiting the chemically-imbalanced (adrenaline) and fearless acts that push the extremes.
Father Nature Fridays- A look into the operations at Father Nature Outdoors. Where we are, and where we hope to go.