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published Jun 1, 2013
This study evaluated pack weight to understand the limits of long-term load carriage. Participants were Appalachian Trail hikers who attempted to complete the entire trail in the 2012 season.
published Jun 30, 2018
The phenomena of thru-hiking has been on a dramatic rise, spurring hikers to venture onto increasingly remote and challenging trails over extended periods of time. Despite the recent popularity of thru-hiking, the field remains relatively unstudied. In recreation,
the expectations held beforehand have been linked to perceptions after an activity, but this has not been explored in thru-hiking.
published Jun 1, 2015
American Hiking Society
Fifty years ago President Johnson set in motion the establishment of a national system of trails for America. Since LBJ’s famous speech outlining his vision, America has accomplished much . . .
published Jan 1, 2018
Pennsylvania Environmental Council (Harrisburg Office)
This report will discuss how community organizing principles and practices can help organizations and agencies
connect with the communities they are working in to achieve comprehensive community engagement. As a
lack of resources is a common obstacle to achieving an inclusive process, Section Three of this report outlines
low cost outreach methods and emphasizes the importance of leveraging existing community based resources.
published Oct 31, 2017
Federal Highway Administration
This document reviews notable practices and considerations for accommodating pedestrians with vision disabilities on shared streets. It focuses on streets where pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles are intended to mix in the same space.
published Nov 30, 2004
USDA Forest Service
Trails made with wood chips are difficult for those who use mobility aids because the surface is soft, uneven, and shifting.
published Jan 1, 2020
Washington Recreation and Conservation Office
Every county in Washington State benefits from walkers, runners, bikers, and backpackers using our beautiful trail systems. Ninety percent of Washington residents participate in non-motorized recreation annually.
National Park Service
While notable advancements have been made, much is needed to break down the barriers and embrace greater inclusivity. Parks, programs, and leaders across the service need more education, guidance, support, and resources to create more welcoming experiences for a broad spectrum of audiences.
published May 1, 2008
As a result of frequent inquiries regarding best practices from practitioners, NCA initiated this research study in order to ascertain which practices in the field of parks and recreation accessibility management exceed the minimum standards set forth by the ADA and other disability-related legislation.
published Nov 1, 2001
Rachel J. C. Chen, PhD
The purpose of the study was to identify the perceptions of people with disabilities relative to program and physical accessibility in the National Park Service.
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Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington
Routed and painted wood sign; Arches National Monument, Moab, Utah
Sign helps users find trail beyond point of interest; Arches National Monument, Moab, Utah
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