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Social Media – The New PCT Bible

Is Social Media Hurting the PCT?
In the year 2013 the Pacific Crest Trail Association issued 1,879 permits. Jump ahead to just five years later in the year 2018 and that permit number increased to 7,313 issued in total. That is roughly an increase of 6,000 people acquiring permits, guys. 6,000! And when you dare to think about 20 years ago in the PCT history when the hiking classes averaged in the 20s; the influx of bodies on the trail is staggering. ...

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21st February – History, Significance & Celebration of Amor Ekushey

21st February is also known as the ‘Amor Ekushey’, the root of the Bengali Nationalism and an independent country, Bangladesh.

The International Mother Language Day on 21st February is observed worldwide to promote the awareness of the cultural diversity, linguistic and multilingualism.

The announcement of the IMD – International Mother Language Day came from UNESCO in November 17, 1999. But, it was officially recognized in 2008 under the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution to establish. More than 280 million people speak in the Bangla language across the world currently. 21 February is the most memorable annual day in the history of Bangladesh. It’s a national day with a public holiday to commemorate the sacrifices and protests to protect Bangla as the national language in 1952 at the time of the Movement of the Bengali Language.

 

A Brief History of the Language Movement of the 21st February, 1952

This day is commemorated for the martyrs of the language movement on 21st February 1952. After the movement, Bangla got the honor of being the state language of the former East Pakistan, the current Bangladesh. The movement was made on the strength to preserve the privileges to speak and write in some one’s mother tongue. The day of International Mother Language has been celebrated since 2000 to create awareness of multilingualism and peace worldwide.

It was on 21st of the February in 1952 that the students of the Dhaka University, Jagannath University along with Dhaka Medical College come out with a demonstration to restore ‘Bangla’ as the National Language of the former East Pakistan. But, the Junta of Pakistan ordered to shoot out over the procession brutally. Large quantities of students, common people were killed near the High Court of Dhaka. We commonly know the name of Rafiq, Barkat, Salam etc. But, there were a lot more people killed.

 

The Significance of 21 February, Amor Ekushey

Amor Ekushey of 21 February has a large value and significance for the Bengali nation. On this day they get the right to speak and write in their mother language after donating a huge amount blood under the shooting of the Pakistani Police. It acted as the catalyst of the identity of the Bengali national in the East Bengal. It also became the ancestor to the movements of the Bengali nationalist, including the Movement of the 6-point and finally the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. 21 February is the National Day of the country with a public holiday. There is a Shaheed Minar (the Martyrs’ Monument) near the Dhaka Medical College to remember the victims and the movement.

 

Events and Celebration Internationally of the Amor Ekshey, 21 February

Each year, UNESCO selects the theme of the IMLD – International Mother Language Day. It sponsors all of the events relating to the IMLD in its Headquarters in Paris. The first and ancient event is the ‘Probhat Feri” from the first minutes of the 21st February. The other celebration and events of the day include discussion about the importance of the day, national, international and provincial award presenting. Bangladesh is the home of the Bengali Language and the day is observed all over the country. The day is also celebrated across the world, including countries like India, Canada, Russia, Philippines, Chile,  Egypt etc.

Another significant part of the Amor Ekushey, 21 February, is the month-long ‘Amor Ekushey Book Fair’.

 

Month-long Amor Ekushey Book Fair

The fair used to go up until the 21st of February for many years. But, due to the demand of the sellers, buyers and visitors, the fair is prolonged for the whole month of the February. The department of the Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh government controls the fair. The stalls are divided for the publishers, little magazines, child corner, Non-Governmental and Governmental Institute.

Moreover, the fair is also divided according to the name of the language movement martyrs, including Rafiq, Barkat, Shafiur, and many other scholars and renowned personnel. Here come many local publishers as well as some foreign publishers from India, Japan, Russia, and other countries. Some government institutions take stalls in the fair, such as the Bangladesh Tourism Board etc.

At the present time, some of the digital publishers like CD, VCD, and VDV take place at the Ekushey Book Fair. Some mobile operators come into the fair to introduce their new products and offers. The little magazines draw huge attention to the visitors.

 

Prestige, Luxury Dhaka Hotel 71

Hotel 71 is one of the best hotels in Dhaka and this Dhaka hotel is situated in the middle of the city. The Hotel 71 offers a great stay with its luxurious and modern amenities and cordial hospitality of the staff. All other facilities are included to make your stay in a Dhaka a memorable trip. The breakfast includes a variety of dishes made up of about 40% western dishes and 60% local dishes.

 

So, 21st February is a very important day with the history, significance and celebration of Amor Ekushey along with the Bengali nationalism. The 21st February is the part and partial to the Bengali language, Bengali tradition and all about Bengali (Bangla). Without the Bengali Language Movement of the 21st, the Bangladeshi national has nothing to say about.

It’s the base of all Bangladeshi and Bangla speaking people around the world.

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Ten Days Left but Why Am I So Overwhelmed?

It’s the middle of the night and my mind is racing. I leave for the trail in ten days. There is so much going on. I picked up extra shifts last week and this week to make a little extra cash before setting off on trail. I have been going through my gear over and over to make sure nothing is missing. Checking it to see what I can take out to lighten my load. I’ve been trying to hang out with friends since I will be missing so much while gone. ...

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How to Handle a Mid-Career Thru-Hike

When you finally take the big plunge and decide to undertake a thru-hike, you’ve only begun to make the tough decisions.  What the hell do you do about your job, and about money?
We’re all sacrificing something to hike the PCT (or AT, or CDT). Despite what some may think, most of us are not trust fund kids. I’ve scrimped for over a year, not only saving for what I will spend on trail but for what I will not be making at home and that will be needed there (mortgage, ...

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Leap of Faith

How moving to Hawai‘i brought me closer to the Appalachian Trail.

In 2016 my husband Adam and I moved to Hawai‘i, trading 80-hour work weeks and rush hour traffic for rural island life on Moloka‘i. No stoplights and few distractions, our attention turned to the sights and sounds around us – an overload of sensory experiences once muted by our urban life.
As we settled into island living, I ventured outdoors to shake off the stiffness of years logged inside office buildings. ...

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Park Service Considers Shuttle Across River at Harpers Ferry

The National Park Service is considering options for a shuttle that would take Appalachian Trail hikers across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry until the footbridge is repaired.
The footbridge is used by thousands of hikers annually, and many AT hikers have started their journey north with questions about how they will cross the river. And the National Park Service has no clear answer.
“Specific details about a shuttle service are unknown at this time,” Autumn Cook, ...

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Continental Divide Trail – 2020

Embrace the What?!
Embrace the brutality!
Yep, I said it.  Of all the trails that make up the Triple Crown of thru-hiking, the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is supposedly the most “brutal.”  At the long end of 57 and 60 years of age, that is what my husband and I plan to do.  Thru-hike the CDT this year.
This trail stretches +/- 3,000 miles, with a smorgasbord of terrain and “approved” routes that allow you to “pick your adventure,” which more often than not is weather dependent, ...

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I’m Off to See the Wizard (on the Appalachian Trail)

Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t heard already, I, Hayden Cox, will be hiking the Appalachian Trail starting in the beginning of March 2020.
There, There Hagrid. It’s Not Really Goodbye After All
After a few months at a wonderful job, I’ve informed my boss I will leave the firm on February 28. With ~five months before I start law school, I want to maximize this time in my life by doing something I may never get the chance to do again. ...

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Main Differences Planning My First Vs. Second Thru-Hike

Sometimes I forget I’m leaving for the PCT in two months. A friend will offer ticket to a concert in July, or throw around plans for a May climbing trip, and I’ll have to remind myself I won’t be in Montana. I have a pile of gear sitting in my closet that I trip over on a daily basis, but it doesn’t always register that it’s for the PCT. Make no mistake… I’m stoked. But it’s different than the pre-AT butterflies and constant obsessing I felt in the months leading up to the AT. ...

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Today Should Have Been the Day

Ever since I began planning this adventure I have read other hikers caution about planning out too much and always being ready to have your plans change because there are too many things that are unexpected. Anything from weather to injuries can change your mileage or how long it takes you to get into town where your resupply is. I took this information to heart and after all I have always been a spontaneous fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. ...

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