July 23, 2018

The Great Outdoors Is Getting Crowded [infographic]

Guest post by Dustin Walker “National Parks Are Being Loved To Death.”This headline has been repeated by media so often in 2018 that it’s become almost a cliché.  And it’s all because of recent statistics showing a more than 21% spike in visitors to U.S. national parks over the past decade. Canada is no different. Park […]

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Jyrgalan Trek, Kyrgyzstan

June 20 – September 20 is the hiking season. Alesha and Jarryd: Everything you need to know about the Jyrgalan trek, the newest adventure destination in Kyrgyzstan! … As this trek is still brand new and under development, exact costs are still being worked out. It really depends on how much support you are looking […]

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28 days on the John Muir Trail 1993

Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail by Suzanne Roberts was published 2012. It’s the author’s recollection of her 1993 hike with two friends. The were hiking rookies. Woefully incompetent. Suzanne’s pack weighed 60lbs to start. I recommend this book, especially for female hikers. Her story of a month in the backcountry—confronting bears, […]

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hiking Glacier National Park, Montana

My favourite National Park in North America is Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. Parks Canada: Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada United States National Park Service: Glacier National Park One of our top 10 hikes in the world makes an international circuit of the two parks. Glacier North Circle 7 days, 6 nights recommended 65miles (104km) plus side trips […]

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‘Otter Voice Notes’ app on the Trail

I’m trying this free audio transcription app. Highly rated, it seems to work well. I’ll take voice notes on the trail. And later — back connected to the internet — those will be transcribed to text for possible use in my trip report. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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NEW – Phulara Ridge Trek, India

Best months: March to May, September to mid-November. This trail starts off from Sankri, which is in western Uttarakhand, almost touching Himachal. If you are familiar with Kedarkantha, it has the same base camp, Sankri. However, the trail to Phulara ridge heads in a different direction. From Sankri, over two days and two camps, you […]

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Laugavegur trek, Iceland

I’m looking at Iceland’s most famous walk during the window July 23-30, 2018. Wish me luck. My first attempt a few years ago failed. Wanting to hike in June, the trails were too muddy. One of the best hikes in the world is the Laugavegur  (Landmannalaugar to Skógar route) by clesenne AT A GLANCE Iceland‘s best hike weird […]

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trek Cerro Castillo in Patagonia

Adventure Alan: Highlights – Iconic view at the base of Cerro Castillo competes with the best in Patagonia (e.g. Torres Del Paine). High mountains, glaciers, rain forest, deep mountain valleys, grasslands and an amazing variety of terrain and ecosystems. Duration – 3 to 4 Days. Moderately fit hikers can easily do this in 3 days. Distance – 34 […]

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Republican Senator wants to sell off Federal Public Lands

The GOP in the USA — in general — want the richest corporations and donors to get even richer. They have very little interest in protecting the environment nor encouraging outdoor recreation. For example, Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah. Senator Wants to Eliminate Federal Public Lands If you love the outdoors campaign against Republicans. Utah can blame […]

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INDIA – 13 best treks

India Hikes recommendations: 1. Rupin Pass2. Roopkund3. Kashmir Great Lakes4. Buran Ghati5. Pin Bhaba Pass6. Tarsar Marsar7. Kedarkantha Trek8. Kuari Pass … see our Kauri INFO page9. Gaumukh Tapovan10. Goechala11. Hampta Pass12. Sandakphu Phalut13. Brahmatal Brahmatal The trekking is GREAT in India. But logistics are often troublesome. Next time I get to the subcontinent I […]

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