April 21, 2019

Palm Springs to Paradise Cafe – day 4

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles Thru hikers are normally asleep by 9pm. Up and moving at first light. Idyllwild is an exception. It’s a party town. Everyone loves Idyllwild. It’s a great little mountain town. Again without hitchhiking, I caught a lift from town with a hiker and her dog headed back up […]

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Palm Springs to Paradise Cafe – day 3

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles  Having hiked 1 day and 2 hours so far … I took a zero in Idyllwild, California. Most PCT hikers take a zero in Idyllwild. It’s one of the most popular towns on the PCT. Party time. But most hikers have put in 10 hard days or more […]

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Palm Springs to Paradise Cafe – day 2

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles The weather was lovely in the morning. As it so often is in California. Unbelievably I’d forgotten to bring coffee! So it was Earl Grey tea for breakfast. No worries. I was headed 2 miles back to the Mountain Station atop Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. They served coffee. […]

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Palm Springs to Paradise Cafe – day 1

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles Fleeing Spring allergies in British Colombia, I flew to Palm Springs. Where to hike? My first choice was something on the Pacific Crest Trail. North to South so I’d meet thru hikers headed the other direction. I rented a car at the Palm Springs airport and drove a […]

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Andrew Skurka interview

Backpacker Radio spoke with the thru hiking legend, author, blogger, and backcountry guide Andrew Skurka. Very entertaining. Very informative. He shares strong opinion on gear. Andrew names Cam “Swami” Honan and Justin “Trauma” Lichter as two thru hikers he admires in 2019. Zach and Smiles host the podcast. Listen online – Backpacker Radio #33 Andrew […]

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tramp the Travers-Sabine Circuit, New Zealand

LENGTH: 50 miles / 80 km DURATION: 4-7 days TYPE: Circuit START / FINISH: St Arnaud (or Mt Robert Carpark) BEST TIME: December through April At the northernmost end of New Zealand’s Southern Alps lies Nelson Lakes National Park. … The park is named after two glacier-carved alpine lakes found at it’s northern end — […]

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favourite foods on the hiking trail?

Includes BestHike.com editor Rick McCharles. Click through to Outdoors with no Limits: 10 Hiking Experts Reveal Their Favorite Backpacking Food

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Around Fitz Roy, El Chaltén, Argentina

We updated our Fitz Roy information page after our February 2019 visit to El Chaltén. That town is booming. More and more travellers are taking to the many trails directly out of town. Mirador del Pliegue Tumbado, Fitz Roy, Argentina AT A GLANCE close to the southern tip of South America Los Glaciares National Park […]

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TrailCooking has a new website

Sarah and Kirk have been posting great information on trail nutrition for over a decade. Their NEW site looks great. And it’s being hosted on WordPress.com so it’s nearly impossible to hack. That host has over a quarter of the websites on the internet. Check it out. trailcooking.wordpress.com

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Jetboil MiniMo – my fave stove

In recent years I’ve been using the JetBoil MiniMo. I cook and drink out of the one pot. I love the convenience of the piezoelectric igniter. The auto-igniters on early JetBoils FAILED quickly, but they seem to have solved that problem now. You can fit an 8oz canister in the wider pot of the MiniMo. […]

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