January 18, 2018

OK … I’ve downloaded Gaia GPS

Apps and maps. Viewranger offers no coverage for Chile and Argentina. Sounds like Gaia GPS is best for those nations. Maps are available for Patagonia. I can download and use them offline on the trail.  sample Gaia map  Some map sources are prettier. Gaia GPS is free to try for a week. Subscription membership costs […]

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logistics for the Paine Circuit

Without question Paine in Patagonian Chile is one of the finest and most memorable treks in the world. But the logistics of getting everything booked in advance is daunting. Backpackers Review posted a detailed trip report of their December 2017 circuit. It includes the latest details on getting reservations: Permits: It is mandatory to attain […]

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OK … I’ve downloaded Viewranger

Apps and maps. For the first time I’m going to try navigating with them on the trail. First download was Viewranger. It’s free for basics. You pay to download specialty maps. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Unfortunately their shop offers none for Chile nor Argentina. I’m really keen on augmented reality showing me peaks, […]

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Cape of Good Hope hike

VERY south South Africa. … 33,8km (you can add 10-12km extra by walking around Cape Point and taking longer routes and loops). … you need 2 days and 1 night. It’s a circular route that starts and ends at the Main gate of Cape of Good Hope. … Stingy Nomads

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Adventure Podcast – Episode 2: 10 Essentials of Hiking

Dave Adlard and Kraig Becker talk gear on their new audiocast. Dave referred to his 2003 edition of Freedom of the Hills. The Ten Essentials first appeared in print in the 1974 version of that classic. He and Kraig added 3-4 more essentials, only briefly touching on the non-essential electronics most of us carry. Check it out: […]

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Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock Trail

Though it occasionally appears on lists of “short long trails” in the US, Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock Trail is still fairly unknown. That’s unfortunate … Total Distance: 59.2 miles Location: North-Central PA, between the towns of Williamsport and Dushore. Western trailhead: PA-87, Williamsport, PA Eastern trailhead: Mead Rd., Dushore, PA Time to Finish: 4-6 days, depending on […]

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MEC Spark tent vs Hubba

I first posted this in 2016. And did buy another Hubba. My third. I do love that tent. Next time I will go for the MEC Spark, I think. It’s cheaper. And has far better waterproofing ratings. ___ original post: I’m a Hubba guy. Hundreds of nights in the iconic one man tent and I’ve […]

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in praise of hiking boardwalks

We love them in boggy areas. There are plenty on the west coast of Canada. BOARDWALK TRAILS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

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Everest Base Camp

Kristen on Barefoot Theory posted one of the best trip reports we’ve yet seen. An Everest Base Camp trek offers the perfect trifecta as far as adventure travel goes. Big mountains, incredible culture, and for most people, a decent physical challenge that leaves you feeling proud and in better shape than when you started. There […]

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12 Classic Hikes in Colorado

By Paul Magnanti & Cam Honan. Amazon Kindle edition.  z

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