February 20, 2018

Manaslu Circuit Trek, Nepal

This is a fantastic hike. But you can’t do it independently. Guides are required. Finding the right person is high priority. Yondering Soles: … I did my trip in September-October 2017, which is during the peak season in Nepal but just slightly before the real crowds. Before reading this, please first read my post on […]

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Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve

Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve, Reserva Ecológica de Buenos Aires, also known as Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, is a 865-acre (3.50 km2) tract of low land on the Río de la Plata riverbank located on the east side of the district of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires CBD, Argentina. I walked the big loop enjoying most observing the wetlands birds and creatures. My […]

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Chile protects 10 million acres of National Park

GREAT news. … more than three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined, or approximately the size of the country of Switzerland. … Patagonia National Park Chile and Pumalín National Park will be key destinations in the network of parks of Chilean Patagonia. These parks are already open to the public … President of […]

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the NEW Mavic Air drone

Starting price $800. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Thanks Kraig.

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UNBOUNDED – Official Trailer

“Unbounded” is an adventure-travel documentary following a young, unaided crew of four as they hike and pack-raft for four months into the infinite region known as Patagonia. The crew’s journey is based along the “Greater Patagonian Trail”, a relatively unknown route …. The film focuses on discovering the indescribable factors of the region, learning the […]

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NEW video – how to hike Aconcagua

The highest mountain outside Asia. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. related: My trip report is posted. New information page published. It’s a starting point for those who might want to plan their own Aconcagua adventure in future.     

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Trekking to Aconcagua’s Plaza Francia INDEPENDENTLY – Day 3

trip report by editor Rick McCharles Up early again. Coffee as the sun rises. Rather than doing any more hiking I enjoyed a lazy morning at camp. Toying with my electronics. Listening to my Spanish lessons. The sun was HOT. There are all sorts of characters coming and going. Some carry huge backpacks. The craziest […]

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Trekking to Aconcagua’s Plaza Francia INDEPENDENTLY – Day 2

trip report by editor Rick McCharles I was up early. Drinking coffee. Watching the sun catch high peaks. I waited until 8am to start and was still first to depart Confluencia. In fact I wasn’t sure of the route as it wasn’t signed at the start. A couple of people pointed me in the right […]

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Trekking to Aconcagua’s Plaza Francia INDEPENDENTLY – Day 1

trip report by editor Rick McCharles Next morning was sunny. Mendoza enjoys 330 days of sun a year. With only a 3-4 hour walk in gaining about 400m, I packed heavy. There are 3 buses a day from Mendoza to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Go early to the Mendoza bus station and buy a ticket in […]

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Trekking to Aconcagua’s Plaza Francia INDEPENDENTLY – Day 0

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles day 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | info page The best hike (not climb) in Aconcagua Provincial Park, Argentina is to the Plaza Francia, I reckon. Aconcagua is the tallest mountain outside Asia. Most impressive is the south face – a wall of rock and ice nearly 3000m high. […]

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