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“Deserts, jungles, mountains or coast; I don’t have a preference. If I’m out in nature with everything I need in the world on my back, chances are my smile is wide and my thoughts are clear.

~  Cam Honan

The Hiking Life is a compilation of tips and advice on trip planning, lightweight backpacking techniques and improving your wilderness skill set. It contains photos and trekking notes from more than 140 of the world’s great hikes, and was put together with a mission of inspiring and enabling folks to go backpacking. Hope to see you on the trail!

~ Cam Honan, author of “The Hiking Life.”


The Secret to Hiking Longevity

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Last week I shared a photo on social media of three friends of mine on the Sierra High Route. What I didn’t mention is that two of the ladies pictured, namely Christy “Rockin” Rosander and Nancy “Why Not” Huber, are … Continue reading

Gear Review: MLD Burn Backpack

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Between 2010 and 2015, I hiked more than 19,000 miles (30,577 km) carrying an MLD Burn. This included multi-week trips in Australia, New Zealand and the calendar year triple crown of 2012 (plus eight of the other 12 Long Walks). Suffice … Continue reading

When “Hike Your Own Hike” Ceases to Apply

A Royal Air Force Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter with D Flight 202 Squadron is pictured during a training exercise in the Cairngorm mountain range in Scotland. Royal Air Force Search and Rescue crews train thoughout the year at different locations and in different weather conditions.

“On Thursday, June 16, five members of the Camp Sherman Hasty Team responded to Carl Lake in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area to locate a lost Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hiker………Sterley (the hiker in question) told team members that her … Continue reading


Recent Hiking Trips

Southwest Tasmania Traverse

Between February 27 and March 22, 2016, I completed a traverse of Tasmania’s southwestern wilderness. One of the wildest, most pristine backcountry areas on the planet, it was a hike I had dreamed of doing for almost two decades.

In a nutshell, my journey combined the rugged west coast south of of Strahan, with the Arthur Range, arguably Australia’s most spectacular mountain chain. I connected these two areas by way of the De Witt Range, Davey River, Lost World Plateau & Port Davey Track.

For detailed trip reports for both the coastal and alpine stages, click on the following links: Stage 1: West Coast, and; Stage 2: Arthur Range.

Sunset at Evans Creek | SW Tasmania Traverse

Sunset at Evans Creek | Day 4, SW Tasmania Traverse.

Colorado Trail

I hiked the Colorado Trail (CT) during the first two weeks of September, 2015.

No crowds, monsoon season practically over, the Aspens changing from green to flaming gold. A wonderful time to be outside in the Rockies.

Click here for a trip report and photos from the 490 mile hike from Durango to Denver.

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Rambling along the Colorado Trail.

Sierra Nevada Del Cocuy | Colombia

In August, 2015, I had the opportunity to hike in a place I’d dreamed of visiting for two decades; Colombia’s Sierra Nevada del Cocuy.

Situated close to the Venezuelan border, this little visited gem of the northern Andes is home to the second largest concentration of glaciers in Colombia, and sports a collection of towering peaks rising up to 5,330 m (17,487 ft).

Click here for images and journal entries from the trip.

Laguna Hoja Larga | Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Colombia. #thehikinglife #trekkingincolombia #andes #montbell #mountainlaureldesigns @macpac @gossamergear @darntoughvermont

Laguna Hoja Larga | Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Colombia.

Cordillera Blanca Traverse | Peru 

Between August 21 and September 6, 2014, I completed a traverse of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, one of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountain ranges.

Beginning north of Nevado Alpamayo and finishing at Pastoruri Glacier, the route was approximately 252 miles (406 km) in length, and included some 23 passes ranging between 14,000 and 17,500 ft above sea level.

Click here for photos galleries and journal entries from the trip.

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Ascent to Ishinca Pass | Cordillera Blanca Traverse

Lowest to Highest Route | CA, USA

Death Valley to the summit of Mt.Whitney.

From the lowest spot in North America (280 ft below sea level) to the highest point in the contiguous United States (14,495 ft).

I hiked this incredibly diverse route in April of 2014, along with my friends, Ryan Sylva, Joshua Stacy and Greg Gressel. Click here for photos and trip notes.

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Cam Honan on the final ascent up Mt.Whitney | Lowest to Highest Route, 2014 (photo courtesy of Joshua Stacy)

Copper Canyon Traverse | Mexico

On the morning of December 12, 2013, Justin “Trauma” Lichter and I reached the ‘Cumbres de Sinforosa’, the finishing point for our 381 mile (613 km) traverse of Mexico´s Copper Canyon region. To the best of our knowledge, it was the first time that such a trip had been undertaken.

It was an eventful journey, marked by memorable characters, amazing scenery, challenging terrain and a variety of clandestine “agricultural” fields! Click here for photos galleries and journal entries from the trip.

#TBT On this day in 2013, Justin "Trauma" Lichter and I began our traverse of Mexico's Copper Canyon region. The journey started with a steep descent to the base of spectacular Basaseachic Falls (246 metres/807 ft high). #coppercanyon #backpacking #basaseachicfalls #granitegear #montbell #mountainlaureldesigns #katabaticgear #darntoughsocks #platypushydration #loksak #natgeo #bpmag #thegreatoutdoors #coppercanyontraverse #rei1440project #chihuahua #leki #gossamergear

Justin “Trauma” Lichter at the base of Basaseachic Falls (246 metres/807 ft high) | Copper Canyon Traverse, 2013.

12 Long Walks

On December 28, 2012, I completed the Appalachian Trail, the final instalment of the 12 Long Walks (see map below). Totalling some 14,343 miles (23,081 km) and taking a little under eighteen months, my journey took me through 29 states, 4 Canadian provinces and 28 pairs of trail running shoes!

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