Sunset Musings


Mount Kailash, Tibet

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“Nature is always hinting at us.

It hints over and over again.

And suddenly we take the hint.”

                                - Robert Frost

Much of my non-working life is spent hiking. Deserts, jungles, mountains or coast; I don’t really 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.

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 130 of the world’s great hikes, all of which I have had the good fortune of walking since 1994.

My hopes for the website are twofold. One, that it can act as a quick reference tool for novices and experienced hikers alike, and two; that by browsing through some of the photo galleries and hike reports, at least a few people out there may be encouraged to put on a pair of shoes, grab a pack and go for a walk. Hope to see you on the trail!

-  Cam Honan



Completion of the Copper Canyon Traverse (CCT)

On the morning of December 12, 2013, Justin and I reached the ‘Cumbres de Sinforosa’, the finishing point for our 24 day traverse of Mexico´s Copper Canyon region. It was an eventful journey, marked by memorable characters, amazing scenery, challenging terrain/route finding and a variety of clandestine “agricultural” fields. Click here for photos galleries and journal entries from the trip:






ALDHA West – Keynote Address

Below is a video clip from a presentation I gave at ALDHA West on September 28, 2013. This particular excerpt relates to the Southeastern Serpentine Trail, the sixth of the 12 Long Walks.  It includes reminisces about robberies, solitude, hypothermic weather and Pabst-Blue Ribbon fueled tasering incidents.




12 Long Walks:  Epilogue

On December 28, 2012, I completed the Appalachian Trail, the final installment of the 12 Long Walks (see map & slideshow below). Totaling some 14,300 miles and taking a little under eighteen months, it was an incredible journey on multiple levels. A confirmation more than a revelation, it reaffirmed and heightened  the lifelong bond I have felt towards the natural world. However, it was more than simply a series of extended wanderings through the wilderness. The serendipitous encounters, the people I met along the way, confirmed what two decades of exploring remote corners of this extraordinary planet had already taught me – nature brings out the best in people. It brings out the best in me. Thank you, North America!


Swami (a.k.a. The long distance hiker occasionally still known as “Cam”)





Revolving photos in order (top of page)1. Kaskawulsh Glacier, Yukon, Canada, 1998; 2. Naltar Lake, Pakistan, 2008; 3. Annapurna Sanctuary sunrise, Nepal, 2008; 4. Mt.Rainier / Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington, USA, 2007; 5. Gobi Desert sunset, Mongolia, 2009.