“Desert, jungle, 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 Cam Honan CBTskill 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.”

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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.


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 journey.

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

Laguna Hoja Larga | Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Colombia.

Arthur Range | Tasmania

In March, 2015, I re-visited one of my favourite hiking destinations, Southwest Tasmania. Specifically, a traverse of the rugged Arthur Range from Farmhouse Creek to Scotts Peak Dam. I was joined on the trip by good friend and brother-in-law, Jonno, who was making his first trip to the region. Click here for all the details.


Arthur Range Traverse | Tasmania, 2015

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.


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.


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.


Cam Honan overlooking Urique & Copper Canyons | Copper Canyon Traverse, Mexico, 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!