1995-2010: A Retrospective

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Sunset Musings

Northwest Circuit, Stewart Island, NZ, 2010

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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

 

Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT): Thru Hiking the Jewel of the Peruvian Andes

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 trek was approximately 252 miles (406 km) in length, and included some 23 passes ranging between 14,000 and 17,500 ft above sea level. To the best of my knowledge it was the first time that such a route had been undertaken.

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

 

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Lowest to Highest: A Backcountry Route from Badwater to Whitney

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 contigous United States (14,495 ft).

Click here for a trip summary (April 5-10, 2014) and photo galleries from the journey.

 

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Cam “Swami” Honan | Mountaineer’s Route | Mt.Whitney | Lowest to Highest | USA | April, 2014


Completion of the Copper Canyon Traverse (CCT)

On the morning of December 12, 2013, Justin “Trauma” Lichter and I reached the ‘Cumbres de Sinforosa’, the finishing point for our 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.

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Justin “Trauma” Lichter | Basaseachi Falls | Copper Canyon Traverse | Mexico |  November, 2013

 

12 Long Walks:  Epilogue


On December 28, 2012, I completed the Appalachian Trail, the final installment of the 12 Long Walks (see map and slideshow below). Totaling some 14,300 miles (23,014 km) and taking a little under eighteen months, I hiked through 29 states, 4 Canadian provinces and went through some 28 pairs of trail running shoes!

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 long distance wanderings through the wilderness. The many serendipitous encounters 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!

Cheers,

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

http://www.thehikinglife.com/journal/12-long-walks/map/

 

Revolving photos in order (top of page)1. Kaskawulsh Glacier, Yukon, 1998; 2.Sunset at Madeleine-Centre, Quebec, 2011; 3. Appalachian Trail, Georgia, USA, 2011; 4. Mt.Rainier / Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington, USA, 2007; 5. Gobi Desert sunset, Mongolia, 2009.

 

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Mt.Kailash Kora, Tibet, 2006

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