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Gobi Desert 2, Mongolia, 2009 What should I do when water sources are dry? Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - Last week I received an email from a young couple who are hoping to do the Arizona Trail next year. Hailing from the UK, where dry water sources are about as common as ice cream trucks in the Gobi desert, … Continue reading
P1010560 Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 3 – Pitec to Chavin Thursday, December 18th, 2014 -  Distance: 46 miles (74 km) Time: 3 days Start:  Pitec Finish: Chavin Maps: I used two mapsets during the Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT): Alpenvereinskarte (German Alpine Club): Consists of two 1:100,000 maps that cover the entire range - 0/3a Cordillera … Continue reading
Katabatic Palisade copy Sleeping Bags Vs Quilts Monday, December 15th, 2014 - “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know.” - Ernest Hemingway Perhaps the most beloved item in a backpacker’s kit. After a long day on the trail, there aren’t too many things … Continue reading
mags_aboutme Quick & Dirty Guides to the Triple Crown Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - With the popularity of the Triple Crown increasing, the amount of information on the internet regarding the three long distance trails is staggering. Some of it is good; some of it not so much. That being the case, how does one separate … Continue reading
20120715-052131 PCT & CDT Gear List Monday, December 8th, 2014 - Here is the gear list from my 2012 thru hikes of the PCT and CDT. I carried the same gear for both hikes. I began the Pacific Crest Trail northbound on May 6 and finished the Continental Divide Trail southbound … Continue reading
img_0538 10 Tips for Hiking Downhill Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 - Hiking downhill is often taken for granted. In the minds of some it represents the equivalent of “backcountry gravy“; the reward that follows the exertion of a long, challenging ascent. Yet hiking downhill takes its toll. Twists, slips and tumbles … Continue reading
p1200188 Backpacking Gear Philosophy Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - I view backpacking equipment as a means to an end. And that end is to have the safest, most enjoyable experience I possibly can whilst out in the wilderness. With that philosophy in mind, I look for five basic attributes in … Continue reading
P1010684 DriDucks Rain Jacket Review Monday, November 17th, 2014 - The perfect rain jacket is waterproof, breathable, lightweight, durable and affordable. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist. Sorry. Choosing a rain jacket basically comes down to two main criteria: Suitability for the conditions into which you are venturing. Something that is in … Continue reading
Going Light in peru Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) Gear List | Peru, 2014 Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - I hiked the CBT in August/September, which is “dry” season in the Central Andes of South America. It is also winter, however, due to the fact that the Cordillera Blanca is situated so close to the equator, temperature fluctuations are relatively … Continue reading
P1010250 Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 2 – The Polish Ghost Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - Distance: 65 miles (105 km) Time: 5 days (including a rest day in Huaraz) Start: Pompey Returned to the CBT via a colectivo minibus from the town of Chacas. Finish: Pitec. From Pitec, I got a 1 hr ride down the … Continue reading
img_6770 Five Tips for Watching Wildlife Monday, November 10th, 2014 - “ Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Viewing wildlife is one of the primary reasons many of us head out into the wilderness. However, with hiking numbers increasing with each passing year, … Continue reading
Montbell Tachyon Anorak | The Wave, Arizona, USA, 2012 Montbell & the CDTC Saturday, November 8th, 2014 - One of the coolest things about my recent trip to Colorado, was having the opportunity to sit down and chat with the folks from Montbell and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC). The Japanese based gear company will be entering into a new and exciting … Continue reading
Featured image tarptent Tarptent ProTrail Review Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 - A few months ago I posted about a prototype tent that I was taking to the Peruvian Andes. The “ProTrail” is a one person, single wall silnylon shelter. It represents the latest offering from Henry Shires and the folks at Tarptent. … Continue reading
20140824_171901 Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) – Stage 1 – “It’s a long way……..” Monday, November 3rd, 2014 - Hualcallan Village, Peruvian Andes………..Twenty minutes before beginning the Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT), I had the following conversation with an inquisitive local with a very dry sense of humour. It has been translated from Spanish to English. “Where are you headed?” … Continue reading
Alpamayo Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) Monday, October 27th, 2014 - Thru Hiking the Jewel of the Peruvian Andes Between August 21 and September 6 of this year, 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 … Continue reading
CDTC Logo Continental Divide Trail Coalition Saturday, October 25th, 2014 - I returned home last Sunday after having spent a very busy fortnight in Colorado. Meetings, fundraisers, podcasts and presentations; there wasn’t a lot in the way of down time. That being said, I did have the chance to catch up … Continue reading
P1020088 “Moonlight” Mags & the Blowdown Blues Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - 8.30am, October 11. Decked out in blaze orange and fuelled by a combination of “Mickey C’s” Bagels and multiple cups of coffee, Paul “Mags” Magnanti (The Trail Show) and I set off with the intentions of doing a 25 mile … Continue reading
websitetest1-1024x365 Walk 2 Connect Monday, October 13th, 2014 - The primary goal of The Hiking Life website is to encourage and enable folks to put on a pair of shoes, grab a pack and go for a walk. Walk2Connect, a Colorado based social enterprise that organises local walking trips, … Continue reading
P1010989 Wonderland Trail Monday, October 6th, 2014 - I first hiked the Wonderland Trail back in 2003. A 93 mile circumnavigation of Washington’s iconic Mt.Rainier, it was a stunning trek through glacial valleys and alpine meadows. With an impressive array of flora and fauna, the Wonderland passed by … Continue reading
lothlorien_sam The Wisdom of Samwise Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 - “It’s like being at home and on a holiday at the same time.” Thoreau, Emerson, Muir and……………..Sam The Gardener. Say again? Yep, the above quote is from none other than Samwise Gamgee, my favourite character from JRR Tolkien’s, The Lord … Continue reading


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