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img_6782 The Dying Cow Pub Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - Note: The following story took place in May, 2009, during a hike of one of Ireland’s most famous footpaths, the Wicklow Way. A small room on the side of a farmhouse, The Dying Cow is one of my favourite pubs in … Continue reading
Thrift-Store-outside-Haltom-City The Thrifty Thru-Hiker Friday, May 8th, 2015 - Recently I’ve come across various articles relating to long distance hiking on a budget. There was 18 Ways To Prepare Your Wallet For Your Thru-Hike, How to Thru Hike on a budget and The Frugal Backpacker – The $300 Gear Challenge. Although each … Continue reading
img_3762 Dinner with the Shimshalis Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - The following story took place during my 2008 trip to the Pakistani Himalaya: There is a timeless quality to the Shimshal Pamir; which can attributed in equal parts to its incredible beauty as well as the fact that no one seems to … Continue reading
h_3 Tasmania Gear List (2015) Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 - This is the gear list from my recent traverse of southwest Tasmania’s Arthur Range. Driving rain, high winds and temps just above freezing (dipping below at night) were the order of the day. In regards to possible tweaks I would … Continue reading
Torrent flier featured image Tips for Hiking in Cold & Wet Weather Friday, April 24th, 2015 - A combination of driving rain, high winds and temperatures just above freezing, represents some of the most challenging weather that a hiker can face. In these conditions hypothermia and frostbite (if the thermometer subsequently drops below 0°C / 32°F) are … Continue reading
P1020541.jpg Arthur Range Traverse | Tasmania, 2015 Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - Last month I re-visited one of my favourite hiking destinations, Southwest Tasmania. The idea was to traverse the region from mountains to coast, combining the rugged Arthur Range with 112 miles (180 km) of virgin coastline south of Strahan. Unfortunately … Continue reading
z8-every-thru-hikers-fantasy_2 The Hiker’s Diet Friday, March 20th, 2015 - “A hungry stomach seldom scorns plain food.” - Horace (65 BC – 8 BC) Food tastes better in the outdoors. I guess it’s a combination of fresh air, beautiful surroundings and all that exercise you’re doing. It also represents the … Continue reading
index How to Ford a River Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - With thru hiking season in the US getting underway, it seems like a good time to revisit some basic wilderness skills articles. First cab off the rank is River Crossings:  Knowing where and how to ford a fast flowing river is … Continue reading
s_4 Mountains to Coast: A Traverse of Southwest Tasmania Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 - Tasmania. Australia’s southern most state. The Apple Isle. Home to the Tasmanian Devil, Errol Flynn, Princess Mary of Denmark and Australia’s oldest brewery (Cascade Brewery established 1824). Environmentally speaking, it’s actually more like the south island of NZ than it … Continue reading
IMG_4425 Five Tips for a Successful Tarp Pitch Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - Theoretically speaking, tents are easier to set up than tarps. Same deal every time; give or take an extra guyline or two. Tarps on the other hand require a little more thought and creativity. Options are many and your choice … Continue reading
blister A Hiker’s Guide to Blister Management Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 - Blisters are to hikers what carpal tunnel syndrome is to court reporters. The primary cause of these little bubbles of fun is friction. Long hours on your feet combined with ill-fitting footwear and/or excessive moisture is generally enough to do … Continue reading
Bandana close up Multi-purpose Backpacking Gear Thursday, January 29th, 2015 - “If you can’t ride two horses at once you shouldn’t be in the circus.” - James Maxton (1885-1946) Items that can fulfill more than one purpose are a great way of decreasing your base weight, as well as simplifying your packing list.  … Continue reading
img_5570 Hiking solo or in a group? Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 - “Never walk alone” is a common refrain heard from Park Rangers, Liverpool football (soccer) fans and Rodgers and Hammerstein aficionados the world over.  In so much as it relates to hiking, it can be considered sound advice for beginners and/or experienced … Continue reading
Sunrise over Annapurna Sanctuary Why I Rarely Miss a Sunrise Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 - Missing a sunrise whilst out in the wilderness, is the backcountry equivalent of listening to Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water without catching the introductory guitar riff. Here are five reasons why I’m always up before the sun: 1.  I’ve never … Continue reading
2010exodus1 How to Load a Backpack Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 - A well loaded pack can mean the difference between being comfortable and uncomfortable out on the trail. It is one of the simpler backpacking skills to learn, yet it seems to be a process that many hikers overlook. There is such … Continue reading
MLD Burn Larrapinta Why Choose a Frameless Backpack? Monday, January 12th, 2015 - When it comes to backpacks, since 2007 my preference has been for frameless models. The reasons are as follows: 1.  SIMPLICITY:  Frameless packs generally have simpler designs. Less zippers, less compartments, less straps, less that can break, rip or go wrong. 2. … Continue reading
Macchu Piccu My “Wild” Gear List: What I carried in 1996 Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 - With all the hullabaloo in the hiking community about Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, I couldn’t resist sneaking in at least one post with “Wild” in the title. Truth be told, this list is just a fun exercise to see how much my … Continue reading
Best of Facey Huayhuash The Best of 2014 – A Photographic Retrospective Monday, January 5th, 2015 - Another great year on the hiking front has come and gone. Enjoyable shorter trips with friends, mixed together with memorable solo journeys. A fusion of coastal, desert and alpine environments. Below are twenty photos from my five favourite trips of … Continue reading
IMG_1954 A Peruvian Shepherd in Montana Monday, December 29th, 2014 - The following meeting took place during my Continental Divide Trail hike of 2012: As I descended towards Morrison Lake, I was approached by a latino man on horseback. He greeted me with an enthusiastic, “Hola Amigo!” Much to his surprise, I responded in Spanish. … Continue reading
P1010705 Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 4 – The End? Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 - Distance: 48 miles (77km) Time: 3 days (September 4 – 6) Start: Lake Queracocha Finish: Pastoruri Glacier 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 … Continue reading