“The ’12 Long Walks’ was one of the best presentations I have seen.”
~ John Leary, Mazamas Programs Committee Chair.
The talks on offer number four in total. They are as follows:
Target audience includes outdoor education groups, schools, hiking organisations and outdoor events and retail stores.
The time of each presentation can vary between 50 minutes and 1.5 hours, depending on the needs of the group or organization.
If you are interested in booking one or more of The Hiking Life talks, please contact me for details. See below for a brief summary of the four presentations:
12 Long Walks
“Swami brilliantly shrinks his 545-day trip down to a 1 to 1.5-hour presentation filled with breathtaking photos, funny anecdotes, and inspiring encounters with people he met along the way.”
~ Jackie McDonnell, “Yogi’s Books”
Twelve consecutive long distance hikes, 14,342 miles (23,081 km), 29 US states, 4 Canadian Provinces and 28 pairs of shoes!
During the course of this almost 18 month trip, I set records for most miles hiked in a calendar year (10,244 in 2012), fastest completion of a calendar year Triple Crown (PCT, CDT and AT in 236 days) and most dehydrated beans consumed in an 18 month period (123.7 lbs)…………neither my knees or intestinal flora have been the same since.
Click here for more information on the ’12 Long Walks’.
Copper Canyon Traverse (CCT)
Mexico’s Copper Canyon region is one of the wildest, most beautiful and indisputably most lawless places on the planet!
In November/December, 2013, Justin “Trauma” Lichter and I completed a traverse of the area, linking together the six major canyons which constitute the Copper Canyon region. Beginning at Basaseachi Falls and finishing at the Cumbres de Sinforosa, we hiked, climbed, bushwhacked, scrambled, swam, rafted and sometimes crawled, approximately 381 miles (612 km) in 23 days.
Click here for more information on the ‘Copper Canyon Traverse’.
Ultralight Backpacking Clinic
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”
– Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
The Ultralight Backpacking clinic provides an overview of the equipment, skills and mindset necessary to go lighter in the wilderness without compromising safety.
The presentation includes a thorough examination of the 5 Basic Principles of Going Light, environment-specific gear recommendations and a demonstration of the clothes and equipment used by a backpacker with a base weight (i.e. weight of pack not including food and water) of less than 10 lbs.
Click here for detailed gear lists from various hiking trips around the world.
Cordillera Blanca Traverse
“Cam Honan is the most prolific long-distance hiker of our time; a true modern day explorer of the world’s wild regions. His stories of the places he has been and the characters he has met along the way make his talks fun, informative and inspiring.”
~ Whitney LaRuffa, President ALDHA – West (American Long Distance Hikers Association)
In August/September, 2014, I pioneered a 252 mile traverse of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, one of the highest and most beautiful mountain ranges in the world.
Beginning north of Nevado Alpamayo and finishing at Pastoruri Glacier, the route consisted of a combination of trails, cross country scrambles and the occasional stretch along backcountry dirt roads. It took in a multitude of turquoise lakes and went up and over 23 mountain passes ranging between 14 and 17,500 ft. A veritable alpine wonderland………that happens to be situated in the tropics.
Click here for more information regarding the Cordillera Blanca Traverse.
“After watching Cam’s presentation at the 2015 ALDHA Gathering and seeing other photos of his treks, I’ve concluded that if I could come back and do it all over again, I’d want to come back as Cam Honan!”
~ Bill O’Brien, Editor-in-Chief, Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association Newsletter.
“Swami is a consummate storyteller and a genuine, approachable, humble guy, notwithstanding his incredible accomplishments. Through the MANY MANY months and miles and hardships he kept looking forward and maintained an unshakeable optimism and joy for what he was doing. This shone through in his talk and his lovely photos. I can think of no better spokesperson for the grand enterprise of walking.”
~ Cheryl Talbert, Board of Directors, “The Mountaineers.”
“(Swami’s) beautiful presentation was packed full of geography and animals with a focus on safety, adventure, and love of being outdoors. He shared his appreciation of simple beauties, such as sunrises and sunsets with lots of humor sprinkled in. At the end of our time together, he answered kid’s questions. We were so blessed to listen to Swami’s very unique journeys.”
~ Christy Rosander, Founder of “Think Outside (Outdoor Education Progam for kids in Tehachapi, CA)