Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack

I recently dubbed 2016 as the “year of the Big Carry.” For the traverse of Southwest Tasmania, I started with forty-two pounds (19 kg); twenty-eight (12.7 kg) of which were food. For the early September hike along the Sangre de Cristo crest, I … Continue reading

Trekking in Greece’s Pindus Mountains

The Pindus Mountains are situated in the north of Greece near the Albanian border. In 2001 I spent ten days exploring this extraordinary area. One of the highlights of my stay was a multi-day trek called the Pindus Horseshoe. Beginning … Continue reading

Alpine Pass Route

The Alpine Pass Route is a 340 kilometre (211 miles) hiking trail that spans the breadth of Switzerland. Starting in Sargans on the border with Liechtenstein, it passes up and over sixteen mountain passes before reaching its western terminus at … Continue reading

Badlands Traverse – Trip Report

The Badlands of South Dakota is one of the jewels in America’s National Park System. It combines a fauna-abundant prairie land with a moonscape of other-worldly rock formations, to form one of the country’s most unique natural environments. Last month I hiked the … Continue reading

Five Tips for a Successful Tarp Pitch

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

Preview – A Traverse of Badlands National Park

The Badlands of South Dakota. An ethereal maze of buttes, pinnacles, spires and cliffs. Sculpted by the elements over thousands of years, this fossil-rich region combines otherworldly rock formations with a fauna-abundant prairie land to form one of North America’s … Continue reading