SST – Stage 1 – Foothills & Chattooga Trails

Distance:  73 miles approx. (117 km) Start:  Table Rock State Park, SC Finish:  Russell Bridge, SC/GA border Time:  3 days (late Nov.5 to early Nov.8 ) Daily Average:  24.3 miles (29.1 km) Highlights: Fall colours: Around the lower elevations of … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 3 – Maine

Distance:  114 miles (183.4 km) Time:  3.5 days (10/16/11 – 10/19/2011) Daily Average:  32.6 miles (52.4 km) Total Distance:  624 miles (1004 km) Highlights: Mt.Katahdin – The southern terminus of the IAT and the jewel of Baxter State Park. The name … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 2 – New Brunswick

Distance:  171 miles (275 km) Time:  4.5 days (Oct.12-16) Daily Average:  38 miles (61.1 km) Total Distance: 510 miles (820.6 km) Highlights: Mt. Carleton State Park – this 12 km loop was the only real off-road hiking in all of … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 1 – Quebec

Distance:  339 miles (545.5 km) – I had to miss a little over 150 km due to the Matane Wildlife Reserve closure. See below for details. Time:  12 days (9/30/2011 – 10/11/2011) Daily Average:  28.3 miles (45.5 km) Highlights: Back to … Continue reading

GDT- Stage 2- Banff to Jasper

Distance:  297 miles (477.9 km) Time:  9 days  (8/26/11 – 9/3/11) Daily Average:  33 miles (53.1 km) Total Distance:  606.1 miles (975.2 km) Highlights: Banff, Kootenay and Jasper National Parks were uniformly incredible. Specific areas which come to mind are Whistling … Continue reading

GDT – Stage 1- Waterton to Banff

Distance:  309.1 miles (497.3 km) Time:  10.5 days  (8/16/11 – 8/26/11) Daily Average:  29.4 miles (47.4 km) Highlights: Waterton National Park: It is difficult to imagine a more spectacular beginning to a long distance hike. Literally one jaw-dropping vista after … Continue reading

PNT – Part 1 – Cape Alava to Port Townsend

Distance:  232 miles (373.3 km) Time:  10 days (7/2/11 – 7/11/11) ……including one rest day in Port Angeles Daily Average:  23.2 miles (37.3 km) Highlights: Olympic coast: Sea Lions, bald eagles, gorgeous sunsets, fascinating tide pools and a myriad of … Continue reading

Dientes Circuit | Isla Navarino, Chile, 1997

Distance :  33 miles (53 km) Avg.Time :  3 or 4 days Start / Finish : Puerto Williams Isla Navarino can be reached by both regular plane and boat services from Ushuaia (Argentina) or Punta Arenas (Chile). In 1997 I … Continue reading

Sarek National Park

One of Europe’s last true wilderness areas, Sarek National Park is situated north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland. It’s one of those places where everything seems to be big………valleys, glaciers, mountains, rivers and animals (e.g. bears, moose and … Continue reading

A Quick & Dirty Guide to the Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a spectacular multi-day trek around Western Europe’s highest peak (4807m/15,771ft). Passing through France, Italy and Switzerland, it takes the hiker on an alpine tour de force of snow capped peaks, glacial valleys and beautiful … Continue reading

Five Passes Route | New Zealand

One of my favourite hikes in New Zealand.  Situated in Mount Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks, the Five Passes Route is a wilderness tramp (Kiwi speak for ‘hike’ or ‘trek’) that requires good route finding and map reading skills. It’s relative … Continue reading