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

A Thru-Hiker’s Guide to the Long Trail

Vermont’s Long Trail is the oldest long distance hiking trail in the United States. Completed in 1930, it winds its way through the rugged Green mountains from the MA – VT state line to the border with Canada. I hiked … Continue reading

A Quick & Dirty Guide to the Larapinta Trail

Situated in the heart of Northern Territory’s Outback, the Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s premier long distance hikes. Winding its way some 231 km along the incredible West MacDonnell ranges, it traverses ridges and plains, and passes through some of … Continue reading

Colorado Trail Trip Report

I hiked the Colorado Trail (CT) during the first two weeks of September. No crowds, monsoon season practically over, the Aspens changing from green to flaming gold. A wonderful time to be outside in the Rockies. Coming in at around … Continue reading

Zion National Park Loop | UT, USA, 2013

Distance: 60 miles (96.6 km) approx. Avg.Time:  4 days Start / Finish:   The Grotto Easy access via the shuttle system which departs regularly from the Zion NP Visitor’s Center. Season: All year. For more moderate conditions, Spring and Autumn are … Continue reading

Copper Canyon Traverse | Mexico, 2013

On the morning of December 12, 2013, Justin “Trauma” Lichter and I reached the ‘Cumbres de Sinforosa’, the finishing point for our 381 mile (613 km) traverse of Mexico´s Copper Canyon region. To the best of our knowledge, it was the first … Continue reading

Appalachian Trail | USA, 2012

Distance: 2181 miles (3510 km) Avg. Time: 5 – 6 months Start / Finish: Northern Terminus: Mt. Katahdin, Baxter State Park, ME Southern Terminus: Springer Mountain, GA Season: Regular hiking season for northbounders runs from March through to mid-October. For … Continue reading

Continental Divide Trail | USA, 2012

Distance:  2,500 miles – 3,100 miles (5,000 km) | Depends on route choices. Avg. Time:  5 months Start / Finish: Southern Terminus: Crazy Cook Monument, NM (official), Antelope Wells and Columbus, NM (alternates). Northern Terminus: Waterton Lake, MT or Chief Mountain, … Continue reading

Southwestern Horseshoe | USA, 2012

The Southwestern Horseshoe (SWH) is an approximately 1800 mile (2896 km) backcountry route from Arches National Park to Albuquerque. It passes through three states, five national parks and combines lengthy segments of the Hayduke, Arizona and Grand Enchantment Trails. I … Continue reading

International Appalachian Trail | Canada & USA | 2011

Distance : 743 miles (1196 km) approx. Avg.Time:  45 – 50 days Start : Cap Gaspe, Quebec, Canada Finish : Mt.Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine, USA Maps / Information : In October, 2011, I hiked from Cap Gaspe, Quebec, via … Continue reading

Pacific Northwest Trail

Distance : 1200 miles (1931 km) approx. Avg.Time:  65 days Start: Cape Alava, WA. Finish: Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park, MT. Maps & Guidebooks: As of May, 2017 the primary resources used by most PNT hikers are as follows: Online … Continue reading

Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit is one of South America’s premier multi-day treks. Turquoise lakes, high altitude passes, hot springs, towering snow capped peaks; all packed into a compact range that measures only 30 km (18.6 mi) long and 15 km … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) | Peru, 2014

Thru Hiking the Jewel of the Peruvian Andes Between August 21 and September 6, 2014, 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 and finishing … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) | Peru, 2014

Between August 21 and September 6, 2014, 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 and finishing at Pastoruri Glacier, the route consisted of a combination … Continue reading

Lowest to Highest Route | CA, USA, 2014

Death Valley to the summit of Mt.Whitney. From the lowest spot in North America (280 ft below sea level) to the highest point in the contiguous United States (14,495 ft). The brainchild of Brett “Blisterfree” Tucker (creator of the Grand … Continue reading

Ouachita Trail

The Ouachita National Scenic Trail is a 223 mile pathway that winds its way through the Ouachita (pronounced wa-she-ta) mountains of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Relatively little-known outside of the US long distance hiking community, it is a non-motorized single track … Continue reading