Cows of our Planet – The Hiking Life Remix

Yesterday I came across a copy of Cows of Our Planet, one of Gary Larson’s legendary The Far Side comic collections. A wonderful celebration of all things bovine, it got me thinking about some of the memorable cow encounters I’ve had during … Continue reading

The Best of 2014 – A Photographic Retrospective

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

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 4 – Chavin to Pastoruri

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

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 3 – Pitec to Chavin

 Distance: 46 miles (74 km) Time: 3 days Start:  Pitec Finish: Chavin 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 entire range – 0/3a Cordillera … Continue reading

DriDucks Ultra-Lite 2 Rain Jacket Review

The perfect rain jacket is waterproof, breathable, lightweight, durable and affordable. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist. Bummer. Choosing a rain jacket basically comes down to two main criteria: Suitability for the conditions into which you are venturing. Something that is in … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 2 – Pompey to Pitec

Distance: 65 miles (105 km) Time: 5 days (including a rest day in Huaraz) Start: Pompey Returned to the CBT via a colectivo minibus from the town of Chacas. Finish: Pitec From Pitec, I got a 1 hr ride down … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 1 – Hualcallan to Pompey

Note:  Twenty minutes before beginning the Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) in Hualcallan, I had the following conversation with an inquisitive local with a very dry sense of humour. It has been translated from Spanish to English. “Where are you headed?” … 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