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Climbing Kilimanjaro – Tips for picking a route and an operator

Climbing Kilimanjaro is on the radar screen of many a peak bagger, and well it should be. The 19,340 foot (5,895 m) peak is technically easy but physically demanding. Over 25,000 people attempt the peak every year but success rates vary greatly from operator to operator. Picking a route, the time of year and the number of days you want to spend on the mountain is the starting point for planning your climb. Factor in costs,…

The Amazon River by Boat from Peru to Brazil

Have you ever wanted to boat the Amazon River from Peru to Brazil? Enjoy this guest blog, written by my cousin Andrea Lane, who did just that. In September 2003, I took a break from Dalhousie University and packed my bag for South America. My flight landed in Lima, Peru, but after a string of bad weather I opted to start my route in Brazil. I couldn't think of a more challenging way to get…

Tips for Hiking and Visiting Zion National Park in Utah

Zion National Park...a sanctuary of exotic beauty! Every year since 1988 I've made the pilgrimage to Zion National Park to refresh my spirits by drinking in some of the most sublime, and colorful beauty on earth. The first Mormon scouts to see Zion canyon appropriately named it after the biblical heaven..."Zion", and rightfully so. Zion includes elevations from canyon and low desert of 3,700 feet to aspen and fir covered slopes accented by black &…

Tips for Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain

In the summer of 2007 I was stuck in a dead end job with a nasty boss. This was after a string of jobs that each seemed to take the bad from the previous and aim to outdo it. So by the time this summer job rolled around, I was really down in the dumps. On a not so important day in the middle of August, I was sitting down to a sunny dinner on…

Why it’s Worth the Boat Trip to the Skellig Islands

On my hike around the Kerry Way in western Ireland a few years ago I took a day off to visit the Skellig Islands - a UNESCO world heritage site as of 1996. The Skellig Islands were the highlight of my three week trip. Where are the Skellig Islands? The Skellig Islands are two steep and rocky islands lying about 16 kilometres off the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula in western Ireland. They are accessed…

Feast Day of St. Brendan-Patron Saint of Travelers & Sailors

May 16th is the Feast Day of St. Brendan, the patron saint of travelers and sailors. Near the town of Cahirciveen, one of the towns you pass through on the Kerry Way in southwest Ireland, is a stylized monument to St. Brendan's legendary journey. Almost 1,500 years ago Brendan and his companions supposedly left the Dingle peninsula (one peninsula north) and set off for America. Controversy exists on whether he was the first to make…

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