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What’s the Better Hike – The Kerry Way or The Dingle Way?

Last year I walked the Kerry Way and the Dingle Way, two long distance walks in western Ireland, back to back. So what's the better hike? Is one necessarily better than the other? What's to compare? The Kerry Way is the more famous walk of the two. It starts in Killarney and wanders through a variety of terrain for 203 kms (122 miles). It is primarily an inland route. Most people allow 8-10 days and the…

Biking Wolfe Island, Ontario

Have you ever thought of biking Wolfe Island? Wolfe Island sits at the spot where Lake Ontario joins the St. Lawrence River. It's the largest of the Thousand Islands. Wolfe Island is accessed by a year-round, free ferry ride from the Kingston waterfront. From May to October you can also ferry over from Cape Vincent, New York. There's a small customs office at Alexandria Point making it one of the easier points of entry into…

One of Africa’s Gems: Etosha National Park, Namibia

One of Africa's gems is Etosha National Park located in northwestern Namibia. It covers 4,600 square kilometres making it one of the biggest parks in Africa. It's dominated by a huge white mineral pan full of salt and DUSTY clay. The rest of the park consists of scrub vegetation and some trees interspersed with dozens of natural and man-made watering holes. A number of roads loop through the park and accommodation is available both in and outside the park…

Paddle BC’s Gorgeous Bowron Lakes Circuit

A chance to paddle British Columbia's gorgeous Bowron Lakes circuit is on the wish list of almost ever canoeist or kayaker. It's the equivalent of a Boston Marathon for a runner or the Annapurna Trek for a hiker. The Bowron Lakes attract an international crowd looking for adventure and solitude. The 116 km (72 mile) Bowron Lake Circuit is typically paddled over 7-10 days. The journey involves six major lakes and two rivers linked by numerous portages with…

A Canadian Adventure For Every Province & Territory

Here's one great Canadian adventure to try in every province and territory. Yukon Territory Backpack the Tombstone Mountains, situated south of the Arctic Circle by two degrees latitude. Black granite peaks, alpine lakes and subarctic tundra are the attractions, plus fantastic flora and fauna. Mid to late August seems to be the best time to go - amazing colours, northern lights and fewer bugs. Read:Hiking to Grizzly Lake in the Tombstones Northwest Territories Raft or canoe…

Zanzibar- As Exotic as it Sounds

When you have been riding your bike day in and day out for about two months, it can become a bit tedious. While the countryside changes, the daily routine doesn't. Wake up, change into bike shorts and shirt, pack up tent, eat breakfast, bike for several hours, stop and have lunch, bike for several hours, arrive at camp, set up tent, eat dinner, go to sleep. So when riders on the 2008 Tour d'Afrique were…

A Real Rattlesnake Adventure – Surviving the Bite

Meet Ken. Adventure Personified. A Can Do Kind of Guy - for instance Ken was at one time the youngest leader (only 19 years old) to lead a successful climb and summit of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. I interviewed Ken last week about his rattlesnake encounter of June 2000. Ken has always loved snakes. He doesn't recoil and scream the way I do. In fact he had successfully and willingly picked up 100…

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – A World Heritage Site Worth Visiting

The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southern Alberta is a UNESCO world heritage site worth visiting. My visit last week to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, was an illuminating journey into the life of the Plains people and the buffalo culture. The name of this UNESCO World Heritage Site traces its origins to a legend about a foolish young brave. He wanted to watch the herded buffalo come flying over from the shelter of a ledge below the…

Trekking in Peru: A Self-Guided Tour in the Cordillera Blanca

Trekking in Peru is at the top of many a hiker's wishlist. Our self-guided tour of the Cordillera Blanca with two donkeys and a donkey driver was outstanding. Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca on your own is quite doable...if you speak a little Quechua or Spanish. Fortunately in our party of three, one did. Prior to our arrival in Peru we had done some research with the help of the South America Explorers Club. They provided route…

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,…

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