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The Centennial Ridge – Mount Allan Hike in Kananaskis

If you're looking for a long out and back day hike in Kananaskis Country then the Centennial Ridge trail up to Mount Allan should fit the bill. If you want to turn it into an epic day, make it a one-way hike and descend to Dead Man's Flats from Mount Allan but you'll need a car shuttle to do that. Finding the trailhead(s) for either end of the Centennial Ridge Hike If you do the…

What’s it’s Like to Hike the Full Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the top long distance hikes in Europe, and in fact the world. It delivers superlative, pristine mountain scenery day after day for over a week. The hiker's Tour of Mont Blanc is a 168 kilometre loop around the base of Mount Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe at 4810 metres (15,782 feet). Most hikers start just outside of Chamonix, France if they're hiking the traditional…

The Stunning Hike to the Petra Monastery in Jordan

The hike to the Petra Monastery was the highlight of my day in the rose-coloured city of Petra. The Monastery, called Ad Deir in Arabic, is half-carved, half-built out of rock. It was completed sometime in the 1st century by the Nabateans, a group of nomadic Arab people. The Monastery's impressive facade measures approximately 45 metres high by 50 metres wide. While it resembles the Treasury, the most famous of the many impressive sights in…

30 Photos to Inspire a Patagonia Hiking Trip

I've been drooling over photos of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks in Patagonia for a couple of decades - long before they became hot spots. Both parks are busy now, especially the W Circuit in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park; fortunately for us the first four days on the O Circuit are quiet, at least in comparison. I feel lucky to have visited both parks - but what a lot of…

What You Need to Know to Do the Torres del Paine Trek

The Torres del Paine trek - which include the O and W Circuits are nothing short of spectacular. They aren't easy multi-day hikes, especially with full backpacks but they sure are bucket list worthy. You are in for a treat if you head to this part of Patagonia to trek. It's time consuming researching the Torres del Paine trek - be it the O Circuit or the W circuit. I always had questions I could never…

The Fitz Roy Trek – One of the Best Hikes in Patagonia

The Fitz Roy trek  in Los Glaciares National Park is one of the best hikes in Patagonia. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, is located in the Austral Andes of Argentina. The gateway town is El Chalten, about a three hour scenic bus ride from El Calafate - where there is a decent sized airport. Los Glaciares National Park is best known for its day hikes rather than multi-day backpacking trips, though…

Hiking in Alberta: 16 of the Must-Do Day Hikes

Hiking in Alberta is incredible. We're spoiled here with an abundance of outstanding day hikes to choose from. These 16 hikes described below give you but a taste of what is out there. With three national parks and the Rocky Mountains you can expect plenty of world-class mountain views, gorgeous high alpine lakes and with a little luck some wildlife sightings. If you haven't done a lot of hiking in bear country read my tips…

What its Like to Heli Hike in the Cariboos

You don't hear much about the Cariboo's - a group of rugged, remote mountains in east-central British Columbia at the northern end of the Columbia Mountains, about 100 kilometres due west of Mount Robson Provincial Park. There's a reason for that. Unless you have a helicopter or you're exceptionally skilled in the backcountry, the area is basically off-limits.  But as a guest of CMH, owners and operators of the Cariboo Lodge, I am one of…

How to Prepare for Trekking in Patagonia

I'm heading to Patagonia this week to hike both the "O" Circuit in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and to do a few day hikes in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. I have spent in excess of 30 hours researching, planning and preparing for this trek in Patagonia. Four of us are doing it on our own and good information seems to be really hard to come by.  Here's how to prepare for…

The 10 Hiking Essentials Everyone Should Carry

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. If you purchase an item through these links, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. This helps me continue to write free content like the article you are reading. I only recommend products or experiences I personally use or see a use for. The original list of 10 hiking essentials came from the Mountaineers, a Seattle based organization for climbers and outdoor…

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