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Hiking Tips for England & Scotland

I've just returned from 2 weeks of hiking in England and Scotland- including 6 days hiking the Cumbria Way in England's Lake District and 7 days hiking Scotland's West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William. I've done loads of hiking and backpacking but every trip teaches me something new. Here's my list of tips that will likely make your hike more enjoyable, especially in rainy, windy Great Britain. Don't leave home without the following: If you have a choice…

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…

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,…

Tips for Hiking and Visiting Zion National Park in Utah

Visiting Zion National Park? You should as it's a sanctuary of exotic beauty! Every year since 1988 I've visited 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. Visiting Zion National Park - a hiker's park Zion includes elevations from canyon and low desert of 3,700…

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