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Hiking in Palm Springs: The Three Must Do Hikes

Updated January 2020 Hiking in Palm Springs and in the nearby area is fabulous - no matter what the season. It's actually possible to find hikes at cooler elevations in the summer. There is an unbelievable amount of choice through a whole range of eco-systems. Here are three hiking trails in Palm Springs I have tested along with 11 other suggestions by Phillip Ferranti - author of a guidebook on hiking in Palm Springs. If…

Mt. Everest Base Camp – 8 Reasons to Make the Trek

This is a guest post written by my daughter, Kristen McAdam - an adventurous soul with her mother's wanderlust. At least her cubicle is more interesting than most! Back in February I made the decision to ask my boss for an entire month off to travel to Nepal. I was feeling the familiar tug of the travel bug and was eager to tick off another item on my ever-growing bucket list. I’ve wanted to visit…

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…

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

Trekking in Peru is at the top of many a hiker's wish list. Our self-guided tour of the Cordillera Blanca with two donkeys and a donkey driver was outstanding. And 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…

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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