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Discovering Elk Island National Park Over A Long Weekend

On Friday I wrote a blog entitled Thank Heavens for Long Weekends. And I can now say that after two nights away from the routine of the house and garden plus unplugging from the computer I feel somewhat rejuvenated. If only all weekends were long weekends - perhaps that will happen in my old age. John and I took two days to explore and discover Elk Island National Park, located just 45 minutes east of Edmonton.…

37 Long Distance & Backpacking Trails in Canada

Canada has its fair share of long distance and backpacking trails. I tend to think of Europe when I think of long distance hiking trails or walks. Maybe they've just done a better job of publicizing them. But in Canada there are long distance and backpacking trails in every province and territory. Here are 37 long distance and backpacking trails. Some are built only for hiking, some are shared use trails. Almost all of the National Parks…

10 of our Favourite Long Distance Walks in the UK

This is a guest blog post by Luke Scrine, accessories buyer at Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, who offer outdoor clothing and equipment online plus excellent walking, biking and hiking kit advice in any one of their 25 outdoor shops in the UK. With so many footpaths and bridleways criss-crossing the UK it would be possible to spend a lifetime walking the length and breadth of the country, exploring its hidden nooks and crannies, marveling at its favourable…

25 Must Do Activities on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is a mere 90 minute ferry ride from Vancouver or a 25 minute hopper flight away. The 460 km by 80 km island offers an incredibly diverse array of activities - but there are a lot of people who don't make it past the Victoria area. First some Vancouver Island facts. It's the world's 43rd largest island. It's Canada's 11th largest island. Nearly half the Vancouver Island population lives in the greater Victoria…

12 of the World’s Top Trekking Destinations

Any serious trekker or backpacker is going to have their own version of the world's top trekking destinations. My choices are based on experience, reading, chatting with fellow hikers and what's still on my wish list. In my mind the treks have to offer great beauty and at least three days worth of walking. Here's my version of 12 of the world's top trekking destinations North America Trekking Destinations West Coast Trail in British Columbia…

Mountains to Hike: Ireland’s Croagh Patrick

Looking for mountains to hike in Ireland? Why not try Croagh Patrick. It's a sacred mountain to hike near the town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland doesn't look like a difficult peak to climb from a distance. Even when you start up, it looks like it'll be a snap. But appearances can be deceiving. Croagh Patrick draws believers and adventurous hikers. I belong in the adventurous hiker crowd. The believers are another lot altogether.…

Trepidation, Fear, Awe and Wonder – Volcano Toco, Chile

You can do this, it will be easy, just take one step at a time and breathe deeply! So there we were, Ted and Jo, novice hikers, with world class mountain climbers Leigh and John, in the middle of nowhere - ok it was the Chilean Atacama Desert. Hot beyond belief, sunny and arid (it rained 11 months ago for an hour). Hey while we're staying at this 5 star resort (Tierra Atacama) let's go…

Joshua Tree National Park – A Hiking & Climbing Paradise

Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs, California is a hiking and climbing paradise, drawing enthusiasts from all over the world. It also has an abundance of easy walking nature trails that reveal the otherworldly landscape of rocks and Joshua trees. If you make it as far as Palm Springs then plan on a minimum of one day to visit though two to three days would be even better. It will take a day if…

Climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners

Before I lived in Colorado I hadn't spent any length of time in the mountains and the world of climbing high peaks was unknown to me. Then I went to an evening talk at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder given by Ed Webster on Mongolia of all places, and I was hooked. Colorado's 54  as they are called, may not be Mongolia but now they beckoned. Climbing as many of Colorado's Fourteeners as I could was now a my goal. Climbing 14,000…

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