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Alberta’s Fabulous Table Mountain Hike

You're in for a treat if you do the fabulous Table Mountain hike in southern Alberta's Castle Provincial Park. Locals have known about the hike for years but it's only starting to come into its own now that the area has received provincial park status, more infrastructure is in place and images are starting to show up on Instagram - capturing people's imagination. What's so special about the Table Mountain hike? It's the views and…

7 of the Best Hikes in Ireland

Heading to Ireland on a holiday? If you want to include some hiking while you're there or even make it a focus of your visit, the hikes described below are some of the best hikes in Ireland. Some will take you a day, others a week. Here are 7 of the best hikes in Ireland. Croagh Patrick  Croagh Patrick is a sacred mountain not far from Westport in County Mayo. On the last Sunday in…

Kananaskis Hikes: Opal Ridge South

If you're looking for Kananaskis hikes that deliver big time on mountain views be sure to include the steep hike up Opal Ridge South. The hike is full of surprises - the good kind - especially after you get through a steep, rather nasty section of scree. The route up Opal Ridge South Start at the north end of the parking lot at the gas station across from the Fortress Mountain turn-off on Highway 40.…

Hiking Mweelrea: Western Ireland’s Highest Mountain

Hiking to the summit of Mweelrea Mountain, the highest peak in western Ireland, was the highlight for me of a week-long hiking trip with adventure company, Wilderness Ireland. There's something about the feeling you get deep inside you when you make it to the summit of a peak. And it doesn't have to be Everest to get that sense of accomplishment. Mweelrea Mountain, located near the village of Leenane (near Westport), tops out at 814…

Hiking in Hong Kong: Your Ticket to Nature and the Outdoors

Look out your airplane window as you fly into Hong Kong and you can't help but be wowed by the density of development and the sheer number of skyscrapers packed into a space the size of six Washington, DC's. But what most people don't realize is that Hong Kong is more than a big city. It's an archipelago of 236 islands and islets - and a hiker and nature lover's paradise. While locals are very…

Hiking in Kananaskis: The Wasootch Ridge Trail

With good weather and some free time on weekends I've been chomping at the bit to go hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Although I have a hiking wish list, I know many of the peaks I want to climb this year are still snow bound. That's where Instagram comes in handy. You can often see in real time the condition of hikes you want to do - and get ideas for future ones, especially if…

Hiking in Ireland: The West Coast Experience

I traveled to western Ireland in late April as a guest of Wilderness Ireland to do six days of peak bagging in Connemara and the Mayo region. It's an area that's famous for its mountains, bog wilderness, big views and savage beauty - and one where it's surprisingly easy to get lost, especially if the weather heads south. And while I had traveled through much of this region before on a bike, I had never…

Hiking in Victoria BC – A Couple of the Must Do Trails

Hiking in Victoria BC is a year round activity locals and visitors alike can enjoy. While I've done one standout hike in the area - the Coastal Trail in East Sooke Regional Park - I hadn't spent any time in the regional parks closer to Victoria. That all changed when I hooked up with guide Ryan Leblanc from The Natural Connection. According to my trip notes I was going to spend some time practicing Shinrin-yoku,…

Hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey

For over a decade I dreamed about hiking Turkey's Lycian Way - considered to be one of the world's great walks. Years ago, well before the internet when you looked at books for inspiration, I bought one called The Top Treks of the World. I remember being in awe of the landscape on the Lycian Way and thinking this is one hike I really want to do. Fast forward and I can now say that…

A 2 Day Hike in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Southern Morocco

One of the highlights of our vacation in Morocco was the two day backpacking trip we did from Igmir to Amtoudi in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. It was like no other trip we've ever done. There were no route signs or other hikers and nor were there any facilities though the one village we walked through would probably have had some food available. It would be best to go well-prepared or better yet, hire a local…

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