Winter Wandering in the Western Sierras

Winter Wandering in the Western Sierras

Too many consider climate change to be a future threat that we can ignore today while hoping our children and grandchildren will deal with the problem. (Hey, Uncle Jack and Mike B.! How are you guys doing?) While that mindset regrettably dominates domestic politics in...

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Hike The World: The Guide to the Planet’s Best Trails

Hike The World: The Guide to the Planet’s Best Trails

Here it is, folks! I've been pretty quiet on the blog here for a while and here's the reason why. Let me introduce you to Hike The World: The Guide to the Planet's Best Trails. Hike The World is an in-depth guide to the thirty best trails in the world. Part trail...

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Fun on Colorado’s Four Pass Loop

Fun on Colorado’s Four Pass Loop

I recently had the chance to spend a few days on the Four Pass Loop in Colorado, an amazing hiking destination that I’ve (somehow) spent very little time. This short, scenic circuit treats hikers to a series of high altitude passes interspersed with alpine lakes, lush...

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Soaking Up Some Sun in East Africa

Soaking Up Some Sun in East Africa

It's been a while since my last post. Things have been busy and I've been bouncing around to plenty of new adventures. Unfortunately for the blog, though, I've been pouring my creative energies into a different 7Trails project. The new project is not quite ready for...

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A Bumpy Road on the Big SEKI Loop

A Bumpy Road on the Big SEKI Loop

The Big SEKI Loop brought me back to California’s High Sierras, one of my favorite hiking destinations. Although I’ve hiked often in the Sierras, the trek turned into even more adventure than I had planned on. Check out Part 1 if you missed my introduction to the Big...

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Intro to the Big SEKI Loop

Intro to the Big SEKI Loop

The John Muir Trail gets most of the press, but it isn’t the only inspiring distance trail in California’s Sierra Nevadas. For those who have already tackled the JMT or who want the convenience of a circuit hike, the Big SEKI Loop is a perfect option for exploring...

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Getting to Know Argentina’s Mount Fitz Roy

Getting to Know Argentina’s Mount Fitz Roy

Tiny El Chalten, Argentina is the premier destination for trekkers seeking to explore the beauty of the Argentinean Andes. The city, the gateway to the stunning peak of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, offers an array of trails that will satisfy nearly any hiker. The many...

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Captain Caffeine and the Couscous Cigarette

Captain Caffeine and the Couscous Cigarette

In the final installment of my Torres del Paine adventure, Austin and I tackle the less-than-imposing John Gardner pass, experience the wonders of the world's most popular drug, and forget how to stop hiking. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 for more about this epic hike...

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Two Lawyers and a Trail

Two Lawyers and a Trail

The Torres del Paine Circuit, nestled deep in the Chilean Andes, is one of the world’s most beautiful hikes. I recently completed a 7-day circuit hike on the "Q" route, a longer version of the classic “O” trek that is often described as one of the world’s best. Here’s...

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A Hiker’s Guide to Chile’s Torres del Paine

A Hiker’s Guide to Chile’s Torres del Paine

The Torres del Paine ("TDP") Circuit is a stellar hike boasting stunning vistas of the majestic Torres Massif. Beyond inspring views, the trail is also notable for the intense weather that lashes the small range at the southern reaches of the American mainland. For...

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Lions, Rhinos and Honey Badgers, Oh My

Lions, Rhinos and Honey Badgers, Oh My

Welcome back for more from Africa. This post covers the second half of my epic 2-week, 5,000 kilometer (3,000 mile) road trip around the enigmatic desert nation of Namibia. Check out the first half of the action in Part 1. Swakopmund My last post ended with the three...

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A Mad, Dusty Dash Around Namibia

A Mad, Dusty Dash Around Namibia

Two weeks and over 5,000 kilometers later, I recently finished a two-week road trip around Namibia. It was an epic adventure in a stark and beautiful, but rarely visited, desert country. My companions for this trip were Jen (American) and Russell (Australian), friends...

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Return to a Country I Never Left

Return to a Country I Never Left

Fresh off not dying in my previous post, my final post on the Drakensberg Grand Traverse covers the climb up Giant's Castle Pass, an ascent to the highest point in southern Africa, and my return to a country that I never left. Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 to...

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“You’re Going to Die.”

“You’re Going to Die.”

In this third post about my thru-hike on the Drakensberg Grand Traverse, I tackle Tseketseke Pass, court disaster near the Ship's Prow, climb to the highest point in South Africa, and prove wrong an overly dramatic naysayer. Take a look at Part I and Part 2 to learn...

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Food Drops and False Starts on the DGT

Food Drops and False Starts on the DGT

South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and now Africa. After months off the trail, I've finally had the chance to tackle the Drakensberg Grand Traverse (“DGT”), the sixth of my seven major hikes around the world. It was worth the wait. The DGT is an...

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