How to Tame the Dragon

How to Tame the Dragon

A Guide to Hiking the Drakensberg Grand Traverse The Drakensberg Grand Traverse, or DGT, is an epic and unmarked journey along the edge of the massive escarpment that demarcates the border between South Africa and Lesotho. The DGT, unlike many of the world’s best...

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Saying “Szia” to Budapest, the Paris of the East

Saying “Szia” to Budapest, the Paris of the East

Budapest, Hungary. One of Europe's classic capitals and my first stop after returning to Europe following my mad dash to the States. Budapest had been my departure point to the U.S. three weeks earlier, but my visit then had lasted mere hours so I didn’t see much...

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Why I Took a 12,000 Mile Detour

Why I Took a 12,000 Mile Detour

I recently returned to Europe after a quick detour to the U.S. The trip was last-minute, but it was a great chance to visit family and friends that I hadn't seen in a long time. So why exactly did I traipse half-way around the world just to come right back again?...

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Montenegro, a Sailor’s Dream on the Adriatic

Montenegro, a Sailor’s Dream on the Adriatic

Wow, time flies! It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted about the fun I had sailing the coasts of Montenegro and Croatia this summer yet. Time to fix that. Long story short, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I went to Europe in July with my friend Travis...

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Savoring the Seven Sisters

Savoring the Seven Sisters

I recently spent a month in the Seychelles sailing a 47-foot monohull, the Julienas, with my friend Travis. I previously gave some background on the islands and the general sailing conditions. This post details our adventures roaming around the island group formerly...

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The Winner Is…

The Winner Is…

French Polynesia, Thailand, Croatia, Fiji, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Seychelles, Greece, or the Caribbean? It turns out that’s a really, really tough question to answer. My friend Travis (if you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll remember him...

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How I Realized That I’m 53 In Vacation Years

I was sitting at a cafe in Tivat, Montenegro earlier today trying to put my current life in perspective. It led me to a strange place. The most obvious way to find that sense of perspective was to compare it to the annual leave I received as a lawyer. I worked for a...

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Sailing in Paradise

Sailing in Paradise

I've spent nearly the last month skippering a 47-foot Jeanneau Sun Odyssey around the Seychelles with my friend Travis. Weirdly, it's almost hard to write much about the Seychelles. It's basically the paradise that you expect. Gorgeous white sand beaches, verdant...

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Now for Something Completely Different

Now for Something Completely Different

I've now completed five of the seven major hikes on my trip around the world. With all that hiking under my belt, I decided to switch things up and spend time on one of my other passions: sailing. One of my goals for my current travels was to get enough sailing...

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Trekking Mount Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani Mount Rinjani is an active volcano located on the Indonesian island of Lombok. A trek to the top of the 3,726-meter peak gives trekkers awesome views of the surrounding islands, including Bali and the three Gili islands, as well as of the lake...

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A Year of Places

A Year of Places

May 17, 2014 - May 16, 2015 Santa Barbara, California Los Angeles, California Hike 1. South America Lima, Peru, Huaraz, Peru Huayhuash Circuit Start: Chiquain, Peru Popca, Peru Pallca, Peru Huallapa, Peru Huayhuash Circuit End: Llamac, Peru Huaraz, Peru Caraz, Peru...

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Would I Recommend the Te Araroa?

Would I Recommend the Te Araroa?

This is a really tough one to answer and maybe that's why I feel compelled to do just that. I’m not long off the trail and I suspect that my thoughts will change as the toil of the hard miles recedes into the rosy glow of memory. Furthermore, I didn’t actually...

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A Moment of Bliss on Waiau Pass

A Moment of Bliss on Waiau Pass

It was 4:50 pm. I stood at 1,385 meters, staring up at the 500 meter scree slope looming over me. The trail up to Waiau Pass, the second highest point on the Te Araroa, is nestled deep in a high alpine valley surrounded by a bowl of 2,000 meter peaks. The...

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Trail Stories from the Te Araroa

Trail Stories from the Te Araroa

What an adventure! My trek across New Zealand's South Island had nearly everything a trail can offer. Great new friends, grindingly hard trail, delicious food, near disasters, and beautiful scenery. For anyone who has never completed an 800+ mile thru-hike (I think...

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10 Tips for Hiking Te Araroa

10 Tips for Hiking Te Araroa

My previous post summarized places to find information on hiking Te Araroa ("TA"), New Zealand's Long Pathway. While those resources are incredibly helpful, there are a few things I learned during my time hiking across the South Island that aren't necessarily covered...

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