A Non-Guide to New Zealand’s Te Araroa

A Non-Guide to New Zealand’s Te Araroa

I've written guides for all of my previous hikes that cover all the important information - permits, trailheads, transportation, etc.  I'm not going to do that for the Te Araroa ("TA"), though, for a couple of reasons. First of all, the full TA runs end-to-end across...

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Annapurna Sanctuary Album 2

Annapurna Sanctuary Album 2

I'm currently hiking across New Zealand's South Island on the Te Araroa. Click here to see how far I've made it. Here are a few more pics from my trek late last year on Nepal's incredible Annapurna Sanctuary to fill some space while I'm working my way along the...

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Annapurna Sanctuary Album

Annapurna Sanctuary Album

Hey, all. I'm currently hiking across New Zealand's South Island. Click here to see how far I've made it. Here are a few pics from my trek late last year on Nepal's incredible Annapurna Sanctuary to fill some space while I'm working along the world's newest long...

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Quick Guide to the Annapurna Sanctuary

Quick Guide to the Annapurna Sanctuary

It would be easy to dismiss the Annapurna Sanctuary as a lesser version of the the Annapurna Circuit. That would be a mistake. Although it is significantly shorter, the Sanctuary, also known as the Annapurna Base Camp trek, packs all the best of Nepal into its few...

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Last Days on the Circuit

Last Days on the Circuit

Annapurna Circuit (Nepal) Part 5 This is Part 5 of my trek on the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. Check out my previous posts(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) for more on this spectacular trek into the heart of the Nepali Himalaya. Day 10 - Jomsom to Tadopani Jomsom...

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Celebrating the Pass

Celebrating the Pass

Annapurna Circuit (Nepal) Part 4 This is Part 4 of my 14-day trek on the Three Passes trek in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park. Check out my previous posts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) for more on this spectacular trek into the heart of the Nepali Himalaya. Day 8 -...

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In the Shadow of Thorung La

In the Shadow of Thorung La

Annapurna Circuit (Nepal) Part 3 This posts covers Part 3 of my 14-day trek on the classic Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. Check out my previous posts (Part 1, Part 2) for more on this spectacular trek into the heart of the Nepali Himalaya. Day 4 - Upper Pisang to...

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The Annapurna Posse

The Annapurna Posse

Annapurna Circuit (Nepal) Part 2 This posts covers my 14-day trek on the classic Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. Check out my previous post for more on this spectacular trek into the heart of the Nepali Himalaya. Pre-Hike - Kathmandu to Syange My trekking group for...

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Don’t Read This If You Like Having a Boss

I was specifically asked to write on the topic of this post a while ago. It's about time I got around to it. A friend requested that I talk about the resources that helped me transition from a law firm office in Washington, D.C. to where am now. I don't mean the...

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Great Gear: The Suunto Core

Every so often, I'll post on some of the gear that gets me through my hikes. A standout piece of equipment from my current hikes is the Suunto%20Core Anniversary EditionSuunto Core Wrist-top Computer (User Guide). The Core is an all-in-one altimeter, barometer, and...

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It’s Show Time!

It’s Show Time!

Allright, time to hit the trail. After a couple of great days in Wellington and a few unplanned days to dot i's and cross t's in Picton, I'm about to start the Te Araroa across New Zealand's South Island. First stop, the Queen Charlotte Track. A big thank you to my...

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You Don’t Know It, But You Need to Go to Myanmar

You Don’t Know It, But You Need to Go to Myanmar

Here are 10 reasons why you need to go to Myanmar, the state formerly (and sometimes still, depending on your specific geopolitical position) known as Burma, immediately: 1. 2011 That was the year the Myanmar government eased restrictions on tourist visas and opened...

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Nepal’s Still-Classic Annapurna Circuit

Nepal’s Still-Classic Annapurna Circuit

Nepal is a magnet for trekkers looking to explore world's highest mountain range. The Annapurna Circuit has for decades been the crown jewel of Himalayan trekking and the area continues to draw more visitors than any other trekking destination in the country. As I...

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Five Days on the Roof of the World

Five Days on the Roof of the World

Three Passes (Nepal) Part 4 This is Part 4 of my 14-day trek on the Three Passes trek in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park. Check out my previous posts for more on this spectacular trek into the heart of the Nepali Himalaya: Part 1 Three Passes: The Bigger, Better...

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