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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...