Backpacking

After Trekking The Jordan Trail, Nothing Was The Same

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My friend Jordan was up to his calf in water before we saw the man. The rush and spit of the river meant that we could not hear what he was saying, but from the wide frantic waving of his arms the meaning was clear. As we climbed out of the cut the engorged river […]

Can A Backpack Really Handle Both The Trail And The City? Let’s Find Out

Monday, June 19, 2017

The first indication you have that MHM Gear’s new Sultan 50 multi-day backpacking-sized pack is different than other bags on the market is the signature S-shaped zipper wrapping around the length of the product. From the top pocket to the base, the trademarked “Snake-Loader” zipper allows users to access the entire contents of the bag […]

Go To Guate: Climb Acate

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Examining my sleeping bag as I unravel it, I am relieved to see it is a proper sub-minus piece of kit. Not that I’m some sort of born-again Edmund Hillary-type, but you never know with these “adventure tour” outfits — some of them may as well send you off with a handkerchief and a glass egg cup for all […]

A Journey Back In Time In Sri Lanka

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I did exactly what you aren’t supposed to do: I looked down. For average non-acrophobes, it probably wouldn’t have meant much, but for those of us with a healthy fear of impending death (including a related fear of snakes, spiders and Abba), the idea the narrow metal staircase leading me to the apex of Sigiriya, the 6-story-high […]

How To Pack A Wet Tent: A Trek Through Torres Del Paine, Chile

Friday, August 5, 2016

The mountain itself seemed to be hurling millions of tiny frozen pellets from every direction, some even rising up from the ground, all apparently aimed directly at our eyeballs. It was impossible to tell the depth of the snow, as it blasted across some rocks leaving them bare, and piled improbably high where larger rocks […]

Blurring The Lines In Telok Melano

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Akhim angles his flat double-engine skiff into the aquamarine traffic of waves pushing down out of the South China Sea. He gestures at Gabriela toward the distant slope of green peninsula ahead where black threads of smoke drill into the sky. “My village,” he says proudly, “Kampong Serabang, and more further is Mohammed’s village.” Behind […]

Blessings And Rice Balls At Kunzangdra Gonpa

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We duck into a narrow room hanging out over the cliff. Three walls and a slanted floor made of wooden planks are built around a supporting rock wall where a fire-charred boulder has been converted into a kitchen and big, fat pots blacken over open flames. Women and children line the perimeter of the floor […]

Video Travel Guide To Malaysia

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In this travel video travel guide to Malaysia, I travel to Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, and to Terengganu, the country’s second-largest city. I start off my trip by exploring Kenyir Lake, located just west of Terengganu, which is actually the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia (it’s the size of Singapore). I head to […]

Feeling Tiny In Colombia’s Tayrona National Park

Monday, April 6, 2015

We stood at the entrance to a lush, tropical forest and confronted a simple yet profound choice. Do we proceed on foot, hauling our backpacks in the already thick morning air, or do we pay a local for the pleasure of mounting a time-worn horse? We picked the budget option and started the hour-long walk […]

Here Are Five Ways To Do Patagonia’s Torres Del Paine On The Cheap

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Going on a multi-day trek through Patagonia is on a lot of people’s bucket list. Who doesn’t want to visit the Straights of Magellan, Patagonia and some of the most photogenic landscapes in the world? But if you look online the expense seems, shall we say, unfortunate. Okay, not unfortunate, nosebleed expensive. Saying that you […]

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