Just Do It! The Rockwall In The Canadian Rockies (Part 1 of 2)

Watch your step! This backpacking trip on The Rockwall has yet to begin and right beside my haphazardly setup tent, just off the Floe Lake trailhead parking lot in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park, lies bear scat. A nervous glance around, a quizzical glance at it and the analysis begins. How old is it? Is […]

Epic: Alta Via #2 In Italy’s Dolomites (Part 1 of 3)

Buon Giorno. Grüss Gott. (pronounced Grooss gott). I have just arrived into Italy’s Venice Marco Polo airport. I am headed up north to the contested border region between northern Italy and Austria known as the South Tyrol, also known as the birthplace of the controversial Reinhold Messner. I am headed for an epic backpacking adventure […]

Slip Inside The West Coast Trail

Do you suppose we’ll meet any wild animals? Some, but mostly sea lions, and cougars, and bears. Sea lions? And Cougars? And bears. Oh my! Slipping and sliding is exactly what you’ll be doing wearing ruby slippers and even hiking boots on this 75km (47 mi) world-class breath-taking adventure trail on the West Coast of […]

Intoxication — On Kauai’s Kalalau Trail

Shhhhh… Bubbling, roaring, and uninterrupted, the splashing water creates a steady pattern of endless rhythm. Like a wall trying to block out the sounds of the world behind the waterfall. A swarm of bees drone like electric shavers in high pitch. Birds twitter about… broken by buzzing helicopter tours of tourists, opting for a view […]