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10 easy steps to plan your own Laugavegur hiking adventure

Frequently cited as the one of the top hikes in the world, Iceland’s Laugavegur trek does not disappoint.  The beauty of this hike is that you can set your own pace as you hike along a well marked trail, surrounded by glaciers, hot springs and all things unpronounceable! My Icelandic adventure took place mid August 2016, hiking from Landmannalaugar to Pórsmörk over 4 days (34 miles total).  I had planned to hike solo, but I met some great people along the way and here are my tips to help you plan your own Laugavegur trek! Overview of my 4 day trip: Day 1:  Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker | Distance: 12 km |  Hrafntinnusker hut Day 2:  Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn | Distance: 12 km  |  Álftavatn hut Day 3:  Áftavatn – Emstrur (Botnar) | Distance: 15 km  |  Emstrur hut Day 4:  Emstrur (Botnar) – Pórsmörk/Langld | Distance: 15 km  |  Pórsmörk hut 1. Timings – when do you want to go? Fortunately, this decision is largely made for you!  The trail is open from mid June to mid September, with varying weather conditions over the …


Guide to cycling 1,000 km of climbs and descents through Colorado, USA

Cycling independently through small towns and vast national parks in the USA offers a truly unique way to experience a destination.  From the amazing people we met, the thrill of reaching the top of the summit and the excitement of the quick descent to finding the best Philly cheese steak in the middle of nowhere (Herk’s Cafe in Rico, we salute you) – there is no better way to explore the great outdoors. I only wish I had discovered the joy of ‘slow travel‘ years ago. In August 2012, my friend Sandra and I hit the road and cycled part of the ‘Great Parks South‘ route, which covers 695 miles from Steamboat Springs, CO to Durango, CO. With only 2 weeks available, we cycled from Idaho Springs, CO to Cortez, CO (just outside Durango). Flying into Denver, we cycled over 1,000 km experiencing challenging climbs and scenic descents through local treasures such as the Rocky Mountain National Park, Frisco, Breckenridge, Salida, Gunnison, Montrose, Telluride, Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez and more! Distances covered:  Starting – end point / distance cycled / altitude (high – …


48 hour guide: Hiking the Grand Canyon’s Rim to Rim trail

If you are willing to plan ahead, there is no better way to experience the Grand Canyon than camping overnight and hiking ‘Rim to Rim’ on the South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon attracts nearly 5 million visitors annually, but there are only a limited number of daily camping spots available (backcountry permit required). Checklist: • National Park Services – Backcountry Permit Request Form (PDF) Bright Angel Campground | Cottonwood Campground | Indian Garden Campground • Download National Park Services Trail Planner (PDF) With my backcountry permit in-hand, I began my two day hike at the South Kaibab Trailhead, descending the steep 7.1 miles all the way to the bottom, camping at Bright Angel Campground. The next day I ascended 14 miles, following the North Kaibab Trail where the first 8.5 miles are manageable, however this cannot be said for the last 5.5 miles!  Once at the top, I pitched my tent at the North Rim Campground. Please note that if you are unsuccessful with securing a camping …