Hiking Posts

A Journal From the Long Trail

A Journal From the Long Trail

This Autumn I thru hiked the Long Trail in Vermont. America's oldest long distance hiking trail would be my first foray into the big American hikes. My goal was to learn about what it takes to do the really big stuff. No proper thru hike would be complete without a trail name. Call me Hobo Joe, or just Hobo. I estimated the hike would take around three weeks and required some logistics, which I quite enjoyed. This would be the first time I sent myself resupply packages, which mainly consisted of homemade dehydrated meals. This would also be my lightest hike to date, as I ventured into
A Journal From Dawson Overland Trail

A Journal From Dawson Overland Trail

I recently hiked a 100km section of the Dawson Overland Trail, an old wilderness road from Whitehorse to Dawson City. The trail was created in 1902 as the first land connection between the two cities in the gold rush era. It allowed for year-round access to Dawson when the river was too frozen for boats, but not frozen enough for travel on the ice. The trail is maintained and is part of the Trans Canada Trail, popular by snowmobile in winter and cyclists in summer, but I found very little information about hiking the trail. Wanting a bit of a challenge, and to experience true wilderness
A Journal From The East Highland Way Walk

A Journal From The East Highland Way Walk

Recently I headed up to Scotland to do a couple of long distance trails. Below are some of my thoughts and experiences recorded in my journal as I walked the East Highland Way. Day 1 05/07/14, 22km Avimore → Inverglass Fine weather, the trail much more interesting than the Speyside Way from the offset. Passing alongside lochs with hills in sight. Passed a bothy, another one on the map - perhaps tomorrow night. Got a pint at Loch Insh water sports centre, overlooking the loch. Met a couple (American guy, Canadian girl) who said their car was stuck. I couldn't believe the track, not much
A Journal From The Speyside Way Walk

A Journal From The Speyside Way Walk

Recently I headed up to Scotland to do a couple of long distance trails. Below are some of my thoughts and experiences recorded in my journal as I walked the Speyside Way. Day 1 29/07/14, 12km Buckie → Nether Dallachy   My flight to Inverness was delayed an hour and a half but the busses to Buckie were straight forward. Stocked up on food but could only find a huge gas bottle. Very tried from the journey up here, on top of a late night while visiting a friend in Birmingham yesterday. Starting in Buckie at 5:30pm, I had to bribe myself with the reward of a pub in 8km in order to start

A Journal From The Offa’s Dyke Walk

A couple of days ago I finished walking the Offa's Dyke path, a 177 mile (285km) long distance walking trail that roughly follows the England-Wales border in the UK. It took 13 days to complete, covers all manner of terrain and goes through some rural villages and small towns. Apart from a few nights staying with friends and family I wild camped every night. I really enjoyed the journey and learnt a few things along the way. I also met a lot of very nice people. It was a bit of an escape from technology for me so I didn't 'blog' as such, but I did write a bit of a journal which I have typed
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