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You read the previous blog on Compostelle, you made up your mind and you will be leaving for Spain soon; before you fly I suggest you read the following, you may find something useful in this mishmash of personal experiences and tips that I learned from other pilgrims.
More tips from Rhéaume here
The Black Diamond Titan, simply put, is the Cadillac of camping torches. Not only will it get your attention, but it will literally be the center of attention wherever it shines bright. With its 250 lumens you may be wearing your sun glasses at night because it can brighten up to 14 meters. The center of a picnic table in Toronto or dangling from a tent in Tennessee, this guy will be a welcome friend when the night descends upon your outdoor activities.
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Let me introduce some of my interests and limitations. I am not a professional writer on the Camino de Santiago nor an athlete; I am an amateur (in the original sense of the word). Overtime I hope that I've become a bit of a connoisseur. These last few years it has become almost an obsession and I have spent many leisure hours reading about Compostela. Walking is my physical activity of choice and hiking is my favorite outdoor activity.
Santiago de Compostela: Rhéaume's account continues here
It’s two a.m. when a man’s voice announces wakeup throughout the mountain hut. One by one, the sardine-squeezed sleeping bags begin to wiggle and unzip. Headlamps turn on and people start shuffling.
Outside, we hear the sound of wind and rain beating against the thin walls of the mountain hut. My neighbour is discouraged. She complains that she couldn’t sleep last night. The altitude air is too thin, the hut too cold and too noisy with snorers. A quick peak through the window reveals that the darkness outside is windy, rainy and freezing cold. There will be no sunrise, she decides, and she goes back to sleep vanquished.
Read more about hiking up Mount Fuji
In most people’s minds, Japan invokes images of crowded supermetropolises bustling with jam-packed subways, neon-drenched electronic districts and futuristic travel systems. Indeed, Japan has a highly urbanized population and some of the world’s largest cities. To visit Japan during the August high season, when the whole country grinds to a halt for the annual Obon vacation, is to suffer the stifling heat of this country’s hottest month in the suffocating pressure of the summer crowds. Or so goes popular wisdom.
But as large as Japan’s 128 million strong population may be, most of it is concentrated in a small portion of the country, leaving vast mountainous areas wild and untouched by urbanism. A prime example is Yakushima.
Yakushima: Read on
I am one of those people who don't take holidays, and yet complains about that very fact constantly to anyone whithin earshot. Mostly because I don't like leaving my shop behind, but also because I enjoy complaining. My business partners told me they had had enough and so it was decided for me- holidays before I implode into an intergalactic ball of nothingness.
Like all good holidays I decided to travel with my good friend's wife. In the heat of the midday sun we placed Montreal firmly in our rearview mirror. Being a rare breed of flying peacock, Lara and I need to spread our wings, and to do so we decided to head down to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. About flying peacocks, you need to know they are indecisive. During our heated debates about party invitations, and well on our way to beautiful New Hampshire we had an about-face and realized that the soothing waters of Maine would do our fragile souls some (more) profound healing.
Read on about Mark's holidays by clicking here
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But sometimes even the toughest boots give up at some time. Reflections on leather boots.
Click here to read more about the trek through Jasper National Park
Christian "The Crusher" Letendre is back from his hike through the Appalachian Trail. We caught up with him to talk about his experience. And what happened to his beard.
Click here to get his thoughts and impressions on hiking the Appalachian Trail
Jakob and Mona, although they've got loads of hiking experience, encounter a new problem. They also decide to make an MVP of the day.
Click here to read about the long way through Jasper National Park
3rd day. Sheldon Inn Campground to Welbourne– 25 km – Start 8:10 – Finish 17:10
I did tell you that I keep my promises, right?! And here we go: this day had a lot of what you can expect on a hike. The good moments and the bad moments.
One of the bad moments definitely was the rain during the night. We packed the stuff and planned to have breakfast later at the waterfall. I had to strap the fly sheet on the outside of my backpack – with no chance of drying during the day. It hadn’t looked like the weather was going to be better. We left the camp and were curious of what we will see today. The first major highlight was the Snake Indian Falls. And I can tell you. It is absolutely magnificent.
Click here to read on about Jakob, Mona and Jasper National Park
2nd day. Celestine Lake to Sheldon Inn Campground – 22 km – Start 8:20 – Finish 16:00
We got up at 7:30 and enjoyed a wonderful morning, while we packed our stuff and had a nice breakfast. Alex had left already so we were just the two of us. The trail continued on a very unspectacular unused ATV road. We were a little bit disappointed but had hope, ‘cause we will be on the trail for a couple more days. I can tell you this hike is nothing for a hiking gourmet. No view but woods. No hiking trail but an ATV road. No elevation but long flat straight.
Read more about the second day in Jasper National Park
1st day. Trailhead parking lot to Celestine Lake. About 8 km.
On our first day, Alex, a guy from Montreal joined us. Mona and I enjoyed the company of Alex very much. Not because he is funny, but he had driven us to the trailhead.
Read more about the first day in Jasper National Park
I hate to disappoint some of you, but I did not complete the trail naked, eating twigs and berries. Here's the gear I used for my West Coast Trail fun.
Read on about the gear Jean-Yves used on the West Coast Trail
Have you smelled the woods, eaten lunch with bears, heard the hauling of wolves lately? If not, come with us on a long distance backcountry hike in Jasper Nationalpark! I promise a true hiking experience. And I keep my promises. Promise. Now that you are in the team I should introduce our small hiking party. We - that is Mona, 28, my girlfriend, just finished university and me, mostly I answer to the name of Jakob, 26. And so far you missed a little bit, because we started our adventure six weeks ago in Denali National Park, Alaska. We hiked, canoed, hitch-hiked and took a ferry on our way to Jasper National Park in Alberta. But now you are here. This is our story.
Read more Jasper National Park: The long way through
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