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All the essential work necessary for your 'round the world' trip (RTW) could take up to 6 months before your departure date, but understandably this time frame may be more for somebody who will be tackling this challenge for the first time. These days everything is so much easier with the internet; for some 2 weeks will be more than enough, who knows? If you have missed my previous articles about planning an around the world trip, you can read the first here and the second here, to answer other questions you may have.
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Some of us can’t make it to the Himalayas or the Alps or other massive mountain ranges across the globe. We make due with what’s around us. Mont Saint-Hilaire, Mount Washington, and sometimes, if you are willing to drive, a real gem like Colorado’s Longs Peak. What separates Longs Peak, besides the distance, from our mountains in the East is its height: 14,259 feet to be exact. That is over twice the height of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Can we make it to the top?
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It is Friday and raining. According to the forecast it is meant to rain for at least another 7 days. I'm depressed. I should be productive, but would rather peruse the vastness of the internet looking at videos of 'athletes' being hardcore, hurting themselves, or just doing amazing things in beautiful locations. Found on the Osprey blog, here are some mountain bikers riding in Peru, and being rather daredevilish.
The video is this way
In my last post I wanted to begin discussing how one can plan a trip around the world. It is not as hard as you think. This is my second post out of three, where I will try and help you make it happen, so that you can share this incredible experience, as I did.
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So you have big plans for the summer. You are going to do all sorts of cool stuff with your friends: camping trips, rafting trips, taking rock climbing lessons, road tripping, bungee jumping, hiking, and maybe try your hand at underwater basket weaving.
Wait a minute, didn’t you have the same plans last year? How come all those plans never took place? You spoke about it with your friends, looked up websites, shared links, but somehow the trips never really took off and you’re not sure exactly why.
Well it’s a new year, and the summer’s just begun. Here’s your chance to turn things around and make sure you do all those crazy things you want to look back on in the fall. To help you, here’s a list of everything necessary to carry-out a successful trip.
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The warm weather has hit us and unfortunately you no longer have an excuse not to take your bike out. To rekindle that love we know everyone secretly has for their bike(s), Altitude-sports.com and Dumoulin Bicyclettes are joining forces to get people out on a nice, easy ride around Montreal on the 28th of May. At the end of the ride we will be serving hors d'oeuvres, some wine, and delicious discounts.
The two-wheeled escapade will be approximately one and a half hours, and will begin at Dumoulin Bicylcettes (173 Jean-Talon East) on Tuesday May 28th at 6:15pm. After a little snack to energize the group (and some deals in-store), we will get you out on your bikes, discovering the small, quaint streets of Rosemont, the Plateau Mont-Royal, and the bike paths nearby. It all ends at Altitude-sports.com (4140 St-Denis st) for munchies, drinks and more discounts.
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If you are planning or even dreaming about a 'Round the World' (RTW) trip you might find just about everything you need to successfully plan your adventure right here.
Seeing the world is a common dream, but putting together a RTW multi-continental trip takes a lot of time and hard work; there’s a lot of reading to do, destinations to search, money to save, gear to buy, and most of all flights and accommodations to secure before you write your “Goodbye Boss” letter.
I have been there!
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Business trips can be notoriously crappy: you fly to a cool place, can't have fun because you are working, and of course it takes hours of flying in a sardine can (obviously sardines don't have legs) to get there and back. What I never expected was for my latest business trip to Salt Lake City to literally begin on a crappy note.
The flight was postponed 2 hours because of frozen poop. Yup, you read that right. Poop. I've heard of de-icing, but apparently the inventory of the airline lavatories have not. Okay, it was nearing -30 Celsius, but still.
More fodder for my business trip stand-up, I guess.
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In Rhéaume's previous article he took the time to share a few tips about a first visit to China. In this follow-up he suggests a few things to do and places to see in the same beautiful country. As usual, he provides some great photos of his personal travels.
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China is a travel hot spot these days, but it is not such an easy country to travel in; travelers need to be patient, have a good sense of humor, need to arm themselves with a good phrase book and share their living space with 1.4 billion people.
Read more about Rhéaume's trip to China
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
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I'm in Heaven or in Africa or in a Hot-Air Balloon
I had never seen an elephant from above
I had never had champagne for breakfast at 8 am
I had never been face-to-face with a wild leopard
I had never flown in a hot-air balloon
They say that there is always a first time for everything and, in my case, my time to do all of the above came when we got to the Masai Mara.
The Masai Mara is a 1510 km2 national reserve situated to the west of Kenya, which is renowned for the number and diversity of its wildlife. As soon as I found out that it was possible to fly over it in a hot-air-balloon, I knew it would be one of the “culminating” experiences of our trip...and I was right!
Read more about Gustavo's Hot Air Balloon trip in Masai Mara, Kenya
Glaciers designed the landscape of much New Zealand’s South Island. As in many polar or high altitude regions, the movement of a mass of ice carves out a path wherever it passes.
Fox Glacier in all its massive glory. Acting on the landscape in the present.
Some other glaciers have come and gone during colder times. The landscape they left behind depended on what kind of terrain was underneath. Here are some of my favorite creations:
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Remember all that hype in the 80’s and 90’s that vilified hairspray? In two words, it went here: New Zealand. That is where the hole went (or, close enough). This makes the temperature in the sunlight retina-frying hot and the altitude and variable ocean currents make it cool to cold in the shade or at night. So if you are planning a trip to the land of the kiwis and are imagining the tropical south Pacific (as I was) you may want to rethink that.
Icebreaker makes merino products for outdoor pursuits, and they know what they are talking about, these sheep are raised in the New Zealand Southern Alps, with intense temperature variations. The sheep are perfectly adapted for the hot-cold-hot-cold and therefore so is the fabric.
Here I am somewhere in the Otago region pretending to pose for an Icebreaker ad, minus the horns.
Walk, Hike, Trek, Tramp
If you love to hike, New Zealand is the place for you.
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Nestled in the heart of our big beautiful province, Charlevoix is a top destination, visited by many tourists every year. The region’s indisputable charm has also been the inspiration for many Quebecois artists. In order to discover its many sides, let’s go there for a day full of activities….
Those who love sea kayaking won’t be able to pass up the opportunity to discover this riverside region by kayak. If you rise early, you’ll be up in time to watch the river awaken as wildlife begins to stir. Then, meet with Sébastien and his team of kayakers from KATABATIK sea kayaking. There are several put-ins between St-Siméon and Petite-Rivière-St-François where you can get information or join a group guided by a professional. No need for any special equipment, you can rent everything there.
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