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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (7-day)

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (7-day)

Monday August 29, 2011 Starting point – Mollepata (9,544’) Ending point – Soraypampa (11,150’) Elevation gain – 1,606 feet Today we began our 7-day private…

National Pass / Overcliff / Undercliff / Den Fenella

National Pass / Overcliff / Undercliff / Den Fenella

About 1.5 hours (95 km) west of Sydney lie the Blue Mountains – New South Wales’ most iconic national park and a World Heritage-listed preserve. The Blue…

Mount Bourgeau

Mount Bourgeau

If you are looking for an absolutely stunning hike in Banff National Park, this is really the trail that has it all – forests, lakes,…

Mount Gower

Mount Gower

Rising 875 meters (2,871 feet) from the southern shores of Lord Howe Island, the flat crown of Mount Gower dominates the island’s tropical landscape. The…

Kilimanjaro, Lemosho Route (8-day)

Kilimanjaro, Lemosho Route (8-day)

Sunday June 23, 2013 Starting point – Londorossi Gate (7,070’) Ending point – Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) (9,186’) Distance – 4 miles Elevation gain –…

The Official Bird List

The Official Bird List

I started off with high hopes for a regular “Birders’ Digest” that would round up all of the mediocre-to-crappy-but-identifiable bird photos captured during our travels. That worked pretty well for our first few months, but once we hit Asia, it kind of fell apart. Lack of libraries and English field guides made self-identification difficult, and even if we managed, against all odds, to find an English-speaking bird expert, they may not know a useful English translation for the species. There…

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Ireland

Ireland

After a short week in London, we decided we’d spend the last bit of our journey touring around the U.K. and Ireland. It wasn’t something we’d initially planned, and we knew the weather might [finally] be a bit squirrelly, but we figured what the heck, right? I mean, we were right here. As with a large portion of our trip, we decided to scope out the ground transit to Ireland. It’s typically cheaper than flying, I’m (as we’ve already established)…

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The Dolomites

The Dolomites

In researching our trip to the Dolomites, we chose Ortisei (St. Ulrich) as our base for a few days of hiking. Since we were not going to have a vehicle, we needed to stay somewhere with good accessibility to the trails without (we hoped) having to take too many slow, local busses just to arrive at the trailhead. Located in picturesque Val Gardena, a valley in the middle of the Dolomites that is occupied by three small towns, Ortisei seemed…

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Bialowieza Forest

Bialowieza Forest

One of the highest items on my list of things to do during this trip was to visit one of the last swaths of primeval forest in Europe. The Bialowieza Forest consists of 548 square miles of designated UNESCO-protected forest, straddling the border of Poland and Belarus, with another 644 square miles of buffer zone to insulate the delicate ecosystem from the effects of encroaching human habitation. It is home to the largest population of free-roaming European Bison in the…

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Central Mongolia

Central Mongolia

I have to admit, Mongolia had never really been a destination on my radar. It wasn’t a place I was actively avoiding; rather I’d never read about it as a travel destination, and therefore really knew nothing about it. When we were planning our around-the-world excursion, Stephan had expressed an interest in taking the Trans-Siberian from Beijing to Moscow, via Mongolia. Thus, we’d only considered a brief transit through the country. It was only after learning with absolute certainty that…

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