Shawnte Salabert – on hiking

… The last mile to camp is always a drag. Almost always. Or always. I could be strolling through a wonderland of gold and diamonds and chocolate fountains and unicorns, but moving like an uninspired sloth. My feet are tired. My butt is gently chafed. I need nutrients.

In camp, I immediately engage in some sort of polite battle with fellow tent-pitchers over The Best Spot. “No, you pick first.” “No, no – you pick.” I invariably choose one that seems flat and windless. Seems.

Time for water math. Do I have enough? Should I filter tonight or in the morning? How much should I grab for dinner? …



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Malta Coastal walk

Walkopedia recommends Malta Coastal walk (155km) as one of the best hikes in the world:

Outstanding sea views
Unspoiled natural environment
Dramatic cliffs
Azure window and Inland sea
Archaeological remains
Tranquil countryside
Forts, towers and churches
Diversity of habitats and plants

The best months for walking are in spring (March to June) and autumn (Mid-September to December). …

Malta Coast Walk

dispersed hiking in Alaska

If you’ve been to Alaska, you know hiking there is challenging.

Distances are HUGE. And there are not all that many established trails.

Turns out, that’s partly by design.

GearJunkie in Denali:

The park’s 2006 Backcountry Management Plan … “Except as otherwise specified… backcountry access and travel in Denali will continue without designated routes or constructed trails to allow for freedom to explore and to minimize signs of human presence.”

Similar trail-less wilderness areas exist within Alaska, which contains more than half of all the country’s wildernesses, but Denali is by far the most popular, totaling more than 38,000 backcountry campers last year. According to Burrows, the relative ease at which visitors can access Denali’s backcountry (it’s split in two by the park road) has spurred increased exploration and cause for increased measures to keep the wilderness as Murie intended.

Very quickly after starting hiking from the park road, we ran across our faint trails, and like many of Denali’s visitors we opted to take the path less traveled, spread out to disperse our impact and take advantage of a wilderness experience unlike anyplace else.

Bushwhacking Encouraged: Denali Strives To Eliminate Ad Hoc Trails

Matt Zimmerman - Grizzly bear in Denali National Park

Matt Zimmerman – Grizzly bear in Denali National Park

Morrell Nature Sanctuary, Nanaimo

11km of temperate rain forest trails. No mountain bikes allowed.


Morrell Nature Sanctuary is a privately owned nature reserve leased and managed by Morrell Sanctuary Society for Environmental Education, a not-for-profit organization managed by volunteers …

Watch for gnome homes on the (wheelchair accessible) Yew Loop trail.

gnome homes


trip report – Trail Exploration In Nanaimo

related – TripAdvisor reviews

Behind-the-Scenes – A Walk in the Woods

Appalachian Trail Conservancy:

Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes interview from the film “A Walk in the Woods.” Travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) takes a long-lost old friend (Nick Nolte) for a hike along the Appalachian Trail, which stretches more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.