Outside magazine – BEST new Trail

Via Dinarica, the Balkans

The Dinaric Alps have 8,000-foot stegosaurus spines, fairy-tale meadows, and stone guesthouses. Decades of conflict made them tough to experience, but the area is amping up its tourist offerings, and access is improving on the new Via Dinarica. Our favorite stretch: the 600-mile White Trail, which stitches together old routes from Slovenia to Albania and follows the highest peaks. …

2014 Travel Awards: Best New Trail


on Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Flags

ramblin’ boy:

The Tibetan belief is that  the winds blow the positive energy of the prayers and chants imprinted on the flags into the world- and into all sentient beings they touch.  As a result you’ll usually see the flags strung in high places where they can have maximum effect.

view from the top of Kala Patthar above Everest Base Camp

view from the top of Kala Patthar above Everest Base Camp

… a collection of my pix with prayer flags in them. Most are taken from hikes in the Annapurna and Khumbu region of Nepal, but you’ll also find flags fluttering in Patagonia, near Jasper in the Canadian Rockies, above the heads of chanting monks in Bohd Gaya in India, in the Christiania area of Copenhagen in Denmark, and in my neighbourhood above the eastern banks of the Don River in Toronto. …

ramblin’ boy – Blowin’ In the Wind: An Appreciation of Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Flags

ramblin’ boy is an excellent hiking blogger. I’m working my way back through all his old posts. :-)

lessons learned surviving 6 days solo with broken leg

Hiker Gregg Hein of Clovis “entertained the idea” of possibly dying in the high Sierra of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks as he lay severely injured for six days.

But he said the thought only crossed his mind a few times. The 33-year-old experienced hiker, rock climber and rafting guide was determined to live — and he did.

From a wheelchair Tuesday at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Hein talked about breaking his leg on July 5, hiking down from 13,600-foot Mount Goddard, and his eventual rescue Thursday by a National Park Service helicopter. …

… he dislodged a boulder that plowed into the back of his right calf, breaking bones in three spots. The impact forced bone to protrude about an inch and a half through the skin, Hein said.

His foot was soon “dangling,” Hein said. “I had to grab it so hopefully it wouldn’t rip off.” …

Fresno Bee

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