For the third time over the past 4 seasons I’m back in Chile, one of the best hiking destinations of the world.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
… a new thru-hike created by Ras and Kathy Vaughan.
Full-time adventurers, the Vaughans, married for 22 years, have made a habit of setting only known times where they establish never-before-recorded routes. They call themselves Team UltraPedestrian, and they named their new trail the UltraPedestrian (or UP) North Loop.
The thru-hike combines parts of four established long trails to create a 2,600-mile loop through the best of the Northwest. …
… Though much of the loop is rugged and less than ideal from a scenic perspective—it includes at least 200 miles of road walking and several areas with limited water resources …
They’ve got a book, as well.
It’s an account of their attempt at at Grand Enchantment Trail yoyo.
Mac has posted — for the second year in a row — stats he’s collected from 103 CDT thru hikers.
– 68% Male, 32% Female
– average age 37
– 59.8% began alone
– northbound start date April 17th
– southbound start date April 23rd
– 74% said they’d consider doing it again
– favourite pack was the ULA Catalyst (Hiker Rating: 4.8/5)
– favourite tent was the Tarptent Notch (Hiker Rating: 5/5)
– favourite stove the MSR PocketRocket 2 (Hiker Rating: 4.75/5)
– Altra was the favourite brand of shoe
There’s much , much more. Click through.
I was disappointed in this book.
Others disagree. It’s got fairly good ratings on GoodReads.
I learned very little about the Himalayas. Indeed most of the book has him nowhere near the mountains. He’s road walking in the lowlands.
I assume Lev’s boring route had to do with logistics for the film crew following along.
Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel ran much higher trails by comparison.
The book is poorly written too.
He got travel advice from the Dalai Lama. That bit I enjoyed.
And the tale of their vehicle crash was horrific. One of the real dangers of the Himalaya is motor vehicle accident.
related – TV series – Walking the Himalayas