BEST National Parks in the World

I love National Parks. But ranking the 4000 worldwide is super difficult.

Men’s Journal gave it a try.

1. Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska

2. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

3. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

4. Kakadu National Park, Australia

5. Jasper National Park, Canada

See more.

(via Adventure Blog)

climbing Mt. Benson, Nanaimo B.C.


Mount Benson is a popular hiking route … that I have done several times.

I like to think of it as the Grouse Grind of Vancouver Island.

It is quite challenging and a great workout. … amazing 360 views of the city of Nanaimo, Straight of Georgia, the Coast Mountains and the surrounding mountains behind Mt. Benson.


  • 8km round trip
  • 730 meter elevation gain
  • 3-5 hours
  • difficult
  • dogs allowed on leash

Pyrenees High Route: Etsaut to Cauterets

Ultimate Gear Lists:

The Pyrenees High Route (Haute Route Pyrénées, HRP) is a long distance hiking trail that follows the mountainous divide along the French-Spanish border. …

The 497 mile (800 km) long HRP trail follows the backbone of the mountain range all the way from the Atlantic Ocean in  the west to the Mediterranean Sea in the east. On average it takes about 45-50 days to complete. Since many hikers are unable to spare the time, expense, or effort necessary to thru-hike the entire trail, we suggest an alternative 5-6 day itinerary below that covers some of the most stunning sections of the trail. …

  • LENGTH: 45 miles / 72 km
  • DURATION: 5-6 days
  • TYPE: One-way
  • START: Etsaut, France
  • FINISH: Cauterets (Pont d’Espagne), France
  • BEST TIME: July & August

It is also worth noting that the Pyrenees are home to two other long distance trails: the French GR10 and Spanish GR11. Both of these trails also follow the Pyrenees mountains for their entire length. However, the GR10 and GR11 each remain exclusively on one side of the French-Spanish border, travel at a lower elevation, and are well marked. Whereas the HRP trail constantly hops back and forth across the border, follows the highest part of the mountain range, and is not officially marked. …



climbing Mt Wells, Victoria B.C.

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.

Only 3km return, this scramble is considered difficult. On the other hand, there are plenty of comfort ropes to assist you. Some of the descents might be tricky in the rain.

Very pretty is this old pipe now covered with moss. They bricked the ends to keep critters and kids out.

… offering views as far away as downtown Victoria, Juan de Fuca Strait, and towards Sooke …

Victoria Trails