About Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

first person to walk Canada’s Great Trail

Great Trail was formerly called the Trans-Canada Trail. (TheGreat Trail.ca)

Completing this hike makes Dana Meise
@TheHikingFool the first person to touch all three coasts on the Trans Canada Trail.

… Thursday evening he made it to Tuktoyaktuk, completing his lifelong dream; and it’s in part thanks to the community. …

“As much as I’m super excited to finish … I’m also excited to get home,” he said.

Meise, originally from Sherwood Park, Alta, started his adventure in Cape Spear, Nfld. in 2008.

The trip has not been all in one go.

Alberta man finishes record 10-year hike in Tuktoyaktuk

NEW – Annapurna Seven Passes route

I’ve twice been on the Annapurna Circuit. It has been degraded by road building. In fact, on the more recent trip I enjoyed mountain biking more than hiking.

Tripple P. Gurung decided to invent an alternative in the region.

The Annapurna Seven Passes … is a 20-day trek that takes a trekker through seven high passes, four of which are above 5,000 meters. In addition to the challenge of the high passes, this trek offers a mix of wilderness and culture that is missing from treks that run through villages. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

It’s actually a route, not a trail. I would need a guide.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Hard
  • Total Length
    177 Km
  • Highest Altitude
    5416 Meters
  • Start location
    Tal (1,665m)
  • Finish location
    Jomsom (2,740m)
  • Permits
    ACAP Permit,TIMS Permit,Naar-Phu Restricted Area Permit
  • Best Season
    April-November

Click through for details:

Saving the Annapurna Circuit – The Annapurna Seven Passes Trek

walking Brecon Beacons, Wales

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.

My friend in Cardiff told me bus tickets to Brecon Beacons National Park were free on weekends. That’s my price range.

Brecon is a quaint tourist town. Weather was perfect on a Saturday morning in October.

I fuelled up with a big Welsh brunch.

There are many trailheads. I opted to start at the most popular – Storey Arms.

It was very busy on this fine day.

At the top of Pen y Fan 886m (2907ft), I celebrated with Welsh Cakes.

From there I continued following whatever ridges looked interesting. You can see why they call it Hill Walking.

I planned to tent one night, they walk out back to Beacon next day.

I learned on the trail that — unlike England and Scotland — Wales has no ‘right to roam‘ law. I wasn’t allowed to legally tent on this public land. Gak.

I waited until dusk and set up in a discrete spot.

It was a perfect evening. A starry, starry night.

Clouds rolled in by morning. I packed up at first light.

I saw only one other tent.

Most of the national park is bare, grassy moorland grazed by Welsh mountain ponies and Welsh mountain sheep.

It was an easy walkout through farmland back to town. I used Maps.me for navigation.

I do recommend Brecon Beacons to any hiker who visits Wales.

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Beacons Way hike, Wales

The Beacons Way is a waymarked long distance footpath in the Brecon Beacons National ParkWales. …

152 km / 95 miles east to west through the National Park, and passes many of the most important landmarks and mountain peaks in the mountain range. It also includes many of the towns in the park as well as popular attractions such as Carreg Cennen Castle near Llandeilo at the western end of the path. …

6-8 days are often recommended. Open moorland. Weather is often a challenge.

Sept 2015 Brecon Beacons Routemaster in Depth with Mark Rowe – images by Steve Morgan

Check the guidebook.

Skurka is writing a book on the new Yosemite High Route

He hopes to publish February 2019 to get the information out for next season.

As Skurka has envisioned it, the YHR forms a figure-eight from Dorothy Lake Pass in the north, pinching in the middle at Tuolomne Meadows, and extending as far south as the area surrounding Rodgers Peak, not far from Mt. Lyell. …

What are your favorite sections?

The “good stuff” on the Yosemite High Route runs south from Grace Meadow in upper Falls Creek and ends at Quartzite Peak at the northern end of the Clark Range. All the miles between these two points are world-class. You can’t go wrong. …

Adventure Journal 

andrewskurka.com – Trip Report: Scouting the Yosemite High Route

The Skye Trail, Scotland

Cam Honan:

Scotland’s Isle of Skye is a place steeped in myth, legend and natural beauty. Tales of giants and shape-shifting water horses are woven together with stories of dramatic mountain ranges and coastlines. It is an island that engages and inspires all that visit, and for those possessed of a wayfaring disposition, there is a 128 km (80 mi) trail which spans its length that encapsulates all of the diverse wonders for which it is renowned.

I hiked the Skye Trail in the summer of 2018. The post below includes impressions from the trip, logistical and background information, route recommendations, and a gear list. …

Skye Trail Overview Map (Cicerone Guides) | Note: I added the place names in bold red font.

Click over to The Hiking Life to read the rest.

The Skye Trail – Trip Report & Backpacking Guide