One of the most accessible great hikes in the world, you can get to the trailhead on a shuttle bus departing Aspen every 20 minutes.
This is a great treat in a region where most trailheads are not accessible by public transport.
The 4-day circuit around the famous Maroon Bells (mountaineering peaks) is a classic. Most of the walking is above 11,000ft (3343m) so the views are magnificent.
The Cirque of the Towers represents a real “must see” on the lifetime list of most serious backpackers … TwoHikers.org
I seriously must get back to Wyoming to hike this 2-day, 20.4mi (32.8km) loop via one of the most impressive cirques anywhere! it’s surprising how some of the biggest glaciers, the best peaks, are not in the central Rockies but way over in Wyoming.
August and September are the best months.
Did you happen to see Darren Berrecloth’s uninterrupted ride down a steep arid mountain ridge in Utah?
It first aired on Discovery Channel’s Stunt Junkies Feb. 1st, 2006. But I notice they are replaying that episode frequently where I live.
Berrecloth is widely considered to be the top mountain bike freerider on extremely steep and technical terrain.
Bike Magazine’s 2004 “Rider of the Year,” Canadian Darren “Bearclaw” Berrecloth has spent the last few years radicalizing the already extreme sport of freeride mountain biking. His signature spins, hand grabs and no-hands seat grabs have redefined the sport and earned him tons of accolades in the biking world.
Blue Nile Falls â€” also known as Tis Issat or Tissasat Falls. (Ethiopia)
The flow has been greatly reduced since a hydro-electric station started diverting the river in 2003.
More of Kirkby’s favourite photos
Have you heard of the Chang Tang?
A part of the world half the size of the continental USA?
George Schaller made 11 trips between 1985 and 2001. I read a couple of his books so perhaps I did hear of the region.
The photographer is Galen Rowell, who’s work was admired by Ansel Adams. This was Rowell’s last adventure. He and his wife were killed in a plane crash in California.
National Geographic sponsored expedition to Chang Tang
Bruce Kirby pitched the idea to National Geographic and worked a year on the Chang Tang project. But NG went ahead without him.
Inspired by Chris Bonnington’s Quest for Adventure, a regular Canadian kid became an Adventurer.
cycling the Karakoram Highway
hiking the CANOL trail
paddling the Blue Nile
guiding paddling tours in the Arctic
kayaking in Belize
Kirkby hooked up with Jamie Clarke, Calgary’s most famous adventurer for:
Mt. Everest 1997 (Kirkby was communications man)
Empty Quarter of Arabia
His greatest claim to fame (or greatest sufferfest) was what he called The Grande Cirque â€” the first circumnavigation of British Columbia’s southern Coast Range.
His best destination so far â€” the Mergui Archipelago of Burma, off-limits to everyone for the past 50 years.
Read more on BruceKirkby.com
1. CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
3. SIR RICHARD BURTON
4. IBN BATTUTA
5. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
6. CHARLES DARWIN
7. FRIDTJOF NANSEN
8. YURI GAGARIN
9. MICHAEL PALIN
10. APHRA BEHN
There is no doubt Cook is the greatest of them all. His 3 voyages of discovery are unmatched.
The rest of the top 10 can be argued.
Certainly Michael had it a little easier than the rest.
The 10 greatest travellers of all time