dirtmonger treks Ausangate

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Ausangate is one of our top 10 hikes in the world.

(via Hiking in Finland)


Everest – Beyond the Edge [2013]

Beyond the Edge is a 2013 New Zealand 3D docudrama about Tenzing Norgayand Sir Edmund Hillary‘s historical ascent of Mount Everest in 1953.

As well as featuring dramatised recreations shot on location on Everest and in New Zealand, the film includes original footage and photographs from what was then the ninth British expedition to the mountain.

It also includes audio from interviews with Hillary and recorded narration by expedition leader John Hunt. …

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You can watch the entire film online free on YouTube. (1hr 39min)

2018 Inca Trail permits available Oct 1, 2017

… for the first time the Ministry of Culture is releasing all permits for 2018 on 1 October 2017.

With only 500 permits available per day, tour operators are urging travellers to book the trek, which ends at the 550-year old Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, as soon as they can. “Tickets usually sell out almost immediately for the peak trekking months of April, May and August,” …

Travellers who miss out on Inca Trail permits can still trek to Machu Picchu on an alternative route – the Salkantay trek for which no permit is needed. “On the Salkantay trek, you pass through small communities and farmsteads, and approach Machu Picchu from the other side. …

Inca Trail permits to be released four months early

No panic. We like the Salkantay (Salcantay) better in any case. And you can do the Salkantay independently if you prefer. The over-popular Inca Trek must be guided.

hiking Mt Assiniboine, Canada

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

One of our top 10 hikes in the world is Sunshine to Mt Assiniboine in the Canadian Rockies.

Nine of us made it to the top of Nub peak for the solar eclipse.


Our trip was nearly cancelled due to forest fire. Assiniboine opened up on the Wednesday before our Sunday start.

Three hiked up on the Assiniboine trail because Sunshine Meadows was still under closure.

Six took the helicopter in from Shark trailhead.

When you chopper in you can bring heavy food. And too much alcohol.

Happy hour at Assiniboine Lodge was 4-5pm.

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Great trip. The big downside was the hike out.

I told the group we’d be 8-9 hours on the 26 km hike out via Wonder Pass & Bryant Creek. I’d forgotten about the extra 2.5 km to the campground. Due to missing signage at the Wonder Pass turn-off we got lost for another hour or more. In the end it was 32.2 km for the day.

Everyone except for myself suffered a lot of foot pain.

In retrospect I wished I’d scheduled one night in a campground on the descent.

Details on our 3 day hike.