On this episode, we talk all things bike-packing with Chris and Karam who cycled 2000km from Hanoi to Saigon. Find out how these two free spirits showed up in Hanoi, bought bikes for under $200, scooped some gear, and hit the open road! With the help of blogs and google maps, Karam and Chris went with the flow and enjoyed the freedom that comes with having a loose plan, taking it day by day and making up their route as they went along.
The pair shares everything from regional highlights, accommodations, and stories from the myriad of friendly locals who took them in along the way. This incredible story goes to show that you don’t need expensive bikes or fancy gear to enjoy the ride of a lifetime!
Check out a video from Chris and Karma’s epic adventure here, https://youtu.be/ARGYqBQ9gp8 follow https://instagram.com/karamintheworld, or check out their youtube channel Karam and Elena here, https://www.youtube.com/c/KaramandElena/videos.
Check the tick risk where you are adventuring. There are about 30,000 new cases of Lyme Disease each year in the States. The number seems to be increasing with global warming. New species of ticks are becoming known.
Check your pets for ticks.
If you get one, gently remove a tick embedded in your skin with tweezers. Firmly grasp the tick’s head without squeezing and pull upwards. Save it in a plastic sealed bag. Use a felt pen to write the date, name and address of person bitten. I’ve only ever found one once.
There are three main multi-day hiking trails on Stewart Island:
Rakiura Track (3 days) North West Circuit (9-11 days) Southern Circuit (6 days)
Stewart Island can be visited all year round, and it possible to do the aforementioned hikes at any time of the year. But, our recommendation is to visit sometime during the peak summer months, when the weather is warmer, sunny days are (slightly) more likely, and the daylight hours are longer.
He got into hiking in his 20s, but it was trekking and scrambling in little know wilderness on four continents visited on his five-year-long H.M.S. Beagle voyage between 1831 and 1836 that cement him as one of the most worldly hikers in history.
“Mount Darwin” is the highest peak in Tierra del Fuego. On February 12, 1834, Captain FitzRoy named a mountain after him on his birthday. …
Darwin walked mainly to discover plants and animals unique to those regions.
At the northernmost end of New Zealand’s Southern Alps lies Nelson Lakes National Park. …
The park is named after two glacier-carved alpine lakes found at it’s northern end — Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa. These two lakes are tranquil and idyllic, making them great locations for car camping or day walks.
However, the real gems lie deeper into the park at higher elevations. Travers Saddle rewards the keen fit hiker with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Blue Lake — claimed to have the clearest freshwater in the world — is quite surreal, with colours that dance magically in the sunlight. Lake Constance offers the solitude of a true high-alpine lake environment. …
… this circuit is one of the most stunning multi-day hikes in New Zealand. This trail can get relatively busy in the peak season, although it is not nearly as crowded or expensive as one of the “New Zealand Great Walks”. …
The Cape Wrath Trail is often referred to as Britain’s toughest long distance walk. Stretching approximately 230 miles (370 km) from the Highland hub of Fort William to the remote lighthouse of Cape Wrath, it is an unmarked and sometimes trailless route that passes through the wild and spectacular landscapes of northwestern Scotland. Due to the unpredictable weather and challenging terrain, it is a hike that is best suited to experienced ramblers who possess a good level of fitness, navigation skill, and a stoic disregard of having wet feet.
I hiked the Cape Wrath Trail in the summer of 2018. …