day 1 – Parque Inglés to El Bolsón campground

trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles 

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High season on a mid-summer weekend, Valle las Catas campground was full.

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We were in no rush. Enjoyed the morning.

Sendero Los Cipreses (Cypresss Trail) is free entrance from Valle las Catas campground leading to the Siete Tazas (7 cups). Pedro, Victor and myself did the famous tourist attraction as a day hike.

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seven consecutive natural pools with their respective waterfalls along Claro River. These waterfalls range from 1 to 10.5 metres. There are also two high waterfalls called El Velo de Novia (The Bridal Veil) and La Leona (The Lioness), with single vertical drops of 40 and 20 metres respectively. …

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On return to the campground I enjoyed one last restaurant meal – 4 eggs.

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By far the most popular back country campground in the area is El Bolsón. I planned an afternoon start. Tried to get organized at the Ranger station.

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In fact it was 4pm before I reached the trailhead.

Christian and his family had been there before. I followed them from the Park office and we stayed together for much of the 12km. All uphill.

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Many groups ride horses up here. Or take pack animals.

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Very pretty.

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On the steepest section, I dropped my heavy load and went back to carry the 10yr-olds pack for about one km. However, when we finally got to Bolsón, she looked less tired that I did.

The sun going down, I set up my tent in a gorgeous spot. And went to sleep.

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3 Moms take their kids hiking

Adventure moms Brooke Froelich (30), Morgan Brechler (25) and Shannon Robertson (28) share their love of the outdoors with their kids through rock climbing, camping and hiking.

The trio is set to be the subject of the first film in the Born Wild project, which will bring the adventures of parenting into the testoserone-heavy genre of adventure film. …

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Thanks Betsy.

hiking Mineral Ridge, Idaho

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Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail is a backcountry hiking area near Lake Coeur d’Alene

Construction began on the trail in 1963 and the area was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1982. There is a self-guided interpretive tour along the 3.3-mile (5.3 km) trail.

Summit of Mineral Ridge, 2,400ft (730m). Elevation gain is 600ft (180m).

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We hiked it January 3rd after a snowstorm. With a 5yr-old. Late in the afternoon, slipping and sliding back to the trailhead in the dark.

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A bit more adventurous than usual. 🙂

Here’s a more typical lake view from the ridge.

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Each winter from November through February a migrating population of up to 150 bald eagles visit the area to feed on spawning Kokanee salmon. An interpretive viewing program is offered annually from Christmas through New Years during peak migration.

We saw two bald eagles. 🙂

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Simien Trek – Ethiopians

Photographers know that some of the BEST photos from the developing World are of local people.

I’m always reluctant to ask to take these kinds of photos, but Joshua and Nadine have been living in rural Africa the past two years. They have a good feel for whom to ask, whom to leave alone. Here are a few of their photos from our hike in the Ethiopian highlands.

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There seems to be some invisible line off the hiking trail behind which the kids must stay.

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Overland Track, Tasmania

It’s on our list of top 10 hikes in the World. It’s on many top 10 lists.

What’s it all about?

Discover Tasmania calls this the best Overland tramping video they’ve ever seen. Kids, rain, mud, snow … and plenty of FUN on a family adventure. 🙂

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

If interested in making the pilgrimage to Tasmania yourself, check our NEW Overland information page.

It’s been updated with advice from local expert Warwick Sprawson.