Length of South America in 730 days self-powered

On October 27th, 2018 the two woman Her Odyssey team completed crossing South America.

In 730 days they walked and paddled 12,913 km (8,024 mi) across six countries; Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.

Fidgit (Bethany Hughes) and Neon (Lauren Reed) are continuing the 5 year project, still heading north.

Click PLAY or get a glimpse of their first continent on YouTube.

2,600-mile loop in the Pacific Northwest

… a new thru-hike created by Ras and Kathy Vaughan.

Full-time adventurers, the Vaughans, married for 22 years, have made a habit of setting only known times where they establish never-before-recorded routes. They call themselves Team UltraPedestrian, and they named their new trail the UltraPedestrian (or UP) North Loop.

The thru-hike combines parts of four established long trails to create a 2,600-mile loop through the best of the Northwest. …

… Though much of the loop is rugged and less than ideal from a scenic perspective—it includes at least 200 miles of road walking and several areas with limited water resources …

Outside

They’ve got a book, as well.

98 Days Of Wind: The Greatest Fail Of Our Life

It’s an account of their attempt at at Grand Enchantment Trail yoyo.

Continental Divide data

Mac has posted — for the second year in a row — stats he’s collected from 103 CDT thru hikers.

– 68% Male, 32% Female

– average age 37

– 59.8% began alone

– northbound start date April 17th

– southbound start date April 23rd

– 74% said they’d consider doing it again

– favourite pack was the ULA Catalyst (Hiker Rating: 4.8/5)

– favourite tent was the Tarptent Notch (Hiker Rating: 5/5)

– favourite stove the MSR PocketRocket 2 (Hiker Rating: 4.75/5)

Altra was the favourite brand of shoe

There’s much , much more. Click through.

The Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hiker Survey (2018)

Walking the Himalayas by Lev Wood

I was disappointed in this book.

Others disagree. It’s got fairly good ratings on GoodReads.

I learned very little about the Himalayas. Indeed most of the book has him nowhere near the mountains. He’s road walking in the lowlands.

I assume Lev’s boring route had to do with logistics for the film crew following along.

Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel ran much higher trails by comparison.

The book is poorly written too.

He got travel advice from the Dalai Lama. That bit I enjoyed.

And the tale of their vehicle crash was horrific. One of the real dangers of the Himalaya is motor vehicle accident.

related – TV series – Walking the Himalayas

Pacific Crest Trail stats

Mac posted his 6th annual Pacific Crest Trail (2018) Thru-hiker Survey, a terrific resource. It’s interesting to see what gear successful hikers carried and liked best.

He interviewed 496 PCT hikers:

  • Average age 34. 65% began hiking alone
  • 81% said they’d consider hiking the PCT again
  • On average, thru hikers spent $6,274

Click through to read more:

2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-hiker Survey

Cape Wrath Trail, Scotland

Cam Honan

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. …

Cape Wrath Trail Backpacking Guide