Ever think about quitting your job and taking off?

Jesse did just that. I have been following his excellent blog for months now as he attempts to visit all the National Parks in the USA, including Alaska!


It would be well worth subscribing to the RSS feed now. Jesse has signed on for a 120 day RV tour of South America next.

introducing John Chapman

If you want to hike in Australia, you want to know John Chapman. He is the hiking author down under.

John and his wife Monica authored the first 3 editions of the Lonely Planet bushwalking guides for Australia. When John decided to self-publish the 4th edition, Lonely Planet changed the title and focus of their guide, now more of a general overview: Lonely Planet Walking in Australia

Many hikers from abroad are unaware of John’s 4th edition. (Only the 3rd edition is listed on, for example.) Check John Chapman’s up-to-date list of his many published guidebooks.

For example, I will be buying his dedicated Overland Track guidebook for a planned pilgrimage to Tasmania in 2007.

introducing Ray Jardine

jardine.jpgThere is no hiker more famous than Ray Jardine. He is often credited with igniting the light weight hiking revolution.

Jardine championed hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail using only lightweight gear.

He replaced tent with a tarp & sleeping bag with a quilt. He advises that we make & modify our own gear.

Ray Jardines Guide to Lightweight HikingHis controversial book Beyond Backpacking (1999) is now the Bible for many thru-hikers.

In his spare time, Jardine rowed across the Atlantic, kayaked to the Arctic Ocean, cycled across America twice, and canoed the sub-Arctic wilderness.

Oh, and he invented the “Friend” used by all elite rock climbers.

Check Ray Jardine’s eclectic website.

introducing Rick McCharles

Rick's mugRick McCharles is the editor of this site, a career gymnastics coach with a habit of taking off for months at a time to the best hiking destinations in the world. He’s hiked extensively in South America, New Zealand & North America.

When not travelling, Rick is based out of Calgary, Canada close to the Rocky Mountains.

He edits a number of other websites including his personal blog,

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