Why (Do I Hike)

Nikola (Tesla) Horvat hiked the Colorado Trail in 2019 putting together this award winning video

Very philosophical. Nature, Time, Community, Mental Health and Final Chapter.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Nikola Horvat is a successful PCT and Colorado Trail thru-hiker, authorfilmmaker, and founder of the Croatian Long Distance Trail.

He pioneered the CLDT upon returning to Croatia from the PCT in 2016.

He mapped the route himself, authored a guidebook, and founded the Croatian Long Distance Trail Association, of which he is the president.

Two others have thru-hiked the CLDT after him—no foreigners yet, though Second Chance Hiker is on-trail at the moment.

The Trek

Out There: A Voice from the Wild by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend (born 1949) is the hiking author who’s influenced me most.

He’s written over 20 books, including Cicerone guidebooks,  and countless articles

I started with High Summer: Backpacking The Canadian Rockies (1989).

He’s most famous for The Backpacker’s Handbook.

But If you’ve never read Chris Townsend, I’d recommend you start with Out There: A Voice from the Wild. I recently read the Kindle edition while hiking on Vancouver Island.

Chris reflects back on the takeaways from all those trips.

Drawing from more than forty years of experience as an outdoorsman, and probably the world’s best known long distance walker who also writes, Chris Townsend describes the landscapes and wildlife, the walkers and climbers, and the authors who have influenced him in this lucid and beautiful book.

Writing from his home in the heart of the Cairngorms he discusses the wild, its importance to civilisation and how we cannot do without it.

Hike EUROPE

In the beginning of 2018 we decided to completely change our lives and do what we love. We quit our office jobs in order to travel and hike around Europe.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Montenegro – Durmitor national park (stunning mountains with many hiking trails)

Montenegro/Albania – Prokletije national park (gorgeous landscape without crowds)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Prenj mountain range (beautiful green fields surrounded by rocky mountains)

Switzerland – Grindelwald area (avoid cablecars and you will hike almost alone)

Montenegro – Tara canyon (most iconic bridge over biggest canyon in Europe and 2nd in the World)

Italy – Dolomites (most epic mountain range in Europe with many hiking options)

Austria – Schladminger tauern (beautiful green fields, massive green mountains)

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