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.

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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.

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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)

Palm Springs to Paradise Cafe – day 5

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Tent sites don’t get much better than this.

Another gorgeous night. No fly. And my broken tent held up for the night on the ridge.

It was windy.

My gear got sooty from the 2013 forest fire burn.

It’s a stark and beautiful landscape.

I LOVE this section of the trail. Every step gorgeous.

Inspired, I left a Summit Stone for a PCT hiker to discover.

I was in a philosophical mood. In camp I was listening to an audio book about a man who lived alone for a year in Patagonia exploring the effects of deep solitude.

Here I left the State Park and entered San Jacinto Wilderness.

A father and son recommended a campsite where they had stayed the previous night. I found it using two popular PCT apps.

That’s Guthook. A paid app that most PCT hikers use.

I also used the free (no longer updated) Halfmile PCT app.

Though hidden from the trail, GPS found the place oft used by rock climbers. I was pleased to find a camp chair and large tarp for keeping my gear clean.

Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6