Hiking Retreat in the Dolomites

23-27 June 2016.

Looking for an excuse to travel to Italy?

And walk the gorgeous Dolomites 4-5 hours a day?

Dolomites

In addition to walking with a local guide, each day will include local culture and typical food.

Cost is 440£ (4 days) plus hotel. If you stay in the official hotel the price is in the range of 615£-650£ total.

Check the official website.

related – Dolominds – Hiking & Meditation Retreat – September 2016

Contact dolominds (a) cadorehub.com for more info. They’ll email you the gorgeous brochure.

Markha Valley trek, Ladahk, India

by site editor Rick McCharles

Locked and loaded. I land in Leh September 11th, 2015. I’ll be doing Markha and other local treks.

LehAT A GLANCE

  • the most popular hike in Ladahk, northern India, bordering Tibet
  • easy access out of Leh
  • 6-8 days
  • 111km (69mi)
  • early June to mid-October
  • moderate-demanding
  • big risk of altitude sickness
  • 2-3 high passes (4900m-5200m)
  • several nights at very high altitude
  • sleep in tent or in “homestays
  • frequent flights from Delhi. Infrequent flights from Srinagar and Jammu.
  • hike independently or with a Guide
  • check the confusing tourist visa requirements for India. Some nations can get a visa-on-arrival at airports.
by lupus alberto
by lupus alberto

Click PLAY or watch 3minuteAdventures – Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh
on YouTube.

That’s the toughest itinerary, starting out of Stok village rather than the more popular trailheads of Spitok or Zinchen.

Walking the Earth’s Spine

This looks great. I’ll try to find a copy in Kathmandu.

When Jono Lineen‘s brother died in tragic circumstances, he gave up a comfortable life, moved to the Himalayas and over eight years immersed himself in the cultures of the world’s highest mountains.

The experience culminates in his book Into the Heart of the Himalayas, a fascinating memoir that traces his solo trekking odyssey from Pakistan to Nepal across thousands of kilometres of mountain terrain. No-one has ever before attempted to walk the length of the Western Himalayas alone, but Jono’s intentions were more psychological than physical. It was about integrating the Himalayan culture he had grown to love, assimilating the wisdom of the place and coming to terms with his loss.

Jono’s openness with everyone he meets on the trail – from Pakistani military officers to Tibetan lamas and naked Hindu Saddhus – lies at the heart of one of the most complete portraits of the Himalayas ever written. Jono Lineen – a lone, disarming man – crosses borders, religions, castes, languages and philosophical boundaries to find the way to embrace his future.

Earth Spine

interview with Jono Lineen

He explains why an adventure from 1995 was not published until April 2014.

Into the Heart of the Himalayas [Kindle Edition]

Walking the Earth’s Spine: A 2,700-kilometre Solo Hike Through the Himalyas

[paperback]

Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen

I thought I knew much about the history of Antarctic exploration. Yet I learned much, much more after reading this book.

The incredible story of Australia’s most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration.

Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia’s greatest Antarctic explorer. This is the incredible account of an expedition he led on December 2, 1911, from Hobart, to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot.

… he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz. After five weeks, tragedy struck—Ninnis was swallowed whole by a snow-covered crevasse, and Mawson and Mertz realized it was too dangerous to go on. Dwindling supplies forced them to kill their dogs to feed the other dogs, at first, and then themselves. Hunger, sickness, and despair eventually got the better of Ninnis, and he succumbed to madness and then to death.

Mawson found himself all alone, 160 miles from safety, with next to no food. This staggering tale of his survival, against all odds, also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the heroic age of polar exploration, to bring the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life. …

GoodReads

Mawson cover

Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen. (2012)

lessons learned surviving 6 days solo with broken leg

Hiker Gregg Hein of Clovis “entertained the idea” of possibly dying in the high Sierra of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks as he lay severely injured for six days.

But he said the thought only crossed his mind a few times. The 33-year-old experienced hiker, rock climber and rafting guide was determined to live — and he did.

From a wheelchair Tuesday at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Hein talked about breaking his leg on July 5, hiking down from 13,600-foot Mount Goddard, and his eventual rescue Thursday by a National Park Service helicopter. …

… he dislodged a boulder that plowed into the back of his right calf, breaking bones in three spots. The impact forced bone to protrude about an inch and a half through the skin, Hein said.

His foot was soon “dangling,” Hein said. “I had to grab it so hopefully it wouldn’t rip off.” …

Fresno Bee

Click PLAY or watch the interview on YouTube.

related – Hiker Survives on Moths and Melted Ice

the mind of Steph Davis

Watch climber and base jumper Steph Davis in this Prana sponsored video on her life and “relationship” with a monolith in Utah.

In the short film, called “Crazy Beautiful Thing,” Davis sends a thin crack trad route, hikes with her pup, and contemplates life and her place in the world. The video includes intimate narrative to give a peek into her soul and stunning videography from the red stonescape of Utah. 

Stephen Regenold

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I attended a presentation by Steph Davis years ago at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. She is one unique and extreme person.

Kuari Pass trek – day 6

by site editor Rick McCharles

day 0 | day 1 | day 2day 3 | day 4 | day 5 | day 6

We arose at first light last morning, the coldest yet.

dawn - Kuari day 6

dawn - Kuari day 6-2

frost - Kuari day 6

Our adopted dog was quick to the fire.

dog warming up - Kuari day 6

last morning Camp - Kuari day 6

Nanda Devi - Kuari day 6

I’d have to rate the day before and the two days after Kuari as about as good as hiking gets.

pack mule - Kuari day 6

Kuari day 6

Kuari day 6-2

Kuari day 6-3

Kuari day 6-4

Kuari day 6-5

Our guide was happy to get back to mobile phone service. He confirmed out pick-up time.

Kuari day 6-7

phone service reached - Kuari day 6

We wandered lazily down through huge alpine meadows. Please that the trek had been a success.

Kuari day 6-8

Reaching this Hindu Temple having connection to great epic Ramayana means you’ve almost completed the Kuari.

Hindu Temple - Kuari day 6

We finished at the Auli Ski Resort, India’s finest. (Ski Jan-March.) Asia’s longest Cable Car (4km) is a must. The road to get there is deadly. This was one of the hosts of the 1st South Asian Winter Games in 2011.

Auli ski lift - Kuari day 6

Auli - Kuari day 6

Auli - Kuari day 6-2

Our driver was waiting just outside the gates. 🙂

Red Chili van at Auli - Kuari day 6

It was 10hrs back to Rishikesh with a hotel stop en route.

The most dangerous aspect of Himalaya trekking by far is the drive to and from the trailheads. Washouts and landslides are frequent.

road wash out near Joshimath Kuari day 6

road wash out near Joshimath Kuari day 6-2

OK. The giant spider we found awaiting us at our (Le Meadows) Hotel room might look even scarier. 🙂

BIG spider at hotel - Kuari day 6
Before the trek I knew about the June flooding, but not exactly how bad it had been. More than 5700 dead. 😦

One of the 4 Holy Hindu mountain temples, nearby Kedarnath, was inundated with water, mud and boulders from landslide.  Several died from drowning or being crushed by stampeding pilgrims.

Yet the roads were back to “normal” by October.

See all high resolution photos from this day.

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If you might be interested in trekking Kuari yourself, start with our Kuari Trek information page. 🙂