Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm

Cam Honan:

I recently returned from a two month hiking trip to Peru and Bolivia.

Due to the subfreezing conditions I was going to encounter, before setting out I decided to leave behind my beloved Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite, and opt instead for its thicker and warmer cousin, the Thermarest NeoAir XTherm.

It turned out to be a good decision. …

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Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad


10 beautiful hikes

The Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike Trail
The Kalalau Hike in Hawaii
The Laugavegur Trail, Iceland Hike
Tour du Mont Blanc Hike
Mount Rinjani Volcano Hike Eruption
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike *
The Wadi Numeira Siq Trail, Petra, Jordan Hike
The Three Capes Track, Tasmania Hike Australia
The Yosemite Half Dome Hike
The Zion Angels Landing Trail Hike

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* Whenever I see Inca Trail on a list, I suspect the author is not a serious hiker. It’s famous for being famous, but there are many better ways to hike to Machu Picchu.

Spiraling Treetop Walkway In Denmark

The centerpiece of the construction is set to be a winding observation tower, topping out at about 150 feet (45 metres). The hourglass-like construction should rise in a luscious preserved forest an hour south of Copenhagen, in Glisselfeld Kloster, Haslev. It consists of a 2000 ft. (600m) internal ramp, which will take visitors from the forest floor, through the treetops culminating with a 360° view of the hilly landscape, characteristic for the region. …

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Tips for Women Hiking

Jennifer Saito posted a super comprehensive summary of hiking advice for the ladies

The Bruce – Wiarton to Tobermory 2018

by site editor Rick McCharles

I spent a week hiking some of the best sections of the 890 km (550 mi) Bruce Trail in Ontario. I called it research.

Wiarton to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula is the best week long section, I reckon. That’s 165.7 km / 8-9 days averaging 16-20 km per day. Additional time is needed for recommended side trips.

I like the cliff top views over farmland and Georgian Bay.

September / early October looks to be the best time as mosquitoes have almost disappeared and accommodation is less booked up.

I’m planning to hike this section September 2018.

details – Wiarton to Tobermory

Best of the Bruce – Rattlesnake Point to Crawford Lake

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

This is the last of my hikes on The Bruce for 2017. I’m planning to return in 2018 to hike  the Bruce Trail Peninsula section, a maximum of 8-9 days averaging 16-20 km per day.

A trail runner friend had recommended the Halton Region area close to Toronto.

I parked at Rattlesnake Point, one of best and most popular destinations on the Bruce.

People come on a nice day to enjoy views from atop the Niagara Escarpment.

It’s popular with rock climbers though I saw none the day I was there.

The trails are well signed. Some would argue there are too many signs.

Still … this sign maker managed to bungle Buffalo Crag.

Rattlesnake is on the Milton Outlier, a section of the Niagara Escarpment that has eroded away from the rest.

I took the Nassagaweya Canyon trail down and then back up to the Escarpment on the other side. I did this hike as a trail run. Boardwalk in the canyon much appreciated.

Arriving at the Crawford Lake Visitors Centre first I was immediately attacked to the Iroquoian village longhouses.

Circa the 13th – 17th centuries over 10,000 artefacts have been recovered from this location.

Artist Robbin Wenzoski has some impressive chain saw sculpture on the lake trail.

Crawford Lake

From here I decided spontaneously to make up a lollypop loop heading back towards Rattlesnake on Woodland and Escarpment trails.

More great views this time from the other side of Nassagaweya Canyon.

By connecting trails it’s to decide how far to hike based on the weather and how you feel. I did about 20kms altogether in a half day.

By the way, you’ll only find harmless garter snakes here. There are no Rattlers.

See my photos on Flickr.


• Bruce Trail app | Bruce Trail Reference Guide – 29th Ed