The best multi-day Kiwi hike, we feel, is not the Milford Track, rather a circuit around an active volcano called Ngauruhoe. You know it as Mt. Doom in the film The Lord of the Rings.
On this 3-4 day trek you can scramble 2 volcanoes. Walk the only desert in the country. Wash-up in pristine waterfalls. And marvel in how life survives in a bleak, tortured volcanic landscape.
The best trip report is posted by David Briese. He calls this the Land of Mordor.
Ngauruhoe – David Briese
Details on besthike.com
The best day hike in the world, we reckon.
Especially if you have never hiked around active volcanos. It’s fascinating.
You can warm yourself at steaming vents, scree down volcanic scoria, marvel at aquamarine water filled explosion holes, tramp craters & puzzle at bizarre volcanic formations.
Wait for good weather before setting out. Wind & low cloud sometimes make this hike a miserable slog in the fog.
Details on besthike.com
I love the MSR Hubba (maximum) 3.5lbs (1.6kg).
But the recent record holder for lightest commercial 2-skin tent is the Terra Nova Laserlite (maximum) 2.75lbs (1.25kg).
How much lighter can they go? Silicon-injected nylon is very, very lightweight.
Product details â€” terra-nova.co.uk tents
By now you have probably seen photos of Pro Skateboarder Danny Way jumping the Great Wall of China.
But recently I saw video of the crash where he hurt his ankle on YouTube.
The quality is poor as it often is from YouTube.
Way has posted good video of 5 separate jumps on DannyWay.com
It’s well worth watching the whole story from Way’s point of view. Fast computer and high speed internet needed.
Often called the finest landscape photographer from Scotland, Prior has captured some fantastic scenes.
colinprior.co.uk home page
The shortest hike deemed worthy to be listed on besthike.com is Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, one of the best hiking destinations in the world.
When I climbed to the Landing I felt it should be restricted to experienced mountaineers! And angels.
This is one vertical and hairy ascent. It’s almost as steep as Half Dome in Yosemite in places. But what a view from the top.
Details: Angel’s Landing on BestHike.com
National Geographic Top 100 Adventures in America
Zion Narrows was number 5 on the National Geographic list in 2000. It’s an awesome hike, thigh deep in places.
16mi (25.8km) winding through one of the most spectacular slot canyons anywhere. There is a long section where there is no escape from flash flood.
Details: Zion Narrows on BestHike.com
I just uploaded my collected highlight travel photos which have migrated through various locations over the years.
In Flickr I can easily add and edit. Others can easily find and comment.
(Rick McCharles is the editor of this blog.)
See all the photos on Flickr.
photo – George Novak
If I could be transported to one hike, right now, it would be Paria Canyon. (5 days, 4 nights, 37.5mi (60.4km) plus sidetrips)
These are the longest, best slot canyons in the world. Many hikers have drowned between steep cliff walls in surprise flash floods. Careful planning is necessary to get your hands on a much-coveted hiking permit.
The ultimate challenging route includes Wire Pass Trailhead, Buckskin Gulch and through Paria to Lee’s Ferry, Arizona. The Wave is a must sidetrip.
See Besthike Paria Canyon for details
The Wave, Arizona.
Rave for the Hubba tent. Why carry a bivy?
This coffin-sized, 1-person sanctuary weighs (maximum) 3.5lbs (1.6kg) and yet is fully functioning protection. I wouldn’t trade it for a bivy or tarp.
Product details on the MSR Hubba at MEC.ca