Many Annapurna Circuit Hikers Trek in India First

“It’s all about acclimatization,” trekker after trekker advised me in the run-up to my trek on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Indeed, they were correct. The Annapurna Circuit reaches 17,768 feet at Thorung La Pass. Except for the summit day, in which trekkers begin their ascent at 4 a.m. at 15,600 feet and climb almost 3,200 feet by early morning (to avoid the harsh late morning winds), the trek is not particularly difficult....

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The Triple Crown of American Hiking

http://blogs.newzealand.usembassy.gov/ambassador/2013/12/exploring-the-triple-crown-of-american-long-distance-trekking/ The United States Ambassador to New Zealand (where else would there be such knowledge!) wrote this article about the so-called ‘Triple Crown’ of American hiking. Veteran long-distance hikers will be aware that this is the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail, 2,663 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100 mile Continental Divide...

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Best Christmas Gift For Pacific Crest Trail Hikers–A Headnet!

If you had asked me in the desert what my most important piece of equipment in my backpack was, I would have told you the dorky, wide-brimmed hat I wore to protect myself from the blazing sun and stave off dehydration. However, way up in the ‘High Sierra’ portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), I would have had a surprising answer–a piece of equipment that did not weigh even one ounce and cost less than $20. My mosquito head...

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Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail Are For the Average Person. Honestly!

“Why do you want to try to do that?” friends asked in a mixture of curiousity and concern. “Well I read Bill Bryson’s book, A Walk in the Woods. It sounded like there were all kinds of people out there trying to hike the whole thing.” “Yeah, I read that. But he and his friend didn’t make it, did they.” “No, but I can try can’t I.” This was the type conversationĀ I repeatedly had...

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