From Ballyvourney to Kealkill - stunningly beautiful hiking trail in Cork, Ireland. This is the second part of hiking the Sli Gaeltacht Mhuscrai. You can find the first part - from Millstreet to Ballyvourney right here. By the time I arrived in Ballyvourney, I’ve already hiked the Avondhu (Blackwater) Way, so I had already eight days of hiking under my belt. My body needed a rest day, but there wasn’t really a good place for me to stop. I couldn’t afford to stay two nights in a hotel just to rest, and I also couldn’t stay two nights in one spot wild camping. I found this part of Cork lacking in campsites, so I just had to keep walking till the one in Eagle’s Point. A long walk but the stay in that beautiful area was well worth it!Read More
I find that in my hiking life I stay in the awkward space between the need and want to strip down my gear, go ultralight, fly lightweight through the mountains, and the inability to get rid of stuff.
It's been easier to exchange the bulkier and heavier items for ultralight (and ultraexpensive) equivalents. But to get entirely rid of some things seems impossible. Not only that, I am not even sure I want to.
I want to share with you what are the things I can't stop myself from packing, that are not necessities. I divided them into groups: practical non-necessities, comfort-enhancers, and pure luxuries. I would love to hear from you how you stand in the battle between going lightweight and wanting your comforts. Let me know below!Read More
Sli Gaeltacht Mhuscrai trail can be walked over 3-4 days by experienced hikers, I did it in five days. The official description says it's 50 km long, but according to my ViewRanger, it's more than 70 km. I will get into details of my take on this trail in a moment, but let me preamble it right here by saying it is a beautiful trail that I can highly recommend. It's filled with fantastic views, challenging walking, and is steeped in culture. There is really only one small downside to it - right at the very end, which I hope will be remedied soon, to make the trail genuinely excellent.Read More
Are you tired of wasting hours upon hours browsing through Outdoors stores? Not sure what gear is worth your money?
When you are just starting your Outdoors escapades, the process of outfitting your trips can be confusing and time-consuming. The choices of gear and active attire are overwhelming. However, don't worry - I'm here to help!
Based on my own experience and knowledge collected over the years, as well as reviews from experts in the field, I've created a grouping of all the hiking and camping gear and clothing you need to be safe and comfortable in the wild.Read More
I am pretty sure I don’t have to explain how important proper hydration is. Also, although we know now that there is no a set amount of water everyone has to drink during a day, it’s important to think ahead of time about the best way to carry, clean, and drink water on the trail.
Hiking Hydration: How much water do I need?
In the beginning, when you are not sure how much your body needs, think of providing about half a liter per hour of activity. If you hike on a scorching day or the hike is very demanding to you, you might need more. The amount of water one needs depends on many factors: the weather, altitude, your body type, how hard the hike is and how long you walk. If you head out on a hot day to climb steep rocks in high altitude - double the amount of water needed.
With time you start to get a good feeling of how much water you need. It’s always better to reach the hike’s end with some water left than risk dehydration.Read More
Over the past few years I’ve gathered quite the collection of hiking and camping gear. Some of it I left behind, some is set aside for another time and some is my go-to gear every time I hike and camp. I would love to share with you what is my core gear set-up, which I can recommend to you, too. Go ahead and click on links - they will take you to my reviews or other useful sites.
My Hiking & Camping Gear: the big three
Let’s start with the big three of hiking and camping: shelter, sleeping system, and a backpack. That’s the gear you want to invest in – they make or break your trip. I know it’s not easy when they tend to cost a lot but they provide you safety and comfort, and if cared well for – serve you for many years to come.Read More
After a day off in Voss, I was ready to embark on the second leg of my solo Norwegian adventure. I had to decide on the trail choice – I had about a week to reach Ortnevik by the Sognefjorden.
Initially I wanted to simply climb up from Voss toward Slettafjellet and continue on my way from Dale, near Bergen. But during my unending descent into the valley where Voss lay, I wasn’t exactly thrilled to do the climb up on the other side. I don’t mind some uphill walking – that’s what mountains are about.Read More
I continue my reporting on a fantastic hiking trip in the mountains of Norway. Not far from Bergen, this area is pretty easy to get to and provides mind-blowing views and challenging terrain.
Today, I will take you on a hike from the wild camp spot, down near the lake of Hamlagrøvatnet and then in the direction of Torfinnsheim mountain shelter and then through the magnificent rocky heights of Gråsida range and steep descent to Voss.Read More
Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or for no reason at all - it’s always great to find an inspiration for thoughtful gifts that will truly make someone happy. I am a hiker and a camper and I know that there is nothing better than to receive a gift that says, I know you are a hiking nerd and I love you for it!
Hiking gear is not cheap. This is why people who love hikers should not feel bad for giving quite practical gifts - it might sound unsexy or silly to give someone woolen socks or a pooping trowel but believe me, your adventurous lover, sister or mother will go crazy for it!Read More
I stopped my previous reporting in Høgabu – a lovely mountain shelter run by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). I met three families with kids there and two of them were heading the same direction as me, so we kept bumping into each other every now and then.
The morning started really chilly and gloomy. A few hours later there was hardly any sign of it – the skies cleared and the visibility became absolutely fantastic. I had a feeling I could see to the Earth’s corners and loved every minute walking this trail.Read More