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Solo in Portugal on the Via Algarviana Trail: From Vaqueiros to Barranco do Velho

My solo hiking adventure on the Via Algarviana trail in Portugal continues! Here comes the second part: from Vaqueiros, through Cachopo and Feiteras all the way to Barranco do Velho. 55 km through stunning mountains and tiny villages, challenging trail with stunning landscapes, with added problem of a … dog who wanted to take a long hike.

I woke up to a very cloudy and chilly day in Vaqueiros. I had my breakfast waiting in the restaurant down the street, so I packed almost wholly and walked to see what they had for me.

The day before I explained my diet issues and showed a card in Portuguese on a gluten-free diet. It's not very popular around here, and I am happy I had that card.

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Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway: Vending to Voss near Bergen

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.

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Pros and Cons of Hiking Solo

What does it really mean that you are alone? 

Before you head off to your first solo adventure, it's worth going through some pros and cons. I love hiking solo and am a big supporter of the idea. But it's best to be prepared and know what you are getting yourself into. Below are various possible cons and pros - they don't work that way for all but read them all to see if hiking solo is for you!

In the typical case of "good and bad news" I start with the cons:

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How to Minimize Hiking Hazards: Avoid Accidents, Injuries, and Getting Lost

Over the past weeks, every day I saw reports about mountain rescue teams saving hikers from dangerous spots. In some cases, there was just some seriously bad luck to be blamed – but in the majority of them, the situation could have been well avoided if only the victims were better prepared.

The common thing that repeated throughout the rescue team’s comments was a lack of proper preparation on the side of the walkers. They were not prepared for the weather conditions, didn’t have a map, no necessary gear (like a compass, crampons, warmer layers, headlamp etc.) or underestimated the trail's difficulty.

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How Trekking Poles Will Turn You Into a 4x4 Hiking Machine!

I must admit that I wasn’t sure if I should buy trekking poles the first time I was creating my hiking gear set.

I read a variety of articles describing the benefits of walking with poles as well as those claiming trekking poles are at best useless, and at worst dangerous. This was another piece of gear to buy and I was considering “saving” on it.

Boy, was I glad I didn’t try to improve my budget by skimping on trekking poles!

I still consider them one of the most important purchases and pieces of gear. They shine in particular for someone like me – a hiking amateur with a heavy backpack. But I also have seen many experienced hikers singing their praises.

So, what made me into such a fan? Let's take a closer look at the many benefits of hiking with trekking poles.

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