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
Finding well-fitting boots is crucial for the success of one's hike. No one wants to cut short an adventure because of blisters and discomfort.
In January I bought KEEN Targhee III boots for my Portugal hiking trip in February. I'd read multiple positive reviews and was happy with the budget-friendly price tag. Over the past fifteen years or so, I've had at least a dozen different KEEN shoes and sandals. I like the toe protection and wide toe boxes, and I think they look cute. At the moment I have three different pairs of shoes from KEEN - two pairs of sandals and one hiking shoe. There is rarely anything negative I have to say about KEEN products, so this might the first.Read More
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.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
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:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More