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
In February I embarked on a three-week-long hike across Portugal. 300 km on the Via Algarviana trail took me through some remarkable landscapes and tested my body's abilities and mind's strength.
In this article, I invite you to read about the section from Marmelete, through the narrow streets of Barão de São João, all the way to the farthest point in Europe: the Lighthouse of Cabo de São Vicente.
The last days of my Via Algarviana adventure took me through some mighty rains, but also beautiful views. I left the big mountains behind me and could experience changing landscapes as I neared the Ocean.Read More
Ahead of me was the last leg of this year’s Norwegian adventure. After a couple days of hiking on lower altitudes, through bushes, trees and general greenery, I was again to reach higher peaks and be surrounded by awe-inspiring grey views.
After a longer break at the Solrenningen mountain shelter, I finally got myself going. I had quite the height to cover and there was no sense to stay down any longer.
The path was mostly fine – very steep at some points but generally providing nice climbing experience. Very soon I had views to admire and could see the shelter getting smaller and smaller. The trail marking was fine in the beginning but then I got confused at one moment. There was a river with beautiful waterfall and a kind of flat area with multiple possible paths.Read More
Going backpacking only when there is a wonderful weather can mean you will never go. It’s much better to assume there will be rainy days in your future and prepare accordingly. Especially, that hiking and camping when it rains can be really rewarding and magical.
When we talk about camping in the rain, one of the most important safety concern is hypothermia and the dangers of flash floods. Keeping some things dry is absolutely crucial not just for our comfort but survival. We have to make sure that after a rainy and cold day hiking we can change into dry clothes and go to sleep in a dry sleeping bag, in a dry tent.Read More
It’s pretty obvious that generally, hikers wish for a nice and clear weather. But it does not mean that if there is a rain in the forecast we should cancel our plans. Hiking (and camping!) in the rain may be fun and a chance to see the area in new light. There is also more chance to have the trail just to yourself as a number of potential hikers may change their plans.
Rain quite often comes with gloomy and moody clouds, creating a dramatic stage for your adventure. Of course, quite often it comes also with thick white fog and horizontally falling rains and hail... but that also can be quite breath-taking.Read More
For the past few seasons of hiking, Marmot PreCip jacket was my constant companion. Downpours over the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye drizzles along the West Highland Way, occasional rains in Catalonia or the I-can't-believe-it's-summer thing in Iceland. No matter what the weather threw at me - I was fine with my hot-pink Marmot.Read More
On the Quest to find my perfect female hiking boots: Salomon Quest 4D
To find the perfect female hiking boots is not easy. And it is also not a trivial matter: finding the right hiking boots is absolutely essential to ensure the success of your hike and injury-free return home.
The perfect hiking boot will perform well on sandy roads, slippery rocks and when crossing streams. It should fit your unique anatomical needs, be stable and supportive.Read More
Beyond the Trotternish Ridge
Hiking the southern part of the Skye Trail, from Sligachan to Broadford, takes you again trough magnificent landscapes of mountains, lochs, burns and moors.
My stormy and kind of scary at times solo adventure over the Trotternish Ridgedid not put me off hiking the Skye Trail.
As much as the Isle of Skye can be challenging, it is also immensely beautiful and it takes much more than a rough hike in heavy rain to scare me off ;-)Read More
It started all nice… the way all disaster stories do.
When I left the lovely Flodigarry hostel’s campsite in the morning on a gloomy August day I had no way of predicting that the next 48h would be the toughest of my whole stay in Scotland.
My plan was to hike as much as possible of the Skye Trail.
I didn’t have enough time for it because I chose to stay longer in Portree and see the Highland Games. But I hoped to do the whole Trotternish Ridge and then bits and pieces of the southern part of the trail.Read More