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
Tune in to the next section of my hiking adventure on the Via Algarviana trail in Portugal: from Barranco do Velho, through Salir, Benafim, Alte and a rest day in Messines to Silves.
I left Barranco do Velho not only with a refreshed body but most importantly - with a much lighter soul and happier mind. When I went down for breakfast that morning, the manager told me that the puppy was gone. I didn't understand well if it was the owner who picked him up or if someone else took him home, but the most important thing was, that the dog was safe and not with me.Read More
I don't want to scare you off camping, quite the opposite! But I want to make sure your camping experience is fun and safe so you may want to do it more often. I collected 25 most common mistakes that could make your camping trip into an unpleasant experience or even a severe endangering of human life.
You might wonder if I actually did any of them. Well, duh! I took the wrong gear (too thin sleeping big), too much gear or useless stuff “just in case” more than once.
Learn from mine and other campers’ mistakes and make sure you are not guilty of any of them!Read More
A lot of women who would like to go hiking, don’t do it because of fear. Sometimes it’s even hard to identify what exactly it is that scares them off - it’s just the generalized fear of Nature, hiking or camping solo or the unknown.
There is this anecdote asking how can a person lift a huge rock? The answer is: by breaking it into much smaller pieces and lifting each one separately, step by step. Same is with fear: when it’s unidentified, generalized fear of an idea, it’s hard to do anything about it, it’s paralyzing. But when you are able to name the particular source of anxiety, there is a chance we can work around it or with 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
I spent some three weeks on Crete this winter. I am pretty sure I'd seen a few times more goats and sheep than humans. There were many days that the only companions I had were goats - no humans anywhere. I absolutely loved it.
When I came back home and went through my photos I've realized I had so many pics of goats and sheep, I just had to make a post dedicated just those adorable creatures. The fabulous landscape was the perfect background for our lovely models.Read More
Why would I want to camp alone, somewhere in the wild?
I love hiking solo and I love camping by myself. Sometimes it might seem not that much of a fun, with all this extra gear to carry or when the weather is not perfect...
But I love it.
I feel proud when my tent is up, I cherish the moments I am nestled in my sleeping bag and read by the light of my headlamp. I love the instant I open the zippers in the morning and smell the fresh dew-filled air.
Wild camping brings me a sense of accomplishment, adventure and strengthens my self-confidence.
I hope I can inspire you to make the big step in your hiking career and go camping by yourself. It would be quite understandable if you had some anxiety around the issue.
What to bring? What kind of shelter should I buy or borrow? How to make a camp? Will I die?
Don’t worry! I will try to ease the anxiety with some helpful tips.Read More