Backpacking

Stunning New Documentary “Why (Do I Hike)” is a Love Letter to Thru-Hiking

roatian filmmaker and thru-hiker Nikola “Tesla” Horvat has released a stunning new documentary from the Colorado Trail entitled “Why (Do I Hike).” The award-winning 23-minute film pairs magnificent footage of the Colorado Rockies with thoughtful narration to capture the thru-hiking zeitgeist. Why (Do I Hike) has already won the grand prize or been named a finalist in numerous film festivals.

Why (Do I Hike)
Horvat filmed the documentary during his 2019 Colorado Trail thru-hike. It features interviews with fellow hikers and trail angels he met along the way. ...

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Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout Tent Review (1P)

The Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout (SMD Scout) is a 40 ounce, one-person, trekking pole-supported tent that retails for $145 (that’s not a typo). It is a great option for scouts (hence the name), kids who are ready for their own tent, and anyone who wants a little extra durability, as well as people who …

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Willingdon Creek Trail, Powell River B.C.

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles. If you ever get to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, there are two unique attractions in Powell River you might easily miss: Powell River Giant Hulks breakwater Willingdon Beach Trail First, Willingdon. Though it’s an easy, flat 1.2km stroll one way, I still rank Willingdon one of …

Great Strides: Eddie Pu Walked Around Maui Barefoot Every Year for Three Decades

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film.
In 1976, at age 46, a native-born Hawaiian named Eddie Pu had a dream in which his great-grandmother told him to walk from his home in Hana all the way around the island of Maui, as a pilgrimage to preserve the ancient, sacred lands of Hawaii, or Aina.
“Why, when I have a car to drive me?” Pu recalled at a ceremony in his honor in 2006. ...

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Great Ideas for Visiting Walloon Brabant Safely

Although Belgium is not so big, it still offers all kinds of different activities.

One small region is particularly worth a visit: Walloon Brabant!

Whatever the season, there is always a good reason to get some fresh air and go to discover less known places.

 

Here are some ideas that will delight young and old... and can be done safely!

Get away in nature

The unmissable Villers-la-Ville Abbey

Set in the heart of nature, Villers-la-Ville Abbey is an incredible and extremely peaceful place! Travel back to the time of the monks and explore the ruins to discover the secrets of their daily life with the interactive tablet. Walk around the five gardens and admire their wonderful compositions in very different styles. Guaranteed tranquillity!

 

The huge Solvay Regional Estate

Take a trip to the wonderful Solvay Regional Estate in La Hulpe. It will captivate you with its enchanting appeal and panoramic views to take your breath away. Walk to your heart’s content around the woodland and estate... Admire the château that stands at the top of the hill and take in the beautiful French-style gardens.

 

Admire the art

The magical Folon Foundation

In the grounds of the stunning Solvay Regional Estate is a little gem that is well worth a visit. The Folon Foundation opens its doors so you can admire the impressive work of a Belgian artist of multiple and varied talents, all with a touch of magic.

 

Louvain-la-Neuve: quite an art

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium’s youngest town, takes you on a journey… Enter the doors of the excellent Hergé Museum and meet Tintin and Snowy as well as many other characters created by this Belgian artist. Wander through the streets of the town and admire all the graffiti in many styles, with bright colours and countless stories. Louvain-la-Neuve will show you art in all its forms.

 

Enjoy local specialities

Walloon Brabant has no shortage of producers to get your mouth watering. The chocolate makers offer sweet treats with proven success. The numerous breweries will awaken your taste buds with their craft beers! Including the famous Gheuzerie in Rebecq which is unique in Wallonia. But the specialities of Walloon Brabant also include sweet and savoury tarts, vineyards and many other farming products that must be tried!

 

Feel the excitement

Do you love excitement, climbing and challenges? Then the Adventure Park in Wavre is for you! This park, in the middle of a wood, promises an exciting day of adventures! Fasten your harness and move from tree to tree as you follow different trails at height! Whiz along one of the zip lines, cross the suspended bridges and, if you are feeling brave enough, try the freefall or even a bungee jump for maximum adrenaline!

 

Practice your swing

Ideal for fans of golf, Walloon Brabant is the Belgian province with the most courses. So if you love a round of golf, head to one of the 10 courses for an enjoyable game in the heart of nature!

For something slightly different, have a go at disc golf in Louvain-la-Neuve... An unusual activity that promises a fun time!

 

Walloon Brabant certainly has some surprises in store for you!

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Dyneema Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

You don’t have to be an ultralight backpacker to appreciate how much Dyneema has revolutionized backpacking gear, halving the weight of many items, and making backpacking much more pleasurable in the process.  In addition to being lightweight, Dyneema is quite strong and waterproof, making it an excellent material for fabricating tents, stuff sacks, backpacks, and …

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Hiking Skookumchuck Narrows, B.C.

Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park is a little known highlight of the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. It was established on August 25, 1957 to protect the Sechelt Rapids located in the Skookumchuck Narrows between Sechelt Inlet and Jervis Inlet. Famous with the surf kayak crowd. However, these waters are dangerous. People have drowned. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Hikers enjoy an old-growth rainforest hiking …

Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim: Backpacking Guide to the Best of the Grand Canyon

n 2018, the Grand Canyon slapped me upside the head. I was attempting a Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim hike in two days, in freezing weather, without a sleeping pad, but I was detrimentally optimistic. After my coldest night ever, I crawled back up to the South Rim without finishing the entire route. Though I was sore for days, this magical place stole a forever spot on my shortlist. This September I returned and finished Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim in two days. Day one totaled 27 miles with 6,000 ft of elevation gain and 10,000 ft of descent, ...

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I love Autumn hiking

Chill in the air. Sun low in the sky. Autumn colours. September & October are my favourite months for hiking Vancouver Island. This video is composed entirely of still images. Transitions turn it from a normal (boring) slideshow to something more entertaining. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

10 Most Durable Lightweight Backpacks of 2020

The growing use of Dyneema Composite Fabrics, Woven Dyneema, XPac, and LiteSkin has ushered in a new era of durable lightweight, sub-3-pound backpacks that can withstand the abuse of multiple thru-hikes, bushwhacking, canyoneering, and winter hiking and still come back for more. While you will pay a premium for a backpack that is both lightweight …

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