Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek

Dhaulagiri peak is the seventh highest mountain in the world. At 8167m it is the highest mountain in the world that stands entirely in one country, that country being Nepal. The name is derived from Sanskrit and means white beautiful mountain. I have to admit it is a damn good looking mountain! Pouring down from the east side of the mountain is the incredible Dhaulagiri Icefall. In this post I describe our adventure to hike Dhaulagiri Icefall as…

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Visiting Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat View Point

Fairy Meadows is advertised as Pakistan’s most beautiful place. As the name suggests, it's a meadow and is nestled in the Pakistani Himalayas. With spectacular views of the Karakoram range in one direction and of Nanga Parbat in the other, it’s easy to see why it’s been given this accolade. In this post I describe our epic adventure to this beautiful place and what you can expect when visiting Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat View Point. Crazy Jeep…

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How to hike Rakaposhi Base Camp

Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram Range that stretches up to 7788m. Tucked away alongside the edge of the Minapin glacier is Rakaposhi Base camp. From this point mountaineers will make their bids for the summit. However, for the rest of us mere mortals, Rakaposhi Base Camp is the final destination for an amazing hike from the village of Minapin. In this post I will describe three ways that you can hike to Rakaposhi Base Camp. Looking…

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Exploring the Beara Peninsula – A wild experience

The Beara Peninsula is the hidden gem of south-west Ireland. With big competition from the Ring of Kerry and Dingle, this peninsula tends to get overlooked. It is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, a road network that travels along the coast roads of Western Ireland. I was so impressed with my visit there that I would recommend anyone travelling to Ireland to dedicate some time exploring the Beara Peninsula. View from our wild camp The Wild Camp…

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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

This has to be one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t give it any higher praise than that. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park now comes with hefty price tag, but if you’re willing to part with your hard earned cash you won’t be disappointed. Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park is located in North Western Rwanda. This protected area is home to 10 groups of mountain gorillas, all of varying sizes. Each gorilla…

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Helvellyn – The Best Lake District Hike

This year I’ve done some great hikes in far reaching places. In japan we hiked to the top of a volcano so we could snowboard back down and in Ethiopia we hiked in the Simien mountains with Gelada monkeys. However, the best hike of the year so far has to be a hike that was a lot closer to home. Just a (relatively) short drive up the road, Helvellyn has to be the best Lake District Hike. Ullswater…

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Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike

Have you ever thought about a Grand Canyon rim to rim hike? I’ll admit that for my first visit to the Grand Canyon that thought hadn’t crossed my mind. For my first visit I wanted to see the Grand Canyon in all it’s glory and I figured the best view was from the air. So in 2012, during my first visit to the Grand Canyon National Park I splashed the cash and did a helicopter ride. It was…

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What’s in my backpack? 14 essential items for a photography hike

When I head out for a hike I always take my trusty camera backpack, jam packed with everything I need to enjoy a good hike and capture the best moments along the way. When I'm travelling to a new destination certain items are taken out, others are put in and it doubles up as my carry on luggage. Perfect! Here is a complete list of my essential items for a photography hike. I'm not sponsored by any of…

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A guide to hiking Pen Y Fan – 3 routes up Southern Britain’s highest peak

Let me start by explaining how to pronounce it! If you’re not from Wales you’d be mistaken into thinking that it is pronounced pennyfan. But that’s one sure way to get a chuckle from the locals. Actually, you won’t go far wrong if you try pen-er-van. Right, now that’s sorted let’s talk about the hikes. At 886m Pen y Fan literally means the top peak and there are several routes that can take you to the top. It is…

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