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Hitting the Trails in Ylläs

Two years ago, my visit to Lapland in winter was magical. Everything about it was completely foreign to me, which made the trip that much more special. However, it could occasionally be limiting as well. My complete lack of experience with winter conditions meant that I didn’t trust myself to wander too far away from…

Conquering the Hazards and Mount Amos

Usually, if something is called a ‘Hazard,’ people have a natural instinct to stay away from it. Driving hazard? Nope. Health hazard? Nuh-uh. Workplace hazard? Get me out of here before I have to fill out the paperwork! Yet, when I heard about the Hazards Range at the entrance to Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s…

High Above Tamborine Mountain on the Skywalk

One of my favourite things about southeast Queensland — and one of the reasons I chose to study abroad here back in 2005 — is the sheer number of activities you can do in the region and how varied all of them are. Tamborine Mountain is one of my favourite examples of this. Surfer’s Paradise…

5 Life Lessons Learned From Hiking

I’ve been thinking a lot about hiking recently, mainly because I’m intent on putting together the best possible entry for Air New Zealand and the DOC’s ‘Great Walker’ competition. The prize? Doing the nine Great Walks of New Zealand in nine weeks while blogging about it. To me, this is pretty much the Holy Grail…

The Queen Charlotte Track: Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay

I woke up with a bang — literally. Groggy and feeling a bit stiff from the day before, I’d managed to turn off my alarm, which had been set to give me the perfect amount of time to get ready and get my pack out to the dock for the 9am bag pickup. When I…

The Queen Charlotte Track: Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge

The day of my departure for the Queen Charlotte Track brought with it anticipation and a touch of nerves. I was excited to start the first walk on a very tramping-heavy itinerary around the South Island, but at the same time, a little voice at the back of my head was wondering if I was…

Photo Essay: Queen Charlotte Sound’s Historic Ship Cove

The Queen Charlotte Track, which winds its way between Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds in Marlborough, starts its journey at Ship Cove (Meretoto). When I arrived there on a ferry from Picton, I knew that I had plenty of time before dusk (and no tent to set up at my first stop in the Endeavour…

Preparing for the Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is a very unique track that winds through the Marlborough Sounds in the north of New Zealand’s South Island. As I described in yesterday’s post answering the top questions about the track, it’s a track where you can walk in luxury while seeing some unforgettable scenery — scenery made all the…

The Queen Charlotte Track: 5 Questions Answered

The Queen Charlotte Track is a 71km walk that winds its way between the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. While 71km sounds quite daunting — especially for someone as out of shape as I was when I tackled the Queen Charlotte — this track is actually one of the more…

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