For year now, when I need an easy, no-fuss hike, I just walk out my door to a trailhead about 10-minutes away. The path immediately gets me into the deep forest above Horseshoe Bay. After 500 m of uphill grunting, there’s an intersection. I’ve always turned left. It’s like I’m on autopilot. Left is to Whyte Lake, a pretty, little lake that makes the perfect one hour, door-to-door outing—a reliable and predictable bit of fresh air and exercise. A few months ago, I bucked the routine and turned right.Continue reading
Posts Tagged With: hiking
Imagine a backcountry hiking trip with the comforts of a cushy air mattress, your own pillow, real food (not the dehydrated stuff), and maybe even a bottle of wine or two. Look no further than B.C.’s Cathedral Provincial Park, the Shangri-La of basecamp day hiking.
Located in B.C.’s North Cascades, the wilderness park boasts shimmering turquoise lakes, alpine meadows, jagged peaks, and stunning ridges. Its core hiking area is 16 km from a parking lot beyond which there is no private vehicle access. It’s all up hill too. So, how do you schlepp all your gear and those heavy bottles of wine? Continue reading
South Africa’s gorgeous Kosi Bay is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site that stretches 200 km along the Indian Ocean coastline. Kosi Bay is located in the remote northern reaches of the park near the Mozambique border. A great way to see the splendors of Kosi Bay’s deserted beaches, lakes, and coastal forests is via a guided, 3-day slackpacking hike—all meals are provided, and luggage is transported between lodges.
We had an awesome time on our hike with local guides Agripa and Enoch who expertly led us along beaches, a crazy network of footpaths, and a few shallow water crossings. The Kosi Bay Trail is not difficult, but it is also not well defined, nor is it signed. Without guides, we would have got hopelessly lost. Continue reading