Books for Hikers and Backpackers (2021 Edition)

Updated and expanded since the last edition in 2019, “Books for Hikers and Backpackers” now includes more than 70 works separated into eight categories: 1. Educational; 2. Guidebooks; 3. Humour; 4. Inspirational; 5. Literature; 6. Memoirs; 7. Philosophy, and; 8. Read More …

A Long Absence and a Return to Alaska

It’s been almost a year since I last posted on The Hiking Life. Even by my sporadic publishing standards that’s a long time between drinks. Indeed, it’s gotten to the point where I’m regularly receiving messages from readers asking if Read More …

Wanderlust USA: The Great American Hike

The end of 2019 saw the release of Wanderlust USA, my third book with gestalten publications. In a nutshell, it’s a 320-page coffee table book that features 30 terrific hikes from around the United States. Among the eclectic collection are Read More …

Books for Hikers and Backpackers (2019 Edition)

This year’s book list has been revised and significantly expanded, and to make things easier on the sorting front, I’ve divided the works into eight different categories: Educational, Guidebooks, Humour, Inspirational, Literature, Memoirs, Philosophy and Ultralight. All of the more Read More …

The Hidden Tracks: Wanderlust off the Beaten Path

Yesterday marked the US release* of my second book with Gestalten Publications, “The Hidden Tracks: Wanderlust off the Beaten Path.” In a nutshell, it’s a 272 page coffee table book that features 29 terrific hikes from around the world. Some of Read More …

Books, Bothies and the Northern Lights

Let me begin this long overdue post with an apology to my readers. I just arrived home after six weeks of hiking around the Scottish Highlands and Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Before departing I had planned to put up a quick Read More …

Dusky Track

The Dusky Track is one of New Zealand’s toughest hikes. Measuring approximately 84 km (52 mi) from beginning to end, it crosses two mountain ranges, three valley systems, and includes some of the wettest, muddiest and buggiest conditions you are Read More …

Books for Hikers and Backpackers (Revised & Updated)

All of the works listed below have a place in my library at home. They represent a mixture of educational and philosophical texts; with a sprinkling of humour, poetry and social commentary thrown into the literary mix. The books are Read More …

Sentiero Azzurro | Cinque Terre, Italy

The Sentiero Azzurro (“Blue Path”) may be the world’s longest short walk. Measuring only 11.3 km in length, this classic pathway along the Cinque Terre coast can take anywhere between three hours and three days to complete. The reasons for Read More …

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is commonly referred to as “New Zealand’s best day hike.” That’s a big call, considering the country has countless beautiful trails in a diverse range of landscapes, ranging from lush rainforests to snow-capped mountains to golden Read More …

Hiking Mount Sinai

According to the Old Testament, the summit of Mount Sinai (2285 m / 7,457 ft) is the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. Considered sacred by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, over the centuries the holy mountain Read More …

Olkhon Island Trek | Siberia, Russia

Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest, and most voluminous lake in the world. Situated in the heart of Siberia, it contains a mind-boggling 22–23% of the planet’s freshwater—more than all five of North America’s Great Lakes combined. It is said Read More …

Slim’s River West Trail

Located in the remote Yukon Territory, Kluane National Park and Preserve is home to Canada’s highest mountain (Mount Logan – 5,959 m [ / 19, 5450 ft]), one of North America’s densest concentration of grizzly bears, and the largest non-polar Read More …