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Dustin Walker

Dustin Walker is a journalist, travel copywriter and editor/owner of Slick and Twisted Trails. Follow him on Twitter @dustinjaywalker

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Cape Beale/Keeha Beach (Vancouver Island, Canada)

By Dustin Walker

DISTANCE (round-trip)10 mi (16km) DIFFICULTY TIME2 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOWest Coast Trail SOLITUDE Borderline Bushwhacking & Killer Coastal ViewsOn paper, these treks look a cinch. Keeha Beach is a measly three kilometres from the trailhead, while the trek to the Cape Beale Lighthouse is only six kilometres. But challenges soon pop up once you’re actually hiking […]

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Cape Scott Trail (Vancouver Island, Canada)

By Dustin Walker

DISTANCE (round-trip)43 km (27 mi) DIFFICULTY TIME3-4 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOWest Coast Trail SOLITUDE Wild, rugged and wet as hellIt’s wild. It’s technical. And it’s a helluva lot tougher than the West Coast Trail. This route gets just a fraction of the attention lavished on the WCT but has terrain that’s just as awesome.The trail winds through mammoth […]

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The Evolution Of Trekking Gear [infographic]

By Dustin Walker

It all started with leaky boots, clunky backpacks and tents not fit for your dog. It’s no wonder why few people ever went backpacking for fun prior to World War Two. Back then, trekking was done only out of necessity. Before the Main Hunting Shoe came along in 1912, hunters just put up with drenched […]

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Langtang Valley Trek: 1 Year After The Quake

By Dustin Walker

Dorjee handed me the glass and smiled. I tried my best to smile back. It was late afternoon in Briddim, a tiny village perched on a grassy Himalayan slope in Nepal’s Langtang Valley. And apparently, it was also time for a drink. My wife Shawneen and I had just started our 9-day trek through the […]

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The 3 best backpacking fishing rods

By Dustin Walker

BY JOHN PELTIER We’re all tempted by it, right? When we go hiking or backpacking we bring everything that will fit in our pack and we’re left carrying what feels like a sack of bricks. And often, it’s all the food that takes up extra weight. Especially if you’re going on a long, multi-day trek. So one […]

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3 Sweet Substitutes for the Packed Annapurna Circuit

By Dustin Walker

The Annapurna Circuit has been a mainstay on Top 10 trekking lists for years. The reasons are obvious. Hikers get to tread through alpine forests, thick jungle and the remarkable high altitude desert of the Tibetan plateau during this famous three-week trek. Buddhist culture, killer views –this is truly one of the most epic trails in […]

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The Coolest Camping Gadgets of 2014

By Dustin Walker

BY KELLY DUNNING Outdoor gear has come a long way in the last decade or so. And although bringing a cool camping gadget into the wilderness certainly isn’t essential, it can make your trip a lot easier and more enjoyable. Assuming you don’t buy junk, of course. So I’ve compiled a short list of 6 […]

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The Essential Guide to Backpacking with A Dog

By Dustin Walker

BY KELLY DUNNING For me, backpacking and dogs go together like wool socks and hiking boots: It just makes sense to put ‘em together. A dog makes an ideal hiking partner because they’re curious, full of energy and happy to follow you anywhere you want to go. And they love all the extra exercise they’re […]

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S&TT Roundup: The Latest On Killer Treks From Across The Globe

By Dustin Walker

There’s nothing quite like tackling a tough trek in the blistering heat. Sweat stings your eyes as you power up the inclines. Your feet burn and your throat feels charcoal-dry. But when you finally get to camp and drop that pack to the ground, there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing you didn’t let the heat beat you […]

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