All posts in "Trails less travelled"
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Why you should hike at night

By Dustin Walker

Everything’s different when you hike in the dark. Your ears perk up at every snapped twig or drop of rain; your eyes strain to focus on the smallest shed of distant light. It can be a hair-raising experience. And it can also be exhilarating. While everyone else is either tucked into bed or watching Leno […]

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New featured trek: A warm welcome in remote Laos

By Dustin Walker

Deep in the wilderness of northern Laos, far removed from the trappings of western society, intrepid hikers might stumble upon the remote village of Akha. But only if they know where to look. Travel writer Holly Cave endured the difficult trek to this unique community, where she discovered some universal truths about the human condition. Read her […]

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Little-known ways to find little-known hikes

By Dustin Walker

Tranquil forests, litter-free coastlines and desolate trails that have seen fewer hiking boots than a ballroom dance floor – this is outdoor adventure at its finest. If you’ve already tackled the big-name treks that lure swarms of eager travelers every year, consider searching for a lesser-known trail that hasn’t been stomped smooth yet. Less crowded hikes may […]

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New featured trek: Lost in the Land of 1,000 Lakes

By Dustin Walker

The locals speak of Ecuador’s Cajas National Park with a mixture of pride and trepidation, often warning about the lack of marked trails, eerie woodlands and wash of clouds that descend in the evenings. Travel writer Bani Amor explores the backwoods of this unique hiking destination. Read her article on Cajas National Park.

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The 5 strangest hikes in the world

By Dustin Walker

Want to shake up your hiking routine? Try a route with aliens or boiling pools of foul-smelling mud. The world is full of strange and mind-boggling places to hike through. From a conspiracy theorist’s dream camping spot to a network of paths that’s underwater half of the year, these odd treks highlight just how weird […]

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Snowshoeing isn’t always so gentle

By Dustin Walker

Snowshoeing is a mellow activity, right? The sort of thing you do with grandma and all the little tykes on Christmas Eve. Tell that to the guy who tumbled down three 10-metre cliffs near Vancouver, B.C., earlier this month. Afterwards, the battered snowshoer got up and staggered into the treacherous Tony Baker Gully – named after […]

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New featured trek: The Inca Trail less travelled

By Dustin Walker

The silence here is almost unnerving. Jagged mountain peaks toss shadows across crumbling stone houses, temples and mausoleums; terraces carve into the hillside, resembling rows of massive stairs. But perhaps what’s most striking about Peru’s Choquequirao archeological site is what travellers won’t find: other tourists. Read the full article on Peru’s Choquequirao Trail.  

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