One of the goals I've set for myself on Halfway Anywhere is to provide useful and practical information to those of you looking to get out and explore all the awesomeness in the world.
This idea was sparked by my frustration with the lack of English-language information on hiking in the Japanese Alps. As a result, I went out and found out the information firsthand and created my Japan Hikes page. I've since done the same thing with hikes in Brazil, and hope to do the same with Tasmania, New Zealand, Nepal, and wherever else I manage to get to as well.
As much as I would like to say that my detailed write-ups contain all the information someone would ever need before feeling comfortable with setting out on one of these hikes, sometimes words and photos can only go so far in providing an accurate representation of what things are like out on the trail (you can't hear the tears in photos).
My new idea? Make short videos of all the trails I hike (particularly the ones with very little existing information) to give you an idea of what you can expect. Good idea? I hope so because I don't have many others.
The first of what will (hopefully) be many videos shows Dore Pass Route in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island. This trail takes hikers from Milford Road, over Dore Pass, and down to Glade House at the start of (southern end of) the Milford Track. It's an excellent alternative to paying something like $150 NZ for a water taxi from Te Anau Downs to the start of the track.
Am happy to hear what you think of this idea and what you would like to see in future trail videos! Leave a comment and let me know.