I need to start this by telling you that, no, I have not done all the tracks in New Zealand, and no you will probably not find anyone else naming these same five hikes as their favorites - and that's okay. The other thing that I need to tell you is that I've actually done all of these hikes.
Planning for a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike can seem like an impossible and insurmountable task, especially if you've never done anything on this scale before. Trying to stuff your head full of plans, strategies, and information about the trail is, in all honesty, probably a waste of your time.
As far as countries of the world go, I would wager that Japan is one you think you might know something about (as opposed to say, Equatorial Guinea). However, if you have yet to visit Sunrise Land (and even if you have), then you may missing some of the finer details of what life in the country
Hiking in Japan can be a lot like hiking elsewhere in the world; except that sometimes it's not. My experience hiking in Japan has taught me a lot about the country and what can be expected when hitting the trail or climbing one of its many famous mountains. Some of what can be found hiking in
If you're thinking about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, then there's a pretty good chance that everyone in your life thinks they have some excellent advice to give you about thru-hiking (even if they've never set foot on a trail). Fortunately you know better than to listen to them, and instead
Having never been overnight backpacking before in my life, you would be correct in assuming that there was (and definitely still is) a lot about the outdoors and the Pacific Crest Trail that I understood little to none of. Fortunately, I had plenty of time to learn whilst out thru-hiking the
Since relocating to Japan, I have learned a lot about the country's customs, culture, and children (but mostly about konbinis). And since the children are our future, I think I have a pretty good grasp on the direction this place is heading (you can count on enjoy many soccer, much boy bands, and
Whether your opinion of Japan ends up being that you hate it or you love it, one thing can be said with near certainty: you will love konbinis (at the very least you will use them frequently). Convenience stores in Japan, or konbinis, have literally become so deeply integrated into Japanese
To take a break from narrating the day-to-day happenings of my Everest Base Camp trek, I have decided to share some of the things that I would recommend keeping in mind while trekking in the Himalaya (or probably countless other places as well). Despite everything I thought I knew prior to