Author: Gordon Alexander

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12 Best Ultralight Backpacking Packs of 2020

Every serious hiker, I am sure, can think of that time when they went on a multi-day hiking adventure and just took too much stuff. It happens to the best of us. So, you could be here because you want to buy the best ultralight backpack in the world, or […]

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Top 20 Best Day Hikes in the World

Best day hikes in the world? I cannot really think of anything harder than narrowing this list down to just twenty. In fact, I probably deserve some kind of a medal. For your reading pleasure I have combed every single continent on Earth, all of which are represented below with […]

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Santa Cruz Trek in 4 Days – Trip Report and Guide

The Cordillera Blanca, or ‘white mountains’ in English, are one of the most naturally astonishing mountain ranges on Earth, and an absolute masterpiece as far as serious hikers are concerned. This gorgeous 120-mile off-shoot of the Andes mountains in northern Peru is home to Huascaran, the 22,205-foot giant and the […]

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How To Summit Jebel El-Kelaa in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Have you heard about that Blue City, hidden by the Rif Mountains in the north of Morocco? That place with the seemingly-difficult-to-pronounce name of Chefchaouen (but is actually so much fun to say, and just rolls off the tongue – think a cooking chef, the Shah of Iran and when, […]

15 Top-Rated Day Hikes in Scotland

A tingle of excitement gripped my spine when I was asked to write this post, followed almost as quickly by a sense of dread. How on Earth, when dealing with a country as naturally-blessed as Scotland, do you narrow the list down to just 15? Just.. ummm.. how? There are […]

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Zamberlan 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR Hiking Boots Review

From Italy comes the Zamberlan 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR, an incredibly tough, heavyweight backpacking boot, ideal for the roughest trails or backcountry conditions. Comprised of handmade full-grain Tuscan leather, the Vioz Lux is ideal for multi-day trips under the heaviest loads. It is an upgrade on Zamberlan’s best selling […]

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Tongariro Crossing: One of the Best Day Hikes On Earth?

It does not matter which ‘Best Day-Hikes on the Planet’ list you consult, it will usually feature New Zealand’s other-worldly Tongariro Alpine Crossing at some point or other. And for good reason, as I have just discovered. With three active volcanoes, steaming vents, blue and emerald lakes with shimmering reflections […]