Hiking blog

#REBOOTATFORTY — my journey of discovery is currently taking me on a 3000 km thru-hike in New Zealand. I will rarely blog from a hike live since having my head stuck in a screen while out would somewhat defeat the purpose, but I will usually summarize upon returning to civilization and stream updates and select photos on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) live instead—when and if there is access to wifi.

Posts from longer hikes in chronological order by category:

Day 6-8: Las Alturas and Cerro Echandi

Costa Rica travel diary This was the big climb, the crescendo, what I had been preparing for all summer… the hike up Cerro Echandi. The morning brought a lot of anticipation and preparations as we were getting ready to leave for the long hike and two nights of sleeping out. Very exciting but also a little daunting considering how much more we had to carry along for the duration. We are all carrying sizable backpacks [...]

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Day 4-5: Las Alturas and Cerro Chai

Costa Rica travel diary A not too long but fairly bumpy journey by bus landed us at the research station of Las Alturas at an elevation of 1528 meters. It is a wonderfully rustic place with only a diesel generator for power and running cold water only. The reserve sits on a hillside overlooking sprawling coffee plantations but with primary forests at its doorstep further up the mountain. It is located on the very edge of [...]

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Day 3: Exploring El Copal

Costa Rica travel diary Morning fog around El Copal made it seem as if the large wrap-around porch was floating in the canopy of the trees surrounding it. Quite magical! Most of us got up early, 5:30 to be exact, to watch the sunrise and do some bird watching from the porch before breakfast. Actually it was a hawk who woke me up, very strange call, sound more like an owl, but a nice alarm none the less. [...]

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Day 2: El Copal

Costa Rica travel diary We had a really nice minibus with a quite interesting driver to our disposal for the duration. I think he did not quite know what to make of us all at first, but by the end I think we had won him over. Along the way we also met up with our two fantastic local guides, Daniel and Eugenio. Our first day was a long drive over to the Caribbean side and the beautiful [...]

By | November 29th, 2015|A day in the life of..., Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog, Orchid blog|0 Comments

Day 1: travel day

Costa Rica travel diary The alarm went off at 3:45 (!)... nothing like three hours of restless sleep to make you feel refreshed and ready to take in the day. Nova seemed a bit confused that I actually woke her up for a change, but she was game. I will miss the little bugger. Mom dropped me off at the airport in Gothenburg at 5:30 and I was airborne an hour later. Smooth start. The [...]

By | November 28th, 2015|A day in the life of..., Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog, Orchid blog|0 Comments

Day -1: packing day

Costa Rica travel diary No matter how many months of preparations and planning, packing still took most of the day. Carefully squeezing every thing I might possibly need for my three week adventure into my two backpacks. Yes two… one smaller, though still quite sizeable daypack of 35 liters, and one larger 65 liter pack needed for all the camping gear on the multi-day hike. I had been fretting over the meticulously detailed packing list a bit as I found [...]

By | November 27th, 2015|Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog|0 Comments
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