Te Araroa packing list

Walking 3000 km (1865 miles) is quite an undertaking. To be safe I am taking a PLB on this hike, a first for me, but a personal locator beacon is just smart in case I run into trouble – or get lost. Navigation is going to be a challenge at times. After all, this trail is not as well tramped as many other long trails and there are a lot of maps… 141 […]

A word on customer service

Service | noun: an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.

Not all companies take this word for what it actually means, but some do! I would just like to highlight a few that really made my day recently…

OSPREY: I really like Osprey packs, and my Aura AG 65 is no exception. But by the time it had endured one jungle expedition to Costa Rica and a 500 km through-hike in Lapland it creaked and […]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Hiking blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Costa Rica packing list

Time is flying by at light speed and the departure date for Costa Rica is fast approaching (November 28). This means it is time to start firming up a reasonable packing list. Normally I am quite spontaneous, but for a trip like this I prefer to be organized down to the smallest detail rather than winging it the night before. Perhaps a bit overkill, but it helps me sleep better at night so it is worth […]

By | October 20th, 2015|Categories: Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

Preparations for an orchid rainforest expedition

Hiking the mountain rainforests of Costa Rica is going to be a lot of fun! But it is going to be a whole lot more fun with the proper gear and with the right preparations, and sitting in front of the computer for the past few decades does not qualify. So here we go!

I have had a lot of fun this summer gearing up and getting into shape. The looming departure date on November 28 has […]

By | October 7th, 2015|Categories: Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments
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