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Machu Picchu via Salkantay

Finally got around to doing a hiking trip that has been on my TODO list for awhile now. At the beginning of May, I flew to Cuzco, Peru for a hiking trip to Machu Picchu . I chose to do the trip via a 4 day/4 night backpacking trip on the Salkantay route (which is the 2nd most popular route) instead of doing the trip via the iconic Inca Trail. The Salkantay trek was more to my liking because: it is more of a traditional hike (less of an exercise in climbing stairs), was easier to book, would have less people on the route, and the Salkantay trek is known for its great scenery.

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Big Pine Lakes

Hiking trip to the Big Pine Lakes area in the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, south of Mammoth Lakes area. We camped out over night near the lake loop trailhead for Palisade Glacier in order to get an early start the next day. Next day started around 5am, hiking with our headlamps. Definitely felt the altitude as the hike started near 8000 ft. At the higher elevations there was more snow and ice which made the trail somewhat treacherous near the top. Close to 20 miles round trip distance and close to 3800 feet of elevation gained, long day of hiking but very rewarding experience especially seeing some nice autumn foliage in color.

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Crater Lake

Labor Day weekend hiking trip to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Not much in lodging was available so I used the town of Klamath Falls as a base of operations. A cold front moved in a couple of days before I arrived and temperatures dropped to freezing at night. It even snowed a little. On the plus side the frost killed most of the mosquitoes. An excellent trip in a very beautiful area.

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Cascades

Hiking trip in Washington state in the Northern and Central Cascade range. An excellent trip in a very beautiful area. The major parks visited included: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest North Cascades National Park Mount Rainier National Park Based on my experiences this trip, Baker and North Cascades were definitely the more rugged of the parks in terms of general trail conditions and also experienced some long rough commutes to the various trailheads.

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Dolomiti

Over the 4th of July holiday, I took a week long hiking trip in northeastern Italy in the Dolomites mountain range.  I flew into Venice and took a bus to my general base of operations which was in the scenic small mountain town of Cortina d'Ampezzo.  Last week of...

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Zion Memorial Day Weekend Hiking Trip

Over Memorial Day weekend, I did a short hiking trip to Zion National Park with a friend from Delaware.  We flew into Las Vegas and then drove out to the park in Southern Utah. Very beautiful park, the weather for the most part was great for hiking. One personal goal...

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A Grand Traverse

Over Thanksgiving week, I did a hiking trip to New Zealand on the South Island called the "Grand Traverse".  About a 13 hour flight from SFO to Auckland and then another couple of hours to fly into Queenstown. The Grand Traverse comprises hiking through parts of Mount...

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Smoky Mountains

Did a long weekend hiking trip with a friend of mine from Delaware to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  October is a nice month to visit because of the weather and Fall foliage but it is very busy time in general in the park. Flew into Knoxsville, TN and drove out...

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BC Kootenays

Had an amazing time checking out the Kootenays of British Columbia. A unique area that is truly off the beaten path. Many of the hikes we did were known only to locals and all of them had long access via 4wd roads. The lakes in the area are large and abundant, very...

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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Flew into the capital of Ecuador, Quito, which is at an elevation of over 9000 ft. First part of the trip began with hiking just outside of Quito in Cotopaxi National Park, hiking the glacier volcano.  This hike sets a new personal best for me in terms of highest...

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