Ice Lake Basin Trail Guide

We had been hiking for hours through a thunderstorm as well as the rain and hail that came with it. We were soaked to the bone and glad the lighting had never shown. The trail was a deceptively difficult 3.5 miles with 2,500′ of elevation gain, but we had finally arrived at our destination. The Ice…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 3

If you are just joining us on this journey to hike Jiankou to Mutianyu, you can catch up on either of the previous two posts here: Jiankou Part 1 or Jiankou Part 2. Skipping the Potential Death of Day 2—Jiankou to Mutianyu: So if at the end of Part 2 you were thinking to yourself,…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 2

Today we continue our Jiankou adventure along The Great Wall. If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up. Day 2: From Xizhazi Village to Zhengbeilou Tower… the hard way. We awoke early the next morning about an hour before the sun rose and made our way up to the Wall, near what is labeled…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 1

Another title for this post could be, “That time we asked each other if we were going to survive this.” My wife and I have walked across ridges with 100′ vertical drops on either side. We have scaled mountain sides and walked on 2x4s 2,000′ in the air, but this trail made us question our sanity. This…

A Guide to Hiking The Narrows – Zion National Park

What to Know Before You Go Hiking The Narrows, a 16-mile slot canyon carved out by the North Fork of the Virgin River, in Zion National Park, is perhaps the greatest single overnight hike in the world. It is certainly one of those experiences I will never forget. Need a little help figuring out the…

A Visitor’s Guide to Mesa Verde National Park

I found Mesa Verde National Park, located in the remote southwestern corner of Colorado, to be utterly fascinating, uniquely beautiful and completely FRUSTRATING! It is perhaps the most confusing park in the entire National Park system to figure out how to navigate before you arrive and this confusion can continue throughout your visit. There are tour companies not associated with…

Delicate Arch: A Hiker’s Guide

Delicate Arch is one of those occurrences in nature that is hard to believe exists if you have never seen it with your own eyes. It is not only an unusual arch, because of its distinctive shape standing free of any surrounding rocks, but its’ very location, perched on the edge of a cliff face…