Hiking trails on the east coast

Looking forward to becoming fitter in 2017? People looking to become fit and healthy in 2017 have made new year resolutions to walk more. Hiking trails on the east coast are on most of these people’s bucket list for their sheer beauty, criss-crossing 14 states. Trails like the Long Trail, Vermont are guaranteed to give you some wonderful solitude as well. You can take your pick of wonderful terrains as well – from easy walking across meadows to hectic climbing or cool, shady walks in the forests. With hiking trails on the east coast, you can choose day hikes or hikes that require sleep overs in rustic huts in the great outdoors. Justin Bieber hiking is nothing new but recently the singing star fell while walking in Los Angeles on a dirt trail. The idea is to always make sure you’ve got the right hiking shoes, especially when doing east coast hikes, as you don’t want an injury bringing such awesomeness to an end.

Hiking trails on the east coast

Hiking with family: 3 essentials you need to know before you set out

Hiking with family is fun and relaxing

Many hiking trails run across beautiful spots of a country, and that’s why people find hiking such a desirable pastime. It is a healthy and affordable activity for everyone. Here are some tips that might come in handy if you consider Planning a family hike. Before going on the hike, gain knowledge about the hiking trail and location you want to visit to protect your beloved from the possible dangers. It is important to make hiking safe. Don’t forget to bring the essential survival items like a lighter, water, food and compass. You can bring some other things too, but you should know that carrying a heavy load could ruin your trip. For the most memorable moments with your family, make the hiking fun. You can easily organise a scavenger hunt to motivate and entertain your hiking partners. Since hiking demands great physical activity, you can start with reasonable distance. Once they feel the sense of adventure, hiking with family can become a tradition and you can enjoy long distance travelling. Hiking with family has many benefits. It brings family members closer together, and it is a great opportunity for children to spend time and enjoy nature. Hiking is a perfect way to spend your time and get your family outside!

What I saw on my Hollyford Track adventure

Hollyford Track adventure

Staying physically active is key to good health. The Hollyford Track adventure is so beautiful and off the beaten track that anyone who loves nature is spurred on to keep fit just by trekking this 3 – 8 day track. What is particularly exciting about the Hollyford Track is that it is a true wilderness experience in the spectacular Fiordland National Park. When you’ve got an ardent guide, the trek becomes that much more thrilling because they will provide interesting tidbits of information about the landscape and the wildlife. When you Trek through New Zealand’s Routeburn Trail
expect magnificent scenery which includes valleys, soaring mountain peaks, lakes and waterfalls. When you reach the highest point of the track, you’ll be 1,244 metres above sea level, and you’ll be treated to breathtaking views. The Hollyford Track adventure isn’t a loop track, and people can walk it in either direction. From the car-park, get ready to cross an exciting swing bridge to start the track, and if that’s how the track starts, you can bet you’re going to be blown away by the sheer awesomeness of this trail.

10 hiking trails in New Zealand

Hiking trails in New Zealand

When it comes to hiking trails in New Zealand, you are spoilt for choice; you’ll simply have to try them out if you don’t want to miss anything. The best hiking trails in New Zealand take you through forests, across mountains, into valleys and along the beach. Some of these hiking trails in New Zealand are found along The Abel Tasman Coastal Track and plenty of golden beaches. Another great walk is the Tongariro Northern Circuit, a loop track of 3 days or so. The Milford Track in Fiordland is possibly the most famous of the great walks. There’s also the Kepler Track, the undemanding 80 km Heaphy Track, and the Lake Waikaremoana track, which is 4 to 5 days and encircles the lake. For a more remote hike, Stewart Island offers its Rakiura Track. The Routeburn Track is known for its diverse scenery, which includes some waterfalls. If you’re an experienced and fit hiker, you might like Avalanche Peak, a hair-raising walk to the 1833m summit. A great day-hike is the 5 hour Twilight–Te Werahi Loop, which is quite flat and easy going and includes wonderful coastal and forest tracks.

No hiking zone, no laughing matter

The no hiking zone is for everyones safety

What is a no hiking zone? A no hiking zone is a place near regular popular hiking zones that, for a specific reason, has been placed off limits by the relevant authorities. A typical example of this are the shrinking glaciers in New Zealand. These sites receive enormous amounts of visitors, due to the natural beauty of the area and geological fascination that it offers, though some of these visitors are too adventurous for their own good. These shrinking glaciers are not only incredibly slippery, but are also dangerously unstable. One wrong step, one single slip, and a hiker could end up tumbling down a crevice, or crushed under tonnes of ice and rock. Signs are common and placed in easy to spot places around such areas, and should be taken very seriously at every opportunity. Dozens of hikers go missing, all over the world, every year, while ignoring these signs and placing their belief entirely in their own abilities, don’t be one of these people. Hike safe, always bring the proper equipment and, most of all, enjoy yourself!

What is hiking

What is hiking
What is hiking? I think you could ask a random selection of people and get as many answers as there are people asked. For some hiking is a Sunday afternoon walk in the fells, wearing appropriate gear of course. For others it is what serious walkers do, like a trek up mountains or over difficult terrain. Then there are the very serious hikers that spend days traversing some of the most difficult places on earth, to challenge themselves and prove that it can be done. So what is hiking? The answer is that it differs from person to person but generally it is about a walk, over a fair distance, over terrain that is either challenging to that person’s capabilities or somewhere considered beautiful or pleasant to go to. Even the word hiking is interchangeable in different parts of the world. Here in New Zealand we call it tramping, in Nepal it is trekking, in UK hiking. All would agree it is an outdoor activity that anyone of any age or gender can do that does require a certain amount of equipment; which I will cover in more depth in a later post. In New Zealand we are blessed with some of the most beautiful terrain in the world that just lends itself to being travelled upon. For me, what is hiking? I tend to subscribe to the point of view that tramping/hiking is a day or overnight walking activity that takes place on charted or recognised paths and trekking is about a longer time frame over uncharted or wilderness areas. What is your opinion?

 

Hiking – Fun with Health

hiking-is-fun

Hiking is real fun, but do not ignore the fact that it is great for the body. Hiking lets us do the physical activity which is almost absent in the city life. Today we will talk about some of the benefits hiking does for health. There are many benefits of which some are:

  • Good for heart, lungs and blood vessels – Hiking is a natural exercise. While you are walking, climbing or going through rough terrains it challenges you physically. In the process your lung capacity increases, heart pumps more blood and blood flow increases. A perfect way to improve cardio-vascular fitness.
  • Muscle weight increase and Weight Loss – Hiking not only burns calorie but converts the fat mass to muscle mass. This means you are fitter and leaner and have less risk of heart related ailments. Weight control is the automatic effect.
  • Great for Bones – Hiking means your bones are also getting stronger. Walking helps increase the bone density which means the calcium and phosphorus content increases. So just enjoy your hike while your skeleton gets healthier.
  • Decreases risk of Cancer – The major killer Cancer is also affected by hikes. Hikers are less prone to common type of cancers like breast cancer, lung cancer and cancer related to the digestive and reproductive systems.

So do not wait for an inspiration, but start hiking today. For that extra buck you need to spend  to get kitted out, you can always take a loan. Read here how to do payday registration to make the process of applying for a loan simple.

Mount Elbrus, Russia – Towering to the top of Europe

After having talked about the beautiful trekking experience in Dusky Track, I will be now talking about trekking Mt Elbrus, Russia. I went there last year, and it was an experience of lifetime.

Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe and rightly so because it towers over 18000 feet above sea level. Located in Russia, this mountain is part of the Seven Summits. Despite its height and contrary to common belief, this mountain is one of the easiest to climb in the world. The same cannot be said about the ranges that surround it. The official route that will take you to the top of the mountain is very long and strenuous. The good thing is that it is not technically hard.

Mount Elbrus - part of seven summits

Due to the fact that this mountain is very easy to climb, all you need for this climb is a fit body: you can leave your axes and special equipment at home. Although the climb is very easy, the weather has the ability to make things very hard for you. The weather can mess things up for you but the good thing is that the official routes will not bring you face to face with this sort of weather. It is worth noting that there are several routes to the top of the mountain but the official one is the easiest to climb. If you have total faith in your climbing abilities, you could challenge yourself and take one of these more challenging routes.

About the mountain

Mount Elbrus is an extinct volcano and at its tip sits a volcanic crater. This crater spans about 350 meters in diameter and is filled with snow and ice now.  The mountain itself is in the shape of a cone and is very gently sloping. This mountain has two peaks: the western summit standing at 5643 meters and the eastern peak at 5621 meters. Despite its gentle slopes and easy-to-climb nature, this mountain still lists as one of the most dangerous mountains in the world with about 30 people dying on it every year due to the harsh weather.

The climb

Most of the people who have climbed this mountain say it is best to climb it over a period of 8-10 days. This is so that you do not wear yourself out and have time to take photos if you feel that you need to.  The good thing is that you can get acclimatization training before the big day. This is so that you can know the mountain well but in most cases, this acclimatization serves to improve your stamina. Remember that this climb is a long one and you are going to need all the stamina you can get.

The best time to climb this mountain is during the months of June to September. At least during that period, the weather is not too harsh but you still need to bring gear for your warmth.

If you cannot visit enjoy some of the trek from the video below.

Dusky Track in New Zealand continue…….

As promised, we continue from our last post about Dusky Track, New Zealand.

How to get there

There are almost daily flights that fly around the lake. This is the easiest way for you to get to the track at Lake Hauroko. If you would like to see some nature before you start the trek, you could also take the commercial boat rides that will take you right to the start of the rack. While you are on this boat ride, be sure to talk to the natives as they know a lot more about the forests, vegetation, animals and track than could ever be posted online.

dusky track, New Zealand

What you need for this trek

As with any trek, you need the basics in terms of direction and navigation: a map, a compass and a bit of knowledge as to where you are going and where you are headed. Some parts of this track can get flooded and when this happens, the best thing to do would be to sit it out. Thus it would be best to take food in order to prepare for his eventuality.  Please remember to take some insect repellent too because most people report that the sand flies on this trek are massive.

This trek is hard for those who are not experienced enough and those who are not well-prepared. The upside is that the beauty you experience is one of the most rewarding experiences you could ever have.

Dusky Track in New Zealand

Even though I have traveled extensively, I would like to start with my own beautiful country – about my experience here. So here we start –

If you want to be overwhelmed by the beauty of nature as you hike a mountain, you have to take the dusky track in my country – New Zealand. Touted as one of the most beautiful mountains to hike, this track is for the experienced and well-equipped hikers who love the feel of nature as they take their treks. The most famous part of this track links the Lake Manapouri to Lake Hauroko. Although this is the main part of this track, people who love a bit of adventure have been known to take a detour at the Super cove. If you would like to take the entire trek, you must be prepared to trek for eight days.

Sunrise over West Arm, Lake Manapouri, New Zealand

Some of the marvels of nature

As already noted, this trek shows you some of the best features that nature has to offer. From u-shaped caves that were curved through glacial action in the ice-age, ice-sheets and glaciers, high basins that have since become lakes and horned peaks, this is the true definition of geography. While taking this trek, be ready to take on lots of deep mud, fallen trees and lots of river crossings.

As for the vegetation, there are lush forests with trees that rise up to 25 meters high,fuschia, pepper tree canopies and crown ferns. As if that is not enough, these forests feature one of the widest selection of forest birds thus it would be a good idea for you to carry your camera.

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