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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day September 9, 2013: Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
I like the idea! We'll put the idea out there as bait for our members. Anyone want to write about the origin of their country (or some countries that interest them), especially from a modern travelers perspective?
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Dr.Y: yes, I have been in that tea house before, without a helmet ! You are a very brave man, Dr.Y! I hope the tea was good, at least.
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

Dr.Y ·
Actually, the Hua Shan (Mountain Hua) is close to the city of Xi'an (where Terracotta warriors museum is located). I visited both in a same trip few years ago. Regarding to the Hua Shan trial, there was a local advise "if you want to climb to the tea house, better do it during night, because you do not see what is around you, ha ha! ". Of course, now a days, you can get there comfortably by riding a Gondola.
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

Dr.Y ·
yes, I have been in that tea house before, without a helmet !
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

PortMoresby ·
As a confirmed acrophobic, I had trouble even looking at the pictures. But then I can't have an accident if I can't even imagine doing the climb. I'll concentrate on not falling down the stairs in my home and maintain my preference for looking UP at mountains from flat ground or water.
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

Dr.Y ·
To be precise, the Hua Shan trial has two sections. The longer scarier section with local advise to be done during night is now equipped with Gondola. Only the hard core climber will try that section now. There are park ranger standing by the entrance to screen if some one is really fit for the climb (after seeing the trial in person, i realized that the screen is not just for increasing the Gondola revenue! ). Not be too relaxed yet, even after the Gondola ride, to reach the tea house, one...
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

PortMoresby ·
It reminds me of the pictures I've seen of that ridge just below the summit of Everest, without the snow, but equally terrifying and as unlikely you'll find me there in this lifetime. Dr. Y, may I request you scatter my ashes from that location?
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

Dr.Y ·
Ha ha Port, if scattered from the "fish back", you will not likely reach the "flat ground or water" there. Most likely will be blown upwards towards the sky
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by Dr.Y: " ...if scattered from the "fish back", you will not likely reach the "flat ground or water" there." Note I stipulated "in this lifetime". I figured if I'm to experience such a thing, it'll have to wait until I'm ashes. But better late than never, right?
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

Hank ·
DEFINITELY NOT the hike for me. I like hiking but I just hate standing beside a drop like this. And those boards just don't look strong enough.... But interesting to read about and see.
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking up Tunnel Mountain

Travel Rob ·
I can see why it's such a popular trail! It really is nice to see people enjoying the outdoors.
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Re: An introduction to Alberta's Badlands: Hiking in Horseshoe Canyon

PHeymont ·
The visible geological processes, and the stubborn persistence of life among them, are just fascinating...Thanks for the view!
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking to Boom Lake

GarryRF ·
Beautiful piece of country you have there DrF. As someone who's never seen a bear - what precautions do you take ? Looks like excellent cycling country too. But the thought of a grizzly knocking me off my bike worries me !
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking to Boom Lake

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, GarryRF. Bear attacks are about as common as lightening hitting folks, but it does happen. I've never encountered a bear while hiking except at a distance (could see them across a valley for instance). Here's what you do to be bear safe 1) Follow the park rules. They're very good about placing warnings (eg. trail closed, bear hovering over a carcass) 2) Hike in tight groups of four or more. Bears have never attacked a group of people this large 3) Avoid baby bears. If you see one,...
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Re: Hiking Sani Pass, Lesotho, on a Budget

DrFumblefinger ·
That sure looks like an amazing (and very difficult) hike, Travel with Lamb! I wished I'd been using trekking poles starting with my teens. They take tremendous strain off your knees, especially when carrying a heavy load like you were. My knees sadly show the effect of decades of hiking and backpacking. Given how far this is from home and such, I know I'll never do this hike, but you've taken me there so I thank you for that!
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Re: Banff National Park: A hike along Lake Louise and the Plain of Six Glaciers

GutterPup ·
Gorgeous views and a wonderful article! Thank you.
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Re: Finding Your Hike in Prospect Park

GarryRF ·
Great photos Paul. Looks an amazing place. Is it located in the City where most folks can walk to it, or on the edge of Brooklyn ? Good to see it's becoming popular again with kids enjoying nature. Is parkland safe from developers in the States ?
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Re: Finding Your Hike in Prospect Park

PHeymont ·
Garry, it’s right in Central Brooklyn, surrounded by residential neighborhoods that range from quite poor to distressingly wealthy. Unlike Brooklyn Bridge Park, born in an age when it somehow seems acceptable to people to make condos part of a park, there would be huge opposition to messing with Prospect Park; in fact, even small changes can generate lots of discussion. But let’s not think parks are always safe; a few years ago, the Yankees were allowed to swap park land parcels for their...
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Re: Finding Your Hike in Prospect Park

GarryRF ·
Sounds very familiar! Old money, big houses and the park becomes a buffer zone. But for now it's a great place to fill your lungs and for the kids to run wild - like kids need to !
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Re: Montmorency Falls (Chute Montmorency), Quebec. Where Gumbo was #52

Jonathan L ·
It is beautiful. I think I was there about 38 years ago on a family trip after the Olympics. The cliffs and height of the fall gave me the St. Lawrence (after your last clue), but I could figure the exact place. Good Job!
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Re: Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

Travel Rob ·
Thanks! What a fantastic piece on Missouri. It really is a great state and you've give me ideas for several trips!
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Re: Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

DangTravelers ·
Thanks Travel Rob! We are from Chicago, but we've spent a lot of time in Missouri the last few years. We've really grown to appreciate all it has to offer.
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Re: Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

Travel Luver ·
Great post! America has lots of great out of the way places worth exploring and I'd like to get to this one someday. I love to canoe and the Current River sure looks inviting. Is there a long stretch of the river you can paddle? Can you rent a canoe there?
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Re: Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

DangTravelers ·
The Current River is amazing. It's around 185 miles, but in the area we were (in Salem) they do canoe trips as long as 65 miles or so. There are multiple canoe rental places near there, doing everything from short 4 hour canoe trips to multi-day camping canoe trips as well.
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Re: Pico de Arieo: A high altitude Hike in Madeira

DrFumblefinger ·
I love walking in the mountains! This is a most beautiful spot, so well illustrated by your photo talents, Ian. Thanks for sharing this remarkable destination with us!
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

Annie @OutdoorsyMama ·
my son just asked if we could go camping in the rain this weekend ..... Whattt? PROUD MAMA. thanks for the comments, fellow adventure lovers. looking forward to more! -a
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

Travel Rob ·
Great writing Annie and welcome to TG! I often find what I think is terrible about a trip turns out to be my best memories. I've had setbacks on trips, but what I remember is what I learned and the great people that have helped along the way.
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

RoadWorrier ·
Gotta admit, I never planned to be out in bad weather; all our bad-weather camping memories are of sitting around together huddled in the tent playing cards with the kids and eating cereal out of the box. Maybe we should have gone out and gotten wet!
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

Old Car Guy ·
So true! I remember a camping trip we took when it was pouring rain. Everybody pulled together and it's still one of our favorite trips.
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

DrFumblefinger ·
Hiking in the rain can be fun, as Annie outlines. But camping in the rain is just -- wet.
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

Marilyn Jones ·
Excellent hiking blog post!!! You are so right too!
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May 23, 2016. Springtime Hike at Lake Minnewanka

DrFumblefinger ·
Hiking along the shore of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park offers wonderful unobstructed views of the dRocky Mountains.
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Re: A Visit to Hinchinbrook Island - Australia

Marilyn Jones ·
Such a beautiful island; the photos are excellent and really illustrate why people should travel to this area of Australia!! Well done!
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Re: A Visit to Hinchinbrook Island - Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating destination and a beautiful unspoiled destination. Great photography and great place to get away from it all. Thanks, Dan!
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Re: Walk the Nile and Take Awhile

PortMoresby ·
Rob, how did I miss this when you posted it? This is possibly the most interesting article I've read for quite a while. I'm pleased they'll be filming it and hope to see it one day. While I'm up for an adventure from time to time watching a film of this one is the closest I'll get to doing it. Thanks!
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Re: May 23, 2016. Springtime Hike at Lake Minnewanka

Travel Rob ·
Its just spectacular!
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Re: The Queen Charlotte Track

Samantha ·
Hi Dan, great post and amazing pictures. Would love to see this one day. Thanks for sharing.
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The Queen Charlotte Track

danthewanderer ·
DantheWanderer shares a memorable New Zealand walk -- five days on the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track.
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Re: The Queen Charlotte Track

Travel Rob ·
An incredible hike Dan! Great descriptive piece and beautiful photos!
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Re: The Queen Charlotte Track

DrFumblefinger ·
What a great place for a hike! I envy you the experience. Beautiful photos BTW.
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Stewart Canyon, Banff National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Stewart Canyon, Banff National Park
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Chipmunk, Banff National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Chipmunk, Banff National Park
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Wa'ahila Ridge Outlook

jillianraekozak ·
Wa'ahila Ridge Outlook
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, for a start, make sure you visit Reno, Travel Luver. It's a much small town than Vegas but still has all the casinos, restaurants, etc that you'd expect from a Nevada City. From here it's easy to do a day trip to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or down to Carson City. Reno is actually the closest major city to Great Basin National Park, say about a 3-4 hour drive. Vegas is 6-7 hour drive away. Salt Lake City is closer to Great Basin than Vegas. But you really can't do it as...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

Travel Luver ·
Never been anywhere in Nevada except Vegas. Didn't know they had beautiful places like this. Can you get there from Vegas as a day trip? Was it hot?
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