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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

Former Member ·
Hehe thank you for the praises i'm so proud Beautful mountains by the way
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

Jonathan L ·
It is beautiful. I thought it was Lake Louise.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
Similar, but different. Some photos of Lake Louise and the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, one of my favorites.
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Re: Sequoia National Park: Hiking to Pear Lake (The Lakes Trail)

PHeymont ·
You get closer each time to getting me into non-urban hiking...but how difficult is a hike like this for someone used to that kind of distance, but in (sometimes hilly) cities, but not to much off-path hiking?
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Re: Sequoia National Park: Hiking to Pear Lake (The Lakes Trail)

DrFumblefinger ·
The challenge of this particular trail is getting up to the lakes. Once there, the trail is not that hard, although rocky so you have to watch your footing. There are easier places to get into the subalpine zone of some great mountains, PHeymont. Both in California and in the Rockies. When you're ready, we'll pick one and head out there. Likely for a day hike. My knees don't like the weight of a full backpack anymore.
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Re: Sequoia National Park: Hiking to Pear Lake (The Lakes Trail)

PHeymont ·
My knees are part of my concern; they love walking (helps them!) but don't do well twisted or weighted. Have you any suggestions for the Hudson Valley/Lower Catskills area?
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Re: Sequoia National Park: Hiking to Pear Lake (The Lakes Trail)

DrFumblefinger ·
I've never hiked in the Catskills, though would like to some day. My suggestion: 1) Go to your local library. They definitely will have hiking books on areas of interest (or request them in advance so they can be delivered from other branches). Check out some trails that are convenient and look doable. Most hiking books give great details. 2) If you find a great book, it's worth buying to have as a reference at home and take with you on the trail. For example, though I haven't read it, this...
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Re: Sequoia National Park: Hiking to Pear Lake (The Lakes Trail)

GutterPup ·
Spectacular views and sequoia's - what more does one need?? A wonderful article that really brought to life this wonderful national park.
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Re: East Beach Trail, Naikoon Provincial Park, Graham Island

Marilyn Jones ·
Wow; what a wonderful post! So interesting and your photos are creative and beautiful!!
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Re: East Beach Trail, Naikoon Provincial Park, Graham Island

Travel Rob ·
Incredible!
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

DrFumblefinger ·
It's an amazing story, Huw, with beautiful photographs that really made me feel part of your travel experience. I love your sense of adventure. Thanks for sharing this special place with all of us! Are there any polar bears in Greenland? And if so, what precautions would a hiker take. One last question. How heavy was your backpack when you started this journey. The weight of food alone must have been substantial.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the detailed info, Huw. I find it interesting and helpful. One last question. Do you use trekking poles when you hike/backpack?
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

Racing_snake ·
Hi, yes I do. Very handy for crossing rivers with a big pack and they certainly take a bit of a load off your legs. I find I quickly get into my rhythm and can then keep my steady pace going. I would definitely recommend them. One unusual use for them last year was to fend off a deranged arctic fox that came into 'goose camp' 8 times and was trying to bite team members. I have video to edit and stills to post yet! Looks a little comical as it was little bigger than a domestic cat but serious...
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

Filip H.A. Claeys ·
I have no concrete plans (yet), but may be interested to hike the ACT with some off-trail extensions here and there. Do you think it is worth-while to take a packraft? There's of course the extra weight to consider, but on the other hand a packraft opens additional possibilities and adds excitement. Do you have any suggestions about areas off the trail that are particularly nice or interesting? Thanks.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

Minho Park ·
Hi. Thanks for posting important information. By the way could i ask some questions? I'm planning to trek ACT in early may or early june though i am little worried about getting lost red paint to easily find the way to. Is it visible at this time. Second, about snow. At this season is it dangerous to walk ACT due to snow? how about the lake for canoeing if the lake is already iced, it means only have to walk. In this case how many hours or days more needed and is it possible in early june??
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

Racing_snake ·
Hi. Got your enquiry. Busy tonight but will reply in the next day or two. )
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

Racing_snake ·
Hey Minho Park, if you're going to ask questions and people take the time and trouble to give you the benefit of their advice and experience, especially when it's not easy to get detailed advice based on lots of on the ground experience about somewhere like this, the least you can do is return to read it. It's been a week now so I have removed it.
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

MsNomadica ·
Those photographs are wonderful, they're really giving me the itch to be there in person again. My visit to Banff and Lake Louise many years ago is one of my fondest travel memories. Imo, Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful, majestic and peaceful places to spend time. Recently, I've been considering going back, but I'm not one for cold weather. So it's gone on my list for next summer and I'm really looking forward to it. The last time I went, we drove from Seattle, and the drive through...
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the nice comment, MsNomadica, and welcome to TravelGumbo! The Canadian Rockies are a very special place and perhaps no place is this better demonstrated than in Lake Louise. If you're traveling from Seattle, a trip up through Victoria and Vancouver, up and north from Whistler towards Jasper, then down the Rockies through Lake Louise, Banff, Canmore. I'd recommend making a loop drive, down through the Crowsnest Pass, Fernie, Cranbrook, Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Couer d'alene and...
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

MsNomadica ·
Hi, Yes, that is exactly the route we planned to get there, though the trip will actually begin in San Diego this time and be preceded by a trip up the U.S. west coast. But coming back, we are thinking of going to Calgary then dropping all the way down to Montana and Wyoming, and heading back to San Diego via Las Vegas, where we have family. We spent a nice little time thinking about it and planning, even though it won't be until next summer, all because of your post! So thanks for giving us...
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

Travel Rob ·
MsNomadica, I'd love to read more about your road trip from San Diego to Key West! I've been thinking about a similar road trip the last few years.
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

DrFumblefinger ·
Sounds like you've got a great road-trip planned, MsNomadica! I'm ready to come along!!
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

MsNomadica ·
Travel Rob, You can read about the San Diego to Key West road trip on www.msnomadica.com . It's on the posts from last July & August. They weren't really meant as a travel blog so much as a record of my sister and I trying to decide where we were going to live once we leave New Orleans. In any case, I can tell you that we basically loved San Diego, Disney and Key West, while Austin and Fort Lauderdale were both a bit of a let down. We've loved living in New Orleans, but it's been just...
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

MsNomadica ·
Actually, make that July and August of last year, not the ones just past.
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 1) Ascent to Shira

DrFumblefinger ·
(Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, viewed from the Shira plateau) Mt. Kilimanjaro has fascinated me ever since I read Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro“.  Little did I know as a schoolboy that I would...
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 2) Ice and Snow

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Fresh snow at sunrise, Sheffield Camp) We had ascended the western base of the volcano this past half week, had hiked through jungle and moorland, as I’ve described in a prior blog post here, and were now entering Kilimanjaro’s...
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 3) Summit and Descent

DrFumblefinger ·
(Western Icefields, viewed from near the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro) We had spent the past week slowly working our way up the slopes of Kilimanjaro via the Shira route, an experience I’ve previously described in blog posts here. ...
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A springtime hike on the Yakima Rim Skyline Trail

DrFumblefinger ·
After a rather long winter I was ready for a pleasant dayhike.  While I’d rather head up to the mountains for a stroll in an alpine meadow, there’s way too much snow up there in April.  Fortunately in the Northwest there are some...
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East Beach Trail, Naikoon Provincial Park, Graham Island

DrFumblefinger ·
An 89 km long beach trail on Haida Gwaii, B.C. forms the basis of this adventure.
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April 13, 2016: Centennial Waterfront Park - Twin Falls, Idaho

Samantha ·
Samantha reports on Twin Falls, Idaho's waterfront park, popular with visitors and residents for picnics, boating, hiking and more.
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Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

DrFumblefinger ·
    One of the most scenic hikes in the Canadian Rockies, and also one of my favorites, is in a high subalpine meadow in Banff National Park.  The season for hiking here is limited to only a few months because of the high altitude....
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Sequoia National Park: Hiking to Pear Lake (The Lakes Trail)

DrFumblefinger ·
    Most folks visit Sequoia National Park to see its giant sequoia trees, the largest living things on the earth!  That's a great reason to go and there are wonderful hikes through these amazing forests of giants and the meadows that...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 11, 2014: Driftwood, Haida Gwaii

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of my most interesting trekking experiences was a multiday beach backpack along the length of the East Coast Trail, Naikoon Provincial Park, in amazing Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the "Queen Charlotte Islands").   I need to sit down...
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Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
This beautiful mountain, with its dramatic hanging glacier, proved yet again to be just a small challenge to the TG travel detectives.  Member Andredeya was the first to identify this peak correctly (from her Romanian home nearly half a globe...
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Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

Racing_snake ·
Part I covered three Greenlandic towns I have visited but my real passion is being out in West Greenland’s wilderness.  So this part is about what it has to offer those willing to get out there on foot and under canvas!    I...
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Tips for female backpackers in India

Neeraj panchal ·
Traveling in India is one of the most fascinating and overwhelming experiences you can experience in Asia. Thanks to the many highlights, the delicious food, and the special culture, the country are high on the list of many travelers. It is a somewhat 'more difficult' country to travel through, you face more challenges than countries such as Thailand and Indonesia. Women in particular often skip India. With some good preparations, traveling here should not be a big problem. Therefore, view...
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Why I loved backpacking through Tenerife

Guest ·
Nick shares his personal experiences backpacking on Tenerife, and why this is a great travel destination.
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Best Hostels in Rome for Backpackers

Guest ·
Anoop Nain presents several interesting budget hostel accommodations in the historic city of Rome.
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Thinking Of Going On A Camping Trip? Read This

adonis_abril ·
If you are thinking of taking the trip of a lifetime, you should consider camping as one of your vacation ideas. It does not matter if you are thinking of hiking the best trails in Norway or going to the local campground like Alabama Hills , the memories of your camping trip will last a lifetime. Use these tips to help ensure you have a safe and exciting adventure. Your sleeping bag should be seasonally appropriate. If you're camping in the heat of summer, a sub-zero bag just isn't...
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Comfort and Style on the Go: Clothes for Women on the Road

Helen Bradford ·
Helen Bradford shares some of her ideas on what clothes to pack when you're an active traveler.
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Re: Tips for female backpackers in India

Happyzip ·
thank for sharing, very informative for me. I'm going to India soon
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