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Re: My Secret Place

MmGood ·
I want to do this hike with you! It's beautiful!!!!
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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: Wallace, Idaho: From mining town to "Center of the Universe"

PHeymont ·
Wish I'd had THAT manhole cover for the blog we had here on Gumbo! And you got my heart with the bus...same model was my school bus at Fort Leavenworth in the 50s...
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Re: Wallace, Idaho: From mining town to "Center of the Universe"

PortMoresby ·
Wallace reminds me of all my favorite places in the western US although I'd never heard of it before. I guess it's the look of an era rather than a particular place, when civilization arrived, paid for by the mines. Shacks replaced by wood replaced by stone & brick, a similar story all over the West. And amazing that so many survive. Thanks, DrF.
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Re: Wallace, Idaho: From mining town to "Center of the Universe"

DrFumblefinger ·
Wallace is a very neat town to visit, very recommended stop along the I-90 freeway. Perfect place to walk around for a half day or day and take in the ambience of small town America. As you say, Port Moresby, there's a repeatable charm to how these towns grew up.
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Re: Wallace, Idaho: From mining town to "Center of the Universe"

Former Member ·
Nice bus, i would like to take a trip on it
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Re: Wallace, Idaho: From mining town to "Center of the Universe"

IslandMan ·
I love visiting old, small towns. There can be so much to see and it looks like Wallace has a lot of interesting history. The Bordello museum sounds fascinating and classic buses are a favorite of mine too. Thanks for taking us there DrF.
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Re: My Secret Place

DrFumblefinger ·
It is a beautiful place and I think you've got it right. Like you, I love to explore. Take my time, soak it all in, and capture what I can with my camera. Thanks for sharing this! And welcome to TravelGumbo!
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

PHeymont ·
Thank you so much! I've been curious since flying over it on a clear summer day on a trans-Atlantic flight, and the more so since reading an Icelandic mystery set in part in Greenland. The realization that even to Icelanders, it remains, relatively, terra incognita made it seem even more fascinating.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Thanks. Indeed, there's a lot of people movement between Denmark and Greenland. There are flights from Iceland though I've never used them. I've never been conscious of much of an Icelandic presence at all in the West, wouldn't know about the East coast. With thousands of photos to choose from, this article gives only the briefest of impressions. )
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Travel Rob ·
Thank you ! I've been wanting to go to Greenland for years and now I know I have to make it happen someday! I can't wait to see part II.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating view of a rarely visited place! Thanks so much for sharing your love of Greenland with all of us. I've a few questions about basic tourist infrastructure. While I suspect you spend most of your time in the backcountry, what level of services are available in these towns? I'm specifically wondering about sleeping accomodations, food options (you mentioned that Chinese restaurant, which sounds intriguing), and relative prices. In my experiences, remote places like this are quite...
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

My Thatched Hut ·
Thanks. Nice photos. In 30 years, I have never met anyone else that has been there. I have been to deserts in the Middle East and Africa and to jungles in the south but Greenland is really the most remote place I have ever been. Would love to go back. Tom
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Dr Fumblefinger : Happy to answer questions. Kangerlussuaq is fairly basic by comparison to what we're used to though I love the town and feel at home there now! It's a converted US airbase basically! (Can't browse to my photos from Insert/Edit Image button above?) Accommodation : airport hotel (good standard), campsite (very basic), private accommodation hire options exist though I've not used them in this town - as I'm also part of a wild goose research team, I can stay at the science...
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

IslandMan ·
Excellent article and pictures! The arctic regions are on my wish list and this has certainly inspired me
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Thanks for that. I also loved Svalbard but there's so much more of the arctic I would like to see too. Originally Posted by IslandMan: Excellent article and pictures! The arctic regions are on my wish list and this has certainly inspired me
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My Secret Place

adventuretime88 ·
The entrance to this hiking destination is not a secret. There is a turn out on California's coastal HWY 1 about 20 miles from The Tides in Bodega Bay, just before Fort Ross. The secret is, that the trail doesn't have to end. It ends after about 5...
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Wallace, Idaho: From mining town to "Center of the Universe"

DrFumblefinger ·
I've driven past the picturesque town of Wallace, Idaho (population about 800) many times and had always been drawn to the historic buildings and beautiful setting.  I remember telling my wife that someday we needed to exit and explore the town,...
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Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
In July 2006 I gave in to curiosity and realized my ambition to visit West Greenland.  I returned 6 times in the next 8 years!  I knew that about 10% of the world’s freshwater was sitting on Greenland with the capacity to raise...
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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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Kluane National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits remote Kluane National Park in the Yukon territory. The park is home to most of the largest mountains in Canada, including it's tallest peak, Mt. Logan. It is home to hundreds of glaciers and forms part of the world's largest non-polar ice cap.
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