Hot answers tagged

46

Stairs are easier to walk than rocky paths. In ancient times they allowed royalty more leisurely access to sacred mountains symbolizing their high rank in society, while commoners were likely restricted to walking older foot paths (if they were even allowed on top). Today all 'pilgrims' are afforded the ease of stairs. In Europe a lot of mountain top ...


31

To add to the other answers, some paths my be susceptible to soil erosion - from foot traffic and rainfall. This eventually makes some sections almost impassable for some people, as well as damaging the terrain and surrounding vegetation. I have seen this first hand in Hong Kong. For example: So in many places, steps are built. In HK these were ...


26

Now that you've clarified in the comments, yes, it's entirely 'possible', but not easy, by any means. As mentioned by @Relaxed, only 37 people have been recorded successfully completing this challenge. As an American, you'd be the 5th American citizen to complete it, if you did it now. Some (crazy) people have even run across Australia. One of the ...


20

A few things to understand about trekking in the Himalayas, especially in re: everest base camp trekking: While it is true that if you trek from Lukla to Base Camp, you will have ascended and descended more than the 8848 meters that Everest is, this is not cumulative. You will be hiking between mountains, not over them, for the most part. (Where you draw ...


19

A lot of what you need you can just get in the grocery store - rice, pasta, dried potatoes (either mashed or slices for "au gratin), sausage like pepperoni and salami that specifically doesn't need refrigeration, dried fruit and nuts, instant hot cereal (oatmeal, cream of wheat etc), dried legumes (especially lentils which don't need soaking) jam, honey, and ...


17

This will most depend on your own pace, so this is hard to predict. However, on Wikipedia we can find that the PCT association recommends 6 to 8 months for the entire trail. Starting near San Francisco (at Lake Tahoe, still hundreds of kilometres from San Francisco?), you seem to be able to start near the California Section K, which starts at mile 1092, out ...


16

Japan does not have a general "right to access" like Scandinavian countries, wild camping on public land is theoretically illegal and wild camping on private property requires the landowner's permission. That said, both rules are only loosely enforced and there's a bit of a tradition of "urban camping" (野宿 nojuku) in Japan: simply put, if you pitch up a ...


15

The dehydrated foods made for camping are generally the tastiest and most weight efficient by far, but if they are too expensive (understandable; they are generally very pricey no matter where you are), there are cheaper alternatives. There are a wide variety of trail mixes, ranging from the classic GORP ("Good Old Raisins and Peanuts") to much fancier fare....


15

Assuming you're also exluding mountains only accessible by via ferrata, the highest one I've heard of is Mont Taou Blanc (3438 m) in Italy near the border to France. Here's a video of the ascent. The most difficult/dangerous part can be seen at 1:40 - and you can see that it's a very popular tour.


13

It really depends on where you hire the porter, your bargain skills and what kind of porter you want. A price between $10-20 is probably ok, but remember that if you do this using an agency the porter will get very little himself (maybe $4-8 a day) because all the profit goes to the middlemen. Therefore, please bargain hard with the agency and rather give ...


13

I would not only recommend sunglasses, but also suncream and clothes that protect you from the sunlight. UV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, but snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude.


13

Peanut butter is good to carry. They can be sold in packets so that you don't have to have a jar and it will be light in the backpack. Peanut butter is a healthy fat and will provide protein to keep you guys going. Peanut butter will go great with any type of fruits that you might bring and crackers also if you can fit them in. We recently went to Hawaii ...


13

It comes down to the definition you want to adopt but apart from the Northern and Eastern periphery (especially Russia), I think there is no real wilderness in Europe. You can have some feeling of remoteness in parts of the Alps but the region has been inhabited for centuries and shaped by humans in many subtle ways. You are also never really far from ...


13

When many people climb the same path every day, natural rocks become smooth, slippery and dangerous. An example in Europe is the path to Château de Montségur in the french Pyrenees. Stairs are less prone to such wear over time.


12

Crispbread, summer sausage and hard cheese. Energy bars without meltable chocolate. Apples, cucumbers. Dextrose tablets. If you can get a fire going, you might want to bring potatoes, corn, aluminum foil and cans with lentils and similar. For the first day, also ordinary sausages and ordinary bread and bananas Obviously, water bottles to fill up. Some ...


12

I did some research and it seems that Inneres and Üsseres Barrhorn in Switzerland are the highest mountains in Europe that can be reached by hikers. This is also mentioned on the English Wikipedia page. The German Wikipedia page has more information about that. On hikr.org, a very popular hiking platform in Switzerland, it is also mentioned that the Barrhorn ...


11

The most obvious is the oldest long distance walk in Scotland: The West Highland Way. It starts in the north of Glasgow City and walks cross country, mostly off road but on good paths, north to Fort William. It is about 96 miles long and can be completed in 4-8 days depending on your level of fitness, determination and of course weather. This route takes you ...


11

I've been researching routes for my trip to the Camino in June/July. It appears that the most popular routes are the Northern way and the French way. Here are the differences between the two. The French Way More popular and crowded. Great route if you're looking for people to meet. Not so great if you like solitude. Albergues are more frequent (~15-20km ...


11

Looking only at the legal aspects of this - and not at the suitability or recommendation of any particular walk. In England and Wales, you can walk on any public right of way, or on any open access land. Public Rights of Way include footpaths, bridleways, and byways. As a walker, you can go on any of those. You can get information on all of those from the ...


10

If you're into your hiking into a big way, then Crianlarich is a good base for a few days. It's in the Highlands about 2 hours by train from Glasgow, so just shy of 3 from Edinburgh (so only slightly out of your ideal range...) There's a Youth Hostel (SYHA) there, which provides a great and cheap base for exploring the area. It's round the corner from the ...


10

The Pilar Festival is held every year around the second week of October in Zaragoza. The festival features a huge flower offering on October 12th in which thousands of flowers are piled into a gigantic pyramid in the center square next to a huge basilica. It's a great photo op.; here's a (not so good) picture I took of the flower pyramid from last year's ...


10

You could consider walking along the Hadrian's Wall. It's 84 miles long, so about 135 km long. I haven't actually done the walk myself, but I imagine that the beginning and end might be a bit densely populated for you liking, but I think you should enjoy the middle bit. Another idea in the UK would be the South Western Coast Path - the web site offers a few ...


10

my name is Brando Yelavich. I'm 19 and I'm simply walking around New Zealand without using roads, so on the beaches and coastlines living off the land. You can watch my progress here http://wildboy.co.nz (facebook page). I'm 78 days in and just about at the bottom of the north island. It is going to take me about 1 1/2 years. I'm doing it solo, so no ...


10

There are numerous hiking trails in Iceland, ranging from easy half-days to strenuous multi-day affairs. The website of the Icelandic Touring Association lists several options, but the list is nowhere near exhaustive. The most notable route is Laugarvegurinn. I'd certainly recommend a proper nature hike over walking the ring road. It can't be much fun to ...


10

You can walk the entire Ming Dynasty Great Wall it's only 6000 kilometers give or take a few and doesn't even take two years: On Dec 2, 601 days after departing from the Wall's westernmost terminus, Gansu province's Jiayuguan, the 42-year-old stomped over the final brick of the final eastern watchtower, Liaoning province's Hushan.


10

3 months seems like it would be on the tight side, especially if you're not an endurance athlete capable of sustaining a particularly fast pace every single day. The Pacific Crest Trail Association recommends allowing at least five months for the entire trail, and you're doing a substantial portion of it. The time will depend a lot on weather and other ...


9

There is plently walking to be found within easy reach of Edinburgh. Just south are the hills of the borders. To the north is Fife. A little further north and west and you get into the Highlands area where the country side becomes significantly more mountainous but still has something for every level from walker to climber. Midlothian Council publish a ...


9

Dried starch-type food. In Asian stores you can find cheap "mi tom" or "instant ramen" packs in compact packages. Also take one in the "foam bowl" package type, you will be able to reuse it. About 2-3 packs for a meal. You can eat it just like this, or put it in water you just boiled, if you have. They come with various exciting spices. Rusk (hard dry twice-...


9

Camalbacks are great for trecking, but they have two problems when climbing Kilimanjaro. At high altitudes drinking from the tube can leave you breathless as the time spent drinking while walking is time that you aren't breathing. This sounds surprising but it does make a difference with the low oxygen levels. On the summit day, the water in your camalback ...


9

I just got back from climbing Kilimanjaro, and we used a SteriPEN to purify our water. It's very small and easy to carry, and it only takes a minute to purify a liter of water (you basically just have to stir). It cost us $90 and was definitely worth it, considering how awful iodine tablets make your water taste. As for amount of water, I carried 3L each ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible