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    The whole trail is 14 stages but I am not that tough. I only did 5 of them and some other walks.

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    I should probably post photos from my week off. I took a few vacation days this season (back in September) and hiked out to the end of Tomales Point and then up to the top of Mt. Burdell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    Here's the result of my two weeks hiking trip to Dominica (and a bit of Martinique)
    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...dpWHBDelRmSXNn

    Ever heard of the Waitukubuli National Trail? Neither did I a half year ago. It is awesom.
    Inspirational !!! Beautiful !!!

    We're seriously considering retirement somewhere in that region within the next few years . . .
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    How much as I enjoyed this vacation I could probably not live there. I would miss the seasons in general and winter in particular.


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    Been hiking recently anyone?

    I have. Here are some shots from a short trekking through the mountains of Southern Albania
    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...JKVGM5SFVBdkVB

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    ^Beautiful country. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    Been hiking recently anyone?

    I have. Here are some shots from a short trekking through the mountains of Southern Albania
    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...JKVGM5SFVBdkVB
    You've hiked in some pretty impressive places, and those are excellent pictures!

    I was going to do a stoopid-hard hike earlier this year, but had to be overseas at the time - so I'm now planning to do it next April: The "one-day hike" goes from Washington, DC to Harpers Ferry. It's exactly 100km, and the challenge is to do it in one day. Why? 'Cuz I'm stoopid!

    Beyond that, just a few regular regional hikes here on the picturesque mid-Atlantic region of the USA.

    A friend of mine just completed the first half of the Appalachian trail. He did 1,028 miles (1,665 kms) in about 2-1/2 months. He's resting now, and will resume the hike in a few weeks time. That hike is nowhere near my bucket list!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post
    You've hiked in some pretty impressive places, and those are excellent pictures!

    I was going to do a stoopid-hard hike earlier this year, but had to be overseas at the time - so I'm now planning to do it next April: The "one-day hike" goes from Washington, DC to Harpers Ferry. It's exactly 100km, and the challenge is to do it in one day. Why? 'Cuz I'm stoopid!

    Beyond that, just a few regular regional hikes here on the picturesque mid-Atlantic region of the USA.

    A friend of mine just completed the first half of the Appalachian trail. He did 1,028 miles (1,665 kms) in about 2-1/2 months. He's resting now, and will resume the hike in a few weeks time. That hike is nowhere near my bucket list!
    100 km in one day? Even if you make 5 km an hour, which is very high for 'normal' hiking terrain, it is still 20 hours! Most I ever did was an 80 km march but this was in the flat Netherlands over roads.

    Talking about buckets lists; When I was young I did a lot of mountaineering. The 'Dutch mountain god' at the time was a guy called Ronald Naar. At a lecture someone asked (not me) which areas he would recommend to non-climbers. His repons was: Cordillera HuyHuash in Peru and Hunza Valley in Pakistan. Right there at that moment I decided I needed to go there one day. The Huyhuash I ticked off ten years ago. This September it is time for the Hunza valley and surroundings.

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    The 100km hike starts at 3:00am, and you have to finish by midnight. It's on a pretty flat, easy trail.

    I did 50km route marches in the military. Not fun!

    Regarding 'mountaineering' - I've done a few - most noteworthy being Kilimanjaro. I'm planning to do Mt. Rainier here in the USA with my son - probably in a year's time.

    Not many hikes on my bucket list other than that 100km "challenge hike". I'd like to do the Inca trail, some time - I have many friends who've done it.
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    Duncan,

    I read somewhere recently that people are no longer able to summit Mt. Rainier, the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48, because receding glaciers have made the ice route to the top, ice-free in places. I didn't save the article (which may have been an alarmist tale of one party's failure to make the summit), but discuss it with other mountain climbers before traveling to Washington state. Maybe it's scalable in winter, I know some peaks that can only be climbed in ice and snow. Or maybe by another route. Hope it is still doable and that you are able to make that trek with your son. It is one spectacular mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    Been hiking recently anyone?

    I have. Here are some shots from a short trekking through the mountains of Southern Albania
    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...JKVGM5SFVBdkVB
    Beautiful pictures and especially moving to me as my grandfather emigrated from Albania. Was this a guided tour? Recommended?

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    Yeah it was guided through a local agency, zbulo (www.zbulo.org). Maps of the area are not available yet and also the people in the homestays do not speak english so a guide is usefull. It was not a hard or challenging hike but nice weather, great scenery, friendly people, good food and relaxed hiking. Just what the doctor ordered.

    I would highly recommend this tour but only in spring and autumn. Summers will be too hot. Better go to the albanian alps in the north in summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    Yeah it was guided through a local agency, zbulo (www.zbulo.org). Maps of the area are not available yet and also the people in the homestays do not speak english so a guide is usefull. It was not a hard or challenging hike but nice weather, great scenery, friendly people, good food and relaxed hiking. Just what the doctor ordered.

    I would highly recommend this tour but only in spring and autumn. Summers will be too hot. Better go to the albanian alps in the north in summer.
    Thanks. Maybe someday!

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    Hunza Pakistan is pretty spectacular hiking country.

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    Doood - you do some awesome hikes!
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    Wow...I'm in the woods and on the trails ALL the time, but have never seen sights like that. Pretty incredible!
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