Hiking the Larapinta end-to-end solo: part 2

I woke up on day nine to some ice on my tent and decided I was not getting up yet. So I sat in my sleeping bag and cooked my breakfast from inside my tent. I saw the Trek Larapinta group walking through at 7.30am all rugged up and I waved to them from inside…

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Hiking the Larapinta end-to-end solo: part 1

I left Telegraph Station at 9am on July 4th and a few kilometres later I was thinking, ‘bloody hell this pack weighs a bit’, and then, ‘it’s pretty bloody hot’, and then, ‘shit I think I’ve gone off the trail’, and then, I kicked a rock, tripped and fell and blood was dripping down my…

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My favourite photos from South America 2015

Top ten photos from my trip in South America in 2015

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Santa Cruz Trek

Before you roll your eyes and think “another trek?!”, be aware that this was the last one for the time being! Just to prove again how much I love hiking, I turned around and went back to the north of Peru again and spent 24 hours on a bus to get to a city called…

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The Inca Trail

The famous Inca Trail. The popular Machu Picchu. How good could it actually be after all that I’d already seen? Exceptionally good as it turns out and one of the highlights of my entire trip. I’d booked the four day trek six months in advance as required, because the permits often sell out due to…

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Hiking the Quilotoa Loop

“Tricky but rewarding” were the words Lonely Planet used. I was determined to do it independently anyway. I found a lot of useful information on some other blog posts people had written plus the few hostels at each of the villages around the loop also had informative websites. The ‘loop’ is actually a rough road…

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Hiking to the Lost City

I wasn’t originally planning on going to Colombia but when I sat down with a travel agent in England to book a flight from Europe to Ecuador to start my South American leg the lady said, “You have to go to Colombia. You’re going to Colombia!” and so I walked out with a ticket to…

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Hiking the Lycian Way

Mum has always been the walker and I’ve always been a runner. But within six months on this trip I had become more and more obsessed with the benefits and enjoyments of hiking. When mum decided she would come and visit me on my round the world trip, what better way than to do a…

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Tanzania’s (big) little hill

I called Kilimanjaro “just a little hill” to myself in the weeks leading up to my climb just so I didn’t freak out too much. In the days before I even started to wonder why the hell I had decided to do it in the first place. I’d done no acclimatisation and only a little…

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