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Gosainkund & Helambu – day 1

8 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Syabrubesi 1500m – Foprang Danda 3190 To the sacred Gosainkund lakes. :-) I’d just finished an 8-day trek of the Langtang valley, finishing in Syabrubesi. While enjoying my room in the the BIG city … Continue reading ?

I saw a Red Panda

9 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

About an hour down from Gopte 3439m, on the Helambu Trail in Nepal. :-) The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called lesser panda and red cat-bear, is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and south-western China that … Continue reading ?

You Know You’re a Hiker When….

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

I confess. It’s all true. You know you’re a hiker when… when you look at a bar of chocolate in the store and put it back because it doesn’t have enough calories. when you measure everything in your life in liters and grams. when you can accurately judge your mileage after walking all day. when your […]            

Langtang Trek – day 8

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Bamboo 1970m to Syabrubesi 1503m I only had a couple of hours left on foot to reach “civilization” (slow internet). So it was a late awakening and a leisurely descent. Always a pleasure … Continue reading ?

Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket Review

Big Agnes has emerged as a leading manufacturer of down jackets over the past two years, bringing their know-how with down insulation, hood design, and lightweight fabrics to the challenge of designing high performance insulated apparel for front-country and backcountry use. Show More Summary

Langtang Trek – day 7

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Kyanjin Gompa 3830m to Bamboo 1970m Slow start. The high solo day hike of the day prior had taken a toll. My sunscreen had not seemed to work. (Does it ever work?) Donated … Continue reading...

Langtang Trek – day 6

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Langshisha Kharka 4110m to Kyanjin Gompa 3830m … day hike towards Tilman’s Pass basecamp Dawn broke clear and cold. Up to pee and walk down to the river (my water bottle had frozen), … Continue reading ?

Langtang Trek – day 5

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Nov 2, 2014 Kyanjin Gompa 3830m – Langshisha Kharka 4110m Another classic, perfect November day in the high Nepali Himalaya. Blue sky. Bright sun. I departed Kyanjin Gompa late. As usual. Today I … Continue reading ?

Langtang Trek – day 4

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Langtang Village 3430m to Kyanjin Gompa 3830m We stayed at the Tibet Hotel in Langtang. But all teahouses in any given location are near identical. It really doesn’t matter which one you choose. … Continue reading ?

Langtang Trek – day 3

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Lama Hotel 2420 to Langtang Village 3430m Again I had only milk coffee for breakfast, fortified with some instant coffee I brought along with me. For some reason we all felt stronger today, … Continue reading ?

Hiking Gear Casualties and Deaths, 2013-2014

Hiking in New England is really rough on gear and I go through many rolls of Tenacious Tape and tubes of Shoegoo every year to repair my favorite backpacking and mountaineering gear, outdoor clothing, and electronics when they are damaged or wear out. if you don’t try to extend the lifespan of your gear today, you’d be amazed how far […]            

DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Communicator Review

The DeLorme inReach Explorer is a satellite communicator and GPS tracking device that sends and receive text messages, can send an SOS message for help, and track your route and GPS waypoints, even when you are out of range of cell phone towers and wireless networks. Show More Summary

Great Hikes: Baldface Circle Trail in Evans Notch

The Baldface Circle Trail is one of the most magnificent hikes in the White Mountains with nearly 4 miles of open ledge rivaling the northern Presidentials in terms of views. Located in the northeastern corner of the Whites near theShow More Summary

Langtang Trek – day 2

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Pairo 1800m  to Lama Hotel 2420 Slowly. Slowly. That’s the mantra when starting a Himalayan trek. I was last to leave the teahouse (9am), leisurely sipping weak milk coffee and petting the lodge … Continue reading ?

Munroes Family Restaurant: A White Mountain Hiker Feed

Munroe’s Family Restaurant in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire is a mandatory stop if you want to fuel up before or after winter recreational activities. A family style restaurant, it’s a great place to get strong coffee, huge omelets, pancakes, or waffles before you venture into the cold for winter hiking, snowmobiling or skiing in the […]            

Langtang Trek – day 1

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Kathmandu 1400m to Syabrubesi 1503m to Pairo 1800m (Landslide) I was at the Macha Pokhari bus area in Kathamandu by 6:30am. There did not seem to be any Jeeps at the Jeep counter, … Continue reading ?

12 Essential Winter Camping and Backpacking Hacks

Winter camping and backpacking have a must steeper learning curve than three season hiking and camping because you have to carry a lot more gear and learn so many new skills. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve discovered or learned over the years that have improved the safety and comfort of my winter trips. 1. Dig a […]            

Langtang Trek – day 0

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles World ? Asia ? Nepal ? Langtang Why We Like This Hike mighty peaks of Langtang (7234m) and Ganesh (7446m) as well as a sprawl of endless 6000m+ summits sacred lakes of Gosainkund in the … Continue reading ?

Great Hikes: North and Middle Sugarloaf

North and Middle Sugarloaf are two small mountains located just outside Twin Mountain, NH that provide outstanding views of the Twin, Rosebrook, and Presidential Mountain Ranges and only require a moderate 3.4 mile round trip walk to reach. While both peaks have views, Middle Sugarloaf (2539?) is on the 52 with a View peak list and has a huge […]            

Hiker’s Guide to Cyprus

guest post by Hollie Mantle Cyprus doesn’t necessarily strike you as the number one hiking destination, but in fact the dramatic scenery, mountains and coastal paths make it a fantastic place for walkers of any experience level. Here are three … Continue reading ?

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