Category Archives: Desert

May all the Winds be with you – Heading back to the Puna de Atacama

There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.

Bill Hicks – American stand-up comedian.


The Altiplano / Puna region in South America can be addictive – once you get there and spend time out in the wild nature, there is a high probability that you will come back, despite all the suffering and pain you go through.

After having spent months in this region in 2016, I went back in September 2017 for a couple of weeks, this time accompanied by a friend who was new to desert hiking.

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An Extensive Planning Guide For Desert Hikes – Part 2


In Part 1 of this blog posting series, we covered the aspects of planning a desert hiking trip at home. We discussed the different tools and techniques that are available and also covered the important aspects to keep in mind while planning the route. We now know how to use Google Maps, Google Earth, OpenStreetMap for our purposes and know the strengths & weaknesses of the different tools.

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Testbericht Benpacker Hiking Trailer

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Update 11/2018: Neues Review Video gibts hier.

Auf der Suche nach einem unabhängigen Nutzungsbericht über den Benpacker Wanderanhänger bin ich vor etwa 2 Jahren auf keinerlei nützliche Informationen gestoßen, ausser die, die der Hersteller (Ben von der Firma Benpacker) selbst veröffentlicht hat. Diese Lücke möchte ich mit diesem unabhängigen Testbericht des Benpacker Wanderanhängers (nachfolgend lediglich Benpacker genannt) füllen um zukünftigen Interessenten eine weitere Meinung zur Verfügung stellen zu können.

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A Present in the Desert

I didn’t know Sarah Marquis before I went off to hike the deserts of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina – shame on me, I should have come across her book “Deserts d’Altitude” and the other amazing desert hikes she already did during my research and preparation for the trip. Most probably this was caused by the fact that the book is only available in French and honestly my French is a little bit rusty. Sidetracked has a great interview with her in English here.

Below I want to tell you the story about the present I received in the desert – the book “Deserts d’Altitude” – given to me by a stranger I met on a dirt road close to the border of Bolivia / Chile. Since I don’t get presents quite often while walking in the desert, I thought this is worth a posting.

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