Category Archives: Hiking

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.

Introduction

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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New Zealand – 3 Weeks on the Te Araroa Trail

Back in 2013, I joined for one month a couple of friends hiking the Te Araroa Trail southbound. We met close to the trail head of the Whanganui River where you basically need to rent canoes in order to go down the river until you reach the ocean close to the town of Whanganui. The river was relatively calm in this section, but should never be underestimated since heavy rain can let grow quickly. (Further upstream, you can obviously find nice spots for packrafting.)

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Traversing the Pilatus Range – Switzerland

The Pilatus Mountain, close to the town of Lucerne, provides amazing views into the higher Alps as well as towards the lower north. Recently, we crossed parts of the mountain range beginning in the morning at the Mittaggüpfi (1917m) then continuing towards Tomlishorn (2128m) and ending on the Pilatus Kulm (2119m) close to midday.

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