Category Archives: Hiking

Packrafting the Phang Nga Bay – Phuket – Thailand

The Phang Nga Bay close to Phuket, Thailand, is primarily known for its tourist hotspots such as the James Bond Island where thousands of visitors hop on and off each year. However, there is much more to see in this bay – therefore, I decided to pay it a visit in November 2017 as one of the spots on my Thailand Packrafting Roundtrip.

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Dayhiking the Hohentwiel Fortress Ruins

The ruins of fortress Hohentwiel, located in the south of Germany, are definitively worth a visit. You can easily spend several hours hiking up the hill and explore the complete area while reading the historical background of this former fortress. We recently dayhiked to the fortress starting in the town of Engen, north of the fortress.

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Technical Setup for Long Distance Desert Hikes

Introduction

One of the bad habits of the 21st century is to drag electronic devices wherever we go – I’m not different here and I would hardly go to the desert without any technical device. Some of them I carry with me simply for security reasons (DeLorme, Phone) – some are for fun (Camera). I’m not the kind of person who leaves life-saving items at home simply because I can or it’s fancy to be oldschool – I’m pretty sure that I would heavily regret this decision once I’m in a situation where my satellite messenger is the only and last option I have and will decide whether I will live or die.

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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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