Here is a great hike on the Oregon Coast that should be good all year round — assuming you don’t mind a little mud. And if you can add a second car, the 9-mile hike to Cape Falcon and then over Neahkhanie Mountain includes many things that make hiking on the Oregon Coast terrific. All […]
In the fall of 2018, I will be leading an amazing trek in Nepal, taking a rarely-visited loop around Manaslu, the 8th-highest peak in the world at nearly 27,000 feet. This three-week trip also includes a side trip into the Tsum Valley, a sacred pilgrimage area filled with traditional Buddhist culture, right up against the Tibetan […]
In September of 2018, Embark Exploration Co. will offer a unique and exciting trip to go hiking, climbing, and cultural touring in the high country of Ecuador. “Volcanoes of Ecuador” is a two-week adventure in which we will hike remote trails, visit cultures that date back to pre-Spanish days, and most of all, summit five volcanic […]
Sometimes the hardest thing in dealing with “setbacks” is knowing which lesson to learn. Life throws something at me, and in my head a whole committee gets together to decide what happened and what to do about it. But which voice is correct? Which, if any, should be banned? How should I start to wrap […]
One of the best views anywhere of Mount Hood is now accessed via the newly official Old Vista Ridge Trail. It’s a moderate 4.5-mile loop on a trail re-opened by renegade volunteers starting in 2007.
If your car can handle getting to the trailhead, Ed’s Trail is an easy approach to Silver Star Mountain that offers tremendous views, great variety, and — this time of year — some amazing fall colors.
I took a break from my most recent English soccer tour to fulfill a longtime goal of taking a walk on the Cotswold Way in southwest England.
Looking for the best fall colors hikes near Portland, Oregon? Here are some favorites from Paul Gerald, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland.”
The September issue of my monthly(ish) newsletter, the Breakfast Bulletin, is out. Normally, this would involve a summary of activity from my blog here, probably a report from my English soccer project, and perhaps a plug to buy one of my books. This month, instead, it’s my response to this: You can subscribe to the Bulletin here or by clicking below:
I try not to throw around phrases like “perfect hike,” but Lookout Mountain, just east of Mount Hood, gets about as close as anything can to that standard. Why? Because it is a mix of effort, payoff, cool forest, sunny meadows, relative solitude, flowers, springs, and a big-time view that includes volcanoes, forests, a lake, the Columbia River, […]