The Treehugging Outdoorsman


Don’t Let The Rain Stop You!
March 30, 2007, 7:06 pm
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Weather conditions mostly defines the kind of trip we could have. In most cases, we usually hope for a sunny and dry weather because outdoor trips are more fun that way and with less hassles. but what if the weather suddenly didn’t cooperate and turned against us, what will we do? Do not let the rain stop you from your planned activities. If the weather is not the thunderstorm-y type, you can still pushed through with your hiking or camping trips.

Just remember to seal everything. Put your things in a resealable plastic bags especially the most important ones such as matches, flares, food, maps and first aid kits. Seal your sleeping bags too cos you don’t want to sleep in a wet sleeping bag believe me. Do not forget to pack waterproof jackets and hats and just to be sure, bring along extra large trash bags. Remember, some trips are beter enjoyed under the rain or if rain is not your thing, there’s always a first time to find out.



Mountain Biking In Slovenia

mountainbikeSlovenia may be known among other things but I shall remember it always as a biking-friendly country. From gentle, short and easy trails between Ratece and Gozd Martuljek to the adrenaline hungry Elan Bike Park with jumps tables and other obstacles for free riding, bikers would be amazed with Slovenia. Though they might not be as popular as Italy and France when it comes to biking, this country is full of beautiful sceneries that everyone will enjoy, whether pedaling across Julian Alps or the Adriatic coastline and limestone caves.

Julian Alps is a tedious 232-kilometre cycle trip that can be completed in five separate stages or five separate days. Some riders who joins biking tours and competition can practice in here while admiring the rolling hills and wooden farmhouses that one passes while on the road. Local mountain bikers have visibly cleared many old paths and have put together new routes for bikers to enjoy and experience.



No Seven Summit For Me, Thank You Very Much
March 27, 2007, 10:16 pm
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Being an avid fan of outdoor activities and engaging in some minor climbings, water raftings and discovering places, I wonder how come the though of conquering any of the Seven Summits never occurred to me. It’s a challenge that I don’t have plans of achieving. Maybe, given the chance I can go climb the easiest mountain but that still remains a mystery. I was reading people’s blogs and articles earlier and I couldn’t help but admire the efforts they are putting into climbing all Seven. My god, seven! Kilimanjaro, Vinson Massif, Kosciuszko, Everest, Elbrus, Denali and Aconcagua.

The hard works, money and enough will and drive to push is enough to admire these people. What’s with the altitude that pulls every mountain climber into conquering mountains after mountains and ultimately leading to these sacred mountains. I believe that more than a test of physical strength, this task is also a test of strength of character. Will you go farther even if you’re body’s screaming against it? I only have admirations for them.



How To Plan Your Safari Trip
March 25, 2007, 11:07 pm
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Going on an African safari trip has always been my dream. A dream that roots from my childhood from the hundreds of shows I’ve watched on the television and books and stories that inspired me to take one. Organizing a safari trip need not be complicated and hard if you’re interested to go for one. First, you just have to limit your options. Where do you want to go exactly? Kenya? Uganda? Tanzania? It all depends on what you want to see because some places might not have what you expect from a safari trip.

Find and choose a package taht will suit you and the amount of time of you have for the trip. Keep in mind the details of the package tours you want, talk to your travel agents or if you are directly hiring a tour upon arrival, ask and double check everything before you agree on something. Would you want to camp outside or do you prefer the comfort of lodges? Most importantly, what is your budget? All these factors play an important part in determining the type of safari trip you will have and remember to just keep your mind open in case things don’t go along your way.



Budget Traveling
March 23, 2007, 10:12 pm
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Going on a vacation doesn’t always have to mean going broke after each trip. You can go on a fairly comfortable trip anywhere in the world with just the right amount of budget if you can just do it right. No more eating baguettes for days or staying in dingy inns just to spend less money. The trick is doing it by yourself. I mean no large, fieldtrip-type group because actually, these package-tour groups rob you money more than anything.

Research, research, research. Bring your own maps and map your own itinerary. If the areas of sights are near each other don’t hesitate to walk. Usually, it is when you are walking and seeing the place in a backpacker’s point of view that you feel and analyze it more. More observations can be made plus you might stumble upon some city actions such as parades or hidden bookshops that you wouldn’t see when you are cooped up in a tour bus.



Yoho

Living up to its name (Yoho means magnificent in Cree word), Yoho National Park in the British Columbia rockies is one destination that one shouldn’t miss in their lifetime. In a recent trip in this national treasure, I’ve never seen such a spectacular scenery such as the mountains coated with glacial ice, emerald clear water, magnificient waterfalls and a lake surrounded by wildflower meadows. True enough, mountaineers, hikers and campers like me can’t find enough superlative words to describe the beauty we are witnessing upon seeing the park.

Upon arrival, I immediately scanned the maps and guidebooks the park is offering, talked and asked the staff members of the best thing to do and how to do it. Accomodation is easy enough as lodges can be found nearby. I took first the path trail between Lakes O’Hara and Oesa because it is said to be the most popular and has the prettiest scenery although on peak seasons can be quite as busy.



Kayaking In Lake Baikal
March 20, 2007, 8:59 pm
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kayakIn a time when almost everything can be done without thinking much of the consequences or worrying how it will be done, an afternoon spent paddling in Lake Baikal wouldn’t be a ridiculous idea now. I’ve always dream of exploring and experiencing new adventures in different countries in different setting so when I’ve learned of a package tour that’ll fly me to Irkutsk which will be then a short drive to the shores of the Lake, I didn’t think twice of packing up my stuff in my ever reliable Deuter knapsack. Plus it was a short ride for me cos I’ve been lounging around Moscow now and running out of new activities to try.

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater and deepest lake in the world and is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Paddling in my kayak at this grand creation of the Maker, I felt at ease and a sense of peace washed over me. Such a beautiful place I’ve never felt smaller cos it dawned on me that there’s a lot grander things than mankind in this world.