I had never once used trekking poles, even hauling my own gear when backcountry camping. With 44-year-old knees and currently training for my first Tour du Mont Blanc, however, trekking poles suddenly seemed like a really good idea! Looking online there were so many choices. How to narrow it down? I asked my MTS colleagues who have loads of experience in the most extreme hiking destinations and conditions what they look for when buying poles. Here's what I learned to look for in a trekking pole...
"Proper hiking techniques are crucial for safety and satisfaction, and practicing them makes it easier to cover varied terrain over long distances with greater ease and comfort. Utilizing proper techniques also helps conserve maintain energy levels at higher altitudes, reduce fatigue, achieve your goals, and most importantly, have a lot more fun on your next Mountain Travel Sobek adventure." Africa Regional Specialist and avid hiker Hilary Walters shares her training tips for Mountain Travel Sobek's Strenuous and Ultimate Challenge hiking trips.
There are few treks as satisfying to serious hikers as England’s classic “Coast-to-Coast” trail, considered by many to be one of the top ten hikes in the world! MTS is the only North American adventure travel company to follow all 192 miles of the original “West-to-East” route scouted by Alfred Wainwright, who first blazed the trail in the 1970s. We asked our local guides for their insights into this incredible hike.
Ken Leghorn was an Alaskan adventure pioneer and co-founder of Alaska Discovery, a key part of Mountain Travel Sobek's heritage. As well as helping to launch the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association and spearheading numerous conservation efforts in Alaska, he led trips for over four decades in the most remote wilderness areas that North America has to offer. He loved “getting people out there” to explore and, above all, was a friend to everyone.
Every year National Geographic Traveler magazine selects their own annual bucket list of the world's most interesting places to visit. For 2017, we were delighted to see that their top travel destinations included many of our own adventure favorites: the long-distance Via Dinarica path, Baja "the aquarium of the sea," vibrant Marrakesh, and culture-rich Papua New Guinea. Great minds think alike! In total MTS has six trips that encompass these must-see destinations and, like National Geographic, we've split them by the themes of Nature, Cities, and Culture.