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Why We Love the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

May 11, 2017 by MTS Team

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River isn't just a trip. It's something deeper: a journey of no return that makes us bolder and braver. This collection of staff testimonials captures a few personal perspectives that demonstrate why we love the Middle Fork—and often recommend it as a first-time adventure with Mountain Travel Sobek. Interestingly, many who ride the Middle Fork once return with family, friends, and in many cases the next generation of adventure travelers. See you on the river!


When I First Fell For the Arctic

February 06, 2017 by Nathaniel Wilder

"On a bouncy flight north over an eastern section of the Brooks Range, I press my cheek against the glass to get a better view down to the teeming mass of caribou moving through the valley directly beneath the plane. It’s a hot day just after the summer solstice. Slowly we spiral down to parallel a dry, overgrown channel of the Kongakut River, a couple of miles beyond the herd. The beefy tundra tires on our Cessna six-seater make contact, and we quickly come to a stop at the end of the strip marked with an old caribou shed. This will be our put-in for an 80-mile paddle to a remote reef on the edge of the Arctic Ocean."


Hiking the Smuggler's Trail in Patagonia

February 02, 2017 by Carolyn McCarthy

"When I first laid eyes on Patagonia after having lived in the Rockies, I knew I’d found the wilder West. A vast empire of shifting landscapes, the very sight of it sets off a pressing itch to go exploring. Golden steppe, glaciers and deep forest wrapped around countless unnamed peaks, these landscapes are larger than life. To be there, immersed, is to belong to something greater."


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Guest Notes from the Silk Road

January 30, 2017 by Heather Howard

Irina & Andrei Shishov joined Mountain Travel Sobek for our exhilarating tour of Central Asia, traveling through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan along the fabled Great Silk Road. We spoke to them about their journey and what made their experience so special.


Choosing to Trek in Nepal

January 27, 2017 by Lisa Niver

"The expedition leaders helped people figure out what they needed. I realized I did not need to know how to do everything in advance. It was not a test. There were no grades. Trekking is not a race. It is about being outdoors and listening to the sounds, meeting the people and being amazed by our world around us." Hear from award-winning travel expert Lisa Niver as she takes an adventurous trek in Nepal and learns not to worry!