"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.
"When my cheap local flashlight flickered and died in the total darkness of an Indonesian jungle path, I tried to look at the bright side of things. At least the sunset on the summit had been pretty."
"With four million annual visitors, you wouldn't think Yosemite would be a spot for solitude. But hike for just a mile or two away from the crowded main valley, and you'll discover, as I did, the peaceful tranquility of one of America's most popular parks."
"While a group hike has the advantages of a trusted guide, companionship, and safety, the downside is that you’re in traffic—that very same congestion you left home to avoid. While road rage on the trail is rare, the frustration of a group march can be real, whether you’re a high-speed hiker or a dawdler. But a couple lessons I learned on the Inca Trail changed my perspective."