Rano Kau Trail (Easter Island) hiking report released

Before I publish my other two Greenland hiking reports, I needed to go back and finish up my three Easter Island reports from our Jan 2018 trip.  Here is the first of the three overdue reports.  You might recall that I earlier published a report for the Maunga Terevaka Trail (highest point on Easter Island) about 8 months ago.  This next report covers the Rano Kau Trail, which we did as a family hike while on Easter Island.  I’ve also included some bonus photos taken of the motus adjacent Orongo and also some pretty sunsets that we enjoyed at Tahai.  To see the new report, check out report #19 under the South Pacific section on the Introduction Page.  Or you can click on the link below.

Rano Kau Trail (Easter Island) new hiking report

Stefan enjoying his hike above Rano Kau Crater

Greenland 2018 Video

No current updates as to when I will be returning to Death Valley this hiking season.  But hopefully soon.  In the meantime, here is a video I put together while visiting Greenland over the summer.  Hiking and backpacking Greenland was truly my biggest lifetime adventure yet.

Popotei Ridge, Bora Bora hiking report released

Today I am publishing my final hiking report from our Dec 2017-Jan 2018 trip to French Polynesia.  This one covers a hike along Popotei Ridge on Bora Bora.  This was my third lifetime hike on Bora Bora.  As is standard with many of my South Pacific hiking reports, the new report also includes some bonus snorkeling photos which I’m sure you’ll enjoy.  Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon is such an amazing place to go snorkeling.  Next up, I need to work on finishing my hiking reports for Easter Island, which was also part of this trip.  Where will we head next in the South Pacific?  Among the places I’m hoping to visit someday are the Marquesas Islands, Gambier Islands, Fiji, and a combination trip of Guam and Palau.  To check out the new report, see report #8 on the Introduction Page under South Pacific, or click on the link below.

Popotei Ridge (Bora Bora) new hiking report

Beautiful sunset on Bora Bora from Matira Beach where we stayed

Huahine (French Polynesia) hiking report released

It’s been a long time coming (about 8 months), but I finally was able to finish up and publish my hiking and snorkeling report for Huahine, French Polynesia.  Most of the report documents a hike to the summit of Mount Pohue Rahi, which was an outstanding hike with beautiful wildflowers, a pine forest, and outstanding views all around Huahine.  As part of the bonus pictures, you will find the best pictures from four days of snorkeling on Huahine.  Huahine truly was a wonderful South Pacific island to visit.  You can find the link to the new report under the South Pacific section on the Introduction Page.  It is hiking report #11 currently.  Also, you can click on the link below to read the new report.

Mount Pohue Rahi (Huahine, French Polynesia) new hiking report

We visited Huahine for our 10-year anniversary

Arctic Circle Trail (Greenland) hiking report released

Today, we are releasing our hiking report for the Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland.  It was a really challenging report to put together, trying to fit 9 days of hiking into 1 single report.  But it really gave me a chance to showcase all of the best highlights and my favorite photographs from along this incredible trail.  I hope you enjoy the report.  The new hiking report can be found on the Introduction Page under the Europe and Greenland hiking section.  (Yes, I know that Greenland is located in North America, but for the sake of space that’s where my Greenland reports will be placed for now.)  You can also view the new report by clicking on the link below.

Arctic Circle Trail (Greenland) new hiking report

Bonus photo taken on Day 4 after finishing our canoe ride

Greenland 2018

We recently returned from a very successful and enjoyable 17-day trip to Greenland.  The focus of the trip was mostly on hiking and backpacking.  To start with, we spent 9 days backpacking the 100-mile route from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut on the Arctic Circle Trail.  The Arctic Circle Trail was quite amazing with a lot of wildlife, great scenery, river crossings, and fun experiences along the way.  Next, we went to Disko Island and did a day hike to a pretty waterfall and interesting area of geology known as Kuannit.  Finally, we went to Ilulissat, which has some of the most impressive icebergs in the world.  Along with doing a midnight sunset iceberg cruise of Disko Bay and spending time whale watching, we also did a one-way hike from Oqaatsut (formerly called Rodebay) back to Ilulissat, and a loop hike of the Ilulissat Icefjord (a UNESCO World Hertiage Site) by connecting the Yellow and Blue Trails.  In the near future, I will share three brand new hiking reports from our trip to Greenland – The Arctic Circle Trail, Disko Island (Waterfall and Kuannit), and the Ilulissat Icefjord Hike.  It will be hard to condense 9 days of backpacking on the Arctic Circle Trail into one single report, but the scenery will be very impressive.

Arctic Circle Trail sample photo
Arctic Circle Trail wildlife sample photo (reindeer)
Kuannit (Disko Island) sample photo
Ilulissat Icefjord Hike sample photo