Climbing Via Ferratas in Val D’Aran (Spain)

Via Ferrata Unha Just shy of 800 meters, this via ferrata proceeds in three stages (with escapes after stage 1 and stage 2) to climb up to 2220 meters. There is one Tibetan bridge, a dangling ladder, and a few challenging overhanging sections, among other obstacles to conquer. There is nothing quite like the sensationContinue reading “Climbing Via Ferratas in Val D’Aran (Spain)”

Rambling to Lac d’Arrius, Lac Tort d’Arrius & Lac del Mar (Spain)

This was my second glimpse of the unique world of the Spanish Pyrenees. Starting from the old Hospital de Vielha (at the end of the mouth of the tunnel that goes to Vielha), we hiked up to Lac d’Arrius/l’Estanh de Rius, Lac Tort d’Arrius/Estanh Tort de Rius and Lac de Mar/Estanh del Mar and backContinue reading “Rambling to Lac d’Arrius, Lac Tort d’Arrius & Lac del Mar (Spain)”

Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland)

Earlier this year, I set my sights on accomplishing the Tour du Mont Blanc solo, camping, with little prior experience. A brief survol follows. This was an incredible hike, and one I can highly recommend to anyone dipping their toes into through-hiking. I did the 180 km or so loop, with a number of variantes,Continue reading “Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland)”

Rambling and camping in Stenshuvud’s National Park (Sweden)

Rambling and camping in Stenshuvud’s National Park from Malmö with a three-year-old was worth the heavy pack. The National Park is wonderful, with fairytale forest trails and a long sandy beach. We took a train and bus connection from Malmo to Södra Mellby and then followed the Google Maps directions for walking into the park.Continue reading “Rambling and camping in Stenshuvud’s National Park (Sweden)”

Bike-rambling around Älmhult (Sweden)

This area of Kronoberg County—around Älmhult—may not be particularly glamorous, but it made for a charming and simple weekend outing from Malmö with a kid. There is at least one clean, comfortable and affordable rental near the lake at Möckelns badplats (with bikes for rent). While this apartment was located a few kms outside theContinue reading “Bike-rambling around Älmhult (Sweden)”

Rambling in Söderåsen National Park (Sweden)

It rained, the entire time. But, the 7 or so km loop following the blue trail to and from the Skäralid entrance in Söderåsen National Park was quiet, green and even manageable for a three-year-old. At Liagärden, we stayed overnight in an open shelter, with the not-so-quiet company of a field mouse. The park wasContinue reading “Rambling in Söderåsen National Park (Sweden)”

Running Ystad to Ales Stenar & back (Sweden)

Of the running variety. I ran the coast from Ystad to Ales Stenar for a total of about 40km. Shooting season at the military base was on hold, so I was able to cover most of this ground via the rolling ‘hills’ that lounge the coast with spectacular views of the water and cliffs. FromContinue reading “Running Ystad to Ales Stenar & back (Sweden)”