Take a Hike Photography

Hi! We are Matt and Alison, two Chicago-based school teachers with an insatiable passion for hiking and photography. We spend our summers hiking all over the world and the school year planning our next big adventure! For the past dozen years, we have been on a mission to hike/trek/backpack the classic hikes of the world, documenting our journeys with countless photos of the gorgeous scenery and fascinating cultures we encounter along the way. We have written two books related to hiking, Plan & Go: The Wonderland Trail and Hiking Photography (Sandiburg Press).

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Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 6

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 6

Today we will complete the 6-day loop known as the Heights of Alay Trek, and the day starts off with an unusual challenge. The blankets at this

Aug 19, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 5

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 5

We have breakfast in the kitchen yurt this morning at 6:30, which is clearly too early for company according to the little boy in the camp. He

Aug 18, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 4

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 4

Today is, by design, a short day of travel as we move up the valley to a yurt camp that will put us closer to Jiptik Pass, our last big challenge,

Aug 17, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 3

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 3

We have a two-pass day ahead of us today, so we are eager to get up and going when the alarm goes off at 6. The family is already up and at work

Aug 16, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 2

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 2

Rob describes the yurts that predominate summer life here in Kyrgyzstan as stationary RVs, and he’s right in the sense that the yurt performs

Aug 14, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 1

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Heights of Alay Loop, Day 1

It feels like I don't sleep at all during the night, but, when the alarm goes off at 6, Matt has to shake me to get me to respond to it. My first

Aug 13, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Akotor Pass, Day 3

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Akotor Pass, Day 3

After a brief afternoon rain spell yesterday, we are pleased to wake up to a sunny morning that’s not too chilly. After breakfast we pack up and set

Aug 4, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Akotor Pass, Day 2

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Akotor Pass, Day 2

Light starts to filter into the door of our yurt around 5:00 am. Shortly after that, I can hear Aiperi and her older girls up and about already

Aug 4, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Akotor Pass, Day 1

Trekking Kyrgyzstan’s Akotor Pass, Day 1

After a few days off of trekking in Kyrgyzstan, it’s finally time to get back on the trail today. We’ve traveled from Karakol along the southern

Aug 2, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography
Trekking to Kyrgyzstan’s Ala-Kol Pass, Day 3

Trekking to Kyrgyzstan’s Ala-Kol Pass, Day 3

The alarm goes off at 5:30, but, oddly for camping in Kyrgyzstan, we do not need it for two reasons: first, due to the angle of the valley we are

Jul 30, 2019 : Take a Hike Photography