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Hiker Intro : How I Became the ‘Barefoot’ Hiker

Hiker Intro : How I Became the ‘Barefoot’ Hiker

  Leave No Trace to me means respecting nature as if it were a holy site. Hi, everyone. My name is Jeremy. You can call me the "Barefoot" Hiker. This...

Mar 14, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
The Wandering La Vignes Live, at an REI Near You!

The Wandering La Vignes Live, at an REI Near You!

Hey hiking friends! Do you live in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Colorado Springs, Boulder, or Denver? Do you want to talk to real-life Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and former AT...

Dec 6, 2015 : Nichole Young
How To Walk Te Araroa, New Zealand – Part 5

How To Walk Te Araroa, New Zealand – Part 5

Well, as it turns out, I wasn’t quite done gushing about New Zealand. In December and January, my husband and I are going on a speaking tour at 8 REIs...

Nov 6, 2015 : Patrice La Vigne
How To Walk Te Araroa, New Zealand – Part 4

How To Walk Te Araroa, New Zealand – Part 4

In my first 3 posts, I explained the how Te Araroa differs from the AT and upcoming

Oct 2, 2015 : Patrice La Vigne
How To Walk Te Araroa, New Zealand – Part 3

How To Walk Te Araroa, New Zealand – Part 3

In my first 2 posts, I explained the how Te Araroa differs from the AT. Now let's talk about gear. We have a Garmin Fenix watch as our GPS. We...

Sep 25, 2015 : Patrice La Vigne
How To Walk Te Araroa, New Zealand – Part 2

How To Walk Te Araroa, New Zealand – Part 2

In my blog post about the hostels if you want more details. 7) TA, the upside down version of the AT Besides opposite initials, a friend recently pointed out that...

Sep 21, 2015 : Patrice La Vigne
Week 10 in New Zealand: The North Island

Week 10 in New Zealand: The North Island

Mount Taranaki and The Tongariro Crossing Unfortunately do to the guidance of an very helpful Ostepath, I had to sit these two serious day hikes out. My feet and shins are...

Mar 10, 2015 : Laura Houston
Week 9 in New Zealand: Nelson lake – Angelus Hut

Week 9 in New Zealand: Nelson lake – Angelus Hut

Oh man, this trip kicked my ass as well as my spirit. It started all fine and good as Maria and I followed the Spear Grass trail in Nelson Lakes...

Mar 8, 2015 : Laura Houston
Week 7 in New Zealand: Kepler Great Walk

Week 7 in New Zealand: Kepler Great Walk

We finished up our six week class, let the adventure begin! Now that we are free to move about the country, our first stop was to explore the Kepler Great...

Mar 6, 2015 : Laura Houston
Week 5 in New Zealand: Glenorchy/Rees River & Queenstown

Week 5 in New Zealand: Glenorchy/Rees River & Queenstown

So I've been a little distracted by the glory that is New Zealand and have let my blog posts slide. I'm sorry for that, so let me do my best...

Mar 5, 2015 : Laura Houston