Sockeye salmon in Kamchatka

Detour to Tolbachik

Tolbachik – a 3,085 meter volcano on Far East Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula. I had been told that, on a clear day, the top of Tolbachik crater is the best [accessible without a helicopter] viewpoint in Kamchatka. The mountain is surrounded by several other glaciated volcanoes, most of which are very active. There was a promising-looking half day of clear sky…

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Sunlight Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado. 14,058 feet (4,285 meters).

  “Fuck!” my face dropped as I gazed up at the cliff in front of me. After a moment of contemplation, I knew I had to turn back. It would be suicidal to attempt this climb alone, without climbing shoes or ropes. I had already gone further than I should have, in hopes of finding an easier route to the…

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Hitchhiking Data: Call to action!

I’m putting together a data set including hitchhiking wait times, locations, distances, and number and gender of hitchhikers. This is a call to action for all hitchhikers: send me your data! If you have an Excel or Google spreadsheet, that’s awesome, but if not, send me whatever you have. Even photos of your notebook are fine! If you don’t have…

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Skiing in Armenia

Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. 7 March, 2017.     Tsakhkadzor is Armenia’s biggest and least impressive ski resort. With 4×2-person fixed-line lifts and one non-functional 4-seater, the resort cannot handle large crowds, but that’s okay, because there’s no reason why a lot of people would want to go there. The slopes range from so flat that you have to walk instead of…

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Transnistria: The country you won’t find on a map

  Wedged between the Dniester River in eastern Moldova and the Ukrainian border exists a small country unknown to most of the world’s population. Transnistria is home to over half a million people but you won’t find it on a world map. The UN recognizes Transnistria as a part of Moldova, but, in fact, they have a completely independent government,…

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Hitchhiking in Georgia

    This post is a supplement to what I wrote for Journal of Nomads about police assistance while hitchhiking in Georgia. Check it out!   Georgia is a country not quite like anywhere else in the world. This goes for everything – food, language, culture, as well as hitchhiking. Hitchhiking in Georgia is an exciting experience and a unique…

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The Legend of Shishveli Kali

. Once upon a time, in the far away village of Gomi, Georgia, lived the one and only Shishveli Kali. Some recounts describe Shishveli Kali as a violent monster, others as a reclusive hermit, and yet others claim that she is simply an adamant nudist crying out for a friend in an oppressive society. Only one thing is certain: Shishveli…

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How to get a Russian Visa as a USA Citizen

A google search makes obtaining a Russian visa seem like a super complicated process for Americans, but actually it’s quite easy. All you need is a few papers and anywhere from a couple minutes to a couple hours to wait in line at the embassy. Also, you don’t need to be in your home country, as many websites will lead…

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