Category: Adventure

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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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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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 Life of a Trimmigrant

. While hitchhiking around Northern California and Southern Oregon recently, I encountered dozens of nomads thumbing rides on Highway 101, pitching tents under bridges or parking their vans in unused parking lots for the night, cooking organic vegan food on propane stoves, and wandering around towns with small scissors hanging from their backpacks. Dubbed by the locals as “trimmigrants”, these…

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Norway: Living on Excess

Every August, a number of hitchhikers from around the world gather somewhere in Europe to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate the life of freedom that they have discovered through non-consumerist travel. The location of each Hitchgathering is decided whenever somebody suggests a good spot that fits a few simple guidelines–free for 100+ people to camp without…

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Adventure Travel Interview

This interview was given to me by Sanja, Nina, and Naomi as a project for their tourism class. They contacted me via couchsurfing and asked if I would answer some questions for them. It was a great way to reflect on my thirst for adventure, so I’m posting it here for the world to see, understand, and get inspired.     General questions   Could you…

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April Showers Bring May Powder

5:15 AM, Friday, April 29, 2016.   BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!!!   “Oh shut the…….$@#&! Wake up!”   I rifled through the blankets, struggling to find my phone in the dark to make that horrible noise go away. Having already hit the snooze button twice, I was running late. Lazily, I brushed my teeth, took a quick look in the…

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