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Hiking The Great Wall of China

When we were planning our trip on the Trans Mongolian train journey, Beijing was one of the stops I was most excited for. We did some incredible things in Beijing, but for me, the stand out was our Great Wall of China trip from Beijing.  We spent about 6 hours hiking along an unrestored part of The Great Wall of China, where we saw an incredible sunrise and absolutely no other person. I felt we ...

How to spend 4 days in Beijing, China

Our Trans Mongolia railway trip kicked off with 4 days in Beijing. We saw some of the top sights, ate a lot of good food and sweated a LOT in Beijing's extremely hot and humid conditions. TMI? Sorrynotsorry. If you're planning a trip to Beijing, China for a vacation or on a layover, then check out this Beijing itinerary for 4 days. Useful resources and articles for planning your Trans Mongolia Railway trip Our Trans ...

Elfin Lakes hike in spring

8I've been talking about doing the Elfin Lakes trail since we moved to Vancouver. For one reason or another, it's never quite happened. First I was intent on staying in the Elfin Lakes shelter. Then, on another weekend it was pouring with rain and 22km in the rain with no views isn't that appealing even for someone as hiking obsessed as me. Then there was a bicycle accident that messed up my foot (which is ...

25 of the best lakes near Vancouver for hiking & swimming!

Canada is pretty famous for its lakes. Whilst you may not have heard of many of the lakes near Vancouver on this list, I'm sure you've heard of Maligne Lake and Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta. There's something I just love about a hike that ends up at a lake, especially when the views are as good as the ones on this list of the best lakes near Vancouver, BC! The best part about hiking ...

Vango Backpack Review: Cascade 65:75

I've got a lot of backpacking trips planned for this summer and for that I needed a good backpack that would fit in all my gear and be comfortable! Luckily I've now got a great backpack for all my overnight hiking needs. The all-new Vango Cascade backpack is great for multi-day hikes and it's also affordable too. Take a look at this Vango backpack review. About the Vango Cascade backpack The Cascade range is a ...

Anatom Boots review: Q1 Ballater ultralight shoe

I get through shoes and hiking boots pretty quickly. When I'm not hiking mountains I'm walking dogs around Vancouver and I rack up at least 20,000 steps every day. Whether I'm out walking dogs or mountains I prefer a lower boot, more of a hiking shoe, if you will. I've recently been trying out the Anatom Q1 Ballater Ultralight hiking shoe and I'm very impressed with the comfort and durability of it. If you're looking ...

Vango F10 Aero 3 sleeping mat review

Along with the Vango Latitude 400 sleeping bag I've also been testing the Vango F10 Aero 3 sleeping mat. This self-inflating sleeping mat is lightweight, packs up small and is super comfortable. Plus, it adds a nice layer of warmth which is great when you're sleeping on snow as I have been recently! If you're considering buying a Vango self inflating sleeping mat then be sure to check out this Vango F10 Aero 3 review! ...

45 Things to do in Vancouver in the summer

It's my third summer in Vancouver, BC and boy, oh boy am I looking forward to it. It's not even like the winter in Vancouver was that rainy this year! But Vancouver in the summer is something special. The city truly comes alive, everyone's out of hibernation and the seawall is bustling with people skating, cycling, rollerblading and hanging out on the beach. The mountains begin to thaw out and those long summer days mean ...

9 Best hikes in Redwood National Park

With every national park in America we visited, we tried to fit in a good hike. In some national parks, we managed to fit in more than one hike (like in Arches National Park). We did one big day hike in Redwood National Park and a couple of shorter walks to see some of the more famous big trees. If you're looking for hikes in among the California Redwoods then check out the list below ...

A guide to visiting Redwood National Park

During our 3-month road trip across the USA, one of the national parks we visited was Redwood National Park. I hadn't realised beforehand quite how far it was away from major cities. This didn't matter for us since we were road tripping and heading north up the California coast anyway, but if you're planning on visiting Redwood National Park and State Parks then it requires a little bit more planning. Yes, you can see redwoods ...