hiking

Exploring Whistler’s Train Wreck Hike

The Whistler Train Wreck Hike Location: Just south of Function Junction, off Whistler Quarry Road (near the Olympic Village) Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Difficulty: Easy Time: Approximately an hour round trip, plus time to visit the site Elevation Gain: 100 feet Mileage: 1.25 miles, round trip Overall impression: This was an easy family hike (I recommend this hike for kids 6 or older) that brought us out of the town and into the forest during our Whistler visit. There is a lot of beauty in this area of Canada! If you’re looking for something completely different to…

Winter Hiking Tips – Safety in the Snow

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, January means cold. Cold temperatures, snow, and icy conditions keep most people inside. However, there are some people who love winter hiking and exploration. In the winter, outdoor explorers have fewer people and less crowds to contend with, often cheaper travel rates (unless you’re traveling to ski resorts), and increased solitude and quiet. After the stress of the holiday season, it can be good to get outside and spend some time in fresh air, avoiding being cooped up inside…

The Path to Becoming a Tucson Hiking Guide

Have you ever dreamed about leaving your old, city life and job behind to settle down in the warm southwest with the job of your dreams? Well, that’s exactly what Mitch Stevens of Southwest Discoveries did. Below is the story of how he traveled from New York City to Tucson, Arizona, became a Sierra Club tour guide, and eventually started Southwest Discoveries, his own adventure tour company. It takes a giant leap to take a chance on yourself and your dreams. Here is Mitch’s story…

A Wildfire Survival Guide

This week’s post is written by guest writer Arun Kumar from RidersTrail.com. Many thanks to Arun for sharing his information with us! It’s not hard to realize that forest fires have become five times more frequent and six times more destructive in recent years. Fires have been all over the news! But did you know that these frequent and destructive wildfires are due to global warming and climate change? According to National Geographic.com, “California has warmed by about three degrees Fahrenheit. That extra-warmed air sucks water out of plants and soils, leaving…