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Southern Patagonia – El Chaltén and Fitz Roy Hiking Trails

Northern Patagonia – Bariloche and The Hiking Trails of Nahuel Huapi 

Lonely Planet (2009). Nahuel Huapi Traverse and Variations

Base Camp Bariloche & The Hiking Trails of Northern Patagonia

The Hike To Refugio Otto Meiling – Getting Closer To Cerro Tronador


Cordillera Real Trek Route - west side

Cordillera Real Trek Route – west side



Ecuador's "Avenue of the Volcanoes"- the focal point of my adventure

Ecuador’s “Avenue of the Volcanoes”- the focal point of my adventure

see Mountaineering Folder for  Chimborazo,  Cotopaxi,  Cayambe,  Illiniza Norte climbs




Upper Mustang/Phu-Naar Valley Traverse:

Mustang-Saribung-Phu Trek Route

 Upper Mustang-Phu Valley Traverse Via Saribung La: Pre-Trip Planning and Preparation


Nepal Map

Exodus Annapurna Circuit

The Everest Region(Sagarmatha National Park)

Everest Region - Himalayan Map House map detail

Himalayan Map House – detail from their Everest Base Camp Trek map

Sri Lanka: 


Heading To Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Region

Moshi & Arusha: Tanzania’s Gateway Towns to Kilimanjaro And The Northern Safari Circuit


Mount Meru: A Walk To the Top of Tanzania’s Second Highest Mountain


To The Top of Kilimanjaro Via The Lemosho Route

Bhutan – The Snowman Trek


4 Responses to Hiking/Trekking

  1. Anonymous says:

    I found your site very useful for a Wabakimi trip I am planning this year. The detail and focus on historic aspects was great. My brother and I in our mid 50’s are just now making our first trip to the area having canoed most other areas of the province. So we are hoping to explore more of the northern reaches before mining etc opens them up.

    • true_north says:

      Anon – your story sounds like a duplicate of ours!

      My bro and I are now in our early 60’s and, after 30 years of NE Ontario paddling, found our way to Wabakimi in 2010 for the first time. It was quite the revelation! In all we have returned three more times – and will without a doubt be back again soon.

      There are so many tripping possibilities – especially if you can rationalize spending some money on a float plane pick-up or drop off. At our age this is getting easier to do!

      We did go a bit further west this summer – all the way to WCPP and the Bloodvein River system. We think it was the most beautiful river trip we have ever done.

      Have a great time canoeing Wabakimi and send me the url for your trip report after you get back. it will give me some ideas for our next visit!

  2. Chris Downer says:

    Hi Ramblin Boy! i’m thinking of doing soem hiking in Bariloche late September. Wondering if you have ever been at this time of year and know a bit about the conditions and how likely it is the higher trails will be open that time of year? What would be your ideal itinerary for a 3/4 day visit?

    • true_north says:

      Chris, late September is like late March in the northern hemisphere. The wintertime ski crowds will probably be gone.

      Bariloche weather in September

      You could do the first two days of the hike I describe –

      Day 1: Villa Catedral To Refugio Frey
      Day 2: Refugio Frey To San Martin (Jakob)

      See my post Base Camp Bariloche
      for the links to Club Andino de Bariloche and Trek Bariloche. They should provide you with the best info. I understand that that the trail from Villa Catedral to Refugio Frey is open year round. If the San Martin refugio is open that would give you a two day hike across some pretty scenic mountainscape. here may be some snow left on the trail which will give it a different look than in my images!

      Enjy your walk.

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