Sudan, in the Company of Men

Sudan, in the Company of Men

When the welcome committee is all men, all the time, cycling solo as a woman in conservative and friendly Sudan gets … complex.

Backpacking the Colorado Trail: Answers to Essential Questions

Backpacking the Colorado Trail: Answers to Essential Questions

Planning a Colorado Trail thru hike? These answers to 35 essential questions will help you plan for the CT and give you a sense of the experience.

The Pursuit Zone Podcast: Travel in Africa, Bicycle Touring, and Racing Across the US

The Pursuit Zone Podcast: Travel in Africa, Bicycle Touring, and Racing Across the US

I was on The Pursuit Zone Podcast! We talked about travel in Africa, bicycle touring, and long-distance racing. Here’s where to find the episode.

What I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the John Muir Trail

What I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the John Muir Trail

Hiking the John Muir Trail is a once in a lifetime experience. Learn from my mistakes with these JMT hiking tips I wish I had known beforehand.

Broken Top Loop Backpacking Guide | Three Sisters Wilderness, OR

Broken Top Loop Backpacking Guide | Three Sisters Wilderness, OR

Broken Top Loop is a dramatic and varied 22 mile backpacking route through Three Sisters Wilderness, west of Bend. Here’s a guide to logistics, campsites, and what to expect.

Devil’s Dome Loop Backpacking Guide | North Cascades, WA

Devil’s Dome Loop Backpacking Guide | North Cascades, WA

Route and logistics guide to Devil’s Dome Loop, a dramatic 40ish mile backpacking route in the North Cascades. The views are heavenly, but the devil is in the 5000+ foot climb…

Best of Joshua Tree National Park for Outdoor Adventure Lovers

Best of Joshua Tree National Park for Outdoor Adventure Lovers

Joshua Tree National Park for active outdoor adventure lovers: hiking, biking, camping, and climbing highlights.

14 Fascinating Places to Visit in Sudan

14 Fascinating Places to Visit in Sudan

Sudan is a well-kept secret among adventurous travelers. Here are the best places to visit and things to do in Sudan for history lovers, cultural travelers, and backpackers.

North Coast Ridge to Cone Peak: Epic Ventana Wilderness Ridge Hike

North Coast Ridge to Cone Peak: Epic Ventana Wilderness Ridge Hike

If you’ve already hiked to Cone Peak in the Ventana Wilderness and want something bigger, this burly multi-day trek along North Coast Ridge might be just the thing.

Hell’s Gate National Park: Bicycle Safari and Slot Canyon Hiking in Kenya

Hell’s Gate National Park: Bicycle Safari and Slot Canyon Hiking in Kenya

Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya is, despite the intimidating name, a beautiful place to hike, camp, and even bicycle amongst the wildlife. Here’s what you need to know before visiting.

How to Explore Luxor’s West Bank by Bicycle

How to Explore Luxor’s West Bank by Bicycle

If you’re visiting Egypt and enjoy exploring at your own pace, visiting Luxor’s west bank by bicycle should be on your list. Here’s how to do it.

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in  New Zealand | Guide + 4 Day Itinerary

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in New Zealand | Guide + 4 Day Itinerary

The Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail is the longest official bike route in New Zealand. Here’s a guide to this scenic cycling route, especially for independent travelers who like to camp.

18 Day John Muir Trail Itinerary from Lyell Canyon

18 Day John Muir Trail Itinerary from Lyell Canyon

To help you plan your JMT hike, here’s the 18 day John Muir Trail itinerary I used to hike from the Lyell Canyon alternate start.

Tahoe Rim Trail: 7 Day Lightweight Backpacking Itinerary and Tips

Tahoe Rim Trail: 7 Day Lightweight Backpacking Itinerary and Tips

The 170 mile Tahoe Rim Trail makes a fantastic lightweight backpacking route. Here’s a 7 day TRT itinerary, plus gear and logistics notes, from my TRT thru-hike.

Hardest and Highest Hill Hikes in the SF Bay Area

Hardest and Highest Hill Hikes in the SF Bay Area

Looking for something tall to hike to the top of? This list of challenging hill climbs in the San Francisco Bay Area has you covered.

Cycling Boise to Klamath Falls: Quiet Highways + Oregon Outback Bikepacking Route

Cycling Boise to Klamath Falls: Quiet Highways + Oregon Outback Bikepacking Route

Here’s 614 miles of lightly trafficked, wide-open eastern and central Oregon bicycle route. The only catch: it’s half pavement and half dirt. This mixed terrain adventure has a bit of everything.

What Travelers Need to Know About Ugandan Culture

What Travelers Need to Know About Ugandan Culture

Travel in Uganda will keep you on your toes – in a good way – as you soak up the energy and try to decode the culture. Get a head start with these 14 things every visitor to Uganda needs to know.

Cactus to Clouds Hiking Guide (+ Must-Know Safety Info)

Cactus to Clouds Hiking Guide (+ Must-Know Safety Info)

Thinking about taking on the notorious Cactus to Clouds hiking route? Here’s what you must know before attempting this epic and potentially dangerous day hike from Palm Springs.

Cone Peak Hiking Guide: From Sea to Sky at Big Sur

Cone Peak Hiking Guide: From Sea to Sky at Big Sur

Hiking Cone Peak might be the most spectacular thing you can do in the Big Sur area. Here’s a trail guide to the four different Cone Peak hiking routes.

Mineral King Loop: Four Gorgeous Route Options (With Maps)

Mineral King Loop: Four Gorgeous Route Options (With Maps)

Mineral King Loop refers to several amazing and lesser-known backpacking routes in Sequoia National Park. Here’s a trail guide to four possible Mineral King hikes.

Cycling Egypt: Luxor to Abu Simbel – Route Notes and Tips

Cycling Egypt: Luxor to Abu Simbel – Route Notes and Tips

In February 2020 I cycled from Luxor to Abu Simbel in Egypt, and then on to Sudan. Here’s an overview of my route and some tips for other bicycle travelers wanting to cycle in Egypt.

Koh Ker Temples in Cambodia

Koh Ker Temples in Cambodia

The peaceful temples at Koh Ker are a lovely change of pace from the mass tourism of Cambodia’s larger sites. Here’s how to visit them.

Mindful Travel: How To Be a Good Human While Traveling

Mindful Travel: How To Be a Good Human While Traveling

We all want to travel responsibly, ethically, and sustainably, but it’s complicated! Here are some honest thoughts on mindful travel.

How long does it take to hike the John Muir Trail?

How long does it take to hike the John Muir Trail?

How many days does it take to hike the John Muir Trail? It depends! Here’s how to calculate the JMT hiking pace that’s right for you.