Brain Fodder and Eye Candy from 2015 in These Pieces

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Christmas time is the time of ancient family rituals. Easy Hiker is not a family, of course, nor is it old enough to have ancient traditions – but I have provided you before (ghosts of Christmases past!) with a brief look into articles about hiking and more generally about travelling that I had found over the year, so I might as well do it again. I could have opened this post by saying that Christmas

Brain Fodder and Eye Candy from 2015 in These Pieces

A Holiday Reading List of Great Travel Writing

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Aristotle, Train Stations and the Romance of Travel Christmas may not be the best time of the year for hiking, but it is surely perfect for reading about it: so much time on your hands, so few incentives to step out your front door (with either the rain pouring down in buckets or the temperature below freezing) and nothing on TV but the usual repeats (“Ghosts of Christmases Past”). Here then is a small selection

A Holiday Reading List of Great Travel Writing

Ultimate List of the Essential Tools for Winter Hiking

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Guest Post by Chris Beattie For survival on a wintry hike, even for one day, you need the right tools. No self-respecting hiker would set off into the wilderness ill-equipped because nature and the weather tend to be highly unpredictable. Here are some of the key items you’ll need, and some you’ll just want for happy trails this winter.

Photo by blmiers2 from Flickr

1. Resilient footwear

As if tramping for miles

Ultimate List of the Essential Tools for Winter Hiking

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

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Hotel Adler Dolomiti specializes on guided hiking tours in the Italian Alps

Hiking, skiing and “wellness” make easy and obvious bedfellows for tourist resorts and hotels in the mountains: skiing in winter, hiking in summer and there are spa-type activities, sports and swimming pools any time of the year, to help people rest and recover between more active pastimes.

Easy and obvious it may be now, but this was

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

Mala Beach in New Footwear

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A coastal walk that produced a few stressful moments – and a stress-free shopping experience This is the story of two firsts.

The first “first” first: never before had we organized a Monaco to Mala Beach hike for a group that was larger than our own little family. But this time, the invitation to take part in the 5 km walk from Monaco to Mala Beach had been extended to all members from

Mala Beach in New Footwear

Product Review: Hiking Pants or Fanny Pack?

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Product Review: What’s Best for a Day Hike? Where to put all the stuff you need for a short outdoor trip? We put two popular alternatives to the test.

What size bag or pack to bring is one of hiking’s perennial problems. This is particularly true for day-hiking trips because even a day-backpack is often too big to store just the water bottle, the sandwiches and the camera.

Two alternative solutions

Product Review: Hiking Pants or Fanny Pack?

Christmas Presents for Hikers

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Better Late than Never: My Choice Christmas Presents for Hikers This Christmas may already have come and gone, but it is never too late to receive presents, is it? Which is why today’s post is filled with little gifts from the international travel press that may have been overlooked in the hustle-and-bustle of our busy everyday lives when they were first published, but are certainly worth a second look – particularly at this time of

Christmas Presents for Hikers

A Wally Christmas to All!

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Our Dulcet Christmas Wishes to You, Our Readers! Why do we all love the Internet so much? Because it allows us to answer back! “Two-way communication” is, I believe, the technical term for this. Writers no longer talk to but with their readers, leading to proper and real conversations all over cyberspace. Isn’t that wonderful?

Some of you, however, have sent me little messages in the form of comments on our posts over

A Wally Christmas to All!

Mallorca Beyond the Beaches

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Hiking in Spain Mallorca Beyond the Beaches If you want to explore the “real Mallorca”, the Mallorca beyond the beaches teeming with tourists in holiday resorts, your best bet for a base may be a hotel right on the seaside. This may sound contradictory and counter-intuitive, so let me explain.

Firstly, you must take into account that the interior of the island – where you find the mountains and most of the interesting

Mallorca Beyond the Beaches

Hiking Reads for Summer

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Hiking Reads Summer has – finally! – arrived in Europe, and not a moment too soon, just in time for the peak of the holiday season.

For hikers, however, temperatures above 30° centigrade (that’s the high 80s and 90s for you) are a mixed blessing. For some trails, perhaps even for all trails, this is just too hot! So, let’s be lazy for a few days – after all, everybody needs a break.

Hiking Reads for Summer