Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die: Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
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Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die is the latest offering in the bestselling Fifty Places series. Chris Santella, along with top expedition leaders, explores the world’s greatest walking adventures. Some, such as the Lunana Snowman Trek in Bhutan and the Kangshung Valley Trek in Tibet, are grueling multiweek adventures at high altitudes. Others, such as Japan’s Nakesando Trail, move leisurely from village to village, allowing walkers to immerse themselves in the local culture. Whether it’s climbing the Rwandan mountains to view mountain gorillas or strolling through bistros along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, there’s a memorable hike at everyone’s level within these 50 chapters. With commentaries from expert trekkers and insider tips that lead the reader off the beaten path, Santella has again captured the special characteristics that make these must-visit destinations.
walking with one foot in the water and one on land. It’s essential to have a tide table when you’re out there, and you need to know how to read it. There are parts of the trail that are underwater at high tide, and if you’re not careful, you could find yourself in a tough spot.” A walk on the Lost Coast Trail does not unfold completely at sea level. The trail climbs up onto ledges and along cliffs above the beach, and traverses broad wildflower-covered slopes before returning to the water.
paper-making process can visit the Museo della Carta near the bottom of the valley.) After conquering the Path of the Gods or the Valley of the Mills, you will have earned a modest reward. In this part of the world, rewards often come in the form of food—perhaps a bowl of homemade scialatielli pasta (a cross between spaghetti and linguini) with shellfish, octopus, or pezzogna (a variety of sea bream popular in the region), and freshly picked vegetables. Your culinary experience on the Amalfi
rental company—Vento di Puglia—with his brother, Francesco. ► Getting There: Visitors will generally fly into Naples, Italy which is served by many international carriers, including Alitalia (800-223-5730; www.alitalia.com). ► Best Time to Visit: The climate on the Amalfi Coast is amenable to year-round hiking, though late spring and early fall offer the both mild temperatures and clear skies. ► Accommodations: There are many lodging options in the towns here, including in Positano,
Geographic Expeditions, which organizes a diverse array of journeys to remote destinations, with a focus on complicated logistics and special-interest travel. Jim was formerly a park ranger and executive assistant to the superintendent at Yosemite National Park, where his duties included overseeing park-naturalist programs, participating in search-and-rescue operations, and coordinating several key elements of the Yosemite General Management Plan. He was the leader of the 1983 American Mount
exposed, though fairly easy scramble. Between eight-thirty and ten-thirty, we’re on the summit. On a clear day, you can view fourteen different mountain ranges in four states! You’ve covered 2,700 feet this morning, and a total of 7,000 since we started.” After some well-deserved celebration, it’s time to head down. “We like to be off the summit before noon to hedge our bets against the weather—especially lightning,” Rob explained. The exhilaration is not over yet, as your free rappel awaits.