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  • Hike to the Suzlenau Hut in the Stubai Valley

    The Sulzenau Hut is a popular destination for hikers in the Stubai Valley in Tirol. There are a few different routes to approach the hut, but for this adventure, we took the route that follows the WildWater Trail (WilderWasser Weg). We started thi...

    9.3 miles 2168.6 ft gain

  • Search for Madagascar's Largest Lemur

    In the west of Madagascar, just a couple of hours drive from the capital Antananarivo, is a very special place. The home of Madagascar's largest species of lemur, the Indri Indri. There is an area of national park here, however on our visit, our ...

  • Kayak Among Icebergs on Lago Grey

    If you've hiked out to Refugio Grey and you've got time in your schedule, a kayak trip out on Lago Grey is definitely worth adding to the itinery. The trips are run by Big Foot who have a cabin just on the beach near to the refugio. You're given ...

  • Explore the Lokobe Nature Reserve

    Getting to Lokobe Nature Reserve is an adventure in itself. The road comes to an end where the mangroves begin. As soon as you reach the water level, you'll jump into a pirogue (a type of canoe) where you'll have to paddle your way across to the v...

  • Spot Bamboo Lemurs in Ranomafana National Park

    Madagascar is made up of some incredibly dry and some very wet areas. Ranomafana National Park is an area of rainforest in the southwest of the country, off the highway RN7. This particular area is extremely special as it is the only place where ...

  • Hike to the Franz Senn Hut

    The hike from the Oberiss Alm mountain pastures to the Franz Senn Hut in the Stubai Valley in Tirol is a wonderful hike for the whole family. The hike starts from the Oberissalm, a remote farmhouse surrounded by alpine meadows. Here you'll find a...

    2.2 miles 1322.2 ft gain

  • Hike to the Lapones Alm

    The Laponesalm hike is an easy family-friendly hike in the stunning Gschnitz valley in Tirol, Austria. Park the car at the paid parking at the end of the valley, and follow the asphalt road which is signposted towards the Lapones Alm. After abou...

    1.1 miles 508.5 ft gain

  • Watch Sunset On Mont Passot in Madagascar

    Nosy Be is the largest & busiest tourist resort, an island on the north west coast of mainland Madagascar. We spend the final few days of our trip here, and on our last night our guide recommended taking a taxi up to the highest point, called...

  • Ski at Schlick 2000

    Schlick 2000 is hands down my favourite ski resort in the Innsbruck region. This small and modest resort is often overlooked by many tourists who head straight to the larger nearby Stubai Glacier at the end of the valley. But while Schlick 2000 m...

  • Ski on Stubai Glacier

    Stubai Glacier is the largest and highest ski area in the Stubai Valley, just outside Innsbruck in Tirol. Stubai is the perfect ski area for the whole family, and for beginners and advanced skiers, as there really is something for everyone. For ...

  • Explore The Tsingy In Madagascar

    The Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park is one of Madagascar's most unusual National Parks, situated in the west of the country and is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Not only are the rock formations here fascinating, but there are a number of specie...

    3.4 miles 213 ft gain

  • Hike to Kleine Scheidegg from Wengen in the Bernese Highlands

    This summer hike from the picturesque ski town of Wengen in the Bernese Alps to Kleine Scheidegg is an easy (although sometimes reasonably steep) trail along a well signposted gravel trail. You start the hike at Wengen train station. When you exit...

    9.3 miles 2788.7 ft gain

  • Hike to the Mutterberger See Lake in Stubai

    The hike starts from the bottom of the Gamsgarten cable car lift station at the Stubai Glacier, so it's best to park in the highest car park. (Most cars park at the lower Eisgrat cable car so the upper car park should be fairly quiet). If you're a...

    5.3 miles 2624.7 ft gain

  • Citta dei Sassi - Sport Climbing Crag

    Cita dei Sassi is a great sport climbing and bouldering area on the Sella Pass, not far from Val Gardena in the Dolomites, with a number of boulders and short, bolted sport routes all a short walk from the car park. To access the area, drive over ...

  • Hike from Col Raiser to Seceda in the Dolomites

    Seceda is one of the most famous (and most photographed) spots in all of the Italian Dolomites. This summer I decided to finally visit it to see if it was really worth the hype, and to see if there was a way to escape the worst of the crowds.Most ...

  • Hike to the Hildersheimer Hut on the Stubai Glacier

    This short hike is a great mini tour when you want to get up high without a whole lot of effort but enjoy some stunning glacier views. The hike to the Hildersheimer Hut is a high altitude tour on the Stubai glacier, that if done during the summer ...

    2.1 miles 721.8 ft gain

  • Hike to the Gepatschferner Glacier Tongue

    Once you pass the toll station for the Kauntertal Glacier Road, you keep following the road past the reservoir and up to the waterfall and climbing garden. This is where you park the car and start the hike, following the signs for route 902 to the...

    4.2 miles 1640.4 ft gain

  • Rock Climb the Dolomites

    This summer we discovered the Cinque Torri near Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomites, and I think it may be my new favourite place to climb. In the summertime there are a few ways to reach the Cinque Torri. If you're only coming for the day, one of ...

  • Explore the Best Locations in Lofoten in Winter

    Visiting Lofoten during the polar winter, the sun doesn't rise, so you'll want to make the most of the short hours of daylight if you want to visit the best spots. We only had a long weekend for our trip, so we spent most of our time exploring the...

  • Climb Obernberg Tirol

    Whilst Innsbruck is known for being a top destination for world-class sport climbing, many of the most popular areas can get very busy, especially in the summer months. This summer we discovered the small crag up at Obernberg and it quickly become...

  • Sport Climbing at Martinswand Innsbruck

    The Martinswand is Innsbruck's legendary multi-pitch sport climbing wall. The route "Emmentaler" is the easiest of the multi-pitch routes on the Martinswand in the area called the "vorbau". The route is named after the cheese most likely due to th...

  • Hike to the Lichtersee Lake

    Park at the large car park (paid parking) for the main Obernberg lake, but instead of following the trail to the lake, take the road on the right towards Haus Waldbauer.  At the end of the paved road, a gravel road bends off to the right. Follow t...

    8.6 miles 2198.2 ft gain

  • Hike to the Italian Border

    The Gschnitz valley is one of my favourite places to hike in Tirol. Not only does it have some absolutely stunning scenery, but I've never experienced crowded trails whenever I've been there. This hike is an extension of another hike I've shared o...

    9.9 miles 4327.4 ft gain

  • Photograph Neuschwanstein Castle

    As a former tour guide, I've spent years taking groups to visit the region around Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria. Which means I can share the best spots to take photos of these magnificent castles that you can take when you only have one day to ...