Kyle ObermannExplorer

  • Hike Up Mount Bonnell

    The trail up is a combination of manmade and natural stairs that take you up to the top. At the summit, you will find beautiful views of the area, and a pavilion where you can have a picnic lunch.To head back down by a different route, continue on...

    0.31 miles 190 ft gain

  • Hike the Gypsum Sand Dunes, Guadalupe Mountains NP

    To get there, first talk to park ranger at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. There is a gate that you may need to borrow a key for. You will need to actually drive out of the park to get to the gypsum dunes, leaving and heading west on 62/180 for 1...

    3 miles 50 ft gain

  • Summit El Capitan in Guadalupe Mountain NP

    The route to the summit of El Capitan starts from the Guadalupe Peak trail some 300ft below the summit where you can first see the full vista of El Capitan stretching out before you. There is no trail to the peak, so you will have to navigate and ...

    1.9 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Trek the Complete Yading Holy Kora

    Day 1Start from bus drop off in the park, walk 500m up the road to Chonggu Monastery (冲古寺). Once you reach the monastery keep heading up and start walking on the road where the little carts are taking tourists up to the Luorong Pasture (洛绒牛场). Thi...

    46.6 miles 10498.7 ft gain

  • Hike the Kora around Yading's Mt. Chenresig (仙乃日)

    Kora: the Tibetan word for “revolution,” often referring to a holy pilgrimage circumambulating a sacred site or object in a clockwise direction.This route is the traditional kora of Mt. Chenresig (仙乃日), the Tibetan name for “compassion.” This is Y...

    18 miles 3444.9 ft gain

  • Canoe or Kayak the Medina River

    Start at the river crossing of Patterson Avenue in the town of Medina, Texas. From here, you have several take out options which can be seen in the map pictured above (spots marked by "x"). How far to go is up to you, but a good end point is Peace...

  • Backpack Kawariluo (卡瓦洛日神山) Holy Mountain Pass

    Theroute starts right off HWY 317 on the opposite side of the river atGengda Village (更达村),elv. 3450m. Follow the road through the village along the rivervalley, soon crossing a bridge to the right side of the river (trueleft). Follow the road up ...

    18.6 miles 4593.2 ft gain

  • Backpack Mount Gonga, Sichuan Mountains (蜀山之王): Minya Konka West Route

    Mount Gonga is located on the western side of Sichuan Province, approximately 330km from Chengdu. The trek around its western face follows major river valleys and traverses one pass over 4900m (highest point). In its entirety, the trek takes five ...

    43.5 miles 4921.3 ft gain

  • Capture the Sunset from Mt. Laozhai (老寨山)

    Mt. Laozhai is an approximately 220m karst peak in the village of Xingping. It overlooks a dramatic bend in the Li River, showing off some of Guilin Province’s most classic landscapes. Xingping is best reached from the well-known tourist town of Y...

    0.5 miles 656.2 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Buko (武甲山)

    Mt. Buko is about two hours drive from Tokyo. Alternatively, you could take the train to Chichibu's Yokoze Station 横瀬駅 and take a longer walk to the foot of the mountain (we drove from Tokyo). From the Mt. Buko parking lot the route is very simple...

    6.2 miles 2578.7 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Wakefield

    The route begins on Tasman Valley Road right after it crosses over the Hooker River heading towards the Tasman Valley. Right after the bridge at Hooker corner there will be a small cutoff on the left side (as you head towards the Tasman). This gra...

    3 miles 4593.2 ft gain

  • Hike the Zhuqing Monastery (竹庆寺) Emerald Lakes

    The route startsdirectly behind the Zhuqing Monastery college (3948m). There is a path leading up theridge behind the college towards the right above the monastery.Once on the ridge, follow the path and cross the river onto the rightside (true lef...

    7.5 miles 1968.5 ft gain

  • Hike the Chenjiapu Great Wall

    This is a really nice section of the Great Wall that is much less known than many other parts. You are likely to hike here and find yourself the only one on the wall. Some parts are completely overgrown, you have to bushwack through the growth on ...

    3.1 miles 1968.5 ft gain

  • Climb Ox Heart Mountain

    FromXining, Qinghai Province's main airport and city, take the bus 6~hours to Qilian Town (祁连县).The bus ticket is 58RMB and the first one leaves at 8:15am everyday.There are multiple buses every day.From the SE end ofthe Qilian (near the main town...

    9.9 miles 6561.7 ft gain

  • Hike from Princess Wencheng Temple to Yushu

    Take a taxi one way from Yushu (玉树) to Princess Wencheng Temple (文成公主寺). Should be around 30-40RMB and something like 12km.Once you get to the temple, take a look around. It's famous, butpretty small. There are tons of prayer flags and yaks hangin...

    19.9 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Hike to Yading's Milk and Five Color Lake (牛奶海 - 五色海)

    Start from Chongu Monastery and go toLuorong Pasture. To get here you can either walk 6km on the boardedpathways or take a ~20minute electric cart for 80RMB round trip or50RMB one way. The Luorong Pasture offers some great views of thesurrounding ...

    13.7 miles 1968.5 ft gain

  • Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

    About 100km and a 1.5 hour ride from the city of Lijiang in Yunnan Province, the Tiger Leaping Gorge cuts between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. The upper route takes around 8-10hrs to hike in full, but most people split the hik...

    13.7 miles 3280.8 ft gain

  • Camp on Lijiang's (丽江) Nob Hill

    The town of Lijiang is one of the best hiking and cultural hubs for Yunnan province. It's an awesome place for exploration and relaxation for both the first-timer in China and the China-hand. This camp spot offers a quick and easy way to get out ...

    4.5 miles 656.2 ft gain

  • Hike the Jade Dragon Glacial Trough

    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is one of the most famous mountains in China’s Yunnan province. It’s China’s southernmost glaciated peak and stands at the southeastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. Regarded by the local Naxi people as a holy mountain pro...

    6.2 miles 1640.4 ft gain

  • Backpack to Leduomanyin Glacier & Lake

    This is a variation of the Outbound adventure which takes you on a hike around the full western side of Sichuan's highest peak, Minya Konka (7556m). In fact, you can follow the instructions on the other adventure up until day three. Here is a brie...

    24 miles 3937 ft gain

  • Hike Changping Valley in Siguniang National Park (长坪沟 - 四姑娘山)

    This a 2.5+ hour drive from Chengdu, a city of 14 million and capital of China's Sichuan Province. Driving into Siguniang National Park you will reach Siguniang Village which is like any other touristy town in China - nothing but hotels and places...

    8.7 miles 1640.4 ft gain

  • Summit Four Girls Mountain Second Peak (四姑娘山二峰)

    The route is most easiest found fromthe front of the hostel 日月山庄(Ri Yue Shan Zhuang – 3254m, phone no. of manager:18384253062 (he speaks OK English)). This is not the official startof the route, but it's a back way that avoids going through the ma...

    20.5 miles 6594.5 ft gain

  • Explore Tseung Kwan O's (將軍澳) Secret Beach

    This beach may not have an official name, but some of the locals in the area call it "secret beach." The title is fitting. While not hard to reach, it is hard to find.Take the Hong Kong West Rail MTR line to the Tiu Keng Leng stop. Take exit A2 an...

  • Run Mt. Ma On Shan to Needle Hill

    This run roughly follows Maclehose Trail Sections  4-7. You can take a bus or taxi to Sai Kung town in Hong Kong's New Territories, and start the ascent up to the peak of Ma On Shan. The start follows a paved, narrow row up the hill, and there is ...

    23 miles 7217.8 ft gain

  • Camp on Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山): Huangtupo Camp

    From Lijiang or the end of the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Tina’s Guesthouse) take a bus, small public van, or hire a driver to take you to Haba village. This is a spectacular four hour drive from Lijiang and about a one hour drive from Tina’s. Haba is a...

    3.7 miles 2296.6 ft gain

  • Hike to Po Pin Chau

    This is a fairly non-strenuous hike which still offers some really nice views, the chance to gain some elevation and then cool off at a beach, and also learn some geology. Getting to High Island Reservoir East Dam starts from Sai Kung village. The...

    1.9 miles 820.2 ft gain

  • Hike D'Aguilar Peak

    This hike is a great option for those looking for a quick, but challenging off the beaten-path adventure with stunning views. You can start from either two places: Shek O Beach or the city bus 9 stop on Cape D'Aguilar Road.The trail starts on the ...

    2.5 miles 1066.3 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Xiaowutai (小五台山): Hebei Province's Highest Peak

    This trip makes a great extended weekend getaway from Beijing. Mt. Xiawutai lies in the neighboring province of Hebei and is Hebei's highest peak at 2882m. Getting to the mountain requires either taking a bus from the Beijing South Railway station...

    15 miles 6000 ft gain

  • Summit Mt. Bukhansan (북한산)

    Starting from almost sea level, it’s almost a full 800m climb to the top of the highest peak, Baegundae. The most direct route is about 7km start to finish, although it’s also possible to do an out and back route for those with less time. Overall,...

    4.3 miles 2624.7 ft gain

  • Jinshanling Great Wall Hike (金山岭)

    Constructed during the Ming Dynasty in 1368 CE, the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall is famous for its many watchtowers and stunning vistas as the rest of the wall stretches out to the east and west. On a clear night, it's possible to see the...

    6.2 miles

  • Hike the Avalanche Peak - Crow River Valley Traverse

    The beginning starts with the popular day hike climb up Avalanche Peak in Arthur’s Pass, NZ. You can view that route on the Outbound here. Scott’s Track up is a bit longer but less steep and with better views so I’d recommend taking that up. Shoul...

    2.3 miles -2624.7 ft gain

  • Hike to Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls

    Take the MTR (subway) to the Tai Wo station in the New Territories.  Take Exit A and head left, following the sings for the bus stops and head down the escalators. From here, you can either take Bus 64K or minibus 25K to the Ng Tung Chai stop. Fro...

    3.7 miles 656.2 ft gain

  • Hike Sunset Peak (大東山)

    There are several different approaches to this hike. It’s up to you where you want to start and end:Pak Kung Au (320m)Lantau County Park via Mui Wo (139m)Wong Lung Hang County Trail (10m)Pak Mong (2m)My route started from Lantau County Park via. M...

    3.4 miles 2395 ft gain