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Slipped a little more in the #travel1k rankings this week: last week we were at #70 … and for the week of April 10th we’re down to #76. Probably the highest for a while that, as we’re off tomorrow for some Pacific wandering from Chengdu all the way to New Zealand, so our updates will probably be spotty at best; but never fear Dear Readers, we’ll be back by next month, not long to wait!

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Elaine Schoch (up 1368 places to 363rd), Adventurous Trails (up 620 places to 582nd).

Well done to this week’s top three Charles McCool (McCool Travel)Jackie De Burca, and Matt Matt.

And for our new blog to check out this week, here we are at #41 down from #34 last week: @hikebiketravel‘s HikeBikeTravel!


Leigh McAdam is a Calgary-based writer, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 55,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada, and consistently receives over 135,000 monthly page views. She shares her enthusiasm for the outdoors as a brand ambassador for Sporting Life, and has worked on campaigns for Travel Alberta, Expedia and Flight Hub. Leigh is the author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures. Currently, she is co-authoring: 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta (spring 2018). A true adventurer, Leigh will try anything once, except perhaps bungee jumping.

Leigh has been recognized internationally in magazines, television and radio. Leigh is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada(TMAC) and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

Leigh is also a published author. Following a multi-year journey across her home country, Leigh compiled the top experiences to whet your appetite for adventure in Canada…

And my my, this is certainly a blog for the serious hiker! Check out

What’s It’s Like To Hike The Full Tour Du Mont Blanc

The Tour Du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the top long distance hikes in europe, and in fact the world. it delivers superlative, pristine mountain scenery day after day for over a week.

The hiker’s Tour of Mont Blanc is a 168 kilometre loop around the base of Mount Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe at 4810 metres (15,782 feet). Most hikers start just outside of Chamonix, France if they’re hiking the traditional counter-clockwise direction or they start in Champex, Switzerland if it’s the clockwise direction they’re going. I have read about people starting in Les Houches and going to La Flagere first so really, anything seems to go. No matter what, you hike through three countries – France, Italy and Switzerland over a 9 to 11 day period.

I hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland over 9 days with my daughter. After just a few days on the trail, we both realized that we tried to cover too much ground in too few days. At least you the reader will be able to benefit from my mistakes…

Check it out, it sounds like a real adventure, with rain, landslides, and general reminders of why we very rarely go on hiking expeditions these days!

And scrolling through here … wow, there’s articles on just about every North American outdoor expedition we’ve ever heard of, and many many that we haven’t, despite having spent a couple decades doing that kind of thing —

— well, to be perfectly accurate, mostly bypassing the actual hiking bits to go paragliding in those neighborhoods —

— but here’s one for when we get back to Nepal and/or Ladakh regions:

5 Of The Best Himalayan Treks That Should Be On Your Bucket List

Himalayas, meaning “abode of the gods” in Sanskrit, is a massive, absolutely awe-inspiring mountain range straddling five countries – Nepal, India, Bhutan, China and Pakistan. not only is it home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet, but to another 100 peaks that exceed 7,200 metres (23,600 feet) in height. Breathtaking and beautiful barely begin to describe the splendour you’ll experience on any mountain trek you’ll do in the range…

The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Circuit are perennial favourites, but there are many other treks that deserve to be on your bucket list. I have spent close to a month on a trek around Manaslu, and the others described are on my wish list. They made it there because of the stories I’ve heard, the films I’ve seen at the Banff Film Festival and the slideshows I attended when I lived in Boulder, Colorado. I was a regular on Thursday nights as the biggest names in mountaineering swept into a store called Neptune Mountaineering and regaled and inspired a rapt audience with their tales – people like Joe Simpson of Touching the Void fame, Chris Bonington, Ed Webster and even Reinhold Messner…

Indeed! We’ve made it to Bhutan via Kathmandu and Lhasa in that neighborhood, so we’ve flown around (more like through, really) the Himalayas a bit, but we definitely need to go back for some more, and that’s a region we could be convinced to take a trek, although one a good deal shorter than “close to a month” no doubt, we like our natural magnificience in easily appreciable doses, if you get our drift.

Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and the usual potpurri of social and SEO plugins — no apparent monetization except WooCommerce though, which doesn’t seem to be used except probably for the Book Store which has a “we’re updating!” notice at the moment.

Well, this blog, it unquestionably rates our highest HARDCORE OUTDOORS! Champion Gold Medal Content Award, with oak leaf cluster — we have not seen anything even remotely approaching this as a resource for wilderness expeditions, particularly in North America although there’s a scattering of worldwide content too.


p dir=”ltr”>So if you do fancy yourself a self-propelled modern day adventurer, Dear Reader, this is definitely a blog for you to top your reading list off with — and those of us of a generally more sedate bent to our travelling, you’ll no doubt find the adventures here entertaining reading, we certainly did!

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  1. Great post 😁

    1. Thanks!

  2. Love it!

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