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I loved spending some time in the Dilijan National Park. The views were just incredible, whether it was from the town of Dilijan, from the drives around there or from the hikes I did. Although there are many day trips from Yerevan, this place deserves a bit more time, especially if you like to hike. I read a few too many warnings about shepherd dogs in the mountains. After being bitten twice already on my travels, I’ve developed a fear of dogs I can’t seem to shake. So I decided to stick to some short trails because I was alone. Medieval monasteries trail – 3,5 km loop About 6 km from the bus station in Dilijan is the start of the Medieval monasteries trail. As the name suggests, the path leads you to the 13th century monasteries of Jukhtakvank and Matosavank. When I arrived at the start, a local man…

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For my last day in the High Tatras I took a train to Strbské Pleso and chose the popular route to Popradske Pleso. It felt so much busier than the other trails I’ve done. Perhaps it was because it was Friday, perhaps because the sun was finally out and the sky was mostly blue. Lots of people were arriving in the small town and heading either for the ski lift or the trails. Right from the start of the trail I noticed a lot of people chose the same route I did. I had hoped that after the snow from 2 days ago I would be able to go a bit further than Popradske Pleso, to Hincovo Pleso, but I had never thought I’d be able to climb even higher. Today was the day of the unexpected. The morning started easy, with a pleasant forest path that wasn’t too challenging.…

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A holiday in October… anything can happen. October can bring the unexpected sunshine that makes you think it is spring. It can also quickly remind you that winter is around the corner. Today was one of those days. I woke up to find out the temperature was around zero and rain was forecasted for the majority of the day. I went down to the breakfast room and sat next to the window. But wait… is that… white? The top of the cars was covered in a tiny layer of snow, although what was coming down was mostly wet and not sticking to the ground. Due to the weather and other plans I’d scheduled a short hike and I braced myself for the cold. I had leggings and waterproof trousers, two layers and my rain jacket. I hadn’t exactly packed for winter, so until I started my hike I was freezing.…

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A few days through the Andes mountains A few years ago I hiked the Inca trail. Apart from a few scribbled notes, I never wrote about it. Perhaps I was too tired! So now finally, it’s time to capture this incredible memory and put it on paper. Well… virtual paper anyway. My trip was part of a bigger Peru trip, that started with a company event. After some more sightseeing I took a bus to Cusco and started an incredible journey. You can’t hike the trail without a guide, so I’d booked a group tour. It also included porters taking up all the gear and I could pack 2,5 kg to give them. The rest I had to carry myself. Turns out 2,5 kg is very little! I had an extra pair of clothes and something to sleep in. My daypack had several kilos of snacks, my rain gear, first…

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The best way to wake up in the morning is definitely in the mountains. Fresh air, an active day outside ahead. With views like these I never really minded getting up early to go to work.

Every time I think summer is about to start, it changes to miserable, rainy days again. It is not exactly warm and sunny in Whistler yet. After sitting inside staring at my computer for two days I just had to get out though. They had recently opened up some hiking trails on Blackcomb mountain, so together with some colleagues I braved the weather and made my way up Whistler mountain and across in the Peak to Peak gondola. As I was going up I realised I hadn’t really thought this through. I had no extra layers and we would be hiking at an altitude of over 1800m. The gondola went through the clouds, changing our views from fog to beautiful vistas and this was pretty much what would happen all day. The clouds moved rapidly like they were performing for us, showing us little bits of the mountains at a time. It was chilly, but walking warmed…

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After two days of driving we had finally arrived in the beautiful town of Banff. Unfortunately it was only to spend the night, but I knew I would be back anyway. We were in the Rockies and these natural wonders were waiting to be explored by us. The weather hadn’t improved from the last two days, but in the distance it sort of looked promising. Unfortunately our first few stops around Banff were still a bit cloudy. Even though we didn’t see the surrounding mountains, lake Minnewanka and Two Jack lake were beautiful. The red chairs had a view of the lake with lots of clouds in the background. We actually had to put our raincoats on top to keep our jeans dry, but it was still a moment worthy of a photo. You can see the snowy mountains in the background through the clouds. It is hard to imagine that…

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This summer I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Swiss alps twice. I fell in love, with the fresh air, the mountains, the activities… all of it. We were based in Interlaken, where a bunch of towns have all grown towards each other in between two big lakes and massive mountains. I’ve seen it in the rain, I’ve seen it in the sunshine. It’s pretty all the time and it makes me want to explore Switzerland more. On both occasions I took my group out to the town of Lauterbrunnen, slightly higher in the mountains, and only a 15 minute train ride away. From the train station we walked past the town and through the valley to the Trümmelbach falls. These waterfalls are not free to visit and have become quite the tourist attraction, with buses and loads of cars parked around the restaurant. It’s still worth…

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For my second day in Hanmer Springs I had a longer walk planned, the climb to Mt. Isobel, the best viewpoint in the area. My muscles were already slightly complaining and I hesitate for a brief moment. Should I even go? When the road to the start of the track turned out to be a backcountry dirt road I almost gave up. There were several warning signs. “Backcountry road.” “Be careful.” “Steep grades.” You get the gist. Luckily it was only two kilometers until the start of the track. It seemed like I was the first tramper of the day. First I climbed through a forest of pine trees. The trees were very tall and only let through a few rays of Sunshine. The path zigzagged up and the views got better as I climbed. Soon I was higher than I was the day before on my waterfall walk. Emerging…

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I’m heartbroken, so I’m trying to find things that let me calm down and forget about the things racing through my head. I also needed to be reminded of why I came here to New Zealand and why I love it so much. So I escaped to the mountains. I had two days to spend in Arthur’s pass. Just me and my car Frankenstein. The drive up from Christchurch was absolutely stunning! Driving through the mountains always makes me a bit nervous, but the vistas that I saw through my windscreen immediately made me forget. I passed lakes that sparkled in the sunshine, crossed several one way bridges over rocky riverbeds, and drove deeper into the mountains until I reached tiny Arthur’s pass. The town didn’t have a lot of buildings and the first thing I came across was the visitor center. At their advice I started with the Dobson nature…

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