Trails Around the World
By Trails Around the World by Sky King
Inspiration for adventures that you can undertake yourself, and details on how to accomplish them, with a focus on long distance trails around the world: hiking, water trails (canoe/kayak/sailing), and other adventures.
018 Latin American Coasts and Rivers by Small Boat with Stephen Ladd
Steve and Ginny set off on an adventure, and kept going for five years. In a small boat, they went from the United States down the entire coast of Central America. Then they penetrated the rivers of South America, crossed the equator, and crossed the majority of the South American continent’s interior river system north to south, then again south to north. Encountering many varied places and cultures, they even had a baby along the way. Stephen Ladd, known for his earlier book “Three Years in a 12 Foot Boat” about an epic voyage in the 1990s, has just published his latest book: “The Five-Year Voyage: Exploring Latin American Coasts and Rivers” Check it out on the latest podcast episode of Trails Around the World, available on most podcast platforms or at www.trailsaroundtheworld.com. #stephenladd #thefiveyearvoyage #trailsaroundtheworld #skyking #smallcraftadvisor #threeyearsina12footboat #sailing #amazon #orinoco #rionegro #adventure #seapearl21 #southamerica
April 18, 2022
017 The Omine Okugake Michi of Japan's Kumano Kodo with David Gilbert of Randomwire: An ancient, challenging pilgrimage route, deep in Japan's sacred mountains
Japan’s Kumano Kodo is a 1300-year-old network of sacred pilgrimage routes through remote mountains and along a beautiful coastline. The Kumano Kodo’s sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain Range are registered with UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Omine Okugake is the most remote and most difficult of the Kumano Kodo’s routes. Traversing the region’s highest peaks, the Omine Okugake’s difficulty is such that it takes 6-10 days to walk it’s 100 km (60 miles). There are no resupply-points-- one must carry enough food to last the entire route. All of the Kumano Kodo’s routes are extraordinary ways to travel deep into Japan’s traditions and history while experiencing it’s mysterious mountains and exotic geography. Our guest, David Gilbert, has written a guide to hiking the Omine Okugake and posted it at Randomwire.com, along with a GPX track for the route. #kumanokodo #randomwire #trailsaroundtheworld #skyking #thruhike #hikingjapan #thruhiking #pilgrimage #hikejapan #japan #hiking
February 14, 2022
016 Romania's Via Transylvanica: Exotic, yet affordable and convenient
The Via Transylvanica is exotic, yet affordable and convenient. The trail crosses Transylvania and the Carpathian mountains on it’s 1400 km/ 900 mile route across the heart of Romania. Conceived and built over just the past six years, this trail offers a complete package of both outdoor and cultural adventure. Old european castles, wild forests and mountains, daily cultural adventures, farmers that still use horse-drawn carts, vineyards with little-known wines for you to discover, and the option for warm meals and a roof over your head every night, but also extensive signposting, a well-developed support network of guidebook, smartphone app, and social media. I am inspired and excited by this brand new trail, and I am confident that many of you will be, also. #viatransylvanica #Tasuleasasocial#trailsaroundtheworld #skyking #thruhike #hiking #hikingeurope #thruhiking #hikingromania
December 05, 2021
015 Japan's Rokko Traverse Trail with "Sky King": accessible adventure
Japan’s Rokko Traverse Trail, or Rokko Zenzan Jyusouro, traverses the ridge that lies just north of Kobe, Japan. It is extremely easy to access, can be thruhiked in three days, and allows one to take public transportation to comfortable accommodation every night. Along the route are beautiful and wild mountain ridges, a number of shrines and temples, and several other tourist attractions. #trailsaroundtheworld #rokko #skyking #japan #thruhike #hikingadventures #hiking #adventure #longdistancetrail #rokkotraversetrail #hikingjapan
October 25, 2021
014 Hungary's Kektura with Christine Thuermer: A perfect first thruhike in Europe
Hungary’s Kektura is Europe’s oldest long-distance trail. The Kektura is full of adventure and interesting experiences, and it is 1100 km/700 miles long, but it has relatively easy terrain, easy logistics, and is easy on the bank account. In other words, this may be the perfect first long-distance trail to hike in Europe. #trailsaroundtheworld #kektura #christinethuermer #christinethurmer #hungary #thruhike #hikingadventures #hiking #adventure #longdistancetrail
June 22, 2021
013 France's GR34 with "Doing Miles": a coastal trail with culture, beautiful nature, and easy logistics
The GR34 is a coastal trail in France’s most western region. Running along the Atlantic coast, this trail is wild and beautiful, but also close to towns and facilities, visits many sites of cultural interest, is less physically challenging than many mountain trails, and has less-complicated logistics than many other long distance trails. James and Amy, who told us about Japan’s Tokai Shizen Hodou in episodes 5 and 6, rejoin us to describe this trail and how to hike it. #DoingMiles #trailsaroundtheworld #GR34 #HikingFrance #thruhike #hikingadventures #hiking #adventure #longdistancetrail
June 11, 2021
012 The Sentiero Italia with Christine Thuermer: "The sexiest trail in Europe"; Europe's PCT or CDT
The Sentiero Italia may be the “sexiest” trail in Europe! 7000 kilometers (4300+ miles) of trail through wild country, high in the mountains. It is one of the world’s longest ridge trails, walking a watershed-divide like the United States’ Continental Divide Trail. Christine Thuermer (or Thurmer) rejoins us to tell us about this fantastic new trail and how to go and hike it. #ChristineThuermer #trailsaroundtheworld #SentieroItalia #vaSentiero #thruhike #hikingadventures #hiking #adventure #longdistancetrail #PCT #CDT
May 16, 2021
011 The Arizona Trail with "Rocks" and "Hopeful": Desert beauty/a shorter version of the PCT
The Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) is an 800 mile (1300 km) trail across Arizona. Passing through desert and mountains, it is famous for it's diversity and beauty. Rocks, who told us about the Pacific Northwest Trail in episode 002, returns and is joined by his buddy Hopeful. The AZT is not a beginner's trail-- it is not only long, but also remote and challenging. #trailsaroundtheworld #arizonanationalscenictrail #arizonatrail #AZT #thruhike #hikingadventures #hiking #adventure #longdistancetrail
April 22, 2021
010 The Long Trail (Vermont) with "Mountains of Learning": America's original long trail
Vermont's Long Trail is the oldest long trail in the United States. It was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail. Stretching 272 rugged miles along the ridge of the Green Mountains, it runs from Vermont's northern border with Canada down to it's southern border with Massachusetts, and is contiguous with the Appalachian Trail for it's southern 100 miles. #trailsaroundtheworld #mountainsoflearning #LT #vermontlongtrail #longtrail #thruhike #hikingadventures #hiking #adventure #longdistancetrail
March 18, 2021
009 Thruhiking in Europe with Christine Thuermer, Part 2
In Episodes Eight and Nine, we speak with Christine Thurmer about long distance trails in Europe. Christine has written three bestselling books about hiking (in German). She has hiked 53,000 km/33,000 miles. As far as we know, that is more than any other woman alive, today, and quite possibly more than any woman in history. She has also bicycled 30,000 km and paddled 6,500 km. We discuss what makesEuropean trailsdifferent, what makes them special, how to handle the planning and logistics and language barriers and to go and hike them.
February 18, 2021
008 Thruhiking in Europe with Christine Thuermer, Part 1
In Episodes Eight and Nine, we speak with Christine Thurmer, aka German Tourist. Christine has written three bestselling books about hiking (in German). She has hiked 53,000 km/33,000 miles. As far as we know, that is more than any other woman alive, today, and quite possibly more than any woman in history. She has also bicycled 30,000 km and paddled 6,500 km. We discuss long distance trails in Europe. What makes them different, what makes them special, how to handle the planning and logistics and language barriers and go hike them.
February 04, 2021
007 The Everglades Challenge with "Pelican" aka Nick Hall: Annual high adventure along Florida's coast and Everglades
The Everglades Challenge is one of several events that are annually organized by the “Watertribe” organization. This challenge is held during the first week of March, each year, and involves a 300-mile (500 km) trip by boat down the coast of Florida, within one week. This event is a great adventure in it’s own right, but it is also a great way to learn about and prepare for other small-boat voyages. Watertribe events do have a registration fee, and the registration deadline for the Everglades Challenge is January 31. This episode’s guest has many extraordinary stories to tell, from sailing in this event to wrestling rattlesnakes and bicycling the length of Baja at the same time as the first Baja 1000, and shares how he has arranged his life to make room for adventure while simultaneously pursuing a career. #trailsaroundtheworld #evergladeschallenge #watertribe #raid #watertrail #sailing #paddling #kayak #adventure
January 10, 2021
006 Japan's Tokai Shizen Hodou with "Doing Miles", Part 2: Exotic long trail with easy logistics
This is Part 2 of my interview with James and Amy, of DoingMiles.com, about Japan's Tokai Shizen Hodou, or Tokai Nature Trail. This trail is little-known despite being 50 years old. It encompasses 1054 miles/1697 km, including all of it's alternate routes, but is about 600 miles/1000 km from end-to-end. Although it can be thru-hiked in about 5 weeks, this trail is perfect for section-hiking because it is so accessible along most of it's length by public transportation. If you truly want a deep experience of Japan, this trail is one of the best ways to access it. Running through lower mountains at about 300m-1300m altitude (1000-4000 feet), this trail is best to hike in March-April or September-November. #DoingMiles #trailsaroundtheworld #Japan #HikingJapan #thruhike #hikingadventures #hiking #adventure #longdistancetrail #tokaishizenhodo #tokainaturetrail
December 13, 2020
005 Japan's Tokai Shizen Hodou with "Doing Miles", Part 1: Exotic long trail with easy logistics
Japan's Tokai Shizen Hodou, or Tokai Nature Trail, is little-known despite being 50 years old. This trail encompasses 1054 miles/1697 km, including all of it's alternate routes, but is about 600 miles/1000 km from end-to-end. Although it can be thru-hiked in about 5 weeks, this trail is perfect for section-hiking because it is so accessible along most of it's length by public transportation. If you truly want a deep experience of Japan, this trail is one of the best ways to access it. Running through lower mountains at about 300m-1300m altitude (1000-4000 feet), this trail is best to hike in March-April or September-November. #DoingMiles #trailsaroundtheworld #Japan #HikingJapan #thruhike #hikingadventures #hiking #adventure #longdistancetrail #tokaishizenhodo #tokainaturetrail
November 20, 2020
004 The Maine Island Trail with Joe Guglielmetti: The original water trail/ 300 miles on the Maine Coast
The Maine Island Trail is the original "water trail", which can be followed using a boat or watercraft of any type. It runs the length of the U.S. state of Maine's famously and stupendously beautiful coastline, from New Hampshire to Canada. This episode's guest is Joe Guglielmetti, a professional Guide and kayak instructor in Maine. #trailsaroundtheworld #maineislandtrail #maineislandtrailassociation #raid #watertrail #paddling #kayak #sailing #adventure
October 04, 2020
003 New Hampshire's Cohos Trail with "Whispers"
Whispers joins us to teach us about the Cohos Trail, which crosses the Appalachian Trail as it traverses New Hampshire's White Mountains and runs north to the Canadian border. The Cohos Trail is a 170 mile trail which has been built over 20+ years in cooperation with the communities through which it passes.
August 23, 2020
002 The Pacific Northwest Trail with "Rocks"
The Pacific Northwest Trail runs south of the US-Canadian border from Glacier National Park and the Continental Divide Trail for a distance of 1200 miles (~2000 kilometers) to the Pacific Ocean in Olympic National Park.
August 03, 2020
001 The Transcaucasian Trail with "Enigma"
The TransCaucasian Trail is a spectacular long distance trail which is under construction in the exotic countries of Armenia and Georgia. Many segments of the trail are already complete, and are available for you to experience and enjoy. Armenia and Georgia are in the Caucasus mountains, which tower above the Alps as Europe’s highest mountain range and form the border between Europe and Asia.
June 13, 2020
This is the introductory episode for my podcast, which will explore long distance trails in countries around the world. Please check back every month for descriptions of trails and how to start planning one of these personal expeditions.
April 11, 2020