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NZ: Backpacking the Milford Track

The Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks and is located in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island. It is a very popular one-way, 33-mile/ 53.5km, 3,000 m/ 10,000 ft. cumulative ascent and decent, 4-day, hut-to-hut trek from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound. The Milford Track takes you through beech forest, valleys, alpine tussocks, ... Read More »

NZ: The Mueller Hut Route in Mt. Cook National Park

Hands down, this was our favorite trek in New Zealand. The panoramic views are epic; glaciers, lakes, snow covered mountains and ice cliffs. We hiked the route in less than 6-hours and only recommended it to those in good physical condition, who are prepared and wearing appropriate shoes and clothing. Summary The Mueller Hut Route is in the Southern Alps ... Read More »

NZ: Backpacking The Kepler Track in 2 Days

The Kepler Track was my favorite of the two Great Walks we hiked in New Zealand. The other, the very popular Milford Track, had similar scenery, but none of the breathtaking ridgeline views that make the Kepler Track unique. The Kepler Track is one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. It is an easy trek to plan because it is ... Read More »

Why Endurance Athletes Should Cross-Train with Yoga

Endurance Sports & Fitness Magazine Article by: Payge McMahon If you are an endurance athlete (or aspire to be one), you need to cross-train with yoga. It will make you stronger, and increase your stamina, flexibility, agility, balance and mental focus. Yoga began more than 5,000 years ago in Northern India. It was originally designed to calm the mind and ... Read More »

Review: Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20L

Overview  The Fastpack 20L is a good ‘go-to’ pack for day-hikes, ultralight backpacking, climbing a Colorado 14’er or a carry-on bag when flying. Pros Light weight Can carry a lot of stuff Comfortable (as long as you don’t over pack) Cons It doesn’t have a hip-belt A water-proof cover is not provided by UD Snap Shot Capacity: 15L - 23L ... Read More »