New Zealand’s 114km Hollyford track promises hikers jaw-dropping scenery, stomach-wrenching wire bridges, and enough native birdlife to wave a stick at. Following the pristine Hollyford river through virgin native bush, the Hollyford track guides you towards Lake Alabaster, and continues along the ‘demon trail’, named for its gruelling sections of ascent and descent over moss-covered rocks. Crossing raging rivers while balancing on a strand of wire, and finally emerging from the bush to meet the fierce Tasman Ocean at Martins Bay.. So, did it deliver?
Our plan was, to visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Takht e Soleyman. A 280km round trip (from Zanjan) over the Zagros Mountain Range, under which Iran has access to the second largest gas field on Earth. Approximately 5 hours drive (one way).
No wonder most cars have been converted to run on CNG here, with its abundance. We passed a very large mining operation on the mountainside, running with what could only be described as a modified ski lift, carrying a blue coloured rock to a processing center 10’s of km away towards Zajan. The normal chairs carrying excited skiers up the mountain had been replaced with Read More
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, in the centre of Isfahan, Iran. The shape actually being a rectangular 506m, by 160m and filled with the Middle East’s most beautiful gems that are unjustifiably unheard of in the outer world. Eye popping mosque’s, grand bazaars and spouting fountains, the size and grandeur of the whole thing matches the Vatican city and in my humble opinion, surpasses. Read More
On the West Coast of Scotland, nestled in the Inner Hebrides Island chain, and recently voted the ‘4th’ best Island in the world by National Geographic.. Stands the Isle of Skye. Mythically rugged and naturally raw, jarring peaks, and harsh Scottish weather combine to create an outdoor playground like no other. And thats not to mention it features the UK’s toughest mountaineering challenge as well. But fear not, Skye doesnt miss out on your favourite dosage of Scottish weather, either. The tourism board itself describes it as ‘ The climate is mild, wet and windy.’ A bit of an understatement if I ever heard one. Read More
The Cuillin Ridge is a somewhat continuos ridge-crest famous with thrill seekers, munro (scottish peaks) baggers and rock climbers. Although low altitude, the Cuillins can be considered the only alpine quality route in the UK. But dont let the lone wolf fool you. Because of its fickle position on the Isle of the Skye on the rugged West Coast of Scotland, the Cuillins are subjected to harsh weather, strong winds and unpredictably fast changes of weather year-round. The ridge itself is a 12km mix of scrambling, summit shuffling, and alpine grade climbing (depending on route/direction taken). Oh and did I forget to mention the 4000 vertical meters of ascent and descent? Read More