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Posts from August 7th, 2017.

Join us in the Canary Islands

Starting January 6, 2018, we’re leading a 16-day hiking trip to Spain’s Canary Islands. Last winter, after our first couple days on the first of five islands we combed, we were totally enchanted. We hiked as much as possible over nearly three months. We would have liked to stay longer. We certainly understand why many of the northern-European hikers we met there said “this is our 6th (or 8th) time” we’ve been to the Canaries.

Join us, and we’ll show you the best villages, trails and terrain of the Canaries. La Gomera, for example, has one hundred barrancs. These are narrowly-incised canyons that begin from the high plateau of 1,400 meters, and descend to the sea. They are rugged, often cliff-bound, sometimes filled with vegetation. They don’t run in a straight, predictable line. They zig and zag, and so do the trails in and out of them. It’s fascinating to see where the ancient people determined they could make a path to get from village to village, or from sea to highland pastures.

La Palma is known for its Ruta de los Vulcanes, along the southern spine of the island. But we will not set foot there. The trail is boring, without intriguing passages or changes. We’ll spend our two days hiking on mind-blowing paths. They take more time to approach by car, but you’ll agree it’s worthwhile, when you’re at the end of the world, exploring a place few see.

Go to this page of our website to read more:


Email us if you have any questions. The deadline for this trip is August 30.

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Hiking and camping in the wilderness can be dangerous. Experience and preparation reduce risk but will never eliminate it.

Information published in a book or on a website—regardless how authoritative—is not a substitute for common sense or sound judgment. Your safety is your responsibility. The unique details of your specific situation and the decisions you make at that time will determine the outcome.

When hiking, threats to your wellbeing are unpredictable; you must always be aware. In the backcountry, risk is subjective; you must gauge it for yourself. Away from civilization, small mistakes can have severe consequences; you must vigilantly prevent injury and avoid becoming disoriented.

Never hike alone. Before setting out, check the weather forecast and current trail conditions; adjust your plans accordingly. Always carry a map and compass, a first-aid kit, extra clothing, a personal locator beacon, plus enough food and water to survive an emergency.

If you doubt your ability to negotiate rough terrain, respond to wild animals, or handle sudden, extreme weather changes, hike only in a group led by a competent, licensed guide.

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