The hiking and camping gear that was most influential (for better or worse) for Project Multi-Trek, my solo trekking trip across Europe via five long-distance trails: The West Highland Way, Hadrian's Wall, The Kerry Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc, and Alpe Adria Trail.
I’m back from my month-and-a-half solo trek of five trails around Europe - the West Highland Way, Hadrian’s Wall, The Kerry Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc, and the Slovenian section of the Alpe Adria! Comparing what actually went down to how I envisioned it has been an interesting exercise. Many detours were carried out, of course. I wanted to log the stats to show how travel and trekking will not always go according to plan, and that’s ok and to be expected. What’s important is to make sure you’re adequately prepared so that when those detours become necessary, you have the information and wherewithal to be flexible. So how did each trail shake out?
For the past few months I’ve been living and working at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, explaining activities, hikes, and transportation options to the guests that pour in every day from all over the world. I’ve got to say, I think I have the best job in the entire park. The guests that come to my desk are typically adventurers in some capacity or another - backpackers, mule riders, rafters, badass retirees living out their bucket list items. Over time I’ve come to understand the most important elements that go into planning a South Rim trip depending on what type of traveler you are. Families, hikers, and day trippers all have different concerns, and I hope to round them up for you all here.