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What It’s Really Like to Do a Via Ferrata in Spain and What You Need to Know

I thought the via ferrata in Vallcebre Catalunya would be an easy one. To my pleasant surprise it wasn't. I loved both the thrill and the challenge. Would you do it? You can read the original article here: What It’s Really Like to Do a Via Ferrata in Spain and What You Need to Know. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel - Outdoor Adventures | Hiking Trips | Active Vacations
Tags: Travel, Spain, Adventure Travel, Ferrata, Mountain Adventures, Vallcebre Catalunya


7 Hiking Trails to Experience at Kicking Horse Resort

If you’re a skier or boarder from Alberta or British Columbia there’s a high probability that you’ve been to Kicking Horse Resort, one of Canada’s world-class downhill skiing destinations. While it’s renowned for its spectacular alpine setting, long runs and abundant snow in winter, it’s equally beautiful in summer. From the top of the Golden Eagle Express Gondola enjoy sweeping Rocky Mountain views. Then look way down and you’ll see the Columbia River Wetlands snaking through the valley bottom....
Tags: Travel, Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Rockies, Eagle, Rocky Mountains, Don, Golden Eagle Express Gondola, Rocky Mountain, Ferrata, Leigh McAdam, RCR, Purcell Mountains, Stairway, Columbia River Wetlands


Via Ferrata on a Mountain Bike - DOLOMITES @redbullbike

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Tags: Sport, Cycling, Ferrata, Raymond George


Best European sleeper train routes

The real traveler knows that transportation is not just about getting from A to B, it’s a journey to be lived and savored. Sleeper trains are the epitome of “enjoying the ride,” but somehow they’ve almost been forgotten. There aren’t that many services still running in Europe, but it’s worth adjusting a trip to include one. Not only are they more environmentally friendly than planes and cost-effective, but they are unequivocally the most romantic way to travel. 1. London to Fort William on ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, France, Germany, Trains, Russia, Cologne, Innsbruck, Paris, Moscow, Finland, Santa Claus, Alps, Norway


3 Extreme Adventures for Adrenaline Junkies

Hiking to a summit, looking down into a deep, breathtaking gorge, rafting down a wild river – these were considered extreme adventures once, but today, they have become everyday getaways for adventure-loving men and women. There are, in turn, many who would prefer their heart to race and adrenaline flood their body when they get away from their everyday lives – to “feel alive”, as they put it. If you are one of those who wants your heart to miss a beat and feel the flow of adrenaline in your ve...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Iceland, Borneo, Bolivia, La Paz, South East Asia, Mother Earth, Reykjavik Iceland, Ferrata, Death Road, Coroico, North Yungas Road, La Cumbre Pass


Top 10 Guest Photos 2017

Hello and Happy New Year! There are certain things that you come to depend on, events that happen consistently and predictably. We like to think our annual photography competition is one of these events! Every year the team here at Active HQ gather around a big screen in the staff lunch area to let the competition entry images soak in – we let ourselves be inspired. Fresh from our own adventures over the festive season, it’s easy to let the mind wander… “what it must be like to gaze up at the Pa...
Tags: Photography, Hiking, Competition, Wildlife, Patagonia, Jaguar, South America, Jack, Bucket List, Mont Blanc, Kayaking, Active Adventures, Trip Of A Lifetime, Steven, Patrick, Diane


Via Ferrata in the Dolomites Italy: Paths of Iron, Nerves of Steel

The Dolomites in Italy form one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. That’s not a secret.  But they also mark the birthplace of the soft adventure sport via ferrata, a victory of human ingenuity over a violent past. Here’s a piece I wrote about my first via ferrata in the Dolomites (pre-baby, it has to be said!) Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, Italy The cloud disappears, leaving clear air ahead of me. Clear air ahead, clear air behind and, as my mind and stomach spin, I...
Tags: Travel, Austria, Malaysia, Innsbruck, Italy, Dolomites, Alpine Club, Dolomite Mountains, Ferrata, Filippo, Venice Verona, Dolomites Italy, Iron Nerves of Steel, Ampezzo Valley, Filippo Beccari, France Germany Canada


Pizza+Hiking: A Match Made in Adventure Foodie Heaven

After a long hike, there is nothing better than eating your arm’s weight in pizza. Ben and I usually talk about pizza the entire hike, planning toppings and pairings. It’s extremely zen, walking through beautiful landscapes talking about banana peppers. Below we will present to you four Pizza+Hiking pairs you MUST try. It will be worth it, we pepperoni promise. 1. Top Pizza Dog, Top Views Right Outta Town Pizza: Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, Colorado Hike: Via Ferrata This pizza and this ‘hike...
Tags: Hiking, Lifestyle, West Virginia, Sport, Cycling, Telluride, Buddha, Ben, Lifestraw, Ferrata, Go Outside, WEEKEND PICKS, Road Team, DAY HIKING, Fayetteville West Virginia, Top Pizza Dog Top Views Right Outta Town Pizza


25 Awesome Day Trips from Vancouver, BC

25 Awesome Day trips from Vancouver If you’ve visited Vancouver, chances are you’ve walked around Stanley Park’s infamous seawall, wandered around the market on Granville Island, snapped a photo of the old Steam Clock in Gastown, shopped on Robson Street and raised a glass in Granville’s entertainment district. While there are countless things to see and do in Vancouver, there’s even more adventure waiting for you just outside the city limits (there’s good reason why Vancouver consistently r...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Germany, Hiking, Canada, United States, Adventures, Vancouver, Victoria, Sightseeing, West Coast, North America, Whistler, Washington State, Seattle, Travel Tips


Review: The North Face Rolling Thunder luggage – discover your spirit of adventure

I like to think of myself as an adventurous spirit. The sort of girl who might paddle my kayak up a creek in Canada or climb a Via Ferrara to the top of a mountain or throw my luggage in the back of the floatplane flying across the water to some remote island. And of course I’d need luggage to match my adventurous lifestyle. Something with rugged good looks, lots of zips and plenty of room for all my travel gear. Luggage to turn heads and get admiring glances from other adventurers. But wai...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Activities, Travel Gear, Canada, Luggage, Victoria, The North Face, Ferrara, Ferrata, Clothes & Equipment, Millets, My North Face Rolling Thunder


Memorable Travels of 2016 That Will Stand the Test of Time

I didn’t plan to have a crazy year of travel. But that’s how 2016 stacked up for me. At last count I made over 30 trips – with the majority of the trips four days or longer. Most were work related but I get no sympathy from my family when I complain about being busy and traveling too much. I’ve been home since mid-November, enjoying the routine of everyday life and vowing not to travel so much in 2017. I don’t think I learn. Already I’ve got 10 trips booked – and nine of those are in January a...
Tags: Travel, India, Canada, Jasper, Baja, John, Iceland, North America, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, Panama City, Jasper National Park, Wapta Traverse, Yoho National Park


5 Amazing Outdoor Experiences in Ogden, Utah (That Don’t Include Skiing)

Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. If there’s a more raw, more awesome (in the literal sense of the word), more hardcore outdoor destination in the country than Utah, we haven’t found it. And we’re including Alaska, Montana, and even Boca Raton (kidding). While the state boasts some of the best ski resorts in the United States, there’s so much more to it. Of the state’s first settlement, Ogden, Al Capone once remarked that it was “a bit too rowdy for my taste”. It’s that kind of town. So ...
Tags: Facebook, Utah, United States, Sidelines, Ogden Utah, Don, Ogden, Boca Raton, Ferrata, Steve Jurvetson, National Forest, Malan, North Fork Park, USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships


Top 10 Canada Moments – from Toronto to Montreal

This summer we adopted an motorhome, or RV as they are known in Canada, and spent two weeks driving from Toronto to Montreal. ‘Monty’ as we fondly named the RV, took us on many an adventure, from bear spotting in Agonquin to farmer’s markets in Kingston, from feeding carrots to Bambi in Parc Omega to climbing a Via Ferrata in Mont Tremblant park. We dipped our toe in Canada’s wilderness, toasted s’mores over the campfire and tasted everything from thousand island dressing to poutine. While there...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Camping, Toronto, Nature, Leisure, Algonquin, Canada, Italy, Arctic, Vancouver, Sightseeing, Parliament, Kingston, Montreal, Quebec


How to drive an RV from Toronto to Montreal (our top tips)

As a child our family were great campers, touring Europe with all our gear packed into the Morris Minor. While my parent’s spirit of adventure must have rubbed off on me, I have to admit that my memories are of early morning starts, endless unpacking and the smell of damp grass. Since then I’ve always preferred to have a solid roof over my head. Husband Guy, however, is a natural born camper, relishing the chance to sleep under the stars and brew up over the camp fire. When we were offered the c...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, UK, Featured, Camping, Toronto, Nature, Leisure, Algonquin, Canada, National Parks, Lake Ontario, Kingston, Montreal, Perth


Over the pass in the Dolomites: Hiking in South Tyrol

Our first day of hiking in the Dolomites had been relatively easy, as we scaled the gentler slopes of the Rosengarten range in South Tyrol.  But Day 2 proved a lot more challenging, as we scrambled over the Coronelle pass and slithered down the treacherous scree slopes on the other side. Pushing on through a surreal lunar landscape, we finally arrived at our next mountain hut and enjoyed a well earned beer on the terrace, as the evening sun turned the mountains pink. Read about our first day’s h...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Featured, Hiking, Leisure, Austria, Innsbruck, Walking, Italy, Switzerland, Verona, Dolomites, South Tyrol, Cairn, Julia


Trans-Canada: Greatest road trip of your life

Whether this is your starting point or ending point, the view over Vancouver from Eagle Bluffs gives you an idea of the scale of this trip. Image by Joanne Chui. CANADA IS THE BIGGEST COUNTRY in the Americas, and second only to Russia as the biggest country in the world. Across our vast spaces are epic travel possibilities; you can put together the best trip of your life here. This will be even more the case in 2017 with the opening of Great Trail, a nearly 13,000-mile car-free highway. The Gr...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Americas, Canada, Newfoundland, Vancouver, Victoria, North America, Whistler, Abba, Nelson, Road Trip, Banff, Revelstoke, All, Rocky Mountains


Hiking in the Dolomites – a tour of the Rosengarten in South Tyrol

Every year my friend Julia and I set off for a hiking holiday, a girl’s own adventure in which we test ourselves on the mountain trails of Europe. This year we had chosen the Dolomites of South Tyrol in Northern Italy as our outdoor playground, making a circular route around the Rosengarten or Catinaccio range. Our start and end point was the gorgeous Hotel Cyprianerhof, a stylish hotel that offers an extensive programme of hiking activities, combined with spa and wellness, to its guests. Our ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Featured, Hotels, Hiking, Mountain, Leisure, Accommodation, Austria, Innsbruck, Walking, Italy, Switzerland, Verona, South Tyrol


La Via ferrata des Dames Anglaises, Les Diablerets

This is only the second time I’ve climbed this via Ferrata. The first time was last year when Sarah and I did it in in one 6-hour speed ascent. This time Julie, Sarah and I decided to make it a more relaxed ascent and spent the night in the refuge Pierredar. The first day is a 1200m climb from the village of Les Diablerets up through the forest. When the trail leaves the forest it crosses over steep rocky ground before arrived at the refuge Pierredar. ...
Tags: Hiking, Sport, Sarah, Ferrata, Les Diablerets, Via Ferrata, via ferrata des dames Anglaises


6 Reasons Why NOW Is The Perfect Time To Visit England

As a kid growing up, the first place that really interested me was the United Kingdom. I’ve always been an Anglophile and growing up I learned as much as I could about every region of the nation. England in particular resonated with me strongly, probably because of my family lineage, and it’s why it was the first place I visited as a young solo traveler after I graduated from college. That fierce love and admiration has never diminished; if anything it’s only been amplified over the years as I’v...
Tags: Travel, England, US, United Kingdom, Yorkshire, Visitbritain, British Airways, Lake District, Destinations, District, the Lake District, Ferrata, Pimm, Durham Cathedral, Avebury, Via Ferrata


What’s the Better Place to Visit in Summer – Banff or Jasper?

One of the questions I get asked a lot via email is what’s the better place to visit – Banff or Jasper? So far the question has related to a summer or fall visit only. The bottom line for an answer – though it’s wishy-washy, is that one town isn’t better than the other UNLESS time is of the essence and you happen to be starting in Calgary. Under these circumstances, Banff would be my recommendation so you’re not spending the entire trip driving. The driving time between Banff and Jasper is abou...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Jasper, Whistler, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway, Banff Lake Louise, Canmore, Becker, Louise


Ultimate Outdoor Throwdown Bracket

Help crown West Virginia’s top adventure— and you might w​in an awesome adventure prize package! Biking trails, climbing spots, stargazing skies, ATV parks and more are competing for the honor. We know you have favorite outdoor adventures and escapes, so vote in the Ultimate Outdoor Throwdown Bracket.​ Who’s going to emerge victorious? You decide. 16 bouts with 32 competing adventures. You know these spots best, which is why y​our decision matters.​ Vote for popular attractions a​nd ​hidden gems...
Tags: Sponsored, America, West Virginia, Sport, Cycling, East Coast, Middle Island, Ferrata, Cannondale, Gauley, Grantsville, Sponsored Content, Via Ferrata, Cheat River, Seneca Rocks, Ohio River Islands


Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Adventure Package

Win a Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Adventure Package for Two! Explore new heights on the premier Via Ferrata in North America OR Choose the North Fork Valley Canopy Tour and take in the WV landscape from above. PLUS Enjoy a Two-night stay for (2) people at Harman’s Luxury Cabins. [contact-form-7] Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on M...
Tags: United States, North America, Contests, District Of Columbia, Ferrata, Go Outside, Fly Fishing, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, All Federal State, North Fork Valley Canopy Tour, Harman s Luxury Cabins


2015: A Year in Review

Looking back at a busy year, as I prepare for a rich 2016. In This Travel Article You Will Discover: A Weird Winter A Travel Milestone 3 Countries 12 Memories Last year was a funny one. And a busy one. In the spring, I joined the team at British Columbia Magazine as a contributing editor (print). My work at explore magazine continued to accelerate. I completed a ton of assignments for Destination Canada. And I was nominated for an Explore Canada Media Award of Excellence. But I travelled ...
Tags: Europe, Hike, Usa, Colorado, Mexico, Advice, Adventure, Urban, Canada, New Brunswick, Ski, Tourism, Gear, Surfing, Vancouver, Salt Lake City


8 POV photos from the Canadian Rockies sure to fire up your inner explorer

Editor’s note: The Canadian Rockies range from southwestern Alberta to southeastern BC, and move into the US over the borders of Idaho and Montana. At 3954m (12,972ft), Mt. Robson is the highest peak of this range (although not the tallest mountain in BC). The second highest peak of the Canadian Rockies is Mount Columbia in Alberta at 3747m (12,293ft). This is the tallest mountain in that province. Much of this area is protected by national and provincial parks and is a popular destination for o...
Tags: Montana, US, Canada, Idaho, Whistler, Istanbul, Alberta, Rockies, Jasper National Park, All, Canadian Rockies, Outdoors Photography, Jason Wire, Scott Sporleder, Robson, Athabasca Glacier


A year in review – where Heather travelled in 2015

We’re in that lull between the feasting and celebration of Christmas and the fresh starts and new plans of New Year. It’s the quiet time when we can reflect and review the year that’s gone, the time to reminisce and consider what the year brought us: the adventures and challenges, the excitement of visiting new places, the holiday times we enjoyed with loved ones. Here’s a look back to the travels I enjoyed in 2015. January – A cottage stay and fossil hunting in Devon and Dorset The ammoni...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, Featured, Greece, France, Germany, India, Spain, World, Leisure, Cruise, Austria, Art and design, Museums


Climbing monkeys and flying foxes – in Wilder Kaiser, Austria

“We all have a little monkey in us from way back”, jokes Hervé Chayrou, the owner and our instructor at Hornpark, a treetop adventure playground with 8 aerial courses and 14 zip wires over a lake. We’re gathered at a social get together on the first evening of Alpine Sports Week in the Wilder Kaiser valley of Austria, hearing about all the outdoor activities on offer including high wire climbing, mountain-biking and canyoning. Heather and Michael from Bemused Backpacker – Climbing at Horn Park...
Tags: UK, Featured, Nature, Leisure, Austria, Munich, Cycling, Climbing, Walking, Bristol, Tirol, Michael, Wilder Kaiser, Heather, Ferrata, Wilder Kaiser Austria


Via Ferrata – the Iron Way

“Are you sure America is ready for this?” asked my wife as she stepped onto a single strand of wire strung across a deep gorge.  I’m a notorious bad judge of what American’s really want, but I’m definitely fired-up about Via Ferrata’s and recently had a chance to experience six of them in France under the guise of doing research for possibly building some in Utah. Polly walking the wire.  Via Ferratas were first developed in the Italian Dolomite’s during WW2 as a way of moving heavily loaded fo...
Tags: Europe, Utah, France, America, Announcements, Stella, La Grave, Ferrata, Polly, Via Ferrata, Ferratas, Feratta, Ferratas Nowadays, La Grave France, Cascade Via Ferrata