Archive for Mountains

The Best Kept Secret – Red Mountain, BC

The town of Rossland isn’t close to the TransCanada. In fact, it’s even a ways off the secondary Crowsnest highway. It’s not close to a major population center, nor is it easily accessed by air. What all this means is that even during the peak Christmas season, you can often find yourself skiing in the […]

Mountain Biking at Slick Rock – Moab, Utah
January 11th, 2017Adventures, Cycling, Destinations, Mountains, USNatalia 0 Comments

I am not a good rider. I do all of my riding in the somewhat flat trails of Southern Ontario, but anything outside my comfort zone leads me to literal tears. That is what happened at Moab. With it’s rocky, barren Star Trek like terrain, Slick Rock is the epitome of “outside the comfort zone”. […]

Climbing the Great Wall of China – Jiankou to Mutianyu, China

Climbing the Great Wall of China was never high on my list of things to see. Besides Tibet there are very few sights that I get excited about in China and even Tibet has been slipping. In fact, China as a whole has been slipping but more on that later. Anyway, in my mind the […]

A Surprise on a Plank –  Huashan, Shaanxi, China

I built up the “idea” of hiking up Huashan for months on end. Weeks leading up to the climb, my palms would start sweating every time I thought about hiking in Huashan. Walking on a plank suspended hundreds of meters in the air was most terrifying. The fact the Huashan is an internet sensation did […]

Elbowing Through the Crowd at Huangshan – Anhui, China
November 7th, 2013Adventures, Asia, China, Destinations, MountainsNatalia 3 Comments

I have been warned about hiking the most popular mountain in China on a public holiday. I chose to ignore the warnings. I chose to think that a mountain could not possibly be so packed with hikers. I was wrong. It felt like you are buying bread in 1989 Russia. It could not have been […]

Climbing Mount Merapi – Java, Indonesia

The steep route up Mount Merapi was filled with a lot of hand holding. Jonathan wanted to climb Mount Merapi before we even got to Java. The kid just wants to see lava! The first day we were in Jogjakarta we ventured to the tourist office to ask if the mountain was accessible for climbers. Interestingly […]

Mistakes I Have Learnt From While Traveling in Asia

Mistakes happen in all the time, but they can pack a punch when you’re on the road. I made a few bad mistakes while traveling in Asia, some of them could have been prevented and others were just stupid. It is very important for me to learn from my mistakes and if I commit them again, shame on me.  Without further ado, here […]

Icy Weekend Skiing in Jay Peak – Vermont, US

4 skiers and 1 boarder looking for snow at Jay Peak, Vermont. As you might notice, the snow was just a dusting above a hard, thin layer of ice. We normally spend most of a ski trip in the glades but with the snow being as scarce as it was we were having fun just […]

Climbing Mount Kinabalu in One Day – Sabah, Malaysia

Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in the Malay Archipelago. It stands 4095m tall and because it is a doable climb it is a major tourist destination. Each day over 100 climbers start at the Timpohon Gates and then rest at the overpriced shack Laban Rata Resthouse about 2 hours from the top. At around 2 […]

My Canada is a Winter Paradise – Whistler Blackcomb

I was recently tagged by Karin from K and K Adventures  to write about what is “My Canada”. Since we are halfway through winter I want to explore what one might do in Canada when it is -15 degrees outside.  I am also passing on the torch to Meredith Bratland, Always Twirling and a fellow Russian emigre Maria to […]

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