Four Great Adventure Destinations

Travel & Leisure just posted their list of top adventure travel destinations for 2014. There are thirty-two in all and include spots all over the world, along with recommended travel packages. Take a look below for a few examples from their list.

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Gorgeous Beaches of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Some of the world’s most beautiful and culturally rich areas are often those ravaged by war or political strife. Such has been the case with Sri Lanka, but the island nation is recovering from over 25 years fighting and opening up to travelers from all walks of life. What visitors will discovers is a place with exciting experiential attractions such as leopard tracking, whale-watching and views of mass elephant migrations in Minneriya National Park. Other attractions include eight World Heritage sites, one of which is the fifth-century city of Sigiriya.

Belgium

Lovers of biking and beer will fall in love with this tour package from Ciclismo Classico. This bike tour will take travellers 326-miles over nine days. Along the way, adventures will see beautiful castles, castles, and of course, breweries offering plenty of opportunities to taste.

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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Oceania Expeditions offers an 11-day cultural immersion tour that is dedicated to allowing visitors the opportunity to experience the life of local villagers. Visitors can meet Baining fire-dancers, learn local customs such as tattooing and mat-making, and participate in a pig roast known as a moo-moo feast.

Morocco

A new adventure package from Duvine Cycling & Adventures offers travellers the best of native flair and luxury. Lasting for six days, visitors will travel by bike for roughly four hours per day to Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains, and stop at Marrakesh’s souk. At night, visitors can relax at Richard Branson’s famous Kasbah Tamadot.  The last night will be spent under a starlit sky in a remote desert oasis.

Find more adventure travel locations at Travel & Leisure.

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Three Adventure Travel Destinations in the U.S.

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Weeping Wall, Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana

Adventure travel is often characterized by being active in an exotic or remote location. But when you get down to it, adventure can be had just about anywhere as long as the traveler is up for the challenge. USA Today reports on adventure destinations right here in the US to satisfy the traveler who wants to break away from the daily grind.  Below is a sampling of their list of top American adventure destinations.

Kayaking the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

This tropical rainforest features cliffs that rise out from the ocean to over 4,000 feet overhead. One of the best ways for travelers to experience this spectacle is one one of the 17-mile kayaking trips that run along the coasts. The trip is great workout for anyone of moderate physical ability and offers a challenge with the payoff of breaktaking views. Outfitters run trips from April to October, with waters typically at their calmest in August.

Hiking Zion National Park, Utah

This National Park has an assortment of adventure experiences for the visitor to choose from. Among the top choices for nature lovers is the 16-mile hike descending Virgin River Canyon. Rock walls reach as high as 2,000 feet and involves hiking directly through the water – a challenge for even the most enthusiastic hiker. The park is open year round, but this hike is best taken anytime except April and May when flash flooding becomes a real concern.

Bicycling Glacier National Park, Mont.

This park is famous among cyclists for its Going-to-the-Sun Road which offers some of the most spectacular views of one of the nation’s grandest parks. For most of the route, you will ride above the tree line, getting views unlike any other. However, cyclists are not allowed on the route after 6pm, so plan accordingly.

Find more US adventure destinations at USA Today.

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Adventure in Tanzania

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Route up Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the highest peak in Africa, reaching 19,340 feet into the sky.  National Geographic hosts a 10-day trip to Tanzania that involves trekking up a lesser-known path up the mountain, on the Western slope.  The hike on the Shira Route takes 8 full days and traverses five temperate zones.  This excursion is truly an experience unlike any other, and that one will not soon forget.  The views are unparalleled, spanning hundreds of miles of gorgeous African terrain.

This trip not only allows one to reach the peak of one of the world’s highest peaks and sleep on the crater floor of said mountain, but one will also have the opportunity to experience the breathtaking rain forests, the heather moors, see indescribable lava formations, and traverse glaciers.

Day one of the trip is arrival day.  Travelers will touch down at the Kilimanjaro International airport, and then travel by car to Arusha National Park, which hosts a luxurious camp site and is seated at the base of Mount Meru,a volcano reaching 14,980 feet. The camp itself is already at an elevation of 6,200 feet, helping to ease travelers into the acclimatization that comes with reaching such high altitudes.  Day 2 is orientation, checking equipment and warming up with shorter hikes.  It is common that travelers see some incredible wildlife at this time, such as black-and-white colobus monkeys, bushbick, giraffe, rare birds and much more.

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View of Mount Kilimanjaro

The trek itself begins on the third day in Africa, beginning with a drive up to the edge of the montane forests of the mountain, which is where the hike kicks off.  It will consist of about 3-6 hours of hiking, ultimately reaching a fully set up camp, with refreshments and dinner waiting.

Along the way, there are incredible sights and landmarks, such as the Shira Plateau, the Lava Tower, Arrow Glacier. Ultimately, on the 9th day of the hike, you reach the peak of mount Kilimanjaro. This part, well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.  To read more about this trip and all that it consists of, check out this page.

Best Extreme Skiing Locations

A list of the top 10 extreme skiing spots has been developed by Cheapflights.ca, a travel deal website. The list ranges from moguls to heli-skiing to half pipes to ski hikes and five of the sites are in Canada and the U.S.

1. Mount Bake, Washington.

This location has an enormous amount of snowfall. Reports say the annual snowfall is more that 640 inches with a record of 1,140 inches one winter in 1998-1999. This resort has lots of backcountry skiing, cliffs, and natural halfpipes, so it attracts aggressive skiers and boarders. There is a risk of avalanche though, so be prepared if you wish to visit!

2. Tuckerman’s Ravine, Mount Washington, New Hampshire

This location is great because the deep snow allows the area to be open for business well into May when better weather conditions and lower avalanche risks occur. These factors draw skiers and snowboarders to the site. The site has a three-hour hike into the ravine, another 30-minute hike up the ravine, and then a 40 to 55 degree slope.

3.Revelstoke, British Columbia

Revelstoke has a heritage of heli-skiing. The powdery terrain is accessible by chopper and the way down is untouched snow. The area is renowned for its annual snowfall, which makes for amazing wide-open bowls and treeline skiing. The resort is also known for its mountain, which has a slope of 5,260 feet. This makes this location the biggest vertical drop in North America.

4. Mary Jane, Winter Park, Colorado

This site is full of moguls. In fact, Mary Jane is dedicated to mogul runs and tree skiing. This means the mountain requires intermediate to fairly advanced level skiers and boarders.

5. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

This mountain is known for the ability of skiers and snowboarders to go rushing downhill at top speed. Trails include Zig Zag, Dave Murray Downhill, the Downhill, and Super G course of World Cups and Olympics from the past. The trails progressively get more difficult and are know for “no-guts, no-glory speed.”

The other five destinations are Valluga, St. Anton, Austria; Vallee Blanche, Chamonix, France; Laax, Switzerland; Las Lenas, Argentina; and Yongpyong Resort, PyeongChang, South Korea. Each destination has its own specialty and is known for its unique features.

Some Interesting Adventure Travel Opportunities

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Traveling is said to be the only thing you can buy that will make you richer. However, there are some places of travel that you can make richer too. Trips have the ability to be adventure packed but also benefit the local areas.

British Columbia, Canada holds the Great Bear Rainforest, which is teeming with bald eagles, migrating salmon, and rare white bears. The site is also proposed to hold a pipeline that would connect tar sands near Edmonton, Alberta to the port of Kitimat, British Columbia. If this pipeline has even one oil spill, the entire rainforest could be lost. There is hope for conserving the rainforest though. Fishing and ecotourism have provided sustainable alternatives to resource extraction in the Great Bear Rainforest for years. The more travelers the area gets, the less likely it is to hold the pipeline. On your trip, you can experience the forest by sailing up the coast. You can also travel up fjords, hike through ancient spruce and cedar, explore First Nations villages, or admire the bears, wolves, and whales.

In Baja, Mexico you have the opportunity to tag and release endangered sea turtles. Magdalena Bay off Baja’s Pacific Coast is the home of a project committed to changing the ways of poachers. The group, Grupo Tortuguero is actually comprised of former poachers who have decided to turn a new leaf. The group catches sea turtles in nets every month, measures, weighs, and tags them, and then lets them go. Red Sustainable Travel brings volunteers to this site to help the group record data and therefore reduce the cost of the research project. The trip fees help pay for staffers’ salaries, fund a local children’s education project, and prove that the sea turtles are worth being kept alive. Travelers to the site stay in tents on a small, remote islet and have the opportunity to hike, try fresh oysters and salsa, and walk through the white sand of the wild dune field.

Other places to visit where you can give back include Peru, Patagonia, and Mongolia. Each place has its own necessity for travelers to either help preserve land or help indigenous people to the area gather necessities for life.  To read more about adventure travel, check out this article. 

Growing Ski Towns to Keep an Eye On

Greg LimeberryAs someone who skis for a living more or less, I am always interested in skiing mountains and locations that are wild- uncharted, untouched, and/or not well known by commercial skiers.  Fortunately with my job as a ski patrolman, I often get to ski areas of my amazing mountain that are unavailable to commercial skiers, which is great because there really is nothing like fresh powder.  Anyways, I was really excited to come across this article in National Geographic that gives the inside scoop on the top 10 up-and-coming towns for skiing.

The first on the list is in my own state of Utah, which goes to show how great of a ski locale we are! The city is Ogden, Utah, and the two main mountains available for skiing there are Powder Mountain and Snowbasin.  According to National Geographic, these mountains are made for the dedicated skier constantly searching for powder skiing conditions and wanting to avoid the crowd.  Snowbasin is the most state-of-the-art, having a great deal of renovations done for the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Gorgeous lodges, chairlifts that are of the newest technology, as well as a tram and two gondolas are all part of the perks of Snowbasin.  For a more old-school feel, Powder Mountain has lower speed lifts and more basic lodges, and its slopes are more geared toward intermediate skiers.  Personally, I can’t want to get over to Snowbasin, which National Geographic claims, “has expert terrain rivaling anything in Utah and superior steeps.”  Sounds like heaven!

Another lesser-known ski location on the list that I’ve got my eye on is Nelson, British Columbia.  Whitewater Ski Resort is the main mountain, which is in a mountain bowl formation where you can find the best powder.  Here, there’s no high tech chairlifts or swanky lodges- it’s all about the skiing.  The area gets around 500 inches of powder each year and the uncharted, backcountry terrain is virtually endless.  All of that and no crowds make this a place I need to check out!  According to the article, there are no lodges on the mountain itself, but their base lodge has a great restaurant.  Without lodges it definitely seems more remote and unconquered- right up my alley!

A third location on this list that caught my eye was Revelstoke, British Columbia.  This place is all about the verticals- 5,620 feet of them to be exact.  The main ski mountain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, offers skiers multiple methods of getting to the top of these verticals: chair lifts, snowcats and helicopters are all available from the same base location, which is extremely rare.  In fact, it’s the only mountain in North America offering all of this from the same ski base.  Personally, I can’t wait to try them all! With this being a mountain known for its verticals, you can guarantee you’ll be skiing among others who know exactly what they’re doing.

The list goes on to name some other great places, bot those three were the main ones that caught my eye.  Hopefully by the end of this winter I’ll be able to boast having been to a few!