Author Archives: Kirsten Amor

Wild Pacific Trail: Vancouver Island’s Rugged and Beautiful Coastal Route

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Rugged black rock coastline, pebbly beaches and an abundance of wildlife – there’s a good reason the Wild Pacific Trail is consistently voted one of the top attractions in Canada.

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Hot Springs Cove – a Canadian Boating, Soaking Adventure

A secret cove with naturally bubbling hot springs, hidden deep in a forest, and accessible only by boat? Explorers, don your life vests and set your course for Hot Springs Cove, Tofino.

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Cycle Tour Around Victoria in Vancouver Island, BC

‘The Garden City’ and ‘More English and than England’ – these are the most popular adages spouted whenever the city of Victoria is mentioned in conversation or tourist brochures. While British Colombia’s capital city is truly blooming with flowers and ornate, historic architecture rarely seen on that side of the Atlantic, Victoria’s coastal scenery, quirky villages and craft beer scene should also be included on any itinerary. And with so many of the city’s attractions sprawled across a wide area, bikes are the perfect way to see the city’s attractions. Check out the video above to check out my suggested itinerary, or read more below! Continue reading

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If You Do One Thing In London, Visit London’s Nunhead Cemetery

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London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries are famous for their ornate mausoleums, famous inhabitants and their sheer size. Recently I visited one of the least visited of the Magnificent Seven, Nunhead Cemetery, to see for myself what made these cemeteries so appealing for visitors to London, and found a place that had almost entirely been reclaimed by nature.

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Kepler Track Pack List for the Summer Months

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New Zealand’s trails and national parks are renowned for their pristine condition and rich and varied wildlife. Part of the reason why they are in such good condition, despite the thousands of visitors they receive each year, is due to the strict restrictions they place on hikers entering the parks.

For the Kepler Track in particular, all rubbish and items brought into the park must be carried out by hikers (no garbage bins or tips are provided), and there are no stores available in the park to buy food or any hiking supplies. With this in mind, check out the pack list for hiking the Kepler Track in the summer months (approx. January to March) below! Continue reading

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Walking Some of the Peak District’s Highlights in a Weekend with the National Trust

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When searching for inspiration for weekend hikes, I frequently use the National Trust website. More than just country manors (although it is as easy to get lost in one of those houses as it is outdoors, am I right?) the National Trust website offers loads of walking route ideas ranging in length and ability, and are particularly good for those with little hikers to entertain! Recently I completed one of the National Trust’s more challenging hikes, created in association with Cotswold Outdoor. Located in the Peak District and covering some of the national park’s biggest highlights, adept hikers can enjoy dramatic ridge walks, some light scrambling, and of course fun times clambering over some of the Peak District’s famous quirky rock formations!
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Your Guide to Walking the Kepler Track: Day Three

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New Year’s Day saw us on the final stretch of the Kepler Track, with slightly sore heads and awaking to the call of kea parrots. Jess and Robbie, the hut wardens, had warned everyone the night before to bring their boots and waterproofs in before bed. Apparently the kea parrots had found a new game with which to entertain themselves – stealing the insoles and laces from the boots of unsuspecting hikers.

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Walking New Zealand’s Kepler Track: Day Two

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One of the most repeated pieces of advice I was given before starting the Kepler Track was to be prepared for all weather. In the mountains, the weather can change in an instant, and we experienced just that on the first night on the trek, at Luxmore Hut.

Within 15 minutes of arriving back from our detour down Luxmore Caves rain pelted down, and continued to hammer down on the roof all night. The wind picked up, and more than once everyone in the bunkhouse was awakened to the sound of the windows a-rattlin’ from the winds. By morning, the rains were still going strong, and we waited until 11:00 in the morning to set off, under the advice of the hut warden, Peter Jackson (like the Lord of the Rings director, but not really).

‘The views from the top of the mountain ridge are what make the Kepler Track so spectacular,’ he explained. ‘Wait a while here, see if it clears up, and then you can properly enjoy the walk.’

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Walking New Zealand’s Kepler Track: Day One

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Hiking on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks is a rite of passage for all visitors to this amazing country. With dramatic mountain scenery, unique wildlife and the well-organised hut and camping system, it’s easy to see why hikers worldwide flock to New Zealand’s Great Walks. Not gonna lie, it was difficult deciding on only one Great Walk to do in New Zealand. Given the amount of time we had to spend in the country, not to mention how far in advance it took to book sleeping space in the mountain huts, we decided to avoid the beautiful but popular Milford Track and instead opted for the Kepler Track. What followed was three days of otherworldly landscapes, close encounters with endangered species not found anywhere else in the world, and of course a diet mostly consisting of pasta, granola bars and chocolate.

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Product Review: My Favourite Backpack, the Osprey Women’s Talon/Tempest 33L Rucksack

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ve probably noticed my bright red backpack in a majority of my hiking posts. After purchasing the Osprey Women’s Talon (now renamed Tempest) 33-litre rucksack a few years ago, it has become my go-to bag for weekend hikes and day trips. Continue reading

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