Category Archives: Outdoor Trips

Kauai – on foot, kayak, and helicopter (slideshow)

 

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If you are heading to Kauai …

Don’t miss: a helicopter tour of the island, Nualolo or Awa’awapuhi trails hike in Koke’e State Park, Kalalau trail day hike on the northern shore (or backpack for the more adventurous), Wailua River kayak (short & leisurely) to get to Secret Falls where you can swim in the waterfall.

Skip: Allerton/National Tropical Botanical garden tour (it’s long and slow, and there is no way to leave the tour early), Alakai Swamp trail in Koke’e.

Food tip: try skipping fancy restaurants and go local style: fresh poke + seaweed salad takeout from any of the larger grocery stores (Foodland, Safeway, Big time).  This will be both one of your tastiest and cheapest meals (under $10)!  Also try Fish Express in Lihu’e for grilled seafood to-go.

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Climbing Via Ferratas in Dolomites, Italy (slideshow)

Via ferratas – Italian for “iron route” – are a fun mix between hiking and climbing. During World War many were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy to aid the movement of troops. Now, used for recreation, they enable hikers to traverse mountain terrain that is too steep or exposed for unprotected scrambling. Ferratas consists of steel cables, to which ferrata climbers can secure themselves, as well as other climbing aids such as iron pegs, ladders, bridges and carved steps in the rock.

Via Ferratas in Dolomites, Italy
Via Ferratas in Dolomites, ItalyMar 22, 2013Photos: 39
 

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Logistics: we flew to Venice and took a bus to Cortina, which served as a base for several multi-day ferrata treks. The Dolomite region is dotted with mountain huts, which serve up great food and beer and provide a place to sleep. We used On Top Mountaineering for guide service (great for convenience – they take care of reservations, transportation, routes – and safety). September is a wonderful time to go.

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