I wont lie, I’m probably too chicken to do half of these. While walking long term is not a problem for me, balance is something I have not. After an indoor rock climbing course, cables, carabiners, and other items of the sort kinda scare me. I have ZERO upper body strength, which seemed like a hindrance as I was climbing up the “mountain”. I’ll stick to my preferred walking trails and pretty scenery.
Here’s to all you adventure seekers out there!
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
It’s not the 2-ish hour Huayna Picchu trail that I wouldn’t be happy about (actually am hoping to do this pretty soon), but the 4-day, 3 night trek is what worries me. I’m too cheap frugal to hire a porter to carry my bags, and therefore, would be lugging them around. And trust me, I don’t pack light!
Hiking a glacier in Iceland
This is actually something I would attempt (although possibly fail, while laying on my back with a pitchfork in my hand laughing…)
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; Africa’s highest mountain
I was surprised to learn that only about 50% of people actually make it to the top. But it isn’t like rock-climbing- you walk 5-7 hours a day, mostly uphill. It’s not the walking that gets people, but the super-high altitude. Headaches are only the worst of the problem, as some people experience High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). Not a fun way to spend your trip.
Cinque terre; the prettiest hike in my opinion
Ahhh the Italian Riviera. The five towns which make up Cinque Terre have been on my bucket list ever since I first laid eyes on my first photo of Riomaggiore. You can say it was love at first sight. The main trail goes along the coast and links all the villages in a five hour walk. However, you can break them up into shorter (roughly 90 minute) treks, and explore the colorful villages.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The day hiker and the overnight backpacker must be equally prepared for the lack of water, extreme heat and cold, and isolation characteristic of the Grand Canyon. Hiking in the Grand Canyon is so demanding that even people in excellent condition often emerge sore and fatigued. Yet small children, senior citizens, and people with physical disabilities have successfully hiked the canyon. [source]
So I’m calling all of you crazy, adventurous, and thrill-seeking individuals out there to experience these hikes for me. I’m fine with living vicariously through you, until you get to the top. I can handle the gorgeous views 😉