P1010983_DxO.jpg
DSCF6338_DxO-X2.jpg
DSCF2758_DxO-X2.jpg
DSCF4978_DxO-X2.jpg
i-ZpNvNpp-X2.jpg
P1010983_DxO.jpg

The Greenbelt Route, Ontario


Trying an alternative and local form of travel by cycling nearly 500km through Ontario's Greenbelt composed of protected countryside, farmland, and parks.

SCROLL DOWN

The Greenbelt Route, Ontario


Trying an alternative and local form of travel by cycling nearly 500km through Ontario's Greenbelt composed of protected countryside, farmland, and parks.

2017:  Greenbelt Route

Status:  Completed -- stay tuned for blog posts!

After returning from Tanzania in January of 2016, I was confronted with a much smaller travel budget (i.e minimal) and a yearning for a different approach to travel.

So I decided to try something more local.

More to come, I'm pulling together photos and notes at the moment.  For now, follow along via Instagram.

DSCF6338_DxO-X2.jpg

Bruce Trail, Canada


The Escarpment is a gift that we have been given by nature—a treasure beyond price...

- Robert Bateman

Bruce Trail, Canada


The Escarpment is a gift that we have been given by nature—a treasure beyond price...

- Robert Bateman

Hiking the Bruce Trail

Status:  In progress

In February of 2014, my friends and I started hiking the 885km Bruce Trail -- which follows the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario -- as a form of training for our hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. 

This has been my attempt to document the ongoing journey that has led us through everything from well-frequented provincial parks or urban ravines to hamlets I've never heard of and vast open fields of farmland.

DSCF2758_DxO-X2.jpg

Kumano Kodo, Japan


Imagining people who followed this same ancient pilgrimage trail a thousand years ago really made it feel like a spiritual journey.

Kumano Kodo, Japan


Imagining people who followed this same ancient pilgrimage trail a thousand years ago really made it feel like a spiritual journey.

Trekking the Kumano Kodo Ancient Pilgrimage Trail

In July 2014, I had the opportunity to visit an old friend in Japan. I decided to make use of some of this time while my friend was still at work (not vacation time yet), to hike -- over a period of 4 days -- an important section of a series of ancient pilgrimage trails called the Kumano Kodo.

DSCF4978_DxO-X2.jpg

Lares Trek, Peru


Take away the 500 other people on the Inca Trail, throw yourself in the middle of nowhere with remote villages, and curious people.

Lares Trek, Peru


Take away the 500 other people on the Inca Trail, throw yourself in the middle of nowhere with remote villages, and curious people.

On the Lares Trek

In September 2013, I was fortunate to have the chance to travel to Peru for a couple of weeks.  I wanted to visit Machu Picchu but not the way that most people did so along the Inca Trail.  Didn't really feel like hiking with too many folks so I decided to join a group (there were only 4 of us plus the guides) to hike what was refer to as the Lares Trek -- which would take us into a more remote region and through a mountain pass.

i-ZpNvNpp-X2.jpg

Lemosho Route - Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro, I can see a new tomorrow. I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro. I cast away all my sorrows. - Juluka

Lemosho Route - Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro, I can see a new tomorrow. I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro. I cast away all my sorrows. - Juluka

On the Lemosho Route, Climbing Kilimanjaro

I thought it'd be a good way to start 2016 on the Roof of Africa.  I wanted the best chance I had to summit Kilimanjaro so this meant that the trek had to begin the day after Christmas.  I knew it'd be tough and I was physically prepared having trained on the Bruce Trail for the past couple of years but it was the psychological aspect that I found most daunting. Here I've tried to document my thoughts and journey as best I could.  On the trek, there were often times when I simply didn't feel like photographing anything, so I didn't. 

Somethings are better to experience in person anyhow. This journey is one of them.

Diagram of Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route via Youth Adventures and Safaris

Diagram of Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route via Youth Adventures and Safaris