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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gear Review: Outdoor Ukulele

Gear Review: Outdoor Ukulele

While most of the products I review, I have purchased and therefore own it. This is an exception. I don't own it. I have only heard about it, and heard it, from my friends at The First Forty Miles, a podcast.  Welcome to Outdoor Ukulele.

Outdoor Ukulele is a family owned and operated manufacture of composite polycarbonate instruments.

Because I don't own it, I cannot provide comment. But because I have heard it, I am going to share with you the website and eagerly await your feedback.

What I can say, is that wood based insturments take a beating on the trail. These Luke's are poly carbonate and can take life on the road.







Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gear Review: Chameleon Prime Stretch

Gear Review: Chameleon Prime Stretch by Merrell

I have since switched to different pair of Merrell hiking shoes which I will review later; however, I tell everybody that I hike with to "start with these first."The Chameleon Prime Stretch brings three positive solutions to the new and experienced hiker; (1) they are ready out of the box, so there is no break in period needed, (2) they fit like a glove by completely and efficiently wrapping the foot (like it is in a glove), and (3) they loosely wrap your lower ankle limiting the number of small rocks and pebbles that enter your shoe. If there was fourth, it would be that they can walk for miles leaving your feet ready to walk more. So what is the downside, for me, even though they have great soles, I wore down the grips relatively quickly. But for the beginner hiker? Start with these first.








Note: The GreatWalks team writes about products and gear that we use currently use or have used in the recent past. We highlight some of the pro’s and con’s of the products we own. We may have an affiliate relationship with the venders so we may get a share of the revenue should you purchase something from our site. Of course the proceeds go to a good cause, bringing you better content.


The hiking trails of Tuscany: endless scenic paths to explore

The hiking trails of Tuscany: endless scenic paths to explore


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gear Review: Thermoball Jacket by The North Face


Must Have Gear for 2017
(at 2015 prices)

If you haven't tried a Thermoball jacket yet, you need to. This jacket is all about warmth and weight. it blocks the wind, warms the core and weighs almost nothing. Throw on a shell as a cover and you are waterproof and warm. I love mine but in California it is a little too hot to wear so I take mine to the mountains.


The North Face Thermoball Jacket - Insulated (For Women)



Note: The GreatWalks team writes about products and gear that we use currently use or have used in the recent past. We highlight some of the pro’s and con’s of these products. We may have an affiliate relationship with the venders so we may get a share of the revenue should you purchase something from our site. Of course the proceeds go to a good cause, bringing you more content.

Hiking in Napa Valley: Trails and Safety Tips

Hiking in Napa Valley: Trails and Safety Tips


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Trekking Chamonix to Zermatt: The Classic Walker's Haute Route


Chamonix to Zermatt, Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn - in two weeks of mountain travel you will see the best of the Alps and visit some of the most spectacular valleys. The route is more than 111-miles long. It crosses 11 passes, gains more than 12,000 metres in height and is a strong contender for the title of Most Beautiful Walk in Europe.





Thursday, August 4, 2016

Walking in Ireland

Just returned from a fantastic walking vacation in Ireland. Here are a few pictures ...

First Hike




Second Hike



Third Hike




My favorite tool

Cork Ireland: Four Peaks 2016 Challenge Walks

Cork Ireland: Four Peaks 2016 Challenge

Climb the highest peak in each of the four provinces in 2016.
The first peak is Carrauntoohil at 1,038 metres (3,406 feet) Ireland’s highest mountain. The second peak challenge is Mweelrea (814 metres), Connaught’s highest mountain. The third peak challenge is Lugnaquilla 925 metres (3,305 feet) which is situated in the Wicklow Mountains. Slieve Donard (850 metres) Northern Ireland’s highest mountain.
To register for the Four Peaks Challenge send an e-mail to info@corkbackpackers.ie with the subject “Four Peak Challenge” and your name, mobile number and e-mail address.