Category: Travel – International

International travel, expeditions, hiking and trekking exploits overseas.

  • San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

    San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

    Happy Easter from BajanThings. This was the trip I did to Argentina just before Christmas. God willing in May I will be doing my favourite coast-to-coast walk from the West coast of Scotland to the East coast of Scotland which is about 320 km – The Great Outdoor Challenge 2024. In December 2023 I returned…

  • The Great Outdoor Challenge 2023: Mallaig to Portlethen

    The Great Outdoor Challenge 2023: Mallaig to Portlethen

    My TGOC (The Great Outdoor Challenge) 2023 started in Mallaig and ended 14 days later in Portlethen. It was approximately 300Km with a climb of +6,000 meters. A low level and easy route. I plotted an easy route as the memories of the aborted crossing of TGOC 2018 were fresh when I made it. This…

  • St. Bees to Robin Hood Bay – In the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright

    St. Bees to Robin Hood Bay – In the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright

    It’s time for another coast to coast walk. In November 2019 the world heard about a virus in China that was causing great concern to some doctors who spoke out. At first little was known as the Chinese Authorities were giving the impression that they had it under control and it was nothing to worry…

  • The Great Outdoors (TGO) Challenge 2019

    The Great Outdoors (TGO) Challenge 2019

    The Great Outdoor Challenge celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019. It was conceived by Hamish Brown as a self-supported backpacking crossing of Scotland. Roger Smith was the editor of the TGO Magazine and he supported the idea when Hamish approached him. There are no categories or prizes. Everyone gets the same T-shirt, thanks to Berghaus…

  • Panama canal

    Panama canal

    The Panama canal was an idea that took a long time to come to fruition. The idea of creating a water passage between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea was first considered as far back as the early 1500’s.  Charles 1st of Spain wanted a faster and safer route from the west coast of…

  • Mendoza and Aconcagua. Wine and Mountains.

    Mendoza and Aconcagua. Wine and Mountains.

    Mendoza in northern Argentina is famous for two things. One is the very good Malbec wine that the region produces.   Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya region, is in the Parque Provincial Aconcagua.  I choose the hike to Plaza de Mulas which is the base camp for anyone wishing to climb the mountain.…

  • Palatinate Forest, Germany.

    Palatinate Forest, Germany.

    The Palatinate Region in the South West of Germany is designated a Nature Park, and along with an adjacent area of Vosges Mountains in France was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1998. When Maria and Mike invited me to visit and hike in the area I gladly accepted. We camped in Dahn and spent three…

  • The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge 2018

    The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge 2018

    I started at Strathcarron a few minutes after the main group. That was a good thing. No one knew I made a “navigation error” in the first 300 meters and ended up in someone’s front yard.  A quick backtrack and I was on my way to Montrose, or so I thought! After Achintee it was…