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I was just curious... how many have gone climbing or trekking in other counties? And not to offend... but perhaps further than going across the border to Canada (which I do say has some awesome places it looks like). More than once I have found myself looking at trips down in South America, or parts of Asia for a long trip.
 

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I haven't...yet

I have done some hiking on the South and North Downs Ways in the UK, but nothing overnight. I am moving back to the UK in a month so at that point I will be focusing on trips in Europe and Scotland (TGO) more than the US. It's going to be tough giving up such ready access to millions of wild acres.

I'm excited to check out places in the Alp and Pyrenees, not to mention the Camino. S. America is on my list too, as is the Te Araroa
 

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I've done just one short trip in Colca Canyon in Peru. I did it solo and self-service style. I foind the biggest things are 1) maps and 2) red tape. Vague, conflicting, or just nothing online. I added several days to my itinerary to give myself a cushion, and asked in person.
 

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One other thought... check out Swami's site (thehikinglife.com). He is very experienced in international trekking and has some great tips and trip reports.
 

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One other thought... check out Swami's site (thehikinglife.com). He is very experienced in international trekking and has some great tips and trip reports.
 
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We've done three long hikes in Latin America:. Camino Inka, Cordillera Blanca, and Fitzroy out of El Chalten. We'll do more. Looking g at Ecuador or Chile next....but also interested in Georgia and Turkey.
 
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One more thought: the trails you mention in Europe are pretty civilized...staying in huts and hostels each night, and often in company with a few or more other hikers. You really don't need maps--or maybe even a stove for the Camino. That one you can do eating in cafes.
 
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We've done three long hikes in Latin America:. Camino Inka, Cordillera Blanca, and Fitzroy out of El Chalten. We'll do more. Looking g at Ecuador or Chile next....but also interested in Georgia and Turkey.
I've looked at a few in Ecuador as well since there is good direct flights into the capital and a range of trekking options.

Take pics or any TRs from your trips down that way?
 

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I did the Cordillera Huayhuash (whywash) Trek several years ago. We did it with burro support which I recommend. There are several route options to make more or less a two week trip out of it. Plenty of info with a search. Edit I almost forgot to say that it is in Peru :)
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One more thought: the trails you mention in Europe are pretty civilized...staying in huts and hostels each night, and often in company with a few or more other hikers. You really don't need maps--or maybe even a stove for the Camino. That one you can do eating in cafes.
You don't really a stove on any trail... :)
 
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I've done the Cordillera Huayhuash unsupported. It's lovely, but definitely feels like you're hiking in one giant pasture with all of the livestock. Have also hiked/climbed in Bolivia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Laos, and Scotland.
 

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Yep, I started very young and took my first steps ever at the bottom of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa.
My baby eyes were always lasered on all that white stuff on the peak.
Now @Rockskipper - that's really (!) off course....
 
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I've done some hiking (and short backpacking) in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and northern Spain. Nothing long, as we were usually with my daughter-in-law, who had no trekking experience before.

But I have intentions / hopes of doing a ton of trekking in Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Tasmania, Spain/France, Switzerland/Italy/France, etc. Possibly also Japan and/or Sweden as I will be there anyway for other reasons.
 

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