Hiking Bukhansan National Park: Dobongsan’s Jaunbong Peak

I was bored and stir-crazy, itching for something new. The cramped and hectic streets of Seoul were starting to get under my skin. I needed a break from South Korea’s booming capital of 10 million people. It was time for a nature fix. A scenic hike up Seoul’s Dobongsan Mountain in Bukhansan National Park seemed … Read more

Backpacking Food Ideas & Meal Planning Tips for Your Next Trip

Seven days of backpacking food laid out in rows across a carpet

Past attempts at organizing my backpacking food and creating meal plans were always a bit reckless for me. My old approach usually involved jamming a hodgepodge assemblage of hiking food into my over-stuffed bag and hoping for the best. Ensuing days on the trail were spent hiking around dull and nutritionless food, falling short on … Read more

How to Hike the O Circuit: Torres del Paine, Patagonia [2024-25]

Mountain range and lake on the 'O' Circuit in Torres del Paine, Patagonia

I’d heard rave reviews about the stunning beauty of Torres del Paine’s O Circuit, but I wasn’t prepared for it to take me to a transcendent new world. Towering granite spires, sprawling glaciers, breathtaking mountain passes, intense and ever-changing weather — I experienced it all on every step of my six-day journey. Within Torres del … Read more

Backpacking the Atacama to the Ghost Town of San Bartolo

Red, jagged desert hills with white salt deposits and Incan ruins at the base

Sunblock and sweat run into my eyes as I trudge through a harsh, unearthly landscape. Ahead, the trail is fading away and a blast furnace sun beats down. A whisper of self-doubt reminds me that I’m completely alone in the middle of the driest desert in the world. I take a slow, deep breath and … Read more

How to Hike Patagonia’s Huemul Circuit (Without a Guide)

Two hikers look out over the South Patagonian Ice Fields on the Huemul Circuit

Profound Patagonian winds tear into my tent as I begin to realize that sleep is a fleeting possibility. Rest, however, is of little concern. Because I will soon be watching the sunrise over a pastel-blue bay of untainted water. The mountains at my back will burn orange as calving glaciers crack softly in the distance. … Read more