18Jun Iconic Trail Challenges
Iconic Trail Challenges

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ArmaSkin Ambassadors are selected because they are hiking or endurance running devotees. And of course they wear ArmaSkin liner socks for blister prevention.

Pounding the trails, they capture visual highlights from iconic trails across the globe.

To whet your appetite for a bigger challenge,  here is a sample from the USA, Australia, Scotland, Spain and New Zealand

Pacific Crest Trail   (USA)

Pacific Crest Trail

Molly and Zacc chose to tackle the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) after completing their University courses together. 

The Pacific Crest Trail spans a massive 4,265 kilometres (2,650 miles) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It is a National Scenic Trail. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love—and protect—in the Western United States.

Some only travel a few kilometres, while others complete the through hike in a single season. Tying the trail together is a community of volunteers and passionate outdoor enthusiasts called Trail Angels. 

Shortly Meegana, another of Ambassadors, will be heading to the PCT for what should be an amazing adventure and Erick is training to do the PCT in 2022. 

Te Araroa Trail (New Zealand)    

Mike took us down the Te Araroa Trail.

New Zealand’s landscape is famously various, and the trail is a natural showcase of that diversity. It winds 3000 km along coastal sand or the ridgelines of forested ranges, across farmland and volcanoes in the North Island and across the beautiful national parks, high country stations and mountain passes in the South Island.

This is an epic journey that needs careful planning not only because of the distance that will likely take around 90 days to cover but can also be subject to punishing weather conditions.

Camino de Santiago  (Spain)

Camino

One of the most popular and historic walks is the pilgrimage to Santiago. Pilgrims have been walking these trails for over 1000 years!

The Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James, is a network of pilgrims' ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north western Spain, where tradition holds that the remains of the saint are buried.

Traditionally your pilgrimage to Santiago would have started from your home, nowadays, these nine routes to the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela have become the most popular Camino Ways.

With the main routes stretching 800 km (500miles) over sometimes hilly terrain, these treks typically take 30-35 days for the seasoned hiker.

Nightly accommodations at somewhat austere auberges (inns) means that pilgrims can travel with a fairly light pack.

West Highland Way  (Scotland)  

West Highland Way

 Mark recently took ArmaSkin on the West Highland Way. The Way stretches  154 Km (96 miles) from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in a huge variety of scenery along the way, from countryside parks to loch-shores and open moorlands to steep mountains.

Normally the route is completed from south to north, the thinking behind this being the southern stages are easier and will prepare you for the more demanding northern stages.

 Overland Track (Australia) 

Andrea shared her Overland Track adventure with us earlier this year.

Tasmania’s Overland Track is famous the world over and its signature trip is hiking for around six days to complete the full journey from World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.

The Track starts at Waldheim in Cradle Valley and covers some 65 kilometres through to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural lake. There are plenty of side trip options including an opportunity to summit Mount Ossa.

Tasmania is rugged country and the weather can be mean! Guided hikes are thus a safe option for some.

Set your goals now and taste some of these gems yourself.  And if you are planning your own iconic adventure please let us know in advance so that we can follow your journey. Please contact us with your plans or stories.

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