Takayna

Came across this phenomenal documentary from Patagonia about the Tarkine in North western Tasmania. Reminded me of the incessant wood logging that I witnessed almost on every backpacking trip across the western ghats in India. Irrationality of humans blows my mind beyond all proportions. If only there was a master switch to reset it all……

Marrow Donor

Back in India, about eight years ago a colleague of mine sent out out an e-mail blast to the company bulletin board checking to see if anyone was a marrow donor. His son needed a transplant and the odd’s weren’t in his favor. I had no clue what that entailed and read up a bit…

Johanna – Freediving

Several years back when I got my scuba diving certification,  I literally had no words to describe my experience. A few years later when I chanced upon James Nestor’s Deep on free diving, I was shocked, mesmerized and stoked all at once. I literally gulped the book and to date it is one of those books that I could…

The grand Cherokee

Last Sunday we had a plausible mishap on the road. On our way to New Haven, the Jeep started self-accelerating and the brakes didn’t seem to work. Luckily there weren’t many cars on the road and we were on a slight positive gradient. With whatever little brake power left, I was able to reduce the speed to the sub 50s and tried using the rumble strips on the shoulder to further decelerate. I eventually got the vehicle to come to a rough halt with some gear shifts and a crude ignition stall. Just in time before a merge from the right! Continue reading “The grand Cherokee”

Breathtaking trails

Setting up a placeholder for all the hikes I’d like to do. As and when time permits, I shall update these listings with more details.

HikeCountryLocationDetails
Angel’s Landing in Zion National ParkUSAUtah
The Narrows in Zion National ParkUSAUtah
Havasu Falls in Havasupai in Grand CanyonUSAArizona
Alamere Falls in Point Reyes National SeashoreUSACalifornia
Glen Aulin Trail at Yosemite National ParkUSACalifornia
Highline Loop at Glacier National ParkUSAMontana
Pays DogonMaliAfrica
Cinque TerreItaly
West Coast Trail on Vancouver IslandCanada
Kalalau TrailHawaiiKauai
Muliwai TrailHawaiiWaimanu Valley
Jotunheim National ParkNorway
W Trek in Torres del Paine National ParkChile
Tamang Heritage TrekNepal
Les CalanquesFranceMarseilles
MacLehose TrailHong Kong
Flattop Mountain Trail in AnchorageUSAAlaska
Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National ParkNew Zealand
Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu PicchuPeru
Simien Mountains National ParkEthiopia
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National ParkScotland
Cape Wrath TrailScotland
The Overland TrekTasmaniaAustralia
Camino de SantiagoSpain and France
Boiling Lake Hike in Morne Trois Pitons National ParkDominicaCaribbean Islands
Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)Bhutan
The Haute Route France & Switzerland
GrindelwaldSwitzerland
Routeburn TrackNew Zealand
Baltoro Glacier & K2Pakistan
Fitz Roy TrekArgentina
Santa Cruz Trek Peru
Desert Trek to PetraJordan
KungsledenSweden
Sarek National ParkSweden
Croagh PatrickIreland
Appalachian TrailUSA[14 States]
Zillertal AlpsAustria
North Drakensberg TraverseSouth Africa
Polar Route [Arctic circle Trail]Greenland
Cordillera ApolobambaBolivia
Channel IslandsUSACalifornia
Breakneck Ridge TrailUSANew York
Garden of the GodsUSAColorado
Annapurna CircuitNepal
Bay of FiresTasmaniaAustralia
Zanskar TrekIndia
Chilkoot TrailUSA and CanadaAlaska and Yukon Territory
Tour de Mont BlancFrance
Mountain of the moonUganda
Queen Charlotte TrackNew Zealand
Mount KilimanjaroTanzania
Laugavegurinn TrailIceland
Long range traverseCanadaNewfoundland
Israel National trail Israel
Gunung RinjaniIndonesia
Bibbulmun TrackAustralia
Buckskin GulchUSAUtah
JomolhariBhutan
Tonquin Valley CanadaCanadian Rockies, Alberta
Yoshida TrailJapanMount Fuji
Dolomites High Level Walking TraverseItaly
Cliffs of MoherIreland
MeteoraGreece
Adi Kailash trekIndia
Tso Kar – Tso Moriri LakeIndiaLadakh
Ankola-Gokarna Beach TrekIndiaKarnataka
Bailey's trail trekIndiaArunachal Pradesh~ 9 days
Trek to Beyul of PemakoIndiaDibrugarh~12 days
Namdapha TrekIndiaDibrugarh~10 days
Compiled from Buzzfeed , Lifehack, IndiaHikes and the rest of the internet.  

Titanic Sinking – Optical illusion?

Titanic possibly sank due to an optical Illusion: Smithsonian As a kid I remember learning these principles with no real world tangible examples. Today as I see a plausible explanation, I’m baffled!

Freediving

The very concept of diving to depths without any apparatus, Japanese Ama tribe, Spear-Fishing  – Learning about these for the first time today!  Mind boggling! Deep: Freediving and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves