A Rambler's Résumé: Where I Walk
Japan, where I lived for three years & have returned several times, was where I became interested in photography & utterly obsessed with mountains & hiking. My walking adventures there have included:
Takao-San, Tokyo (over 20 times)
Kumotori-Yama, highest peak in Tokyo Prefecture and my first real hike in Japan (twice)
Mt Fuji from the bottom (3,776m; 21 hours, much of it miserable)
Okutama, Chichibu & Tanzawa regions (numerous hikes)
Two multi-day walks down the Izu Peninsula
A week-long traverse of the North Alps from Muroto to Kamikochi (2001)
North Alps starting from Hakuba
Hakone including a surviving section of the historic Tokaido footpath
A South Alps trip starting with an ascent of Kita-Dake, Japan's 2nd-highest peak
A failed late-winter attempt (in 2008) to walk the length of Japan from north-eastern Hokkaido - injured early & freezing constantly, I quit after 11 days of limping inland from Sapporo to Sounkyo Onsen
30 days walking through Shikoku (first of three trips) in 2008, starting at Takamatsu, through the centre via Tsurugi-San (highest peak in western Japan), down to the coast at Kochi, then up via the west coast to Matsuyama; along the way, a full-length walk of the 196km Shimanto River, Japan's last undammed river, from source to mouth
Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido, Asahi-Dake to Tomuraushi-Yama (2015)
Extinct volcanoes Iwaki-San & Hakkoda-San, Aomori Prefecture (2015)
A 2nd ascent of Kita-Dake & three nights in the South Alps (2015)
Some rural walking in Nara
Koya-San, Wakayama, where Kobo Daishi (founding figure in the Shikoku Pilgrimage mythology) is interred
The network of ancient pilgrimage trails known as the Kumano Kodō (four days on the Kohechi & two on the Naka-Hechi, 2015)
A complete gyaku-uchi (anti-clockwise) circuit of the ancient 88-Temple Shikoku Henro (pilgrimage), over 47 days (2015)
A 2nd complete 88-Temple Henro circuit (2017), clockwise, taking 52 days including rest days and...
A 2nd journey along the Shimanto River from source to sea
Across the Inland Sea from Shikoku to Honshu via the bridges & islands of the Shimanami-Kaido (2015)
I lived there in 2012 & 2013, teaching at a junior-high school in Jangyu, South Gyeongsang Province.
I walked all over the south-east; did countless miles in the 2nd city of Busan & along the coast & beaches north of the city; visited Jeju Island in Winter
Coastal Tongyeong & an island offshore
The ancient capital of Gyeongju (twice)
Seoul - lots of mountain hiking & two days walking the Han River banks
Seorak-San (including stealth-camping on the summit of Korea's 3rd-highest peak, Daecheong-Bong)
Countless day-walks around Gimhae
Bun-San Fortress (multiple times)
Numerous hikes in the peaks surrounding Jangyu, where I lived, including Yongji-Bong & Jangyu Temple, the ridge-hike to Daeam-San and neighbouring peaks
A 13-day summer road-walk up the east coast from Busan to Sokcho
Appalachian Trail (2,175 miles): Starting on Springer Mountain GA, the southern terminus, in 2004, I was stricken with compartment syndrome and much later, stress fractures in both legs; I quit halfway through, at 501 Shelter, eastern Pennsylvania
I returned to 501 Shelter in 2006, after a two-day traverse of the Gettysburg Battlefield, and completed the second thousand miles. Along the way, I took...
A two-week detour from the Appalachian Trail with a friend to hike the Long Trail to the Canadian border, before returning to the A.T.
In 2010 I hiked well over 2,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border, through the length of California and then Oregon, quitting at the Washington border. Along the way, I also walked...
The entire John Muir Trail, from the top of Mt Whitney, highest point in the Lower 48, to its northern terminus
Several winter & summer hikes in Upstate New York, including the southern Adirondacks in both Summer & Winter (snowshoeing), plus a couple of walks through the Saratoga Battlefield
The Great Saunter, a 30-odd-mile circuit of Manhattan Island along the banks of the East & Harlem Rivers
Three months in late Autumn/early Winter of 2010, with highlights including...
The Grindelwald area including the base of the Eiger
Zermatt & surrounds in the Matterhorn region
Rigi Kulm, "Queen of Mountains"
Lucerne; Sattel Hochstuckli; the Zugerberg & mountain trails overlooking the Zugersee; a walk from Raten to Baar
A complete circuit of the Urnersee (arm of the Vierwaldstättersee, or Lake Lucerne) via the Weg der Schweiz (Swiss Path)
A circuit of the Zugersee (Lake Zug)
Hunenberg, Wart, and numerous farmland rambles near Zug
Lugano & a hike via Lake Lugano to the summit of Monte Brè
Numerous (freezing) urban walks in old cities including Chur, Fribourg, St Gallen, Basel, Zürich and Neuchâtel
Nothing too extreme (no car/big country) - most of the thousands of km I've walked here has been urban/suburban or coastal walking. But I have done...
The South Coast Track (Tasmania)
The Great Ocean Walk (Victoria)
Some hiking in the Green Mountains of South-East Queensland
A fair bit of walking in the Glasshouse Mountains, S.E. QLD
Four complete 60-mile circuits of Moreton Island via its beaches (twice in each direction) as well as walking most of its length through the middle