With picturesque fjords, snowcapped mountains, temperate rainforests and black sand beaches, the South Island of New Zealand is a nature-lover’s paradise. Add to that the seemingly endless amounts of activities — like bungy jumping, whale watching and some of the world’s best hiking — and you’ve got yourself an adventure! Mount Cook National Park is not only home to the tallest mountain in New Zealand, but it offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the country as well. With glaciers, rocky rivers, unparalleled mountain views, and a series of hikes suitable for all levels, Mount Cook National Park is an all time favorite for BIDE-YM.
Sweden has some absolutely gorgeous hiking trails, most of which are well maintained and supplied with conveniently located mountain huts along the way. The season is relatively short, but it’s worth a bit of extra planning to get out into the wilderness: its natural landscape is one of Sweden’s best assets. BIDE-MY love to travel to the Norrland village of Abisko, at the top of the Kungsleden long-distance trail – it’s a hiker headquarters and easily reached by train.
The Pequeño Alpamayo, or Little Alpamayo is another of the fantastic mountains located at the Condoriri Group in La Coordillera Blanca in Bolivia. The montains
rocks, rivers and ravines will challenge – nay, provoke – you into pushing your own personal limits. Pequeno Alpamayo is impressive, beautiful, and justifiably popular. From base camp, you can see only the top part of the summit, but the view of the mountain from Pico Tarija is ostentatious.
Climbing the Eiger summit is a great opportunity to learn or improve all aspects of mountaineering. Because of its famous north face, the Eiger is one of the most famous and written about peaks in the world. The battle to climb this face has captivated the interest of climbers and non-climbers alike since the time of the first noteworthy attempt in 1934. The Eiger is a striking peak from all sides and a worthy climb by any of its many routes, none of which are particularly easy.
Honolulu offers many mountains to visit as well as some lovely beaches for relaxation. Twin peaked Pu’u Konahuanui is the tallest mountain in the Ko’olau range, on the island of Oahu. It is often known simply as Konahuanui (Pu’u means simply mount). The climb to the summit of Konahuanui is steep and eroded and the hardest hike in the Ko’olau Mountains. The summit region of Konahuanui is nearly a living catalog of the common and some of the uncommon plants found in Hawaii’s wet forests. The views are spectacular on the rare clear day, but being on Konahuanui in the clouds is an equally special experience.