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Pack, Paddle, Ski Corp. is an amazing organization. They not only intrioduce people to the outdoors through local adventures in New York State, and take people to far flug locales across the globe for outdoor adventures that stay far away from tourists routes and allow you to experience local cultures up close, but they have a heart.

Over the years they have created Journeys of Inspiration to create a community of people to support cancer victims. They created Journeys of Solutions where people raise funds for scholarships and projects in needy places. And Volunteer Adventures where people travel to build houses, and help in orphanages and schools across the globe. Not just a travel adventure company, Pack Paddle Ski is a people helping organization with a world focus. Awe inspiring.

One of their latest projects has to do with providing water for school kids in drought stricken Africa. In the words of Bob Kuehl. President, Journeys of Solutions:  “As many of you may know, there has been an extended drought in East Africa. Tanzania has not been immune. We recently received an appeal from Bayo, the headmaster of the Tumaini Primary School in Kartu. We have been supporting the school, and sponsoring scholarships for children from the Shalom Orphanage to attend Tumaini. The school is in need of more water. They have drilled an exploratory bore hole and have reached good water, but at a great depth. Now they need the funding to construct a well. Journeys of Solutions has committed to help. If you would like to help with a donation, please visit http://www.journeysofsolutions.org and designate the donation as Tumaini Water Fund. Also, we will be holding a JOS fund raiser on November 5th at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua. More details will be available soon so hold the date.”

If you can, donate to this worthy cause. Or, get involved with any of the many outreach projects sponsored by Pack, Paddle, Ski. It’s a small world and your rewards for participating in the greater good will be many.

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I guess I better get going. I’ve only hiked 3 (AT, Kili, Camino) of these “top ten.” How many have you hiked??

iExplore announced their list of Top Ten Hiking and Trekking Vacation Spots Worldwide as determined by their Adventure Travel Consultants.
1. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
The 186.5 mile, three week Annapurna circuit gets you up close to some of the highest mountains in the Himalayas, and is considered the best hike in the world by many.
2. Appalachian Trail
Each year tens of thousands of people set off to complete the entire length of this 2,175 mile trail that takes months to complete, while thousands of others hike just sections of the trail.
3. Santa Cruz Trek, Peru
It’s a 4-day, 31 mile hike through wildflower filled meadows, turquoise lakes, and near the highest snow capped peaks outside the Himalayas.
4. Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
Apart from the snow-capped cone of Mount Kilimanjaro, the various routes take you through gorges and past Africa’s amazing wildlife. (To experience this trek, I recommend going with Pack, Paddle Ski)
5. Tour de Mont Blanc, France/Italy/Switzerland
The 106 mile trail near the highest peak in the Alps (15,780 feet) traverses three borders.
6. West Coast Trail, British Columbia
A 75 mile coastal hike on Vancouver Island’s pristine wilderness includes views of caves, cliffs, coves, beaches, shipwrecks, and much more.
7. Overland Track, Australia
The 80km (50 mile) Overland Track in Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania is often considered Australia’s best.
8. Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park in the far south of Chile is home to two legendary trails: The Loop and the W.
9. John Muir Trail, California
Named after the founder of the Sierra Club, you will traverse Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. Ansel Adams would be jealous.
10. Camino de Santiago, Spain
Hiking this 460 mile pilgrimage footpath, a thousand year old tradition, leads to cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the third holiest site in Christianity.

iExplore offers guided tours to most of the above destinations. Call 1-800-IEXPLORE (1-800-439-7567) for details and pricing. Founded in 1999, iExplore is the leading online resource for adventure and experiential travel, serving over 1,300,000 visitors per month at its website.

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