Seven white Christmas destinations for 2017

We know there’s no chance of a white Christmas in our beloved Australia, but for those who want to experience some of the Christmas card images for themselves, here’s our seven favourite escapes for this year: Christmas carols in Salzburg The smells of gluhwein, roasted chestnuts, and cinnamon brushed baked apples waft through the Salzburg marketplace, while the sounds of traditional choirs fill the air. Yes, it’s The Sound of […]

This is where I find myself now…

After mapping out more than 7500km to research Back Track’s first fully-guided and escorted six vehicle safari, Jim Drapes and the brave souls on the first trek, headed off for 29 days through Namibia and Botswana, finishing at Victoria Falls and  including the Okavango Delta. It was a trip never to be forgotten, Jim writes.   In a crowded world, I found an escape … a place to be totally […]

Matt’s Arctic Adventure

Our travel guru, Matteo Carri, can now add the Arctic and Canadian Arctic to his ‘Places I’ve been‘ list! Matt travelled with Wild Earth on the Ocean Endeavour for 12 days, seeking the wilds and the wonders of the Arctic! Enjoy his slide show, and call, drop in or email Matt and he’ll tell you all about it from his first-hand experience.

What happened off the beaten track … by Clare Davissen

  I’m not sure about you but when I’m on holiday I like to get a little lost in a city to find some hidden gems – something off the tourist path. Exploring the world on foot has really allowed me to see some ‘less seen’ places. As much as I love to check out the main sites and take that all-important selfie on top of the Eiffel Tower or […]

The Diary of a Kokoda Trekker

by Prue Barker Prue decided to accept the challenge—personally and physically—and take on the Kokoda Track. Prue kept a diary on her trekking days and is proud to cross the finish line with Team 6 in 2017. Day 1: Thurs 20 April 2017  Left Lamana @ 15:30 Arr Owers’ Corner @ 16:50 (dept 35 mins later) Arr Goldie River @19:00 Great start to our trek. It was raining when we left POM and all […]

Writings from the highest part of my trek

By Ray Baker Above sea level: Brisbane: 27m Pin Parvati Pass (India): 5319m In August 2015, I led a group on a trek in the Indian Himalaya. We crossed a 5300m pass called Pin Parvati into the remote, starkly beautiful region of Spiti. This is a classic high Himalayan trek in an area rarely visited by trekkers. The Parvati Valley has pristine forests, waterfalls, lakes, flower-filled meadows, snow-capped peaks, sacred […]

How times change … serving time in the Outer Hebrides

Brian C. Kay of North Lakes was amazed to see Back Track Adventures and Wild Earth’s small ship cruises visiting St Kilda on our Scotland in Depth cruise aboard the MS Serenissima … he shares his memories of time spent there during his army service. Remote, battered by the Atlantic seas, St Kilda, is a near mystical island with dual World Heritage site status for its natural and cultural significance. Deemed Europe’s […]

Ray’s excellent trekking adventure

Our director and trek leader, Ray Baker is currently in India trekking and exploring potential new treks and walks with Vikas Kumar, our local Tour Manager who comes from Naddi – a small, picturesque village above Dharamsala in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh.  You can follow Ray and Vikas’s adventures on our Facebook page or check out this gallery of shots we’ve put together!  Look out for Ray’s blog on his return.

The day of the summit: our journey to the top

Part 2 of Ray Baker’s blog on reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro: We’re cold, questioning life and why we are here, but determined to make it. Ascending at the rate of 250 metres per hour, plus rest stops, means that we can expect to be on top about 7a.m. and that’s all I’m focussing on… well that and the cold. Plod on to the summit Check the time and altimeter…1.00a.m…4900m… ahead […]

Summit day, Kilimanjaro: the hardest day of all by Ray Baker

There’s a euphoria that’s experienced when reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro – a feeling not easily put into words. No matter what it takes to get to the top, the effort is easily over-shadowed by this feeling, and the elation that continues all the way down the mountain and for days after. But getting there is another story. Not one summit day has ever been easy Uhuru is a word […]

My hardest trek … ever by Ray Baker

Nepal … a circuit of Dhaulagiri, at 8167m, the world’s seventh highest mountain, and my hardest trek ever. Like all treks, this had some easy days but the combination of five tough, high altitude days in a row after a reasonably strenuous walk in, plus a bout of ill health, and carrying a 20kg pack, elevates this trek to the top of my hardest list. The first challenge The first […]

My favourite treks by Ray Baker

After 37 years of trekking and conducting treks as a tour leader, Ray Baker selects his favourites. An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day -Henry David Thoreau I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me -Noël Coward Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time -Steven Wright My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and […]