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Your Next Trekking Adventure

You love trekking. You have trekked some of the most iconic mountains, you have flirted with altitude and your body knows that you are ready for more. The thought of going higher and higher is equally thrilling and scary.   Are you ready to take the next step?Europe If you like your trekking with a European flair and a side of pizza, Monte Rosa is a great way to pop your 4000m cherry. You will be taught how to use crampons and ice axes by a guide who has mountaineering running through their veins.

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An Operations Manager in Flores

Everyone thinks that when you work in the travel industry one of the “perks” of the job is overseas travel – that may be true, but they think “laying by the pool, cocktail in hand” type perks – but in reality, this rarely happens.   For me, the perks are getting to work with my team that live in a different part of the world and also getting to see my guests enjoy our expeditions firsthand.   So with 60kg of luggage (15kg personal stuff and 45kg of new stock & equipment) off I head to Indonesia – Bali for 3 nights and Flores for 3 nights.   As the Expedition Consultant for our Indonesia operations, I am lucky enough to get to visit this beautiful part of the world a few times a year.     I always instantly feel relaxed when I arrive in Bali when the warm air hits me and I was really surprised to see that Bali was relatively quiet, I think it may have been the calm before the school holidays hit.

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The Power of Active Holidays

Our "normal" lives consist of 4 components. They are; Sleep, Work, Survival and Personal Time. The chart below shows us this breakdown over a 24 hour period.     On average most adults sleep between 7. 5 to 8 hours per night.

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The Great Australian Survivors Trek

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to traverse through unchartered territory, with limited resources and only the determination to reach your destination to urge you on each day? To know that your survival, and that of others, relied on your ability to reach your destination. To explore the unknown and learn from the journey that is taken. Would you have what it takes to be a survivor?   No Roads Expeditions recently took three competition winners from James Squire and a videographer from We Are Explorers from Ninety Mile Beach in Victoria, to Wattamolla in NSW. They say there’s no better way to learn about historical events than through direct experience, as the Great Australian Survivors Trek (GAST) group discovered, retracing the steps of an amazing story of survival that occurred over 200 years ago.   In 1797, the Sydney Cove, was shipwrecked off Preservation Island near Tasmania.

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To rest or not to rest in Courmayeur?

One of the beauties of the No Roads Tour Du Mont Blanc is the well-positioned rest day at Courmayeur. A tough decision had to be made between visiting one of the spas in Courmayeur and having a day of total relaxation, or to explore the ancient nearby village of Aosta. Our group was quick to decide that the chances of us having the opportunity to explore this region again was very slim so we made the call to go on a day trip to Aosta. It was great to give the shocked glutes a welcome reprieve, to explore and learn a bit of history, and what better way to do so than with a side trip down the mountain to the magnificent ancient Roman village of Aosta, nestled in the Italian valley below. A picturesque 35 km bus trip down, through tiny alpine villages with narrow laneways masquerading as main thoroughfares, magnificent castles, both intact and ruined lining the valley, fields of crop and meadow, all the while gazing in awe at the incredible Mont Blanc massif from an Italian viewpoint.

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How difficult is it trek Mont Blanc

“Is the TMB easy or hard?” Now that's a question I've been asked a lot since our trek and the answer? “yeah/Nah, it depends”…on how much you train, and how well.   Sure, you could do the walk on minimal training if you liked, but I can be pretty confident you wouldn't enjoy it much. TMB ascends and descends 10,000 metres, basically from the valley to summit and back every day, switchback upon switchback, so the more prepared the better the experience. You can never train too much for anything, and this is definitely true for this magnificent walk through such stunning scenery. Get miles in the legs, pick walks with plenty of hills, wear your packs for a few weeks before to get used to them, use trekking poles which take an enormous weight off your hamstrings and quads, and get GOOD SHOES!  .

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I trekked Mont Blanc and somehow managed to put on weight

Can someone explain to me how I managed to trek The Tour Du Mont Blanc Circuit over nine days, walk more than 160 km, ascend (and descend) 10,000 metres and STILL managed to put on weight? Was it the food, the wine, the beer…or all of the above? Maybe? Um, perhaps? Oh, ok…yep! Oh, and brilliant company in spectacular surroundings. The appetite is wet the moment you enter this wonderland, attacking all the senses relentlessly. Before we even start our long walk we're settling into leisurely lunches in Chamonix, watching the passing parade on the streets of this beautiful alpine ski town, filled with adventure pursuits, designer shopping and restaurants galore. Whoever said omelettes were only for breakfast has never stopped at the Refuge de Miage for lunch after a solid mornings workout getting there! Perching on benches looking up the valley of lush fields, backdropped by soaring peaks, the omelette and accompanying salad were a sight for sore eyes and hungry stom.

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Father and Son Trek

Father Son Adventures It was minus 27C outside and close to that inside the tea house. I lay there on my back, snug in my sleeping bag, watching my breathe billow out of my mouth as I exhaled. From a few feet away I heard “Hey Dad I can see my breath!” It was my son Max, laying in his bed doing exactly what I was doing, observing how cold it was in our room. I looked over with a smile on my face, to see him puffing away. The apple really doesn't fall far from the tree.

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