Madre Chronicles

Lycian Way: A Tale of Two Brothers Hammock-Camping in Turkey

Hiking an Ancient Path  Soner Kubat and his brother, Bekir Kubat, hiked Lycian Way in Turkey, an ancient footpath built by an ancient, Bronze-...

SMr Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Part II

Finishing the Journey After I made it through the halfway mark I had the pleasure of hiking the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where I...

SMr Hammock Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Part I

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Chad "Octo" Haynes enjoys sunrise at Zealand Cliffs, New Hampshire in a chivey - green Pares hammock. Pre-Hike Pack ...

Fat Butt Hang: Medoc Mountain State Park Hollister, NC.

5th Annual Fat Butt Hang 03/29-03/31 '18 Finally got to take the van out since the wrap was put on, and it was a hit before I even got to the hang...

Louisiana Group Hang: Indian Creek Recreation Area Woodworth, LA

 Louisiana Group Hang 3/09-03/11 ‘18 Some things just work out… while planning for this hang, I saw a post on a thread saying someone wanted to ...

Father - Daughter Kayak Trip Through the BWCA/Nubé Hammock Shelter Gear Review

 I absolutely love camping in the outdoors, but I also adore the camping gear I bring to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it's backpacking, climbing, kayaking, or base camping, I am always searching for the best gear. Gear must be reliable, long lasting, and it always helps when it looks cool as well. To put it bluntly, I have an addiction, an addiction to ...

Trip Summary - 7 Weeks Urban Camping Through Japan

Urban camping all around Japan still feels like a dream. Many people have asked us what our favorite experiences were, but in reality, it was not just one or even a few experiences; it was the overall atmosphere and the everyday happenings. The pictures at the top are most of the urban camp spots were we set up our camping hammocks and Nubé hammock tent along the way. Use the controls to look through them! 

Urban Camping - 7 Week Backpacking Trip Through Japan - Week 7

 We went from Akita to Wakkanai. Ever since I had seen a Japanese animation I had wanted to visit the most northern point of Japan. Wakkanai has an actual monument about an hour outside of the city that marks the most northern point. Ending our main travel by going from the south to the north was mind-boggling to say the least. 

Urban Camping - 7 Week Backpacking Trip Through Japan - Week 5

Mom found the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage on the National Geographic website. After the Onaida Nature Trail I was a little hesitant to go on another Japanese hike, but since National Geographic recommended it, we thought it shouldn’t be too hard, so we camped out at the start of the trail to begin our pilgrimage the next morning. The beginning of our hike began in a slight sprinkle but it eventually dried out. The cloud formations and atmosphere during the whole hike was miraculous. With the mist rolling in through the woods, the bright orange crabs crawling by, dark red wood chips covering the walkway, and the bright green leaves, the pilgrimage was visually incredible, but not as easy of a hike as we had hoped.

Urban Camping - 7 Week Backpacking Trip Through Japan - Week 4

We went from an ancient rugged rain forest to an automobile factory in Toyota. It’s named after the Toyoda family which owns Toyota. Mom found a sign out by the water fountain that said “this is not a gargle station”. Our response was “What is a gargle station and why is there a sign against it?!”

Urban Camping - 7 Week Backpacking Trip Through Japan - Week 3

The portion of Onaida Nature Trail  we went on was under the forest canopy the entire way except at the very end where I was surrounded by misty clouds and amazing ancient trees! Although lonely planet and the Yakushima tourist center both quoted that the Onaida Nature Trail would only take 7-8 hours, it took us a total of two and a half days. It was ridiculous how CRAZY the trail was; 

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