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bio website twitter.com/allweil
location Israel
age 37
visits member for 2 years, 6 months
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I like hiking and treks- I've done "rifugio" (mountain hut) treks in Spain, Italy, Austria, Chile and Nepal. I've backpacked with tents in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, India and the U.S.

Lately I've gotten into bouldering.


Oct
22
comment How safe is sleeping in bear country?
@CsBalazsHungary In the Sierra Nevada (Yosemite, Sequoia) the rangers put up tons of pictures of car doors that bears have yanked off in order to get at the food inside. I wouldn't leave it in the car :-)
Aug
6
comment Yellowstone back country camping trip?
Even if you don't see the bears, preparing for them, and obeying the (sensible, IMO) rules and regulations about food-because-of-bears is something that west coast hikers should be aware of.
Jul
17
comment Hiking possibilities near Silicon Valley
@NateEldredge I'm not objective, being the one asking, but there are many similar questions on this site (some of which I've asked) and they've been enormously helpful. For remote destination they may be too specific, but canonical answers to popular destinations seems a good idea to me. As for books - of course they exist. But this site is often used to direct people to the book (or the section within a book) that will be most useful in answering their question.
Jun
27
comment Trekking near Berlin
I ended up going to "Märkische Schweiz". Two days, sleeping at a hotel in Buckow in between. It was beautiful and convenient. Like @PaulPaulsen wrote - it's not remote, rugged wilderness, but still very pretty. You can swim in the lakes, too.
May
26
comment Trekking near Berlin
@Paul No, your answer is fine (and very appreciated), but as you wrote, I'm just hoping for answers and opinions from more people, if possible.
May
14
comment Trekking near Berlin
@gerrit No, we weren't planning on renting a car.
May
13
comment Trekking near Berlin
@Paul Ideally, in huts/hotels/hostels ... we won't be bringing camping and cooking equipment with us. As for the scenery, it doesn't have to be mountainous forests, but it should be pretty enough that it makes sense to walk there during a visit to Germany, the kind of place that similarly-inclined tourists from other countries in Europe might go to.
Mar
18
comment Why go without socks with climbing shoes?
@ntc2 Can you rewrite your comment as an answer? After all, it is one :-)
Mar
11
comment How safe is it to travel from Kathmandu to Lukla without Flying the distance?
When do you plan to go there? The season might affect the answer; it's probably more difficult to do so off-season.
Feb
19
comment Trekking poles: Collapsed or fixed?
This question on optimal trekking pole length is probably a useful supplement to this one.
Feb
15
comment Vibram FiveFingers, useful, gimic?
Personally, I use Vibrams for roughly 10k runs, and I prefer them over conventional running shoes. But you might want to take a look at these two, very popular questions on the Fitness StackExchange site: What are the downsides of minimalist runnings shoes? and experiences with 'barefoot' running - there are lots of opinions and facts there.
Dec
24
comment Trekking solo in South Africa
What happened when you were denied travel from Kathmandu to Lukla? How can un/organized crime affect flights?
Dec
20
comment Are headaches a bad sign at altitude?
I think gaining 1000 meters/day is too high to be a sustainable pace. All the high-altitude treks I've done had a rate that averaged no more than 500 meters/day- if you go from 3000 to 5000 meters in two days, your chances of being OK are nil.
Sep
10
comment Trekking poles on planes
I think it's the security staff, not the pilot, whose whims decide this issue.
Sep
10
comment May hiking in Eastern California
@gerrit, how did it go? Can you describe what you ended up doing?
Aug
30
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
I was in Ladakh at the base camp for Stok Kangri a few months after doing the EBC. It definitely seemed a more difficult undertaking, a different class of hard. The EBC is touristy and crowded, sure, but has its charms.
Aug
9
comment Backpacking in southern NY or PA
Can you add more details to your question? One thing that can help is what kind of trail you're looking for - for example, how long, what time of year, how many days, where you plan on sleeping (especially if you want to avoid campgrounds). That will help people to know whether their proposed route is suitable. Another thing is which resources you've used already to try to find a trail, so people can suggest resources you might not be familiar with.
Jul
28
comment Trekking poles on planes
The security staff at Budapest didn't seem to care about the poles ... but who knows what the next flight will bring?
Apr
21
comment Rifugio (Mountain Hut) trek in Austria
Have you been in that area? Are there any routes you'd recommend?
Apr
11
comment Tips for travelling through Europe with just a tent
I would consider dropping one of the tags here, and replacing it with the europe tag ... it will probably be more relevant, attract more attention. But I'm not sure which one to drop.