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PATHWRANGLER NAMED HONOREE AS PART OF OUTSIDE’S ACTIVE TRAVEL AWARDS

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA | MARCH 12, 2013 PATHWRANGLER has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its second annual Active Travel Awards.  PathWrangler was honored as an Honoree. The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands March 12, 2013, and at Outside Online.

To select this year’s awards, Outside tapped our global network of correspondents, who spent months on the road traveling from the Philippines to Switzerland to Namibia and then some, to report a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, secret paradises, mountain epics, stunning beaches, airline deals, gorgeous islands, and more. The result is 42 fresh trips that we guarantee will change your life, plus smart travel strategies, the best travel gear, and five exciting new frontiers.

PathWrangler is proud to be awarded honoree of Outside Strategies to “Plug-In.”  With all these beautiful destinations and incredible activities to do, PathWrangler is the tool that brings it all together and makes these dream trips a reality. 

Outside magazine has long been one of the world’s most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers,” says Outside Editor Christopher Keyes. “In addition to truly award-worthy destinations and travel providers, this year we unearthed a handful of amazing new frontiers in active travel. Our annual edit franchise honors the year’s best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come.”

Simply put, PathWrangler makes creating experiences and telling those stories easier than ever before.  Planning an adventure trip or an outdoor excursion is like herding cats. It is maddening to get everyone and everything prepared. Our web app brings the conversation together in an interactive place designed specifically for adventure and outdoor enthusiasts to dream and organize their trip together, and then share their stories after.  Over 100 Tour Operators, Outdoor Clubs and Outdoor Wilderness Programs and thousands of outdoor enthusiasts are using PathWrangler to run better trips and share them with their friends.

In celebration of the Outside Active Travel Awards, PathWrangler is offering its award-winning product for free in preparation for a new premium rollout in the upcoming months.  That means unlimited trips and users for any individuals or business that sign-up now.  Please sign-up here to take advantage of this offer.  Please contact us at info@pathwrangler.com if you’d like any help in getting you or your organization started.

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About Outside

Outside is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 35 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books. Visit us on www.outsideonline.com and www.facebook.com/outsidemagazine.

Contact PathWrangler

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Being Out in the African Bush

I spent an amazing three weeks on an overland African safari adventure encompassing parts of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.  I was fortunate to experience first hand what it was like to sleep on the dusty, hard ground under the southern hemisphere’s amazing night sky, go without a shower for days on end and get as close as possible to some of the most dangerous animals on the planet (and I do not mean my travel mates).  I cannot wait to do it again!

In looking back I have a few tips to pass along on what to do and not to do while roughing it in the bush.

Do be quiet.  Animals have amazing hearing and can hear you long before you see them.

Do blend in with your surroundings.  Avoid bright colors and wear clothes in muted earth tones- khaki, greens and browns.

Do bring plenty of insects repellent.  Insects like sand flies (no-see-ums) are so tiny to the naked eye that this advantage gives them plenty of freedom to feast upon you.

Do use soft-sided luggage like duffle bags.  Think mobility and ease of getting on and off of vehicles.  Wheeled suitcases have no place in the dirt.

Do listen to your guide’s instructions.  They are there not only to give you an amazing experience, but also to make sure you stay safe.

Don’t wear any strong scents.  The animals will smell the cologne or perfume and keep their distance.

Don’t bother with makeup and jewelry.  The lions, leopards and elephants will not be impressed and the hyenas might laugh.

Don’t leave a trace.  The bush is not an oversized trash receptacle.  Whatever you bring in should be brought out so as not to harm the ecosystem.

Above all DO be in the moment while you are there and DON’T let an opportunity to enjoy the natural wonder of Africa and all it has to offer pass you by.

The Hippo Story

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While on my Botswana safari many a tale was spun by my South African guides by the campfire.  One that stuck with me was this hippo story.

The Creator sent the hippo to land and it ate more than any other animal.

The other land animals went to the Creator and said, “You must get rid of the hippo otherwise we won’t survive.”

So the Creator put the hippo in the water.

The same situation happened.

The water animals went to the Creator and said the same thing the land animals said, “You must get rid of the hippo otherwise we won’t survive.”

The Creator told the hippo it could be on both land and water, but could only eat plants.

To make sure the hippo only ate plants the Francolin bird checked for skeleton bones in the crap the hippo shot onto plants.

One day the Francolin got caught mid-shoot, got crapped on and that is why it is the color it is today.

Morocco: Venturing Past Camels, Souks and Snake Charmers

Tucked away in North Africa is the exotic destination of Morocco.  It is best known for its imperial cities like Marrakech, Fez, the Mediterranean city of Tangier, and of course the famous Casablanca.  A visit to Casablanca wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Rick’s Café, inspired by the original gin joint, for a bit of Bogie nostalgia.  Most travelers are familiar with the aroma of Moroccan food lingering in the air over bustling souks and medinas that sell local goods such as hand-woven rugs, woodworks, slippers, pottery and fabrics, while snake charmers entertain nearby.

Beyond the walled cities are other well-known areas like the Atlas Mountains, the beaches and the Sahara desert, where camel trekking in the Erg Chebbi on Dromedary camels is something to be experienced.  But amongst the familiar sights are quite a few outdoor distractions to add some spice to what the cities offer.  Morocco is not only a haven for culture it is a desert oasis for the adventurous.

Trekking through the cedar forests and past Berber villages will lead hikers on a non-technical route to the highest peak in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal.  The snow capped summit sits at 13,671 ft. and has a spectacular view of the Atlas Mountain range.  This mountain range has enough varied terrain with its meadows, plateaus and gorges to keep mountain bikers of all levels quite challenged.  With all this natural rock there are several rock climbing areas to explore.

In the middle of the Atlas Mountains runs the Ahansel River that rushes to Bin El Ouidane Lake and is the place to be for some serious whitewater rafting and kayaking.  Travel from the mountains to the coast of the Atlantic and you will find the year-round wind conditions of Essaouira and Agadir ideal for kiteboarding and surfing.

Get on your boots, grab some of their deliciously famous mint tea and discovering the more adventurous side of Morocco.

10 Reasons to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

The highest freestanding mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, rises from the desert floor to a height of 19,340 ft.  This extinct volcano has three cones (Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira) and the summit has a commanding view of the surrounding plains, complete with five eco-systems and extensive game reserves.

Tim Ward over at National Geographic lists ten good reasons to want to go to Tanzania and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

PathWrangler’s own Eric Remza has led a few expeditions to Kilimanjaro in the last couple of years.  You can read about his trip preparations, adventures he did while in Africa as well as his pros and cons here.

Here are some Africa and U.S. based mountain guides to help you get to the summit.

Africa:
Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience
Kiliwarrior Expeditions
Summits Africa
Snow Cap Limited
Team Kilimanjaro
U.S.:
IMG
Peak Planet
Alpine Ascents
Inner Passage
Mountain Guides International

What is your reason to climb?

Soaring Over Mozambique

“Flying a site like this is like having an out-of-body experience.”

There are very few untouched places in the world today and to be able to lay claim as the first person to do something like paragliding in one of these places must be such a rush.

Adventure Junkie posted a video of adventure seekers Gavin McClurg and Jody MacDonald soaring over the sweeping desert sand dunes of Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. They found this sweet spot while being on a 5-year long expedition of around-the-world sailing, surfing, kiteboarding and paragliding. Besides the stunning scenery the beauty of flying over dunes is the freedom from the usual protective gear needed because of the soft sand landing.

Watching this video not only makes me feel peaceful and relaxed, it also makes me want to book a plane ticket, secure myself into a parasail and glide over Mozambique.

-Angelique

Travel Bucket List: A List Worth Making

Everyone who enjoys traveling and getting out there to see the world probably has a travel bucket list that’s inspiring. Personally, my list is long and I seem to be continually adding to it. Once I experience the top two I will have completed my quest of being to all continents. That doesn’t end my quest by any means: as there are there are so many places spanning the globe that are so rich with interesting places, people and activities I’ve yet to experience.

My top 10:

1. South America- I’d like to experience the wonder of the Galapagos Islands, the mystery of Easter Island and the wild of the Amazon. To explore Patagonia, hike to Machu Picchu and walk the upper and lower catwalks for an up close experience of Iguazú Falls. With so many countries the discoveries are endless.

2. Antarctica: One of the largest and most inhospitable places on the planet for humans, but the place Emperor penguins call home.   I must time my visit to coincide with the birth of baby Emperor Penguins.

3. A Bengal tiger safari in India: Hands down my favorite animal is the Panthera tigris. To watch them in their natural habitat is something I have to see.

4. An East Africa Safari: The elusive leopard stayed hidden from view on my Botswana safari. With any luck I might get to see one of these solitary cats in Kenya along with the other wildlife that’s plentiful there.

5. Explore Ancient Egypt and Jordan- Egypt and Jordan have both fascinated me since I studied their art, history and culture at University.

6. Scuba dive the Red Sea- The sea life is still very rich, colorful and unspoiled here and so I feel it’s a great destination for my first dive.

7. Volunteer for endangered species expeditions- Giving of my time with hands on volunteering to help endangered species from becoming extinct would be more personally rewarding to me than just writing a check.

8. Camel trek in Morocco- Maybe I’ve seen Lawrence of Arabia one too many times. Traveling over the dunes of the vast Sahara Desert on camel back just calls to me.

9. See the Aurora Borealis– I am eager to see the Northern Lights, imagining it would be twice as amazing as seeing the Milky Way on a dark, clear night.

10. Explore these islands: Fijian, Maldives, Seychelles, Tahitian- I love exotic islands. Plain and simple. Each one has its own unique attributes, from the sand surrounding it, to the water lapping up on its shores, to the night sky above and the sea life down below.

What’s on your travel bucket list?

-Angelique