33 Heroic Adventures to Take Today

33 Adventures of a Lifetime

Planning your next heroic adventure, we’ve narrowed down some of the most memorable destinations in the world to get you off the beaten path and feed your adventurous spirit.

When you are seeking an unforgettable journey, you won’t wrong with these 33 destinations.

From the markets of Iquitos, Peru deep in the Amazon to the best food in the world at Noma in Denmark, the Heroic Adventures team scanned their collective experiences to choose the best adventures to take now.

Journey on!

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Foreground water reflecting Ankgor Temple Cambodia

Base yourself out of Cambodia’s Temple Town, Siem Reap, to begin your explorations of the massive Angkor Wat temple area.

This ancient Buddhist temple is the largest in the world which has a deep history dating back to the 12th century.

Angkor Wat is only one of about 50 temples scattered across 155 square miles.

The ruins fight the onslaught of jungle occupation, in recent years–thanks to the fall of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge–refurbishing temples to a visitable state has included land mine eradication in parallel to rapid development in Siem Reap to host in the influx of tour groups.

After taking a tour of the temple, explore the surrounding jungle and the sacred River of a Thousand Lingas.

2. Secret Beach, Kauai

View of Kilauea Lighthouse from Secret Beach in Kauai Hawaii

While most Hawaii beaches have endless stretches of sand and palm trees, none can compare to the secluded Secret Beach on Kauai.

Hike downhill through the natural bushes can cascading waterfalls to reach the 3,ooo foot stretch of sand.

Whale watch or observe the Kilauea Lighthouse from, the shores or by kayak.

3. Wuyishan, Fujian, China

Wuyishan People Rafting in Mountain River on Bamboo Canoe

Located in the Wuyishan Mountain range, this Chinese city has been recognized for both its cultural influences and beautiful surroundings.

After enjoying some local rock tea, venture through 36 different mountain peaks.

Hike through the one-of-a-kind rainforests in the nature reserve or explore the subtropical forests, which contain thousands of different plant and animal species.

4. Santorini, Greece

Whitewashed Windmill overlooking ocean in Santorini Greece

Known for its black sand beaches and white cliff-side buildings, Santorini mesmerizes as if you were in a dream landscape.

You can take a walking tour of the rocky cliffs or enjoy water sports in the Amoundi Bay.

Indulge Greek cuisine and sip the national drink Ouzo as you absorb the atmosphere found only within Greek borders.

5. Jellyfish Lake, Eli Malk Island, Palau

Snorkel with Jellyfish - Jellyfish Lake Pallau

The Rock Islands are well-known for being mostly untouched and uninhabited, making them the perfect spot for outdoor adventures.

Jellyfish Lake is an ocean-connected lake surrounded by limestone and reef.

Populated by rare Moon and Golden jellyfish, this secluded lake is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

6. Black Rock City, Nevada, Burning Man

Girl Spinning Fire at Burning Man Festival Nevada Desert

Head to the world’s foremost nomadic city known for it’s hedonism as well as it’s art.

Black Rock City, Nevada–better known in the collective consciousness as Burning Man is a must visit destination for any well traveled soul.

From unimaginable art to the the upturning of social reality, when you leave Black Rock City, don’t be surprised if you feel like you’ve just returned from another planet when you leave this most famous festival of the desert.

Don’t let the entry fee or the hardship stop from this journey because, until Elon Musk or another Space X like venture makes extraterrestrial visitations achievable, going to Black Rock City and Burning Man will remain the world’s cheapest ticket to another planet.

Burning Man - Festival of the Desert

7. Nova Scotia, Canada

Canada Coastline Nova Scotia

Enjoy the tranquil views of the rocky coastlines on this calm Canadian island before taking advantage of the large waves and extreme tides.

Whether you want to see some puffins or whales via kayak or surf Lawrencetown Beach, you’ll find the extreme water sports you seek in Nova Scotia.

8. Venice, Italy

Venice Italy Coffee Drinking Overlooking Canal

One of the most iconic activities in Venice is a Gondola ride and serenade.

Very few people realize that the city waterways are perfect for kayaking.

When you are done touring the historic city by boat, venture to the nearby island farms and vineyards for some of the best Italian cuisine in the area.

For the lowdown on Italian coffee check out The Origins of Italian Coffee Culture.

9. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town of Dubrovnik Croatia looking down from hilltop

Step back in time when you visit this intact walled city bordering the Adriatic Sea.

This World Heritage site isn’t just home to unique architecture and historic buildings; it is also  home to some of the most unique beaches in the world.

Kayak or sail to nearby (only 10 minutes from Dubrovnik) Lokrum Island to swim in the Dead Sea or marvel all the exotic plants.

10. Hong Kong Islands

View over ocean from Lama Island with hiking path in foreground

Hong Kong may be one of the world’s most packed metropolis’s but within a convenient ferry float away you can access a number of Hong Kong’s 263 islands.

Explore former pirate hideouts and enjoy a seafood feast seaside on Lamma Island, easily accessible from the Central Piers in front of Hong Kong Island tallest building the IFC.

Get your hiking poles ready if you want to traverse the island, you can check the ferry times here.

For other islands you can visit from the Central Piers check here.

11. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalae Beach View

Trincomalee is a small  town filled with luxury resorts and surrounded by rocky beaches.

For adventurers looking to dive in the India Ocean or spend a few days on a yacht, the tranquil environment and active wildlife conservation efforts in Trincomalee make this place an intriguing destination.

When in Sri Lanka you'll also want to check out: 

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka – A Beach Paradise >>> click to read more

12. Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque Istanbul Turkey sunset

Istanbul is known for its unique architecture and stunning waterways.

While most tourists try to see the historic buildings by cruise, many adventurers can taking to the skies: floating around the large city in a hot air balloon.

When you’ re looking to escape the city life, float over nearby Cappadocia, a natural site known for its large cone-shaped rock formations.

13. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Have you ever wanted to take a tour of an active volcano?

Volcanoes National Park is home to Mauna Loa, the 2nd largest volcano on Earth and responsible for forming a large part of the Hawaiian island chain.

Travel across the observatory road trail or spend a few days camping and climbing the natural lava formations.

14. Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Wanaka South Island

Home of the Swiss Alps, South Island attracts thousands of skiers and hikers every year.

What sets Wanaka a part from the other small towns is its closeness to Mount Aspiring National Park, making it the perfect fishing spot.

Sip wine and relax in a luxury lakeside hotel or set off on your own to enjoy the pristine mountains.

15. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre Italy Houses on rock outcrop overlooking ocean

Want to get the true Italian experience?

Travel along the rugged coastline to the historical towns in Cinque Terre.

These colorful cities are known for their strong ties to the Italian Riviera, offering fishing charters.

After your day at sea, tour one of the many ancient vineyards located throughout the mountains, where they practice heroic viticulture–classified as vineyards at altitudes above 600 feet and on slopes of no less than 30% grade in difficult to grow conditions.

16. Marrakesh, Morocco

Entrance to Marrakesh (tower) Morocco North Africa

Marrakesh is known for its beautiful gardens and medieval palaces surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.

If you have already hiked through the Atlas Mountain range, spend a few days camping in the Sahara Desert.

Ride through the sand on the back of a camel or pitch a tent in a luxurious oasis.

17. Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest stretch of protected coral reef known to man.

Michaelmas Cay is well-known for its rare fish and sea bird sightings.

Charter a glass-bottom catamaran or go snorkeling.

The most extreme adventurers can combine their snorkeling tours with a skydiving session, where you’ll get clear views of the islands and the pristine ocean waters.

18. Hakone, Japan

Hakone Japan Mt Fuji Hikers Shrine Lake

This volcanic region is known for its traditional Japanese inns and hot springs.

It is a favorite destination among Mount Fuji hikers looking to relax or tour the world-class art museums.

The beautiful Lake Ashi creates a picturesque environment and provides several opportunities for sightseeing cruises.

Alternatively, travel along the Hakone Ropeway to get a perfect view.

19. Bogota, Colombia

City of Bogota, Colombia view of rooftops

This vibrant city is surround by the Andes Mountains, making it perfect for urban adventurers and outdoorsmen alike.

Whether you are touring the historic buildings or hiking to the El Chiflon Waterfall, you will have a rewarding experience.

If you would like to bask in the unique Andes wildlife, try taking an exclusive ecotour.

20. Iquitos, Peru

View Looking at Floating Houses and boats over the Itaya River in Iquitos, Peru

The largest town in the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos can only be arrived at via boat or plane. Its border spreads from riverside to thick jungle and feels far from everything and in a different world.

Known for clean skies and smiles, when you are looking for a safe place to experience an Ayahuasca Retreat you won’t go wrong in Iquitos, just make sure you do your due diligence before committing to any specific shaman and their ayahuasca ceremony.

Beyond journeys involving medicine plants, you can visit Amazonian islands and experience Shipibo culture or go on a multi-day Amazon tour to view wildlife and begin to get a feel for the the mysteries enshrouded by the vast Amazon.

Belen Market, Iquitos, Peru

21. Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound snow covered steep mountains in background and water of the sound in foreground

Milford Sound is best known for the Milford Track, a 53 kilometer adventure starting at Lake Te Anau.

If you would rather see the mountain peaks and suspension bridges from a distance, try navigating the river ways by kayak or charter a helicopter for a scenic flight.

22. Sa Pa, Lào Cai Province, Vietnam

Sa Pa, Lào Cai Province, Vietnam

Sa Pa is known for its curvy roads and inconsistent weather, but it is also home to some of the most beautiful mountains in Vietnam.

Situated on the border of China, this region is perfect for people looking to hike through lush, diverse landscapes.

Trek or cycle by a number of orchid gardens and traditional rice terraces before settling down for the night in a remote hotel.

23. Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Highest Train Station in Europe Bernese Overland

This Swiss region has several unique attractions for the outdoor adventurer.

It is home to the Bernese Alps and Lake Thum, both of which are perfect for hiking.

Called by some, The Top of Europe. The Bernese Oberland is home of Europe’s highest train station (11,3302 feet above sea level), so–for you train buffs–this is the place of the most heroic train adventure at altitude in Europe.

Medieval history buffs can also appreciate roaming through the many small villages, many of which have history dating back to the 1200’s.

24. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Hot Springs Iceland Blue Lagoon

Relax while you enjoy breathtaking scenery at this geothermal spa.

One of the 25 wonders of the worldBlue Lagoon was formed by a volcanic erupt ion that created a unique landscape.

For those that don’t want to soak in the saltwater, hike towards the nearby town of Grindavik to get amazing pictures of the lava beds.

25. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States

Arizona Navajo Land Sandstone Slot Canyon, 'Antelope Canyon'

Natural beauty can come from any landscape, even dry and dead ones. These spiraling canyon walls reach up more than 120 feet in some areas.

At some point in history, rushing water created the curves and grooves in the sandstone. 

The canyon is a sacred site to Navajo, and is called – Tsé bighánílíní: “the place where water runs through rocks.”

Since the destination is on the Navajo Nation (i.e. sovereign Native American territory) interested travelers must take a guided tour to see the canyon.

The tour guides give a great overview of the history and creation of the sacred walls.

Perfect for any type of traveler and does not require any climbing or strenuous activity.

26. Copenhagen, Denmark

Boat in Canal of Copenhagen

Walk, bike or boat through this culinary town.

Copenhagen in recent years emerged as the epicenter of Nordic haute cuisine.

Scandinavian chefs have put Copenhagen on any adventurous epicure’s map with the reopening of the what for a few years was noted as the world’s top restaurant Noma, now located in the anarchist enclave known as Freetown Christiania–time will tell if the restaurant will recapture it’s former glory.

There is more to Copenhagen than the food. But, start with the food and the rest will follow naturally.

27. Malmö, Sweden

Sail Boats in foreground, Turning Torso Building in middle wiith blue sky Malmo Sweden

Malmö is a huge city known for its unique architecture and historic boardwalk.

And, it’s just a short train ride–thirty minutes–from our last entry, Copenhagen.

Map illustrating time to travel between Malmö and Copenhagen by train

While the Western Harbour is great for swimming and sunbathing, adventurers tend to head to King’s Park for jogging or cycling.

If you’re planning on backpacking through Skåne, you’ll notice the modern, urban atmosphere is much different than nearby historical Copenhagen.

28. Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Siwa Oasis Egypt Ruins of Shali and Palm trees

This isolated oasis is the perfect destination to get away from the tourists and discover natural beauty.

You can take in the natural lands and fertile fields, along with vast stretches of the Sahara Desert.

Set up your tent in the sand and stargaze in the darkness. Or bring your bathing suit for a dip in both hot and cool natural pools.

You won’t find a better opportunity to both relax and de-stress. The oasis can be an easy day-trip from the hub of Cairo.

The oasis itself is one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements, with a unique culture and very distinct language.

There are plenty of other unique destinations within the oasis as well, including the Temple of the OracleCleopatra’s Bath, and Fortress of Shali.

29. Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Wolf Island Galapos, Diving With Whale Shark

It’s no secret that the Galapagos Islands are home to some of the unique animals on the planet.

For Wolf Island, this is especially true, showcasing several species of rare birds, including the vampire finch.

Scuba divers can also appreciate the abundance of whales, sharks and marine fish in the areas clear waters.

30. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Vieques Island Puerto Rico

This tropical island in Bioluminescent Bay is famous for its quiet beaches and boat tours.

The water surrounding the island is a unique blue-green popular amongst local wildlife and the best place to glimpse an assortment of water creatures on a diving safari.

After exploring the ocean, go for a hike through the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy an encounter with the parks herds of wild horses.

31. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Fairy Pools Scotland

Do you want to visit a scene right out of a fairy tale? Are you ready to see the visions from your dreams?

Travelers delight when they set foot in the Isle of Skye and behold the Fairy Pools.

These pools in Scotland feature crystal clear waters that perfectly reflect the baby blue skies.

Though the pools are completely natural, the otherworldly colors make them seem almost unnatural. This is a very popular spot for swimmers and even features perfect diving locations.

The walk back to the pools is short and easy, perfect for any traveler. This site is perfect for that afternoon family picnic or evening swim.

32. Faroe Islands, Denmark

Faroe Islands Church Denmark

These 18 volcanic islands have a lot to offer hikers, as most of the rocky islands are untouched by man.

While you could stay in the largest city, Torshavan, and travel by sea or land to different nature sites, you’ll get the best experience staying in one of the secluded villages surrounded by the sea.

33. Waitomo’s Glow Worm Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Cave Interior dark except for thousands of glowing worms hanging from the cave's ceiling

This destination almost seems too magical to be real, let alone natural.

However, in these New Zealand caves, thousands of glow worms illuminate the walls in a mysterious and otherworldly way.

The attraction is now very easy to get to, and boat tours can be taken in the cave. A visitor’s center is even set up by the entrance for information on the site and more.

This site is known as worth visiting, with even locals touting the natural beauty.

When you want to get a little more adventurous, you can try out one of the activity packages which include rock climbing and rafting.


There you have it, 33 unforgettable adventures to add to your bucket list.

What’s left now but to book your trip, plan your journey and bon voyage my dear adventurer.

How to Play Mahjong: The #1 Basic Guide [Illustrated]

How to Play Mahjong

To a viewer unfamiliar with mahjong, the game and how to play it can present a bewildering spectacle, what with its walls of tiles, talk of prevailing winds and the constant clatter of pieces being discarded in turn by the four opposing players.

Appearances, however, can be deceptive.

This quintessentially Chinese game is, in fact, very similar to a number of Western card games such as rummy. The goal in mahjong is to complete a set with your tiles similar to a poker or rummy hand.

Anyone used to card games where a winning hand consists of a straight flush or a full house can easily get their head around the basic rules of mahjong.

Mahjong: The Tiles

Tiles Used to Play Mahjong

The most distinctive pieces in a mahjong set are undoubtedly the tiles.

Based originally on paper cards, the tiles are now solid, chunky pieces with an image or character on one side (similar in a sense to a domino) and a thick backing of bamboo or, more usually these days, plastic on the other.

There are three categories of tiles:

  1. simples
  2. honors
  3. bonus

As is the case with a set of playing cards, the simples fall into suits.

How to Play Mahjong Tiles on Table

In mahjong there are three suits for simples:

  1. bamboos
  2. characters
  3. circles

Each suit consists of nine tiles numbered one through nine. There are four copies of each of these tile in a set.

The honor tiles are divided between dragons (red, green and white) and winds (east, south, west and north) while the optional bonus tiles (flowers and seasons) are used mainly for the purposes of scoring and gambling.

Mahjong: The Dice

Attractive Women Holding Chinese Dice, Text on Image says "Mahjong Dice"

A mahjong set will also include a number of dice with which players determine who is to deal and where the dealing is to begin and a marker to show who is dealing and which round is being played.

Some sets may also include counters to help with scoring and racks into which players may place their tiles so they remain hidden from the other players.

Mahjong: Standard Game

Mahjong Tiles in box: how to play mahjong for beginners guide

A standard game begins with the players choosing a dealer either by means of a high-scoring roll of the dice or by the blind drawing of wind tiles (featured in image below).

The dealer is assigned the position of East wind and play proceeds in a counter-clockwise motion to the other players, each of whom is assigned the wind respective to their position in regard to the dealer.

Mahjong Wind Tiles, Chinese Character meaning North, South, East, West, Middle (zhong)

When a round is finished, the position of dealer shifts to the player on the dealer’s right.

Once a dealer has been chosen and the tiles have been shuffled, each player takes thirty-six tiles and builds a wall in front of them two tiles high and eighteen tiles wide, see image below for what this looks like:

Building Wall Mahjong can get you to a winning hand

The players then push their walls together forming a square, the hollow center of which will be used for discarding tiles.

The dealer then rolls three dice and, counting along the row of tiles to his or her right, begins dealing from the tile which corresponds to the sum of the dice.

One by one, over three rounds, the players take four tiles at a time and one last tile for a total of thirteen tiles each.

Game play proper begins with the dealer taking an extra tile and then discarding a tile of his or her choice.

Three People Playing Chinese Mahjong Location Mainland China

A winning hand in mahjong consists of fourteen tiles.

Except when drawing a tile during a turn, however, a player should only ever have thirteen tiles in their possession.

The aim is to have your hand divided neatly between a number of groupings.

In mahjong these groupings consist of:

  • Lungs  – three of a kind
  • Kongs  – four of a kind
  • Chows – a run of three consecutive tiles of the same same suit
  • ‘A pair’ – used to round out a winning hand

During a round, a player draws a tile from the wall.

If the tile cannot be used to complete a set the player then discards it.

When another player can use the tile to complete a set, that player is allowed to claim it and take the next turn.

Otherwise, following a discard, play continues in a counter-clockwise motion until someone has completed a hand.

In Western games a winning hand is often referred to as a “mahjong” and the player will call it as such when he or she has drawn the winning tile.

How to Win Mahjong showing a winning hand

Mahjong: It’s Easier than You Think

It is the unusual set-up of the game which often seems so daunting to the novice player of mahjong. But once a player is used to the assigning of winds, the building of walls and the dealing of tiles, mahjong is actually quite straightforward.

Games can, of course, get rather complicated once you begin to grasp the possible strategies involved.

Systems of scoring too can render the game overly complex, but a player can always just adopt the simple option of scoring winning hands only.

how easy is mahjong?

Ultimately mahjong can be as simple or complex as you wish to make it and this is perhaps the secret of its enduring success.

For those of you taking Heroic Adventures to your local China town or further wanderings to parts of Asia, knowing how to play mahjong can be a way to make a healthy connection with locals and gain deep insight into local culture.

How to Play Mahjong: The Top Books for Beginners

American Mahjong Set, Panda Tiles with Tawny Brown Fabric Case

Mahjong Panda Set

Ayahuasca Retreats USA: No Need for the Amazon Ceremonies Now?

Ayahuasca Retreat USA

There are physical adventures, there are mental adventures, and then there is ayahuasca: a relentless spiritual-physical-mental adventure that may be one of the most intense ordeals your soul can choose to experience in this life.

If an ayahuasca ceremony is on your bucket list, you no longer have to go all the way to South America’s Amazon to reach your goal.

Thanks to religious freedoms in the USA, you can finally check-off this list item, the ayahuasca ceremony, without leaving the USA. There are a handful of legal ceremonies popping up in urban areas and far-out locations in scattered pockets across the United States of America.

According to our new section, the ayahuasca retreat directory, a Native American Church is offering ayahuasca in the United States for people interested in the sacramental ritual of an ayahuasca ceremony and the full-on spiritual practice of ayahuasca tea imbibing.

“The tea, known as Ayahuasca, is revered as sacred by Church members. It is a sacrament serving to heighten spiritual understanding and perception, and brings the practitioners closer to God and the Divine.” — Chief Minister Steve Hupp

It seems that the religious protections invoked by the religious freedom in America have made it possible — for people acting under the auspices of a church — to recruit new members to the church’s spiritual practices, where, as a potential member, you can partake in the ritual drinking of ayahuasca.

In other ceremonies that take place in the USA, invoking religious freedoms, take the UDV, for example, where it’s typical for UDV ayahuasca sessions to include dancing all night, wearing pure white clothes, and singing Christian songs. That’s right, the UDV is Christian. During a ceremony you’ll be immersed in an alternative Christian world that — to outsiders, the uninitiated, fundamentalist, or bible pounding puritans — may seem like sacrilege.

For the Native American church in Kentucky, you’ll have contact them to find out exactly what their ceremonies entail.

This is the most unusual US ayahuasca experience to come across Heroic Adventures’ radar, and it happens to be located in the same state as one of North America’s most famous horse races, the Kentucky Derby.

Yes, you read that correctly, Kentucky.

Save the South American journey. Instead, buy your plane ticket to Kentucky.

In all fairness, probably not everyone is as excited about an ayahuasca adventure in Kentucky as they would be taking the sacred medicine, say, with a Shipibo medicine man in South America — but, the novelty of the offer can’t be disputed.

Imagine it, you can fly from New York City down to Kentucky in a weekend. After drinking ayahuasca and having a lifetime’s worth of spiritual bombardment entering your consciousness, you’ll be a new person when you go back to the office in New York on Monday.

It’s time to take a Heroic Adventure not to the Amazon but to Kentucky.


Compare the first photo from the Amazon, below, to the second photo of Kentucky, below, it would appear there is a spiritual connection between the two… Well, at least, they both have a lot of nice green plants.

Ayahuasca Retreat USA

The Amazon isn’t the only place to legally ingest ayahuasca. Ceremonies are now emerging commercially in the United States of America.

Kentucky, USA Ayahuasca Ceremonies

Looking a bit like the Amazon without the river, in Kentucky you can now legally drink ayahuasca with a Minister from a Native American Church.


And, a caveat from a reader:

“Hey Team,

I’m not one to normally send feedback on posts, but this feels especially warranted. I appreciate you giving information to the public about Ayahuasca ceremonies being held in the U.S. I believe it’s a positive move forward that Americans will have Ayahuasca as a more accessible possibility. However, as someone who has experienced Ayahuasca, I really advise against saying things like “Imagine it, you can fly from New York City down to Kentucky in a weekend. After drinking ayahuasca and having a lifetime’s worth of spiritual bombardment entering your consciousness, you’ll be a new person when you go back to the office in New York on Monday.” That’s a very, very scary thing to advise people to do. When you take the medicine, it stays in your system for a much longer period than the one or two days you’ve actually consumed it. You need to have preparations in place for how you’re going to reintegrate into your daily life after the experience, and making it sound like it’s a “no big deal, let’s go do Ayahuasca this weekend” kind of thing is not only dangerous but it’s furthermore disrespectful toward and completely underestimating the power of the medicine.

I’m not trying to be a heckler, but please understand that this is powerful stuff. For the sake of your readers, I hope you reconsider the phrasing of your post and add in how important it is to seriously consider whether they’re ready to take the medicine, as well as how important it is for them to do their research regarding preparations before and after the experience.

Thanks for your time,
Lori”

(updated August 26, 2015)

Interesting Discussion on Legality of Ayahuasca in the USA

In the Fall of 2015, a website popped up touting the First Ayahuasca Church in the USA that is open for ceremonies to anyone. Now this is a distinct organization front Mr Hupp (in the article above). After this article was published detailing why this church is not legal–it seems the site went offline, maybe it will emerge again–for your own investigations–here is the link: https://ayahuascahealings.com.

And to see the site in it’s original splendor, the Internet Archive has a stash of how the site last looked on November 20th, 2015, available here: Ayahuasca Healing Internet Archive Snapshot 

A curious story in the world of spirituality, religious rights, internet marketing, and law.

(updated April 23, 2019)

 

Black Diamond Carbon Distance Z Trekking Poles Review

Black Diamond Distance Poles Review

Black Diamond Carbon Distance Z Trekking Poles: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Material

​Weight

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​Price

​What We Like
  • Durable and stable
  • ​Has a 3-folding design and easily extendable
  • Resistant to rust and corrosion
  • ​Comfortable and secure foam grip
​What We Don't Like
  • ​​Retracts in extreme pressure
  • ​​Unstable joints
  • ​Not great for harsh terrain

​A light set of poles with a name taken from the look of the poles when they are getting into their folded position. 

The quick extendability via push button makes for an impressive action but with this novel touch comes some tradeoffs in functionality.

Black Diamond Carbon Distance Z Trekking Pole Review

Black Diamond Carbon Distance Z Trekking Poles

These Black Diamond Distance Z trekking poles are dependable under extreme weather conditions and for use on rugged terrain. The shafts will not bend or break when hit on hard surfaces and will not corrode or chip apart.

Features

  • Durable and stable
  • Made of carbon shafts
  • Have a 3-folding design and easily extendable
  • Very compact at 13 inches when folded
  • Weight is 9 ounces
  • Length extends to 52 inches
  • Wrist straps made of mesh
  • Comfortable and secure grip
  • Interchangeable tips

Black Diamond Carbon Distance Z Trekking Poles are a product that uses high technology and a design that is made appropriate and suitable for the use of any trekker. The poles are structurally sound and are made of carbon; each pole weighs 9 ounces and is 13 inches long when folded.

When extended, each pole reaches 52 inches. The retraction of the poles is dynamic and can be extended by pressing the grip. The lock snaps in place immediately as soon as the desired length is achieved.

The tips are coated with rubber and can be changed depending on the terrain. The Black Diamond Carbon Distance Z Poles comes with baskets that can be attached to stop the pole from sinking in snow or mud. The tips are cone-shaped and are faster to extend than poles with flat tips.

The grip is made of mesh and foam that will absorb sweat and is comfortable to the hands. The foam on the grip will make handling more secure. The wrist straps reinforce the hold on the pole, ensuring that the poles are always within reach.

Advantages

The product is made of carbon and is very dependable on long distance trekking. The product can be used in any kind of weather and can even withstand the extreme temperature in the Swiss Alps.

The structure will not bend or be scraped when hit on hard surfaces. The user is secure and can rely on the product for support. The poles adjust to the size of the user because the poles are readily extendable.

Black Diamond carbon poles have grips made of foam that are soft to hold but keeps the hands from slipping. The product remains stable in the hand when going uphill and is a firm support when going downhill. The wrist straps are made of mesh and keep the poles from slipping from the user’s hand.

Aside from being firm, the pole’s tips grip well on any kind of surface. The poles will hold well on rocks, snow or mud and will keep the user from being knocked off. The retractable poles are easy to maneuver. The product extends and locks with a push from the handle. The cone shaped poles make it easy to glide through the shaft.

The poles’ length is not only usable by tall hikers, but the quick release is dependable for use on challenging terrain. This feature is great especially during emergencies when the user is out of balance and needs instant support.

The poles can be extended to 52 inches and are long enough to build a stable footing for the user at any time that it is needed.

The poles have three shafts that are adjustable. They are connected by rubber tubing that is sturdy. The connectors are a plus because they will not rust or corrode when wet and stop the poles from extending smoothly.

The product is reasonably priced for the quality and the high performance that it delivers. The product can be used in singles or as a pair because the handles are not specifically designed for left or right-hand use.

Disadvantages

Because of the rubber connectors, the poles tend to retract under extreme pressure. The connectors do not support the poles well and at intense impact, the poles fold unexpectedly.

The locking mechanism is not tight to give way for easy extending, which makes the product unsafe and can pose a potential danger to the user. The poles frequently unfasten even when used on muddy surfaces. The joints are not strong enough to withstand extreme stress and tend to unlock, according to several users, at times during a hike.

Verdict

The Black Diamond Carbon Distance Z Poles are handy and lightweight. The poles are easy to carry and pack in a bag and will not cause arm or hand strain because of the stable and comfortable rubber grips. The pole length is adjustable.

The cone-shaped shafts make the shafts extend smoothly and without any problems. The wrist straps are good and hold well when the user is sweating. The product will not bend or break when hit on hard surfaces. The tips of the poles have good surface traction and slipping is avoided.

However, the product has a weak locking feature. The connectors of the poles give out when extreme pressure is applied. The lock disengages unexpectedly when the poles are used with force.

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Hiker Hunger Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles Review

Hiker Hunger Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles​: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Material

​Weight

​Grip

​Price

​What We Like
  • ​Can be folded and extended smoothly
  • Lightweight at 7.6 ounces per pole
  • ​Easy to pack in a suitcase or backpack
  • Grip is comfortable and made of cork
​What We Don't Like
  • ​​Screws require tightening
  • ​Adjustment too easy to loosen
  • ​Slippage when too much weight applied

​​These poles are built to last and come complete with accessories to cater to any kind of hiking at any type of climate. The poles can withstand and will not break in extreme hot or cold weather. The manufacturer offers a one-year limited warranty.  

Are these the right trekking poles for you? Read on to discover if a set Hiker Hungers poles fit your trekking style.

Hiker Hunger Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles Review

Hiker Hunger 100% Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles

​These are highly dependable poles and can bring reliable support to users who are hiking on light to advanced terrain. The product offers good support when snowshoeing and will not bury deep into the snow. The length is appropriate for tall or short hikers.

Features

  • Made of 100% carbon fiber
  • Can be folded and extended smoothly
  • Lightweight at 7.6 ounces per pole
  • Has folded length of 24 inches and extends to 54 inches
  • Can be easily collapsed and locked at desired length
  • Easy to pack in a suitcase or backpack
  • Grip is comfortable and made of cork
  • Has one-year limited warranty

Hiker Hunger poles are made of carbon fiber that makes them lighter than aluminum poles. They weigh only 7.6 ounces per pole and can stretch as long as 54 inches from a 24-inch folded length. The poles are strong and resist shock and the tips are pointed for greater ground impact.

The tips come with interchangeable accessories such as rubber pads, rubber tips and snow baskets.

The grips are made of cork that follows the contour of the palm and fingers and are supported by foam to sustain hold at challenging terrain. The tips are made of tungsten which makes them very solid when hitting tough surfaces and will not chip or corrode.

The Hiker Hunger Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles comes in three layers of metal that can be extended and retracted quickly.

The joints can be locked by an easy switch mechanism. The folded size is compact and travel-friendly because it can easily fit in a backpack.

The light weight of the product makes it easy to transport. If the poles are to be transported alone, they come in a sling bag that makes it easier to carry.

Advantages

The poles are made of pure carbon which makes the structures sturdy and will not break when hit on hard surfaces.

The carbon material can also resist heavy weather like snow or rain and will not sink into the mud because of the sturdy mud baskets.

The product is easily folded and extended and will easily adapt to the needs of the user. When going uphill, the poles can be extended quickly to support the weight of the hiker. The support is stable even when the path is muddy or slimy because the rubber grip of the tips provides good traction.

The tips of the poles are pointed and can pierce through dirt more efficiently. The poles offer a good balance to the user and will help prevent slipping on loose gravel. The support that they give is tremendous so that even large-sized users can depend on them.

The sturdiness and reliability of the product are highly rated. Users with poor knees and with balance dysfunction can use the product for support when hiking.

The pole can help hikers cover great distance with less effort and in less time. The support is useful when the trek becomes exhausting and going downhill becomes a challenge.

The locks on the product can be easily flipped and switched to fasten. The locks are reliable and will not lose hold even under extreme pressure. The product can be extended or folded quickly.

The hold on the product is firm because of the comfortable cork grip and supported by foam lining underneath. The wrist straps are made of foam and mesh and will not slip from the users’ wrists.

Customer support is efficient and will replace the product or parts right away. The one-year warranty is honored by the manufacturer.

Hiker Hunger pole features

Disadvantages

The product can break when subjected to extreme stress. The carbon material has a tendency to malfunction if the stress applied is stronger than what the design can tolerate. The pole is not supposed to be used as a stand for heavy equipment and is not meant to be a lever to lift heavy objects.

Like all poles, the product will break if subjected to extreme pressure. It is not to be used as a construction tool or support for heavy lifting.

Verdict

The Hiker Hunger Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles are reliable and the carbon material makes the pole fit the need for support and balance during a trek. It is portable and very light. The poles can be easily extended or folded because they easily slide through the shaft.

The product is complete with all the necessary accessories to fit any kind of terrain. The grip is firm because of the cork material and there is a foam support underneath it when the added strength is needed.

However, the pole has a capacity only for support for hiking and will break if overwhelming pressure is applied.

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