Welcome to The Hiking Adventure
Hi, I’m Clare, the founder of TheHikingAdventure.com. I decided to start this website with the simple mission of helping people plan, pack for and get going on their hiking journey.
I didn’t always love hiking, but I have always loved adventure. I grew up in the tropical paradise that is the Kenyan coast. As a child I had multiple adventures, both by myself exploring the beach and the bush around our house – but most importantly on the numerous camping safaris with my parents.
Back then we had no “handheld GPS” or smart phone to keep in touch and upload to Facebook. If we broke down in the middle of nowhere (which we did, plenty of times) it was up to us to get out of there, no calling 911 and having search and rescue help us.
We camped in remote parts of the Kenyan bush, often with Elephants passing through our camp and the odd lion making an appearance.
My late mother was an avid walker. She and my father would go every year on a “camel safari” – a 250km hike through the African bush with camels carrying the camp, fording rivers, lighting fires and sleeping under the stars, with the sounds of the animals.
I did my first major hike in 2005 – whilst camping in the Chyulu Hills with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro, I decided “I’d like to climb that” and 9 months later I did. Back then, there was a dearth of information available – I had very little idea of what to expect, except of course what my tour operator provided.
That trip was a turning point for me, and my walking voyage. I confess to enjoying the high-altitude adventures of Kilimanjaro and the Himalayas, but also the closer-to-home, less vertiginous hikes through pristine bush in New Zealand and well-trodden tracks in the Peak District, England.
The purpose of this website is to share my experiences and be the best resource I wish I had found when I started my hiking adventure.
Please feel free to get in touch with me thehikingadventure.com (at) gmail (dot) com or fill in the form below: (don’t send me spam – yes, you know who you are – it goes to the trash!)