Oh Goody! Site Updates!

New updates to Becauseitzthere.com! In addition to some changes to the look and feel designed to make the viewing and reading experience a little better, we are busy building new landing pages for each of our hikes pages with all the details in one concise summary! The landing pages will still link back to the …

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A hundred Miles of Up and Down

Countdown to the Tour Du Mont Blanc... The TMB -- one of our Bucket List Hikes -- and the majestic French Alps are looming close, and we’ve been busy getting ready for what promises to be the adventure of a lifetime. This means physical, mental and practical preparation. It also means spending a lot of money …

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The TMB Just Three Weeks Away! (and of course the French train workers are on strike)

Update on the Tour Du Mont Blanc So… We’re just three weeks out from the Tour Du Mont Blanc…our hundred plus mile circumnavigation of Western Europe’s highest peak! The excitement is building for this, the most ambitious thing we have ever done. Brian’s ‘Tarzan French’ is improving daily to the point where he now believes …

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The TMB Hits a Snag, the Next Hike…and Waterfall Week!

We are now weeks away from the Tour Du Mont Blanc, and it’s beginning to sink in that we are actually going to do this thing. There is no turning back now! Finally, we going to be in the Alps! It is a dream of mine of as long as I have been a hiker. …

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…And Of Course the End is Always a Downer

Santa Cruz Trek Day 4: The Final Day **An older version of this post originally appeared in 2015 on the old legacy blog. We hope you enjoy this updated version! The last day of our hike is here! I emerged from the tent to clear blue skies and three freshly deposited cow turds. Folks I …

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Landscape With a History of Violence

Santa Cruz Trek, Day 3: The Santa Cruz Valley **An older version of this post originally appeared in 2015 on the old legacy blog. We hope you enjoy this updated version! Waking on the third morning I was greeted, as I stuck my face from the tent, by a cow. This animal, standing about twenty …

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Nevado Huascaran

The Santa Cruz Trek: Day One **An older version of this post originally appeared in 2015 on the old legacy blog. We hope you enjoy this updated version! Before we began our hike we had to get some logistical complications out of the way. In Peru, almost all logistics involve complications. These can involve traffic, …

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