In February, I tried out some new gear in Southern Patagonia. It was the first time using the Sony Rx100iii, and after comparing photos it has replaced the DSLR. The Sony also saves space (pocket sized) and four pounds in the pack.
I used a new tent this year, the Hilleberg Akto, which is designed for Patagonia-like wind conditions. It held up during stormy nights there and in a later summer trip to Iceland. I like that the inside does not get wet when setting it up in the rain.
I did short backpacking trips in both parks, for more information on the trip visit the Southern Patagonia page.
In March, I spent a week in Lake Tahoe. The Ridge Run on the California side of Heavenly was one I did over and over.
In April, I did a series of dayhikes in the canyons of Escalante and made a brief stop in Bryce Canyon National Park.
After taking a few months off, I set off for Iceland in June with the intent of hiking the Laugavegur trail. The mountain country was still snow covered from a cold spring, so I visited Skaftafell and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula instead.
For the fourth of July, I went to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I was surprised to learn that Machu Picchu was not a city, but a private mountain resort for the Inca King.
Later in July, I went north to the Yukon Territory to hike the Slims River West Trail. The trail reopened just as I arrived (closed from too many bears in the area). The view over the Kaskawulsh Glacier is an all time favorite.
In late July/August, I took extended time off work to return to Iceland, renting a 4x4 and visiting some more remote locations.
Later in August, I went to Montana to visit some friends in Glacier National Park.
The following week in August, I traveled with my dad and brother to Sheboygan to play golf at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run.
In September, after working extra at home, I was eager to get back on the road for the final trip of the year to Garibaldi Park in British Colombia.