James Sturz

OutsideOnline Google Trekker Hiking: Street View

Backpack to the Future

Last summer, Google launched a unique program in which it loans out backpack versions of its car-mounted Street View cameras, called Trekkers, to intrepid explorers. It’s an ingenious idea: put these...

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Out of Bounds: Niihau, Hawaii

Hawaii's Forbidden Isle has been most famous for being off-limits. But the wild landscape of arid, red-tinged volcanic terrain is easier to reach than you think

Bumthang, Bhutan

Bike

Last August, as I mountain-biked down 10,302-foot Dochula Mountain Pass, just outside the capital, Bhutan’s eldest prince zipped by me on a b’Twin racing bike. Soon after, the prince’s elder brother...

Airport in Bhutan

Access and Resources

Peak seasons are spring and fall, when the Hima­layan winter and South Asian monsoons are at bay and the state-mandated rate is $250 per person per night.

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Trek

Bhutan’s 24-day Snowman Trek is rightly touted as one of the hardest in the world. The journey crosses ten Himalayan mountain passes and tops out at 17,591 feet.

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