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BOTHYING IN SCOTLAND, GB

BOTHYING IN SCOTLAND, GB

When I was 20 years old, I heard about huts in northern England and Scotland called bothies. I didn’t even know how to pronounce the name, let alone how to find them. Bothies are commonly described as open huts in remote places of Scotland, Wales, and England that remain unlocked and open to anyone. I soaked up all the information I could find, and a year later I found myself at the end of winter in my first Scottish bothy called Invermallie. Now, I have shared my experiences with 'bothying' on Edge Effects Magazine.

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PIEDMONT, ITALY

PIEDMONT, ITALY

Going skiing is usually connected to luxury: eating hearty comfort food and spending warm nights in wooden chalets. My flatmate and me tried to take a different perspective on it. Our goal was to travel and sleep in his old Renault Clio for one week, while enjoying our days on sunny ski slopes and mountains ridges going snow shoeing.

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OLYMPIC PENINSULA, WA

OLYMPIC PENINSULA, WA

After nearly two months on the road we earned ourselves some resting time. A time without constant movement, without the necessity to stay alert all the time and without restricting ourselves on food and water. Our idea was something like living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, something you would read in Robinson Crusoe. And since the Pacific Ocean isn’t too far away from Seattle, we decided to go to the Olympic Peninsula. For the first time there was a feeling of being on holiday.

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ALPINE LAKES WILDERNESS, WA

ALPINE LAKES WILDERNESS, WA

Seven days without road access. Seven days in nature. Out there, only with what we packed. It is an overwhelming feeling. What if someone gets ill and has to go to the hospital? What if I roll or break my ankle? There is no cell phone reception that will provide instant help. Yes, we are experienced and have been on the trail longer than that, but there will be always a consciousness that thinks about all the if’s.

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YELLOWSTONE, WY

YELLOWSTONE, WY

After sadly saying goodbye to the magic bus who took us through the whole Grand Teton National Park, we randomly ran into our beloved bus again. Just as we were starting to hitchhike into Yellowstone National Park, the bus appeared and we re-joined the crew. Whether it was fate or good luck, we hit the road again and were ready to explore our shared destination.

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