Ascending Mount Lanaya

We trekked through steep foothills where we once established camp. We hiked up trails that grew sharper by the minute. We scaled and scrambled up inclines of loose soil and rocks without the use of fixed ropes—something even veteran local mountaineers recommend. Perhaps it was because we were experienced hikers and climbers that we managed … More Ascending Mount Lanaya

Burmese Backpacking: Riding Off to the Temples of Bagan (Part II of II)

I exited the main road as I made my way to a crude path. My ebike coursed through the golden-brown sand, sending grains behind the back of its tires. I slowed down, careful not to wipe out, yet my friends from college—people who caught up with me in Bagan—sped through the sands, leaving me behind. … More Burmese Backpacking: Riding Off to the Temples of Bagan (Part II of II)