It has taken a little longer than expected, but intrepid outdoor lovers heading to Armenia this summer may be interested to hear that our prototype hiking route through southern Syunik is now ready to be trail-tested! But in case you aren’t able to jump on the next flight to Yerevan, perhaps you’d like to hike some of this stunning trail vicariously today?
Monthly Archives: June 2016
When I decided last summer to build the Transcaucasian Trail, I had no idea just what kind of a political mess I was getting myself into. I don’t mean the regional geopolitics of the Caucasus, either. That’s actually pretty clear-cut. Some areas are off-limits, some borders are closed. Thankfully, none of this actually affects a […]
Agendas – hidden or otherwise – seem to play a big part in trail development. Sometimes there is a peace-building motive, knitting together fragmented nations by means of a common travel corridor. More often an effort is framed in terms of the future financial benefits, which usually boils down to a simple equation between more trails and more tourism dollars. But it is rare to come across a trailbuilding effort in this part of the world that whose primary stated aim is to improve access to the outdoors for its own sake.