Articles by Michal


Around Lake Montbel

Lake Montbel is a quiet reservoir close to Chalabre. In the summer it’s a popular swimming spot and in the winter, when the water level is low, it calls all the hikers and mountain bikers from local towns…



My favourite 10 hikes of 2016

It’s time to motivate myself for the next season, 2017, by summing up my hikes of 2016! For my “hiking career” it was an interesting year. I moved from New Zealand back to Europe which allowed…


Why I love hiking

I hike because I’m tired of using disposable plastic gloves in supermarkets to pick a banana to put into my polyurethane shopping basket, I’m tired of buying green cakes topped with artificial cherries on foam…



GR 132 in La Gomera report

This article series in short: if you wanna go hiking to the Canary Islands, go to La Gomera and do GR 132. Howgh. In long: La Gomera is the Island for hiking within the Canaries. The truth is though, that whatever island you go to, you can please the hiking heart everywhere…


Day 1 of GR 132: San Sebastián de La Gomera – Contreras

The trail starts in San Sebastián de La Gomera, the island’s capital city. You can get there quite easily by a ferry from Tenerife, Gran Canaria or La Palma. Naviera Armas is cheaper, Fred Olsen is faster. You realize how small San Sebastián actually is when you start to climb up on the southern slopes…



Day 3 of GR 132: Barranco de la Negra – Valle Gran Rey

We arrived to Arguayoda at about 7am. We struggled to find a water fountain and neither of us had the balls to knock on someone’s door and ask for water on New Year’s Eve so early in the morning. We continued for a bit further down towards the ocean…