Alex TandeExplorer

  • Hike Yellow Aster Butte and Tomyhoi Peak

    The best way to describe the location is due east of Bellingham. After driving through gorgeous roads to reach Twin Lakes Road (fire service road 3065), you are treated to about a 4-mile drive up to the trailhead for Yellow Aster Butte and Tomyhoi...

    7.5 miles 2550 ft gain

  • Explore Ancient Groves

    Great little hike to explore while in the Sol Duc area. I would strongly recommend doing this hike near sunset as the sun will stream through the trees and light everything up in a beautiful glow. The hike will take you to a cliff edge to walk alo...

    0.5 miles

  • Climb the Tower at Hallgrimskirkja

    Just a part of something to do while in Reykjavik. There is an epic church that stands out strong against the skyline. Inside the church there is an impressive organ inside of the church. Most importantly about the church is the clock tower, and t...

  • Hike the Waterfall Track

    Relatively short day hike that involves a few stairs and bridge crossing brings you to a cool spot called Dog Stream Waterfall at the end of the Waterfall Track. While the waterfall itself is cool, the hike itself is pretty great. Steady climb up ...

    2.5 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Hike the Grove of the Patriarchs

    This trail is an easy trail to hike to the end and back. With very little to no elevation gain, some comfy shoes is all you need. There is a great opportunity near the start of the trail to walk down onto the beach and get right next to the river....

    1.5 miles

  • Hike to Lovers Leap on Stuart Island

    This hike is only doable if you are already on Stuart Island! There is no public transportation to Stuart Island, so you must already be there or have a plan to be there in order to complete this hike.I frequent this island during the summer month...

    5 miles 200 ft gain

  • Bike Tour Renwick Wineries

    The starting point for this adventure is anywhere in Renwick, New Zealand. We just parked on a side street off the beaten path where they did not have any parking restrictions. There is obviously a lot of variation of which path to follow while do...

    10 miles

  • Explore Gluggafoss

    Super simple, super easy to get to. Just a cool little waterfall located just off the road. Surrounded by nothing but farm lands, it gives you a great spot to pull off and enjoy a beverage or enjoy a bite to eat. The water is a double waterfall, a...

  • Island Hop near Coron Island

    This adventure does give you a bit of flexibility. We hired a private boat for the day to take us around Coron Island and some great snorkeling spots. Grand total for the boat was about $110 (USD) or 5,400 pesos. The more people you get, the cheap...

  • Hike to Harwood Hole

    Getting to this hike is a bit of a drive. It is 11km off of HWY 60, just north of Motueka. The road is unsealed, and quite narrow at points. If there is another car coming the other direction, be prepared for a tight squeeze. The road climbs up Ta...

    1.9 miles

  • Dive Coron

    There are dozens of places to dive around Coron. We did 3 days with 3 dives each day. We booked with a cool guy named Arnie with Coron Divers. There are lots of dive centers though. Each go to pretty much the same spots, just on different rotation...

  • Summit Mt. Stokes

    The real adventure is driving to the start of this track. While driving along the Queen Charlotte Drive, the little town called Linkwater has the access road the Mahau and Keneperu Sounds via the Keneperu Road. Warning: There is no petrol along th...

    2.9 miles 2044 ft gain

  • Take a Stroll around Te Waikoropupu Springs

    The walk around Te Waikoropupu springs is a very easy, flat walk that anybody can do.As you leave the carpark, you do a little bit of descent down towards the water. You walk along some board walks over a little stream that flows beneath your feet...

    1 miles

  • Hike to the Fox River Caves

    There are a few different options while exploring this track. The first is making your way all the way to the entrance of the caves. The second is making your way to where the trail splits, one way heading up towards the cave, and the other abrupt...

    4.6 miles 492.1 ft gain

  • Cruise around in Coron Town Proper

    There are dozens of places you can rent scooters all over the Philippines, all are very similarly priced, and pretty cheap. We did scooters/mopeds for 5 hours for 300 pesos, about $6 (USD). It is buy your own gas, so absolutely fill up your tank. ...

  • Hike to Dao Falls

    To start with, there are quite a few stairs at the beginning going down, and then right at the end as you climb back up to the parking lot. Other than that, nothing to be concerned about in terms of difficulty.  This is a cool spot because you get...

    1 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike to Wharariki Beach

    The very northern tip of the South Island in NZ lies one of the best beaches around. The hike into the beach is very straight forward, easy, and short. Only 1 kilometer through some pasture lands, over a couple fences (using steps) and you hit the...

    0.6 miles 50 ft gain

  • Hike through Indian Lake Park

    442 acre park just outside of Madison is a perfect spot to escape for awhile. About a 20 minute drive from Madison makes it easily accessible even on a tight schedule. It provides a great place for lots of outdoor activities, year round.I love thi...

    4.7 miles 324 ft gain

  • Hike Lagoon Saddle

    Round trip about 5 hours including stops to enjoy the views and take pictures, it was a perfect day hike in the full sun compared to the rest of the park. The track starts out by heading uphill, and it doesn’t really stop until you get to the sadd...

    5 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Canyoning at Raufeldsgja

    Copule clarifications. The first, I say Intermediate and advanced. The reason I say this is because getting into the canyon is pretty simple. Few rock hops and you will be in a little clearing. The further you go into the canyon the harder it gets...

  • Canyoneering at Kawasan Falls

    *This is far more of an adrenaline rush than a casual day through a canyon. There is cliff jumping involved* You cannot enter this canyon without a guide, so find a company and make a reservation with them. I would plan a few days in advance as it...

  • Hike The Snout Track

    This great track is located just outside of downtown Picton, offering very easy accessibility and a great place to get a little hike. Heading east out of Picton, turn left on Sussex road, and follow the steep hill up to the crest, keep driving unt...

    7.5 miles 423.2 ft gain

  • Hike through Sawcut Gorge

    Driving on Hwy 1, just south of a little town called Ward, roughly 48km south of Blenheim, there is the turn off onto Ure road. This is the only turn you have to make in order to find the entrance to Sawcut Gorge. Follow this gravel road through p...

    2.5 miles 328.1 ft gain

  • Hike Mt. Fishtail

    This is a brutal ascent and decent. I am not going to sugar coat this one. You do get the reward at the top, but you are working for it.Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson is the main road to reach this location. Just north of the Wairau river o...

    11.2 miles 5383.9 ft gain

  • Hike Cape Farewell

    From the car park, it is only about a 10 minute walk up to the look out point for Cape Farewell. While this is a cool view, it is not worth the drive to just turn around at that point. From the viewing platform, there is a track that goes both lef...

    2 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike to Whiskey Falls

    Whiskey Falls provides a great way to stretch the legs during a car trip. Or it provides a great day hike option if you are looking to explore the Nelson Lakes area. I had a day to explore and decided to cruise down Nelson Lakes and do a day hike....

    5 miles

  • Mountain Bike Punga Cove to Anakiwa

    The easiest way to get to Punga Cove to start this ride is parking in Picton and getting a water taxi for you and your bike out to Punga Cove. From there you will be able to pick up the track and start riding. At the end of the trip, after you rea...

    27.7 miles 1476.4 ft gain

  • Explore Aguinid Falls

    *Distance and elevation gain are negligible. it is more of a scramble than a hike* This is a great little spot that has just been opened to the public for the last three years (this was written March of 2019). It is managed by one of the local tri...

    1 miles 300 ft gain

  • Overnight Kayak the Queen Charlotte Sound

    For those who do not have their own kayaks, do not fear, there are different companies in the area that will rent kayaks and safety gear to you. They will also help you with route planning and weather conditions to ensure that you have the best tr...

  • Hike Dettifoss and Selfoss

    Dettifoss and Selfoss are two waterfalls located closely together, separated only by about one kilometer of easy walking along a cliff top. From the parking lot it is easy to find the start the trail. Just to the right of bathroom, or the water cl...

    1.6 miles

  • Hike the Forest Journey

    This track is located just outside of Hanmer springs, and is the perfect afternoon or morning walk. Don't plan on this taking a whole day as the longest loop takes an about 90 minutes, if you are taking your time and enjoying it all. There are cle...

    2 miles