Imagine forging your way through fog-laden forests in the high Andes, camping along 600 year-old Incan trails, climbing 13,000-foot passes, and braving rain storms as your trail turns to slippery mud. After four days, you wake up in the early morning and walk two miles in the darkness to an overlook awaiting the sunrise. Within minutes the clouds lift and rays of golden light begin to uncover one of the planet s most majestic ruins. Machu Picchu s stone secrets are slowly revealed in the breaking dawn. The trek along the Inca Trail is just one of ten adventures described in A Journey Along the World's Great Treks. While countless books are written about brave mountain climbers willing to risk their lives to reach the world s lofty peaks, few books are written detailing acheivable adventures for everyone. A bucket-list book that breaks the mold, Great Treks describes the authors wanderings along the world s preeminent trails that are reasonable for any fit person with a strong will to complete. All the amazing experiences can be acheived without any technical climbing skills. Walk the trails with internationally acclaimed walking expert Jeff Salvage and Kirk Markus, intrepid traveler and passionate outdoorsman. Their stories (greatly expanded from this site) will inspire you to get off the couch and explore the world. Great Treks goes beyond a simple narrative describing the trails. View each trip through their camera lenses and daily firsthand accounts. Jeff s straight forward narrative balanced by Kirk s introspection provide a Ying-Yang ride allowing you to learn from their often humorous mistakes, friendly banter, and the trail s endless conundrums. Salvage s traversal of all ten Great Treks produces a consistent viewpoint for meaningful comparisons of each trek. Finally, to help you prepare, a complete training guide and equipment explanation are included. Travel with Jeff and Kirk and explore six continents spanning Nepal s Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Treks, Burma s Kachin Tribal Village Trek, Peru s Inca Trail, Tanzania s Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek, Chile s Torres del Paine Trek, Europe s Tour de Mont Blanc and Haute Route, U.S.A. s Rimto-Rim-to-Rim of the Grand Canyon, and New Zealand s Milford Trek. Discovery awaits!.
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Jeff Salvage pursues his interests trekking, photography, race walking, writing and computer technology with a focus and intensity that can only be described as passionate. An internationally recognized walking expert, Salvage is The Arthritis Society of Canada s National Trekking Trainer, cofounder of greattreks dot com, as well as founder of racewalk dot com. He s written seven race walking books and a set of DVDs that are recognized world-wide as the most comprehensive, professional educational material available. Several of these are used to train the coaches of the world s largest marathon training program, the Leukemia Society s Team in Training program. Along with two-time Olympian Tim Seaman he cofounded Race Walking Clinics of Excellence, providing an unparalleled opportunity for the sport. In addition, many of his trekking and race walking articles appeared in Walk! Magazine and Active dot com. Complementing his writing achievements are his skills as a professional photographer. His sports photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine and countless newspapers across the U.S. His most recent publication, One Dress One Woman, One World, is a coffee table book documenting his and his wife s travels with her wedding dress. Following its release it has gained much attention by local, national and world-wide media. Off trail, Salvage teaches computer science at Drexel University while pursuing numerous creative projects. Kirk Markus From a suit in the halls of corporate America to a paintbrush at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, Kirk wears many hats, clothes and colors. However, he is most comfortable out on the trail in the remote wilderness. Over the years Kirk has led many friends on their inaugural backpacking and trekking trips at home in the Rockies and across the globe and, so far, all have lived to tell the tale. Kirk is a seasoned wanderer, having trekked and traveled to over fifty countries and all seven continents. The seeds were literally planted at a very young age. When Kirk was attempting to prepare the garden, with spade in hand, his mother looked out the window and asked, Kirk, what are you doing? Kirk replied, Mommy, I m turning the world over! When not traveling Kirk shares time between Chicago and Colorado.
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