I’ve never met Cam Honan in person, but I think we’d hit it off if our paths ever do cross. He’s an exceptionally well-travelled backpacker who’s walked across 56 countries and 6 continents, he can write well, and he visits a lot of off the beaten track places, which is probably what I admire most about him. Hiking long trails is all well and good, but the hikers that impress me the most are people who journey to unique destinations, plan their own routes, and enjoy mastering the unknown. Cam has always struck me as resourceful and humble fellow traveller who can land on his feet, which is a useful skill if you like to backpack in strange new places.
The Hidden Tracks is a compendium of destinations that Cam has travelled to and hiked, illustrated with fantastic large format photos of the unique landscapes he’s experienced. Each chapter describes one journey, and includes an overview map, helpful travel and equipment tips, and other pertinent information. While there are a few long distance trails described like the Pyrenean Haute Route (45 days) and the Hayduke Trail (60 days) the majority of hikes are under one or two weeks in duration and accessible to moderately experienced hikers and backpackers.
But The Hidden Tracks is first and foremost a picture book full of scenic photos with the size and heft of a good coffee table book. If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift to inspire a budding backpacker or your passport is feeling unloved and underutilized, get yourself a copy of The Hidden Tracks by Cam Honan.
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