Something that I had to consider for my upcoming adventures is availability of fuel. I chose a multi-fuel stove over an alcohol or propane/butane stove as they offer me more flexibility.
In some areas of the world, denatured alcohol and ethanol are not available, at least not legally. And when you are in a foreign country, the last thing you want to do is disrespect the rules and regulations of that country.
The same thing applies to propane and butane. You might find yourself someplace that doesn’t have your brand of butane canister. Plus I’m not crazy about carrying around pressurized fuels in non-refillable canisters that I’ll have to dump into a landfill.
It is important to recognize how vulnerable our technology is and how over-dependent we have become to fragile systems, some of which was built during a more trusting era.
Many things we do today, and much of our economy, relies on global navigation satellite navigation and time keeping. Much of the western economy relies on the Global Positioning System (GPS), an aging, fragile, and vulnerable US military project. Turns out that it can be easily be jammed, hacked, and turned off. And has been. Sometimes unintentionally.
All this makes for a good argument to learn how to use an old-fashioned compass and read a map. Continue reading
Michaela Trimble, writing for National Geographic, has some adventurous suggestions for the region surrounding Salta:
- Overland to Tolar Grande and the Puna
- Nine hours south of Salta to Argentina’s high-altitude Puna
- Hike to Hidden Rock Art Galleries in Guachipas
- Two hours southwest of Salta
- Cycle the Wine Region of Cafayate
- Home to beautiful red-rock canyons
- Llama Trek in Purmamarca and Tilcara
- This area is a UNESCO World Heritage site