With over 300 million people set to visit our national parks this year, it can be difficult to find solitude. So where can you still experience pristine natural beauty away from all the crowds? Easy. Head to Colombia. There are 58 protected areas in Colombia’s National Parks System, equivalent to about 11 percent of theContinue reading

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The Directors of Toughness trek through the ever-changing terrain of the highest coastal mountain range in the world, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains of Colombia. The Give Back Lessons From The Kogi A Journey through Sacred Lands 7 Tips for Newbie Trekkers Must-Have Gear For Wet Trail Conditions Faith Briggs is an avidContinue reading

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Our Directors of Toughness put Columbia Sportswear’s OutDry™ waterproof gear to the ultimate test when they were tasked with hiking through Colombia. FAITH BRIGGS Women’s Titan Peak™ Convertible Pant: If you’re hiking through brush to reach a warm and sandy shore, you can convert this lightweight Titanium pant to shorts with one quick zip. Crafted of 4-wayContinue reading

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We drove until the road turned into a trail. From there we had a 7 hour hike into the Sierra Nevada de Marta mountains of Colombia. Worst case scenario was that we’d be sent back in the dark. The best-case scenario was a further 4 days of 10 hour hikes high into the mountains. ItContinue reading

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After six hours of trekking through downpours and slick, muddy trails in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range of Colombia, we were tired but alert with anticipation. We had just arrived at a small village of Kogi people. The Kogi are protectors of scared lands within this mountain range. As we arrived aContinue reading

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  My alarm went off and I rolled over in my sleeping bag and groaned, it was 3:45am. In the darkness of the hut, one of my travel companions groaned, “Mountaineering is stupid” and I laughed as I clicked on my headlamp. It was day four of our weeklong trek into the Sierra Nevada deContinue reading

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