Crooked Trails - Top Stories

Meet Cody, our Newest Volunteer!

We’d like to proudly introduce Cody Chapin as our newest Crooked Trails volunteer! Cody has dedicated much of his career to environmental sustainability, public policy, and education and comes to us with a Masters in Conservation from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Cody grew up far from the ocean…

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Step into a Completely Different Mexico

By Crooked Trails Co-founder Chris Mackay When I agreed to go trekking in Mexico’s Sierra Norte with CT guide Robin Anderson, I had an image of desert-like landscapes with rocky outcrops and scattered impoverished villages. Nothing could have been further from the reality of this hidden high-altitude gem. We went…

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Laying the Foundation for a Women’s Coffee House Against a Stunning Backdrop in Cameroon

Ancient Tropical Rainforests, Highland Coffee and Beachside BBQs By Tammy Leland, Crooked Trails Co-founder Welcome to the Republic of Cameroon, often referred to as “Africa in Miniature”; one of the most culturally diverse African countries, a mosaic of white sand beaches, active volcanoes, ancient rainforests and endless African wildlife! Meet…

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"My experience traveling with Crooked Trails affected me deeply and continues to be present with me in my daily life."

- Jane P.

Crooked Trails - Sustainable Travel Tips

Travelers Against Plastic Celebration of World Water Day

Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) celebrated its 2nd year by honoring World Water Day on March 22nd at the Adventure HUB in Seattle. The event was in conjunction with ATTA Connect and hosted by Crooked Trails, Wildland Adventures and EverGreen Escapes (three Seattle-based tour organizations). We had just over 25 people…

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Crooked Trails Included in Adventures Less Ordinary Guidebook

A new guide is coming out in January for eveyone who loves cultural travel. It’s called Adventures Less Ordinary, How to Travel and Do Good. Among the wonderful resources and information inside, there are three bits of great news about it: 1) It’s free! 2) It combines the expertise of two…

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An Update on the TAP Campaign

By Chris Mackay Our Travelers Against Plastic campaign (TAP) had a great jump in support when I presented the campaign against plastic water bottles at The International Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Kenya in September. I was overwhelmed by the positive response which, summed up in a nutshell was,…

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"I chose Crooked Trails because they are committed to culturally and environmentally sensitive travel."

- Loralee

Crooked Trails - Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Free Country Women’s Shale Softshell Jacket

STYLE THAT GOES A LONG WAY! by Tammy Leland I have been an outdoor enthusiast my whole life.  It all began in the early 70′s hiking and skiing with Dad in the Rocky Mountains. With a family of 6, we had no special gear for the outdoors. It was wool…

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Gear Review: The Hoo-rag

by Angela Dollar A little while back the folks at Hoo-rag asked us if we’d like to test-drive their product. What is a Hoo-rag? you may be asking. If you’ve ever watched the show Survivor, and have seen the color-coded “buffs” each player wears, it’s essentially the same thing. It’s…

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Gear Review: Chaco Sandals

By Angela Dollar Back in the 1900′s (okay, the 1990′s to be a bit more specific) it was all about the Tevas. If you are of a certain age, you’ll remember when Tevas first hit the market and people went nutso for these, the Grandaddy of All Sports Sandals. Never…

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"I appreciated all the information and checklists that Crooked Trails provided to prepare me very well for this trip."

- Monica B.

Crooked Trails - Travel News

Should I Be Concerned About Zika Virus in Peru?

Crooked Trails is aware of the concern of the Zika Virus that is spreading in South America. Peru has had two reported cases of the virus in a country of 30 million. Peru’s Health Minister is taking measures to ensure the virus does not spread in the country. The Zika Virus…

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Travel insurance – is it worth it?

In our many years of travel, we’ve learned that things certainly do not always go as planned. But there are two essential things any traveler can have to help deal with the unexpected. 1. An open and flexible frame of mind 2. A good travel insurance policy! Do we think…

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Power of She: A Women-only Journey to India with Chick Chat

By Christine Mackay, Crooked Trails Co-founder Meet Tracy Klinkroth. Tracy has participated in three Crooked Trails travel programs, served as our Board President, and has been an undaunted supporter of our work for nearly a decade – raising tens of thousands of dollars to support our work through her fun…

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"We had opportunities to meet people and see things that no other traveling group would ever have had the chance to do."

- Lindsay