Trail to Salamanca

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Blog, Trail to Salamanca

Powered by Pachamama   27 October 2013 Trail to Salamanca update by Geoff Dalglish “The future will belong to the nature-smart – those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” -Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle “Thank you for massaging the Earth with your footsteps. I’m sure Father Sky is looking down and appreciating what you are doing for our beautiful...

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The Way of the Wild

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Blog, Trail to Salamanca

The Way of the Wild   “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” -John Muir, Scottish-born American naturalist and author Walking the last kilometre through the beautiful medieval city of Salamanca all pain was forgotten, the crippling weight of my backpack miraculously evaporating as the realisation sank in that I’d done it: I’d completed the epic 124-day Trail to Salamanca through six countries and four of Europe’s major mountain ranges. All around me were...

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Opening up the Wild West

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Blog, Trail to Salamanca

Opening up the Wild West   25 September 2013 Trail to Salamanca update by Geoff Dalglish “The WILD Foundation envisions a world where wild nature sustains and nurtures human communities and the wellbeing of all life; a vision achievable when enough inspired people commit to practical solutions that respect, protect and rehabilitate nature and its services.” -Vance Martin, President of the WILD Foundation The snuffling night sounds are unmistakeable as the animal enters our campsite, foraging and feeding until it is just metres away from my sleeping bag, my dark shadowy shape obscured...

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Choosing Country Roads

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog, Trail to Salamanca

Choosing Country Roads   19 September 2013 Trail to Salamanca update by Geoff Dalglish “Country roads, take me home To the place I belong” – John Denver, singer and songwriter Huge tracts of the European countryside resemble scenes from a science fiction movie in which a killer virus has emptied the landscape of people, their homes deserted and their once immaculately manicured farms gradually being reclaimed by wild nature. It is a story of a mass migration to the cities in search of a better life, although the dichotomy is that the wide-scale abandonment of farmland during...

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The Life and Times of a Wolf

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog, Trail to Salamanca

The Life and Times of a Wolf   11 September 2013 Trail to Salamanca update by Geoff Dalglish “For some, wolf music is as deeply moving as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony … for others it is a call to arms, stirring up mad hate, blind terror.” -John B Therberge, naturalist A slight frown creases Antonio Herrero Carretero’s brow and a sadness softens his rugged features as he speaks quietly in his faltering English of the wolf immortalised in a photograph hanging on the wall. “It took me 22 days to capture that moment,” the former Army sergeant says of the image which depicts a...

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The Camino Never Ends

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog, Trail to Salamanca

The Camino never ends   8 September 2013 Trail to Salamanca update by Geoff Dalglish Man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage. –Morris West, author Like a moth to a flame, the scallop shell symbol of the legendary Way of St James has been drawing me towards the fabled city of Santiago de Compostela until it’s pull was utterly irresistible … making a sudden detour from my pre-planned route to Salamanca and the WILD10 congress I found myself again standing in front of...

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