Thanks for the rercommendations Kevin! Good to get advice from someone who's done that kind of walking, especially from someone from the same school! UofO, yeah! Go, Ducks, Go! (never could quite get overly excited about the mascot...) I graduated from the UofO for my undergrad degree in '82, and my masters in '86. What about you?
I have to take a look at Ladakh. Don't really know much about it. I take it it's in the Himalayan rain shadow, and that's why the rainy season doesn't affect it? What's the best way to get there?
If not Asia then I will give Mercantour in France and more of Slovenia a look. I nearly went to Slovakia last year, where the walking is supposed to be wonderful in the Transylvannian mountains.
My one big worry right now is that I have diabetes and I'm still not confident yet of how I will fare in places with less able medical care. It's part of what I'm trying to make big changes for for myself this year, to take a few tentative steps out of the safety zone and a little more into what I used to do so much more easily. I don't want diabetes to stop me from doing what I love doing and experiencing those places which are more difficult to get to.
Anyway, when you go to Ladakh do you bring a tarp, or a tent? What's the climate like? What did you use for your stove, seeing as alchohol might be difficult to obtain (do you think a woodgas stove like the BushBuddy might be a good idea?) ?
There's only a little time to prepare for all this, so I've got to get moving!
Thanks again, Kevin!