This page is as much for my own records as anything, but maybe it will give you some ideas for your own travels. See also my climbing expeditions. If you've got questions about logistics etc. feel free to email me, apmckinlay at

2017 Sep / Oct - road trip - paragliding, scuba diving
California, Baja

2017 May / Jun - road trip - paragliding
BC, Washington, Oregon

2017 Jan / Feb - road trip - paragliding
Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California

2016 Sept / Oct / Nov - Europe
Vienna, Prague, Salzburg, Venice, Nice, Corsica
Two weeks of paragliding with Nick Crane in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia.
Hiking the Mare e Monte (sea and mountain) trail in Corsica

2016 August - Montana road trip and paragliding
Recommendations: Medicine Hat AB Madhatter Coffee Roastery, Great Falls MT Dante Creative Cuisine, Three Forks MT Sacajawea Historic Hotel, Bozeman MT Over the Tapas

2016 July - paragliding in Chiliwack
Via Rail to Vancouver, drove home
Recommendations: Jasper AB SnowDome Coffee Bar, Chilliwack BC historic Royal Hotel, Chilliwack BC Bravo Restaurant, FlyBC Paragliding, Hope BC Blue Moose Coffee House

2016 May / Jun - Oregon road trip and paragliding
Recommendations: Jacksonville OR McCully HouseNick Crane

2016 Feb / Mar - Texas backpacking, Costa Rica paragliding
Drove to Minot, left car, Amtrak to Chicago to Austin to Alpine
Backpacked Outer Loop in Big Bend National Park
Amtrak to Houston, flew to Costa Rica
Two weeks paragliding with Nick Crane
Rented a car for a week, visited Drake Bay and Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
Flew back to Houston, Amtrak to Chicago to Minot, drove home
blog posts and photographs

2015 Oct / Nov - Santa Barbara paragliding, Baja Mexico scuba diving
Via Rail between Saskatoon and Vancouver
Amtrak between Vancouver and Santa Barbara
stops in Portland, Klamath Falls, and Seattle
shuttle bus between Santa Barbara and LAX
flew LAX to Loreto, Cabo back to LAX
bus from Loreto to La Paz, La Paz to San Jose del Cabo
diving in Loreto, La Paz, and Cabo Pulmo
blog posts and photographs

2015 summer - Washington paragliding

2015 summer - British Columbia paragliding and climbing

2015 Feb / Mar  - Red Rocks climbing, Santa Barbara learning to paraglide
Road trip.
blog posts and photographs

2014 Oct / Nov - Kanchenjunga trek, Raja Ampat diving
Flew to Hong Kong and then to Kathmandu
Three week trek to both sides of Kanchenjunga
Flew to Kuala Lumpur and then to Singapore
Two weeks scuba diving in Raja Ampat
Flew  back to Hong Kong and then home
blog posts and photographs

... many more trips which I may fill in at some point ...

1976 summer - Europe
Went over with my father and then stayed on by myself solo backpacking around Europe. People thought my parents were crazy for allowing me to do this at 16 years old. It's hard to imagine it today. I had started climbing the summer before and so I was focused on the mountains and hills - Switzerland, Scotland, Wales. I saw the Eiger and the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

1972 spring - Europe
My first big trip at 12 years old with my father to England (London), Scotland (Aberdeen), France (Paris), and Switzerland (Zurich).