Phebe and David Novic
After hiking in Colorado and spending 11 years traveling to Nepal and many parts of Europe, they discovered long-distance hiking “inn to inn-style” on a trip across England. Here was a great opportunity for walkers who didnt want a backpacking experience, but loved to hike and travel.
In 2003, they began Footpaths Of The World, introducing Americans to the joys of long-distance walking – an established favorite way of traveling by the Europeans.
In January of 2005 they put together a long-distance route from Estes Park to Allenspark primarily for fun and for an article for The Estes Park News. “It was supposed to just be a concept about how a long-distance hiking trail would look here,” said Phebe. As lodging is always an important part of the experience, she met with the B&B association in Estes Park where the idea caught on immediately. “Before I knew it they were saying- forget the article, let’s do it.”
Today the Walter Tishma Way, the Winter Park Way, and guided snowshoeing trips in Colorado, along with a self-guided trip through Alsace, France, are offered by Footpaths of the World. The concept of Inn to Inn Hiking is just an awesome way to experience long hikes and we’re proud to have pioneered this idea with great success.
There is also information on other routes around the world as well as plenty of gear and packing tips to help you get ready and to pack light. With 30 years of experience in the outdoor and travel industry, they know how it’s done.