Explorer, author, trail prospector & travel writer

I’m Tom, an explorer, author, trail prospector & travel writer currently based in the South Caucasus.

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My long-term project is the Transcaucasian Trail (TCT), a 3,000km-long hiking route in development across Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan, which I co-founded and on which I collaborate with the Transcaucasian Trail Association.

As a trail consultant I’ve conceived & designed the Armenian National Trail, a 1,000km village-to-village hiking route currently under construction. I’ve also planned regional trail networks in the Debed Canyon, Dilijan National Park, the Vorotan Canyon, and Arevik National Park, among other new locations for trail tourism in Armenia.

As a region-specific travel writer I co-author Armenia: The Bradt Travel Guide, publish a hiking map-guide to the Legends Trail with Cartisan.org, maintain the CyclingArmenia.com bike route collection, and am currently writing Hiking The Transcaucasian Trail Across Armenia.

Beyond the Caucasus, since 2006 I’ve published more than half a million words on my cycle touring and bikepacking blog TomsBikeTrip.com, received awards for feature-length adventure films including Janapar and Karun, and published several other travel books. I keep a personal blog here and maintain a Patreon page for long-term supporters of my work.