When I decided last summer to build the Transcaucasian Trail, I had no idea just what kind of a political mess I was getting myself into.
I don’t mean the regional geopolitics of the Caucasus, either. That’s actually pretty clear-cut. Some areas are off-limits, some borders are closed. Thankfully, none of this actually affects a trail that would follow the Lesser Caucasus mountain chain, which passes relatively unhindered (from a hiker’s perspective) among the tangle of regional conflicts.
No – what I mean is the politics of hiking trail development.