About Me

Leigh McAdam is the founder and main voice behind HikeBikeTravel. She long ago abandoned a career as a geologist, dietitian and hands-on owner of a successful small business to follow her passion for travel, adventure and the outdoors. Along the way, she developed a love of photography and now she hates to go anywhere without a camera.

Leigh has been recognized internationally in magazines, television and radio. She is a member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PBTA), the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

Leigh is also a published author. Following a multi-year journey across her home country, Leigh compiled the top experiences to whet your appetite for adventure in Canada. You can purchase Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures HERE.

Some of the more interesting adventures I’ve done over the years – apart from the 100 in the book include the following:

  • Hiked a section of the Lycian Way in Turkey – one of the world’s great walks
  • Biked 2000 kms from Iringa, Tanzania to Victoria Falls, Zambia as part of the Tour d’Afrique
  • Did a stellar backpacking trip in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada del Cocuy Mountains
  • Yachted in the Galapagos and explored and biked in Ecuador
  • Did a fantastic self-driving adventure through Namibia
  • Climbed Mount Kiliminjaro
  • Climbed Mount Rainier, Washington
  • Did 100’s of hike in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado over 10 years
  • Mountain biked in the Moab, Utah area including The Maze and The White Rim Trail
  • Biked northern Portugal
  • Biked Mexico from Puerto Vallarta to Colima
  • Biked the Dordogne and Provence areas of France
  • Backpacked remote valleys of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru
  • Trekked for 30 days around Manaslu in Nepal
  • Sea kayaked in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Rangiroa, Tahiti and Belize
  • Hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Climbed 36 peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado
  • Trekked the Cradle Mountain walk in Tasmania
  • Canoed the Green River to the confluence of the Colorado River in Utah
  • Kayaked the Chama River in New Mexico
  • Skied to 10thMountain Division Huts in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado on more than a dozen occasions

Recently I’ve been included in several top blogger lists – and I’ve been interviewed on radio and TV as well. Check out a few of these links.

Additional Professional Contributions

  • Ambassador for Sporting Life in Calgary (ongoing)
  • Panelist at the annual Professional Development Conference for Alberta TMAC members – May 2016
  • Panelist at the annual TMAC Convention in Cape Breton on the topic “Travel Blogging in Today’s Evolving Market” – June 2016
  • Judge for the 2016 Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) Annual Awards in adventure, social media and sustainability
  • Took over the official Instagram account of Visit Czech Republic – September 2016

A Few Random Facts about Me

My husband is my best friend. There aren’t too many couples that say that after 34 years.
I have two grown kids and a dog we call a Caribbean Cocktail, a stray from the island of St. Maartens. She’s the smartest dog we’ve ever had.

Professionally

In January 2015, I became a member of TMAC. I amlso a member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.
Recently I have ramped up the speaking engagements and have appeared on CTV, Global, Calgary Breakfast TV and numerous radio shows – speaking about outdoor adventure travel.

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