Category: World

The Alps of Germany and Flying High

For 12 years of my life I lived in Germany and treat the country with great affection. A huge country with a massive variety of terrains, cultures and activities. As a hiker it was so exciting to get any time off to explore as much as possible from the Hartz to the Alps.  On Twitter there is one adventurer/photographer in Germany that really captures what I enjoy, a love of the sights around her and getting out on a trail. She tweets in English as @NiniBaseema and also tweets in her own country’s tongue at @Knaatschtante. I thought it...

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Time To Get Vertical

Mount Thor Whilst out climbing, hiking it is common that you will come along drops. Some steep, some shallow and some hair-raising… well if you can raise your hair 😉 Some are great for scrambling up, heart and lung workouts or a fast way down. Many more are aimed for by climbers with technical abilities to claim new goals in their confidence and thrills. Around the world there are many speactacular vertical drops. I wanted to take a look at a few: Longest Purely Vertical Drop on Earth – Mount Thor Simply a stunning looking drop too. On Baffin...

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Deserts! Ice, Sand and Beauty

When thinking of deserts most people tend to think of hot, sandy expanses with dunes as far as the eye can see. This image is of course true for some deserts but only a very small percentage. To put into perspective, approximately one third of all land on earth is covered in desert and of that less than 20% is actually sand. What is a desert? – A true arid desert is an area that receives less than 25 cm (10 in) of rainfall per year, an area that the evaporation of water is faster than it falls. Find...

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Let’s Take a Break in the Ocean

You can’t walk everywhere, least of all on the Oceans and Seas of our planet. But that doesn’t mean they do not interest me.  There are many facinating sights and phenomenon discovered and many more to be discovered. The Bluest Ocean on Earth The exact spot of technically the bluest part of our Oceans is that surrounding Easter Island.  Why bluest?  Without going into deep long detail ….. This area has the lowest concentration of clorophyll and thus the clearest water.  In the colour spectrum red light is absorbed best by water, yellow/green least and thus blue penetrates. The...

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Mountains! Great Big Mountains

I think it is fair to say that Everest being Earth’s highest mountain above sea level is common knowledge.  But is it technically the tallest? The biggest? And is it the highest point on earth? Well let’s take a look: The Highest Mountain – Mount Everest When officially measured for height (altitude), we measure their height above sea level.  Everest stands at a staggering 8,848 m (29,028 ft) above sea level and therefore the highest altitude.  Nothing else can beat that. The Tallest Mountain – Mauna Kea Mauna Kea (Hawaii) has an altitude of just 4205 m (13,796 ft). ...

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Mt Aconcagua – The Top of The Americas

The highest mountain in the Americas. The highest mountain in the Western hemisphere. The highest mountain in the Southern hemisphere, The highest mountain outside Asia. Mt Aconcagua, Argentina, stands at 22830 ft (6959m) and towers above the Andes and lies 70 miles Noth West of Mendoza. Many climbers consider this mountain tougher than some Himalayan peaks that are over 7000m.  This is due factors including: 1.  The position South of the equator with the shape of the globe means that oxygen at a similar altitude is much lower. 2.  Vegetation and humidity disappears at lower levels thus causing very...

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