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INTRODUCTION Located on the border between France and Italy, Mont Blanc (“White Mountain”) is the tallest mountain in the Alps and the highest mountain in Western Europe, with its peak reaching 4,807 metres (15,773 feet) into the sky. Being such a tall mountain on the border of rich, highly populated nations in an already highly visited mountain range in the world, Mont Blanc is a very popular destination for people seeking to take part in outdoor adventurous activities such as hiking, trail running and climbing, and winter sports such

INTRODUCTION Sitting in the North Atlantic Ocean just south of the North Pole’s ice caps, Greenland is the world’s largest island, covering 836,000 square miles (2,165,230 square kilometres) of land. The majority of this land is covered in ice for most of the year, with the exception of much of the coastline, which blossoms with colourful plant life for a few summer months. 88% of the people who live here are native Innuits, the descendants of North America’s first explorers hundreds of years ago, who mostly inhabit the more

When someone says “New York”, the first image that might typically come to mind would be the highly populated city itself: a bustling concrete jungle home to millions, and a city that never sleeps. However, the state of New York itself is home to much more than large cities; tucked away in the north-east of the state, the Adirondack Mountain Range is perhaps the best place to hike in New York, and it’s really not too far from the Big Apple itself. Home to beautiful waterfalls, high peaks,

It’s winter! That either means people are ready to capitalise on the colder season and get even more snow than usual, or get away from it for a little and head to sunnier grounds. With that in mind, I figured I’d compile a winter adventures bucket list of highly attractive destinations across the world - sunny or snowy - that have appealed as hotspot tourist destinations come this time of year. From your neighbouring state to the more extreme parts of the world, and in no particular order, here’s

INTRO This likely isn’t news to you, but Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Its height is usually measured by its peak’s elevation above sea level, but should mountain heights be measured from their base and not by sea level, the active Hawaiian volcano known as Mauna Kea, from its submerged base to its peak, is around 10 kilometres tall, nearly a whole mile taller than Everest. Even still, its peak is under half the heigh from sea level as Everest, which stands towering above all

INTRODUCTION At first thought, it might make the most sense to believe that the most dangerous mountain on Earth would be the tallest mountain in the world: the infamous Mount Everest. After all, the taller a mountain is, the more effort is required to reach the top, so the more slip-up’s that you’re likely to make on the way up, right? ANNAPURNA I MAIN Annapurna I Main is the tenth tallest mountain peak in the world. Located in Nepal, Annapurna I lies on the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas, towering

Nirmal “Nims" Purja's Quest to Climb the Highest 14 Peaks in Six Months What's it All About? “14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible” reflects the age-old want to reach as high into the clouds as possible. Over millennia, history has recorded the attempts to achieve this with the construction of our tallest structures and our highest altitude vehicles. Our ascent up Earth’s tallest peaks, perhaps the most exposing and thus dangerous method, is also recorded. Mountaineering is just that: a sport, perhaps involving less rules than others, simply involving people going up mountains.

Lake Baikal, Russia: a place of mystery and beauty. A place where stories from the depths of history mix with recent tales of shadowy goings on. And adventurers who dare to cross Lake Baikal get to hear them all. Here's a record of my Lake Baikal crossing. It's a story you must read. Take your time, I'll be here.   And you're back!   No doubt you have some images in mind and you want to know more. Which is good. Consider this guide to crossing Lake Baikal yours. Grab yourself a

3 Best Sub-Zero Expeditions Have you been toying with the idea of taking part in a polar expedition, but as a beginner you’re finding it difficult to work out what the best option is for you? Setting off on a full distance ski to the Geographic North Pole is probably too far out of your comfort zone but walking up a frost-dusted hill in Cumbria doesn’t have you rippling with excitement. What you need is something that straddles the borders between truly wild places and the reassurance that comes with

  Antarctica. Arguably the most famous continent for exploration in its raw and natural form, and rightly so. The breathtaking landscapes, seemingly impenetrable from afar, swooping along the horizon as far as you can see are truly a sight to behold. It’s almost unimaginable, the enormity and power of the impact it can have on a person, when they gaze upon the white masses for the first time as they edge into view. The Antarctic, truly, is the embodiment of exploration and adventure. Very few people ever get to

Driving halfway round the world in an old tin can So you're thinking of taking on The Mongol Rally or venturing out on your own to take on the landscapes of countries afar. Well, good luck to you. Here are our 8 things you need to know about the Mongol Rally and other trips like it. Tip 1 You'll be driving, a lot I mean, it is a driving holiday. You'll need to be very comfortable in a car, driving a car, pushing a car, fixing a car and sleeping in

A journey around the world   This week, I caught up with two explorers about their time on the Mongol Rally, to find out what it’s really like to experience the greatest road trip on Earth. Barrie and Joe, two young vagabonds set out to cross the world in a Perodua Nippa back in 2015, travelling over 10,000 miles from the UK to the delightful tourist town of Ulan Ude, Russia. One thing was for certain, it was hard to ignore the laughter in their voices at almost every point

What you need to do before going on the Mongol Rally The Mongol Rally is a type of over landing expedition challenge, and one of the most famous at that, involving a huge expanse of land (Europe to Mongolia) and one old and rubbish motor vehicle. There are many wild trips like this, and rallying (raiding/questing/odyssey) is one of the best ways to ensure a chaos filled adventure. Planning can make or break your adventure, so what should you be packing and planning for in order to make a

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