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Hiking Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal Area (Icelandic Highlands)

Hiking Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal Area (Icelandic Highlands) Hiking Guide to Kerlingarfjöll in Iceland Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland Deep within Iceland’s central highlands, Kerlingarfjöll is a group of small geothermically active and rust-colored mountains capped with snow. Here’s how to organize your own self-drive adventure. Kerlingarfjöll is a lesser-known day-hiking experience not too far away from Iceland’s famous Golden Circle route. It was one of my favorite stops in Iceland! If you want to get off the beaten path a bit and extend your Golden Circle trip with something more adventurous, this strange geothermal area is the perfect place to stop for a half-day hiking trip (and maybe spend the night). Surrounded by rocky green peaks and Iceland’s Tuya volcano system, Kerlingarfjoll itself…

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Mount Taranaki: will the New Zealand peak’s ‘living person’ status bring respect?

Mount Taranaki: will the New Zealand peak’s ‘living person’ status bring respect? The North Island mountain is to get the same rights as people and, amid environmental concerns, the Māori community hopes this will mean tourists treat it with care New Zealand must feel like the reserved sibling in a family of exhibitionists. You have big, brash Australia to one side, the dreamy, tropical South Pacific isles above and alluring, mysterious Antarctica to the south. Which could go some way to explaining why New Zealand has been left off so many maps of the world, from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum to those simple cartographic artworks by the likes of Starbucks and Ikea. Last month, Tourism NZ launched a…

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Coyote Gulch in Utah

Coyote Gulch in Utah Our exploration of Utah by foot starts in a lesser-known place named Coyote Gulch. With my adventure buddies Doug and Chris ready to hike, eat, and hike some more, we packed up our car and made our way to the desert for a chilly trip along the bottom of a gulch. 1 With a full pack, complete with Thanksgiving meals and a frisbee, Chris eyes the landscape. A world known as Coyote Gulch lies hidden among the red terrain before us. 2 After a very chatty hike to the gulch, we arrive at its mouth and stand minuscule before the towering orange and red walls. 3 Packs in tow and not willing to trust our…

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Canadian Rockies images

Canadian Rockies images Scientists predict that by 2100, the size of the Canadian Rockies’ glaciers will be only a mere 5% of their current magnificence. If you delay your trip to the Canadian Rockies by only a few years, the landscape you’ll see may be completely different than the masterpiece that is currently being showcased. Here are 20 photos of the area that will hopefully inspire you to hurry up and come visit. 1 Sunrise on top of Ha Ling Peak looking toward Mount Lawrence Grassi Ha Ling peak was formerly known as China Man’s Peak until it was rightly deemed as culturally inappropriate and offensive. Ironically, it’s located next to White Man’s Pond. 2 A hiker exploring the…

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tallest mountains on every continent

tallest mountains on every continent You may know mountains, but continents are a tricky thing to define http://feeds.feedburner.com/MatadorNetworkMatador Network Travel Fearlessly Travel887 Tweet

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Mountain: a movie that reaches new peaks of cinematography

Mountain: a movie that reaches new peaks of cinematography Prepare to be taken to dizzying heights as a new documentary explores the physical beauty of the world’s highest places in ‘an exhilarating game of vertical pinball’ The world’s high places are having a moment. Not only is there a minor publishing boom in books about our fascination with mountains, there have been some dramatic films too, partly driven by advances in technology that allow us to get intimate with these rugged landscapes in ways we never have before. In the wake of Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest and the documentary Meru, both released in 2015, comes Mountain, an exploration of our modern fascination with the world’s orogenic zones. It is a…

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11 itineraries in the Alps

11 itineraries in the Alps 11 awesome itineraries for your trip through the Alps Wengen, Switzerland. Photo: Ivo Scholz Europe’s highest mountain range — spanning a whopping 750 miles — naturally holds every kind of adventure one could possibly think of. The Alpine valleys of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland still hide idyllic villages where cheesemaking and woodworking reign supreme. Bustling cities like Zurich, Salzburg, and Munich mean world-class experiences at the foot of Mother Nature’s best work of European art. But keep in mind that a trip to the Alps is all about who you are. These mountains, villages, and cities can hold whatever you want them to hold — which itinerary will you choose? — 1 — Town…

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13 mountains that you should summit before you die

13 mountains that you should summit before you die If you are not a well-seasoned mountaineer, preparation, training, research, and determination can still bring many of the world’s mountain peaks into reach. Here’s a list of 14 climbs that do not involve a huge amount of technical climbing experience but are challenging enough to be classified as awe-inspiring. 1. Mount Fuji, Japan Photo: JJ Ying Japan’s Mount Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, and Japan’s highest mountain. Early July to mid-September is the official climbing season when the trails and mountain facilities are open. Height: 3,776mClimb time: 10-12 hours round-trip.Route: Via Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, Subashrir 5th Station and the Fujinomiya 5th Station.Difficulty:…

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