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Video ยป Noor

The Noor is a short aerial film by Vadim Sherbakov, of the beautiful winter landscapes of frozen Baikal Lake in the Eastern Siberia region of Russia.

Noor (ะัƒัƒั€) is a Buryat word for lake, and Buryat is ethos people who have populated this area for many years, so it was appropriate to use their beautiful word for this short film.

Nowadays, the region the world’s largest pure water lake is popular with tourists.

The 15 Northernmost Capital Cities of the World are all in Europe

15 Most Northern Capitals in the World are all in Europe

15 Most Northern Capitals of Europe (via MapPorn)

At a latitude of 64.1466ยฐ N, Reykjavik is the worldโ€™s northernmost capital city. Only Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland, which sits at 64.1814ยฐ N, is further north than Reykjavรญk. However, Greenland is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. Geographically, Greenland is part of the continent of North America.

  1. Reykjavik, Iceland (Latitude ยป 64.1466ยฐ N)
  2. Helsinki, Finland (60.1699ยฐ N)
  3. Oslo, Norway (59.9139ยฐ N)
  4. Tallinn, Estonia (59.4370ยฐ N)
  5. Stockholm, Sweden (59.3293ยฐ N)
  6. Riga, Latvia (56.9496ยฐ N)
  7. Moscow, Russia* (55.7558ยฐ N)
  8. Copenhagen, Denmark (55.6761ยฐ N)
  9. Vilnius, Lithuania (54.6872ยฐ N)
  10. Minsk, Belarus (53.9006ยฐ N)
  11. Dublin, Ireland (53.3498ยฐ N)
  12. Berlin, Germany (52.5200ยฐ N)
  13. Amsterdam, Netherlands (52.3676ยฐ N)
  14. Warsaw, Poland (52.2297ยฐ N)
  15. London, England, UK (51.5074ยฐ N)

In comparison, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada sits at a latitude of 45.4215ยฐ N.

Fun Face ยป Reykjavรญk is the only Western European capital without a McDonaldโ€™s or a Starbucks. The only other European capital without a McDonaldโ€™s is Tirana, Albania. Rome, Italy is also Starbucks-free.

*Russia, is so vast, being the largest country in the world, and most of it within the continent of Asia. However, Moscow is considered part of eastern Europe.

Transcaucasian Trail nears completion

Rebecca McPhee, Explorersweb ยป

Since 2015, the Transcaucasian Trail Association (TCTA) has been developing a 3,000km hiking trail across the Caucasus Mountains. The finished Transcaucasian Trail (TCT) will consist of two 1,500km sections spanning Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

The northern route follows the Greater Caucasus Mountains and connects the Black and Caspian Seas. The southern route spans the Lesser Caucasus Mountains from the Black Sea to the Aras River.

While the trail is still being developed in Azerbaijan, there are currently hundreds of kilometres of trail open to the public. The TCTA hope that a 1,200km route from northwest Georgia to southern Armenia will be fully open by 2022.

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The most expensive mountains to climb in the world

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

To compile the list of the most expensive mountains to climb, Outforia looked at everything from the cost of joining a guided climbing group, acquiring the necessary permits, the required equipment, to guides and sherpas to hire.

Carl Borg, Outforia ยป

Scaling the highest peaks in the world requires a combination ofย hiking, rock climbing, ice climbing, and cold endurance, which naturally makes it quite a niche activity. You need to be mentally and physically ready, have expert skills and equipment, be experienced and aware of the dangers, as well as being able to fund your trip.

As there is so much preparation and equipment involved in tackling these daunting climbs, they can cost eye-watering sums in total. Youโ€™ll likely be going as part of a guided group, led by someone who is familiar with the mountain and has completed the climb multiple times before.

The top 10 most expensive climbs in the world (US$)

  1. Mount Everest, Nepal ยป 29,032 ft ยป : $84,123
  2. Mount Vinson, Antarctica ยป 16,067 ft ยป $46,618
  3. Cho Oyu, Tibet ยป 29,906 ยป $33,703
  4. Puncak Jaya, Indonesia ยป 16,023 ยป $27,449
  5. Denali, United States ยป 20,310 ยป $12,086
  6. Monte San Lorenzo, Argentina ยป 12,159 ยป $9,095
  7. Mera Peak, Nepal ยป 21,247 ยป $9,000
  8. The Eiger, Switzerland ยป 13,025 ยป $8,462
  9. Aconcagua, Argentina ยป22,841 ยป $8,395
  10. The Matterhorn, Switzerland ยป 14,692 ยป $8,212

Book ยป Van Living 1971 ยป London to India and back

Anyone who grew up in the 1970’s in North America or Europe will know that van life is nothing new.

Months after meeting, Gay and Jack Reineck outfitted a VW van in London and set out on an adventure. Living in the van for the next 12 months, and 25,000 miles, they travelled through Europe, Turkeyยญ, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, to India, and back.

Available from Rufus Guides, the couple have written about their adventure.

A travel diary, journey of discovery, and personal memoir, VAN LIVING 1971 is the story of two young designers beginning a life together.

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Along the way they created an enduring love that would last for more than 50 years.

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74-year old Rosie Swale Pope restarts her 8,500km run from England to Kathmandu

On June 25th, 2021, at 12 noon, the exuberant 74-year old Rosie Swale Pope restarted her 8,500km run from Brighton, England to Kathmandu, Nepal.

In July 2018, Rosieย  started her 8,500km run that would have taken her through 18 countries. But for pandemic, she was ordered to stop her run in Turkey.

Rosie has remained determined to reach Nepal, but instead of continuing on from Turkey, she has restarted from the UK and is taking a different route in an effort to reach Katmandu and raising funds for the “charity PHASE Worldwide who work with remote Nepalese communities.”

Rosie previously ran around the world from 2003 to 2008.

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The Global Peace Index 2021

Very High

1 Icelandย ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ
2 New Zealandย ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
3 Denmarkย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
4 Portugalย ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
5 Sloveniaย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
6 Austriaย ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
7 Switzerlandย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
8 Irelandย ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
9 Czechiaย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
10 Canadaย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
11 Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
12 Japanย ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
13 Finlandย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
14 Norwayย ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

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Sir Edmund Hillaryโ€™s son is challenging Everest climbers to assist the Nepalese people during the Covid pandemic

As Everest climbers return home from Nepal, Sir Edmund Hillaryโ€™s son, Peter Hillary, is inviting them to both celebrate their ascent, while also challenging them to give back to the Nepalese people, to assist during the Covid pandemic.

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Now, in these phenomenally challenging times in Nepal, with Covid numbers rising dramatically, with oxygen shortages and hospitals forced to turn people away to die, this is an immediate way climbers can truly give back to the country and the people they have climbed and shared their adventure with.

The Himalayan Trust, launched by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1960, is right now providing direct assistance with medical supplies to the Nepali people and the Sherpas in the Khumbu, through their long established hospitals and medical care facilities. But the challenges they are facing are immense and additional resources are needed.

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Top 30 countries ranked for adventure (2021)

The US News and World Report has again ranked countries according to how well they break from the norm and fulfill people’s wanderlust and desire for adventure.

The top 30 adventure rankings for 2021 are ยป

  • 1. Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • 2. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
  • 3. Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • 4. Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • 5. Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
  • 6. Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ (Up from #11 in 2020)
  • 7. New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • 8. Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ (Up from #10 in 2020)
  • 9. Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น (Down from #6 in 2020)
  • 10. Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท (Down from #8 in 2020)

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The Newcomers’ Guide to The Seven Summits and the continental conundrum

Seven Summits (Source ยป Wikipedia)

Seven Summits (Source ยป Wikipedia)

Martin Walsh, Explorersweb ยป

The Seven Summits has become part of the adventure lexicon, shorthand for the highest mountain on each continent.

The most commonly accepted list is:

  • Mount Everest, Asia, 8,849m
  • Aconcagua, South America, 6,961m
  • Denali, North America, 6,194m
  • Kilimanjaro, Africa, 5,895m
  • Mount Elbrus, Europe, 5,642m
  • Mount Vinson, Antarctica, 4,892m
  • Puncak Jaya/Carstensz Pyramid, Oceania, 4,884m

Mountaineers have sought to climb the highest peak on each continent since at least 1956 when American William Hackett completed five of the seven. However, he climbed Mont Blanc rather than Mount Elbrus and Mount Kosciuszko rather than Puncak Jaya, as these were considered the highest peaks in Europe and Oceania respectively at the time.

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