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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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Alastair Humphreys tells us how he chooses his adventures

Alastair Humphreys ยป

How do you choose your next adventure when there are so many options available?

Wizarding up ideas for adventures is one of my favourite things to do. I find it enjoyable, exciting, but also easy. If I was a specialist I would need to search for something higher, harder and faster within my niche every time I wanted a new challenge. But because I am a generalist, I make the next adventure more challenging by making it differently challenging to previous projects. It is an important part of keeping adventure fresh for me.

I am surprised how often people tell me that they really want to do an adventure but donโ€™t know what to do. Hopefully this walk-through of the way I come up with ideas might get your own adventure cogs whirringโ€ฆ

  • Cycling round the world
  • The Marathon des Sables
  • The South Pole
  • The Arctic Ocean
  • Iceland
  • Rowing the Atlantic
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Video ยป Leh-Manali Highway in India ยป One of the world’s most dangerous roads

2010 documentary.

via YouTube ยป

It is a road of mountain passes and Indiaโ€™s access to the roof of the world โ€“ the Himalayas. This 475-kilometre long route at the northernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent connects the cities of Manali and Leh at the heart of the Ladakh region.

The term โ€œhighwayโ€ applies quite literally, since the route traverses five of the highest drivable mountain passes in the world โ€“ among these the Lohtang La at 3,978 metres above sea level, the Lachulung La at 5,059 metres and the Tanglang La at 5,325 metres.

Crossing these passes is a challenge for both vehicle and man. The mountain peaks, still snow-capped even in the depths of summer, wide variety of vegetation and the fantastic and craggy landscape turn any journey into a captivating adventure.

 

The best countries for long distance cycling

150 travellers who completed epic cross-continental cycling journeys were surveyed.

Alee Denham at CyclingAbout.com writes ยปย 

Each of the 150 cyclists got three votes to cast, and I simply tallied up the results. In the end, 80 different countries were favourited, which is pretty cool because that means most corners of the world have something, for somebody.

These are their top picks for the best countries for long-distance cycling ยป

10. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kyrgyzstan
9. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile
8. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico
7. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australian
6. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran
5. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India
4. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China
3. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏ Tajikistan
2. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA
1. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey

The 14 mountains over 8,000 metres elevation

A morning shot of Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat. ยป Photography by Imrankhakwani

A morning shot of Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat. ยป Photography by Imrankhakwani

  1. Mount Everest
    ยป 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level
    ยป Located on the border between Nepal and the autonomous region of Tibet (OpenStreetMap / Google Maps)
    ยป First summitted by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953
  2. K2
    ยป Also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori
    ยป 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) above sea level
    ยป Located on the border between China and Pakistan (OpenStreetMap / Google Maps)
    ยป First summitted gy Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni in 1954
  3. Kangchenjunga
    ยป Located on the border between Nepal and India, approximately 125 kilometres from Everest (OpenStreetMap / Google Maps)
    ยป At elevation of 8,586 metres (28,169 ft), it is the second highest mountain in the Himalayas
    ยป First summitted by Joe Brown and George Brand in 1955 Continue reading

Mexican climber Viridiana รlvarez Chรกvez holds the world record for the fastest female to ascend the worldโ€™s three highest mountains

Guinness World Records ยป

Many little girls dream of one day being on top of the world, but Mexican climber Viridiana รlvarez Chรกvez grew up and actually did so.

In an incredible one year and 364 days, she scaled three peaks to achieve an adventurous Guinness World Records title.

In an admirable display of strength and determination, she has broken the record for the fastest ascent of the top three highest mountains with supplementary oxygen (female).

Viridianaโ€™s journey started with Everest (8,848 meters; 29,029 feet high) on May 16, 2017, followed by K2 (8,611 meters; 28,251 feet) on July 21, 2018, and finished at Kangchenjunga (8,856 meters; 28,169 feet) on May 15, 2019.

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Switzerland remains the best country in the world ยป Canada has moved up to the second spot ยป U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings

For Switzerland, the 2020 ranking is the the fourth consecutive yearhas been judged No. 1 by residents of 36 countries. Canada was chosen second, overtaking Japan in the U.S. News’ fifth annual survey.

The Best Countries report, produced from an annual global survey of more than 20,000 people in 36 countries including the United States, reflects increasingly negative views of the world and within countries. Nearly half of survey respondents say conditions around the world have worsened in the past year. Likewise, an increased percentage of people say the gap between the rich and poor has grown and that nationalism is increasing.

According to the ranking, here are the Top 25 Countries in the World

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. Australia
  6. United Kingdom
  7. United States
  8. Sweden
  9. Netherlands
  10. Norway
  11. New Zealand
  12. France
  13. Denmark
  14. Finland
  15. China
  16. Singapore
  17. Italy
  18. Austria
  19. Spain
  20. South Korea
  21. Luxembourg
  22. United Arab Emirates
  23. Russia
  24. Portugal
  25. India

The Bottom 5 of the U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings are

  • Lebanon
  • Serbia
  • Oman
  • Belarus
  • Tunisia

See the full report.

 

 

Oskar Speck, the man who paddled a kayak from Germany to Australia starting in 1932, and Sandy Robson, the woman who recreated the adventure some 80 years later

Justin Housman, writing in The Adventure Journal ยป

In a span of seven years, he paddled a series of 15-foot kayaks more than 30,000 miles from the Danube River in Europe to the tropical shores of far northern Australia. Even better, when he first set out, he was โ€œmerelyโ€ planning to paddle to Cyprus for work, with no intention of traveling by kayak to the other side of the world. But the paddling proved irresistible and Speck did not stop once he reached Cyprus.

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Speck was 25 years old when he set out on his incredible journey. He was an unemployed electrician living in Hamburg. Work was scarce and prospects were dim after the 1929 stock market crash ripped through Germany, so Speck decided to seek work in the copper mines of Cyprus. With no other means to get there, and as a proud member of a kayaking club since his youth, Speck decided to paddle his way to, hopefully, a job.

In May, 1932, Speck shoved off from banks of the Danube in a collapsible and very much not seaworthy 15-foot kayak, and began paddling south. He arrived in the Balkans several weeks later and, lulled to boredom by the languid waters of the Danube, Speck made for the Vardar River, where soon fierce rapids dashed his boat nearly to splinters. While awaiting repairs, winter set in and the Vardar froze over, locking Speck in place for months.

Read the whole article in The Adventure Journal ยป

In November 2016, Western Australian woman Sandy Robson (aged 48), recreated Speck’s adventure, completed in some 5 years, having visited 20 countries and paddled some 23,000 kilometres.

Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com as She Rides through India at the Start of Her Ride Around The World on a Royal Enfield Himalayan

Noraly is a 30-something, upbeat Dutch woman, who has set her sights on riding her 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan around the world. Solo.

She started this adventure in India. Follow her as she posts videos regularly. I’ll try to keep up and update this post as Noraly releases her videos.

India

Noraly at Sunrise at Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow

Watch Ep. 1 โ€“ Delhi to Mathura
Noraly begins her RTW journey.

Watch Ep. 2 – Mathura to Lucknow

Watch Ep. 3 – Lucknow to Varanasi
Read about the ride to the holy city of Varanasi to attend a Ganga Aarti on Noraly’s blog

Watch Ep. 4 – Varanasi to Bodhgaya
Noraly battles sacred cows and others for the roads

Watch Ep. 5 – Bodhgaya to Vaishali
Noraly does a bit of bike maintenance once she arrives in Vaishali

Watch Ep. 6 – Vaishali to Darjeeling
Noraly goes in search of mountains and clean fresh air.

Watch Ep. 7 – Side trip to Sikkim

Watch Ep. 8 – Darjeeling to Cooch Bihar
Noraly heads east

Watch Ep. 9 – Cooch Bihar to Tura
Noraly got beached on her way to Tura

Watch Ep. 10 – Tura to Shillong
In search of a Royal Enfield mechanic.

Watch Ep. 11 – Shillong to Cherrapunjee, and back go Shillong
Read how Noraly got Lost in the Jungle

Watch Ep. 12 – Shilong to Lanka, Assam
Noraly heads to India’s north east. Read about her experience.

Watch Ep. 13 – Lanka to Kohima, Nagaland
fighting dust to get to Kohima

Watch Ep. 14 – Kohima to Imphal
on some of India’s worst roads

Watch Ep. 15 – Imphal to Moreh and into Myanmarย 
Noraly’s last day of riding in India.

Onto Myanmar …

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