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Crossing the USA by canoe ยป a 22-month 7,500-mile journey from coast to coast

Corey Kilgannon / NY Times ๐Ÿ”’ ยป

Mr. Moore began in the Columbia River in Oregon, crossed several northern states and traveled down to the Gulf Coast by last winter. By early 2021, he was headed back up to the Great Lakes and to New York State, where he followed the Erie Canal to the Hudson River and ultimately to the Statue of Liberty.

โ€œI wanted to see the country up close and personal at this interesting time, with the pandemic and all the political strife, to find out what it actually means to be American today,โ€ Mr. Moore said.

โ€œI felt like I followed that light shining all the way across the country,โ€ he said later. โ€œMy journey was one of illumination. So to finally see that beacon up close, that flame of liberty, after seeing it in so many people I met across this land, it was overwhelming.โ€

Traveling by river became metaphoric: Just as rivers connect towns and cities, Mr. Moore said, he began exploring connections between people often separated by race, class and political stripe.

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

Neal Moore is paddling across a changing America, from Oregon to New York

Neal Moore (Source ยป ExplorersWeb)

Neal Moore (Source ยป ExplorersWeb)

Martin Walsh, ExplorersWeb ยป

I reached Memphis halfway, at 3,750 miles, on November 3 [election day]. The vast majority of the map Iโ€™m plying on this journey is solid red. Minus a few blue dots between Portland, Oregon, and NYC.

Funny, I just paddled past my very first Republican flag on a boat on the Ohio River the other day. It featured simply an elephant and the word โ€œRepublicanโ€. It is the first Republican banner Iโ€™ve seen on this expedition that didnโ€™t scream Trump. Or include a Confederate Flag on the same pole. Or shock with catchy expletives.

I think we are coming right as a nation. I took a ride over the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, the longest continuous bridge over water in the world, as the inauguration played out live. As Amanda Gorman delivered her poem of hope,ย The Hill We Climb. And what I found on the streets of New Orleans later that day were kids of color in motion, laughing and pulling wheelies on their bikes along lower Bourbon Street. The city, the nation, I myself, could breathe.

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Neal Moore ยป

Video ยป Trekking Assiniboine ยป from Sunshine Village to Mount Shark

Trekking from the Sunshine Village (AB) ski resort near Banff to Mount Shark (AB) along the Alberta (AB) / British Columbia (BC) provincial border.

Rick McCharles at Best Hike calls this one of the world’s ten best.

The folks in this video did the hike in 4 days. Best Hike recommends 6 days.

This area is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the contiguous national parks of Banff (AB), Jasper (AB), Kootenay (BC) and Yoho (BC), as well as the Mount Robson (BC), Mount Assiniboine (BC) and Hamber (B.C.) provincial parks.

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From coast to coast to coast, Dianne Whelan explores Canada during six-year odyssey on the Trans Canada Trail

Gordon McIntyre, The Province ยป

On Day 10 of the journey I realized I had not even completed what I thought I could do in one day.โ€

So she lit a small fire and burned her schedule.

โ€œAnd I stopped measuring my journey by how many kilometres I did in a day,โ€ Whelan said. โ€œI like to tell people thatโ€™s the day I dropped my rabbit suit for the turtle shell and realized not everything of value can be measured numerically.

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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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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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Updated ยป Cyril Derreumaux has been rescued from his 4,450 km solo kayak to Hawaii

Cyril Derreumaux and his custom-made kayak named Valentine

Cyril Derreumaux and his custom-made kayak named Valentine

Updated 2021.06.11 ยป

After more than four days of holding in place and waiting for things to get better, Derreumeux made the difficult decision to call the U.S. Coast Guard for a rescue.

A helicopter was dispatched in the night to retrieve the ocean kayaker, who was airlifted off the water and flown back to shore. Once on land however, it didnโ€™t take him long to start thinking about resuming the journey.

Updated 2021.06.07 ยป

After just a week, Cyril Derreumaux has abandoned his attempt to kayak alone to Hawaii. He set off on May 31, and although the first few days went smoothly, conditions deteriorated over the last 72 hours. He eventually called for rescue.

Derreumaux had not moved since June 4. Because of the rough weather, he deployed his sea anchor and stayed inside the cabin.

Yesterday, winds reached 55-65kph with gusts over 80kph. The waves towered to 4.5m. He also had an issue with his sea anchor but couldnโ€™t try to fix it in such weather.

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Rebecca McPhee for Explorersweb ยป

On May 31, Cyril Derreumaux dipped his paddle in the Pacific and began his 4,450km solo kayak from San Francisco to Hawaii. The 44-year-old hopes to complete the journey in 70 days.

His custom-made kayak Valentine โ€” named after his sister โ€“- includes an enlarged watertight aft cockpit for sleeping and storage of some of his 140 kilograms of equipment and supplies. This makes his experience quite different from the iconic paddle that Ed Gillet did in 1987, using an off-the-shelf sea kayak. Gillet, the only person to kayak from the U.S. to Hawaii, was the inspiration for Derreumauxโ€™s project.

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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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