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Fourth largest country after Russia, Canada, and China.

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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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.

Earlier…

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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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

Song of Zion ยป There is lots to explore outside Zion National Park

(Source ยป Travel + Leisure)

The canyons outside Zion National Park offer incredible hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing opportunities.

Hermione Hoby, writing for Travel + Leisure ยป

The air smelled like hot dust and cool pine trees. For a time, the canyon was soundless, except for the click-clacking of our carabiners. Unthinkably far below lay the silvery ribbon of Kolob Creek, a tributary of the Virgin River, which carved the mighty main canyon of Zion.

We paused, halfway or so along our route, to take in one of the hanging gardens, where an overhang of “weeping rock” creates a microclimateโ€”a bright green, mossy efflorescence tucked into the side of the canyon. The occasional tree gave me pause, too: some little specimen asserting itself from the side of the rock face, flourishing against all odds.

Our route ended in a 100-foot vertical ascent that, in a mild fit of masochism, I resolved to climb without stopping. Breathless and triumphant at the top, I then followed Wright out to a terrifying overhang of rock where he encouraged me to lean back and let go.

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The Peopleโ€™s Congress in Beijing formally announced it will construct the โ€œPolar Silk Roadโ€ through the Arctic, despite not being an Arctic nation

Heiner Kubny writing for the Polar Journal ยป

China has been steadily increasing its presence in the Arctic since it defined the far north as a โ€œnew strategic frontierโ€ in 2015 and began promoting a โ€œPolar Silk Roadโ€ three years later. Moreover, in 2018, Beijing declared itself a โ€œNear Arctic State,โ€ a move that primarily served to underscore the interests of its Arctic claim.

The government in Beijing has its eye on lucrative minerals and other raw materials in addition to the Arctic transport link. There is particular interest in interests in the Canadian Arctic and in mining rights in Greenland. This is because the Arctic is rich in natural resources such as fish, precious metals and fossil fuels.

Read the whole article at Polar Journal ยป

Related ยป China pushing itโ€™s vision for โ€˜Polar Silk Roadโ€™ across the Arctic

China is pushing it’s vision for ‘Polar Silk Road’ across the Arctic

Reuters is reporting that China has unveiled its ambitions to extend President Xi Jinpingโ€™s signature Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming. The Chinese are calling it the Polar Silk Road.

โ€œChina hopes to work with all parties to build a โ€˜Polar Silk Roadโ€™ through developing the Arctic shipping routes,โ€ the paper, issued by the State Council Information Office, said.

China, despite being a non-Arctic state, is increasingly active in the polar region and became an observer member of the Arctic Council in 2013.

Among its increasing interests in the region is its major stake in Russiaโ€™s Yamal liquefied natural gas project which is expected to supply China with four million tonnes of LNG a year, according to the state-run China Daily.

Shipping through the Northern Sea Route would shave almost 20 days off the regular time using the traditional route through the Suez Canal, the newspaper reported last month. COSCO Shipping has also previously sailed vessels through the Arcticโ€™s northeast passage.

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Updated 2021.03.09

Related ยป The Peopleโ€™s Congress in Beijing formally announced it will construct the โ€œPolar Silk Roadโ€ through the Arctic, despite not being an Arctic nation

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