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Posts Tagged ‘mountains’

New York State Tourism: Why Frack with a Good Thing?

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 November 2012

Preserving the natural heritage of New York State is good policy for supporting and promoting outdoor tourism in the long run, but other interests are often at play. Here in New York, we are currently in the midst of an ongoing battle that pits the gas industry against conservationists over whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” a controversial technique that uses chemical additives for extracting gas buried under deep shale formations.

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Video Spotlight: Across the Andes

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 21 September 2012

Take a quick trip through the Andes and over the Altiplano with this week’s video spotlight. Well-paced time-lapse footage follows winding mountain paths across Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, offering breathtaking views of ragged mountain tops, ancient monuments and local city life along the way.

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A Glimpse of Rural Local Life Along Kyrgyzstan’s Pamir Highway

  • Catharina Robbertze
  • 28 August 2012

If you’re looking for a historical, unusual, challenging and epic path to follow by bicycle, the Silk Road has to be it. As one on a 12,000-kilometre Silk Road bike trip organised by Tour d’Afrique, I couldn’t have anticipated that the journey would be so eventful, varied and memorable… especially when meeting and learning from locals like those we met along the Pamir Highway in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

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Video Spotlight: 5 Days in Tibet

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 24 August 2012

Tibet is the mythical country of the world’s highest plateau, a dream destination of many travellers. 5 Days in Tibet by James Spradlin takes you through its capital city of Lhasa, mountains, lakes and Buddhist temples to reveal beauty and serenity, but also the everyday reality of the place. This video is more than merely pretty imagery of an exotic place. It transfers emotions, hints at stories, makes your mind wander.

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Photo of the Week: Peaks and Paddies, Southern Laos

  • Cindy Fan (Photo and Text)
  • 1 July 2012

It’s June and rice-growing season is in full swing in southern Laos. For the last few days, I’ve been travelling on the Stray Asia bus through the vast, flat and open landscape that is characteristic of the region. We’ve cruised past rice field after rice field alive with impossibly vibrant colours, the reflections in the water-filled paddies intensifying the natural beauty.

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Photo of the Week: The Gros and Petit Pitons of St. Lucia

  • Solar Tours & Travel (Photo and Text)
  • 17 June 2012

The Gros and Petit Pitons are the most recognisable natural landmarks on St. Lucia, and have been for centuries. Their steep, towering sides are instantly recognisable from miles around and, indeed, from far out at sea. It’s amazing to think that sailors might have felt a huge sense of exhilaration upon spying the Pitons, knowing that they were almost safe on dry land.

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Chadar Trek: Walking on a Frozen River in Ladakh, India

  • Divij Pasrija
  • 4 June 2012

With my rucksack lightly packed, I travelled from summery Delhi to the small town of Leh and the start of my trekking adventure in Ladakh in snowy northern India. I had come to Leh to hike one particular route, called the Chadar Trek, along the frozen Zanskar River, one major reason why tourists visit Ladakh in the winter (mid-January to the end of February).

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VolcanoDiscovery Hawai’i: Connecting with the Heartbeat of Hawai’i’s Big Island

  • Ayako Ezaki
  • 18 May 2012

For volcano enthusiasts, Hawai’i is a unique destination offering one-of-a-kind encounters with Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive volcano. I was fortunate to get to know one of the most reputable local ecotour providers in Hawai’i, VolcanoDiscovery Hawai’i, and to experience the Big Island differently.

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Photo of the Week: The View From Mount Sinai, Dahab, Egypt

  • Eric Monkaba (Photo) Gunyah (Text)
  • 6 May 2012

Standing on top of Mt. Sinai, a trekking guide looks over the St. Katherine’s Protectorate, situated about a two hours’ drive from Dahab, Egypt. He is a member of the Jabaelya tribe, one of the seven tribes of the South Sinai region. This unique tribe is a mixture of Arab and Eastern European blood, descending from the soldiers of Emperor Justinian, who he brought to guard the Monastery of St. Katherine.

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Taking the High Road: Mountain Treks for All

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 17 April 2012

For centuries, high-minded travellers, wise men and ladies alike, have sought out the world’s mountains, revelling in the challenge of the climb and capturing in photographs and ink the terrific views and exaltation that come at the end of long and strenuous hikes. Ridge-rambling adventurers are, if anything, more numerous today than ever before. Fortunately, mountain treks abound, gauged to hikers of all abilities.

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