The World's Steepest Cogwheel Railway at Mount Pilatus

The World's Steepest Cogwheel Railway at Mount PilatusThe Pilatus railway in Switzerland connects Alpnachstad on Lake Lucerne, to a terminus near the summit of Mount Pilatus at an altitude of 2,073 meter. The track climbs a slope of more than 1,600 meters in just 4.6 km, making it the steepest track railway in the world. It has an average gradient of 38% and a maximum of 48% - steeper than the asteepest street in the world.

The project to build the line was proposed in 1873, suggesting a 1,435 mm standard gauge and 25% maximal gradient. However it was concluded that the project would not be economically viable. Then Eduard Locher, an engineer with great practical experience, devised a unique system with the maximal grade raised to 48% to cut the length of the route in half. Conventional systems at the time could not handle such gradients because the vertical cogwheel that is pressed to the rack from above may, under higher gradients, jump out of the engagement with the rack, eliminating the train’s main driving and braking power. Instead, Locher placed a horizontal double rack between the two rails with the rack teeth facing each side. This was engaged by two cogwheels carried on vertical shafts under the car.

The World's Steepest Cogwheel Railway at Mount Pilatus
Photo: Railpictures
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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He Walked 10 Miles In A Snowstorm For An Interview, But He Never Expected This To Happen. Tears!

He Walked 10 Miles In A Snowstorm For An Interview, But He Never Expected This To Happen. Tears!This is a touching story of how one chance encounter between two strangers ended up changing one young man’s life! Restaurant owner Art Bouvier happened to be in his restaurant’s parking lot when he noticed 18-year-old Jhaqueil Reagan walking alone during a snowstorm.

When Art asked what the young man was doing, he answered he was going to a job interview that turned out to be nearly 10 miles away. Art spotted Jhaqueil a little bit later still walking on the icy streets. It turns out Jhaqueil could not afford the bus, so he planned on walking the whole way in the hopes of getting the minimum-wage job.

Jhaqueil’s determination made such an impression on Art that he decided to do something wonderful to help the young man out.


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Monday, October 27, 2014
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Breathtaking Sphinx Observatory at Swiss Alps

Breathtaking Sphinx Observatory at Swiss AlpsThe Sphinx observatory is located at Jungfraujoch in Switzerland at an altitude of 3,571 meters. Due to its unique location in an unspoiled high alpine environment and the year-round accessibility via the Jungfrau Railway, combined with the excellent infrastructure, the Sphinx observatory provides unique conditions for successful research in various disciplines such as meteorology, astronomy, glaciology, physiology, radiation, and cosmic rays.

When the Jungfraujoch station opened in 1912 (which is also the highest railway station in all of Europe), Jungfraujoch became the number one place for scientists to conduct research under conditions of high altitude. At first the scientists worked in harsh conditions and lived in temporary shelters. Eventually, the Sphinx observatory was built in 1937 to accommodate eager scientists.

The Sphinx observatory is built on a steep cliff. The mountain top has been tunneled to fit an elevator which ascends to the observatory from the Jungfraujoch train station. The main-part of the Sphinx is used by scientists but for the tourists there is a metal-grate terrace surrounding the building on all sides that provides a stunning 360 degree view of the Great Aletsah Glacier, of the snow capped Alps, and of the green valley down below. From the metal gratting one can see 11,333 feet of abyss down below.

Breathtaking Sphinx Observatory at Swiss Alps
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
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She Gave A Homeless Woman A Coat And Got Yelled At. Her Response Is Brilliant and Inspiring!

She Gave A Homeless Woman A Coat And Got Yelled At. Her Response Is Brilliant and Inspiring!What started off as a school project for 24-year-old Veronika Scott ended up becoming something that is changing the lives of homeless people for the better. Veronika began making a jacket to help the homeless stay warm. But after a homeless woman yelled at her that she didn’t need a coat, she needed a job, Veronika decided to take her idea a step further and founded The Empowerment Plan.

Along the way, she was repeatedly told her plan would never work. But Veronika and the homeless women she’s helping are proving the naysayers wrong. What an inspiring story!


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Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Ventisquero Colgante: The Hanging Glacier of Queulat

Ventisquero Colgante, or the Hanging Glacier, is located in the Queulat National Park, in Chile, and is the park’s biggest attraction. Hanging above a ravine of bare rock, it dominates a valley formed by mountains covered in valdivian temperate rainforest, and feeds a river at the bottom of the valley as it melts. The water melting from the glacier creates two towering waterfalls as it drops 600 meters on top of a huge slab of angled bedrock, and then flows underneath what appears to be a permanent avalanche cone. As the stream leaves this underground section, it forms a small lake - Laguna Témpanos - and then after some 6 km enters the Canal de Puyuhuapi. The falls are visible and flowing all round the year but due to the ablation of avalanches at the base of the falls, as much as half of the falls can be covered by snow and ice during the late spring and early summer.

Ventisquero Colgante: The Hanging Glacier of Queulat
Photo: Claudius Prößer
Friday, October 24, 2014
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From Volcano Peaks to Endangered Kiwis in Diverse Tongariro Park, New Zealand

From Volcano Peaks to Endangered Kiwis in Diverse Tongariro Park, New ZealandLocated on the North Island Tongariro is the oldest park in New Zealand and the fourth national park in the world. The versatility in the park is peerless: from three active volcanoes to a number of Māori religious sites, Tongariro is a wonderful natural retreat in the country.

Many endemic animals live in the park, including kiwi – a national symbol of New Zealand. Unique plants grow in a rain forest near Lake Tapo. There are all year round activities within the park. Climbing and hiking are the most popular activities in summer, as well as fishing, biking, rafting, while skiing and snowboarding are the main activities in winter.

Why to go there?: Beautiful nature, many various activities.
When to go there?: All year round.
How to get there?: By train from Auckland or Wellington. By bus from various cities.

From Volcano Peaks to Endangered Kiwis in Diverse Tongariro Park, New Zealand
Photo: Mark Watson
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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An Ordinary Day In An Extraordinary Place – Aiguille Du Midi (3842m)

An Ordinary Day In An Extraordinary Place – Aiguille Du Midi (3842m)I’m Jakub Polomski – photographer and traveler. In July 2014, I visited Chamonix in France. Anyone, who will ever get a chance to be there, should get to the summit of Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m / 12,605 ft).

You can easily get there by cable car. It was built in 1955 and for about two decades was claimed to be the highest cable car in the world. Aiguille du Midi is one of the best tourist attractions in French Alps. It is also a start point for mountain climbers who desire to climb Mont Blanc. I visited the place twice and experienced different weather conditions up there.

An Ordinary Day In An Extraordinary Place – Aiguille Du Midi (3842m)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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I Thought This Was Just A Photoshopped Wallpaper Image, But This Is An Actual Place. Wow!

I Thought This Was Just A Photoshopped Wallpaper Image, But This Is An Actual Place. Wow!If you’re a Mac user then you’re probably familiar with the Blue Pond from the OS X Mountain Lion wallpaper. It’s an actual place in Hokkaido, Japan that attracts tourists from all over. The pond is actually a reservoir that was created by a dam that was built to protect from mudflows that might occur from the active volcano Mt. Tokachi.

According to photographer Kent Shiraishi the water contains high amounts of aluminum hydroxide which reflects blue light. Shiraishi calls it the most beautiful pond in the world. Although the color of the water changes depending on what time of the day and the weather, one thing is certain, its beauty certainly lives up to its image.

I Thought This Was Just A Photoshopped Wallpaper Image, But This Is An Actual Place. Wow!
Monday, October 20, 2014
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WOW. This Video Makes You Really Want to Spend Time in The American Northwest.

WOW. This Video Makes You Really Want to Spend Time in The American Northwest.American Loneliness is the story of filmmaker Mathieu Le Lay’s journey into the wilds of the American Northwest. The film shows one of the most scenically beautiful landscapes on the planet.


“A 6 weeks adventure into the wilderness of Northwestern United States of America. Filming & adventuring alone during 4 weeks across 4 different states : Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington. On the road with Kier Atherton during 2 weeks in Montana.” – Mathieu Le Lay

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Afterglow: Skiers Traverse an Alaskan Mountain Range Wearing LED Light Suits

This new promotional clip for Philips TV and Atomic Skis features several skiers wearing multi-colored LED light suits as they traverse mountains at an Alaskan ski resort at night. The brightly lit suits create a fantastic glow around each skier that illuminates anything nearby. While I don’t see him listed in the credits, the video seems to be an homage to Jacob Sutton’s L.E.D. Surfer from two years ago.



Afterglow: Skiers Traverse an Alaskan Mountain Range Wearing LED Light Suits
Friday, October 17, 2014
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