Mount Washington: Home of the World's Worst Weather

Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, is the highest peak in Northeastern United States and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. Before the European settlers arrived, the natives called the mountain Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit". Today, it is better known as the "Home of the World's Worst Weather.”

Mount Washington is located in the temperate climate zone but has Arctic-like conditions. Extreme cold, year-round snowfall, dense fog, heavy icing, and exceptional winds are some of Mount Washington's prominent features. The peak isn’t terribly high either — just 6,288 feet — yet it endures some of the planet’s most extreme weather comparable to those experienced on top of Mount Everest or on the South Pole.

The weather station atop Mount Washington is chained down to prevent it from being blown away
Mount Washington: Home of the World's Worst Weather
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Iceland Opens Man-Made Ice Tunnel in Langjokull Glacier

The world’s largest man-made ice tunnel was recently dug out on the western slopes of one of the biggest glaciers in Iceland - Langjokull. The tunnel and cave system stretches for 550 meters into solid glacier ice at about 30 meters below the surface making it the largest man made ice structure in the world. This unique project, backed by the Icelandair Group and leading pension funds, will enable visitors to have a rare opportunity to see how snow is gradually compressed to become glacier ice.

Aptly named “Into the Glacier”, the experience is the brainchild of two Icelandic adventure tour operators - Baldvin Einarsson and Hallgrímur Örn Arngrímsson, who wanted to take visitors into the heart of the extraordinary glacier ice cap, to see the magnificent “blue ice” which is buried deep beneath the surface.

Iceland Opens Man-Made Ice Tunnel in Langjokull Glacier
Monday, July 27, 2015
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He Spent Months Filming The Terrifying Beauty Of Nature… This Is What He Saw.

He Spent Months Filming The Terrifying Beauty Of Nature… This Is What He Saw.When photographer Jeff Boyce took a road trip through the United States and Canada this spring, he amassed over 70,000 photographs. He took the images and created "Edge of Stability," a time-lapse video of the best pictures shot across 15 states. Boyce’s video captures the wonder found in storm clouds, the Milky Way, and even a developing tornado.

Boyce loves the balance of power and beauty that comes from nature. It is not uncommon to find him in the middle of a lightning storm. Not all of his images require him to be in danger, the sequence of the Aurora Borealis will leave you speechless.


Source: Jeff Boyce Via Life Buzz
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Friday, July 24, 2015
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I Have Issues Sleeping At Home, So I Pack My Sleeping Bag And Go To The Mountains

I am Simon, a 27-years-old boy from Slovakia having some issues with sleeping at home.

I pack my sleeping bag and go to the mountains to enjoy sunset, sunrise and amazing Milky Way.

I Have Issues Sleeping At Home, So I Pack My Sleeping Bag And Go To The Mountains
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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Tioga Pass – a Wild Ride in California, USA

An impressive road in the Sierra Nevada mountains stretches in a 3 031 m (9 943 ft) elevation. Numerous trails into Yosemite National Park begins at the sections of Tioga Road, which can be called one of the most scenic drives in the state.

Due to the very high altitude, the road provides many panoramic views, with an abyss opening below. This is in fact the highest pass in California and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Gorges, lakes, canyons, valleys, centuries old Giant Sequoias are just a few attractions among numerous others.

Why to go there?: If you are heading to Yosemite National Park, this road will take you there directly. Even if you are just passing by, it will provide an unforgettable scenic ride.
When to go there?: From May to November – the road is closed during winter. However, always check before going, because the opening and closing dates may vary depending on weather.
How to get there?: By car get there from Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, California, Fresno, Merced or Stockton. State Route 120 runs through Tioga Road as well.

Tioga Pass – a Wild Ride in California, USA
Saturday, July 18, 2015
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Innsbruck – Capital of Tirol Embedded in the Inn Valley, Austria

Innsbruck – Capital of Tirol Embedded in the Inn Valley, AustriaThe capital of Tirol is located in the picturesque Inn Valley. The town is surrounded with high mountains, which makes it a very popular winter sports spot: it even has hoasted a few Winter Olympics. The town is said to be established around 11th or 12th centuries and was ruled by the local counts.

Today visitors can find an abundance of historic monuments and buildings. After all Innsbruck was always in the middle of turbulent eons. Nevertheless the city remained one of the most beautiful and popular in the country. Its wonderful nature provides all year round activities, while great facilities ensure guests their unforgettable stay.

Why to go there?: One can find historic architecture, museums and vibrant urban life as well as unspoiled nature and world quality resorts here. Innsbruck is a great holiday destination for those, who are willing to explore, discover and learn as well as have fun outdoors.
When to go there?: All year round. In summer visitors go hiking in the mountains, while in winter skiing and snowboarding are the most popular activities.
How to get there?: There is an easy access by train or plane from Austria, Italy and Germany.

Innsbruck – Capital of Tirol Embedded in the Inn Valley, Austria
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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This Dog Died Saving His Owner From A Lightening Strike, The Last Photo Broke My Heart.

The group was ready for an extreme hike, but they couldn't have prepared for the tragedy that was to befall them. - This Dog Died Saving His Owner From A Lightening Strike, The Last Photo Broke My Heart.When adventurer Jonathan Hardman set out for a hike on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado with a few friends and his dog Rambo, he couldn't have anticipated that the occasion would end in tragedy.

Hardman, Rambo, and friends were beginning to descend the summit when a thunderstorm brewed quickly overhead. As Hardman was showing Rambo where to jump, lightning struck. The next thing Hardman knew, he was lying on his back, unable to move. Rambo was sitting next to him, lifeless.

The group was ready for an extreme hike, but they couldn't have prepared for the tragedy that was to befall them.
The group was ready for an extreme hike, but they couldn't have prepared for the tragedy that was to befall them. - This Dog Died Saving His Owner From A Lightening Strike, The Last Photo Broke My Heart.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
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Stunning Natural Wonders in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Stunning Natural Wonders in Gran Paradiso National Park, ItalyThe stunning park, named after Gran Paradiso mountain, is found in the northwestern part of Italy in the Alps. Besides striking landscape, valleys, mountain lakes, glaciers and alpine meadows, various endangered species, like Alpine Ibex, chamois, eagle-owl and more, find a home here.

There are various small villages scattered in the park, where tourists can find visitor centers and learn more about the reserve. Obviously many people come here to have a good hike and admire the incredible views, that open from the mountains. Also animal and bird watching are among common activities – however the wildlife is so rich here, that one doesn’t need extra efforts to spot some local inhabitants here.

Why to go there?: To have a nice walk and admire nature, great views and wildlife.
When to go there?: In summer, when the trails are free of snow and meadows are blossoming with thousands of mountain flowers.
How to get there?: Easy access by car, bus or train from various cities including Turin, Milan, Chamonix and Martigny.

Stunning Natural Wonders in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy
Saturday, July 11, 2015
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This Hot Tub Hammock Just Might Be The Most Relaxing Thing Ever

The Hydro Hammock, a versatile hot tub-hammock combo, just might be the most relaxing new invention we’ve ever seen. Proud inventor Benjamin H. Frederick even created a portable heating system that will heat whatever water you use in your Hydro Hammock, be it lake, river or sea water.

The hammock itself is made of resilient and waterproof tensile fabric that, according to the video on its Kickstarter campaign, can hold 2 adults and about 50 gallons of water. The heating system currently runs on natural gas, though there are plans to expand to battery and solar electricity as well. A double-walled model lets you insulate it and use it during the winter, too!

This Hot Tub Hammock Just Might Be The Most Relaxing Thing Ever
Thursday, July 9, 2015
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A Drone Was Flying Over Alaskan Waters And Caught Something Unbelievable On Tape

A Drone Was Flying Over Alaskan Waters And Caught Something Unbelievable On TapeHow often is it that you actually get to see a whale? Almost never, right? Even when you go on whale-watching tours, you most likely won't be seeing any such thing. But if you're lucky enough to get a glimpse of these amazing creatures, it's an image that will always stick with you.

That's why what this drone caught on film is extraordinary.


How majestic is that? These humpback whales look like they are having a whale of a time! I crack myself up. But still, it's not often that you get to see a group of whales palling around with each other, which is precisely why this is awesome.

Source: Vimeo Via Viral Nova
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Monday, July 6, 2015
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Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

8. Trolltunga, Hardanger - Top 10 Things to See and Do in NorwayNorway is a glorious country, famous for the fjords, insurmountable mountain ranges and adorable Nordic villages. Such phenomena like the Northern Lights and glaciers are part of the Norwegians life. We have picked ten places to go and explore, while in this country. Which one would you like to see the most?

1. Oslo

The vibrant capital is considered to be one of the best cities to live in the world. Founded in the 11th century, Oslo has preserved its historic heritage, including Viking ships and historic buildings. Everything from the ancient artifacts to the art works can be explored in numerous museums. Meanwhile hip atmosphere invites to enjoy cafes, restaurants and night clubs.

Why to go there?: Oslo offers a nice blend of history and urban facilities. From historic heritage and the museums, dedicated to one of the most famous Norwegian artists Edward Munch among others, to the lively city life – the capital is a must see once in Norway.
1. Oslo - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

1. Oslo - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

1. Oslo - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

1. Oslo - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

2. Lofoten

We find this to be one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world! Although found in the Arctic Circle, the weather is surprisingly mild here. Lofoten features azure water, rich marine life and even the biggest deep water coral reef on the planet. In summer the area provides 24 hours of sunlight, allowing visitors to explore the region uninterruptedly.

What to do there?: Lofoten offers a wide range of activities. Visitors go climbing, hiking, cycling, surfing and mountaineering. Fishing and whale safaris are also among the most popular activities, while cycling allows to explore nature and authentic villages.
2. Lofoten - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Stefan Forster

2. Lofoten - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Maurizio Rellini

2. Lofoten - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Lofoten

2. Lofoten - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Lofoten Insomnia

3. The Troll Wall, Romsdal

The impressive wall is part of the mountain range of Trolltindene. The 1 100 m (3 600 ft) height wall is the tallest vertical rock in Europe. Therefore it is a desirable challenge for the climbers and base jumpers. There are ten routes established by the various international climbing groups and new possible options, since the environment constantly changes due to the melting ice, storms and rockfall.

Why to go there?: One of the most popular and beloved rocks among the climbers. Even if you are not a professional, the landscape is breathtaking. There are many climbing and hiking options in the region. AAK Fjellsport Senter provides with information, equipment and even gives climbing lessons.
3. The Troll Wall, Romsdal - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

3. The Troll Wall, Romsdal - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

3. The Troll Wall, Romsdal - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Andreas Winter

3. The Troll Wall, Romsdal - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Natalia Eriksson

4. The Atlantic Ocean Road

A 8.3 km (5.2 mi) long road stretches through the archipelago in the Norwegian Sea and promises one of the most scenic rides in Europe. The road passes through small Nordic villages, features some breathtaking twists and turns and sometimes is being hit by huge waves. Nevertheless it is classified as the National Tourist Route and is included in a cultural heritage list.

Why to go there?: The road is one of the most popular routes in the world. The way connects Averøy island with the mainland at Eide municipality. Adventurers come to the Atlantic Road in autumn to experience the storms, that hit the drive.
4. The Atlantic Ocean Road - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Asbjorn Floden

4. The Atlantic Ocean Road - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Benjamin Gs

4. The Atlantic Ocean Road - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Martynas Milkevičius

4. The Atlantic Ocean Road - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

4. The Atlantic Ocean Road - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

5. Geirangerfjorden

A 15 km (9.3 mi) long fjord is a branch of the much longer Storfjord. It is listed as the World Heritage Site and is protected by UNESCO. The picturesque environment is characteristic of lush greenery and precipitous rocky cliffs. Numerous waterfalls plunge down these walls, thus adding an extra charm to the place.

Why to go there?: The site can be explored via hiking trails or from a cruise in the Geirangelva river. Tourists also like kayaking, fishing and hiking here, while in winter it makes a great skiing spot.
5. Geirangerfjorden - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Alireza Behrooz

5. Geirangerfjorden - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas

5. Geirangerfjorden - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Ghost Farm

6. Hoyvika Beach, Andøya

Located on the northernmost island in the Vesterålen archipelago, the beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the region. The whole island has a dramatic surface, high peaks and a mountain range, which also surrounds Hoyvika. And although it is found in the Arctic circle, climate in Andøya is mild all year round and the temperatures do not drop much below zero in winter.

What to do there?: The island, Hoyvika and more beaches can be explored on a coastal trek from Stave to Bleik. The 9 km (5.6 mi) trail can be completed in about five hours. It provides numerous panoramic views to the mountains, hills and a rocky coastline. Hikers also have an opportunity to watch nesting colonies of puffins, shags, kittiwakes and guillemots.
6. Hoyvika Beach, Andøya - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Benny Høynes

6. Hoyvika Beach, Andøya - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Stian Klo

6. Hoyvika Beach, Andøya - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Svein Oftedal

6. Hoyvika Beach, Andøya - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Fred Åge Hol

7. Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen

A mountain ridge, embedded between the blue lakes of Gjende and Bessvatnet, creates one of the most fascinating sceneries in the country. Therefore it attracts the most hikers and backpackers in Norway. The most popular way to get around is by taking a boat from Gjendesheim to Memurubu and then hitting the road on foot. It takes approximately 5 to 7 hours to complete the route.

When to go there?: All year round. The peak season is of course summer, but in winter there are skiing facilities and tours offered for those who are not afraid of the snow challenge.
7. Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Vincent Steeman

7. Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

7. Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Lhox

7. Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Cody Duncan

8. Trolltunga, Hardanger

Also known as the Troll’s Tongue Rock, the site is among the most photographed places in Norway! No wonder, since it is indeed an impressive rock, protruding 700 m (2 300 ft) above the Ringedalsvatnet lake. The site is accessible from mid-June to mid-September and hikers get to admire impressive views all the way up to the “tongue”.

Why to go there?: It is characteristic that in Norway you won’t see any fences on such rocks. Therefore the authentic experience and views are preserved, while everyone is responsible for their own safety. The visitors love taking crazy pictures here, since obviously it provides one of the rarest opportunities to make an impressive shot.
8. Trolltunga, Hardanger - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

8. Trolltunga, Hardanger - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

8. Trolltunga, Hardanger - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: VDubVanLife

9. Tromso

The biggest city in the Northern Norway is the best place to admire the Aurora Borealis – one of the main attractions in the Arctic Circle. Incidentally Tromso drops in the zone where the Northern Lights are visible for about 6 hours a day! Moreover despite the remote location it has a lively cultural life here – from the music scene to the museums, from beautiful nature to a ski track and a ski jump – the town provides numerous outdoor as well as indoor activities.

Why to go there?: The town is especially beautiful in winter and Christmas period. It is also the best place to see the Northern Lights. A very Nordic-like town with rich cultural life and plenty of activities.
9. Tromso - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Yngve Blomsø

9. Tromso - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

9. Tromso - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

9. Tromso - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Tore Eriksen

9. Tromso - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

10. Hamnøy, Moskenes

This is one of the oldest fishing villages in Norway, providing a number of opportunities to experience the authentic Nordic lifestyle. Visitors are accommodated in the original fishermen cabins – the oldest one is from the 1890s! However, today all the facilities are installed inside, including internet, and provide a cozy stay in this wild region.

Why to go there?: The village has preserved unspoiled nature and the rough mountainous scenery dominates the landscape. Moreover tourists can rent boats and bikes, go hiking and fishing. Local museums and galleries introduce to the culture and history of the region. And even annual Feelgood Jazzfest is being held here!
10. Hamnøy, Moskenes - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Luca Venturi

10. Hamnøy, Moskenes - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Marcin Cwiek

10. Hamnøy, Moskenes - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway

10. Hamnøy, Moskenes - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Norway
Photo: Rich Pick

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