Canyoning

Canyoning

Yes, canyoning. Not canoeing. What I thought in the beginning. Kayaking? – was my last hope. Nope. That was so far the most extrememly absurd thing I’d done. But it starts quite innocently. You put on a wetsuit, like for diving. And harness, like for climbing. And that’s pretty much what you’re gonna be doing: diving and rappelling down a canyon, filled with ice cold mountain water.

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Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

Via ferrata became popular during the First World War, not for recreational purposes, but to aid troops move around the Dolomites. Nowadays there are over a 1000 via ferratas in the world, majority of them in the Alps, all of varying length, difficulty and the “scare factor”.

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Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is fun. And cold. That’s pretty much the only “FAN FACT” I can give you about it. Ok another one: the practice emerged as a transport 3000 years ago in Arctic. Or 9000 years ago. These scientists can never agree on anything. 

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Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

So my ass was kicked by the mountain I least expected it from. 4810m, how hard can it be, right? Wrong!

“50% chance of success” – they said. “Naaaaa” – I thought.

Mont Blanc panorama

Brief intro just in case: Mont Blanc – the highest mountain in the Alps, Western Europe and EU. Also commonly known as Monte Bianco (for Italians). Or as a Death Mountain or White Killer (for pessimists). The reason for the later nicknames is quite obvious: although the mountain is relatively “low” (compared to Himalayas, or Andes for example), the number of people trying to climb it is quite high, resulting in a higher death rate, proportionally. Now enough with statistics. If you ask me: it’s not the mountain, it’s the joyfully crazy people that flock to Mont Blanc that top up the scales. If you stick to the “Normal route” and just plan to move your feet – you should be fine (unless avalanche hits and swipes you off those feet – about that later). But people there are nothing but normal, and so they leave this route for us, amateurs, and go up the mountain in some batshit crazy ways, and go down even in a crazier ones.

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Ship Frozen in Ice

Ship Frozen in Ice

After hours of exploring the High Arctic island of Svalbard on snowmobiles, I thought we’ve seen everything. But then there was an unexpected surprise. In the middle of what seemed like nowhere, there it was: a sailing ship frozen into the ice of the fjord. 

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