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Hiking the Volcanoes of Iceland

The blackout curtains in the hotel room did their job, and when I pulled back the shade around 10pm, a solid brick of bright sunlight pierced the pane of thick glass. After a long day of traveling, my body, refreshed by a quick nap after check-in, wanted to move. Luckily, I was in Iceland in …

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The New Mexico Rocky Mountains

Anytime someone mentions the Rocky Mountains, it is hard to not become immediately inundated with visions of majestic mountain peaks, covered with snow, looming above the world at such heights that it would be inappropriate to compare them to anything but heaven. And yet, there is a stretch of the Southern Rocky Mountains that refuse …

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Mount Mansfield and the Persistence of the Spirit

Vermont is a mountainous state. The mountain that best represents the pinnacle of the Green Mountain State is Mount Mansfield, located in Chittenden and Lamoille counties. Mount Mansfield gets its name from its resemblance to a man, complete with facial features and even an Adam’s apple. Popular among locals and tourists alike, Mount Mansfield offers …

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The Lewis and Clark Expedition Map of the Rocky Mountains

How Master Cartographer William Clark Set Out to Map the Rockies It was 1803 when President Thomas Jefferson and his like-minded band of enlightened souls embarked on a shared journey to the far reaches of the American Republic … a journey that was as spiritual as it was geographical, as bold as it was foolhardy. …

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Cardiovascular Contortion on Old Rag Mountain

Tucked into Shenandoah National Park in Madison County, Virginia, is Old Rag Mountain. With a low peak standing staunchly at 3,284 feet (1,001 m) and a prominence of less than half that, it offers a fun hike for all skill levels, with two routes to the summit. The more strenuous hike – considered by many …

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Rimo Kangri I

Rimo I (Rimo Kangri I) “Rimo I” is the principal peak in the Rimo mountain massif, which lies in the eastern Karakoram mountain range of India, in the Terong Basin.  The mountain holds the Rimo Glacier, which drains into the beautiful Shyok river below.  The word “Rimo” translates to mean “striped mountain,” likely named for …

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Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga India’s Kangchenjunga (sometimes spelled Kangchenjunga) is the head of a mountain ridge that has five prominent peaks, with the tallest standing as the country’s highest point. The mountain is also known as the “Five Treasures of Snow,” named for its snow-capped glistening peaks. The nickname comes from the Tibetan words “Kang-chen-dzo-nga” or “Yang-chhen-dzö-nga,” which …

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Scenic Phoenix: Exploring Piestewa Peak

Rising over the palms and the Pueblo Revival and “desert school” building designs of the city of Phoenix, Arizona, are the desert peaks that form the Phoenix Mountains. This winter I got to explore the second highest peak of the Phoenix Mountains, Piestewa, during my Christmas/New Year holiday. Winter is a lovely time for exploring …

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How Lewis & Clark Crossed the Rocky Mountains

It is nothing short of a tragedy to find just how little appreciation is given to the momentous feats of the souls who came before us, upon whose legs and backs our country came into its rightful greatness. The Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804 – 1806 is one such feat. In our world of …

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Mount Elbert: The Highest Peak in the Rocky Mountains

In the deep heart of the Rocky Mountains, just south of the alpine town of Leadville, a mountain known locally as the “Gentle Giant” overlooks snow-capped ranks of lesser peaks and hills. This is where she has lived for about thirty million years, and with any luck, the next thirty million years isn’t going to …

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