Swedish photographer, Emma Svensson is climbing the highest mountain in every country in Europe. That’s 49 peaks. In one year.
She says that “after climbing Elbrus [in Russia] I got home and became restless and decided to climb the highest mountain in every country in Europe. I was on the top of Elbrus on August 1, 2017 so I have until August 1, 2018 to climb all 49 peaks.”
As well as Elbrus (5642m), she has already climbed Mont Blanc (4810m), Spain’s Mulhacén (3478m) and eleven others. Only 38 to go!
She adds that depending on how you count Europe, there are different lists. “Others who have done Europe’s high points have mostly done the upper list, geographical Europe [click on the list on the right hand side]. So that is my main goal. If I do that I will be the first Swede to do this. But if possible, I will also try to do the extra mountains, just for fun.” You can see the list of those extra mountains on her website.
That is quite some definition of fun. But it will definitely be quite some achievement.
You can follow her progress on her website 49peaks.com.
On a slightly lower scale, we have t-shirts celebrating some of the UK’s mountains and treks:
Combining visits to well-known national parks with some lesser-known treasures, the National Park Foundation’s new “Road Trippin'” guide inspires people to getaway for a long weekend with 15 different national park itineraries.
“Our guide details how it’s possible to enjoy a variety of national park experiences in just three days,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Through easy to follow, diverse itineraries, we hope to motivate more people to plan a national park trip of their own.”
Featuring natural, cultural, and historical parks, and a mix of interests and activity levels, the guide’s suggestions include:
Traveling through time in Idaho with visits to Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Minidoka National Historic Site, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, and City of Rocks National Reserve
Re-tracing history from Tennessee to Mississippi with visits to Natchez Trace Parkway, Shiloh National Military Park, Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, and Tupelo National Battlefield
Discovering spectacular stories of South Dakota with visits to Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
“Road Trippin'” is the tenth special edition in the National Park Foundation’s popular and FREE Owner’s Guide series. When visitors download their copy of the guide, they’ll also have access to other national park guides highlighting great places to stay, romantic destinations, adventures for kids of all ages, and more.
On August 26th this year, after 25 years in the making ,the longest hiking trail in the world was formally completed. It is Canada’s Great Trail and stretches coast to coast across the country for a total of 14,913 miles, with trailheads at: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador; Victoria, British Columbia; and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
It was started 25 years ago, when Great Trail founders Pierre Camu, Bill Pratt and Paul LaBarge came up with the idea of linking Canada’s various trail networks into one mega-trail to celebrate the nation’s 125th birthday. As a result, there are 432 sections, now all connected, actually made of a whole lot of individual paths that can be explored by cycling, hiking, walking, snowmobiling and horseback riding. Interestingly, 26% of it requires travel across waterways.
BackpackingTV have released the full episode of Eric Hanson’s trek along the 450 mile Jordan Trail, from their Epic Trails series of videos.
The trail crosses the country, connecting the length of Jordan from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south, passing through inspiring landscapes and historical sites, including the ancient city of Petra.
James Forrest, a freelance writer from Cockermouth, has climbed every mountain in England and Wales in six months – the fastest known time. James, 34, walked more than 1,000 miles and climbed five times the height of Everest whilst climbing the 446 mountains all in excess of 2000 feet. He reached his final summit – Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain at 3,209ft – on September 16th this year.
And he did it all wearing his wife’s old hiking boots.
He said: “I had my own pair but they were really old and I needed some new ones. My wife had this pair that she didn’t like in reasonably good condition. We happen to have the same size feet, so I commandeered them just to try them out, and by accident climbed every mountain in England and Wales in my wife’s slightly battered pair of hiking boots.”
You can see his full adventures on his website and you can support his fundraising for BMC Access & Conservation Trust on JustGiving.
We read recently about two amazing people who have conquered mountains despite the fact they are amputees:
First, Hari Budha Magar, a bilateral above knee amputee and a former British Gurkha soldier, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan, climbed Mera Peak (6,476m) in the Himalayas. And in 2018, he will attempt to climb Mount Everest.
Congratulations to Tim Freriks who set a new Fastest Known Time yesterday for transversing the Grand Canyon’s Rim to Rim route in 2 hours 39 minutes and 38 seconds (beating the previous FKT of 2:46:08). Wow, that is some going!
If this inspires you, or you or a friend have done the route yourselves – even if, like most of us, we are doing it a tad slower than Tim! – then why not treat yourself to one of our t-shirts to celebrate it.