Nat Geo Offers the 14 Best Spring Trips for 2018.

I know the calendar may have officially turned to spring late last week, but where I live we’re still waiting for it to properly arrive. While we patiently wait for the arrival of warmer weather and some sunshine, we can dream about visiting other places for a springtime adventure. And to help us out with that, National Geographic has put together a list of 14 amazing trips for the season ahead.

Amongst the destinations that Nat Geo recommends are Japan, where the cherry blossoms are in full blooms, and the Upper Amazon in Peru, where temperatures remain fairly constant all year round. The article also suggests a journey to the East Coast of Sri Lanka or Morocco, where the weather is a bit cooler this time of year. But for those who aren’t ready to give up on winter completely yet, Svalbard in northern Norway is on offer, allowing travelers to experience the Midnight Sun and quite possibly even spot some polar bears.

I’ll leave the rest of the list for you to discover, but needless to say each entry offers a short overview of what Spring is a good time to go and what to expect when you get there. This being National Geographic, there are plenty of great photos too and some suggested destinations that you might not have thought of yourself, both foreign and domestic.

If you’re looking for a way to shake off the cold grip of winter, and bring a bit of adventure back into your life, than you’ll want to have a look at the list. Check it on in its entirety here.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Video: How to Become a Better Belayer.

While it isn’t the most fun aspect of climbing, it is something that we all have to do from time to time. I’m talking about being on belay of course and this video offers up some tips on how we can all do a better job in that role. With spring climbing just around the corner, perhaps its time to refresh ourselves on how to be a better belayer.

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Video: A Drone’s Eye View of the World From 33,000 Feet.

Drones continue to evolve, become smarter and more powerful. Case in point, is this video in which Russian drone makers set a new record for highest flight, taking their remote controlled aircraft up to a height of 10 km (33,000 feet). As you can imagine, the views from up there are pretty spectacular. The clip is fairly long, but gives you a good idea of what it takes to reach such altitudes, and what the drone can “see” as it it goes up.

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Video: The Nepal Project From Proof Eyewear.

In November of 2017, Idaho-based Proof Eyewear traveled to Nepal in an effort to give something back to the community there. Working with HELP International, the eyewear company volunteered on a project to help combat sex trafficking, while supporting efforts to improve vocational empowerment as well as visual and dental health. Along the way they contributed more than $16,000, helped restock the medical supplies of a Nepali village, conducted health screenings of 468 people, and gave out more than 500 pairs of glasses. And as you’ll see in the video below, they also had quite an adventure along the way. This is a heartwarming and wonderful story in a time when we could all use a little good news.

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Video: If Mountains Could Speak, What Would They Ask Us?

This short and beautiful clip comes our way courtesy of Osprey Packs. It asks some important questions about why we go out into the wilderness, what drives us to explore, and examines our connection with nature. If the mountains could speak, these are the things they would ask us, as it is the vary same things we often ask ourselves when heading out on an adventure. This is a very well done video that is captivating to watch and listen to. Give it a look.

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Nat Geo Has Fun Facts for All 59 U.S. National Parks.

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the start of National Park Week, and to help celebrate National Geographic has published a story that shares fun facts about each and every park in the U.S. system. That’s 59 parks at the moment, stretching from Acadia in Maine to Haleakala in Hawaii, with some pretty fantastic landscapes located in between.

The list runs through all of the parks in alphabetical order starting with the aforementioned Acadia and ending with Zion. Scrolling through the story you’ll learn some fascinating things, such as the fact that Arches National Park has more than 2000 documented rock arches within its border or that Big Bend is home to a hot springs that reaches temperatures in excess of 105ºF (40.5ºC). You’ll also discover that Crater Lake’s caldera is nearly 6 miles in diameter and that beautiful wildflowers spring up in Death Valley for a brief time after a rainstorm.

These are just a few hints at the wonderful secrets that America’s national parks hold. These wonderful, beautiful, and endlessly wild places are amazing destinations, which is why they continue to hold such a sway over travelers. During National Park Week, entrance into the parks is completely free, making them even more enticing. And since the week comes prior to the start of the busy summer travel season, there is a good chance you’ll have the place to yourself if you go.

Find out more about National Park Week here and read all of Nat Geo’s fun national park facts here.

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Men’s Journal Names the 9 Quietest and Darkest National Parks.

Looking for a some peace and quiet in the wilderness? Want to get a chance to see the night’s sky in all of its glory? If so, than Men’s Journal has just the list for you. The magazine has enlisted the aid of researchers from the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (Yes, that is a real thing!) to provide us with a definitive list of the darkest and quietest national parks in the entire U.S.

The NPS department has been monitoring the amount of light seen in the parks since 1999 and sound since 2000, and they have found some unsettling things. For instance, the amount of light and noise found inside the national parks is much higher than what many people would believe, even in these remote settings. Those phenomenon have an impact not only on human visitors, but the animals hat live there too. MJ sites a recent study for instance that says increased noise levels reduces the bird population in an area by as much as a third.

So, just where should we go to get away from it all? According to this article, the nine best national parks for seeking darkness and reduced noise include places like Isle Royale in Lake Superior, Big Bend National Park in Texas, and Haleakala National Park in Hawaii. Obviously there are others that make the cut as well, but I’ll let you discover exactly which of the parks earned a spot on the list.

I have to say, looking over the list, I was surprised as much by the places that didn’t make the cut, as some of the ones that did. For instance, I thought for sure Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska would be there simply because it is so remote and lightly visited that there can’t possibly be too much noise and light found there. Also, places like Acadia and Voyageurs are also known for their incredible views of the night sky. Still, the parks on the list are all spectacular destinations as well, and definitely worth a visit.

Check out the entire list here.

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