Walking the Larapinta Trail.

Walking the ridge of the Macdonnell Range.
Image Credit: Photograph by KatieT · · From Pic of the Week.
Walking the Larapinta Trail was a long-held dream, which we hoped to finally realise this year.
However, with such unseasonably high temperatures, and associated risks and injuries, we were forced to pull out after only completing one 75 kilometre section.
But we will return to complete it one day, no doubt about that.
Knowing your limits and when to give in, is just as important as wanting to begin a challenge in the first place.
An amazing experience in a beautiful, yet unforgiving, part of the Australia…. we will be back….
Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Source: ABC OPEN: Walking the ridge of the Macdonnell Range – Larapinta Trail || From Project: Pic of the Week

Rarely visited Countries of the World.


Niue: Number of Visitors: 7,000
Location: Niue is an island in the South Pacific Ocean.
It sits nearly 1,500 miles from the coast of New Zealand.
Montserrat (British Overseas Territory): Number of Visitors: 7,000
Location: Montserrat is part of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies.
Kiribati: Number of Visitors: 6,000
Location: Kiribati is an island in the central tropical Pacific Ocean.
There’s not much else near it — Hawaii is about 5 hours north by plane.
Read on via These Are The World’s Least Visited Countries.

The Troglodyte Land, of France.

les-eyzies-56_zpse9288ed6Les Eyzies de Taynac is a pretty town in the commune of Dordogne in southwestern France, that at first glance, appears to be crushed under the cliff.
The town is littered with numerous grottos, caves and troglodyte dwellings whose history dates back to more than 28,000 years. I
t was here, in 1868, during the construction of a railroad, a rock dwelling was discovered that contained the skeletal remains of the first early Homo sapiens of the European Upper Paleolithic era – the Cro-Magnons.
The prehistoric caves around Les Eyzies contain some of the most significant archaeological finds of the Upper Paleolithic (from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago) and Middle Paleolithic (200,000 to 40,000 years ago) periods, that include, apart from skeletons, tools, pendants and jewelry and extensive wall drawings. The area is visited by thousands of tourist every year.
Les Eyzies was at one time a small hamlet tied to the Lordship of Tayac.
During the 8th and 9th centuries it probably had quite a large population, as shown by the numerous troglodytic habitations and the presence of groups of buildings fortified against the Viking raiders.
The cliffs are riddled with elevated look-out posts know as cluzeaux aeriens, artificial chambers cut out of the limestone cliffs so high one wonders how anyone ever got up there.
There are scores of caves and grottos to visit in Les Eyzies, including numerous medieval fortresses built into the rocks, a fortified church and many museums. Les Eyzies contains some 150 prehistoric sites dating from the Paleolithic and about 25 decorated caves.
The Grotte de Font-de-Gaume, just outside of Les Eyzies, has over 200 paintings and engravings of bison, horses, mammoths, and reindeer, as well as a few stylized human figures.
The multi-colored paintings date from the Magdelenian era, about 17,000 years ago.
The Abri de Laugerie Basse is another rock shelter that was occupied over 17,000 years ago.
It is known for the large number of tools and artifacts that were discovered in place, including a sculpture of a horse and another of a female figure.
Then, there is Abri de Cro-Magnon itself where the famous discovery of the Cro-Magnons were made.
The shelter of the Cro-Magnon and several other sites, however, have been closed to the public because of preservation concern.
See more via Troglodyte Houses and Caves of Les Eyzies de Tayac | Amusing Planet.

Gunung Mulu, Malaysia.

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Contributor: Max Cortesi
High atop the Malaysian mountain Gunung Mulu is an impressive alien landscape made up of sharp rock spires that rise up out of the surrounding jungle like spikes of angry earth.
The climb to the Pinnacle of Gunung Mulu is gruesome and dangerous, so much so that the national park is sometimes used by the Malaysian Army for training.
However those who are daring enough to make the trek to the top of the mountain will be rewarded with one of the most unique and stunning vistas in the world.


The tall stone spikes known as the Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu are stark karst formations that were created as the soft limestone eroded away across millennia.
Hidden so far up the mountain, the formations are relatively untouched by man and the only people to be seen for miles are other pilgrims to the bizarre bit of topography.
It usually takes a couple of days to reach the rock outcropping that serves as a viewing platform for the Pinnacles.
Along the way hikers encounter pitcher plants and toucans along with the grueling terrain. However ladders and railings have been installed to help with the trek as much as they can.
The park at large is also home to a number of large caves that make an excellent accompaniment to a visit to the Pinnacles.
Edited by: EricGrundhauser (Admin)
via The Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu | Atlas Obscura.

Perito Morena Glacer Santa Cruz, Argentina.

Santa Cruz, Argentina
A block of ice falls from the Perito Moreno glacier at Los Glaciares national park.
An arch of ice that had formed at the tip of the Perito Moreno, between the glacier and the shore of Argentino lake, started collapsing into the water last week.
It is a natural display that happens every few years
Photograph: Walter Diaz/AFP/Getty Images
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