The historic ice climb of partially frozen Niagara Falls (VIDEO)

Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken, Canadian ice climbers, have become the first in the world to complete historic ascent of frozen Niagara Falls, parts of which have frozen over winter. They climbed about 45 metres up on the Horseshoe section of the famous falls, which borders the US and Canada.

In his interview (watch below), Gadd described how spray from the part of the waterfall that had not frozen made his ice climb slippery 🙂

A climber on the eastern face of Mont Blanc, best photography

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A climber on the eastern face of Mont Blanc – source Ben Tibbetts (click on photo to enlarge)

 

Ben Tibbetts is an adventure photographer and aspirant British Mountain Guide based in Chamonix, France. He currently offers Alpine and British guiding, logistics and guiding in Greenland and adventure photography services worldwide.

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Manchester United 2014 World Skills Challenge Finalists take to the pitch at Old Trafford!

World Skills Final competition

Last weekend saw 44 players from 26 different countries descend on Manchester. Competing at Old Trafford one of our talented players was crowned the winner of the World Skills Final 2014.

The weekend kicked off with a morning spent exploring Manchester United’s rich history with a Stadium and Museum tour, followed by lunch at the famous Red Café. In the afternoon, players followed in the footsteps of footballing legends like the great Sir Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs, by taking part in various football skills challenges at Manchester United’s original training ground, The Cliff. READ MORE

London’s skatepark becomes national heritage site

London's skatepark becomes national heritage site

A London skatepark is to become a listed building – the first of its kind in Europe to be given protection. The Rom was built in Hornchurch, east London, in 1978 as the skateboarding craze swept Britain in the 1970s.

The Rom, which will be grade II listed, is the second skatepark in the world to be given the protection. The first was the Bro Bowl in Tampa, Florida, which was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in October 2013, according to English Heritage.

The Rom, which takes its name from the nearby river, was built using seamless pressurised concrete and is closely based on Californian skateparks.

The FunTASTIC Wave of the Paria Canyon

The Wave, Arizona, USA

The Wave of Coyote Buttes

The Wave has become a popular attraction in the Coyote Buttes area of the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness on the Utah/Arizona border.

The Wave is a multi-colored chute that has been cut into a sandstone mountain. It is beautiful indeed. It makes a great destination for a short, moderately difficult day hike.

Swirled bands of color run through the sandstone, which has eroded into interesting shapes. The colors and shapes change with the light as the day progresses. Red, pink, yellow and green rock has been blended together to form castles, beehives, chutes and other structures.

The best hiking conditions are found in spring and fall. Summer temperatures get very hot, sometimes reaching 100 F. Winter nights are cold but days are often mild. Hiking can be pleasant during warm periods in winter.

Before highways and railways, before pioneers, even before Columbus…the land we know as the United States was truly a vast wilderness. To protect these last remaining areas, in 1984, Congress created the Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Coyote Buttes’ outstanding scenery, desert wildlife, colorful history, and opportunities for primitive recreation will remain free from the influence of man and are protected in this condition for future generations. Its 112,000 acres beckon adventurers who yearn for solitude, scenic splendor, and the chance to explore one of the most beautiful geologic formations in the world.

World’s Best Hikes – the Alpstein Area and Äscher Cliff Restaurant

Nowhere else in Switzerland is the change from the hilly landscape of Central Switzerland to the craggy alpine scenery so abrupt or impressive as in the Alpstein area.

The challenging walk from Wasserauen up to the Ebenalp offers spectacular views of this fascinating hiking area. After the first climb, you reach the picturesque Seealp lake, with, behind it, the mighty Säntis mountain. However, the undisputed high point of this route is the Äscher mountain restaurant. The restaurant is in the most precarious position, clinging to the foot of a vertical cliff face a good 100 m high. The season usually ends on October 31.

Äscher Cliff Restaurant in Switzerland

The Äscher Cliff Restaurant in Switzerland is best seen after a long hike. It was carefully built into the side of a mountain during the 19th century. More of an inn and restaurant than a luxury resort, this getaway is the best spot to take a breather on your trek up the northern Alps. The views here will keep you charged as you continue your trip through the Swiss mountains.

Wasserauen – Seealpsee – Äscher – Ebenalp

The challenging walk from Wasserauen up to the Ebenalp

The walk begins at Wasserauen station and leads first up quite a steep path to the Seealpsee. The tour round the lake which follows gives you plenty of time to admire the beautiful scenery. Then the climb up from the Seealpsee to the Äscher really shows what you are made of. The mountain path goes up steeply along the slope and is quite tricky. Finally, after the Äscher mountain restaurant, a rocky path leads on up to the Ebenalp with its fantastic views. Then the cable-car takes you back down to the valley in just a few minutes.

Magic of the Mendenhall Ice Caves

The Mendenhall Glacier is a 12-mile-long glacier in the Mendenhall Valley, located only 12 miles from downtown Juneau in Southeast Alaska. The Ice Caves are inside the glacier, accessible only to those willing to kayak to, and then ice climb over the glacier. However, the glacier is retreating increasingly fast as global warming heats the oceans and temperatures rise.

 

The cave lies beneath the Mendenhall Glacier and it melts as you walk through it.