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Cool Video of the World’s Fastest Human Base Jumping in Norway

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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Man Flying in a Squirrel Suit
Espen Fadnes flying down a mountain wearing a squirrel suit in Norway

A cool video of a guy base jumping in Norway. They have all sorts of cameras strapped to him and setup around the area of the jump, as well as microphones so you get the full experience. He's also wearing a squirrel suit which allows him to control how fast and where he goes. The video runs through the jump from planning to execution and review, very cool if you're into skydiving, base jumping, or extreme sports in general.

World’s Biggest Food Fight – La Tomatina

Saturday, November 19, 2011
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La Tomatina
A man attacking the crowd from his balcony, and a bald guy getting nailed in the head

For those of you who don't know what La Tomatina is, maybe you've heard of that big tomato fight in Spain? Or the world's largest food fight? La Tomatina is an annual event held on the last Wednesday of August in the small town of Buñol, Spain, about 40km from Valencia. The town comes to life, packing itself to capacity and bringing in over 90,000 pounds of tomatoes for the food fight.

The Best Everest Videos Collection

Monday, November 14, 2011
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Everest Himalaya Region
A view of Everest and the surrounding Himalayas

There are a lot of videos out there both climber made and commercial of Everest, Everest Base Camp, and the entire Himalaya Region. I spent a lot of time searching online and these were the highlights I came up with. Sadly there has been a lot of tragedy on the mountain over the years, so some of the videos are quite sad, but there is also some amazing scenery, interesting facts, and heart warming stories portrayed in these videos. If you know of other good Everest videos please post links in the comments and I'll add them to the collection.

Dambulla Cave Temple Photos

Saturday, November 12, 2011
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Budhas Stupahs Dambulla
Budha statues everywhere aroudn the Buddhist Stupahs

The Dambulla Rock Cave Temple is one of Sri Lanka's 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the heart of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, the caves are located conveniently between Kandy and the Siguriya Rock Fortress. At the base of the Dambulla Rock sits the World's Largest Budha statue (golden), then you climb up a flight of stairs for about 10 minutes until you reach the entrance to the caves. Inside there are 5 caverns, the large cavern being the most spectacular with it's painted ceilings, but all of them are pretty cool. The first cave has a big laying Buddha statue which was one of my favorites of the entire temple.

The Most Dangerous Airport in the World

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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Lukla Airport
The airport in Lukla, Nepal

There are a lot of sketchy airports acround the world, but according to the History Channel, none as dangerous as the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. But if you've already climbed to Everest Base Camp or trekked anywhere in the surrounding Himalayas, you probably already know this. Nestled deep in the mountains, perched on the edge of a cliff with a tiny little uphill runway, you're crashing into a steep hill if the pilot can't stop the plane fast enough upon landing. That is of course assuming that the clouds aren't too thick and he gets the unassisted landing right so you don't crash into the mountain.

Photos From Flight Over The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon River
A branch of the river carving its way through a shoot of the Grand Canyon

A few weeks ago I was flying from to Orange County on an afternoon flight. I had a window seat, so when the pilot announced we were flying over the Grand Canyon as we passed through Arizona, I instantly slammed by window shade open to soak in the views. We were lucky, it was a gorgeous afternoon in Mid-October with nice clear skies, so we had great views. Unfortunately my good camera was in the overhead bin, so I had to take these using my iPhone 4.

Everest Base Camp Trek Journal – Days 11 & 12 – The End

Group Shot End Everest Hike
The last photo of our group as we arrive back in Lukla having completed the trek

The ATM was down in Namche so it took us a little while to get going in the morning, and we needed to pay the remainder of our tab with Boo. It's been surprisingly difficult to get cash since I've gotten to Nepal, but we got it all sorted. We finally got moving around 9:15 AM, and it was bright and sunny. We even got one more peek of Everest. Yesterday I tried to eat a normal meal, and my battered stomach didn't like that at all. I started to feel sick about an hour and a half into the hike, and I had to slow our pace way down.

Would You Expect Sri Lanka To Be Cheap?

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Lion Gate
Whats left of a once fantastic Lion Gate entrance to the Sigiriya Rock Palace.

I'm currently wrapping up my time here in Sri Lanka, a place I never planned to visit on this trip, but threw in last minute as I worked my way west towards India. I had about 3 weeks of time to fill from when I split with one set of friends in Vietnam, and before meeting another in India. Originally I was going to head straight to India, but instead I ended up cruising up the Mekong to Cambodia for 5 days, then stopped over in Singapore for a couple, and then noticed flights to Sri Lanka and on to India didn't cost much more than straight to India. On a whim I went for it and booked my flight from Singapore to Sri Lanka.

Largest Sand Island In the World – Fraser Island

Fraser Island Beach
Beaches, Streams, Sand Dunes and Forest cover Fraser Island

Fraser Island is one of the best places to visit in Australia, worth going out of your way to see. Fly into Brisbane, and head a couple hours North to Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, or Hervey Bay, the 3 crossing points over to Fraser. You have several options on how to get around: you can rent your own 4X4 doing everything yourself, do a self drive tour, where you ride along in a caravan of 4X4s, but drive your own vehicle, or take one of the massive offroad buses in a group of 15-25. I made the mistake of doing the bus tour, because my license had expired, and this tour provided transport in and out of Gold Coast; I knew straight away this was a mistake.

Blue Mountains, Just Outside of Sydney

Wentworth Falls, Australia
Wentworth Falls from the viewpoint across the canyon. You can't even see the entire thing!

The Blue Mountains are just a couple hours away from Central Sydney, and worth a visit if you have a few days. There are several tours operating out of Sydney, they cost about $70 aud and provide round trip transport, a guide, tea and cookies. The tour we went on included a boat cruise from Olympic Park Wharf to Circular Quay as well, stopping at Darling Harbor. This was a pleasant surprise as it meant we got a quick overview of Olympic Park also which was pretty cool, and saved me the train ride and time doing it myself.

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