• Mountainous Monday,  Netherlands

    Mountainous Monday: Vaalserberg – Holland’s Highest!

    As found on Wikipedia: “There is no universally accepted definition of a mountain. Elevation, volume, relief, steepness, spacing and continuity have been used as criteria for defining a mountain. In the Oxford English Dictionary a mountain is defined as “a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable.” When figuring out what our next Mountainous Monday should be about, the best idea seemed our own highest mountain. However, since it’s only 322,7 meters above sealevel (yes, do note the ,7 … a very important 70 centimeters for the Dutch!) we weren’t sure…

  • Mountainous Monday,  Scotland,  We12climb,  We12hike

    Mountainous Monday: Ben Nevis

    Today another Mountainous Monday! This time the mountain on our list is the highest mountain in Great Britain, Ben Nevis. This ancient volcano lies in the middle of Scotland and is located about 100 miles or 160 km north of Glasgow. With an altitude of 1.344 meters above sea level, the summit of Ben Nevis is a perfect way to get a good view of the Scottish highlands. For this effort you will have to do with a bit of a crowd, because about 100,000 people attempt to climb the mountain every year. Ben Nevis is also the highest Munro of Scotland. A Munro top is a summit which is over 3,000…

  • Chile,  Mountainous Monday,  We12inspire

    Mountainous Monday: Las Torres del Paine

    Towering high out of the Patagonian steppe, Las Torres del Paine (“towers of Paine”) are the centerpiece of Chile’s most amazing national park. Located in the Cordillera del Paine, the 3 towers are visible from far away and the number one attraction in this part of Patagonia. From what we’ve been told, the Cordillera del Paine is a mountain group not officially attached to the Andes, which may explain the huge variety in shape and color. Las Torres are located in the eastern side of the park and when approaching from El Calafate in Argentina, they are visible from a far distance. The gigantic monoliths are made of granite and …

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    Mountainous Monday,  Wyoming

    Mountainous Monday: Climbing Mount Washburn

    Climbing Mount Washburn, our experience Upon arrival in Yellowstone National Park the landscape doesn’t look very mountainous. Don’t be fooled however, many peaks are above 3.000 meters which is higher than many famous mountains in The Alps, for example. When in Yellowstone, you will have to climb at least one peak. Simple as that! As we had quite a lack of time (three days in Yellowstone is not nearly enough!) we chose a relatively easy hike, so we ended up climbing Mount Washburn.   This 3.122 meter high mountain is a part of the Washburn Range. It was named after Henry D. Washburn, leader of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition, exploring the…