A Sunset from Space, Solo Freeclimbing and Customizing your iPad for Travel

 

Rock climbing is becoming more and more popular. Even in my current city of Chiang Mai, there’s a robust rock climbing club and plenty of karst to scramble up – with ropes, safety equipment and helmets. But what about free form rock climbing, with nothing at all? The video below from North Face, showing world famous free solo climber Alex Honnold casually climbing Yosemite’s Half-Dome (in a fun, green shirt no less) with no ropes, is pretty insane to watch. 

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This week, National Geographic also posted a great photo gallery of superclimbers, also pushing the limits at Yosemite National Park. Check out the incredible set of daredevil photos – you won’t regret it.

Speaking of incredible photos, this NASA image from the Earth Observatory shows a golden sunset over Bolivia, from Space. Taken by astronauts on the International Space Station, it’s a just beautiful. I can’t imagine being able to say goodnight to an entire continent from above, but this is the closest I’ll get:

Sunset from Space

In more earthly travel news, but strange indeed, a woman claims that Continental Airlines lost her husband’s body and is now suing them for damages.

Over on Intelligent Travel, the 2011 Traveler Photo Contest is up and running, with photos posted every few weeks. The competition is still open if any of you Hipmunks have travel photos to submit!

Capitalizing on the spotlight from the Royal Wedding, Antigua has decided to rename one of their beaches after Princess Diana, noting that “Barbuda [beach] became a sanctuary for the princess, and she seemed to find solace in the beauty of the island”. [via]

Have an iPad and like to travel with it? Matt Long from Landlopers did a service-y post on how to customize your shiny toy for travel, with screenshots and apps for download.

Man drives his car off the South Rim of the Grand Canyon - and survives to tell the tale. Pretty crazy stuff.

New York Times’ Frugal Traveler column posted a guide to navigating rental car fees. Given the many options, add-ons and fees when you rent a car, this is bound to come in handy.

EuroCheapo has rounded up three free walking tours of Paris for those of you heading over to the pond to France.

And in my hometown of Montreal, a new exhibit at the Museum of Archeology commemorates Mr. Indiana Jones, archeologist extraordinaire. The exhibit runs through September 18 and includes an interactive tour, film accessories and archeological finds on loan from other museums.