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The bizarre Mauna Kea silversword plant on the side of the world's "tallest" mountain, Mauna Kea in Hawaii. ⠀
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Okay, so we all know that Mount Everest is Earth’s highest mountain, measuring at a staggering 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. What’s less well known is that if you measure from base to peak, it’s not Everest but Hawaii’s Mauna Kea that takes the crown as the world’s tallest mountain. Mauna Kea lies largely hidden beneath the ocean surface but is a monumental 10,203m (33,476ft) in height from base to peak.⠀
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The Mauna Kea silversword, is a highly endangered flowering plant endemic to the island of Hawaiʻi (Big Island) of Hawaii. The flowering plant was once common on the volcano, and extraordinary conservation efforts are being made to preserve the species.⠀
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#StandTall #protectmaunakea #WeAreMaunaKea #Hawaii #MaunaKea #keepthesacredsacred #bigislandhawaii #pacificislands #wellhiked #stayandwander #takeahike #travelawesome #optoutside #earthpix⠀
#neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #USA #lpPathfinders
One of our first views across of Bagan in #Myanmar – the world’s largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. ⠀
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Founded in the second century AD, the kingdom of Bagan once had over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries, all constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries. ⠀
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As it’s located in an active earthquake zone, Bagan has suffered many earthquakes over the ages, the most recent of which in 2016 destroyed over 400 buildings and damaged hundreds more. Today, the remains of ‘only’ 2,000 temples and pagodas can still be seen, many of which are undergoing repairs and restoration.⠀
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#Bagan #Burma #Mandalay #mystic #temples #pagoda #stupa #travelgram #instatravel #adventure #tranquility #Burmese #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #ic_adventures #global_hotshotz #lpPathfinders #passionpassport #worldtravelbook #exploretocreate #theoutbound
A line of climbers make their way along the fixed ropes section below the summit approach on Mount Elbrus in Russia.⠀
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This scene of tranquility betrays the torrid morning we'd had. Rising at 12am to summit we spent the first six hours of the climb in a blizzard. We emerged from the snowstorm and above the clouds as the sun came up making for a beautiful final summit approach.⠀
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Mt Elbrus at 5,642m (18,510ft) is Europe's highest mountain and one of the Seven Summits – the highest mountain on every continent. I climbed it this summer with @klub_7_vershin. ⠀
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Many thanks to @SalomonSports and @ellis_brigham who helped get me to the top! #TimeToPlay #livebreatheexplore⠀⠀
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#elbrus #elbrusexpedition #elbrus2017 #mtelbrus #mountelbrus #Russia #mountains #mountain #Caucasus #caucasusmountains #baksan #summit #7_summits #7summits #mountaineering #adventureawaits #adventureculture #getoutstayout #adventurepic #theoutbound #stayandwander #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #adventurethatislife⠀
The colossal Perito Moreno Glacier – one of the world’s few glaciers in equilibrium – of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina.⠀
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Now, we know that travel bloggers are prone to clichéd hyperbole, but we're not embellishing when we say that when we first glimpsed Perito Moreno, we really did gasp at the sight before us. The expanse of blue ice – 250km2 (97 sq mi) in area and an average of 74m (240ft) in height – was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. In fact, next to Mount Yasur volcano in Vanuatu, it was the most incredible thing we’ve ever seen.⠀
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#PeritoMoreno #Glaciar #Argentina #Patagonia #ElCalafate #Calafate #SantaCruz #explore #compass #journey #ventureonward #expedition #adventureawaits #adventureculture #traveldeeper #optoutside #earthpix #wellhiked #stayandwander #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #passionpassport #lpPathfinders
Our favourite shot from @roughguides' new travel photobook, You Are Here, is this beautiful photo by British wildlife photographer @georgebturner.⠀
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George photographed this incredible cheetah in the Ngorongoro National Park in Tanzania. The photobook is unique in that the photos weren't taken by photographers on commission, but by travellers recording the sights that will no doubt become the stories they share when they return. We love the raw edge to the photos. This is travel as seen in life: wild, diverse, arresting, stunning.⠀
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Photo: George Turner, 2017
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#RGYouAreHere #RGphoto #Ngorongoro #Tanzania #ngorongorocrater #ngorongoroconservationarea #safari #Africa #crater #wildlife #cheetah #ad
The great Caucasus Mountains rise above the fertile Baksan Valley in the Elbrus region of Russia. ⠀
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I was on an acclimatisation hike to Cheget Peak at 3,601m (11,815ft) before my summit of Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe at 5,642m (18,510ft), with @klub_7_vershin. The village of Terskol below is the perfect base to start an expedition to Elbrus with easy access to the mountain range. ⠀
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Huge thank you to @SalomonSports and @ellis_brigham who helped get me to the top! #TimeToPlay #livebreatheexplore⠀⠀
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#elbrus #elbrusexpedition #elbrus2017 #mtelbrus #mountelbrus #Russia #mountains #mountain #Caucasus #caucasusmountains #baksan #summit #7_summits #7summits #mountaineering #adventureawaits #adventureculture #getoutstayout #adventurepic #theoutbound #stayandwander #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #adventurethatislife
A female leopard rests on a branch as the light fades in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. ⠀⠀
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This is far from my best photograph but it was the best I could get in the fading light. We'd been hunting all day for a glimpse of an elusive leopard and finally got our chance when our ranger heard the tell-tale cry of an alarmed monkey. ⠀
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Sure enough, we found our leopard. Luckily for us (not so much for the monkey) the leopard had just eaten. She was spread out on branch digesting her food. The encroaching darkness made photography a bit of challenge but I managed to grab this shot before the light disappeared completely. Yala has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.⠀
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#YalaNationalPark #SriLanka #Yala #wildlife #TravelGoals #TravelDestination #seetheworld #safari #nature #Leopard #SriLanka #lka #Lanka #ceylon #IndianOcean #ocean #beach #srilankaecotourism  #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #ourlonelyplanet #travelawesome #passionpassport #roamtheplanet
The early morning haze burns off under the soft #sunrise light at U Bein Bridge and Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, Myanmar.⠀⠀
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The 1.2km wooden bridge spans Taungthaman Lake and is the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world. During the dry season  which was when this shot was taken, the bridge is surreally high and a little unnecessary! It mostly crosses seasonal vegetable gardens and crops. But after the summer rains, the area becomes a large lake and water laps just below the floor planks of the bridge.⠀
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#ubeinbridge #Myanmar #Amarapura #Mandalay #tranquility #longestteakbridgeintheworld #locals #dailylife #Burmese #burma #wildernessculture #adventurepic #theoutbound #adventureculture #roamtheplanet #sunset
Jagged rock cliffs carve through the sky in Zion National Park in Utah, USA.⠀⠀
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We'd spent a couple of days exploring Grand Canyon National Park and were enjoying our final meal at our lodge when we got chatting to another group of hikers. They suggested adapting our route to take in Zion National Park. “It’s like a red Yosemite in the desert,” they told us. “You’ll love it.”⠀⠀
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And we did! The massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red soar dramatically into the sky. We chose to explore three short hikes: the Weeping Rock Trail, the Upper Emerald Pool Trail and part of the Riverside Walk. ⠀⠀
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#zionnationalpark #Utah #Zion #hiking #nps #angelslanding #nationalparks #nature #roadtrip #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #backpacking #adventurethatislife #adventureawaits #adventureculture #liveoutdoors #hikingadventures #getoutstayout #wellhiked #stayandwander #takeahike
This beautiful tall ship @ladyofavenel was my home for a week along with a group of standup paddleboarders from @Active360 during our expedition off the west coast of Scotland. ⠀
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This summer I spent a week learning to sail a traditional tall ship around the Inner Hebrides archipelago. When the sails were furled we put kayaks and paddleboards overboard and headed for land, discovering wild beaches, craggy coves and traditional fishing villages.⠀ ⠀
Unhindered by ferry schedules, passable roads or hiking trails we could access some of the most remote scenery in Scotland that only the sea has passage to. ⠀
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#ladyofavenel #sailboat #sailing #tallship #ship #rigging #SUP #paddleboarding #paddleboard #standuppaddleboard #standuppaddleboarding #InnerHebrides #Hebrides #isleofstaffa #scotland #visitscotland #instascotland #igersscotland #lovescotland #scotlandlover #madeinscotland #explorescotland #scotlandsbeauty #igscotland
The fantastical island commune of @Mont_StMichel on the coast of Normandy in France.⠀⠀
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The fairytale complex of Mont Saint-Michel dates as far back as the 8th century. Legend has it that the archangel Michael appeared in 708 to the bishop of Avranches and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet.⠀
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A monastery and abbey were erected over subsequent centuries, complete with fairytale flourishes: soaring spires and hulking ramparts that rise dramatically from the sea.⠀
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#MontSaintMichel #Normandie #France #MagnifiqueFrance #Manche #Normandy #Castle #Bretagne #BeautifulFrance #lpPathfinders #adventureawaits #adventureculture #traveldeeper #stayandwander #takeahike #travelawesome #optoutside #getoutstayout #ic_adventures #global_hotshotz  #travelawesome #earthpix
A female elephant and her calf emerge from the bush at Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka.⠀
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We visited Kaudulla in early February and by this time, with the water level at its lowest, the elephants were like clockwork. Every afternoon, once the heat of the day had passed, the herds emerged from the undergrowth and made their way through the long grass to the watering hole.⠀
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#srilanka #kaudullanationalpark #elephantfamily #kaudulla #elephant #wild #srilankaecotourism #nature #instatravel #adventure #safari #wildlife #lka #Lanka #ceylon #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #backpacking #adventurethatislife