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Answering the Big Question: Why Adventure Sports?

Credit: Liza Cicuto/ PixabayWhen asked what the best religion is, the Dalai Lama replied: “The best religion is what brings you closest to God.” What about riding ghastly waves, or meticulously calculating the next move on a narrow mountain ridge? Can you find spirituality there? As long as you do it for the right reasons, then yes, you can.Over the past few decades, extreme sports have garnered a lot of attention. Despite this growing inte...

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How to Choose the Best Suited Kilimanjaro Route for You

Each year, approximately 25,000 people attempt to climb the 5,895 meter Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest summit and the world’s highest free-standing mountain – around half of whom don’t succeed at reaching the summit. Although the climbing motives may change, almost everyone wants to reach the summit.Many elements contribute to the success or failure of summiting Mt Kili: how physically and mentally prepared you are, the gear you’re u...

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4 Hiking Misconceptions You May Want to Reconsider

A group of hikers navigate Wadi Khsheib in South Sinai. Credit: Enas El MasryIt’s not so unusual to shy away from activities that you’ve never tried before, especially when you continue to associate them with false impressions. Hiking is no stranger to the injustice of prejudice and stigma.Although commonly popular among the community of adventurers, hiking is otherwise regarded as a niche activity. Having been on many hikes of varied difficulti...

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Egyptian Woman's Solo Cycling Adventure Through Enigmatic South Korea

Travel can be one of the most exciting experiences in anyone’s life, but have you ever considered exploring a new, foreign culture from the seat of your bike? For many travellers, cycling is a leisure activity that barely lingers on the margins of a travel agenda. However, to 34-year-old architect, cyclist, and environmentalist Shaimaa al-Zayat, cycling has become integral to her trips. On September 24 2016, Zayat became the first Egyptian...

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Omar Samra on Spirituality and the Power of Nature

“I took to the crowded city streets, pondering the flashing neon lights in search of life’s true meaning,” said no wise man ever. Since the dawn of humanity, man has sought solitude in the embrace of nature, dwelling on the complex terrain of his psyche in search of answers, solace, and enlightenment.Having roamed the Earth from pole to pole, treading paths that no one had ever walked before, Omar Samra has time and time again found himsel...

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Adventure Hacks: The 3 Pillars That Can Get You to Everest

Like Clark Kent, many adventurers continue to slave away from 9 to 5 behind desks, clad in suits, motivated for the most part by saving enough money to go on their next adventure. Stuck in the energy-draining urban structure of concrete jungles and traffic jams, the trapped free spirits of the city often seek solace in drenching their social media feeds with photos of the outdoors and the latest updates from some of the world’s most famous adven...

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Climber Diaries: Hopes and Fears on Mt Everest

Visionary people have pretty inspiring goals, with some doing things like climbing to Earth’s highest summit – Mount Everest – resting at 8,848 meters above sea level. Since 1953, the year Sir Edmund and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay recorded history’s first ascent to the Everest summit, there are nearly 1,000 annual attempts at climbing to the summit, with an average of 500 people actually making it to the top. While the idea of climbing the worl...

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Beginners' Guide to Planning a Backpacking Trip

While it is customary for the urban life to make us more reliant and attached to our material belongings, one of the best remedies is to pack your bare necessities and embark on a soul rejuvenating adventure. Although this nomadic life releases you from the daily, materialistic concerns, planning a successful backpacking trip entails many considerations that guarantee your trip will be both safe and enjoyable.A backpacking trip is commonly...

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The Day My Mother's Eyes Sparkled With Life Again

I stood back and looked at her in silence, contemplating and appreciating the masterpiece of a woman that she is. I’ve always treasured my mother for so many reasons, but I never thought the day would come when our roles would switch, leaving me in awe and pride at her ability to still grow and change. Venturing farther than anything she would have considered a comfort zone, the day she decided to go on her own adventure was the day I saw...

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The Mountain Reintroduced Me To My Daughter, and I'm In Awe

As humans, we are naturally wired to reach out and connect. While we form many bonds and relationships throughout our lifetimes, there are many variables that define and shape those relationships such as the roads we tread together. In the 20 years of mothering Lina, my only daughter among five children, we have been through many ups and downs together; but of all that we’ve been through, I will always remember the time we climbed Mount To...

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Rock solid INSPIRATION - The 3 Climbers Scaling The World's Highest Heights

"Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy .. " Climbing isn't a sport, not in the traditional sense anyway. You don't get to go to the Olympics for it. You don't win gold medals for it. And other people are the least of your worries while you are at it. We don't scoop the dirt with our fingers for it to fall to the ground to the sound of standing ovations and clicking of medallions. What inspires us are steeper walls, taller mountains,...

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6000 KM in 100 days - Nour El Din's Cycling Journey Across Egypt!

When you work in adventure travel, you get used to having people who look like they just patted the desert off their shoulders and shook the ocean out of their hair come into your office. It takes a lot - and I mean moving rocks with laser beams shot out of your eyes and talking to woodland creatures and writing music that tears at all our heartstrings - to surprise us. In walks Nour Eldin Sherif, who rocks all of the above and a head full of br...

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What Travel Plan? It's Called a Journey!

Travel, we believe, is a tricky word. It is one that has been hijacked by a world so accustomed to reducing unique experiences to sound bites and marketable products. If travel to you is synonymous with fixed itineraries, with cosmopolitan cities, and with sitting still, then you’re doing yourself a great injustice. Why we call them journeys, you ask? Well, because a “journey” is a word we will do right by. Our belief in movement is imperat...

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Finding Home with New Faces in Unexpected Places

A couple of weeks ago, I, along with 20+ strangers discovered a new land: we trekked through its rolling terrain, were humbled by the grandeur of its mountains, admired the serenity of its temples and lakes, splashed through its river rapids and practiced our asanas while breathing in its morning mist. That just about sums up the Walk n’ Yoga trip I’d read about and signed up for with Wild Guanabana. For that, I was prepared: Sleeping bag,...