Showing posts with label Germany. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Germany. Show all posts

Expedition 1000: Dave's Off On Another Adventure - The Random Tandem

British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite is off on yet another adventure as he continues the pursuit of his Expedition 1000 goals. This time, he's back on the bike, riding across Europe, and he isn't alone, as somehow he managed to talk his girlfriend Emma into joining him. This is the 13th leg of Expedition 1000, which started as an idea that Dave had back in 2006 to skateboard across Australia. Yes, all of Australia. That launched a plan to undertake 25 individual journeys of 1000 miles or more, all under his own power. Since that time, he's also kayaked the Murray River in Australia, stand-up paddle boarded the length of the Mississippi, swam 1000 miles down the Missouri, and rode a push-scooter across Japan.

Russians Uncover Secret Nazi Base in the Arctic

File this story under "News of the Weird."

Russian researchers have discovered a hidden Nazi base in the Arctic. Yep, you read that right, and no this isn't one of those weird conspiracy stories that you'll find elsewhere on the Internet. Apparently the base, which is named “Schatzgraber” or “Treasure Hunter,”  was built back in 1942 under order from Adolf Hitler himself. It is believed to have been in operation until June of 1944, when it was abandoned following a series of mishaps.

Located on the remote island of Alexander Land, the base was believed to have been a weather station. After it was constructed, teams of Nazi soldiers lived there throughout 1943, a year after the Germans invaded Russia during World War II. But, running low on supplies the men that lived there were later forced to eat raw polar bear meat, which caused some of the soldier to become ill and even die. The remaining staff members departed the station just as the tide was beginning to turn against Hitler back home. 

After that, the base became a forgotten structure from a bygone era. There were rumors of its existence, but no one was able to confirm that the Nazi's had indeed constructed the weather station above the Arctic Circle, although others had previously searched for it in vain. But the Russian team that discovered Schatgraber say they found more than 500 relics from the WWII era that were left behind by the previous tenants. They found a number of German bunkers, fuel barrels, and even old paperwork that was left behind when the soldiers left. Most of it is well preserved in the harsh, cold conditions, which should make for some interesting historical discoveries amongst the remains of the base. 

Up until now, the base had only been mentioned in old Nazi reference material and German supply records, but since it had never been found, Schatgraber was believed to be a myth. There are many such stories of hidden Nazi bases – including some in the Antarctic too. Most of those probably are just legends, but this discovery will certainly add fuel to the fire. 

The researchers the discovered the station say they'll take all of the artifacts that they've found back to Russia with them for examination. Perhaps they'll find even more interesting things about what the Nazi's were doing there in the Arctic from the paperwork they discovered. 

Check out some images from the base in the news video below. The dialog is in Russian, but you'll at least get a sense of what the site looks like now. 

Video: Downmall 2015 - Holding a Mountain Bike Competition in a Shopping Mall

Ever wonder what it would be like to hold a mountain biking competition in a shopping mall? Shoppers in one such mall in Berlin got to witness it first hand recently as riders zipped down escalators and performed tricks an an atrium before a large crowd of onlookers. The video below captures some of that action, which looks cramped and confining, but fun none the less.

Downmall 2015 - Berlin from T//Motion on Vimeo.

Video: Timelapse Over the Aletsch Glacier

The Aletsch Glacier is the largest in the Alps, and it makes for an amazing backdrop to this beautiful timelapse video. The scenes shown in this short clip were taken over several years and are a compilation of the best shots from photographer Markus Eihenberger. I think you'll find them breathtakingly beautiful.

ALETSCH ARENA DAY & NIGHT from Markus Eichenberger Photography on Vimeo.

Video: Red Bull District Ride Germany Course Preview

Downhill urban mountain biking feature some of the craziest tracks you'll ever see. Take for instance the one shown in the video below. It is a preview of the Red Bull District Ride held in Nuremberg, Germany last weekend. In the clip, riders Aaron Chase and Yannick Granieri take us through the course ahead of the start of the race. It includes some massive jumps that will make your stomach drop just watching them on the video. There are also some great obstacle, and even a finishing ride down a major ramp that must first be accessed by taking an elevator to the top of a building. It definitely needs to be seen to be believed. Don't try this at home kids.

Red Bull District Ride 2014 Germany - GoPro Course Preview from YOOO.TV | twoleftfeet | Raiders on Vimeo.