Showing posts with label Myanmar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Myanmar. Show all posts

Video: 5 Things to Know Before You Go on an Adventure

Before you set out on your next adventure, you'll want to watch this video. It comes our way from National Geographic, and it shares advice that a team of climbers learned while traveling to Myanmar to climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia. That expedition wasn't an easy one, with lots of challenges to overcome before they ever reached the mountain. But what they learned along the way was invaluable.

Video: Exploration is Not Dead - Climbing Hkakabo Razi in Myanmar

When a team of climbers went to Myanmar to attempt a summit of Hkakabo Razi, the tallest peak in the region, they weren't sure what they were in for. They were looking for a challenge and a chance to fill in some blank spots on the map. They got that, and so much more. This video gives us an indication of what that expedition was all about, and reassures us that exploration is not dead in the 21st century.

Video: Down to Nothing - Climbing a Remote Peak in Myanmar

Last week I posted a video from National Geographic that followed a team of climbers into a remote region of Myanmar to attempt to summit Hkakabo Razi, potentially the highest peak in southeast Asia at 5881 meters (19,295 ft). That expedition pushed the team to their absolute physical and mental limits as they struggled with all manner of challenges. This video comes our way from the expedition's co-sponsor The North Face, and it offers us a different perspective on the events that took place. If you want to see an up close account of a team of explorers in a remote corner of the planet, than spend 25 minutes with this film. You'll come away with a new appreciation for this team's efforts, and what goes into making an expedition like this one work.

Down To Nothing from The North Face on Vimeo.

Video: Expedition to Remote Myanmar

We have another fantastic video courtesy of National Geographic today. This time, the short film follows an expedition of elite climbers into a remote region of Myanmar where they hope to measure the height of a peak called Hkakabo Razi, which is believed to be Southeast Asia's tallest mountain at 5881 meters (19,295 ft). Along the way they face a grueling trek, some unexpected obstacles, and a surprisingly challenging ascent. That all makes for a great adventure video for those of us watching at home, although it looks like it created some struggles for this team. This is a great video for those interested in mountaineering and exploration. Don't miss it.

Video: Bagan - The Land of Pagodas

Located in Myanmar, Bagan is an ancient city that was once the capital of the region. It features more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries, and remains a popular destination with travelers to this day. The video below takes us to this amazing place, and gives us a beautiful glimpse of the landscapes there. As Myanmar continues to open up to foreign visitors, this will be one of the places that will draw travelers from across the globe.

Bagan - The Land of Pagodas from peter amber on Vimeo.

Nat Geo Expedition Goes Peak Bagging in Myanmar

Myanmar isn't exactly a country that leaps to mind when you think about major mountaineering expeditions, but the country is starting to become a hotbed for adventure, in part because it has allowed limited access to outsiders for some time. Now, a team of climbers sponsored by National Geographic and The North Face, has traveled to the Southeast Asian country to not only climb several peaks, but to also chart their true heights in an effort to determine the highest mountain in the region.

The team is made up of an all-star cast of adventurers, including expedition leader Hilaree O'Neill, photographer Cory Richards, adventure filmmaker Renan Ozturk, writer Mark Jenkins, climber Emily Harrington, and video assistant Taylor Rees. The group is in Myanmar now, and has released its first dispatch to the Nat Geo Adventure Blog. Over the next seven weeks, they will continue to share updates from the field, as they travel to parts of the country that have only recently opened up to westerners.

In the weeks to come, the group will focus on climbing to the top of Hkakabo Razi, a remote peak that is roughly 5800 meters (19,140 feet) in height. They'll carry with them a specially calibrated GPS system, that will allow them to take precise measurements of the altitude of the mountain. The hope is that they'll be able to summit, and determine where the peak falls in relation to its height as compared to other mountains in Southeast Asia. If they have time, the team will also attempt to summit Gamlang Razi nearby.

Just getting to these mountains will be quite an adventure. According to the Nat Geo description of the expedition, the team will travel by plane, train, bus, and motorbike, just to reach the start of a trail that will take them on a 300 mile (482 km) round-trip trek through dense jungle, where they can set up Base Camp for their operation. It will be an incredibly demanding journey just to get to their starting point ahead of the start of the climb.

To give you a sense of what they are experiencing, upon setting out on the trail, they immediately encountered a white-lipped pit viper, one of the most venomous snakes in the entire world. A bite from this snake can deliver enough venom to kill a person in just one hour. When you are days away from assistance, that is an incredibly scary animal to come across. Fortunately, the team is carrying anti-venom with them, but I'm sure they would prefer to not have to use it.

Stay tuned to the Nat Geo Adventure Blog for more updates in the days to come.

Video: Way Up East in Myanmar

With its turbulent past, Myanmar (aka Burma) is not a country that many people consider as a travel destination. But it is a place that has become more intriguing in recent years, as it has begun to lift the veil of secrecy and seclusion. This video takes us there, and while it shows many of the landscapes the country has to offer, much of the focus is on the amazing, friendly, and accommodating people that live in Myanmar. After all, when we travel some place new, it is often the people that leave the most lasting impression.

Way Up East from Paul Wex on Vimeo.