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Clearest sky month in Pyrenees

I’m thinking of visiting the Pic du Midi observatory, in the Pyrenees. What time of year is statistically likely to have the clearest skies?
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Choosing a snowy destination in Europe for travel by train

What regions are easily reachable by train from the Netherlands and are (almost) sure to have snow in winter? I'm trying to avoid skiing areas as those are crowded, expensive, sold out and geared ...
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Driving from Tulsa to Salt Lake in the Winter

Me and a group of friends are planning to drive from Tulsa, OK to Salt Lake City, UT in the winter. Are there any roads we should avoid for safety reasons? Is there also any equipment we should bring ...
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eBiking and swimming in Austrian lakes

I am looking to spend this year's summer holidays in Austria. Last year I was in Seefeld in Tirol and I really enjoyed renting ebikes and just exploring around and also swimming in lakes around the ...
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Highest mountain summit in Western Europe accessible without climbing gear?

I'm trying to find out which is the highest summit in Western Europe that can be reached by a fit hiker without the need for real climbing gear. (Crampons and/or a safety rope to cross ice/snow fields ...
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Drive from Detroit MI to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. - Is it scary?

I want to drive to pigeon forge with my family and I see that going from where I am to pigeon forge is a good 8 hour drive. I've driven a lot through Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois but not further down....
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Mount Triglav in June: accommodation opportunities

Calling all Slovenia experts. I will climb the Triglav mountain from Krma on june 15th: https://www.summitpost.org/krma-valley-via-kredarica/809427 However, it seems that all the huts on the way are ...
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What challenge can I face staying in Talesh mountains in Iran?

I saw some videos of the Talesh mountains in Iran e.g. : Spring at Talesh Mountains I am curious about access to the healthcare facility (I have asthma), electricity, and the Internet. Can anyone ...
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Mount Etna: from Nicolosi to Rifugio Sapienza on foot?

I will visit soon the north-east of Sicily (provinces of Catania and Messina). I would like to know if there is any pedestrian trail starting from the town of Nicolosi (CT) and leading to the lodge ...
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Germany, Thuringia, Inselsberg visible from Bavaria, Coburg?

My husband and me have different opinions about this. But we both are not able to find the reasoning or proofs: We drove from Bavaria to Thuringia via the highway A73. After passing the town Coburg, I ...
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Projected opening date of Trail Ridge Rd, Rocky Mountain National Park?

I know it varies each year depending on the amount of snow, but on average around the end of May. How has the recent weather and snowfall been? Planning a trip to Denver soon so it would be great to ...
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How much have eastern Bieszczady Mountains changed over the last 30 years?

I used to trek across the eastern Bieszczady Mountains 30 years ago when visiting Poland. It was awesome. I am planning to be back (this time with my teen children) and would like to understand how ...
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What does this sign near a waterfall in Switzerland (Saut du Doubs) mean?

Among my friends we had a disagreement/confusion as to what the following sign means: The sign is located on the top of the waterfall, but an access path to the bottom is nearby. Our hypotheses: No ...
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Does this painting depict the Alps or Rockies?

This painting is oil, old and I've been searching for the location. It would help if this mountain range could be sourced, I could then figure out who the artist might be.
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Hiking with children close to Prague, Czechia in winter

We are travelling to Prague, Czechia at the end of December and the forecast is snow. We like light hiking and would like to bring our children to the mountains with snow. Is there such a place or ...
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Where is this photo of a group of hikers taken? Is it really in the Ural?

With this story on tutu.ru on the Kvarkush plateau in the Ural comes this photo with the filename ural-4.jpg: Source: tutu.ru. It doesn't look like the Ural to me — on other photos of the Kvarkush ...
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Going to Fenqihu vs. Alishan [closed]

This is sort of a continuation of this question. Is there much more to see in Alishan compared to Fenqihu? I assume one of the main reasons tourists go to Alishan is to see the sunrise and also to ...
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Roads in Switzerland in December [closed]

I am planning to travel by a rented car from Milan to Reckingen-Gluringen, Switzerland on 8 December. What should I expect, and is it a good idea?
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Where was this photograph taken?

What is the location of this mountain? View from more above: The source youtube video (Since it is a live stream, the short video clip won't necessarily be shown again) I also asked the question on ...
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Are there any mountain towns or villages near Osaka with cooler weather than Osaka itself (5-10 degrees C cooler)?

I am going to Osaka soon and the weather is hot now. Are there any mountain towns or villages nearby with cooler weather by 5 or 10 degrees or so? I know about Mount Kongo already but I don't know ...
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How can I hike the Etna on my own and then reach the summit with a guide?

My fiance (who will be my wife then) and I are visiting Sicily in September. We plan to reach the Etna's summit. From what I have been told, everything above Torre del Filosofo (about 2900 m a.s.l.) ...
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How can I avoid mountain driving between Thunder Bay, Ontario and Moab, Utah? [closed]

What is the best way to avoid driving right in the mountains? I am travelling via North and South Dakota, through to Casper, Flaming Gorge, and down to Goblin Valley, and am considering going through ...
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What is the easiest place to cross the US Rocky Mountains, going to Oregon, in a large truck?

I'm working on the arrangements to move my household. I will need to drive a large moving truck from Kansas to Oregon in early June. I'm concerned that driving such a large truck through the ...
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What is the recommended route from Salt Lake to PHX in winter weather?

There is snow in the forecast and I was scheduled to drive from SLC to PHX on Saturday, but now I may have to leave today. What is the recommended route in these conditions?
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Chamonix - Mont Blanc

I'm visiting Chamonix this winter and I'd like to go to the top of Mont Blanc. Is it even possible to get to the top or how far can you go? I know there is a cable car and a train to Mont Blanc but ...
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What are the easiest mountain peaks in Alps that does not require rope/climbing/scrambling? [closed]

Next summer I wonder if there are any mountain peaks starting at 1500 meters and up to 2500 (to avoid oxygen problems beyond that), for average fitness person who is not an experienced mountaineer, ...
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What are the coordinates of Trango Towers?

What are the coordinates of Trango Towers? I could see 35°46′N 76°11′E on Wikipedia, however they aren't visible on Google Earth.
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How to find mountain parking in Switzerland?

I'm going to Switzerland and I plan to take some mountain trips, so I need to park somewhere near the trail start. How can I check if there's some parking nearby, is it free/paid and is it necessary ...
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Which mountains in the Lower Mainland, BC can be ascended by private car in the summer? [closed]

Like Cypress Mountain (via Cypress Bowl Rd.) and Mount Seymour (via Mt. Seymour Road), what satisfies these criteria: They must be located within the following (demarcated) area: My grandparents ...
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Why are Chinese mountains scaled by steps? (instead of winding paths)

Question: Why are Chinese mountains mostly scaled by steps/stairs instead of winded paths? Is there something traditional / practical / religious / spiritual about it that I fail to see? When hiking ...
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UIAA membership and guides

I have a question about International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) membership. Shouldn't it allow me to climb the mountains, without hiring a guide? Which usually is the most ...
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What is the name of the peak in Meghalya, India?

What is the name of the peak? It's in Meghalya, India. It's most probably in garo hills or khasi hills district.
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hiking trails near by Salzburg and Linz [closed]

I'm looking for a one day hiking trails in north-west Austria near by Salzburg and Linz. Can you recommend me some not easy trails, which go uphill but without climbing, 15-20km distance, I will take ...
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How to choose international mountain insurance, mostly for Europe?

There's a saying 'Better safe then sorry', and unfortunately, I was too lazy to follow that rule in the future. I live in Central Europe, which gives me an opportunity for quick, few-days trips to ...
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Is hiking up Ben Nevis doable with a fear of heights?

We are considering hiking up Ben Nevis next year with a group of friends, but some of them don't want to because of a fear of heights. Are there paths up that don't come close to steep drops? The ...
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Public transport access to Pyrenees (GR10)

I am interested in hiking the GR10, a long hike crossing the Pyrenees mountain range from west to east. I will not hike it all at once but in sections I can cover in about a week at most. I have no ...
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Can we get hiking boots and jackets for rent at Jungfraujoch?

We are going to visit Jungfraujoch in the first week of June. It has been recommended that we have hiking boots and warm jackets to keep out the wind. I would like to know if the boots and the jacket ...
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Is it possible to trek from Zero Point to Gurudongmar Lake via Donkiala pass and Cholamu Lake in Sikkim, India

I want to trek from from Zero Point to Gurudongmar Lake via Donkiala Pass and Cholamu Lake in Sikkim, India. Recently I noticed in Facebook that some people visited this place last year. Unfortunately ...
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Is it safer to drive up or down a dangerous mountain road?

Let's say you want to visit cities A, B and C, which are set in a triangle, so you can choose to travel A-B-C-A or A-C-B-A. The roads from A to B and A to C are fine, but the one between B and C is a ...
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How can I find a local guide to take me safely up Mt Toubkal in Morocco? [closed]

My partner and I will be visiting Morocco in late December and would like to hire a local and knowledgeable guide for climbing Mt Toubkal, who can also provide equipment (crampons, ice axe etc). Many ...
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What warm clothes should I take when traveling in southeast Asia? [closed]

While it's mostly very hot in southeast Asia, I plan to do some hikes that can go up and above 3000m. Considering some of these hikes will be at night in order to catch the sun rise, it'll be pretty ...
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Is the water potable in Swiss mountain huts?

Swiss mountain huts often have running water (for toilets and handwashing), but usually signage that state the water is not potable for drinking. Is this sign for one's own benefit (and health), just ...
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How correct is my intuition that tap water is safer in the mountains than in cities?

I'm in Colombia, and recently visited lake Neusa - highly recommended, by the way! The advice on drinking tap water in Colombia seems to be generally, big city/tourist hub = fine, otherwise avoid. ...
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Best 'private' spots for stargazing on Mountain Teide, Tenerife

I'm planning travel to Tenerife in the end of May and one of the things which I like to do is do enjoy in a beautiful star scenery. I did some investigation and I concluded the best place is somewhere ...
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What is the highest altitude town or village with accommodation in Cambodia?

After boiling and baking myself for a month and a half all around Cambodia, I'm wondering about places I could go up in the mountains in the country. Specifically I'm wondering what the highest ...
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Where in the world am I most likely to see stacked lenticular clouds?

Lenticular clouds form when air flows over a topographical feature such as a mountain. Moisture is forced out of the air into the form of a cloud as the air rises over the land feature and then ...
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Castle on my wallpaper - where is it?

My operating system (Elementary OS Luna) comes with a set of wallpapers - one of which is some kind of castle or cathedral built in mountains. Where is it?
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Winter trekking in High Tatra, what about accommodation?

We're going to go for a hike to High Tatras in January. Should I be prepared for snow slides/avalanches in winter (and carry tools like shovel, emitter, ...)? Are there any huts or shelters where we ...
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Climbing Mount Aragats in October

What are the possible conditions at Mount Aragats in October? Does it require climbing equipment to climb the highest pick? What are the possibilities to get there from/to Tbilisi and from/to Yerevan? ...
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Kawah Ijen (Indonesia) volcano at night

Kawah Ijen volcano is mostly visited by day when the miners are working. But if you look for "Kawah Ijen" in Google Images, a lot of blue lava images appear (is not lava really). I'd like to see this ...
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