The Alpstein massif don’t even come close to rivaling the stature of the Alps’ more snow-covered and soaring landforms, but that doesn’t make this alpine subgroup less worthy of your ogles and awes.
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1492 proved a seminal year for exploration both upward and outward. As Christopher Columbus so famously sailed the ocean blue, France’s Mont Aiguille had been discovered for climbing. From then on, the French Pre-Alp plateau was considered the birthplace of mountaineering.
The Alberta, Canada gem is unique in its beauty and in its name: in no other place in North America can you find a place called Banff.
With its sky-high reign of over 11,000 feet, the Drakensberg is the highest and most geologically-intriguing mountain range in all of South Africa. Ancient volcanic eruptions, wind deposits and water have given the range its unique shape.
The word Tepui comes from the ancient Pemon language, where it means “house of the gods”. Largely found in South America, tepuis are mesas that rise abruptly from the jungle and give its visitors spectacular views of the surrounding wildlife. One tepui, Auyantepui, is the source of Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall.
One of the Swiss Alps’ most iconic features, Matterhorn’s mesmerizing appearance is matched by its inherent deadliness. With a nearly 15,000-foot high summit, Matterhorn’s pernicious peak has ended the lives of over 500 alpinists whose sky-high ambition has been to set foot upon it.