Author Archives: Orel Engelbach

New Trip Reports to Be Published Soon

Dear all, After almost four years of silence, I intend to come back to blogging and publish a few trip reports and photos. I will in particular write a trip report about California and my impressions on the Death Valley … Continue reading

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Insane Trip in French Hillbilly Territory: The Vosges

I still don’t know if what happened was real or if a collective paranoia that hit both my friend and I on this trip. One thing is sure, this trip felt like a backwood horror movie. I don’t want to scare … Continue reading

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Down The Bayou

       It’s good to live in the great city of New Orleans, but to be honest, in November, I was starting to suffocate being stuck in town for so long. I needed a break. Lucky me, Thanksgiving was coming. I shared … Continue reading

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Daring: Winter Ascent of Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

      This was by no mean the toughest hike I’ve done, but I was extremely apprehensive to climb Ben Nevis by the CMD Arete in February. Ben Nevis was always described to me as a dangerous mountain to climb due … Continue reading

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The Angola Prison Rodeo

The Angola Prison Rodeo is extremely famous in the Deep South. Every Sunday of October, a show is organized in the largest maximum security prison of the United States. Many people come from far away to attend it.

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Strength Shall Not Be Taken For Granted, And The Power of Nature Shall Not Be Undermined

       I am a different person, with a new prize in my bag. My physical appearance remains the same (besides a few more muscles in my legs), and one would probably not notice any difference simply by looking … Continue reading

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The West Texas Experience : From the Big Bend National Park to Houston

     After some time spent in Sanderson, looking for a local restaurant but only finding a cafe whose manager was extremely rude and crazy, we left this town and continued our journey to the Big Bend Park. We drove … Continue reading

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The West Texas Experience : From Baton Rouge to Terrell County

     One thousand nine hundred and twenty two miles in four days, I think that is a new record. We didn’t drive for the sake of driving but it was even. We drove all over the place, trying to … Continue reading

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A Couple of Days in Wroclaw, Poland

     I feel like writing tonight, and I feel like writing about my first experience in Eastern Europe. It was only a 3 days stay in the great city of Wroclaw, Poland, but I’ve learned a lot from it. … Continue reading

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A Good Week In Louisiana

     I’ve been in Louisiana for almost two months now, and it still seems pretty crazy to be here. But I won’t complain, because Louisiana is a great great place, as great as when I used to live in … Continue reading

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A Day in the Mamores with the Strathclyde Uni Mountaineering Club, Scotland

    The hike was almost as good as the crazy sauna party we had the previous day in our hotel. It was very strange because last summer, I had already more or less done the route we were now doing. … Continue reading

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The Five Sisters of Kintail : Mysterious Scottish Wilderness

   Despite the exhausting 11 hour mountaineering session we had on Saturday on the A’ Ghlas-bheinn mountain, some of us were eager to try something harder on Sunday. Nothing could have been better than the famous 5 mile long ridge … Continue reading

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