Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

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On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Tafoni Magic in Corsica

Have you ever thought that such fantastic 3D rock structures really exist?

Tafoni Magic in Corsica

Climbing in the valley of Restonica in Corsica is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my climbing life.

These incredible granite structures are called tafoni. They are very grippy, have a fantastic friction and are a lot of fun. The mountains surrounding this climbing are breathtaking and can not be compared to anything else. Bolting is very good in this area.

This place is magic.

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