An immersive, BAFTA nominated short by Kathrin Steinbacher in which – following a joyful dance in the nip which will stay with you for the rest of the day – Grandma Hedi sets off through the Alps, revealing the reason for her attachment to her worn-out hiking boots.
A spectacular (and very rare) ice halo photographed (on an iPhone) by Michael Schneider this month in the Swiss Alps. According to Schneider, the phenomenon developed gradually as fog dissipated at the top of a ski resort.
Previously: Dublin Rainbow
The Valpelline Bivouac – an alpine shelter on a rocky peak in Italy’s Morion ridge – prefabricated offsite and dropped into place by helicopter.
Made from composite wooden panels and steel, anchored to the rock by cables, it offers a base for climbers trekking over the ridge, with cooking facilities, storage and stunning views of Becca di Luseney, Monte Rosa, and the Matterhorn.
Alternatively, here’s the full 8 minute descent in real time.
Each of the clay columns, eroded from earlier structures left by retreating glaciers after the last Ice Age, is protected by a large boulder resting on top. Eventually, the columns lose the structural cohesion required to support the boulder and collapse – a sad day indeed for natural weirdness.
A bonkers POV video from Polygon UR Team downhill mountain biker Jamie Nicoll vying with (and trying to avoid colliding with) fellow competitors in the opening minutes of the 30km Megavalanche glacier descent in the French Alps.
The race starts at the 3,300m summit of the Pic Blanc and ends 2,500 meters below in the Allemont Valley.
Here’s another rider (Thibaut Ruffin’s) POV of the 2014 race in it’s full unexpurgated glory.
Trials riders Julien Dupont and Arthur Cotard head up into the French Alps for a bit of freestyle shenanigans with a well kitted-out camera crew (packing a camera-equipped Air Drone remote-control helicopter) in tow. The result is this slickly edited five minutes of mountain candy.