How an "average Kiwi bloke" knocked off the biggest mountain in the world

“Well, we knocked the bastard off!” That was how Edmund Hillary famously recounted reaching the summit to fellow Kiwi climber George Lowe. Hillary, a self-diagnosed ‘average bloke’ made it sound simple, like he and Sherpa Norgay (born Namgyal Wangdi) had somehow accidentally summited the highest peak in the world. But in reality, it was a large-scale, arduous expedition that involved 350 porters, 20 Sherpas and 10 climbers, all of whom were vying for the honour of getting to the top first.

This guy is walking 1100km to the South Pole on his own

Right now, a Japanese guy named Yasunaga Ogita is battling temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius as he walks, completely unassisted, towards the South Pole. He’s dragging a 100kg sled through the snow, which contains his camping gear, food and cooking supplies. His goal is to complete a solo unassisted trek, which means there’s no dogsleds, snowmobiles, or aeroplane food drops along the way. It’s just him, a pair of cross-country skis and the great white expanse.

This guy walked 10,000km from Wales to Australia

Arjun Bhogal named the trip ‘Border Walk’, and while walking 40km a day was hard work, he soon found that sourcing and carrying water was his biggest daily struggle. Clean water has become his passion — he wants it to be available to everyone. On the phone, Arjun comes across as an utterly regular 29-year-old guy. He laughs while recounting stories about getting kidnapped, getting thrown in jail and surviving extreme temperatures from -35 to 52 degrees Celsius. With a documentary and a book in the works, we asked Arjun about the adventure.

Exploring Bangkok’s Ghost Tower

I’m not very experienced with paying bribes so I shut up and listen carefully. He says that there could be some men at the bottom who might ask us to pay an entry fee. They’re not officially stationed there to charge entry fees, and there’s no set price, but they might just do it anyway. This sounds a bit dodgy, but I nod along. Jackson, an Australian dude I met an hour ago, seems like a guy I can trust; after all, he’s the one who read the listicle about the weirdest attractions in Bangkok.

Schoolies in Bali Is Gross but Strangely Heartwarming

All of them agreed that Jamie Murphy's experience was a sufficient shock to scare them off dabbling with any drugs in Bali. They're not even risking the over-the-counter stuff. Alex explains, "We haven't hit the psuedos [pseudoephedrine] because back home that's what's used to cook meth. I don't want to fuck with that." I was surprised at how sensible they were. Apparently, they're going to be engineers and marine biologists one day.

Zooming and Cropping Ancient Ruins

We zoom in on the Buddha itself and crop out the unsightly elements—other tourists, bins, signs, ropes, protective coverings—and by cropping our photographs we crop our conceptions of reality into something neat and untainted. The thing is though, cropping these things out of a photo doesn’t make our experiences any more or less authentic. It just makes the photos nicer to look at. But does this kind of photography depict reality or censor it?
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