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Ice climbing with Conrad Anker

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Ice climbing with Conrad Anker Conrad Anker first picked up an ice axe in 1982. He’s been climbing on ice ever since. “When I’m at home in Montana,” Anker says, “I absolutely live for ice climbing.” With the world-class Hyalite Canyon just a few minutes outside his hometown of Bozeman, Anker spends a lot of time every winter doing just that. He’s established dozens of routes in the canyon and uses the frozen waterfalls and overhanging rock walls of Hyalite as his exercise gym, gear lab, and training ground before heading to the Himalayas every spring.
Describing Anker as an expert ice climber would be a wild understatement. He’s one of the best, most technically sound and expedition-proven high-altitude ice and rock climbers in the world. Which is why I was thrilled, and a bit nervous, about joining him for a day of ice climbing on his home turf. The only catch was, I’d never been ice climbing before.
“Well, there’s a first time for everything,” Conrad replied in an email. “It might a…

5 ways to keep yourself mentally equipped for adventure

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5 ways to keep yourself mentally equipped for adventure If elite climbers and mountaineers all have one thing in common, it’s mental toughness. They don’t give up. They can push their bodies and minds through extreme conditions, maintaining mental sharpness under duress in an incredibly hostile environment for days, if not weeks, at a time. One faulty knot, misplaced piton, or other mental bobble when climbing can spell disaster.
As an expedition leader to some of the world’s highest peaks and most dangerous places for the last 30+ years, Conrad Anker knows a thing or two about being mentally equipped for adventure. So listen up.
1. Train your weaknesses.
“This can be tough because first you have to understand and admit what your weaknesses are,” Anker explains. “Then you have to willingly and consistently practice the things you’re not good at.” Nobody likes forcing themselves to do something at which they feel inept (or maybe just less than confident), but that’s exactly what’s requi…

Ice climbing with Conrad Anker

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Ice climbing with Conrad Anker Conrad Anker first picked up an ice axe in 1982. He’s been climbing on ice ever since. “When I’m at home in Montana,” Anker says, “I absolutely live for ice climbing.” With the world-class Hyalite Canyon just a few minutes outside his hometown of Bozeman, Anker spends a lot of time every winter doing just that. He’s established dozens of routes in the canyon and uses the frozen waterfalls and overhanging rock walls of Hyalite as his exercise gym, gear lab, and training ground before heading to the Himalayas every spring.
Describing Anker as an expert ice climber would be a wild understatement. He’s one of the best, most technically sound and expedition-proven high-altitude ice and rock climbers in the world. Which is why I was thrilled, and a bit nervous, about joining him for a day of ice climbing on his home turf. The only catch was, I’d never been ice climbing before.
“Well, there’s a first time for everything,” Conrad replied in an email. “It might a…

5 ways to keep yourself mentally equipped for adventure

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5 ways to keep yourself mentally equipped for adventure If elite climbers and mountaineers all have one thing in common, it’s mental toughness. They don’t give up. They can push their bodies and minds through extreme conditions, maintaining mental sharpness under duress in an incredibly hostile environment for days, if not weeks, at a time. One faulty knot, misplaced piton, or other mental bobble when climbing can spell disaster.
As an expedition leader to some of the world’s highest peaks and most dangerous places for the last 30+ years, Conrad Anker knows a thing or two about being mentally equipped for adventure. So listen up.
1. Train your weaknesses.
“This can be tough because first you have to understand and admit what your weaknesses are,” Anker explains. “Then you have to willingly and consistently practice the things you’re not good at.” Nobody likes forcing themselves to do something at which they feel inept (or maybe just less than confident), but that’s exactly what’s requi…

Japan’s New Mobile Payment Tech and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

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Japan’s New Mobile Payment Tech and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week A consumer scans a QR code using WeChat Wallet, the second most popular method of payment in China, behind Alipay. Philip McMaster / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in digital news, Japan shifts its payment method as the numbers of Chinese tourists surges, a Spanish online travel company struggles to stay afloat, and Google allows users to search for alternative accommodations within its hotel site. — Isaac Carey Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/japans-new-mobile-payment-tech-and-6-other-digital-trends-this-week/

5 ways to stay physically equipped for adventure

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5 ways to stay physically equipped for adventure Conrad Anker’s accomplishments in high-altitude climbing are astonishing. For over three decades he’s been an elite climber and world-class mountaineer, often leading expeditions with climbers half his age in tow.
His list of first ascents is both lengthy and impressive, the pinnacle probably being the 2011 summit of India’s Meru Peak via its Shark’s Fin route, accompanied by Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk. That ascent — and Conrad’s personal story — became the subject of Chin’s successful 2015 documentary film Meru, propelling Anker into mainstream stardom.
Known for his extraordinary ability and endurance at high altitude, Anker summited Everest without oxygen in 2012 on a National Geographic Expedition, for which he also partnered with the Mayo Clinic to help study the effects of high-altitude climbing on the human body. All the tests results from that climb pointed towards a super-human Anker, performing at a level equal to that of ath…

Japan’s New Mobile Payment Tech and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Japan’s New Mobile Payment Tech and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week A consumer scans a QR code using WeChat Wallet, the second most popular method of payment in China, behind Alipay. Philip McMaster / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in digital news, Japan shifts its payment method as the numbers of Chinese tourists surges, a Spanish online travel company struggles to stay afloat, and Google allows users to search for alternative accommodations within its hotel site. — Isaac Carey Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/japans-new-mobile-payment-tech-and-6-other-digital-trends-this-week/

5 ways to stay physically equipped for adventure

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5 ways to stay physically equipped for adventure Conrad Anker’s accomplishments in high-altitude climbing are astonishing. For over three decades he’s been an elite climber and world-class mountaineer, often leading expeditions with climbers half his age in tow.
His list of first ascents is both lengthy and impressive, the pinnacle probably being the 2011 summit of India’s Meru Peak via its Shark’s Fin route, accompanied by Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk. That ascent — and Conrad’s personal story — became the subject of Chin’s successful 2015 documentary film Meru, propelling Anker into mainstream stardom.
Known for his extraordinary ability and endurance at high altitude, Anker summited Everest without oxygen in 2012 on a National Geographic Expedition, for which he also partnered with the Mayo Clinic to help study the effects of high-altitude climbing on the human body. All the tests results from that climb pointed towards a super-human Anker, performing at a level equal to that of ath…

TravelSky’s Monopoly in China Helped Boost Annual Revenues

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TravelSky’s Monopoly in China Helped Boost Annual Revenues A China Southern flight attendant helps a passenger use the on-board entertainment system. Source: China Southern csair.com All Chinese airlines use travel technology firm TravelSky's systems to manage their domestic businesses. In 2018 TravelSky, China's travel technology giant, generated $1.11 billion in revenue, representing an increase of 11 percent year-on-year. China Southern

Skift Take: TravelSky, China's state-backed airline distribution and software services company, reported solid revenue growth in 2018. But the company's insulation from market competition risks creating complacency, and some signs suggest Chinese airlines are frustrated. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/travelskys-monopoly-in-china-helped-boost-annual-revenues/

Why Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Couldn’t Find a Buyer at Its Price

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Why Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Couldn’t Find a Buyer at Its Price Dana Dunne, eDreams Odigeo CEO speaking at the 2019 ITB Berlin Convention. The online travel agent is coming towards the end of its turnaround plan. ITB Berlin

Skift Take: Not surprisingly, the CEO is backing his own turnaround plan, but he’ll have to deliver if the company is ever going to live up to its lofty IPO. — Patrick Whyte Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/why-online-travel-agency-edreams-odigeo-couldnt-find-a-buyer-at-its-price/

Extended Reality Technologies – transcript and video recording

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Extended Reality Technologies – transcript and video recording


Extended Reality Spotlight Session
On March 7 2019, Fabienne was joined by Gavin Crombie, CEO of Digital Frontier, in a live session offering insight into how extended reality technologies, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality, can be applied in a tourism setting. Gavin used case studies to demonstrate ways in which these technologies can be tailored according to the needs and goals of a business.
Topics covered during this session were:
A Brief Description of what the new Extended Realities, with their positives and negatives
Why you should NOT use the extended reality technologies
Focusing on the outcome – and matching the outcome to your individual resources – financial, time and management resources




A big thank you to our guest













Gavin Crombie
Digital Frontier









Gavin Crombie

CEO and founder of Digital Frontier

Chengdu, China
wearedigitalfrontier.com

gavin.crombie@wearedigitalfrontier.com

+86 136 9346 1202







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Best Chinatowns in the North America

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Best Chinatowns in the North America There’s a certain generic image that’s associated with the word Chinatown. The neighborhoods can be found around the world and have, in many ways, made the switch from immigrant communities to full-blown tourist attractions. Chinatowns in places like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and LA are prime examples.
But Chinatowns aren’t limited to what you see in the movies. True Chinatowns also exist, oftentimes in unexpected places like tiny farm towns and French-speaking cities north of the border. Here are nine Chinatowns around North America you might not have known existed.
1. Toronto, Ontario
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To Canadians, the fact that Toronto has phenomenal Chinatowns is about as big a revelation as the fact that Maple Leafs is spelled with an F. But Americans might be surprised to learn that Toronto has not one but three Chinatowns spread throughout the city proper and its suburbs. The main one sits around the intersection of Du…