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Contest #511: the wall they call El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, USA

Another wall contest – this time a 900 metre monster in Yosemite National Park in California, USA.

It has been a climbing challenge for years, with The Nose in the Centre of the contest image at first conquered in 1957 in a monstrous 47 day effort.

Climbs by groups now can be done in a few days or for those going fast, a few hours.

A route named Freerider was recently climbed in about 4 hours, incredible to me as a non-climber.

An article on the first free climb of El Capitan

Found this wall:

  • Glenmorren
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Jeather
  • Chris Nason
  • mehmet durmus
  • Ridicully
  • Andy McConnell
  • Steve Hoge
  • David Kozina
  • Rodrigo Jurado
  • Tuxedo Jones

After the hint:

  • LawnBoy
  • Ben S
  • Declan Moore
  • donaaronio
  • Rob de Wolff

August 11th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #511 Hint

A horizontal view would make this contest very easy – but you will have to wait for the reveal post to get that.

While waiting, think about early attempts taking days and then about someone doing this in less than 4 hours.

August 9th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Contest #511

August 4th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 18 comments

Contest #507: Tigre de Cristal casino, near Vladivostok in far eastern Russia

While it might look like a truck stop, this weeks location is actually the new Tigre de Cristal casino complex near the city of Vladivostok in far eastern Russia.

It was built primarily to serve Chinese gamblers who wanted a location closer than Macau. It has been a mixed success, with construction issues and gamblers complaining it is too cold!

Hitting the jackpot for 2 points:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower

After the hint:

  • Garfield

July 14th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #507 Hint

A new Vegas – two friends, who we hear have never met one day but are the best of buddies the next, could meet here.

July 12th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | one comment

Contest #506: the town at the Argyle diamond mine in northwest Australia

Contest #506 shows the small town that helps support the huge Argyle diamond mine in northwest Australia.

The mine opened in the mid-1980’s and is the world’s largest producer of pink diamonds, now being coveted after years of being thought to be just dirty.

The mine is slated to close in a few years as the supply of diamonds runs out. It started off as an open pit mine but is now mainly underground.

Found this gem in the desert without any problem:

  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower

After the hint:

  • ashwini agrawal
  • rob de wolff
  • Garfield

July 7th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #506 Hint

The reason for this location started in the mid-1980’s and will end in the next  few years. Pink is its speciality.

July 5th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Contest #506

June 30th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 comments

Contest #504: National Amusement Park Amusement park in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The National Amusement Park in UlaanBaatar was our fun destination this contest. It’s aimed at the younger crowd, but open year round.

Guests and their children can visit the family entertainment center to bowl, play billiards, video games, darts, karaoke and others. It offers over 20 various amusement rides such as tilt a whirl, space ship, crescent swing, crazy mouse, boat, super pirate ship, air cycle, ferris wheel and others.

The Artificial Lake Castle was built in 1969, when the National Amusement Park was established in the centre of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.

It is surrounded by an artificial lake and fortress walls in an eastern-Asian style. Inside the walls is a three-storey building. There are three watch towers. Since its establishment, an Ethnographic Museum operated in it until the mid-2000s. The castle has been rebuilt from 2010 assuming an appearance of a Western castle. The mock castle is part of an amusement complex together with the lake, and dock house.

2 points for searching for and finding a roller coaster in a desert:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Glenmorren
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower

1 point for after the hint

  • mehmet durmus
  • Luís Filipe Miguel

June 23rd, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #504 Hint

Is that a roller coaster at the top? And a castle at the bottom?

June 21st, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | one comment