Gasherbrum II and the 1956 Austrian Karakoram Expedition

Gasherbrum II (گاشر برم -2‬‎ in Urdu); surveyed as K4, is the 13th highest mountain in the world at 26,362 feet (8,035 meters) above sea level, located in the Karakoram — the world’s second highest mountain range which spans the borders of Pakistan, India, and China, extending to Afghanistan and Tajikistan in its northwest extremity. The mountain was first climbed on July 7, 1956, by an … Continue reading Gasherbrum II and the 1956 Austrian Karakoram Expedition

Snæfellsjökull in Iceland

Snæfellsjökull (snow-fell glacier) is a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano in western Iceland. The name of the mountain is actually Snæfell, but it is normally called “Snæfellsjökull” to distinguish it from two other mountains with this name. It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. The Snæfellsnes peninsula is situated to the west of Borgarfjörður and has been named Iceland in … Continue reading Snæfellsjökull in Iceland

Mount Wellington, Tasmania

Mount Wellington, officially kunanyi / Mount Wellington, incorporating its Palawa kani name, is a mountain in the southeast coastal region of Tasmania, Australia. It is the summit of the Wellington Range and is within the Wellington Park reserve. Located at the foothills of the mountain is much of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. The mountain rises to 4,170 feet (1,271 meters) above sea level and is … Continue reading Mount Wellington, Tasmania

A Beautiful French Village

It’s a random stamp day which means that I couldn’t find a stamp that matched up with any events that happened on this particular date in history. It’s an opportunity for me to look through my stamps to find something interesting to highlight. I’ve long had an affinity for the colorful engraved stamp issues of France and her colonies and soon came across this beauty. … Continue reading A Beautiful French Village

Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s a “random stamp” day and I chose this 1935 issue from the combined entity of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika portraying Mount Kilimanjaro. Back in my younger days when I dreamt of becoming a mountaineer, I thought that Kilimanjaro would be the easiest of the continental highest peaks (the “Seven Summits”) to climb. Unfortunately, the nearest I got to the region was an archaeological trip … Continue reading Mount Kilimanjaro