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  • I had just boarded a ferry from Castries, Saint Lucia heading to Roseau, Dominica via Martinique. This was to be the second of a multi-country high point Caribbean adventure. I chose the ferry as it was half the price of a flight and having already been… let’s say disappointed with many Caribbean airlines I certainly wanted to avoid them if possible, especially as the only airline option had a 1 out of 5 rating! With several reviews saying they had to give a 1 as there was no zero option.

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  • This multi-country high point adventure would encompass 3 country high points that eluded me last year due to being stranded in Curacao after 5 cancelled flights over 5 days forcing me to abandon the rest of that trip. So this time the plan was Saint Lucia and Dominica highest point and then continue onto Sint Maarten, St Kitts and finally Antigua as planned last year. I would also be looking to squeeze in Anguilla and Saint Martin as territorial high points over the 15 days also.

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  • After visiting Petra I headed towards Wadi Rum where I had prearranged 4×4 transport through the desert to the foot of Jabal Umm ad Dami.

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  • After successfully climbing to the highest point In Egypt I took a direct AirArabia flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Beirut. I had pre-arranged a taxi to meet me at the airport take me to my hotel just over 2 hours away in Cedars, Bcharre located at the foot of the highest mountains in Lebanon including of course the countries highest point Qurnat as Sawda (3088m).

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  • Egypt was my first country high point for several months after a difficult summer, losing a close family member, a fantastic person and a true friend. As I spend a great deal of the time on my own during my country high point trips I needed some time to be in a place mentally where I could just focus on the task at hand.

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  • The final summit of this multi country high point adventure saw me heading to Grenada.

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  • Trinidad and Tobago was the third country of a multi-country high point adventure where I had already successfully stood on the highest point in Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines a few days earlier. I caught a pre-booked shuttle to my hotel to spend the rest of the day relaxing as I had an onward flight to Grenada at 22:00 the following evening so had planned for an early start allowing myself enough time to get to the trailhead in the mountains, climb through the jungle to the highest point of the country and then have time to spare to pick my spare gear up from the hotel before heading to the airport.

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  • After already successfully standing on the highest point of Barbados, The next stop on this multi-country high point Caribbean adventure was Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to climb their countries highest mountain, La Soufriere. I flew the short distance from Barbados to Saint Vincent on LIAT, only taking around 45 minutes. Once I had landed and gone through the usual landing card and passport control routine, I bypassed the baggage carousel with my hand luggage, headed through customs and into the small arrivals area where my Airbnb host was already waiting. I walked over and introduced myself as I had recognised her photo from the Airbnb website. We were soon on our way making the short drive to her nearby home via a local shop where I picked up some food and drink in preparation for the climb the following day.

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  • I was a little apprehensive when heading back to the Caribbean after the way my previous country high points trip had unravelled a few months earlier. That time while in Aruba and Curacao I had 5 cancelled flights in 5 days with InselAir the only airline who flew to my next destination of Sint Maarten at the time. With the flight from there too now missed by the delay, I had little option but to abandon my trip, losing a great deal of money in the process. I know delays and cancelled flights are quite common in the Caribbean but this time I knew I wouldn’t have to just rely on one sole airline if any problems arose. So I booked the same as I always have done giving enough time for any of the usual unforeseen events.

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  • I arrived in Curacao a day later than planned due to my flight with InselAir from Aruba being cancelled the day before. I had already contacted the guest house while still in Aruba asking them to hold the room for me as I would still be travelling albeit just to stay there for the evening before flying onto St Maarten.

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  • My first country high point in the Americas and the first of a planned 9 day 5 Country high point adventure. I flew from Birmingham to Amsterdam where I had a comfortable sleep in the airport by remaining air-side on arrival (Several mice running around despite being on the second floor) followed by a Tui flight from Amsterdam to Aruba with a short layover in Bonaire en route the following morning.

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  • As with the majority of my potential high points, I’m always on the lookout for cheap flights to nearby airports which can potentially lower the cost of my trip considerably compared to having a preplanned list of specific high points to climb per year. Therefore the flight price usually dictates where I climb and travel to next.

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  • Having only ever been to Montenegro briefly before (around an hour while climbing Maglic in Bosnia Herzegovina) I was looking forward to finally having the chance to see more of the country on this trip.

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  • Finland, Halti – 1324m

    - 06. September 2017

    Another trip to the Arctic circle. This time I ventured even further north to climb Halti, the highest point in Finland and the most northern country high point in the world.

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  • Sweden’s highest point Kebnekaise lies in the very north of the country inside the Arctic circle. During the summer months the sun doesn’t go down leading to 24 hours of daylight. During the winter months the sun doesn’t rise meaning 24 hours of darkness.

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  • Despite Liechtenstein being one of the smallest countries in the world (25km x 12km), It’s the highest point Grauspitz is not what you would probably expect! It’s a stunning 2599m tall mountain with very impressive ridges and steep cliffs.

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  • Since starting my 100 country high points project I had simply assumed along with many others that Djeravica (2656m) was the highest point in Kosovo. This claim was backed up by the majority of websites and high point lists available on the internet. That was until I saw details regarding a mountain on the border with Macedonia claiming to be the new highest point of the Republic of Kosovo. This was very intriguing news indeed and my position was simple, this needed researching in a lot greater detail.

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  • Every aspect logistically was perfect from my previous attempt so it was just a matter of re-booking the trip which I did from my hotel room while still in Bosnia three weeks prior. I flew again from Luton to Tuzla where I spent a few hours before walking to Zivinice, a town about 8km from the airport. From there I caught a bus which took me to Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina in around 2hrs 20 minutes. From 1992-1996 Sarajevo was heavily involved in the Bosnian war including the siege of Sarajevo.

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  • Earlier this year (2017) Belarus finally removed the need for a visa if visiting for less than 5 days and flying in and out of Minsk international airport. This was great news and I quickly started looking into the logistics to get to the countries high point. Flights direct to Minsk are always quite expensive so I needed to find a cheap way of getting there. The flights I booked were to Minsk via Vilnius in Lithuania which reduced the price by a considerable amount.

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  • After another short flight this time from Bahrain to Qatar and an evening in the airport, My plan was to use the Uber taxi service to drive me the 120km from the airport to a few kilometres away from the highest point in Qatar, Al Galail near the border with Saudi Arabia.

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  • Having found very cheap flights from Birmingham to Dubai ~£17 I quickly made a plan to climb some middle eastern high points. I booked flights for the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar. All good or so I thought. I had a layover in Sofia, Bulgaria on the way to Dubai but when on the bus at the airport gate heading to the aircraft we were stopped and returned back to the gate. The flight was delayed due to a technical problem. After several hours this delay turned into a cancelled flight and a night in Sofia before another flight to Dubai the following day meaning my plan to climb the UAE high point was not possible and all I could do was head to the other airport in Dubai for my flight to Bahrain.. Not a good start at all.

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  • The final high point on my Asian trip was in South Korea. I flew from Hanoi to Seoul and then from there to the island of Jeju where the highest point in South Korea is located. I was looking forward to this one as it was more gradual and scenic and wound down my trip nicely. The South Koreans love making things easy for people in every facet of life with lots of unique gadgets and gizmos everywhere and the path to Halla San was no exception. It was very well defined and well maintained with wooden staging and steps along the way.

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  • From Singapore, I flew to Ho Chi Minh city the capital of Vietnam and then caught a domestic flight to Hanoi in the north of Vietnam. I had pre-booked a bus from Hanoi to take me on the 5 hr 30 minute drive to Sapa at the foot of Fan Si Pan the highest mountain in Vietnam.

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  • The second high point on my trip was to Singapore, I flew there from Colombo via Kuala Lumpur. It was to be a lot more straightforward than the Sri Lankan high point a few days earlier. I just needed to catch 3 MRT trains from the airport to the start of the trail at Beauty World.

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  • This Asia trip was my most logistical trip to date with the aim of standing on the highest point in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea. Over 14 days I would have 12 flights, visited 7 different countries and of course ticked another 4 off my list taking me to 46 country high points.

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  • Logistically just getting to the foot of Balanesti was going to be my biggest hurdle with this particular high point. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe which is certainly evident in its poor public transport infrastructure. My plan was to fly to Iasi in Romania and from there go by train across the nearby border with Moldova at Ungheni and onto Pirlita a small village in Moldova, leaving myself a long walking day to the high point and back to the train 48km (30 miles). On paper, it certainly looked doable so I booked the flights and a few weeks later I was in Iasi ready to catch the train to Moldova.

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  • The weather forecast leading up to my trip said there would be a fair amount of snow around with a wind chill of -17c. So warm gear was a must. I flew from Liverpool to Riga arriving late and spending a pleasant evening in the airport which was warm and had free WiFi. I could see deep snow outside and knew that the 13km walk tomorrow and the same back the next day would be more of a plod.

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  • The Vatican lies entirely within Rome and is the world’s smallest sovereign state in terms of size and population, So getting to the 75m highest point should be simple, right? Not exactly!

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  • I flew from Tel Aviv to Larnaca and caught a bus to Limassol then another bus to Saittas which was the nearest town to my hotel I had booked for that evening.

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  • While climbing Mount Olympus in Greece a few months earlier I had met and assisted two Israeli guys who said “When you decide to climb Israel’s high point get in touch and we can climb it together!”. Perfect I thought, So I did just that. I contacted them and I started planning and working on the logistics.

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  • Having had an attempt to climb Mytikas peak the highest point on Mount Olympus thwarted by snow and lack of visibility five years ago, I wasn’t going to take any chances and gave myself an extra day there just in case. I had previously climbed to within 100 vertical meters of the summit last time so I didn’t need to do a great deal of research regarding the route or planning transport. I simply rechecked train and bus times online and after finding reasonably priced flights I once again headed to Thessaloniki.

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  • I was extremely motivated to climb Moldoveanu in Romania having cancelled a trip to climb it a few weeks earlier due to a close family member being in hospital. The weather forecast on Mountain-forecast.com (my go-to mountain weather site) was showing heavy rain for the whole period while I would be in Romania and rain it did!

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  • I knew it was going to be a challenge getting to the bottom of this particular mountain let alone climbing Midzor, the highest mountain in Serbia.

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  • My trip to the highest point in Hungary strangely came about due to a desire to visit Tel Aviv in Israel. I had found flights that I was able to significantly reduce “Using several tricks” the price of from my local airport Birmingham to Budapest then to Tel Aviv returning the same way.

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  • I flew from Luton to Split, spending a night there before catching the first morning train to Knin knowing I would only have ~10 hours to walk the 26 mile round trip to the top and back before the last train back to Split later that evening. I made a promising start but then ran into a big problem.

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  • It was mid-August 2015 and after some time away from the mountains that familiar feeling of hunger, desire and need of a challenge that only climbing mountains provide had returned as it always does. I looked for potential mountains to climb and saw that Korab was the highest point in not only Macedonia but also Albania, Two country high points from the one climb.. I was sold!

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  • Albania, Korab – 2764m

    - 06. September 2015

    It was mid-August 2015 and after some time away from the mountains that familiar feeling of hunger, desire and need of a challenge that only climbing mountains provide had returned as it always does. I looked for potential mountains to climb and saw that Korab was the highest point in not only Macedonia but also Albania, Two country high points from the one climb.. I was sold!

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Who is 100CountryHighPoints?

Who is 100countryhighpoints ?

I'm Lee Humphries, A British adventurer aiming to stand on the highest point of 100 countries around the world. Including the highest points in Africa, Europe and South America.

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