About 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.

Sri Lanka, Pidurutalagala – 2524m

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.

Moldova, Balanesti Hill – 430m

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.

Latvia, Gaizinkalns – 312m

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.

Israel, Har Meron – 1208m

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.

Greece, Mount Olympus (Mytikas Peak) – 2917m

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.