This bike rider riding along the side of the mountain is defying gravity

Here is Michal Kollbek harnessing his inner mountain goat and riding the White Line in Sedona, Arizona. It looks like a flat surface—that is, the wrong kind of flat surface that's next to you like a wall and not under you like the road— he's riding on and him not slipping down the steep slide is totally defying the… » 3/12/15 9:07pm 3/12/15 9:07pm

These Underwater Mountains Are More Dangerous Than They Look

The ocean can look enormously peaceful, like a postcard sent from heaven by someone on Xanax. Under the surface, things aren't nearly so calm and picturesque. And on the coast of North Africa, the U.K.'s Royal Navy found another salty hazard: Two previously unmapped underwater mountains, jutting up from the seabed. » 1/21/15 10:26am 1/21/15 10:26am

Pilot lands airplane in the middle of a forest way up in the mountains

That's some serious skill. Not only is the plane landing in the mountains, it's also in the middle of the forest. Not only is it in the middle of the forest but the runway is incredibly narrow. Not only is the runway narrow but it's a bumpy ass strip of dirt too. So yeah. That is some serious skill. » 11/07/14 8:35pm 11/07/14 8:35pm

Walking On The Alien World From Interstellar

You probably recognize Iceland's Vatnajökull glacier from countless movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones, Batman Begins, and most recently Christopher Nolan's upcoming SciFi epic, Interstellar. We went hiking on it. » 10/21/14 2:18pm 10/21/14 2:18pm

Guy removes harness to walk on a narrow plank in the sky

Mount Hua is a picturesque mountain that stretches 7000 feet into the sky in China with a plank walk that's absolutely terrifying even with a harness on. So naturally, Mark Laurence decided to remove his harness and take a stresful stroll on the impossibly narrow path. » 9/17/14 9:44pm 9/17/14 9:44pm

Unicycling down a mountain is pure crazy

First of all, I'm not even sure I would walk down some of these stretches of the mountain. And yet these guys decided to unicycle down the mountains of Moab because there's nothing as nuts as taking on mother nature with just one wheel between your knees. » 9/08/14 9:38pm 9/08/14 9:38pm

How an Ancient Mountain Range Made NYC's Skyscrapers Possible

Way back in the day—like really way back, 400 million years ago—Manhattan was covered in a different kind of towering behemoth: Mountains, as tall as the Alps. And though those peaks are long gone, it turns out that we owe a lot to them. In fact, they're the foundation upon which NYC's skyscrapers are built. » 6/27/14 12:20pm 6/27/14 12:20pm

This city from another world is right here on Earth

Virtually Tour the Path of Everest's Deadliest Climbing Accident

The April 18 avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 Sherpas training for an ascent has been declared the deadliest mountaineering accident ever recorded on the peak. Now Discovery has created an immersive web experience to help illustrate what happened. » 6/04/14 4:40pm 6/04/14 4:40pm

Holy cow, I can't believe this dude snowboarded down this snow wall

You see that speck at the top of the mountain? That's snowboarder Matt Annetts standing on top of a 3600 feet tall mountain face that's so steep it looks completely vertical. And he's going to snowboard down the whole damn thing. And you get to watch him. And yeah, it's nuts. Breath evaporatingly nuts. » 2/28/14 10:03pm 2/28/14 10:03pm

This Glass Room Lets You Float Over of One of the Alps' Highest Peaks

The Aiguille du Midi, or Needle of the South, has been home to the terrifying highest vertical ascent cable car in the world for three decades. But this month, it's stepping up its scaring-the-wits-out-of-tourists game—with a glass box that hangs over the yawning void next to the peak. » 12/23/13 8:00pm 12/23/13 8:00pm

Crazy guy rides a bicycle backwards down a steep mountain

Because riding a bicycle down a steep mountain road after it just rained isn't crazy enough, Eskil Ronningsbakken wanted to up the crazy by doing the whole ride backwards. So yes, he was balancing himself, steering, braking, making sharp turns, veering away from cars and zooming down the mountain while facing the… » 12/04/13 9:54pm 12/04/13 9:54pm

The longest rivers and the tallest mountains in one exquisite graphic

It may not be accurate anymore, but I want a hard copy of this beautiful 1854 graphic that shows the longest rivers and the tallest mountains in the world—so I'm definitely taking this high resolution file and printing it. Click here for more information about these charts. » 11/21/13 10:08am 11/21/13 10:08am

Terrifying van ride up the Himalayas would scare the life out of me

So like... Uhh... Yeah... Oh my... this is just the van ride up to the Himalayas. As in, this scariness is only the beginning of something even scarier (that would be climbing the damn thing). Mick Fowler shot this video of his van driving up the mountain and it's so close to the edge of the cliff—we're talking inches… » 11/18/13 9:08pm 11/18/13 9:08pm

Every mountain needs to have a wonderful cloud bridge like this

The problem with building man made structures in natural wonders like mountain ranges is that they can sore your eyes pretty quickly. Some parts of the world should be left untouched! But imagine a bridge like this one, designed to look like a cloud, on top of a few mountains. The views would be absolutely… » 11/06/13 11:13pm 11/06/13 11:13pm

Scientists Found the World's Largest Volcano on Ocean Floor Near Japan

The biggest volcano ever found on Earth—one of the biggest we know of in the solar system—has been hidden for ages. But now scientists have found it, just chillin' beneath the sea. It's a monster. » 9/05/13 3:16pm 9/05/13 3:16pm

A Terrifying Staircase To Nowhere Provides Dizzying Views Of the Alps

Apparently, stunning views of one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in the world aren't enough for visitors of the Dachstein Glacier resort in Austria. So the facility has installed a 14-step 'staircase to nothing' leading to a glass-bottomed viewing platform that juts out from the side of the glacier, and a… » 7/09/13 1:00pm 7/09/13 1:00pm

How Big Is the Tallest Mountain That Could Ever Exist on Earth?

We've got some pretty tall mountains here on Earth. Granted, even the best of 'em don't hold a candle to what's waiting on Mars, but they're still impressive. Just look at the views Google got with its Street Mountain View shots. » 3/30/13 12:00pm 3/30/13 12:00pm

Google Maps' New Mountain Summit Street View Lets You Peek Off the…

Face it, you're no mountaineer. Unless you are, in which case congrats. But for the rest of us, there'll be no mountain-top revelations to make our souls take flight. Not in real life anyway. But Google Map's new summit shots are the next best thing. » 3/18/13 1:49pm 3/18/13 1:49pm

Now You Can Get Your Favorite Mountain 3D Printed

If you want a permanent reminder of an amazing hike, ski trip, or whatever else, here's a good idea: a new website called The Terrainator lets you select your favourite geographical features and get 'em 3D printed. » 3/04/13 4:41am 3/04/13 4:41am