#Adventure Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to David Morring for his jaw-dropping discovery from Alabama! The radiant shot of a caver rappeling into Stephen’s Gap is the Grand Prize Winner of the #Adventure Photo Contest. David takes home an epic prize of $3,000 for travel and $3,000 of Eddie Bauer gear. Congrats, David!

Person rappelling into cave in a shaft of light.

David Morring’s #Adventure discovery from Alabama.

Growing up in northern Alabama, David’s thorough exploration of his small town’s nooks and crannies planted the seeds of his passion for travel. He’s wandering a bit further from home now, managing to tick off 12 countries in the last 12 months. We asked David to tell us a bit more about his winning photo and the adventure in his own backyard: “Most people don’t know that northern Alabama is a Mecca for caving. There are more than 3,000 caves within a hundred-mile radius of my hometown of Cullman. Stephen’s Gap is a 143-foot pit in Jackson County, Alabama. I’d joined several of my childhood friends to go “bounce” (rappel and ascend) the pit. I rapped to the bottom with my photo gear. Around 10 a.m. the sunlight cascaded through the entrance and illuminated the pedestal at the bottom. One of the cavers, Sharon Clayton, clipped into the rope, and I began shooting as she descended into the shaft of light. It was truly an other-worldly moment where everything aligned for the perfect shot. I’m just thankful I was there to capture it.” So are we, David!

Adventure Photographer and Trover Ambassador Jeff Bartlett loved David’s stunning scene. The competition was close and three runners-up will take home $250 for travel & Eddie Bauer gear for their next adventure. Congratulations to Liana Manukyan, Darrel Comeau, and Keith Sutter for their fantastic finds.

Clockwise from left: Liana Manukyan’s Swizterland discovery, Darrel Comeau’s Canada discovery, and Keith Sutter’s Italy discovery.

Thank you to the Trover community for sharing your awe-inspiring #Adventure discoveries and to Jeff Bartlett for making the touch decisions. Explore the full list of #Adventure photos and travel tips. Be sure to follow David, Liana, Darrel & Keith to see what they discover on future adventures. Trove on!

September 2018 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Dominik Gehl!

 

Meet Dominik Gehl, a software engineer with a love of photography, running, and travel! Originally from Germany, Dominik studied in France and Canada where he settled down for a bit before making a recent move to Switzerland. He and his family now spend every weekend exploring new places! A look at Dominik’s discoveries reveals he’s an explorer with an exceptional eye for design & architecture, as well as quiet natural beauty. We asked Dominik to share a few details about his travels and favorite discoveries shared on Trover. Take it away, Dominik. . .  Continue reading

12 Things to See in Stunning Switzerland

Switzerland has always been a favorite destination among world travelers, and it’s not hard to see why. Between its breathtaking snow-capped mountains, adorable villages and towns, exhilarating outdoor activities, and focus on the two most important food groups (chocolate and cheese), this central European nation is a must-see for any traveler.

To get you started on planning a trip to this beautiful country, we’ve assembled 12 Things to See in Stunning Switzerland:

1. The Matterhorn at sunrise in Zermatt

Trover photo by Fi Photos

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13 Ledges That Will Test Your Fear of Heights

For fearless mountain climbers, the world offers no shortage of incredible cliffs, ledges, ridges, and mountain faces to tackle. But with the thrill of the climb and the reward of jaw-dropping views comes heights which can be paralyzing to some.

To save you the hard work and the crippling fear that might overcome you, we’ve assembled some of the most awesome ledges from around the world. Read on to see what your comfort zone is:

1. Trolltunga (“Troll’s Tongue”) cliff above Ringedalsvatnet Lake in Odda, Norway

Trover photo by Earth Trekkers

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Outdoor Music Festivals

Nothing says summer like a good friends, a stage and great music. We have gathered some of the best outdoor music festivals for you to consider as your summer plans take shape. From California to England, there are colorful music festivals for all tastes. If music be the food of love, Trove on!

Northside Music Festival, Aarhus, Denmark

Kick off your summer with three days in Denmark . The city of Aarhus hosts the annual Northside Music Festival each June.

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Shambhala Music Festival, Newton, British Columbia

An electronic music and art festival held in the beautiful forests of British Columbia.

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Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland

One of the world’s most famous jazz festivals, on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva.

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tennessee

From a New Orleans slang word meaning “A really good time.” this festival in Tennessee provides wonderful music, art, and food every June.

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Glastonbury Music Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England

Music, art, theater and comedy in the English countryside.

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