passing landscapes

Fall has arrived at Glacier National Park, and it’s stunning. Crushing clouds and rain greeted Nate Luebbe at Glacier, but as he crested Logan Pass he was treated to one of the most spectacular alpenglow sunsets we’ve seen. “The sun shot golden fingers between jagged peaks and illuminated the clouds from below, and I couldn’t help but admire the timing. Montana was welcoming me home.” Photo courtesy of Nate Luebbe.

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Scotland [5]: Scottish Highlands -

-  Eilean Donan Castle, Luss, The Quiraing, Loch Nah-Achlaise, Glen Nevis, Strathmashie, Bealach Na Ba Pass, Kilt Rock, Carrbridge, Urquhart Castle

HARDKNOTT PASS, LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND - photography: James Green - text: Julia LaPalme - Motorcyclist May / June 2017

  • “Snaking its way through the verdant hills of Lake District National Park between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley, Hardknott Pass is a favorite of motorcyclist, sports-car drivers, and cyclists in and around Cumbria, England. Hardknott owes its exciting course to the Romans, who first paved this route in AD 110. Looking west from the summit at over 1,200 feet, the Isle of Man is visible on clear days. Sections of the road have a 33-percent grade, making Hardknott one of the two steepest roads in England. As the summer months are the busiest, early morning or late evening are the best times to ride this challenging strip of tarmac.”

hardknott pass ▴ lake district national park, cumbria, england

the single track highway is tied for the steepest road in england, with a maximum gradient of ~33%. its name comes from the old norse harthr (hard) and knutr (craggy hill).