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Open AI releases GPT-4Open AI, a development company specializing in artificial intelligence, recently announced the release of the latest version of their language model - GPT-4. This version brings several significant improvements over its predecessor GPT-3.
Annapurna Circuit - The first Himalayan experience in NepalIn 2014 I visited Nepal for the first time. I have been there between two major events - one moth after the snow disaster in Thorong La (2014) and 5 moths before the catastrophic earthquake (2015) - obviously, I was lucky. I visited this country on my own so the best trekking choice for me was the legendary Annapurna Circuit.
Svaneti Trek - Georgian CaucasusGeorgia is a strange country. It is an Asian post-soviet country, nevertheless wherever you look there are signs that they would rather be a European country. Nobody can understand the Georgian language, but you can communicate in Russian with everybody. And then there are Caucasus mountains..naturally.
Map sources - Commercial and alternative GPS outdoor maps for Garmin deviceIf you want to use commercial Garmin maps, you probably have to buy them. They are not cheap. But there are a lot of alternatives that will help you with orientation and navigation on your trek.
Hohe Tauern - Trekking around the GrossglocknerI had an opportunity to visit the Austrian part of the Alps. The Alps are a wide trekking area and it was not easy to choose the exact location. There were mainly two attractive options for us - Dachstein or Grossglockner.
Iceland trek - Trek in the Landmannalaugar and around the EyjafjallajökullIceland is a very expensive country. Every single thing, every single service will take a lot of money from your pocket. Plan carefully before you visit Iceland. Every day you spend in iceland that you haven't planned for, is going to be quite expensive. There are several ways to spend your Iceland trip. Most of people rent a car - a big 4x4 off-road car - and all of them visit the same places at the same time in the same order (because they follow the Lonely Planet Guide recommendations).
GPS software and Apps for orientation and navigationI made a decision to share some of my experience I have gathered during my travels. I used to use basic equipment during my trips ten years ago – usually a map (a paper one) and a compass. Today…today everything is much more sophisticated, hi-tech, smart and also expensive. There are many tools, gear, apps and on-line technologies you can use for comfortable planning of your trek and for navigation in the middle of wild mountains.