That a monarch is an accomplished rally car racer, mountaineer and canyoneer is pretty cool in itself. That a monarch would spend five days with a television crew demonstrating his prowess in those sports (and others) is royally dope. In Jordan: The Royal Tour, an eye-opening one-hour documentary that will air on Sept. 24 on the Travel Channel, King Abdullah plays the role of gnarly tour guide, trumpeting everything from sandboarding in the mountains of Wadi Rum to scuba diving off Aqaba. Although the Jordanian leader laments that he is no longer permitted to skydive (for national security reasons), he does satisfy his extreme jones in the documentary. His crowning moment comes when he makes a daring descent through the perilous canyons of Wadi Mujib.
Climbers who requested permits to climb Mount Everest from the Nepal side this autumn, the first time in 28 years that climbers will have skipped the fall season on the 29,035-foot peak. During the 2001 spring climbing season, more than 100 people reached the mountain's summit.
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