Expedition News


June 2001 - Volume Eight, Number Six

EXPEDITION NEWS is a monthly review of significant expeditions, research projects and newsworthy adventures. It is distributed online and by mail to media representatives, corporate sponsors, educators, research librarians, explorers, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts. This forum on exploration covers projects that stimulate, motivate and educate.

Here are highlights from our June issue. To receive the complete version each month - by mail or e-mail - see subscription information below.

What Really Happened Off-Shore on "The Longest Day"?

On a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, lie the remains of more than 9,000 Americans killed when the Allies invaded France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. In a corner of this cemetery, a semicircular wall lists the names of 1,557 soldiers whose remains were never found and who are listed as Missing In Action.

While family members may never learn the fates of their missing relatives, these soldiers likely died in the naval action called Operation Neptune that ferried troops and equipment across the English Channel to Normandy's landing beaches - Gold, Juno, Omaha, Sword, and Utah.

Fifty-seven years after the invasion, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A & M University, and the Discovery Channel, are examining those hallowed beaches using state-of-the-art remote sensing detection and imaging equipment to find out what happened to soldiers who lost their lives before reaching shore.


It's arguably one of the expedition world's most famous quotes - ranking right up there with "Because it is there," and "One small step for man." The 2001 Stanley Livingstone Expedition will retrace on foot the route taken by Henry M. Stanley (1841-1904) during his famous 1871 search for "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Starting this month, the expedition team will hike 1,000 miles across the breadth of Tanzania from the Indian Ocean to the shores of Lake Tanganyika. A film crew will document the team's adventure along the same footpaths Stanley trod 130 years earlier traveling from one village to the next.


This month Expedition News takes its annual look at the spring climbing season on Everest and finds more attention than usual on this fifth anniversary of the 1996 tragedy. It was on May 10, 1996, that eight climbers from three expeditions were killed during descents not far below the summit when blizzards struck the Himalayan peak. Adding to the attention last month was unfortunate news about two of the mountain's most revered climbers.

At press time, 77 climbers and their Sherpa guides have reached the peak on the Nepalese side of the mountain. Four climbers have died, including a well-known Sherpa.

  • Babu Chhiri Mourned
  • Blind Climber Makes Everest History
  • Pass the Geritol
  • Better Make That Gerber's
  • Hillary Taken Ill


    Gore Unveils 2001 Shipton/Tilman Awards - One of the major award programs outlined in the May issue of EN has just announced its 2001 grant recipients. For the eleventh year, the Shipton/Tilman Grant awards a total of $30,000 to expeditions that embody the philosophies of Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman, world-class explorers who were big advocates of small expeditions. The winners are included in the June issue of Expedition News.


    Shack's Back

    The Boston Museum of Science ad campaign for the film, "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure," calls the 1914 ill-fated expedition, "The Greatest Survival Story of All Time." But it's the headline that got our attention. It reads: "His Expedition Failed. He Abandoned His Ship. He Left His Crew Stranded. He is One of the Greatest Leaders That Ever Lived." The film is presented by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and is a production of White Mountain Films and NOVA/WGBH Boston.


    Africa and Himalaya with Daniel Mazur

    Kanchenjunga, Ama Dablam, plus trekking peaks. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya Rock Climb. Low Prices. All Abilities.

    E-mail: africa_inc@cybernet1.com, himalaya_inc@cybernet1.com

    Web: www.himalayaclimb.com, www.kilitrek.com, www.kenyaclimb.com, www.nojintangla.com, tel: 406 363 7747


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