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International Arctic Project Celebrates Earth Day at the Top
Will Steger and the International Arctic Project team reached the North Pole on Earth Day, April 22, and day 112 of the IAP's journey across the Arctic Ocean.
Chinese Team Departs for the Pole
A 17-person expedition led by Paul Schurke departed April 23 from Resolute in Canada's Northwest Territories for a two-week, 150-mile ski and dog sled training mission from 88 degrees North latitude to the North Pole.
Weber-Malakhov Near Pole
Barring bad weather and ice conditions, explorers Richard Weber and Misha Malakhov plan to reach the North Pole - the midway point in their Arctic expedition - on May 10. The two explorers set out from Ward Hunt Island Feb. 13 on a mission to complete the first unsupported roundtrip journey to the North Pole.
ATTEMPT AT FIRST HUMAN-POWERED CIRCUMNAVIGATION
English explorers Steve Smith and Jason Lewis, leaders of "Pedal for the Planet," are attempting the first circumnavigation using only human power. After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean February 17, they are now fund-raising out of a Ramada Hotel room in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the next leg of their journey - cycling to the Pacific Coast, then crossing the Pacific in a marine paddlecraft.
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT TARGETS WOMEN EXPLORERS
A non-profit project entitled Women Explorers: An Oral History Project, is recording the first-person narratives of 30 extraordinary women explorers whose major work was accomplished between 1920 and 1970.
THE SEARCH FOR AMELIA EARHART
A project is underway to locate, retrieve and exhibit the Lockheed Electra aircraft lost in the Central Pacific during Amelia Earhart's historic around-the-world flight in 1937.
A 30-member Chinese team of scientists will begin a yearlong expedition to investigate reported sightings of a human-like creature believed by some to be the missing evolutionary link.
MAYAQUEST CYCLES ONWARD
The MayaQuest Team (See EN, March 1995) continues bicycling through Mexico and Central America to study the mystery of the collapse of the ancient Maya civilization.
EARLY EVEREST PHOTOS
The first photographs of the summit of Mount Everest, taken from a plane in 1933, are being auctioned in early May at Christie's in London.
SOURCE OF MEKONG RIVER
One of the world's last geographical mysteries has been solved. A Franco-British expedition penetrated remote mountains in northwest China to find the starting point of the 2,750-mi. Mekong River, 10th longest in the world (See EN, November 1994).
1995 MUGS STUMP AWARD
Six teams were awarded a total of $12,000 for technical alpine climbs in the remote mountains of the world, including Bhagirathi IV in India; Polar Sun Spire and Kiguti on Baffin Island, NWT; Devil's Thumb and Burkett Needle in Alaska; and Kichatna Spire in the Cathedral Spires of the Alaska Range.
DOTS ALL FOLKS
The U.S. Coast Guard has turned off its Morse code equipment after nearly a century of using it to monitor telegraph distress calls at sea, the NEW YORK TIMES reported April 2.
Col. Norman D. Vaughan's successful quest to climb the mountain in Antarctica named after him by Adm. Richard E. Byrd (See EN, January 1995) is covered in the May issue of LIFE Magazine.
LAURA EVENS ON THE OTHER SIDE
Laura Evans, leader of the Expedition Inspiration team of breast cancer survivors (See EN, October 1994) that reached the 23,085-foot summit of Argentina's Aconcagua in February, appeared on the syndicated television show, The Other Side, April 21.
RISK TAKERS PAY DEARLY
Climbers and other risk-takers pay dearly for life insurance, says an April 2 NEW YORK TIMES story.
Steven A. Boga's story in the April issue of Delta SKY magazine profiles "adventure athletes" Lynne Cox, Bering Strait swimmer; Worldwalker Steve Newman; Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to summit Everest; free solo climber John Bachar; and Western States 100 runner Ann Trason.