HIGHLIGHTS from the March 1997 issue

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March 1997 - Volume Four, Number Three


The Canadian Seven Summits Expedition hopes to place British Columbia resident George Tumpach, 46, on the seven summits of seven continents without supplementary oxygen and within less than 24 months.


The 19-day Grand Canyon Dories Expedition departs Apr. 1 to study effects of a man-made flood initiated by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1996.


On Apr. 25, five outdoor educators will sail from Port Townsend, Wash. on a two month expedition to climb Glacier Bay National Park's 15,200-ft. Mount Fairweather from the sea.


Hams Contact 80,000 From Remote Island - The 20 radio amateur operators who arrived on isolated Heard Island in January (see EN, January 1997), logged 80,673 brief radio contacts with other hams worldwide, according to expedition leader Robert W. Schmieder, Ph.D of Walnut Creek, Calif.


Antarctica's First Big Wall Ascent - An American mountaineering expedition returned Jan. 18 from little-known Queen Maud Land, east of the Weddell Sea in Antarctica. The team, including leader Gordon Wiltsie, Alex Lowe, Conrad Anker, Jon Krakauer, Mike Graber and Rick Ridgeway, made several first ascents in the Filchner Mountains, including a 2,000-ft. overhanging granite needle via a route they called the Snow Petrel Wall, reportedly the first big wall climb ever accomplished in Antarctica.

The Explorers Club Honors Pioneers - Three of the world's top explorers - who traveled the Arctic by dog sled, studied cave dwellers in Brazil, and attempted to circle the world by balloon - will be honored speakers at the 93rd Explorers Club Annual Dinner at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Mar. 22. ]


Historian Says Neither Peary Nor Cook Made It

Twenty years of research by Maryland historian Robert M. Bryce indicates neither Robert E. Peary nor Frederick A. Cook stood at the top of the world, though each man claimed he had. A New York Times story on Feb. 17 said Bryce believes both men made genuine attempts in 1908 and 1909, but were thwarted by harsh Arctic conditions, as well as limitations in their navigational instruments.

Climbing Group Issues Media Guide

Increased accuracy in media coverage, advertising and motion pictures depicting the sport of climbing is the goal of a new "Journalist's Guide to Climbing" prepared by the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America's (ORCA) Climbing Sports Group, the trade association of the climbing industry based in Boulder, Colo.

Interest in Everest Mounts

The widely-reported deaths last year on Mount Everest have done nothing to slow the growing popularity of mountaineering trips, according to a story in USA Today on Feb. 7. Gene Sloan writes, "With the 1997 Everest season just weeks away, guide companies say interest is mounting for the $60,000-plus trips to the world's highest peak. And in a bizarre twist, they think last year's media frenzy has a lot to do with it."


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