August 1997 - Volume Four, Number Eight

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From a 70-ft. gaff-rigged schooner in New York Harbor, about a mile from the twin towers of the World Trade Center, a seafarer plans to lead the way for spacefarers. Reid Stowe, 45, has re-launched a $250,000 fund-raising campaign for a project he compares to an expedition to Mars. Only instead of a three-year voyage to the Red planet, Stowe and his crew plan to be at sea continuously for 1,000 days, in his words, "longer than anyone since the human race evolved out of the sea."


Stephen Koch, 28, is attempting to be the first person to climb up and snowboard down the highest peaks on each of the seven continents of the world. His Seven Summits Snowboarding Quest is almost there, with just Everest, Antarctica's Vinson Massif (16,864-ft.), and Carstenz Pyramid (16,024-ft.) in Australasia (New Guinea) remaining.


Steger Rescued From North Pole Expedition - A six hour effort by helicopter was successful in locating and rescuing Will Steger from the drifting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole. After 12 days of solitude on a small ice-island, Steger was plucked from his camp July 24 by a Russian helicopter and delivered to the safety of the Russian icebreaker Sovetskiy Soyuz.

Viking 1000 Expedition Departs - The Viking knarr "Snorri" (a 54-ft.open-deck boat) departed from Bratthlidh, Greenland on July 16 with a crew of 12 to recreate the voyage of Leif Ericsson when he discovered North America hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus (See EN, May 1997).


Sperm Whales Led the Way for Nantucket Explorers

The whalemen from New England gave their country a heritage of exploration and discovery in the South Seas, according to the late historian and Nantucket native Edouard A. Stackpole (1903-1993). Since 1720, Nantucket whalemen were pioneers in deep-sea whaling, discovering new regions in the South Seas and charting little known regions as they searched for sperm whale.


Explorers Club to Honor Submarine Captains - The Explorers Club and Rolex Watch U.S.A. will honor pioneer submarine explorers during the Lowell Thomas Awards dinner, Nov. 12, 1997 at the New York Athletic Club. The award will be presented to four Commanding Officers and one Chief Scientist of the first submarines to reach the North Pole and explore the Arctic Ocean.

Gesundheit - How unlucky is this? British mountaineer Alan Hinkes, 43, was in the midst of attempting to climb six of the world's 14 highest peaks in a single season when he seriously injured his back on Nanga Parbat late last month (See EN, Sept. 1995). Cause of the injury was inhaling excessive flour on a piece of bread he was eating.

Keep Manhattan on Your Left - Eric Stiller, 37, owner of the Manhattan Kayak Company, will serve as technical director of the AmeriCares "Kayak For Kids" charity circumnavigation of Manhattan, Sept. 6. In 1992, Stiller and a partner, Tony Brown, kayaked 4,000 miles half-way around Australia, an experience he recounted in a book appropriately titled "Keep Australia on Your Left." (For more information: Diana Locke, AmeriCares, New Canaan, Conn., 203-972-5581).


Zegrahm Expeditions - Offers small group travel to unusual destinations in the company of the world's leading experts. Destinations include: Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falklands; Antarctica The Far Side, including Kerguelen Islands, Crozet Islands, and Heard Island; Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros and Zanzibar; Australia's Kimberley; the first-ever circumnavigation of Baffin Island; Aleutian Islands, Kuril Islands, and Kamchatka Peninsula; snorkel and diving expeditions to Palau and Yap; and many more. Look for an announcement in the fall of 1997 regarding our VOYAGES TO SPACE. Address: 1414 Dexter Avenue N #327, Seattle WA 98109; Phone: 800-628-8747; Fax: 206-285-5037; E-mail: zoe@zeco.com; Web site: www.zeco.com. To be put on an interest list for our Space Voyages, call 1-888-SPACE66 or access www.spacevoyages.com.

1999 North Pole Tandem Skydiving Expedition - Leaves New York's JFK on April 12, 1999 bound for Moscow, then onto Khatanga, North Circle, Russia for staging to the Northern Geographical Pole. The trip is non-strenuous and no previous skydiving experience is necessary. Contact: Bob Christ, Forum Expeditions, Inc., 115B East Biddle Street, West Chester, PA 19380, tel. (610) 431-3237; fax (610) 431-3895; E-mail forum@chesco.com; Web site www.chesco.com/~forum/np.html

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