November 1997 Highlights - Volume Four, Number Eleven

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Here are Highlights of our November 1997 issue. For a free sample issue contact us at editor@expeditionnews.com or 203-656-3300.


Canadian physician Dr. Graeme Magor will spend the winter of 1999-2000 icebound in polar darkness off Ellesmere Island in a bid to commemorate Norwegian explorer Otto Sverdrup's little-known four-year expedition of 100 years ago. After the long winter's night, the eight-person team, which will include Magor's three-year-old daughter, will begin a 930-mi1,500 km ski trek across the island.


A strange, rarely-seen fish first caught 60 years ago off the Comoro islands in the Indian Ocean is the focus of a 10-year rescue effort by Jerome Hamlin, 54, a Greenwich, Conn. video producer and robot designer. Unfortunately, a nasty civil war threatens plans to return to the Comoros with a robotic version of the coelacanth (pronounced "see-la-kanth") designed to educate local fisherman about the importance of saving this endangered species.


Favorable launch conditions have returned to the world of ballooning, encouraging a number of balloonists to attempt the holy grail of lighter-than- air transportation - nonstop circumnavigation of the globe by balloon. This month EN examines four of the reported eight teams planning attempts between now and next spring.


Two Royal Marines are planning the first British expedition to walk to the North Pole from Canada unsupported by animal or machine. The 85-day, 600-mi. expedition will involve the two-man team of expedition leader Sergeant Sean Chapple, 30, and Corporal Alan Chambers, 28, who will serve as equipment manager. Departure from Ward Hunt Island is planned for Mar. 20-22, 1999.


Lake Superior, which the Ojibway tribe called "Gitchi Goomi," will be the start of a 2,017-mi. kayak expedition for Daniel Larson, 30, of Benson, Minn. Using a custom-built Kevlar-reinforced kayak, he plans a four-month paddling trek starting May 1999 to Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay.


Bird Rows From California to Hawaii - Adventurer/musician Michael "Mick" Bird arrived into Hilo on the island of Hawaii on Oct. 23 after rowing 2,460 miles for 64 days from Fort Bragg, California. Not content to rest on his accomplishment, he is already planning the next leg, a nine month rowing expedition to Australia, part of his personal 27,000-mi., three-year quest to row around the world.

Tiny Kite a Lifesaver - A credit card-sized wallet which inflates into a multi-purpose kite could save an explorer's life. The Skystreme, a marker which can help rescuers find a stranded person, weighs just 1.5 oz. and lifts off the ground in winds as light as four mph.


Into Thin Air on TV - The dramatic story of the controversial climb of Mt. Everest in which eight climbers lost their lives is chronicled in "Into Thin Air: Death on Everest," the ABC Sunday Night Movie airing Nov. 9. The two- hour, made-for-television movie stars Peter Horton ("thirtysomething") as expedition leader Scott Fischer. Jon Krakauer is portrayed by Christopher McDonald ("Thelma & Louise").



The Microship Project Seeks Space - WWW.Microship.Com needs 2,500 sq. ft. lab near water, technical volunteers, additional funding (108 sponsors already), technology transfer partnership, and market for weekly video productions underway. To participate in this pedal/solar/sail aquatic successor to the BEHEMOTH bicycle adventure (or request e-mail updates), contact Steve Roberts, wordy@qualcomm.com

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.

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