March 1998 Highlights - Volume Five, Number Three

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In this era of sound bite journalism, climber Tom Whittaker has it nailed. "I'm a one-legged Welshman who's going to climb Everest," he told an ABC video crew at a recent outdoor industry trade show. But what he failed to say was that accompanying his expedition, at least as far as base camp, will be seven disabled people, including a paraplegic, and a non-ambulatory man with cerebral palsy.
Through his Ester-C Everest Challenge 98, which leaves in mid-March, Whittaker, 49, hopes to change the way children view the disabled.


Everest as an arena of human endeavor is apparently far from exhausted. While Tom Whittaker sets his sights for the top of Everest, another team, the American Mt. Everest Expedition 1999, will attempt to determine just how high is high. Or more precisely, the extent to which Everest is drifting north due to Tectonic motion. As Dr. Bradford Washburn puts it, "Nepal is getting a little bit of China each year without any wartime maneuvering at all."


The recently reintroduced Volkswagen Beetle will help support a group of five breast cancer survivors and seven disease-free young women who plan a June ascent of Alaska's Mt. McKinley (20,320-ft.). Starting June 20, the new Beetle Bug will tour the 50-city Lilith Fairs - the all-woman concerts in North America established by pop singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan.


Russian Polar Team Departs - An international expedition departed from the Arctic Cape, the northernmost point of Russia's Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, for a skiing expedition on floating ice through the North Pole to Canada (See EN, December 1997). Expedition leader Vladimir Chukov said that the team's goal is to cross the Arctic Ocean via human-powered, self-sufficient means.

Tough Sledding for British Musher - The concept was simple enough: dog sled 6,000 miles across the top of North America - from the Atlantic Ocean to the Bering Sea - to raise money for international cancer charities (See EN, December 1997). Now, almost four months after their departure from Searsport, Maine, the team led by cancer survivor Wendy Smith, 36, is chronically short of cash, and is picking up from what could have been a potentially disastrous truck accident.


Cook's Endeavour Tours East Coast
- A replica of the Endeavour, the vessel that British Captain James Cook sailed around the world, will visit cities along the East Coast starting this month.

First U.S. Showing of Antarctic Photography - EN will sponsor the first U.S. showing of 20 hand-finished limited edition photographic prints from the archive of Captain Robert F. Scott's 1910-13 expedition to the Antarctic (See EN, October 1997). The event, at Geary Galley, 576 Post Rd., Darien, Conn., will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. on Mar. 14 and benefit The Explorers Club Young Explorers program. The collection includes "Ice Cave," the most famous image of expedition photographer Herbert George Ponting, a pioneer in the use of photography as an art form. In it Ponting captures two explorers at the mouth of a cave with Scott's ship, the "Terra Nova", in the far distance framed by a fringe of long icicles. Darien is 45 miles from New York City. (For more information: Geary Galley, 203-655-6633).


Pass the Grey Poupon
- The habit of Explorers Club members to snack on exotic hors d'oeuvres at their annual dinner was covered in February's Quest magazine. Over 1,400 members of the worldwide exploration community will assemble at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Mar. 28 for the 94th annual Explorers Club dinner titled, "Pushing the Limits." Sen. John H. Glenn, 77, will review the past year's achievements in exploration and describe his plans to return to space as the oldest astronaut in history aboard the Discovery Space Shuttle in October.


Learning Outfitters and Adventure Online - Seek notable adventures and expeditions to partner with for K-12 curriculum development (print and online). Expeditions must offer suitable educational content. Send project summaries via fax (612-645-0240) or e-mail: info@learnout.com.

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