April 1998 Highlights - Volume Five, Number Four

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Here are highlights from our April issue. For a free sample copy and subscription form, contact: editor@expeditionnews.com


Heidi Howkins, 30, a renowned high-altitude alpinist from Corvallis, Ore., will lead the USA K2 Expedition, a light alpine style ascent of K2, arguably the most difficult peak in the world. The four-person team will ascend the 28,251-ft 8,611-meter mountain without supplementary oxygen or high altitude porters via the Abruzzi (South-East) Spur. One objective of the 60- to 90-day expedition, which departs June 16, is to place the first American woman on the summit during this, the 20th anniversary of the first American ascent.


In the 16th and early 17th centuries, a dozen English, German, and Spanish conquistadores led thousands of men through the vast plains and dense forests of northern South America in search of the elusive El Dorado - the legendary city of gold said to lay beside a vast inland lake called Manoa or Parime. Residing in the region, according to legend, were fierce warrior women called the Amazons.

In November 1997, Gregory Deyermenjian, 48, joined Chilean researcher Roland Stevenson, 63, in investigating the story. They led the six-man Brazilian/Italian/North American El Dorado Expedition northward, from Boa Vista, in Brazil's northernmost state of Roraima, where maps up to the early 19th century actually placed a large Lago Parime.


A team of researchers led by a 30-year old Pakistani mountaineering instructor and wilderness guide plan to raft Pakistan's Indus river this summer to study a civilization lost to the effects of time, modern development and industrial pollution.


Sometimes even simple, inexpensive expeditions can offer insight into the unique geography of the American West. Forty-year-old twins Richard and Robert Robinson will embark this May to document the Great Rift area of south-central Idaho, including the 83 square mile Craters of the Moon National Monument.


Everest is "Titanic" of IMAX Film Industry

The Everest IMAX film, produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films of Laguna Beach, Calif., is attracting record attendance at IMAX theaters around the world since its release in early March. The film has been so successful that in spite of its playing on just 20 screens, Everest was the 16th highest grossing film in North America one weekend last month according to Variety's Box Office Chart.


Enough Kvetching, Krakauer
- Dudley Farfield of Forbes FYI maintains explorers today can't take a truly awful trip anymore. "Yes, Jon Krakauer's expedition had a bad day on Everest, but 'Into Thin Air' is thin gruel compared with the journals of polar explorers." Farfield's story in the Winter 1999 issue relates the "hopefully horrible trips" of a century ago suffered by "a singularly devoted breed of explorer."


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