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November 1999 - Volume Six,
EXPEDITION NEWSis a monthly review of significant
expeditions, research projects and newsworthy adventures. It is distributed
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research librarians, explorers, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts. This
forum on exploration covers projects that stimulate, motivate and educate.
THE LONG WALK For those of us who will never summit
K2, cross Antarctica, or dive deep into caves, comes an expedition that is
almost within reach of anyone. Almost. A Seattle couple plan to walk the length
of Chile starting this spring, an effort they believe the average outdoor
enthusiast can relate to.
Nina Page and Brendan Cowan have been together
four years now, living,
traveling and adventuring.
This March they plan their biggest adventure of all - a 4,000 mile, 13-15
month "Long Walk" of Chile, from the desert volcanoes of the north, through the
rugged glaciers and fjords of Patagonia, to the tip of South America.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PEARY
In the modern history of polar exploration, no one has duplicated the 1995
feat of Canadian Richard Weber and Russian Dr. Mikhail Malakhov who, in 122
days, traveled from the North Pole and back without resupply (See EN, July
1995). Weber and Malakhov were the first to trek roundtrip and unsupported from
Canada to the Pole since 1909. No food caches were hidden midway, there was no
resupply from the air, and no "reverse resupply" - the process whereby dogs or
teammates are flown out in mid-trek. In fact, the Weber Malakhov Expedition
expedition had no sled dogs, resorting instead to manhauling all the
Likewise, no one has ever been able to duplicate the claims of polar
forerunner Commander Robert Peary who in three days of travel with 24 men, 19
sleds, and 133 dogs, is said to have averaged 44 miles per day. Now Weber, 40,
and Malakhov, 45, will return to the North Pole "In the Footsteps of Peary," to
apply modern polar experience to Robert Peary's claim that he reached the North
Pole in April, 1909.
MAYA CANOE EXPEDITION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO CLIMB ABOARD
It sounds like something out of Shackleton's era. Col. Douglas
T. Peck of Bradenton, Fla. is looking for six to eight volunteer paddlers and
two helmsmen for a "grueling, arduous, and uncomfortable" 400 nautical mile
research voyage from the Yucatan to Florida to replicate the voyage of the
ancient Maya seafarers.
Big Apple Bouldering
- A Manhattan climbing promoter is planning a bouldering championship at
various sites in New York next spring. Scheduled venues for the North American
Amateur Bouldering Championship include Grand Central Station, the Museum of
Modern Art, and Lincoln Center. Ralph Erenzo of ExtraVertical is currently
seeking $200,000 in sponsorship for a mid-June, 2000 competition open to both
male and female climbers ranging in age from ten to over 50 years. The event
will consist of a bouldering competition, public climbing, a climbing sculpture
installation, and dance and music performances.
Chisco is Ready to Go-
- Chisco, a sports accessory company based in Salt Lake City,
is interested in providing product to expeditions. The company sells a variety
of items for adventurers fleece bags; neck lanyards; shoe pockets; key chains;
boot straps; clippers that hold down gloves and hats; and their signature
product, The Band, an action sports watchband. Teams interested in using Chisco
accessories on their expeditions are invited to tell the company where they're
going, and why they believe its accessories would be beneficial. Contact Beirne
Chisolm, Chisco owner and founder, at 801 972 5656; fax 801 972 5690; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avalanche Claims Alex Lowe
- Alex Lowe, one of the world's best mountaineers, died last month in a 6,000-ft.
avalanche on Shishapangma (26,291-ft.) in the Tibetan Himalaya. Lowe, 40, who was
attempting to ski the mountain as part of the 1999 American Shishapangma Ski Expedition,
was killed along with high-altitude cameraman David Bridges, 29, from Aspen, Colo.
NOLS Founder Paul Petzoldt Dies
- Teton climbing pioneer Paul Petzoldt, the man who started the National Outdoor
Leadership School, died Oct. 6 at a nursing home in Topsham, Maine. He was 91.
Times Square Matinee Traverse
- Who says explorers don't have a sense of humor? When New York Times columnist John
"Explornography" Tierney wanted to test his theory that you needed the help of explorers
to cross Times Square on matinee day with a baby in a stroller, he turned to David Breashears and Explorers Club President Alfred S. McLaren for help.
ON THE HORIZON
Pioneering Women Astronauts Honored - On Dec. 8,
the nation's most courageous and pioneering women astronauts will be honored by
The Explorers Club in New York for their important individual contributions to
the field of space research. The black tie award dinner will take place
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999 at the New York Athletic Club, and will honor: Mary
Cleave, Ph.D., Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D., Mae Jemison, Ph. D., Rhea Seddon, Ph.D.,
Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph. D., and Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D. Keynote speaker is
NASA Chief Administrator Dan Goldin and master of ceremonies is ABC-TV's Hugh
Downs. Tickets are $250. (For more information: The Explorers Club, 212
628 8383; www.explorers.org
Zegrahm Expeditions - Join ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS and
the world's TOP EXPLORERS as we travel to the most remote and remarkable places
on earth. Polar adventurer WILL STEGER joins us in December for a Millennium
voyage to ANTARCTICA and its surrounding islands. Come spring, explorers FRED
McLAREN and DON WALSH dive deep under the Arctic ice in high-tech submersibles
to a legendary shipwreck. In July, oceanographer SYLVIA EARLE leads submersible
expeditions to observe SIXGILL SHARKS. And in November, 2000, best-selling
author CAROLINE ALEXANDER tells the story of explorer par excellence, Sir Ernest
Shackleton, during our CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF SOUTH GEORGIA. For
reservations/information: ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS, 1414 Dexter Avenue N.
#327, Seattle, WA 98109. Phone: 800 628 8747, 206 285 4000; Fax: 206 285 5037;
Web site: www.zeco.com; E-mail: email@example.com
Y2CAVE- Spend New Year's Eve with your best friend
in a 20 million-year-old Tarahumara Indian cave in the mountains of Copper
Canyon, Mexico. Copper Canyon Hiking Lodges have a deluxe, week-long hiking
adventure for $3,250 pp, including a night in the cave, great grub, fancy wines
and Indian guides. Stay in a mountain lodge near Cusarare River, and its sister
lodge, a 200-year-old hacienda, in the bottom of the canyon. 800
77MEXICO; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sierratrail.com
China and Mongolia
- Membership is now available to join Global Research and Discovery's Year 2000 Archaeological
Expeditions to these two, until now, closed countries. Join us as we return on our
second expedition to Mongolia, working with the leading scientists from the University of Ulan Bataar ...or make history along with us as we undertake a first of its
kind archaeological exploration within the People's Republic of China, working actively
cooperation with professors from the
University of Peking. Expeditions are scheduled for late Spring / early Summer
2000. For more information contact Global Research and Discovery
Network, 24 Orchard St., Ridgefield Park, New Jersey 07660; 201 641 7212; email@example.com
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