Expedition News

December 2002 - Volume Nine, Number Twelve

EXPEDITION NEWS is the monthly review of significant expeditions, research projects and newsworthy adventures. It is distributed online and by mail to media representatives, corporate sponsors, educators, research librarians, explorers, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts. This forum on exploration covers projects that stimulate, motivate and educate.

Here are Highlights from our November issue. For a free sample copy of a previous issue, send a long self-addressed stamped (37 cents) envelope to the below address. Reprints of our November issue are available at the single issue price of $4. - The Editors


This month, Indiana photographer Michael A. Shapiro, plans to begin photographing the survivors and families of the Canadian High Arctic Relocation Program, and help the exiles tell, in their own words, the story of their treatment and their survival.

The book will feature Shapiro’s black and white images with accompanying quotations by the High Arctic relocatees. He plans a preliminary trip to the region this month, and then is scheduled to return at least twice in 2003.


Natural products may be great for the diet, but not many would chose bamboo, reeds and natural fiber rope as their first choice in ship construction. Yet the team behind the Viracocha II Expedition plans to embark on a journey to sail a primitive reed ship - the Viracocha - around the globe by 2009.

The Viracocha II Expedition’s first leg will occur from February to August 2003 - in a boat made from only natural products, just as ancient civilizations constructed them. “The expedition is a major milestone in the study of migration, and will be the longest and first reed boat crossing of the Pacific in modern times,” says Rod McCurdy, operations director.

The seven-month 10,000 nautical mile journey will set sail from Chile and disembark in Australia. Two years ago, the group successfully completed the pilot phase, the Viracocha I Expedition from Arica, Chile to Easter Island (See EN, January 2001).


French Polynesian Expedition Returns - Writer/adventurer Jon Bowermaster of Stone Ridge, N.Y., lead a five-man sea kayaking expedition through the remote Tuamotu chain in September (See EN, August 2002). The Tuamotu, one of five French Polynesian archipelagos, are 78 coral reef atolls spread over 900 miles in the middle of the South Pacific, equidistant from South America and Australia.


Misfit Explorers – At first glance, the photos look authentic, circa 1915, with familiar-looking idiot mittens on a strap, glacier goggles, monocles and pith helmets. But this is no ordinary gallery of expedition photography. These are the “Misfit Explorers,” so named by professional photographer Allison Leach, 39, of New York.

Inspired by the work of Frank Hurley, official photographer of Shackleton’s expedition, Leach’s images capturing the comic dramatis personae of imaginary explorers, are the subject of an irreverent solo exhibition in New York City at the Sixty Eight Degrees gallery, located at 412 Broadway.


New Climbing Magazine Launched – The premiere issue of Alpinist Magazine celebrated its debut last month. Edited by former American Alpine Journal editor Christian Beckwith and published by Red Hat co-founder Marc Ewing, Alpinist is an independent quarterly publication that celebrates the climbing life around the world.

Features of the magazine include first-person accounts of the hottest new routes, photography from the lenses of the world’s best climbing photographers, and reportage on climbs from the four corners of the globe. (For more information: www.alpinist.com).

Scots Tape - BBC Scotland is looking for Scots to videotape during expeditions anywhere on the globe. “With the increasingly lightweight and robust filming equipment we have at our disposal, we are often able to help out with the filming gear that's needed,” says the BBC’s David Henderson. (For more information: David Henderson, BBC Scotland, tel: 0141 338 2444, David.Henderson@bbc.co.uk).


Tired of soap-on-a-rope again this holiday season? Don’t have much use for a necktie when all you really wear is Polarfleece, Waffle Stompers, and Gore-Tex? Drop a few hints around the house for gifts you’re hankering for. If you’re lucky, you might find a few of these babies under the tree.

Banishing the One-Cheek Sneak – If you think the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles was funny, try spending a week with a tentmate waiting for the weather to clear. It won’t be pretty unless both of you donned a pair of gas guzzling Under-Ease skivvies, the antidote for bad wind (a.k.a. Rocky Mountain Barking Spiders).

Each airtight nylon pair - billed as the “new generation of protective underwear for flatulence” - include built-in exit holes so gas can escape through attached charcoal filters. No more blaming the sled dog for your blue fog. Available in boxers and briefs. $19.95, www.under-tec.com

Smelling Sharp - Serious adventurers have carried Swiss Army Knives everywhere, to places most of us will never go. The summit of Mount Everest, Antarctica, the cockpit of a U-2, outer space, you name it. Swiss Army Fragrance captures this spirit of adventure and the clean essence of Switzerland. It especially comes in handy if you have forgotten to pack your Under-Ease. $15 for 1.7 oz., www.fragrancenet.com

Stone Cold – For those long expeditions across Antarctica or at Everest base camp, while away those lonely weeks staring at the 2003 StoneNudes calendar. The nude climbers on each page are wearing nothing but a ‘biner. $18.95, www.stonenudes.com

A Pounce of Prevention – A mask worn on the back of the head could shoo-away those pesky big cats, according to the makers of the Original Authentic Cougar Protection Mask.

Made of silk-screened styrene, it contains an image of a pair of fierce eyes said to scare the bejesus out of any cougars that might be lurking behind during an expedition. It’s based upon a design used by the Honeyhunters in the mangroves of India (and when was the last time you read of one of those folks being bitten to death?). $5, www.cougarsafe.com


Tecnica was not a sponsor of the expedition that saw American climbers Carlos Buhler and Mark Newcomb successfully ascend Sepu Kangri in Tibet. (See EN, November 2002). Instead, Tecnica sponsored Carlos Buhler individually.


Expedition Public Relations - Alex Foley & Associates specializes in expedition PR. Alex Foley is honorary secretary of the Explorers Club British Chapter and has executed PR programs for many ventures including the 1996 Titanic Expedition, David Hempleman-Adams Chase de Vere Atlantic Challenge, David Hempleman-Adams and Josh Wishart's Polar Race, and Ice Challenger, the Bering Strait expedition flying Explorers Club Flag 176A last March. www.IceChallenger.com

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Affordable Himalaya with Daniel Mazur - Please tell your friends. Announcing new lowered prices due to recent events. These are full service expeditions, including Sherpa and all costs inside Nepal: Amadablam 2003-06, $3,950; Manaslu 2003, $6,950; Dhaulagiri 2004, $6,950; Pumori 2003-06, $3,950. We offer our new low-budget expeditions: Mustagh-Ata 2003-06, $1,450; Cho-Oyu 2003-06, $4,650; Everest 2003-06, $6,000. Everything for the novice, intermediate and expert since 1987. Ask about our treks. We give slide shows too!

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