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July 1999 - Volume Six, Number Seven - Highlights


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It won't be an easy task for Sue Carter to find an additional eight women to join her on the all-women WomenQuest Polar Trek 2001 to the North Pole in April 2001. Rather than run an advertisement like Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1907 ("Wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful ..."), Carter is resorting to a decidedly 1990's approach: applications are available through her www.womenquest.org Web site. So far, three women have responded, but Carter is hopeful more will consider this a "life defining opportunity," and will apply.



Colonel John Blashford-Snell of Dorset, England, is leading an expedition to navigate 1,800 miles of river from Bolivia to Buenos Aires over the next three months. The Kota Mama Expedition will be the largest British voyage to South America this century.

An international team of 60 scientists and explorers will be joining the expedition to find evidence that thousands of years before Christ, the people of South America had trading links with Africa and beyond. Blashford-Snell hopes to discover archaeological sites which will reveal new clues to back his theory.


Ed Hommer, 43, of Duluth, Minn. has become the first double amputee to summit Mt. McKinley, a feat that landed him on the NBC-TV Today Show on June 28. Hommer now has his sights set on a first-time expedition to the Himalayas in 2000 to climb a trekking peak in Nepal's Annapurna sanctuary. The next year we wants to climb 26,906-ft. (8201 m) Cho Oyu, then Everest via the North col in 2002 - hopefully as the first double amputee to successfully summit.


Baby It's Cold Outside

- A Canadian three-year-old became one of the world's youngest polar explorers after setting sail for the Arctic late last month, following a route chosen by a Norwegian explorer 100 years ago. Keziah Winter Magor is traveling with her parents Lynda and Arctic veteran Graeme on a trip during which they will let their 52-ft. steel-hulled ketch Northanger become trapped in the Canadian polar ice from September 1999 to August 2000. (See EN, November 1997).


W.L. Gore Awards $30,000

- W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., inventors of Gore-Tex fabric, has granted $30,000 to six expeditions that embody the philosophies of Eric Shipman and Bill Tilman, world-class explorers who were strong advocates of small expeditions. The ninth annual Shipman/Tilman Grant awards selected the winners from a field of 44 applicants.

On Foot Across the Gibson -

Four explorers departed in late June on the first-ever foot expedition across Australia's vast uncharted Gibson Desert. The 620-mi. (1,000 km) desert trek is expected to take 50 to 60 days and is the first of four expeditions planned as "the last great adventures of the 20th century" - the conquest of the elements of earth, fire, water and air. The desert trek represents the earth element.


Yeah, But Will it Cure Yak Breath? -

Everest: the book, the IMAX film, the made-for-TV movie, now Everest: The Gum. It was only a matter of time, we suppose. An affiliate of Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company is introducing Everest Powerful Mint Gum, with the "taste as big as its name." Made with natural peppermint oil, the maker of this "powerful" mint gum, the Amurol Confections Co. of Yorkville, Ill., says it "Stands up to the Challenge!" Look for it in test markets nationwide. Guaranteed not to stick to your crampons.


Climber Regrets Selling Mallory Photo

- Selling a photograph of the frozen remains of George Mallory on Mount Everest has caused its share of problems for the men in the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition (See EN, June 1999). Climber Andy Politz, 39, told the June 3 Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, "Looking back on it now, it was a mistake." Politz spent two months as part of a 14-member expedition that found the remains of the Englishman.

Trailblazers of the Century

- Approaching his 80th birthday on July 20, Sir Edmund Hillary was honored as a "Trailblazer of the Century" in the June 14 issue of People magazine. "Over the years," New York bureau chief Maria Eftimiades writes, "Hillary has watched thousands try to duplicate his heroics as mountaineering, no longer the province of a few hardy adventurers, has become the exotic diversion of virtually anyone with a whim and a checkbook."

What's So Funny About the Explorers Club?

- Popular New York cartoonist Stan Mack thinks the Explorers Club is full of good material. He attended the Explorers Club annual dinner last March and created a two-page cartoon for the June 6 New York Times Magazine titled, "Overheard at the Explorer's (sic) Club." A member is quoted from the podium: "Americans have lost their sense of adventure. I asked a colleague about Magellan and he said the funds are overrated."


Zegrahm Expeditions

- Join TOP EXPLORERS as ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS travels to Earth's remote and compelling places. September finds us among MELANESIAN ISLANDS of Vanuatu & Fiji with oceanographer JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU.

In December, adventurer WILL STEGER is aboard in ANTARCTICA exploring the Peninsula, South Georgia & the Falklands.

Oceanographer SYLVIA EARLE leads first-ever submarine expeditions observing SIXGILL SHARKS in July, 2000.

Best-selling author CAROLINE ALEXANDER tells the story of Shackleton during a CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF SOUTH GEORGIA, November, 2000.

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