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ExplorersWeb Week in Review The Pioneers Checkpoint

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Himalaya has kicked off with no less than four new climbs/significant attempts in addition to several +8000 ski/board descents. Korean Miss Oh could make mountaineering history and ExWeb caught up with her in Seoul for an interview.

There was a compelling wrap of the Pakistan season, and an ExWeb Russia Special. Another interview, with American Doug Stoup preparing for an Aconcagua ski descent and unsupported North Pole ski, rounded off.

Have a great Labor day long weekend everyone; although it’s farewell to summer an exciting fall is ahead!

2009 fall climbing season kick-off: Everest and Himalaya list of expeditions! Yes it’s that time of the year again! The brand new 2009 Everest and Himalaya fall list of expeditions was published Monday, with some final additions made Friday.

Among the highlights; Basques on Everest Hornbein, Moro on the SW face of Cho Oyu, Ueli Steck on Makalu West Pillar, possible Korean history on Annapurna, ski/snowboard descent on Everest, ski-descent on Manaslu, and Andrew Lock for his last 8000er on Shisha.

Himalaya wrap-up: Fall season is on – teams on the move The great bulk of Himalayan expeditions will arrive in Nepal and Tibet starting next week but some early birds are already on Asian ground. In Nepal: Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza (Everest), Mexicans Badia Bonilla and Mauricio López (Manaslu), Rodrigo Fica’s Chilean team (Dhaulagiri), Andres Jorquera’s Chilean team (Manaslu ski descent), Altitude Junkies (Manaslu), Carlos Pauner and Juanito Oiarzabal (in Lhasa for Shisha Pangma).

FTA: India’s Satopanth With virtually no time to recover from BP, K2 and Oscar Perez’s rescue attempt on Latok, FTA’s leader Chris Szymiec is headed to Satopanth peak, Garhwal Himalayas (India). Chris’ mate in Pakistan Fabrizio Zangrilli is leading an expedition on Pumori. Also, FTA has gathered a team heading for Ama Dablam.

K2 & Karakoram 2009 Season´s end Chronicle Following his Everest & Himalaya spring season’s end Chronicle, last week ExWeb’s contributor Brazilian Rodrigo Granzotto Peron wrapped up the past Pakistan season in yet another vast and unique report.

Bulgarian Boyan Petrov’s GII debrief: 30 tall meters of honor For Bulgarian Boyan Petrov, “his only witness up there” as Veikka Gustafsson recently put it in another matter, pushing for GII on his own would have made it very easy to claim a summit. Yet Boyan himself contacted ExplorersWeb with a detailed report stating he stopped very close to the highest point.

ExWeb Russia Special: brand new route on Pobeda, Elbrus race kick-off, Snow Leopards in numbers While fall season kicks off in Nepal and Tibet, Russian climbers have lots of action close to home. Sokolov and Gorelic have forged a new route on the highly demanding Pobeda peak; young guns and veterans prepare for the Elbrus race next week; and the Snow Leopard stats have been updated.

ExWeb interview with Oh Eun-sun: “Annapurna will decide” With nine already bagged, Miss Oh, 43, took Kangchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Nanga Parbat and Gasherbrum I in record speed. Currently preparing for Annapurna, her last 8,000er, nobody doubts anymore how serious she is about her goal. Coming out of nowhere, little is known about Oh Eun-sun so ExWeb’s correspondent in Korea Kyu Dam Lee sat down with her over dinner to find out more.

ExWeb interview with Doug Stoup American Doug Stoup finished Shackleton’s unfinished business on Antarctica, but now has his own unfinished business in the Arctic. Apart from the polar ice, Doug also has other plans and ExWeb’s Correne Coetzer caught up with Stoup while he prepares for among other expeditions, an Antarctic ski cruise, an Aconcagua ski descent and an unsupported, unassisted North Pole ski.

Patagonia update: Tarka L’Herpiniere and Katie-Jane Cooper started their crossing of the Southern Patagonia Icecap with a battle against thick vegetation and steep scree slopes, surprised to find multiple glacier rivers to cross; and eventually reaching very deep snow.

Northwest Passage wrap-up: ‘Ocean Watch’ is through After encountering huge ice bergs Ocean Watch dropped anchor off the village of Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, and completed their transit through the Passage. The two Royal Marines on Ancient Mariner made slow progress and were eagerly waiting for winds to get them to Gjoa Haven. Lots of wildlife was seen: Caribou, walruses, Beluga whales, Muskoxen, white wolves and polar bears.

Ancient Antarctic map challenges man made global warming theory A map drawn in 1531 shows Antarctica as relatively ice free. Professor Allen Quist of Minnesota said the ancient map of the globe drawn by Oronteus Finaeus disproves the theory of man-made global warming. “The enormous significance of the map has only now become apparent as Congress considers sweeping legislation intended to combat global warming supposedly caused by human activity,” he said.

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