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ExplorersWeb Week in Review The Pioneers Checkpoint

Everything is going smoothly on Everest south side while north side climbers are still waiting for clearance. Skiers for the North Pole are experiencing very hard travel and several have been airlifted out from the ice.

On Annapurna, Miss Oh and Edurne are meeting today. The list of expeditions has been updated, last week also brought a number of special stories at ExWeb in addition to several interviews and extreme trek updates.

Everest south side wrap-up: With flights to Lukla resumed, front teams are in Namche and beyond. Most climbers are expected at base camp within the next 7 to 10 days. IMG has brought 10,000 feet of new line to fix and most of the expeditions have agreed to share the cost. The Icefall Doctors are already at work fixing route through the Khumbu Icefall reported Altitude Junkies leader Phil Crampton. The route will most likely follow the same route as it did in the fall of 2009.

Everest north side wrap-up: Climbing permits were issued Friday so several teams planned to cross the border this Easter weekend but a new hurdle is that paperwork from Lhasa concerning visa issued by China Embassy got stuck on the road. In addition to three Spaniards, a Hungarian duo are also on the way to Tibet, aiming for the first Hungarian no-O2 Everest summits.

China thwarts Everest traverse “After prolonged discussions with the authorities in Tibet, I was informed that no traverse permits would be issued for Spring 2010,” American Gavin Turner reported.

ExWeb Special: China – 2 years after Reporters Without Borders state that propaganda, surveillance, censorship and crackdowns are worse than ever in China. According to a recent MSNBC report, over the past year the government has encouraged China’s state-owned enterprises to forcibly buy private firms. Check ExWeb’s big report two years after the Olympics.

Himalaya wrap-up More climbers are arriving Annapurna BC where Miss Oh and Edurne are meeting for a cup of tea today. Edurne’s team is currently awaiting weather to continue their push up the mountain. Over on Pumori, Pustelnik’s international team aborted their summit push at about 7000 meters due to illness and bad conditions and are now headed to Annapurna.

Last minute additions to Himalaya list of expeditions Duffel-bags zipped, passports in hand, and about to call a cab to the airport…sometimes the hunt for funding and team mates doesn’t finalize an expedition until the very last moment. ExWeb’s list of Himalaya expeditions was updated last week with some of the last additions, changes and cancellations. Two ski descents were announced, and a couple of new route attempts.

Enroute to Everest with Simone Moro Italian Simone Moro is marching up the sweet valley of Khumbu towards his upcoming double-goal: Everest without O2 and a new route on Lhotse. Kazakh Denis Urubko will be by his side. ExWeb caught up with Moro for a chat about politics, Everest ethics, his upcoming climbs and the bond between “perfect partners.”

Geographic North Pole wrap-up: Skiers are experiencing very rough going on the Arctic Ocean. Ben Saunders, one of the three solo skiers had to be airlifted out due to leaking fuel. Tom Smitheringale decided to ask for an evacuation due to frostbite but eventually decided to carry on. Michele Pontrandolfo asked for broken gear replacement. Christina Franco was airlifted by a resupply-plane after being unable to cross a wide, open lead. Weber team is in 88°N; and the Barneo base is now open.

No landing at the North Pole for French ski and scuba start Safety overrode their desire to start at 90°N where the ice was too fragmented to land, stated the French team who is heading from near the North Pole to land. Ghislain Bardout and his team of six men, one woman and one dog started their 65-day expedition crossing pressure ridges and a 70m wide lead.

ExWeb interview with Sarah McNair-Landry, “I am both stubborn and driven” At age 23 Sarah is guiding two Australians to the North Pole from Ward Hunt Island. They are currently skiing in 86°N. Before they left, ExWeb caught up with Sarah at home in Nunavut, Canada.

ExWeb interview with Ripley Davenport: “I act out each senario and think of different ways that I can handle it” In less than 2 weeks Ripley will start his 90-day, 1700 miles / 2750 km crossing of the Eastern Mongolian Steppe, Gobi Desert and the Altai Mountain Range, while hauling 250 kg of provisions. He shared with ExWeb the challenges of the preparations, his intense mental training and his logistics.

Dimitri Kieffer update: World circumnavigator Dimitri Kieffer and his teammate for this Russian section, Nyurgen Efremov, started off from near Vayegi. They sledge-hauled over mountain passes, along frozen rivers, through snow storms, dealing with damaged feet and broken bindings to eventually stop in the middle of 2500 reindeers.

Alan Bate’s around-the-world cycling record attempt Midnight March 31 British professional racing cyclist Alan Bate began an attempt to lower the Round the World Cycling Record to just 99 days. The current record stands at 165 days by British Julian Sayarer (to be ratified by Guinness). Alan will start and end in Bangkok, Thailand.

Zand B. Martin’s North America canoe crossing Zand is attempting a self-supported crossing of North America by human power in an open canoe. To date he has completed 3000 of the 5000-mile crossing by canoe and portage. Zand’s intention is to travel by canoe from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine.

The first step in an amazing run: CERN collides particles at record speed The folks at the gigantic collider near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 meter underground, got a break at last. They collided protons at record speed, and with that the hunt for other dimensions, dark matter and the “God particle” has begun.

Personal flight: Jetpacks for everyone American Rocketman Dan Schlund has been awing crowds for years and now new technologies are bringing jetpacks to regular humans. Check out ExWeb’s report.

Menu Upheaval at Explorers Club 106th Annual Banquet “Mountaineers and paleomafia” attending to the Explorers Club Annual Banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria recently were disappointed to find out that usual exotic starters such as glazed scorpions and worms-on-a-stick had been substituted by… ordinary roast beef. “Damn conservationists,” said guests. Read Amanda’s dispatch from the dinner.

Armchair Adventurista – a personal obsession A new website about adventure, Armchair Adventurista was born of a personal obsession with true adventure literature editor Amy Maroney told ExplorersWeb. The site includes short book reviews, live news stories about global adventurers and links to other groups and individuals that are focused on adventure.

Tafadzwa, sailboat without a Captain, but with a dog A 40-year old South African sailor, Paul van Rensburg, set out from Tauranga, New Zealand on his yacht, Tafadzwa. When he didn’t arrive at his destination two days later a search was conducted, but called off three days later. On March 28, 16 days later, his boat was spotted with only his hungry dog on board.

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