“Life is too short to worry about what might have been” said Geoff when crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran on 7 January, 25 years after being paralyzed.
ExplorersWeb closed 2009 by awarding some of the world’s foremost explorers: we kick off the brand new 2010 in Geoff’s spirit – for it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.
Speaking of which; coolest live expedition right now is Cecilie and Ryan’s at Antarctica. Here go some of the main headlines from the brand new week and don’t miss ExWeb’s CES report Monday!
Best of ExplorersWeb 2009 Awards
1. Denis Urubko, 14x8000ers, winter Makalu, Cho Oyu new route.
2. Simone Moro & Denis Urubko, winter Makalu
3. Park Young Seok, new route on Mount Everest
4. Miss Oh and Miss Go, Himalaya Dream Mile
5. Sarah Outen, Indian Ocean crossing
6. New route on Nanga Parbat
7. 14x8000ers summiteers.
8. AJ & FTA, corporate compassion
– Tomaz, Piotr, Serguey, Martin, Oscar, Roby.
– Nives Meroi.
– North Pole-Greenland crossing and polar records.
Antarctica A number of teams reached the South Pole during the holidays: Cecilie and Ryan arrived on New Year’s Eve after skiing 1173 km in 49 days. Amazingly, they turned their compasses north to reach the Ross Sea at the other side of the continent. Yes this could be a world first – in their last report they were gaining altitude on Titan Dome.
A last New Year’s Eve toast: new routes in Patagonia and Khumbu Before unfolding a brand new climbing year, ExWeb ran some new routes opened late 2009 such as a new route on Poincenot and a last-minute climb on Guillomet in Patagonia; Joe Simpson’s new route on Mera Peak in Khumbu and Italian firsts also in the Khumbu region.
Pakistan climbing fees frozen another year Pak Climbing fees, cut in half since 2006, are remaining the same for one more year. The climbing permit for a team of seven on K2 is $6000 (plus $1000 per each extra member), and just $4500 for 7pax teams ($750 per extra member) on the rest of Pakistan’s 8000ers. Go check all the numbers at K2Climb.net.
Parts of Mawson’s ‘air tractor’ found at Cape Denison In his 1911-14 expedition to Antarctica, Douglas Mawson took a wingless, single propelled plane with to use as an “air tractor” to haul supplies. On New Years Day 2010 a team of conservationists found parts of Mawson’s plane near his huts at Cape Denison.
Debrief: Eric Philips Philips and Geelong Grammar School’s Antarctic Peninsula education expedition sailed across Drake Passage, visited research stations, sledge-hauled across glaciers and did some restoration work. Check out the debrief at ExWeb.
Atlantic rowing update: American Katie Spotz, 22, started her solo row across the Atlantic from Africa to South America on 3 January. The Atlantic Rowing Race kicked off at last after being postponed several times since 6 December.
Geoff completed his Atlantic sail 25 years after being paralyzed “Life is too short to worry about what ‘might have been’ or waiting for some ‘miracle cure’ for Spinal Cord injury, there’s a magnificent world out there. I want my arrival to be a celebration of the past 25 years.” Geoff Holt, his carer Susana, and a photographer Digby arrived in Tortola, British Virgin Islands on 7 January; after successfully crossing the Atlantic in a 60 ft, purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible catamaran.
ExplorersWeb in Las Vegas for CES 2010 The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the world’s largest consumer tech tradeshow so ExWeb headed west to check the buzz about 3D, smart phones, smart cars, smart energy, Netbooks, tablets, e-readers and more. Check in for the report Monday.
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