On the 71st Day of his solo attempt across the Atlantic, Alex Bellini ponders: "With Gibraltar behind me, I also leave behind all the negative days and the challenges I faced with a Straight that could not come soon enough. I have done away with all the big and little cracks that began slowly chipping away at my morale. I still have a strong heart and a hard head. One of them will get me to Brazil." Image live over Contact 3.0, courtesy of Alex.
Vince Anderson on the summit.
Spiderman began climbing buildings when rock became too easy, he told ExWeb in an interview from Houston last week. Image courtesy of Alain.
Out of the 23 aspiring climbers (currently on the 10-13 8000+ m summits list), 6 have died - 2 only in the past spring. One of them was Tibetan climber Rena. ExWeb chatted to Ed Viesturs - the first from the United States to enter the prestigious list - about it last week.
Live from Tropical Storm Delta: "It was the worst I've ever seen" Crispin Latymer told ExWeb over satellite phone, his voice shaking from the experience. I ripped down all the sails and just waited, he said, "when it arrived, I measured 50 knots on deck!"
The despair is noticeable in the North Face climbers' dispatch, as they try to get to the people in Kashmir's isolated villages: We are eager to charge into the mountains and get to work, but are jumping through some hoops to obtain the necessary permits. The amount of work to be done is astronomical and on top of it all the winter is arriving. Some areas can only be reached by traversing over 11,000 foot Himalayan Mountain passes, dispatches Willie Benegas.
Rune covered an amazing 162 kmin just 8 hours of kiting in the past week, and seems to have definitively gotten the hang of Antarctica kite-skiing. He is currently covering over 100km a day. Image live over Contact 3.0.
"I am very happy with what I did up to now. I still have a lot to do. No regrets!" Ed Viesturs on the North Face of Annapurna, courtesy of Ed.
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An action packed week ended November at ExplorersWeb. There were interviews with Ed Viesturs, Vince Anderson and the French Spiderman. Tropical storm Delta hit one of our Contact 3.0 sailing boats, and two rowers might have been affected as well. At Antarctica Rune kited 162 km in one day, while bitter weather kept many teams grounded. Over in Pakistan and Kashmir, a race with time has commenced as climbers fight red tape to reach people pleading for help in distant villages. ExWeb interview with Ed Viesturs: "Gnaro lifted...