Major exploration news arrived just today Sunday: Ramón Larramendi, leading a three-man team riding a kite-powered sled in a 4500km traverse across Eastern Antarctica sent over a voice dispatch announcing that the team reached the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility (85°50′S 65°47′E) on December 11 at 7.57 a.m. Zulu. (Click to enlarge)
The expedition is a culmination of 4 years of preparations and a long time dream come true for Ramon. The great Antarctic traverse has already suffered delays due to lack of funds and logistic problems. Next stop is Vostok (click to enlarge).
The European Space Agency has entered a project with ExplorersWeb and British Sat com company Vexcel. The project involves ESA's EO "Earth observation products."
Journalist and climbing-team member Jabi Baraiazarra (in the middle) take the group-summit picture with the Pou Brothers on Eternal Flame. There was no one else there, after all (click to enlarge).
I repeatedly lost control of the boat. Both times I was in pretty turbulent waters and swirls. I did a couple of 180s and 360s even, the waves just kept coiling me around in every direction." For now solo ocean rower Alex Bellini is just happy to have the Straight and Tangiers behind him.
Marigold glove mandatory, clothing optional: Charlie was keen to check that none of his bits were showing in the photograph sent through this morning. When told that various regional newspapers were interested in their photography, he did put a bid in to use the turtle shot instead. Image of Row4Life's Charlie Woodward-Fischer on the team's boat 'Woodvale Pairs'. Image sent live over Contact 3.0 courtesy of Row4Life team (click to enlarge).
World Cup ice climb competitors perform on specially-designed ice-axes and boots (with non-detachable crampons and heel-hooks). Wrist-lashes are forbidden. In the image, female champion Ines Papert, from Germany (click to enlarge).
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Major exploration news arrived today, Sunday: Ramón Larramendi, leading a three-man team riding a kite-powered sled in a 4500km traverse across Eastern Antarctica sent over a voice dispatch to ExplorersWeb announcing that the team reached the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility (85°50S 65°47E) on December 11 at 7.57 a.m. Zulu. They believe this is the first time the pole has been reached by a non-mechanical expedition, and are unsure it has been reached with mechanical systems before. According to Wikipedia, the pole was...