Recently, the Kazakh climbers on K2 were forced to abort their climb after all their gear was 'liberated' from ABC. American Don Bowie found the fixed ropes had dissapeared when he was descending on Broad Peak. ExWeb wrote, It is a very serious offence - going beyond money. Robbing high camps could lead to death. <br>Image of Camp 2 on Broad Peak courtesy of Don Bowie (click to enlarge).
Reinhold Messner, first to climb all 14 eight-thousanders (no 02), hosted the roundtable. Image by Alberto Peruffo courtesy Alberto Peruffo
Cho Oyu, a technically "easier" 8000er, often chosen as a first 8000+ meter experience, or as a preparatory climb before attempting Everest. Image of Cho Oyu from a tent in ABC, by Wyn Morgan, courtesy of Jagged Globe (click to enlarge).
American Explorer Wave Vidmar will set out for the South Pole, solo and unsupported in early November 2005. He better take along sun screen enough: The South polar ozone layer has a hole the size of Europe, and is increasing, making it one of the biggest hole years since 1996. Image ExplorersWeb files (click to enlarge)
Hurricane Katrina hit Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and parts of Texas, with the hardest hit being Louisiana. Some 1,000,000 people have been displaced, with damaged homes, or in many cases, no homes left at all. Image of Katrina over the gulf coast courtesy of NOAA.
For $20 million dollars, we're not sure if Olsen gets to keep the suit! Greg Olsen prepares to become the third private citizen to travel into space. Image courtesy of Space Adventures, Inc. (click to enlarge)
Modern exploration is a surprisingly small world. We all want to get out there, and can someone make a buck of arranging it - well, why not. Fact is, the industry is exploding. Commercial expeditions have overtaken Mount Everest and are spreading to other peaks. Everybody is a polar guide these days, and even ocean rowing (!) is becoming a profitable business. Image of bird in camp 1 on Everest, ExWeb files.
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Reinhold Messner promises to put his brother Günthers boot on the table, in order to prove its him who he has found at the base of Nanga Parbats Diamir side. However, there are some inconsistencies in Messners version - or there is a second body on the spot. Alpine Club of Pakistan and climbers speak out on the thefts occurring on K2 and Broad Peaks higher camps. Teams are crowding Cho Oyus BC. Pavel Rezvoy is taking his sons place and will finish the Indian Ocean solo row for him. Polar explorers such as Wave Vidmar are...