Solo Amazon adventurer shot – urgent help needed
The South African, Davey du Plessis, who is attempting to navigate the Amazon from source to sea on his own, has been shot in the jungle. The area is known for the operations by drug cartels.
Ice wounds: Antarctica battle scars in tales and pictures
Season folding, pictures from Antarctica show evidence of a hard fight. Some will recover soon, some will have to live with their "souvenirs" for the rest of their lives. Lucky enough, modern logistics spared all skiers the high price paid one hundred years ago by the British pioneers.
Alan Lock: As far as the mind can reach - blind man for the pole
In 2003, 24-years old Alan Lock began to rapidly lose his vision. Instead of crawling into a corner, the young UC Berkeley grad and Royal Navy Officer has already lived a lifetime. Next, he aims to be the first blind person to ski from the Coast to the South Pole.
BSES polar bear attack survivor speaks out
The young adventurer watched a 250kg polar bear dragging one of his expedition leaders along by his head, before the animal reached for him with a blood covered nose and jaws locking over his head, crunching his skull. 16-year-old Patrick Flinders, has spoken out about his experience.
Karakoram: frostbite amputee for extreme paraglide
Thinking of "Touching The Void" Jeong-Heon Park lost his fingers to frostbite when saving his partner Gang-Sik Choi from a deep crevasse. Switching focus, in the next six months Park will paraglide the Himalayas using hot air balloon to reach altitudes up to 7000 meters.
Diabetic pilot, Douglas Cairns, flies to the North Pole
A diabetic & former British Royal Air Force jet pilot, Douglas Cairns, flew from Alaska to the Magnetic and Geographic North Poles in a light twin-engine, piston powered aircraft. After circling 90 deg N, he flew to Barneo and landed on the ice runway where they fixed two problems on the plane.
Alaska Crossings: 'lost' kids into the wild
There are lessons in the text that nature renders wrote Robert Service in his classic poem "The Call of the Wild." The team at Alaska Crossings take this literally, helping 'lost' youths cope with abuse by exposing them to a Wild of a purer kind.
Hervé Barmasse: The vertical future of Shimshal women
150 years ago, villages in the Alps patiently waited out winters, hoping to work as porters during the summer. Hervé Barmasse has launched the "Pakistan Winter Sport" project to provide Shimshal a similar future as local mountain guides for both men and women alike.
Lhotse 2010 preview: Himalaya training - Kazakh style
Fast, strong, and determined, Kazakh climbers are outstanding on high altitude. Currently, the men are doing three daily ascents in preps for the upcoming Lhotse attempt. Here the workout tips - do try them at home - from Vassiliy Pivtsov and Kazakhstan Armys Sports Club team coach Iljinsky.
The "new" Basecamp MD: Remote Medical at ExplorersWeb
A market leader with over seventy employees across North America, conducting operations and training on seven continents; Remote Medical will be main contributor on the medical section of ExplorersWeb (BaseCampMD), now expanding from Everest to the rest of the world.
Geoff Holt completed his Atlantic sail 25 years after being paralyzed
I want my arrival to be a celebration of the past 25 years, Geoff stated in his blog before arriving in Tortola, British Virgin Islands on 7 January.Geoff, his carer Susana, and a photographer Digby, successfully crossed the Atlantic. They left from Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands in December 2009.
Young at Heart: ExWeb interview with Carlos Soria
"Too young! Mid-life crisis! Too old!" Some scientists have found that due to routine most people stop to think outside the box by age 40 (some even at 30). They also quit sports about that time and by 60+ most retire altogether.Act your age, we are told, but recent records (junior and
Greenland update: Medical and airplane rescue
It has been a while since Jesper Melin Ganc-Petersen and Erik Bruun JÃ¸rgensen updated their Danish website - until this morning with news about Jesperâs serious medical condition and an impressive evacuation operation. The evacuation was no easy task and in the process the rescue plane h
Federico Campanini - a story that should not die
Mountain guide Federico Campanini, 31, and one of his clients (Elena Senin, 38) perished on Aconcagua around January 8 after their group summited via the normal route. On descent, the mountaineers lost their way in a sudden storm and mistakenly descended the technical Polish route. Federico
Erden Eruc update: Sunburn and sciatica
(TheOceans.net) According to Erdenâs latest report he was within 24 hours of landing his boat at Dreger Harbor. He said he worked hard and slept a total of 5 hours two nights ago and 4 hours the last night. Medical conditionIntense heat and lots of sunshine caused sunburn on his skin. Erden explained
ExplorersWeb presents: Critical Skill
What is an expedition success? The summit, yes. But it's also to come down in one piece; return a fellow climber to his family; come home smarter and with a story that will inspire others. Yet how do you do that? Easy, explained John F. Kennedy: "The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shini
ExWeb Makalu special: interview with Santiago Quintero
After summit this Sunday, Santiago Quintero was reportedly helped down with signs of AMS to high camp by German Ralf Dujmovits. In camp 3, an Argentinean fellow climber took over, administrating medicals and supplementary oxygen. Meanwhile, two Sherpas were sent up by two Brazilian
Spot Blanc? A closer look at the Zaragoza Everest brain study
A few weeks back, New Scientist reported that neurologists at the University Hospital in Zaragoza, Spain, recently performed an MRI on a number of high altitude climbers. You might recall ExWeb's interview with the climbing doctor Jose Ramon Morandeira - Head of Research at Zaragozaâs
ExWeb Special - Fruit flies vs. climbers: A Guide to a Perfect Life
Dreaming is the best remedy against aging," says one. "What you think you can do, you will always do," says another. Preaching the same gospel, there's 60 years between the two prophets. DreamsAmerican Noah McKelvin, 15, has climbed a number of fourteeners as a preparation to bag all
Alert to senior climbers: Beware of dangerous Everest study
A dangerous study is spreading like a wildfire in global news right now. Its conclusion, "On Everest, youth and vigor trump age and experience."The study is based on a total of three (!) 60+ climbers, dying on Everest since 1922. Parts of the study claims there's a 25% risk of dying