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Sean Chapple's insights: Laying the Foundations for Success

"I approach my expedition like I am running a small business"

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Buried in the sky: Recommended Everest BC read in 2013

Book review of "Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day."

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LRG Editorial: Exploration Clubs - What Future for a Tradition in Decline

Exploitation and vicious power struggles: CuChullaine O’Reilly, Founder of the Long Riders’ Guild, questions the future of exploration organizations.

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A little turkey story rerun

It began in 2003. The next year there was a rerun. Now it's an ExWeb tradition. Here goes the annual turkey story. Happy Thanksgiving, guys!

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Over the pond: adventure news from UK (and how to buy love on Twitter)

Lack of resources prevent us from following up on all news sent to Newsdesk related to our brothers and sisters across the pond. Here at least a fast wrap on those we missed lately.

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Cho Oyu current: Study may explain sympathy for alps over humans

Feelings are more easily ascribed to alps than people considered poor, study shows.

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Editorial: Everest, the most beautiful of mountains

Everest is the most beautiful of mountains. Here's why.

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Editorial: Dedicated tourist routes to save the future of mountaineering?

How do we save the mountains and the spirit of mountaineering a climbers' roundtable asked, calling to media to share responsibility for values. Here's an idea.

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Editorial: Yemen misunderstood? Not so fast

"I'm getting just a bit done with my mates confusing human rights with culture," writes ExWeb's Tina Sjogren.

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Editorial: the price of knowing great men

This editorial by Explorersweb co-founder Tina Sjogren is a tribute to the three mountaineers lost in their attempt for first winter ascent via a new route of Gasherbrum 1.

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ExWeb opening up the world of news and dispatches

What's with all the new links? What's going on at Explorersweb? "Our editorial task has changed," write ExWeb's founders in this story. "Content is still king but media itself is transforming and adapting to a stronger voice." And it's just the beginning.

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Tina Sjogren to Vaclav Havel: Goodbye Mr. President

The dissident didn't have to have the obvious explained to him. Through his life he had been imprisoned for years by the Communist occupiers of his country. Recently, as world leaders and the Olympic committee scrambled to defend the Red Chinese, Vaclav Havel warned of the peace of the graveyard.

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Astronaut Don Pettit on what makes an explorer

In Baikonur, preparing to leave the planet definitely more lightweight than he's used to, American Astronaut Don Pettit penned his thoughts on what makes an explorer.

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K2 editorial: end of an era in womens' Himalaya

"Summiting K2 with a small group of friends, through the peak's wild side, and without supplementary oxygen is almost as beautiful as it gets," writes ExWeb founder Tina Sjogren about Gerlinde's success closing the dramatic and decade-long quest for the first female fourteen 8000ers.

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Opinion: Royal Marines Sean Chapples 9 strategies on the ice (part 2/2):

Reaching the South Pole or North Pole is not about egos but takes a team effort, says Sean Chapple. He shares nine strategies while on the polar ice with ExplorersWeb: strategies from leadership, complacency, setbacks, decision making, off days and fun days.

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Opinion: Royal Marines Officer Sean Chapple about polar teamwork and success (Part 1/2)

Some years back Sean Chapple led a team of three Royal Marines unassisted and unsupported at Antarctica in over 2200 km distance. The 2011-12 Antarctic season will be busy and today Sean discusses at ExWeb what makes the difference between teams who succeed and those who dont.

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ExplorersWeb space shuttle editorial: Final countdown - why we explore

"Exploration can't wait for perfect times and it never has. The Universe expands every second and has no use for stagnant and skittish species." Today's editorial by the founders of ExWeb touches on the last voyage of the shuttle in a perspective of explorers.

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Editorial: Three Cups of Tea and Krakauer's Beef

Greg Mortenson has spent most of his life building schools in Pakistan. In areas where many women are still hidden behind shut doors, Greg dared the unthinkable: he built schools for girls. "No good deed shall go unpunished?" asks Tina Sjogren in response to some mainstream news today.

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ExWeb Space roundup, final: The "M" word

"If I was to picture the private space game in a casino setting, here's what I'd see," writes Tina Sjogren in this closing editorial that also includes a report from the week's Space symposium. This entry wraps ExplorersWeb's 5-part special Space series.

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Pete Poston editorial: The Politics of Mallory and Irvine

Judging from the secrecy you'd think that finding Irvine and the camera on Everest is far more important than, say, discovering the God particle in Geneva. Fittingly, Pete Poston ends his M&I series in an editorial about the politics surrounding the search.

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Egypt Editorial: The first two weeks are critical, after that victory is near

A ski trip from land to the North Pole is one of the toughest expeditions to take on. The golden rule for victory is simple: Make it through the first two weeks. "I hope that the people in Egypt find it in themselves to keep lugging to the square, day after day," writes ExWeb's Tina Sjogren.

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ExWeb Karakoram Exclusive: Wielicki's Analysis of Current Winter Season

Few know the harsh winter Himalayan giants, including K2, like Krzysztof Wielicki. So how does he think the GII team performed? What about the Polish Broad Peak team? And what are the chances for the guys on GI? Here goes Wielicki's input on the current climbs, exclusive for ExWeb.

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Opinion: Richard Webers Top 5 Reasons for North Pole expedition failure

Richard Weber has skied seven times from the coast to the Geographic North Pole and kicking off the brand new 2011 season, ExWebs Correne Coetzer caught up with him asking for his opinion about why so many expeditions to the North Pole fail. Here go Richard's top 5 reasons for Arctic failure.

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Interview with Tina about subscriptions at ExplorersWeb: "All the speculations don't matter for we have no choice"

The big hoo-ha among readers and media colleagues about ExplorersWeb's subscription model is starting to mellow, but questions remain. Why? Will it work? And, what's next? ExWeb's Mikael Strandberg caught up with founder Tina Sjogren with some hardball questions picked up from the net.

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Young guns current: Abigail Sunderland and the kid who flew to Space

I gazed out the window of the airport transfer bus when my mother, working in a nearby restaurant, rushed onboard with a newspaper in hand. "Read this," she pleaded, "please don't go."

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Opinion: Richard Weber about Polar Adventuring Responsibilities

Crying wolf can seriously jeopardize rescue possibilities for those who really need them, not to mention explorers who exaggerate their situation for media attention. "This behavior does and will reflect on the entire polar adventuring community," says polar veteran Richard Weber.

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ExWeb editorial: brave new Everest for a changing market

It has been decided on Everest south side that no western climbers are allowed on the mountain while sherpas fix the route. As ExplorersWeb have been key to the commercial climbing market, founder Tina Sjogren has designed a new strategy for the changing times.

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Opinion: Lhotse, K2 and Puccini

"Although misplaced in Baltistan, K2 is as Italian as Vesuvius - pit an Italian mountain with two or three Italian climbers, and the spectacle becomes as lush and operatic as Puccini." K2's 2008 tragedy still echoes among Italian tenors such as Messner, Moro and Marco Confortola.

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Editorial: International Mugs Stump for 8000ers, anyone?

Yevgeny Plushenko complains that figure skaters are skipping the quad due to the high risk. The latest NASA budget proposal has cut our hopes for high space. Mountaineers complain that high altitude is increasingly avoided. Are we regressing? A new award could change that.

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Himalaya shakedown, continued: whats the worth of a summit certificate?

Summit Certificates, issued by authorities in Himalayan countries, have by tradition been accepted as proof of success but do they really prove anything? By the end of 2009 Pakistans Alpine Club validated a number of false claims.

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Samson versus Goliath or how to drag a butt to the water

Consumers' exodus from mainstream media makes them less easily targeted by advertisers and studies show that especially the young are readily abandoning name brands. As marketers struggle to sneak up on our Facebook pages; the question is how desperate they are and if it's the

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UK media does it again: decade's top international (mostly British) explorers listed

According to the UK Telegraph, people who pushed "themselves to their limits and beyond during the past 10 years" were mostly British or at least Anglo-Saxon.The article kicks off with UK Pen Hadow, reported "the first person to complete a solo and unsupported trek to the North Pole."

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The Wildest Dream: Mallory & Irvine coming to theaters in 2010

(MountEverest.net) Remember the Altitude Everest 2007 expedition? Originally planning to film a documentary on Mallory & Irvine's last ascent, a big team led by Conrad Anker eventually achieved the peaks latest spring season summits - plus a controversy after they falsely claimed a first free climb

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A little turkey story rerun

(ExplorersWeb.com) It began in 2003. The next year there was a rerun. Now it's an ExWeb tradition. Here goes the annual turkey story. Happy Thanksgiving, guys! The climbing turkeySo here you are, getting ready to enter the world of extreme adventure. You are preparing your sponsor and media pitch and

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"Ego-tripping explorers like a bad rash" - Dutch comment to BBC Nangpa La documentary

Yesterday, crew ExWeb's mailboxes were suddenly littered again by the trademark Chinese spam we grew so accustomed to this past spring. "But we haven't written anything about Tibet today?" we pondered, a bit puzzled. Soon, an explanation arrived. A link to a BBC documentary that apparently

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ExWeb editorial: Tina about Pugh, media and global warming

(ThePoles.com) "Aww, nothing about Lewis Gordon Pugh, and his staggeringly inane effort to paddle to the North Pole? It appears he's aborted, basically still within sight of Svalbard."After we published our story last month, we forgot all about Pugh. Today, this reader's email made us chec

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K2's double tragedy - blowing out candles for scoops and fame

The year was 1996 and the world was awash with news from the greatest tragedy in Everest history. We were in camp 2 and sent a message with one of the descending climbers to a fellow climber in BC, asking him to call our parents and say that we were OK.Instead, the next morning a media report

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Everest 2008: false summits and adventure imperialism

This 2008 Everest season ExWeb's mailbox was abuzz with the usual readers' thank-you notes. That is, until the summits arrived. Why the sudden silence? Everest Google alerts offered un-inspired news about Apa Sherpa and the oldest summiteers. Then, at the very end of the season, two

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ExWeb interview: Andrew Brash, "I don't think a David Sharp situation will happen again"

(MountEverest.net) "Everybody said adventure is dead on Mount Everest, but I certainly haven't found that," Andrew Brash told the Calgary Sun today. Two years ago, Andrew gave up his summit to save Lincoln Hall, the climber who miraculously "woke from the dead" after being pronounced

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ExWeb interview, Inaki Ochoa part 2: "At best we might be able to postpone the death of Everest"

(MountEverest.net) In the previous entry Inaki Ochoa spoke about true summits, climbing styles and his latest summit, Dhaulagiri, marking number 12 on the Pamplona Spaniard's list of the 14, 8000ers. Today about the two left; plus about bull runs and saving Everest.ExWeb: You "only" have Kang a

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ExWeb leaving the National Geographic Best of Adventure Awards

The world of exploration was remarkably divided this year: In media, Yeti tracks and the Everest highway ran straight past the first human-powered world circumnavigation and the world's first ascent of K2's west face. Even jaded explorers jumped to their feet however at the Best

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Not all is gold that glitters? Kairn's interview with Montagne about the future of Piolet d'Or

(MountEverest.net) "Climbing competition debates took place already before WWII," Artur Hajzer told ExplorersWeb. "Later, when Messner refused to collect his Olympic medal, it all started over again."Judging climbs should be easy. Climbers do it all the time, when evaluating their next pro

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ExWeb interview with polar skier on Bear Grylls' cold water survival episode

(MountEverest.net/ThePoles.com) "Hey lads, do us a favour next time you refer to Bear Grylls in an article can you make it really clear that he was in the SAS TA (21)" said a reader email today. Seems there's a big difference between the 'real' SAS (22) and SAS TA (21) - part of the T

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Oh Bear! Survival of the fittest - in Bass lake Chalets?

(MountEverest.net) Seems Grylls' over Everest spectacle might have a happy ending after all. Friday, ExWeb published a second story about Bear Grylls' alleged over Everest flight. When ExplorersWeb originally asked the celebrity adventurer for proof of the flight, he replied that they would be shown

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Outfitter on Bear Grylls Everest claims: "The permit was NOT to fly over Everest and this did not happen"

Last week, ExWeb ran the story "Pilots say prove"; written by British journalist Tarquin Cooper about Bear Grylls' alleged flight over the summit of Mt Everest. Turned out, it wasnât a flight over Everest after all.Changed plan, same story Grylls had announced a change of flight

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"It's a red planet" said the kid

ExplorersWeb's Mars mission is already making waves. "Tom will you have time to finish my website before you leave?" worry fellow explorers such as Henk De Velde. Readers offer solutions on how to clean urine while kids need no explanations to 'why'. Yesterday, we met with a

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ExWeb editorial: About Space, Everest and Borat

A Russian proverb states "The darker the night, the brighter the stars."Yesterday news came that Kazakh Denis Urubko had summited Dhaulagiri, but only after aborting his speed ascent in order to help down 7-times Snow Leopard and mountain guide Boris Korshunov. The 72 year old

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ExplorersWeb interview with Pavle Kozjek, final: "A climb without humanity is not a climb anymore"

For his solo, express new route on Cho Oyu, Pavle Kozjek was chosen as the best climber of the year by the crowds attending the Piolet dâOr awards. But the climb was only one part of his popularity: Where most climbers whisper about the fate of Tibet, few will risk their permits to speak

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ExWeb interview with Pavle Kozjek, part 1: Alpine style is the future but no need to focus only on lesser peaks

(MountEverest.net) Piolet d'Or jury took Marko and Boris, but the people voted Pavle. So what is his take on the Golden ice axe award? ExWeb caught up with Pavle Kozjek to check. According to Pavle, there is still much to do on the highest peaks on Earth. And he wished he could have done something about

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Ocean rower Geoff Allum: "You can still do without a watermaker and GPS, but no one seems to want to"

Last week we ran the story about the song Ocean Cloud that UK super group Marillion recorded to tell the tale of Don Allum, a man who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean twice. Don died at age 55 from poor health, refusing to get treatment because, " I have done everything I want to do," he

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David Bowie & Paris Hilton? "Branson going for cheap PR," says singer

David Bowie is one cool dude. He turned down a British knighthood saying he would never accept such a thing, "I seriously don't know what it's for," he said. Bowie was in fact milder than poet Benjamin Zephaniah who said,"stick it, Mr. Blair and Mrs. Queen, stop going on about empire.

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ExWeb interview: 2006 Everest summiteer Joan Cardona, "Most climbers are good people, but commerce has turned Everest into a theme park"

Spaniard Joan Cardona summited Everest from its north side on May 17, 2006. A member of the "Comarques Gironines" - a small, independent team from Catalunya, Spain - Joan summited after a fast push from the North Col, stopping for just four hours at 7900m. He made it back to ABC the same

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David Sharp and Lincoln Hall: Two ways to act on Everest - climbers did not continue to summit

When they heard the shocking news that Lincoln Hall, pronounced dead the evening before high on the mountain, was found alive in the morning by climbers on summit push, people on the mountain couldn't believe it.As media headlines about the Aussie climber's death began to pop up all over internet, a

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ExWeb interview: Juan Oiarzabal, "They are not climbers"

(MountEverest.net) Juan âJuanitoâ Oiarzabal knows what he's talking about when it comes to Himalayan climbing - after all nobody has summited as many 8000ers as he has (21 in total). Despite his widespread experience, Juan has, at times, gone too far for a summit - pushing, when he should

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Everest fatality silence mystery solved: British David Sharp left to die by 40 climbers

You have seen our stories and comments, latest in yesterday's wrap-up from Everest: "More fatalities have been mentioned, without details. Apparently, climbers on the mountain say they don't want to upset the families." For years, ExplorersWeb has been fighting the silence surrounding som

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We'll take you there: About big dreams, high stakes, and ticket sales

Space Cowboy is the headline of a recent Forbes mag article, and interestingly enough - ExWeb wrote a similar piece on one of the persons in mention; "adventure cowboy" Mike McDowell. Well our label wasn't appreciated and soon a complaint arrived, rendering us to add: "Editors note: The te

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Fly me to the moon...

Well guys, looks that we are not going anywhere anytime soon, unless we do some creative thinking. China has announced plans for an un-manned mission to the moon by 2007, but no Taikonaut there until earliest 2017. NASA will not launch another space shuttle until March 4, 2006, at the earliest.Things are

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Space tourists are not rocket scientists and might be super sized

Earlier this month, Space.com had a chat with Jane Reifert, President of Incredible Adventures, Inc the Florida-based company that offers programs giving astronaut-wannabes a chance to get to space. For a long time, I resisted attending the space conferences and sharing my knowledge of adventure travelers,

 
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