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Best of ExplorersWeb 2012 Awards: Aleks Gamme, To the Pole and Back

He was the dark horse in a celebrity packed anniversary season.

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ExplorersWeb Weeks in Review

ExWeb has been updated with a new system for a brand new, global and current experience of world adventure. The Polish bagged the first winter ascent of G1 but there is still no word from Gerfried, Nisar and Cedric approaching the top via a new route.

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ExplorersWeb 2011 Year in Review

New route attempts were rare, the North Pole was quiet. But we got the first winter ascent of a Pakistan 8000er, a rare ascent of K2, and a fairytale Everest paraglide. Here go some of the main news from the year that passed.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Special Alert

Norway's Prime Minister, the press and over 100 tourists are already at the South Pole Station, preparing to commemorate Amundsen's arrival anniversary. Question is though - where are the skiers? Don't miss the thrilling final race for the South Pole!

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ExplorersWeb Weeks in Review

It's gearing up to a phenomenal winter climbing season. News about the winter Russians on K2 put the climbing community on its feet. Meanwhile the South Pole anniversary project at ExplorersWeb, comparing live and historic expedition dispatches, has become a remarkable adventure in itself.

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ExplorersWeb Weeks in Review

"So here end the entries in this diary with the first chapter of our History. The future is in the lap of the gods." (Scott diary). 100 years later, a new South Pole race is on. But just as Himalaya folded and Antarctica kicked off, we lost one of the greatest explorers of both worlds.

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ExplorersWeb Weeks in Review

Summits, rescues, controversies and politics in remote Himalaya. Antarctica anniversary kicking off with side-by-side now-and-then dispatches. Tech news, interviews, and great men lost. The past weeks have been unusually busy at ExplorersWeb.

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ExplorersWeb Weeks in Review

K2 summited for the first time since 2008 (2007 for the north side) and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner bagging the first female No-O2 14x8000ers. Leila Esfandyari lost on GII. BSES youth killed by polar bear on Svalbard. Plane crash in Resolute. It's been a rollercoaster month. Let's go straight to it.

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ExplorersWeb Weeks in Review

Pakistan high altitude climbing is full throttle but hard; only scattered victories so far. Meanwhile the past two weeks brought out interesting interviews and some major stories; one such touching the final flight of the shuttle.

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ExplorersWeb Weeks in Review

Climbing statistics, a new list of Pakistan expeditions. Antarctica anniversary technology kick-off and 'Bits from the Silver Bullet' new Silicon Valley adventure tech series. A camel caravan to K2 north side, a few early summit pushes and one success already in Pakistan: Here goes a wrap from Explo

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ExplorersWeb Month In Review

The 2011 spring climbing season brought a parade of summits, especially on Everest. Check out the lows and the highs in Himalaya, along with other news such as Skog and Gjeldnes for a North Pole summer expedition. Kicking off next week; what will the Pak season be like post Bin Laden?

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Greg Mortenson on trial, Erhard Loretan killed, Ueli Steck's unexpected climb, Abele Blanc done at last: in a fairly calm (so far) Himalaya climbing season the news have been anything but. Other: Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion on KKH close to Islamabad today, Sunday.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Waiting for Himalaya action to take off, ExplorersWeb ran a 5-part Space special, checking up on the commercial outfits there. The Arctic Barneo landing strip cracked open. HumanEdgeTech brought news about 3D streaming over satellite. Everest south reported 3G with a 2G feel.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

No one made it out to the edge of the Arctic ice from Canada this year. At least choppers have taken off for Borneo, on the Russian side of the North Pole. Lists of expeditions are up for Himalaya and summer Karakoram both, along with a M&I special, winter Denali debrief and interview with Berserk's

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ExplorersWeb Weeks in Review

Last we left off, Gasherbrum II had a historic first winter summit but since then all attempts have been in naught. A Supermoon could shake up Ben Saunders, Berserk is lost (and criticized), the Arctic season is over for most already, and next gen Feather have arrived.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

It has been an unexpectedly action-packed week at ExplorersWeb. The winter summit of GII made waves with a very hard descent, and the situation in Egypt had our team scramble to find related explorers for comments. All ending well, time came to look to the future in a big 2011 tech outlook.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review - Pakistan First Winter Summit Special

"Summit at 11:35. Going down." A Pakistan 8000er has been summited in winter for the first time ever, adding a new and major page to mountaineering history. Also this morning to celebrate: an ExWeb exclusive Karakoram 3D Mountain Tracker complete with all winter teams' locations and updates.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Mountaineers are tough but throw in winter conditions and the hardy crowd shrinks to almost none. Winter climbs, Antarctica speed ski, an ExWeb exclusive adding yet another controversy to the Long Walk tale: check out all the interviews, other stories, and finally the 2010 ExplorersWeb award winners!

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ExplorersWeb 2010 Year in Review

So much went down in addition to the usual drama in the Himalayas, that even though we cut out most of the big interviews, world treks, and stuck only to the record stats -- the 2010 ExplorersWeb Year In Review is still massive enough to keep you busy for a while. Here goes.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

A pay service made ExplorersWeb create headlines all on its own in the past two weeks. Wire- and breaking news are still free but a subscription is needed for specials such as the other big news last week: about Miss Oh losing her summit status at Adventure Stats.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

More than a week has passed; lots has gone down. Here the main headlines from the past month at ExplorersWeb.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Who'd have thought it? "It's a good thing my mom isn't here watching," quipped the polar skier from C4 on Everest South Col. But October 15 at 12:30PM Eric Larsen plus Sherpas Dawa Gylatzen, Tshering (Chhering) Dorje, Pasang Temba and Dawa Tenzing bagged the first Everest fall summit

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

October just begun Himalaya is already falling quiet. The peaks have claimed five climbers in the past few weeks, including two of the greatest names in high altitude mountaineering. Teams are leaving Nepal's and Tibet's 8000ers. Summit attempts are now only expected by a few.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

The road to Tibet is jammed due to landslides; numerous Khumbu-bound teams are stuck in KTM and the Manaslu trail has been flooded. Miss Oh is facing close opposition while Christian Stangl was forced to fess up. A number of big attempts are announced in Himalaya this fall, and winter.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Swedish sky-skier lost and a flood affecting more people than ever: the final chapter of the 2010 Karakoram climbing summer offered little joy. Austrian skyrunner Christian Stangl bagged the only K2 summit this season in a lonely 70 hours-long push up the Abruzzi Spur.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

American mountaineer Ryan Waters and his team of Elbrus climbers were among the 105 passengers freed from a hijacked plane by Russian special forces today. In other news: All K2 pushes aborted, Svalbard kayaker pulled out of tent by a polar bear, solo flight to the North Pole, 14-year-old free to sail.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

History was made on Broad Peak this weekend. Camp 3 set and with a victim already; K2 is ready for a summit push at the next weather window, estimated for around July 25-27.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Two years passed since the accidents new teams are assembled at the foot of K2. A huge campaign for "No way down - life and death on K2" by New York Times journalist Graham Bowley is currently running at ExplorersWeb.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Bad weather sent most climbers down from the Pakistan peaks this weekend. ExWeb's Karrar Haidri met Pakistan's Prime Minister during the photo exhibition 'Swat smiles again,' American Abby is enroute home and a race around the North Pole is on between Russians and Norwegians.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

The past two weeks have been all about the Karakoram kick-off, the end of the Mars Ocean Odyssey voyage, a new kite record on Greenland, and...the issue of age in adventure.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

With Himalaya folding and Karakoram heating up; last week brought a number of heated climbing debriefs along with a Pakistan kickoff. Other news at ExWeb included vertical blue records and a mutiny. Here goes!

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

5000+ ascents to date - that's what the Everest counter clocked before closing this successful season. A majority of climbers made it in the final wave, including serial-summiteers such as record-westerner Dave Hahn (12th E top) and SeracFilm's Michael Brown.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Mount Everest has had a large number of summits from both sides. Among the major events: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner - in her 13th no-O2 8000er, Jordan Romero, 13, Apa Sherpa in his 20th Everest summit, Silvio Mondinelli, Abele Blanc, etc.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Both sides of Everest were summited today, with a large number of climbers topping out the south side. Among them Carina Raiha, calling from the top to the president of Finland. Summit pushes are underway also on other 8000ers. Jessica Watson arrived in Sydney to a hero's welcome.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review May 10, 2010

A Sherpa crew topped-out Everest last week along with Himex guide Adrian Ballinger. Peak Freaks members summitted some time later. A Russian Lhotse summit push reportedly resulted in an accident. A forecasted weather window might kick off new attempts on Shisha Pangma and Everest this week.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

This past week was all about Annapurna with 24/7 updates by ExWeb staff and volunteers. Other news involved a brand new Himalaya heli rescue service and an avalanche on Everest. Here goes a fast wrap of what has been up and what's ahead.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Apr 26, 2010

According to Black Yak, Eun-Sun Oh set off for her summit push this morning between 2:00 and 3:00 am. According to veteran Himalaya forecaster Javier G. Corripio a spike in the winds is expected today. Most other climbers reported from C3/C4 during Sunday/Monday, planning to join the push.In other news: a

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Apr 19, 2010

It's been a packed, packed week and weekend at ExplorersWeb: Joao Garcia and Edurne's team topped out Annapurna in a very hard climb. Garcia has become 14x8000er summiteer and Edurne Pasaban bagged her 13th. An avalanche hit camp 3, injuring one climber. A new push is underway.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Apr 11, 2010

Annapurna climb underway; no scattering of ashes on Everest; Piolet d'Or winners crowned; an amazing hot air balloon flight over the North Pole; another Arctic team bites the dust; Abby sailing on to another Cape; Jessica enroute to her last; and a big Space meet coming up.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Apr 05, 2010

Everything is going smoothly on Everest south side while north side climbers are still waiting for clearance. Skiers for the North Pole are experiencing very hard travel and several have been airlifted out from the ice.On Annapurna, Miss Oh and Edurne are meeting today. The list of expeditions has been

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Mar 28, 2010

Sherpas are staking out the best spots in Everest BC, Liz Hawley and crew are interviewing arriving climbers in Kathmandu, a summit push is up on Pumori, Annapurna sent Ferran home. Up north the Arctic ocean keeps punishing skiers: Ben Saunders is back on land following serious gear failure. Southwards two

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Spaniards are leading the Himalaya action with a virtual race against time up Annapurna's slopes. Italians and Americans are getting ready for their contribution: Chris Warner and and Marty are headed to the South Side of Makalu; Agostino da Polenza's dream-team is off to the Chinese Side of G1.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Ice is breaking right under their feet; waves make their tiny vessels invisible to approaching monster ships; and mountain passes overloaded with snow stand in their way to killer mountains. It's all real, and covered live at ExWeb along with a global network of cyber media.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Gnaro and Abele Blanc together again; Edurne's fighting spirit; interview with K2 survivor Wilco Van Rooijen; and another unsupported attempt for the North Pole - a solo by Tom Smitheringale. Here go the main headlines last week at ExplorersWeb.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

The Arctic season is heating up: first to be dropped was the only unsupported team this year, Dan and Amelia. A winter attempt is ongoing on Denali, Andy Pag is pleading for help from India and a heart-wrenching message was published last week from Leila Meroi to her Luca.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Luge down Everest Hornbein anyone? A new route attempt by the dynamic duo Moro/Urubko, a bunch of interviews with emerging adventurers (and their parents), amazing trip reports and a couple of editorials stole at least some attention this blockbuster winter Olympics week.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Female Himalaya climbers and children: last week ExplorersWeb threw in the grenade and asked women high altitude mountaineers for their opinions. In other news: American speed climber Chad Kellogg debriefed his solo on Aconcagua's wild south face and there were cool xtreme trekking updates.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

It's faster, it's bigger, it's interactive! You asked for it and we built it. Go check the brand new ExplorersWeb if you haven't yet. Other major news: Contact 5, price-slashed to below US $300 and with some incredible one-click updates.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Jan 15, 2010

"Will astronauts be able to communicate without censorship? How about religious statements or discussing social and environmental issues or their ideas about political propaganda? Will astronauts be able to gamble or do business from space? What if they want to teach or preach? So many rules.

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Jan 10, 2010

Life is too short to worry about what might have been" said Geoff when crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran on 7 January, 25 years after being paralyzed. ExplorersWeb closed 2009 by awarding some of the world's foremost explorers: we kick off the brand new 2010 in Geoff's spirit - for it'

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ExplorersWeb 2009 Year in Review Final: Statistics and Politics

In previous years, ExplorersWeb have published one big Year in Review on January 1st. This year we are cutting it up in sections, to be posted every day until the awards, with the compiled report to go up early 2010. Today the final flashback: Statistics and Politics. PoliticsIn spring, the

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ExplorersWeb 2009 Year in Review: Technology and Space

In previous years, ExplorersWeb have published one big Year in Review on January 1st. This year we are cutting it up in sections, to be posted every day until the awards, with the compiled report to go up early 2010. Today a rewind of the year's main tech- and space news at

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ExplorersWeb 2009 Year in Review: The Oceans

In previous years, ExplorersWeb have published one big Year in Review on January 1st. This year we are cutting it up in sections, to be posted every day until the awards, with the compiled report to go up early 2010. Today, the main events on the Oceans. Gulf of Aden attacksThe Piracy off

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ExplorersWeb 2009 Year in Review: Significant climbs

In previous years, ExplorersWeb have published one big Year in Review on January 1st. This year we are cutting it up in sections, to be posted every day until the awards, with the compiled report to go up early 2010. Today part 3: significant climbs. New routes and significant ascents -

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ExplorersWeb 2009 Year in Review: Polar adventures

In previous years, ExplorersWeb have published one big Year in Review on January 1st. This year we are cutting it up in sections, to be posted every day until the awards, with the compiled report to go up early 2010. Today part 2; the ice! AntarcticaWe got several new speed records at the

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ExplorersWeb 2009 Year in Review: Farewell to friends

In previous years, ExplorersWeb have published one big Year in Review on January 1st. This year we are cutting it up in sections, to be posted every day until the awards, with the compiled report to go up early 2010. Today we jump straight to the darkest chapter of last year; friends and

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review Dec 11, 2009

A brand New Year is around the corner and this marks ExWeb's very last 2009 week-in-review. Instead, the Year in Review has been cut up in sections to be posted each day until the Awards. Check in Monday for the first entry but before that, here goes a fast check of recent stories, a number concerning

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Some explorers are truly testing the waters for human limits; such as the kids roaming the oceans and people like Geoff Holt, about to cross the Atlantic in a wheelchair. Last week also brought Himalayan female milestones and polar speed records; ending with the annual Turkey story for the Thanksgiving

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

A four-part investigative report from Shisha Pangma, two Himalaya legends lost, Antarctica kick-off, a number of interviews with great explorers and spellbinding stories from the seas. We didn't expect such an eventful November, but here it is. ExplorersWeb fall 2009 Shisha Pangma true summit special

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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Due to recent events, here go only the main headlines of the past week:- Tomaz Humar lost on Langtan Lirung- ExWeb special report on Shisha Pangma true summit - The bird has landed on the ice; Cecilie and Ryan on their skisPlease go to ExplorersWeb for more about these stories and other news.

 
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