Piolet d'Or went to Urubko-Dedeshko for the best high-altitude climb. Americans Jed Brown and Kyle Dempster along with Scotsman Bruce Normand bagged the best technical climb for the North face of the Xuelian West (Chinese Tien Shan).
Image by Elena Laletina courtesy RussianClimb.com, SOURCE
ExplorersWeb Week in Review Apr 11, 2010

Posted: Apr 11, 2010 08:56 pm EDT
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. Check out last week's headlines at ExplorersWeb:

Annapurna summit push? High winds punishing the upper section of Annapurna, Edurne told ExWeb that her team would wait at least until Saturday before heading back up. But a new weather forecast sent Edurne's team to C2 already Friday. Plans to proceed to C3 by Saturday were pending conditions.

Everest: no scattering of ashes? Yesterday (Sat April 10) an article in the Himalayan Times stated that the plan to scatter Edmund Hillary's ashes on the summit of Mount Everest has been cancelled after Buddhist priests in Nepal warned it would bring bad luck. "The old lamas said it would be inauspicious to take the ashes to a holy place, " expedition organizer Dawa Stephen Sherpa reportedly told the news source.

RussianClimb sent word that Piolet d'Or went to Urubko-Dedeshko for the best high-altitude climb. Americans Jed Brown and Kyle Dempster along with Scotsman Bruce Normand bagged the best technical climb for the North face of the Xuelian West (Chinese Tien Shan).

Everest: hello Base Camp Following extended searches of their luggage, Everest north side teams crossed the Friendship Bridge to Tibet and with that Base Camps on both sides of Everest have been reached. The bulk of climbers were expected to arrive by this weekend.

Annapurna ladies' meet and Korean word on trash Edurne and Miss Oh met over tea in BC. Edurne told Miss Oh that she was welsome to use her ropes; Miss Oh offered Edurne and her team help with anything they need. As for Korean garbage enroute and in BC, Korean sponsor Black Yak sent word to ExWeb that their team is very particular with waste management, and as they are/were not the only Koreans in place, other teams should be approached about the problem.

Spring 2010 Himalaya expedition list: another update New teams keep popping up and the expedition list has been updated again.

Heidi Kloos lost in avalanche before Everest trek Late March, shortly before veteran mountain guide Heidi Kloos, 41, was to guide trekkers to Everest BC she was lost in an avalanche on Colorado's Baldy Peak. Heidi was buried under 10 feet of snow; her dog stayed with her until a rescue patrol arrived on April 1st.

Jean-Louis Etienne crossing North Pole in a rozière balloon French explorer, Dr. Jean-Louis Etienne took off on a 3500 km voyage from Longyearbyen on Svalbard to Alaska via the North Pole during the early morning of April 5 onboard a hot air and helium balloon. Jean-Louis passed close over the North Pole on April 7 in a snowstorm, sailing at only 150m from the ground in violent winds, upcurrents and columns of sinking air.

Geographic North Pole update: Also the skiers reported a blizzard with strong winds and snowfall. The expeditions encountered many leads, ice movement and ice forces very close to them.

Magnetic North Pole update: team off the ice The all-British team who set off from Resolute Bay on April 3 to the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole was evacuated on April 10. Their team leader has been taken seriously ill with suspected pneumonia. The team also reported trouble with making water and rehydrating due to a lack of snow.

Teen girls sail around-the-world update: Abby Sunderland is most likely the youngest solo sailor to ever sail past Cape Horn on a round the world passage. Next stop is Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of South Africa. Its a 3400-mile stretch filled with storms and potential icebergs. Abby has some issues with her autopilot, but has managed to fix it. "I am not planning on stopping at Stanley on the Falkland Islands," she wrote on the issue. Jessica Watson is less than 700 nautical miles from rounding to another of the worlds great capes, and her last, in Cape Leeuwin in Australia. After that its a short stretch home to her starting harbour Sydney.

Cristian Donoso and Sebastian Rocas Antarctic Peninsula ski, climb and kayak debrief From mid-December 2009 till mid-March 2010 Cristian and Sebastian were at the Antarctic Peninsula kayaking, climbing and skiing. Check the debrief with Donosos' signature stunning pictures.

Ben Davenports Cape Cornwall to Cape Horn drive despite Noonan Syndrome At the end of April Ben Davenport plans to drive a 4x4 vehicle through 37 countries from (Cape) Cornwall to Cape Horn. Born with the rare condition Noonan Syndrome, Ben plans to show that one doesn't have to be perfect to have a dream and go for it.

Other Arctic expeditions: Magnetic North Pole, Greenland and Spitsbergen An all-British team set off from Resolute Bay to the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole. On Spitsbergen a team is doing a round trip. The Greenland teams are busy with their last preparations; mostly for the ski route more or less on the Arctic Circle, while a few guys will do long distance kite routes. Check details at ExWeb.

Lake Baikal cycle update: Juan Menéndez Granados solo crossing; and circumnavigation team finished The multi-national cycling team, Christopher Pike (USA), Maikey Lopera (USA), Federico Pisani (Venezuela), Marcus Tobias (Venezuela) and Eric Noll (USA) finished their circumnavigation of Lake Baikal. Spaniard Juan Menéndez Granados set off on a solo cycle crossing of the lake from south to north.

That time again: 26th National Space Symposium to cover cyber security, new budget proposal and China's manned space program "Has the U.S. space industrial base been put in peril? There will be plenty of opinions on that expressed at the 26th National Space Symposium," predicts hosting National Space Foundation CEO Elliot Holokauahi Pulham. In addition, expect talk about cyber security and China's manned program at the Colorado Springs event, kicking off Monday,

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