Adventure News: Edition Four
Welcome one and all to The Adventurists Adventure News: Edition Four. A bite sized chunk of partially digested news of the epic and pointless from the world of adventure.
Queen displeased at Antarctic Croquet hoop layout
To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee the chaps in the chilly-land, the British Antarctic Survey, played a game of croquet. This however was no normal game of croquet, played at a brain numbing -30°C and in gusts of 40km/h. Top marks for effort chaps, however we can't help noticing your hoop layout is slightly off - we hear Her Majesty is not best pleased.
Photo Credit: Sam Burrell, British Antarctic Survey
Extreme over preparation - everything and a sack of shit
Feast your eyes on the most over prepared round-the-world adventuring couple - Watch BBC Video. Amongst their altogether mind boggling selection of items, the highlights have to be 20 bars of luxury soap, 43 different types of Elastoplast, an industrial potato peeler, a combined 5ml & 10ml longarm medical dosage spoon and a sack of dried manure (no idea what that's for, perhaps throwing at each other so that they have an excuse to use the 7x 1000 sheet boxes of luxury honey infused wet-wipes). Oh, and before you ask, they are bringing a 'Collapsible 10 litre Kitchen Sink', see item 821 under 'Kitchen' on their kit list.
Miss. Smart & Mr. Smith, may we suggest you take a leaf out of the Mongol Rally book: 1x pair soiled pants, 1x stick on/preferably real moustache, 1x teapot. What else would you ever need on a proper adventure? With all the useless and literal shit you're taking in your ludicrously large 4x4 machine you're not going to have to interact with a soul enroute.
Photo Credit: Around the World in 800 Days
Edible Survival Guide
Those Rover people that build cars with not only four wheels, but also four wheel drive have designed a rather nifty survival guide. When you're not-at-all stuck in a desert in your 'I could withstand a nuclear fallout' tank of a vehicle, and you're feeling a little peckish, you can eat the actual book - like these big hairy bearded identical-quadruplets below.
It is worth noting that this scenario will never happen as most Land Rover drivers would firstly devour the foie gras and moules marinières stocked in their 'expedition fridge', just next to the emergency café latte compartment.
Original Source: Y & R Dubai
The Human Snake - Queues on Everest
We've often used the expression: 'there's a traffic jam to get to the top of the world's tallest mountain'. Never has this been so well demonstrated as in this photograph showing the absurd 'human snake' queue to the summit this year.
Photo Credit: Ralf Dujmovits, Outside Magazine
Walking Home From Mongolia stands still
Messrs. Rob Lilwall & Leon McCarron thought it would be jolly nice to walk home from Mongolia this winter, and that they did. To be a little more specific, they travelled 5,000km from Ulaan Baatar to Hong Kong (see map). To be even more specific, only Rob lives in Hong Kong, Leon lives in the UK, so technically speaking he was actually walking considerably further away from home. The expedition title 'Rob Walking Home From Mongolia Whilst Leon Walks Further From Home And Catches A British Airways Flight Home From Hong Kong' doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
They put one foot in front of the other exactly 10 million times over 195 days. The chaps filmed every step of the way and the footage is to be crafted into a TV show on Nat Geo. If you can't wait for the TV show, and we bet you can't... read their blog.
Round-the-world wheelchairist, Andy Campbell leaves to go round-the-world
We previously posted his promo video, but now he is underway. Andy Campbell is attempting to become the first wheelchair chap to circumnavigate the globe unaided; via the use of wheelchair, hand-cycle, ski, kayak, kite-buggy and paraglide.
With a light drizzle in the London air, Andy set off from the Royal Geographical Society on the 12th June and expects the expedition to take 24 months. Best of luck Mr. Campbell. Read more on his blog.
Photo Credit: Andy Campbell
Amelia Earhart's crash site may have been found
A bit of history: 75 years ago true legend of adventure and balls out pioneer, the aviator Amelia Earhart hopped into a Lockheed Electra with her navigator Fred Noonan to attempt a circumnavigational flight of the globe. 22,000 miles into the journey, just as the Pacific leg began, things went a little awry.
On trying to land on Howland Island airstrip, they had a bit of a cock-up on the navigational front and missed their target by 10km. One of her last radio messages to the Howland Island controller was: "We must be on you, but cannot see you—but gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet." They crashed soon after.
Anyhow, since that date people have been searching high and low, mostly low, for the wreckage of Earhart's flying machine and her remains. And in the past few months there have been more definitive advancements than in the previous 74 years of searching. Firstly, a photo taken three months after Earhart's crash by British researcher Eric Bevington on the island of Nikumaroro has been digitally enhanced and shows the landing gear of a Lockheed Electra.
The second piece of this mildly interesting jigsaw is a discovery on that same island, Nikumaroro, of the fragments of a 1930's anti-freckle cream jar. It's well documented Earhart not only had freckles but she disliked having them.
And there you have it, Bob-uncle, Fanny-aunt, mystery solved. The only question is, what the hell are they going to do with some old rotten bones and rusty metal? Perhaps play a particularly sonorous bit of metal fuselage as a drum with her leg bones?
China thrusts female spacewards
Liu Yang has become the first Chinese female to enter space. The Shenzhou-9 capsule on top of a Long March rockety-explosion-tube blasted off from Jiuquan Spaceport in the Gobi desert on Saturday 16th June 2012. This launch marks the latest stage of China's masterplan of building their own space station.
When is your next adventure?
If its been too long since your own last proper adventure, there are some coveted spots open now on this September's Mototaxi Junket, January 2013 Rickshaw Run Indonesia and the April 2013 Rickshaw Run India.
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