Adventure News: Skiing in Iraq, pointless Atlantic rowing, finding your polar food stash & more...
It is with great pleasure that we announce The Adventurists Adventure News: Edition One - our spin on the adventure world, a recent roundup of the chaps that are truly fighting to make the world less boring.
Polar Exploration - Cheese Doodles Elation
Announcing a world first - the first ever interesting video to come out of the Antarctic. Here be Aleksander Gamme with a splendidly snowy face mostly due to his 86 day wander across the ice. He completely forgot what was in his last stash of Antarctic grub and his pure unadulterated elation at finding first... some Cheese Doodles, and then... a chocolate bar, and then... A BAG OF SWEETS, is marvellous to behold.
Cameron Dives Challenger Deep
On 23 January 1960, two human beings clambered into a deep-sea diving vessel called Bathyscaphe Trieste, hauled closed the door, pulled a couple of levers and held their breath.
Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh became the first to people to reach Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on the Earth's seafloor. At 10,916 metres (35,814 ft / 7 miles), it’s deeper than Everest is high or the equivalent of 237,304 Kellog’s 100m Award swimming badges end to end. Deep. More men have been to the Moon than to the bottom of the moist Mariana.
A life-long ambition of director Mr. James Cameron has been to descend to the aforementioned deep. A feat he achieved on 25th March 2012 in 'Deepsea Challenger' making him the third human ever. Top job Cameron.
The journey to the depths took 2.5 hours. On reaching the bottom he spent 3 hours exploring. To quote Mr. Cameron, the bottom was a ‘sterile, almost desert-like place’ which he filmed and is to apparently craft into a feature length 3D movie, which we can’t wait to see - gripping stuff. Take a look at National Geographic's video explanation below:
13 Mile Skydive - Red Bull Stratos
As one chap descends, another chap rises... and then descends very quickly.
Following in the 1960's footsteps of Joseph Kittinger, Felix Baumgartner is preparing to jump from a stagering 23 miles above sea level. As a warm up for this record breaking jump, he lept from a sedate 13 miles (71,581 feet) the other day. 42 year old Baumgartner hopped into a fully pressurised space suit, climbed onboard his Red Bull Stratos capsule dangling below a rather large helium balloon and began the assent. He then saw fit to jump into a 3 minutes and 43 seconds free fall, reaching a top speed of 364.4mph (586.4kph).
As with all adventurous activities these days, it must be filmed and documented in 3D HD on 217 cameras - and being Red Bull, this is exactly what's happening with 15 cameras on the capsule and three on Felix's body. Take a look at the trailer below to wetten your high skydiving appetites.
(Photo: Jay Nemeth/Red Bull)
Row the Boat
Adventuring chap Alastair Humphries returned a few months ago from a seemingly entirely pointless row across the Atlantic Ocean and has just released a video. We like pointlessness. He could have flown to reach wherever it was he ended up and didn't really need to be, but he didn't, he rowed, and rowed. And hat's off that he's not claiming some kind of world record for the fastest, mostly clothed, westerly row with one of the team's name starting with Alas - he just did it to do something a little harder. And they left their GPS behind which we thoroughly agree with.
'2500 nautical miles, 45 sleep-deprived, food-deprived, vomit-filled days at sea. Distilled down into four minutes.' What do you think?
And another sea based activity came to a close on Saturday. Our chum Dave Cornthwaite completed the fifth of his Expedition 1000's - sailing from Mexico to Hawaii. We're convinced at Adventurists HQ that is was a glorified gin cruise but he tells us otherwise. To quote Dave just before they set sail "I've never seen so many tomatos & onions in the same place before, I'm so excited!"
Mongol Rally Veteran in Iraq
Following on from Mr. Rob's Mongol Rally Veterans Club post, we have had news this very afternoon from Kit Monsen who is claiming to be the first Norwegian to ski in Iraq. Last week Kit was climbing Cheekha Dar, the tallest mountain in Iraq and he seems to have decided that a spot of snowplough wouldn't go a miss. He's not the first ever skier though due to these chaps.
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