Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Collector is No. 1 in Dinosaur No. 2 Field

EXPEDITION UPDATE



Erin Parisi plans Everest attempt in Spring 2021

Erin Parisi Sets Sights on Becoming First Known
Transgender Person to Climb Everest

Erin Parisi is setting out to make history as the first known transgender person to climb Mt. Everest. Following COVID-19 setbacks impacting her training and plans, Parisi is ready to emerge from the shadows and make history for the trans community by scaling the world's highest peak. (See EN, September 2019).

Parisi, 43, a real estate manager for a network communications company, is executive director of TranSending, founded in 2018, a non-profit dedicated promoting athletics as a platform of transgender awareness and inclusion.

She has already completed four of the Seven Summits. Mount Everest will be number five in her journey to become the first known trans person to climb all the seven summits.

Parisi is self-funding what she can for this expedition, but needs support raising an
additional $30,000 by July 15, 2020, in order to summit in Spring 2021. Some of the key
expenses this will cover is a permit for "Permission to Climb" ($11,000), Oxygen ($6,500), Food ($5,000), Climbing Sherpa Support (4,000), Gear ($3,000), Transport Sherpa/Yaks ($1,000), Icefall Doctors ($1,000), and O2 Mask and Regulator ($1,000).

At press time, she was almost halfway to her $29,029 fund-raising goal.

Learn more at:

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/transending-everest-push

EXPEDITION NOTES



"That's one small family home for man."

Neil Armstrong's Home for Sale

Now's your chance to own a piece of NASA history. The family home of Neil Armstrong is on the market for $375,000. The Armstrong family lived in the 2,560 s.f. El Lago, Texas, home for most of the 1960's, during NASA's Apollo and Gemini missions, leading all the way up to 1971, when Armstrong retired and left NASA.

This seems like a bargain considering that a postcard-sized Explorers Club flag that flew on the moon is valued in the five-figures.

The film First Man was not shot at the home, Armstrong's son Mark tells EN. Instead, the home was meticulously recreated in an Atlanta suburb.

The historic 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom property features high ceilings, a recently replaced 5-tab roof and luxury vinyl plank flooring, wrought iron spindles, a dining room, and decked attic.

The real estate listing is suitably breathless: "Just imagine the conversations that took place in this stunning great room with a stone façade, beamed vaulted ceiling, and tile flooring. Equipped with quartz countertops, a mosaic backsplash, glass-fronted cabinets, a 5-burner commercial gas range, a water purifier, and breakfast bar, the stunning kitchen will be a delight to any chef."

Featuring a pool, pergola patio, and storage shed, the backyard is perfect for soaking in the sun by day or admiring the moon at night.

Mark Armstrong adds, "There have been some murmurings on social media about the idea of someone purchasing the home for the purposes of turning it into a landmark, but I have no idea if they are serious.

"However, there have been some discussions about turning my father's birthplace (outside of Wapakoneta, Ohio) into a landmark as well.  I would be supportive of either, particularly if it were structured in such a way so that any fund raised went to STEAM initiatives," the younger Armstrong tells EN.

See the listing here:

https://tinyurl.com/armstronghome



Turns seawater into drinking water

Portable Desalinator Could be a Game Changer

Currently posted to Indiegogo is a portable desalinator that's affordable and weighs less than a bag of sugar. The handheld device can strap to a backpack and be used on outdoor adventures. Quench Sea, priced at $60 for pre-orders, combines a hydraulic system, triple pre-filtration and a small reverse osmosis membrane to desalinate seawater into freshwater using manual human power.

Produced by Hydro Wind Energy in London, it's capable of making up to two liters of palatable water per hour, all through a manual handle-powered unit that fits into a small bag.

The campaign, which ends July 16, has already raised more than six times its goal, enough to go into production, ensuring the device will become commercially available in February 2021, at which time it will be priced at $70 per unit. 

Watch how it works here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Vjf_3yHK8&feature=youtu.be

See the campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/quenchsea-turn-seawater-into-freshwater#/

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"The man wants to wander, and he must do so, or he shall die."

- Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat.

EXPEDITION FOCUS  

George Frandsen is No. 1 in Dinosaur No. 2 Research

George Frandsen has heard all the jokes from people amused by his passion for collecting fossilized dinosaur excrement  - ancient poo if you will. The 41-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida, who started collecting at age 19, holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest collection of coprolites, the scientific name for fossilized poo. The word comes from the Greek Kopros Lithos, meaning "dung stone."



George Frandsen and Barnum, the largest coprolite ever found.

Frandsen makes a point to emphasize, "It's all fossilized. Doesn't smell. I don't collect fresh poo." That's actually a good thing since he keeps much of his 7000+ piece collection in a poo safe at home.

His proudest specimen, a Guinness record-breaker, is a T.rex trophy turd, 20.47 lbs., called Barnum, found in South Dakota in 2019. Frandsen places its value in the tens of thousands of dollars. It helps prove T. rex consumed large quantities of bones that it was incapable of completely digesting. Incredible finds like this landed him on the TV show Ripley's Believe It or Not! and numerous other guest broadcast appearances.

"Corprolites tend to be the butt of a lot of fossil jokes, however they are an incredibly important and underrated part of our fossil records."

Experts agree.
  
"Dinosaur coprolites are these amazing poo-y time capsules that give us direct behavioral evidence about the mysterious lives of long-dead creatures. Fossil teeth tell us what the dinosaurs could eat, but coprolites tell us what they did eat!" says Kenneth Lacovera, American paleontologist and geologist at Rowan University, and author of  Why Dinosaurs Matter (Simon & Schuster/TED, 2017)

In case you're wondering, fossilized crocodile poop is more common because the poop didn't have too far to fall and was almost immediately encased in mud.

Interest soared when the South Florida Museum (Bishop Museum of Science and Nature) became the first museum with a dedicated coprolite exhibit. It received worldwide publicity in 2015-16 and put fossilized poop on the map. 

Frandsen, an avocational paleontologist and an executive at a health care solutions company, continues, "Knowing what kind of creature made a specific coprolite helps us piece together what prehistoric ecosystems looked like during a certain time and place."

"They can tell paleoscatologists - people who study very old poop - about animal diets, physiology, anatomy and behaviors."

He's recently married to Melanie Williams, who is apparently a perfect match. They eloped to Monument Valley in southern Utah where the two went fossil hunting and actually found a previously unknown cache of bones eroding from a hillside that they reported to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

"Sadly, we found no fossilized poop, but the BLM was pretty excited," said the collector who the Miami Herald called "King of Fossilized Feces."

Frandsen is passionate about public education about the importance of coprolites, despite its somewhat icky original source. 

"Find a dinosaur bone, it doesn't tell you much. Find a turd with inclusions, it'll tell us what it ate, how it chewed, it can tell us about digestion, and the shape of their intestines. In fact, some poops are spiral and come out like a twisted ice cream cone."

Clearly, once you view a specimen that looks like a Mister Softee, well that's hard to ever unsee.

His Guinness video has been seen 83,000 times. Watch it here:

https://youtu.be/AOtSL8XePic

Learn about his online Poozeum at:

www.poozeum.com

There's also a Poozeum Facebook page and Poozeum Instagram page.



Tom Holzel uses a magic wand when sharing a detailed map of Everest at home.

Search for Sandy Irvine and 1924 Everest Camera Examines Narrow Rock Slot  

By Tom Holzel
Litchfield, Connecticut
Exclusive to Expedition News

As described in the National Geographic video Lost on Everest which aired last month, big wall climber and guide Mark Synnett of Jackson, N.H., led a group of climbers up Everest's North route toward the summit. Among them was Thom Pollard of North Conway, and drone photographer Renan Ozturk.

A central aspect of the expedition was to examine the "Irvine Crevice," a narrow rock slot that I had determined by aerial photography probably contained the body of George Mallory's climbing companion, Andrew Irvine. Did he have the famous Kodak camera which, if the two had reached the summit, might contain a history-altering  photo from the top of the world?

How the location was arrived at can be seen in this video I prepared in 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1ucBrk2sx0&feature=youtu.be

On his return from an exhausting summit success, Mark unroped from the guide line to clamber down a steep, hundred feet of loose shale. Using his GPS, he arrived at the exact predicted spot only to find a dark rock streak within a very narrow slot. It was empty.

Speculation on this disappointing failure centered on two likely possibilities:

One, my prediction was wrong.

Or, two, the body, along with Mallory's, had been moved in a major Chinese clean-up operation around 2006-2008.

The Everest community is split over these finding: Half are saddened that now we will never solve this famous mystery, the other half aren't.

The expedition is beautifully covered in the July 2020 issue of the National Geographic magazine, which contains a massive Everest compendium and some of the most incredible mountain photography I've ever seen.

The National Geographic Lost on Everest documentary airs around the world this summer. 

Learn more at:

www.nationalgeographic.com

Tom Holzel, 79, a researcher in Litchfield, Connecticut, spotted an article in the New Yorker in 1971 describing the sighting high on Mt Everest of two climbers closing in on the summit "going strong for the top." Did they make it? He's spent the last 50 years trying to find out. He's studied oxygen vs non-oxygen climb rate charts, the difficulty of the Second Step, and the search for the body of Andrew Irvine, and possibly, the camera both Irvine and Mallory were known to carry.  



Mallory and Irvine's camera was actually a FPK, not a VPK.

In a related development, Holzel reports this month Todd Gustavson, curator of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, N.Y., and an expert on Kodak cameras, believes the sought-after device is an FPK (Folding Pocket Kodak) Model 1A, Series II (shown above), not a VPK (Vest Pocket Camera) as originally thought.

MEDIA MATTERS



Barnstormer Bessie "Queen Bess" Coleman (1892-1926) was awarded a pilot's license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale - the first African American woman, and woman of Native American descent to do so - on June 15, 1921, and returned to the United States where her race and sex still blocked her from finding gainful employment.

Black Explorers Depicted as Locals, Never Explorers

Explorers have been deified through history. They have shaped our modern understanding of what it means to move around and discover the world - and who is granted the privilege to do so. Yet while many intrepid travelers are - and have always been - Black, their stories remain sidelined.

All too often, whether it be in marketing materials, advertising, or journalism, Black people and other BIPOC communities are cast as the locals rather than the explorers, or simply left out of the conversation altogether, writes NNeya Richards in Conde Nast Traveler (June 17). 

Richards continues, "Richard Wiese, the white president of The Explorers Club - ostensibly a bastion of the old guard of travel, where its members have historically been celebrated for 'discovering' indigenous populations - is aware that the traditional notion of who gets to be an 'explorer' needs to be expanded.

"He says that exploration is moving away from the idea of  'We discover these people, we want to study these people' to 'We want them to be part of us and tell us what they know about the experience.'

"He adds: 'You have to do more than just say we welcome everybody of all races. What is it that, if they walked into these doors, would not make them feel welcome, or feel like it's a place they should be,'" Richards quotes Wiese. 

Read the story here:

https://www.cntraveler.com/story/black-travelers-are-always-depicted-as-locals-never-the-explorers



"Use NASA as a Never-ending Lewis and Clark Expedition"

A new space economy could be the key to rebuilding after Covid-19 - and outsmarting China - says Michael V. Smith, a leading Air Force futurist, in a June 19 opinion piece appearing in Politico.

"It is far past time to use NASA as a never-ending Lewis and Clark expedition, to explore space expressly for the purpose of economic development and settlement. The fledgling U.S. Space Force must develop quickly into far more than mere support for terrestrial warfighters," he writes.

"It must move beyond the narrow vision of the Department of the Air Force to become a navy on the new ocean of space; protecting commerce, enforcing the rule of law, and providing safety of navigation services for all lawful and non-hostile users of space."

Smith is an assistant professor of strategic space studies at the Air Command and Staff College at the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

Read the story here:

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/19/usa-nasa-smith-328987

WEB WATCH



A socially distant balloon circumnavigation.

Exploring Isolation: Inside the Minds of Legendary Explorers

In the time of quarantine, exploration legends Kathy Sullivan, Bertrand Piccard, and Børge Ousland know a thing or two about facing the challenges of isolation.

That's the take-away from an online discussion with the three explorers hosted by The Explorers Club and posted to Discovery.com.

Piccard says, "What I love with adventure and exploration is that you don't only explore the outer world - you explore the inner world. And you start to understand that when you accept the unknown - the doubts and the question marks become extremely powerful simulations for creativity."

Adds Ousland, "Not all isolation is bad - of course it's hard. Being solo - voluntarily or not - can also be good because you reach levels inside you that you never knew existed. You do get a deeper dialogue with yourself, and nature, when you don't have anyone else to lean on."

Sullivan says, "One of the things I keep in my mind as I'm working through something hard is 'Be Here Now.' Not where you hope you're [going to] be next, not what you're worried about tomorrow - be right here now. Look around you [and] be observant."

Read the May 20 post here:

https://www.discovery.com/exploration/exploring-isolation



The ISS appears brighter and higher than an airplane, and a whole lot higher. (Image courtesy of NASA).

Spot The Station

With a 90-minute orbit and a 24-hour day, the International Space Station (ISS) circles the Earth 16 times a day. But where to look for it in the sky? NASA says it's the third brightest object up there and easy to spot if you know when and where to gaze skyward. As certified space nerds, we've geeked out a few early mornings watching it overhead thanks to email notifications directly from NASA. It's an impressive sight.

Sign up here:

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov

For a fascinating 25-minute tour of the ISS hosted by astronaut Sunita Lyn Williams see:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/doN4t5NKW-k

BUZZ WORDS

Everesting

A popular new form of cycling in which riders or runners repeatedly climb and descend a hill as many times as it takes to have ascended 8848 m - the equivalent height of Mount Everest. Complete the challenge on a bike, on foot, or online, and you'll find your name in the Everesting Hall of Fame. Lockdown life has sparked a biking boom, but social distancing rules means riders are usually alone while attempting this challenging twist on biking and running. (Source: www.everesting.cc)

K-Pg Boundary

Speaking of dinosaurs, the line of demarcation between the extinction event of 66 million years ago and the dinosaur-less world that followed. It's the point in between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods. Below the line, dinosaur fossils, lots of coprolites. Above the line, nada. It can be found throughout the world in marine and terrestrial rocks. (Source: www.britannica.com).

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Writer's Comments Originally Appear in New Yorker Subscriber Letter

New Yorker writer Ben Taub, who composed a well-researched 13,000 word story about the Five Deeps Expedition, asked that we make clear his comments about the historic journey around the world and to both poles, to reach the deepest point in each ocean, were written in a letter to New Yorker subscribers (See EN, June 2020). It was sent to an email distribution list, part of a subscription drive for the magazine.

ON THE HORIZON



The scorpions, crickets and beetles get a reprieve until 2021. (Photo from ECAD 2018 courtesy Craig Chesek).

ECAD Postponed Until 2021

After extensive deliberations, it was decided that the Explorers Club's greatest gathering of the year, ECAD 2020, would be cancelled (previously re-scheduled for October 2020).

"October is right around the corner and we still have no indication from the government on whether or not large gatherings will be allowed in New York City," writes Club president Richard Wiese.
 
"We are truly devastated that we cannot provide you with the experience this year, but the health and safety of our members is our first priority."

Ticket buyers were urged to donate funds already paid to the Club for the event.

EXPEDITION CLASSIFIEDS

 
Travel With Purpose, A Field Guide to Voluntourism

(Rowman & Littlefield, April 2019) by Jeff Blumenfeld ­- How to travel and make a difference while you see the world? These are stories of inspiration from everyday voluntourists, all of whom have advice about the best way to approach that first volunteer vacation, from Las Vegas to Nepal, lending a hand in nonprofits ranging from health care facilities, animal shelters and orphanages to impoverished schools. Case studies are ripped from the pages of Expedition News, including the volunteer work of Dooley Intermed, Himalayan Stove Project, and even a volunteer dinosaur dig in New Jersey.

Read excerpts and "Look Inside" at: tinyurl.com/voluntourismbook @purpose_book
   
Get Sponsored!  
Hundreds of explorers and adventurers raise money each month to travel on world class expeditions to Mt. Everest, Nepal, Antarctica and elsewhere. Now the techniques they use to pay for their journeys are available to anyone who has a dream adventure project in mind, according to the book from Skyhorse Publishing called: Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers.

Author Jeff Blumenfeld, an adventure marketing specialist who has represented 3M, Coleman, Du Pont, Lands' End and Orvis, among others, shares techniques for securing sponsors for expeditions and adventures.

Buy it here:

Advertise in Expedition News - For more information: blumassoc@aol.com    

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Cursing Like a Sailor; More Diversity Needed in Exploration

EXPEDITION NOTES



Kathryn D. Sullivan is a record-setter. She's seen holding the Explorers Club flag which was awarded by TEC's Flag and Honors Committee, to be presented back to the Club at a later date.  

First in Space, First Under the Sea  

Explorers Club honorary chairperson Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, 68, has become the first woman to dive the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench - at 35,810-ft., the deepest point in the ocean, about 200 miles southwest of Guam. Sullivan is also the first American woman to walk in space (1984), making her the first person to both walk in space, and descend to the deepest point in the ocean.

Her co-pilot aboard the DSV Limiting Factor was fellow Explorers Club Medal winner Victor L. Vescovo, as part of Caladan Oceanic's ongoing "Ring of Fire Expedition."

Read about the feat in the New York Times:

https://tinyurl.com/NYTSullivan



In a related story, on January 23, 1960, U.S. Navy lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard set a record for the deepest descent below the ocean's surface. Their submarine, a 150-ton steel bathyscaph called Trieste, descended at a fast clip, four feet per second, taking five hours to complete the journey. The Trieste ultimately reached a record-setting depth over 35,800 feet in the seabed of the Mariana Trench.

In honor of the 60th anniversary, The Explorers Club is selling a limited-edition, Mariana Trench Commemorative Coin for $100 available at:

https://store.explorers.org/products/limited-edition-commemorative-trieste-coin



Polar explorer Matthew Henson speaking to Explorers Club members in this picture from the 1947 Ebony Magazine article about Henson. The article was written to highlight the achievements of Henson and his contribution to the discovery of the North Pole. This coincided with the release of Henson's biography, Dark Companion, co-authored by Bradley Robinson (National Travel Club, 1947).

Explorers Club Addresses Diversity and Inclusion

As systemic, oppressive institutional racism has rocked the nation at all levels of society, The Explorers Club on June 9 issued a statement that addresses the 115-year-old organization's stance on diversity and inclusion. 

In a letter to members, Club president Richard Wiese points out that TEC was among the
first to recognize Matthew Henson, an African American, for his historic accomplishment in reaching the North Pole in 1909. For years the honor had been given to Robert Peary alone.

"But simply having a bust of Matthew Henson is not enough," Wiese writes. "We must continuously work at making our Club more inclusive to those who may not feel it is welcoming or affordable, more diverse and more representative of different nationalities and cultures."

Wiese reports the board has created a "diversity fund" (working title) that can help recruit qualified candidates from around the world and throughout the U.S. who also reflect the diversity of the world's - and our country's - population.

"The fund will also help us offset costs that may be prohibitive for communities that have been historically under-represented in science and/or disadvantaged by systemic socio-economic issues."
 
Wiese also reports Discovery, the Club's new sponsor, has agreed to provide a $100,000 grant to better help qualified individuals of color, indigenous people, and those residents of developing countries who could not otherwise afford it, become members of The Explorers Club.

"As explorers, we need to lead this Diversity and Inclusion Initiative with the same determination of effort that we put into venturing into new frontiers. We know better than most that the world is woven together in a delicate balance, and that the fabric that binds it are the cultures and the diversity of its inhabitants," Wiese says.

Writes Alexander Bailey Martin on the Explorers Club's Next Generation Explorers Network (NGEN) Facebook page: "... the world of exploration has a moral debt to pay that is compounding daily ... the Club has a key role to play in the world, and that world is being remade - right now. We risk fading into irrelevance if we don't state an actively anti-racist stance and then act, every day, to live up to it."

Definitely cringeworthy is voice over work by famed broadcaster and Club Explorers Medal recipient Lowell Thomas, for a 1931 film called Blonde Captive which can still be seen on YouTube. The documentary takes place in Australia among the Aboriginal tribe people. When viewed through 21st Century goggles, it's embarrassing to say the least.

It played a few years ago at Sydney, Australia's Kings Cinema - Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in an exhibit called "Evidence." The narration was so offensive, they were asked to turn the sound off.

The current national discussion about racism, and the changes already seen within the exploration and adventure community, will hopefully increase participation by communities of color.

Read the Club announcement here:

https://tinyurl.com/TECDiversity


Cruising in space

Ground Control to Major Tom

Actor Tom Cruise and Elon Musk's Space X are working on a project with NASA that would be the first narrative feature film - an action adventure - to be shot in outer space. It's not a Mission: Impossible film and no studio is in the mix at this stage. Cruise is expected to reach the International Space Station (ISS) for the project within the next two years.


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed the plans to go all Hollywood, "We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA's ambitious plans a reality."

Predictably, Twitter almost lost its mind over the news.

One anonymous writer posts, "Tom Cruise is the last true movie star. Who else would even think to do this? He actually has all the qualities that are poured into the fictional characters we all love... Ethan Hunt, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Han Solo... Tom Cruise is that guy in real life. Gotta love and respect it."

According to Deadline.com, there has never been a leading man (Jackie Chan might dispute this) who puts himself at risk as often as does Cruise, in the name of the most realistic action sequences possible. If he is successful shooting a project in Musk's space ship, he will be alone in the Hollywood record books.

Currently, the ticket price to travel to the ISS for a week, which includes 15 weeks of training, is $55 million, according to the Associated Press.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."

- John Burroughs (1837-1921), American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement.

EXPEDITION FOCUS  


Sailors need to keep it clean when mom is on board.

Bombs Away

When The New Yorker in its May 18 issue launched into a 13,000-word essay by Ben Taub on the Five Deeps Expedition, a historic journey around the world and to both poles, to reach the deepest point in each ocean, it was the F-bombs that struck us the most.

We counted 19 references to the well-known - but rarely uttered in polite society - sexual activity. Including this gem attributed to Alan Jamieson, the expedition's chief scientist. Referencing referencing the early days of Mother Earth, he's quoted, "...billions of years ago, when the earth was 'one giant, f*cked-up, steaming geological mass, being bombarded with meteorites.'"

There was a time when four-letter words were shunned in mainstream media. Ah, but these are harsh, challenging times and apparently, the generally accepted prohibition against the use of curse words in print is a thing of the past, including a salty one attributed to President Trump when referencing Third World countries.

The New Yorker's Taub joined the expedition last summer, after meeting Victor Vescovo, who financed the trip and piloted its submarine, at the Global Exploration Summit, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Of his epic reporting assignment, Taub delves into the backstory, "For several weeks, in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, my primary objective was to win the trust of the crew, so that I could learn not only how they did what they did but also everything that had happened before I came on board. Sometimes this meant coiling ropes, jumping in and out of a Zodiac boat, and hauling equipment on the aft deck.

"At other times it meant poring through submarine dive logs and learning the names and functions of each major component that made up the machine. Most nights it meant drinking with sailors on the top deck, and waking up roiled by rough seas.

"By the end of the trip, I had interviewed every crew member, and those who kept a diary had let me photograph each page."

This got us to wondering. Sailors are known for swearing. Remember Popeye and his famous, albeit tame, catchphrases: "Well blow me down," "Shiver me timbers!" and "Oh my gorshk!"

But explorers have always been a more gentile bunch.

What happens when you combine the two, sailors and explorers? In the case of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' 2013 expedition to recover the Apollo 11 Saturn V F-1 rocket engines, the entire team was on their best behavior, according to expedition leader and attorney David Concannon, 54, of Sun Valley, Idaho.

"Sailors, who normally would think nothing of referring to 'friggin' in the riggin,' and worse, behaved themselves because Jeff Bezos' mother was on board," Concannon tells EN.

"So let's keep it clean out there, especially when sponsors and media are around."

Read The New Yorker story, F-bombs and all, here:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/18/thirty-six-thousand-feet-under-the-sea

MEDIA MATTERS



A telegraph straight key like this Marconi type 48200 was thought to be used on the Titanic, but according to a detailed paper by Douglas A. Kerr (December 2019), there's no way to tell for sure. Only one grainy, double-exposed photo of the telegraph room is known to exist and is not particularly helpful.
CQD: Judge Approves Plan to Retrieve Titanic Telegraph Key

It was history's most famous distress call: CQD (pronounced in Morse code: dahditdahdit dahdahditdah dahditdit).

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless radio that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic. The order is a big win for RMS Titanic, the court-recognized salvor, or steward, of artifacts from the doomed ocean liner.


Photo courtesy University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, Illinois

RMS Titanic, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, has said it plans to exhibit the telegraph key with stories of the men who tapped out distress calls to nearby ships, "until seawater was literally lapping at their feet.

"The brief transmissions sent among those ships' wireless operators, staccato bursts of information and emotion, tell the story of Titanic's desperate fate that night: the confusion, chaos, panic, futility and fear," the company wrote in court filings.

The radio transmitter could unlock some of the secrets about a missed warning message and distress calls sent from the ship, said the company, which obtained the salvage rights to the wreckage in the 1980s.

The radio is believed to still sit in a deck house near the doomed ocean liner's grand staircase.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which represents the public's interest in the wreck site, fiercely opposes the mission. It argued in court documents the telegraph is likely to be surrounded "by the mortal remains of more than 1,500 people," and should be left alone.

The telegraph key is different than the docking bridge telegraph recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic and is displayed at the Nauticus National Maritime Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

While the commonly known SOS distress signal preceded CQD in 1908, Marconi operators rarely used it. It became standard only after the sinking of the Titanic. A 14-year-old boy from Cape Race, Newfoundland, was first to receive the Titanic's distress signal.

Read the story here:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/19/titanic-judge-approves-plan-retrieve-telegraph-broadcast-distress-signals

What kind of telegraph key was actually used that fateful night? Hard to tell. Read what researcher Douglas A. Kerr has to say:

http://dougkerr.net/Pumpkin/articles/Titanic_wireless_key.pdf

EXPEDITION FUNDING


Carlos Buhler is on the mend

Help Carlos Get Back on His Feet

Renowned alpinist Carlos Buhler, 65, recently suffered a serious mountain biking accident near his home in Canmore, Alberta. Buhler was in a hospital in Calgary where he was being treated for multiple head, neck, and spinal injuries that was a consequence of his crash. He's currently back in Canmore; ongoing physical therapy and support is planned over the next few months.

Buhler is one of America's leading high altitude mountaineers. Buhler's specialty is high-standard mountaineering characterized by small teams, no oxygen, minimal gear and equipment, and relatively low amounts of funding - yielding first ascents of difficult routes in challenging conditions, such as the Himalayan winter season. He has been keynote speaker and juror at leading mountain and wilderness film festivals, and won numerous Mugs Stump Awards.

Support his GoFundMe campaign here:

https://tinyurl.com/CarlosBuhler

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Tips on Returning From Isolation

by Rachael Robertson, author, Leading on the Edge: Extraordinary Stories and Leadership Insights from the World's Most Extreme Workplace (Wiley, 2013)

Australian Rachael Robertson, 51, from Williamstown, Victoria, was the youngest and only second female expedition leader at Davis Station, Antarctica. Her comments about coming out of weeks of social distancing and isolation in November 2005 are illustrative today as a lockdowned society begins to slowly open up.

She writes in Leading on the Edge: Extraordinary Stories and Leadership Insights from the World's Most Extreme Workplace (Wiley, 2013) about having to adjust to a new normal and not seeing her family and friends for months to having to live in very close quarters with people you can't take a break from and having to lead in an extreme work environment.

What she wrote then, is just as relevant now in a COVID-19 world:

"I've been in extended isolation before.  A year of freezing temperatures, blizzards, months of darkness and you can't get in or out. The lack of privacy, the mundane nature of the days and the interpersonal pressure of living with 17 other people was extraordinary. Antarctica is a brutal workplace, but I was well prepared for most of it.

"What I wasn't prepared for however, was coming home. I truly believed we'd slip right back into normal mode.... Things I had not planned for included:

Sensory overload - After spending extended periods indoors the noise and smells outside are really strong. The simple noise of a city was a huge cacophony for me - car horns, sirens, trains.

Choice - When you've had considerable time in a personal world that's shrunk, things become simpler because you have limited choice. But suddenly the doors of choice are thrown open and it's startling. I recall on my return, standing in the breakfast cereal aisle of a supermarket overwhelmed with choice.

Expectations - In total we were away from home for 18 months, and to some extent I was thrilled to be back and over the moon to see my family and friends. Today, people will have different expectations about how we respond on the other side - some will be thrilled to be back to a new normal, others will be scared, some will be ambivalent. There will be a spectrum of responses.

Physical contact - A year without so much as a hug is difficult, but you do get used to it. For many people we have faced a similar challenge now. For single people living alone, and not being able to visit family and friends, it may be months without even a handshake.

Overwhelm -One tool I used which held me in good stead when I returned to Australia was No Triangles - which simply means, I don't speak to you, about him. You don't speak to me, about her. We already have enough to deal with, the last thing you need is to listen to someone complaining about someone else.

Rachael Robertson has delivered over 1,500 keynote presentations, remotely and in person, around the world on the topics of leadership and teamwork. Her latest book, Respect Trumps Harmony, is out now. For more information: www.rachaelrobertson.com.au.

WEB WATCH



Take a Virtual Tour of Grand Central Terminal's Ceiling  

We're thinking you've streamed most of what you want to see on Netflix and Hulu by now. Time to go back to the plain old internet. Here's an idea: take a tour of Grand Central's soaring celestial ceiling depicting a section of the heavens as seen during October through March, or from Aquarius to Cancer. Learn about its seven constellations or what the two bands of gold symbolize, and how a wire stabilizing a rocket in 1957 left a hole in Grand Central's ceiling.

Then there's the mysterious dark patch in the northwest corner left there by restorers when the ceiling was meticulously scrubbed of two inches of grime and dust. It remains an homage to the 1996-98 restoration.

Take a virtual tour at:

https://poly.google.com/view/6DFk14fajtv

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Discounted Face Masks 


Snowsports insole maker Masterfit Enterprises, Briarcliff Manor, New York, has added protective face masks to its product line during the pandemic. Readers of Expedition News receive a 10% discount on the company's triple-ply surgical style protective face masks and KN95 respirator masks. Use the below link and coupon code FOMCOVID1910 when checking out. These are already in the U.S. and ship within 24 hours of receipt of the order. Credit cards accepted. Limited to 100 surgical style masks.   

Go to: https://masterfitinc.com/personal-protection-equipment/ref/19
 
Travel With Purpose, A Field Guide to Voluntourism

 (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2019) by Jeff Blumenfeld ­- How to travel and make a difference while you see the world? These are stories of inspiration from everyday voluntourists, all of whom have advice about the best way to approach that first volunteer vacation, from Las Vegas to Nepal, lending a hand in nonprofits ranging from health care facilities, animal shelters and orphanages to impoverished schools. Case studies are ripped from the pages of Expedition News, including the volunteer work of Dooley Intermed, Himalayan Stove Project, and even a volunteer dinosaur dig in New Jersey.
Read excerpts and "Look Inside" at: tinyurl.com/voluntourismbook @purpose_book
 
Get Sponsored!  
Hundreds of explorers and adventurers raise money each month to travel on world class expeditions to Mt. Everest, Nepal, Antarctica and elsewhere. Now the techniques they use to pay for their journeys are available to anyone who has a dream adventure project in mind, according to the book from Skyhorse Publishing called: Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers. 

Author Jeff Blumenfeld, an adventure marketing specialist who has represented 3M, Coleman, Du Pont, Lands' End and Orvis, among others, shares techniques for securing sponsors for expeditions and adventures.

Buy it here:

Advertise in Expedition News - For more information: blumassoc@aol.com    

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

TV Show Seeks Field Technician; Dog Sniffs Out Whale Poop


EXPEDITION NOTES



Unalaska, Alaska, is the chief center of population in the Aleutian Islands.

Field Technician Needed for TV Documentary Set in Aleutians

A television production company with a track record of hit shows on A&E, Discovery, History, Netflix, Travel Channel and many other networks is looking to cast a science or field technician for an upcoming show.

The ideal candidate must have on-hand experience with magnetometers, drones and other surveying equipment. A knowledge of Arctic or Alaskan terrain is preferred, but not required. This is an opportunity to be a part of a three- to four-week expedition in the Aleutian islands looking for lost artifacts. The goal of the expedition is to highlight the great history of the area, and hopefully uncover some truly unique finds. The production company prides itself on authentic story-telling with great characters and is not looking to fabricate drama.

For more information: casting10560@gmail.com



5G Comes to Everest

Base camp at Mount Everest now has 5G coverage, thanks to China Mobile. However, even at 5364m above sea level (17,598 ft.), this is not the highest place on Earth that you can get a 5G connection - currently that is the Intermediate Camp at 5800m, according to the mobile technology website GSMArena.com (April 21).

To honor its 20th anniversary, China Mobile overhauled the 177 km transmission line that connects Base Camp to its main network. This line now powers three 5G base stations and three 4G ones. Eight tons of networking equipment were hauled up, which also allowed CM to also build two 5G base stations at the Intermediate camp.

The new high-speed connection can be used to broadcast video live from the camps whether it's day or night. Two more 5G base stations were also being installed to operate at the Advanced Base Camp at 6500m (21,325 ft.).

Here's a quick history of cell coverage on Mount Everest: the first 3G connection from Base Camp was established in late October of 2010, allowing video calls. A few months later in 2011 a tweet from Everest was sent out from a Samsung Galaxy S II (which also starred in the world's highest unboxing video). This wasn't the first tweet from the summit, that one came in 2010 via satellite. In 2013, China Mobile flipped the switch on the first 4G tower in Base Camp and demonstrated a live video stream in HD.

Reader comments below the story were none too kind. Says Cyber, "useless amount of junk, people persistently continue to pollute every corner of the earth."

Posthc piles on with: "Rich Sport Rich Trip Rich Stuff and No local people will use 5g."

Ouch.

Read the full story and watch the drone sizzle reel here:

https://tinyurl.com/everest5G



Some food containers bearly pass

Smarter Than the Av-er-age Bear

A recent story in Costco Magazine about the Bear-Resistant Products Testing Program at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, sparked our interest. Bears are given garbage cans, coolers and other food containers for an hour to see if they can bat, claw, bite, flip, or smash they way in. One technique bears like to use is a CPR maneuver as they explore weaknesses in a container.

Only products that withstand 60 full minutes of a 700-pound bear mauling receive a valuable stamp of approval from the federal Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) certifying them as bear-resistant. Keeping bears out of human food and garbage is the best way to ensure their survival in the wild.

This testing protocol allows consumers, parks and municipalities to obtain products that they know will work to keep human food and garbage inaccessible to bears and keep them out of conflict with people.

Watch a bear perform cooler CPR here:

https://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/bears-as-product-testers

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"[Nature] causes me to reflect on those precious people in my life, amplifying how much they matter to me . . . my mind ranges over them much like the mountains in my memory, too, each alike but unique.... Every day, especially every day outside in nature, is another chance at redemption."

- Author and endurance athlete Marshall Ulrich writing in Both Feet on the Ground: Reflections from the Outside (DNA Books, 2019). Ulrich is an extreme endurance athlete - ultrarunning icon, Seven Summits mountaineer, and adventure racer. He's raced, led expeditions, or climbed mountains in nearly 30 countries, and visited 30 more. He uses his adventures to drive home a very powerful message especially suited to today's shelter in place orders: "Get out and stay out - as often and for as long as you can."
 
For more information:

www.marshallulrich.com

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NASA Shuttle Flight Director: "We Built That"

For 33 years, Paul Dye, the featured speaker at an Explorers Club dinner, worked in increasingly responsible roles within the U.S. (NASA) Manned Space Program, both as a technical expert in spacecraft systems and, eventually, as the overall lead of many missions to space. He retired from NASA in 2013 as the longest-serving Flight Director in U.S. history.

Dye said he was hired by the legendary Gene Kranz, the crew-cutted NASA Flight Director in the homemade, five-button, off-white vest portrayed in the Apollo 13 movie by actor Ed Harris. "The Flight Director has ultimate authority over a flight and no one can take that away from him," Dye said.


No Handshaking Allowed - The Spock salute was de rigueur at a Mar. 13 presentation when former NASA Flight Director Paul Dye, was joined by Explorers Club members Mike Seibert (left), who spent 12 years working on the operations team for the twin Mars rovers
Spirit and Opportunity, and Alan Stern (right) principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. 
 
Dye's Flight Director career spanned both the space shuttle and International Space Station programs. The winner of many prestigious awards including the Johnson Space Center Director's Commendation, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and four NASA Exceptional Service Medals, Dye delighted in bringing the lessons learned from the most advanced flight operations back to the next generation of space operation professionals and to general aviation pilots and builders.

"Everybody is important right down to the people who design the nuts and bolts on the spacecraft," Dye said. "In fact, nobody on the team received a mission patch until Olga, our janitor, received hers."

Among his more humorous anecdotes is the story of the pneumatic tubes that transported documents within the Houston Mission Control Center (MCC). "They were only designed to transport a maximum of three ounces of paper, but engineers being engineers, we had to test the system. Someone packed a tube with pencils and we wound up removing splinters for a while," Dye said.

The team's staple diet was pizza, donuts and kolaches, a Czech breakfast food comprised of sweet bread filled with various breakfast items. Dye hoisted "Skinny Black Tie and White Shirt Days" in honor of early scenes of the MCC during the Apollo era, and tried to find the most annoying music possible with which to wake up astronaut crews. Touchingly, they played the Charlie Brown theme song when NASA supporter and cartoonist Charles Schultz died in 2000.



To this day, the Silver Snoopy Award, a sterling silver Snoopy lapel pin that has flown in space, symbolizes the intent and spirit of Space Flight Awareness. An astronaut always presents the Silver Snoopy because it is the astronauts' own award for outstanding performance, contributing to flight safety and mission success.

Dye will often check when the International Space Station is flying over his Nevada backyard,  then go watch it overhead, remembering fondly, "We built that .... It's kind of a neat feeling.

"I learned the game from Apollo veterans so it was my honor to pass down knowledge to younger teams who will eventually control future flights to the moon and Mars."



Dye's forthcoming book, Shuttle Houston: Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control (Hachette Books, 2020), tells the stories of flying human beings in space, and developing and executing missions to conduct science, deploy payloads, and build structures in space. 



Backdropped by a blue and white part of Earth, the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-130 crew member on space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7:54 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 19, 2010
In related news, you can view the International Space Station as it soars above your own backyard, a great diversion if you're self-quarantined.

Spot The Station is a free on-line alert service that allows you to watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up. Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster.

You can sign up here:

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov 

MEDIA MATTERS



Eba, an approximately 5-year-old Jack-Russell terrier mix, sniffs at the breeze.

Silver Lining: Pandemic and Poop-Sniffing Dogs Gives Whales a Break

American and Canadian marine scientists - and one talented dog - are seizing an unexpected opportunity presented by the coronavirus pandemic. They are trying to establish whether Pacific Northwest whales benefit from the current drop in boat traffic and underwater noise.

Stay-home edicts have significantly reduced recreational boat trips and ferry crossings this spring. Commercial whale watching tours and the cruise ship season remain on hold. Large cargo ships continue to come and go with slightly reduced frequency, according to Northwest News Network's Tom Banse on KUOW NPR (May 11).

Noise and vessel disturbance are considered major factors in the decline of the Northwest's endangered resident orcas alongside the other big factors of dwindling food supply - chiefly, chinook salmon - and toxic pollution.

"From a killer whale's perspective, not having fast moving boats around like recreational boats... that might be quite beneficial," said oceanographer Scott Veirs of Seattle, who coordinates an underwater microphone network called Orcasound.

A dog named Eba, trained at the University of Washington, is used to locate whale scat from up to a mile away. Often to check on whales without disturbing or capturing them, researchers need to collect poop samples, which contain valuable information about their health. Eba gets to play with her favorite tug toy as a reward for finding floating whale poop.

Listen to the story here:

https://www.kuow.org/stories/pandemic-gives-pacific-northwest-whales-a-respite-from-din-of-underwater-noise



Explorers Club members: Oh the tales they could tell. (Felix Kunze photo)

Tales From The Explorers Club

Avenue Magazine tells some tales of The Explorers Club in a story by Angela M.H. Schuster (April 1). She writes, "Commissioned in 1910 as a family home for Singer Sewing Machine magnate and art collector Stephen C. Clark, the (Explorers Club's) five-story townhouse exudes an Old-World grandeur, appointed with stained glass windows and stone statues and columns plucked from medieval monasteries throughout the Low Countries and France.

"Among the latter is a formidable statue of Joan of Arc on horseback, which graces a massive mantel in the second-floor lecture hall. Many of the club's members find it ironic that St. Joan had presided over decades' worth of club meetings before women were admitted in 1981."
  
Schuster continues, "Among the other notable curiosities are a stuffed cheetah from Teddy Roosevelt's 1909 Smithsonian expedition; a globe upon which Thor Heyerdahl plotted the route for his 1947 voyage aboard Kon-Tiki; and the cartilage of a whale's penis, its size serving to keep a certain amount of club members' braggadocio in check."
  
She says Club membership rolls stand at 3,500 worldwide, with 600 members based in the New York area, and the rest belonging to some 33 chapters, including the most recent addition, an outpost in Bhutan. Over the past decade, the club has seen a demographic shift downward in terms of the age of its members, with a number of young scientists and adventurers joining the fold.

Read the story here:

https://avenuemagazine.com/tales-from-the-explorers-club/



Marabar by Elyn Zimmerman would be removed from a plaza in Washington as part of a plan by National Geographic to expand its headquarters. (Photo: Elyn Zimmerman Studio)

Critics Want NatGeo Stone Left Unturned

Explorers affiliated with the National Geographic Society have a long history of surmounting stone in places like Mount Everest. But the 130-year-old organization has decided that more than a million pounds of artfully placed granite are in the way of plans to expand its headquarters in Washington, according to a New York Times story by Rebecca J. Ritzel (May 9).

The boulders, part of a sculpture called Marabar, by Elyn Zimmerman, were installed by the society almost four decades ago in an outdoor plaza at its four-building campus.

But now, to make room for a new entrance pavilion and a rentable rooftop garden, National Geographic plans on dismantling the sculpture after Zimmerman was unable to find a new home for it.

The decision has drawn letters of complaint from architects, art critics, museum leaders and others who say they fear the loss of an important work.

Zimmerman said National Geographic had to take elaborate measures to prepare the site for the weight of the granite stones. "The largest of those boulders weighs a quarter of a million pounds," she said. "They're going to have to dynamite the thing out of there. "

Read the story here:

https://tinyurl.com/natgeostones



Byrd's oil-burning stove emitted toxic fumes. It also looks like he could use a haircut - like many of us these days.

How Did Richard E. Byrd Self-Quarantine? (Hint: Not Well)

None of our days of self-quarantine approaches what Adm. Richard E. Byrd, the American arctic explorer, endured in 1934, when he spent five months alone in a one-room shack in Antarctica, wintering over the long night, writes Dennis Overbye in the New York Times (May 5).

Byrd's account of his 1934 ordeal, Alone, published in 1938, was written once Byrd was already famous for having been the first person to fly over the North Pole (although some researchers have disputed that claim) and, later, over the South Pole. He had received three ticker tape parades on Broadway.

"On his second expedition to Antarctica, from 1933 to 1935, Byrd, accompanied by a crew of more than four dozen men, sled dogs and a cow, hoped to increase the scope of his efforts from his established base on the coast, called Little America, into the interior of the continent, where the weather dynamics were unknown.

"He hit on the idea of wintering over through the entire dark Antarctic night, from April to October, to make meteorological and other scientific measurements. The Advance Base that Byrd and his crew eventually established was 178 miles away - a treacherous, crevasse-laden journey across the Ross Ice Shelf," Overbye writes in the Times.

In the book, Byrd conceded that he hungered for the ultimate solitude. There were all those books he wanted to read. He brought a windup record player with him, so he could listen to classical music.

Much of Alone is a testament to the idea that you should be careful what you wish for.  A month in, he realized that he was being poisoned by the fumes from his oil-burning stove. "What I had not counted on was discovering how closely a man could come to dying and still not die, or want to die," he wrote in the opening pages of his memoir.

Every day he had to decide: run the stove to stay warm, and possibly suffocate because of the fumes, or breathe safely and risk freezing. He later claimed that the ordeal had humbled him such that he handed over command of his next adventure flight to a younger colleague, according to Overbye's story.

Read it here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/science/antarctica-byrd-distancing-expedition.html



Alex Honnold is Prudent

When asked about his thoughts on "Prudence," professional rock star rock climber Alex Honnold tells WSJ Magazine (May 2020): "The constant reflection on mortality (that comes from climbing) encourages you to live your life as fully and as completely as possible. Part of being a professional climber is to know the right tool for the right situation and to minimize risk as you can."

Read more of his comments here:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/carey-mulligan-stiff-lip-11580330268

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Explorers Club Member Victor Vescovo and the Five Deeps Expedition Team Launching the Limiting Factor on its way to the Mariana Trench - which will be featured on Discovery (Photo by Tamara Stubbs)

Explorers Club Discovery Grants Open to All

Applications are being accepted for the $1 million "Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grant" program to further advance significant exploration and scientific discovery. Final candidates for the grants will be selected by an independent panel of accomplished explorers, researchers, and academic scholars, including six renowned Ph.D. scientists, in conjunction with both The Explorers Club and Discovery. Explorers and adventurers anywhere can apply; they need not be a member of the Club, as was previously communicated to membership. However, applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply for membership.

The Grant program will allow explorers to share their findings on Discovery Channel television and digital platforms, in addition to explorers sharing their findings and discoveries in an array of scientific journals highlighting their accomplishments.

For more information:

https://tinyurl.com/Discoverygrants, grants@explorers.org

WEB WATCH



"Explore" the Weather In Your Backyard

Explorers chomping at the bit to resume field research, and weather nerds everywhere, are invited to become citizen scientists. The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is collecting public weather reports through a free app available for smart phones or mobile devices. The app is called "mPING," for Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground.

mPING reports are immediately archived into a database at The University of Oklahoma, and are displayed on a map accessible to anyone.

To use the app, reporters select the type of weather that is occurring, and tap "submit," which seems to us a lot more interesting than piecing together yet another COVID-era jigsaw puzzle on the kitchen table. The anonymous reports can be submitted as often as every minute.

Weather radars cannot "see" at the ground, so mPING reports are used by the NOAA National Weather Service to fine-tune their forecasts. NSSL uses the data in a variety of ways, including to develop new radar and forecasting technologies and techniques.
The mPING app was developed through a partnership between NSSL, the University of Oklahoma and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and was included in Scientific American's list of "8 Apps That Turn Citizens into Scientists."

Learn more:

https://mping.nssl.noaa.gov/



Everest without the altitude: Dr. Arun Nayak in his Mumbai stairwell

Lockdown Madness: Everest By Staircase

Climbers on lockdown worldwide have started to go stir crazy, as evidenced by Mumbai orthodontist Arun Nayak who decided to climb Everest's height within his 47-story apartment house - all 2,950 floors accomplished without breaking self-quarantine guidelines.

In a video posted by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, you can see how Nayak, an amateur mountaineer and long distance runner, monitored his progress. He enlisted his wife during the final ascent. He reports the 20-1/2 hour, three-day effort was - no surprise here - hot, humid, boring and monotonous.

See the video here:

https://tinyurl.com/lockdownmadness


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Travel With Purpose, A Field Guide to Voluntourism

 (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2019) by Jeff Blumenfeld ­- How to travel and make a difference while you see the world? These are stories of inspiration from everyday voluntourists, all of whom have advice about the best way to approach that first volunteer vacation, from Las Vegas to Nepal, lending a hand in nonprofits ranging from health care facilities, animal shelters and orphanages to impoverished schools. Case studies are ripped from the pages of Expedition News, including the volunteer work of Dooley Intermed, Himalayan Stove Project, and even a volunteer dinosaur dig in New Jersey.
Read excerpts and "Look Inside" at: tinyurl.com/voluntourismbook @purpose_book
 
Get Sponsored! -  Hundreds of explorers and adventurers raise money each month to travel on world class expeditions to Mt. Everest, Nepal, Antarctica and elsewhere. Now the techniques they use to pay for their journeys are available to anyone who has a dream adventure project in mind, according to the book from Skyhorse Publishing called: Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers.
Author Jeff Blumenfeld, an adventure marketing specialist who has represented 3M, Coleman, Du Pont, Lands' End and Orvis, among others, shares techniques for securing sponsors for expeditions and adventures.  
Buy it here:  
Advertise in Expedition News - For more information: blumassoc@aol.com    

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