Thursday, April 29, 2010

American Himalayan Foundation Appeals for Earthquake Donations

From Norbu Tenzing at the American Himalayan Foundation:

A series of strong earthquakes struck in Yushu, Tibet (Qinghai Province, China) on April 14th, creating disaster in an already struggling region. Most houses and schools have suffered badly, and tens of thousands are homeless in very cold weather.

Although we are still learning the extent of the damage, we want to move as quickly as possible. AHF has worked with the Tibetans in Yushu for over ten years: on education, clean water systems, clinics and bridges. Thankfully, we have learned that our Tibetan partners are alive. But they will need our help immediately.

AHF is now accepting donations through our web site targeted for earthquake relief. 100% of these emergency gifts will go directly to help our partners in Yushu
and, as always, are fully tax-deductible. With our track record - a decade of on the ground experience with the Tibetans in Yushu - we know how to get help to those who need it. But we need your help to be able to do so.

Please make a donation and specify "Tibet Earthquake" in the "Note for AHF."

To donate:

Or call 415 288 7250.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Is There a Market for Expedition Stuff?

Obviously someone things so. Here's a listing from Jennifer Gasperini, a Minnesota woman who was involved in promoting past Steger Expeditions:

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition with this authentic expedition anorak, designed by expedition co-leader Will Steger and manufactured to his specifications by The North Face. This jacket containing Gore-Tex is identical to that worn by the team on their 3,741-mile, historic crossing of the Antarctic continent by dog team, a National Geographic cover story in 1990.

The jacket features reflective patches – on back and front – with the six country flags represented on the expedition: US, China, England, France, Great Britain, Japan and Russia. Stitched-on logos for expedition sponsors Gore-Tex and UAP of France appear on both shoulders. Pull cords at waist, bottom and collar make it adjustable to all weather conditions.

A zipper on the hood provides for a zipped-on fur ruff. Full pocket in front is sealed with flap, zipper and Velcro closure. This bright orange jacket was part of a set provided to expedition support staff, but never worn. Selling for $1,500 with free shipping. Contact: