The Mountain Zone Eco-Challenge Cybercast
Our Kiwi In The Field, Chris Vile, posts daily updates over sat-phone
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(photo: Chris Vile)
The Wrap-Up: Eco-Challenge Final Standings
Friday, August 22, 1997

1997's team rankings — winners, losers, and would-be finishers — after the last team, New York's Finest, staggers through the finish line.
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Current Team Rankings
Thursday, August 21, 1997 -- 9:30pm AUS

The weather played havoc once again on the remaining teams.
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Navy Seals Rescued from Ocean Kayaking Event
Tuesday, August 19, 1997 -- 4pm AUS

17 teams have now reached the finish line with another 14 teams remaining out of an original 48. "With two team members in the water, the remaining members tied the kayaks together forming a raft..." [Click for the update]

Team Wilderness Classic, First US Team to Finish
Monday, August 18, 1997 -- 5pm AUS

US Team from Alaska finishes their first Eco-Challenge. "Even at the finish, they were talking of the next event in 1998..."
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Team Endeavour Seventh
Monday, August 18, 1997 -- 1pm AUS

The Kiwi Teams dominate this race. "They are the first team to arrive today with a bunch of teams several hours behind them fighting it out right to the bitter end..." [Click for the update]

Team Pure Energy Australia Second
Sunday, August 17, 1997 -- 3:15pm AUS

Team Pure Energy Australia cross the finish line in Cairns. "The last 24hrs of the race have been extremely exciting..." [Click for the update]

Team Eco-Internet, NZ, WINS AGAIN!
Sunday, August 17, 1997 -- 1:15pm AUS

Team Eco-Internet of New Zealand win their second Eco-Challenge! "After six days of trekking, canoeing, rappelling, mountain biking, rafting and sea kayaking, Team Eco-Internet has collected $25,000..." [Click for the update]

Through the Rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef
Sunday, August 17, 1997 -- 4am AUS

The Event has traversed the Outback, the Rainforest, and now heads to the Ocean. "Again, snakes, leeches, wild pigs, and stinging trees are plentiful..." [Click for the update]

Race Begins Anew After the Dark Zone
Saturday, August 16, 1997 -- 5pm AUS

Today: hiking, rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding. "The river exceeds Class IV rapids with a wide variety of river hydraulics including recirculations, reversals, holes, and standing waves..." [Click for the update]

Course Claims More Victims.
Friday, August 16, 1997 -- 9am AUS

Last night was crazy with two heli-vacs on course. "Medical rescue staff reached Heldt at first light and treated him on the scene with morphine for the pain..." [Click for the update]

Mountain Biking the Rainforest
Friday, August 15, 1997 -- 1pm AUS

Teams bike through the night to the river rafting. "We feel like we've just cycled through Jurassic Park..." [Click for the update]

Eco-Internet First to Oasis
Thursday, August 14, 1997 -- 11:30pm AUS

Teams enjoy their first meal in three days. "They... sat down immediately to a meal of hamburgers, vegie-burgers, soup (3 plates each), pasta, salads, bread and two liters of milo..." [Click for the update]

The 80m Waterfall Rock Climb
Thursday, August 14, 1997 -- 5pm AUS

Ahead is a daunting climb up through the Blencoe Falls, "...the climb would be very tricky at the best of times, let alone if you hadn't had any sleep in the last three days..." [Click for the update]

Current Team Rankings
Thursday, August 14, 1997 -- 6:30am AUS

Team Eco-Internet sprinting to beat the "dark zone." [Click for the update]

Hallucinations and Salt-Water Crocs
Thursday, August 14, 1997 -- 6am AUS

The top ranked American team is forced to quit while the others head for a tyrolean traverse and waterfall rock climb. "He said he'd never felt anything like it and it scared him..." [Click for the update]

From River to Ropes
Wednesday, August 13, 1997 -- 7pm AUS

Let's hope nobody is afraid of heights. "Many teams have been daunted by this abseil and the choppy water below..." [Click for the update]

Current Team Rankings
Wednesday, August 13, 1997 -- 9:30am AUS

Team SCAR is in the lead. [Click for the update]

First Teams Withdraw!
Wednesday, August 13, 1997 -- 8am AUS

The course claims its first victims. "Lanthier and Spitzer were stabilized and transported..." [Click for the update]

Team Endeavour First to Canoe Section
Tuesday, August 12, 1997 -- 5pm AUS

The first trek is over, and the Kiwi's are first to the river. "All competitors will end up in darkness on this leg where they will get to see the glowing red eyes of crocodiles watching them..."
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The First Night of Hell !!!
Tuesday, August 12, 1997 -- 7am AUS

We were waiting at dawn to catch the first teams as they appeared through the fog. "Teams have also commented on the large number of Kangaroos encountered during the night, and their jealousy of the agility and speed of these animals over this hostile terrain..." [Click for the update]

Eco-Challenge '97 Begins!
Monday, August 11, 1997 -- 6pm AUS

At last this year's event is underway in the outback of Australia. "The course is a 95km bush trek through up-to waste-high grass..." [Click for the update]

Race Day Diversions
Monday, August 11, 1997 -- 4pm AUS

A few interesting tid-bits before the race begins. "Team members learned they had to carry all gear including climbing equipment... on the 95km trek across the Australian outback..."
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Preparing for Crocodiles and Stinging Trees
Sunday, August 10, 1997 -- 7pm AUS

Competitors prepare for the risks of Eco-Challenge '97. "While traversing the rugged environment, competitors must face the prospect of encountering snakes, spiders, crocodiles, insects, stinging trees..." [Click for the update]

The Course for Eco-Challenge '97 is Revealed
Sunday, August 10, 1997 -- 5pm AUS

It's official: the course is a killer.
"The course promises sheer physical hardship and enormous spirit as it traverses 528km of outback, rainforest and reef..." [Click for the update]

Preparing to Cybercast from the Field
Thursday, August 7, 1997 -- 11pm PDT

The Mountain Zone Kiwi in the Field, Chris Vile, heads for Australia to cybercast Eco-Challenge '97. "With laptop and digital camera in hand, I am off to be part of this wild event..."
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