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Bagging the Rhode Island Summit
June 2000
Addicted to climbing the tallest peaks in all 50 states, many of the Highpointers club's 2,100 members remain stymied by the summit of Rhode Island, considered America's most inaccessible highpoint. Jerimoth Hill has been declared off-limits because access is through the private property.

Mountaineers Retrace Shackleton Route
May 2000
Climbers Reinhold Messner, Conrad Anker, and Stephen Venables, last month retraced Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's historic steps across glacier-clad South Georgia Island. Their expedition was filmed in IMAX for The Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Journey.

Antarctica is a Cakewalk Compared to Fundraising
April 2000
If Laurie Dexter's Canadian Antarctic Millennial Expedition is successful, he will become the first ever to ski across the North Pole (the 1988 Soviet-Canadian Polar Bridge Expedition from Russia to Canada), and across the South Pole as well.

Clean-Up Crew Considers Everest a "Sore Spot"
March 2000
This spring, the Inventa Everest 2000 Environmental Expedition is being called the most significant clean-up ever undertaken of debris from the high camps of Mount Everest.

Danish Prince Crosses Greenland
February 2000
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark leads a six-man, dog sled expedition from Quaanaaq to the village of Mestersvig. The six month expedition is in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Sirius Patrol, the Danish military dog sled patrol in charge of overseeing the unpopulated northeast region of Greenland.

K2000: Howkins Hopes to be First American Woman to Summit K2
January 2000
Heidi Howkins attempted a first American woman ascent in 1998, but was turned back at 23,600 feet by high winds and thigh-deep snow. Undaunted, she and 11 experienced climbers and base camp coordinators will return to the so-called "Savage Mountain."

Denali, Rainier, & Everest
December 1999
The first major event, The Climb For Clean Air 2000, benefits the American Lung Association and is an expedition to climb North America's highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley in Alaska.

The First Known Walk Across Chile
November 1999
Nina Page, 24, and Brendan Cowan, 27, plan to be the first to walk "The Long Route" across Chile, almost 4,000 miles. The two believe their largest environmental challenge will be to cross the Atacama desert, where some areas have no historical record of rainfall.

Team to Climb East Side Route of Mustagh Ata
October 1999
Co-leaders Daniel Mazur and Jon Otto plan to lead a four to six member expedition on the East side of Mustagh Ata, located in the Chinese Pamirs. After two years of negotiations, the team obtained the first-known permit to climb this rare route.

Women Reaching High Peaks
September 1999
Arlene Blum and Supy Bullard recount the experience of climbing 8,000 meter peaks at the recent Outdoor Retailer trade show. Both women hope to provide inspiration and challenge others to see women "in their own right..."

Millennium Highs
August 1999
While most attempt Mt. Everest during the months of May and October, a group of seven unnamed climbers hope to be the first to ring in the New Year at 29,028 feet...

Double Amputee Scales McKinley
July 1999
Summitting was an important feat for Hommer because it was on McKinley that he lost both legs below the knee to frostbite when he crashed his small plane at 11,000 feet in December 1981...

Sweeping the Unclimbables Clean
June 1999
Climbers are virtually loving the mountains to death. The impact of expeditions on fragile high altitude ecosystems — human waste, garbage, oxygen bottles strewn about — threaten to destroy that which climbers love most about...

Exploring Alaska's Islands
May 1999
Writer Jon Bowermaster and three others are organizing a 40-day kayaking and climbing expedition next month through the Alaskan Aleutian Islands to explore the little-known Islands of Four Mountains...

All Female Crossing of Antarctica
April 1999
A legal, marketing and technology team of six full-time employees, a public relations agency and venture capitalists are hard at work supporting the plans of two experienced polar explorers, Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft, who are planning the first all-women crossing of Antarctica...

Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition
March 1999
In 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine stepped out of their lives and into history when they disappeared high on the North Ridge of Everest. Whether they were the first to reach the summit, nearly 30 years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, still remains an open chapter in the history of climbing on the world's highest mountain...

Expedition to the Misery Islands
February 1999
Canada's Ellesmere Island, and its mountainous and uninhabited next-door neighbor, Axel Heiberg Island, are extreme places that have always drawn extreme people, harbored extreme animals, nurtured extreme plants, and showcased extreme phenomena...

Were Hillary and Norgay First?
January 1999
Historians question whether they were indeed first. Perhaps George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Irvine summited Everest almost 30 years before, then perished on the descent. ...

Back on the Chang-Tang
December 1998
A team lead by a Santa Fe, N.M. businessman hopes to traverse Tibet's Chang-Tang's 650 miles in five months on foot, the 10th annual "Best of the Festival" World Tour has begun its trek It doesn't look good for Dr. Frederick A. Cook...

No Such Thing as Bigfoot?
November 1998
A trio of adventurers will retrace the footsteps of polar explorer Robert Scott, 87 years after his historic, and fatal, expedition...and legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner says the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, is not a humanoid ape, but a large bear...

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