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ExplorersWeb Week in Review - May 4, 2003
07:58 a.m. EDT May 5, 2003

The clock has started ticking on Everest. Lots of teams are, or will be in position shortly to go for their summit attempt. High winds ravaged Everest this weekend and will continue into the early part of this week. First reports had 30 tents destroyed on the South side alone.

Solo and unsupported skier, Pen Hadow has fallen into the drink. He is still going for it, however, he has lost a ski and is now traveling by foot.

John Griber and his team have arrived in Greenland. The small team will be ski mountaineering on the Karale glacier, using power kites to get from one mountain to another.

Simon Chalk and is a bit more than halfway across the Indian Ocean. He has been rowing and all alone at sea for over 60 days and this past week had a shark attack his rudder. The duo of Rob and Mike has been at sea for 15 days thus far and following in Simonís wake. They have encountered some rough seas as of late.

Gentlemanís agreement in the mountains. Kammerlander arrived at Nuptse base camp and will be climbing with the same goal in mind as Babanov Ė Nuptseís unclimbed East Pillar. However, Kammerlander has decided to not follow in Babanovís footsteps and attempt the peak from a route adjacent to Babanovís.

The Initial Style Explorers won the Wedgewood Blue Ice Trophy. This was the first Polar Race to the Magnetic North Pole. Four teams competed in it.

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