Stewart Alexander Alex Lowe was an American mountaineer. He died in an avalanche in Tibet, the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation honors his legacy. Lowe was widely admired by his peers for excelling in every aspect of mountaineering, from rock-, dave Hahn once remarked, Theres Alex Lowe up here, and theres the rest of us down here. The guys just really that much better than everybody else, and Conrad Anker said, Were all at this one level, and theres Alex. Lowe himself said The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun, Lowe improved his upper body strength as a result of an exercise regimen that included 400 chin-ups and hundreds of dips. He disliked downtime and knew where to do pull-ups in many airports, even on expeditions, when rest is hard to come by and much appreciated, Lowe was an oddball. Hed cop pull-ups on a ships rigging en route to Antarctica, in that article, Wiltsie said, At Baffin Island, after hauling supplies to a high point on a climb, we went back to camp beat and tired, but Alex proceeded to do pull-up after pull-up.
He even brought a device on climbs. He was known jokingly as Lungs With Legs for his incredible strength, in June 1995, Lowe helped the National Park Service rescue several Spanish climbers on 20, 320-foot Denali in Alaska. On 9 June the group had been trapped for four days at 19,200 feet, before a rescue team could assemble, one of the climbers fell 4,200 feet to his death from the mountains Upper West Rib. The surviving climbers were all suffering from hypothermia, amid snowy conditions, he at first dragged, carried him on his back up the steep slope at high altitude. Lowe commented, Its been a goal of mine to ski off an 8,000 meter peak. I guess theres a lot of people sort of looking to do this, but for me, its got to be an aesthetic and quality run. And Shishapangma has the best ski line of any of the 8,000 meter peaks and its just an absolutely straight shot right down the Southwest Face. Thats going to be a good one, on October 5th, they split into two teams as they searched for a route up the mountain.
Lowes group were crossing a flat glacier when a large serac broke loose 6,000 feet above, the 500-foot -wide avalanche swept over the three men. Neither body was found at the time, but almost seventeen years on April 27th,2016 climbers Ueli Steck and David Göttler, Lowe was survived by his wife Jennifer and three sons, Max and Isaac. The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation was established in his honor to provide direction, forget Me Not won the National Outdoor Book award for literature in 2008
Room to Read
Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Room to Read is serving communities in ten countries in Asia and Africa, South Africa, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Laos and Vietnam. John Wood and board co-chair, launched Room to Read in 1999 after a trek through Nepal where he visited local schools. He was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages to build sustainable solutions to their education challenges. Beginning in Nepal and his Nepali Co-Founder, Dinesh Shrestha, started by working with communities to build schools. To that end, in 2000, Room to Read began the Girls Education program, in 2001, co-founder and CEO Erin Keown Ganju spearheaded Room to Read’s expansion into Vietnam. Since then, Room to Reads operations have expanded to include Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zambia.
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Backpacking is the outdoor recreation of carrying gear on ones back, while hiking for more than a day. It is often but not always an extended journey, and may or may not involve camping outdoors, in North America tenting is common, where simple shelters and mountain huts found widely in Europe are rare. In New Zealand, tramping is an equivalent term though overnight huts are frequently used, hill walking is the equivalent in Britain, though backpackers make use of all kinds of accommodation, in addition to camping. Backpackers use simple huts in South Africa, similar terms used in other countries are trekking and bushwalking. Backpacking as a method of travel is a different activity, which mainly utilizes public transport during a journey which can last months, backpacking is an outdoor recreation where gear is carried in a backpack. This can include food, bedding, clothing, backpacking trips consist of at least one night and can last for weeks or months, sometimes aided by planned resupply points or drops.
A skilled backpacker minimizes their impact on the environment, including staying on established trails, not disturbing vegetation, the Leave No Trace movement ethos is direct, Leave nothing but footprints. Backpackers must always be prepared for difficulties, whether mishaps are experienced or not, the remoteness of backpacking locations can exacerbate any mishap. Survival gear and the skills to use it are paramount, backpacking camps are usually more spartan than campsites where gear is transported by car or boat. In areas with heavy traffic, a hike-in campsite might have a fire ring, an outhouse. Many hike-in camps are no more than level patches of free of underbrush. In remote wilderness areas hikers must choose their own site, established camps are rare and the ethos is to leave no trace when gone. In some regions, varying forms of accommodation exist, from simple log lean-tos to staffed facilities offering escalating degrees of service, beds and even drinks may be had at Alpine huts scattered among well-traveled European mountains.
In the more parts of Great Britain, especially Scotland. On the French system of long distance trails, Grande Randonnées, backpackers can stay in gîtes detapes, there are some simple shelters and occasional mountain hut provided in North America, including on the Appalachian trail. Another example is the High Sierra Camps in the Yosemite National Park, long distance backpacking trails with huts exist in South Africa, including the 100 km plus Amatola Trail, in the Eastern Cape Province. Backpacking is popular in the Himalayas, where porters and pack animals are often used, backpacking gear begins with a suitable backpack, proper both in size and fit. Next is clothing and footwear appropriate for expected conditions, third is an adequate amount and type of food
American Alpine Journal
The American Alpine Journal is an annual magazine published by the American Alpine Club. Its mission is to document and communicate mountain exploration, the headquarters is in Golden, Colorado. Some general articles about mountaineering, mountain medicine, the mountain environment, each issue includes book reviews, memorials of deceased members, and club activities. The journal was established in 1929, in 1957 and 1958, the editor was Francis P. Farquhar. From 1960 to 1995, the editor was H. Adams Carter, from 1996 to 2001, the editor was Christian Beckwith. Since 2002, the editor has been John Harlin III, the overall format of the journal has changed little since at least the 1970s, but current plans include more complete worldwide coverage and electronic/online access. All of these magazines are used by climbers planning expeditions. Entries in these journals concerning major Himalayan peaks are indexed in the Himalayan Index, in March 2007, the American Alpine Journal inaugurated free, searchable online access for its issues dating back to 1966.
All earlier issues will eventually be added, a complete index is available for free download. A complete set of the journal on DVD may eventually be available for purchase, official website Searchable online access Himalayan Index National Geographic Adventure Outside
Charlie Fowler (February 18,1954 -November 14,2006 was an American mountain climber and photographer. He was one of North America’s most experienced climbers. Along with his partner, Christine Boskoff, he went missing in southwestern China sometime between November 11 and November 142006. His body was found on a Genyen Mountain on December 27,2006, Fowler was born in North Carolina and grew up in Virginia, where he graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in environmental science in 1975. He spent the next 12 years in Boulder, before moving to Telluride, Colorado, in 1987 and settling in Norwood, the route he chose, initially called the Integral Route, was renamed the Casual Route after Fowlers bold climb. He became a member of the American Mountain Guides Association in 1986 and he often guided expeditions for Mountain Madness, an adventure travel company owned by Christine Boskoff. He attempted to ascend K2, but had to turn back before reaching the summit due to poor conditions, in recent years, he explored unnamed peaks in Tibet and remote areas of China.
In recognition of his accomplishments, he was awarded the Robert. Fowlers nature photographs and articles have published in various books, magazines and catalogs. Fowler had the honor of appearing on the cover of Climbing Magazine on different occasions as both subject and cover photographer. Along with his friend Damon Johnston, Fowler founded the publishing company Mountain World Media LLC in 2005, Fowler and Johnston co-authored a guidebook to sandstone climbs in southwest Colorado titled The Wild Wild West. Fowler started the Telluride Mountain Club and the Horizon Program, additionally, he was a board member of Mountainfilm in Telluride for almost 10 years, and served on their Advisory Board. In October 2006, Fowler left the United States for China with his partner, Christine Boskoff. According to a post on Fowler’s website, it was his trip to the region. From the time of their departure until November 8,2006, Fowler and Boskoff were in frequent contact with friends, one of Boskoffs final emails said that the pair would be back in Internet contact in two weeks.
We just got back from attempting a peak I tried in ’96 doing a film, didn’t make it that time due to complications with the film crew. This time the peak was a lot less icy and we got near the top but backed off due to scary conditions --- thin snow over rock slabs. Had a blast climbing as far as we did though, now off to one more different area to try a 6, 000-meter peak and a smaller one, traveling back doing the tourist thing
On February 7,2011, AOL acquired the mass market Huffington Post for US$315 million, making Arianna Huffington editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. In July 2012, The Huffington Post was ranked #1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list by eBizMBA Rank, Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast. In 2012, The Huffington Post became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize, the Huffington Post was founded by Arianna Huffington on May 9,2005. It has a community, with over one million comments made on the site each month. Prior to The Huffington Post, Huffington hosted a website called Ariannaonline. com and her first foray into the Internet was a website called Resignation. com, which called for the resignation of President Bill Clinton and was a rallying place for conservatives opposing Clinton. In August 2013, the website banned anonymous comments, in approximately June 2007, the site launched its first local version, HuffPost Chicago.
In June 2009, HuffPost New York was launched, followed shortly by HuffPost Denver which launched on September 15,2009, and HuffPost Los Angeles which launched on December 2,2009. In 2011, three new editions were launched, HuffPost San Francisco on July 12, HuffPost Detroit, on November 17. HuffPost Hawaii was launched in collaboration with the investigative reporting. The Huffington Post launched its first international edition, HuffPost Canada, on July 6 of the same year, the Huffington Post UK launched its UK edition. On February 8, another French language edition was launched in the Canadian province of Quebec, on May Day, a U. S. -based Spanish-language edition was launched under the name HuffPost Voces, replacing AOLs Hispanic news platform, AOL Latino. The following month an edition for Spain was announced, as was one for Germany, on September 24, an Italian edition, LHuffington Post, was launched, directed by journalist Lucia Annunziata in collaboration with the media company Gruppo Editoriale LEspresso.
On May 6,2013, an edition for Japan was launched with the collaboration of The Asahi Shimbun, with the launch of Al Huffington Post, there is a third francophone edition, this time for the Maghreb area. On October 10, Munich-based Huffington Post Deutschland has been put online in cooperation with the liberal-conservative magazine Focus, in January 2014, Arianna Huffington and Nicolas Berggruen announced the launch of the WorldPost, created in partnership with the Berggruen Institute. Its contributors have included former British prime minister Tony Blair, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, novelist Jonathan Franzen, on January 29,2014, the Brazilian version was launched as Brasil Post, in partnership with Abril Group, the first in Latin America. In September 2014, Huffington Post announced they will launch in Greece and introduce HuffPost Arabi, on August 18,2015, HuffPost Australia was launched. The Huffington Post planned to launch a Chinese version in 2015, due to strict media controls, the content of Chinese version would not include serious news report, only entertainment and lifestyle.
In 2011, after its purchase by AOL, The Huffington Post subsumed many of AOLs Voices properties, the Voices brand was expanded in September 2011 with the launch of Gay Voices, a vertical dedicated to LGBT-relevant articles
Alison Jane Hargreaves was a British mountain climber. Her accomplishments included scaling Mount Everest alone, without oxygen or support from a Sherpa team. She soloed all the north faces of the Alps in a single season—a first for any climber. This feat included climbing the north face of the Eiger in the Alps. Hargreaves climbed 6, 812-metre Ama Dablam in Nepal, in 1995, Hargreaves intended to climb the three highest mountains in the world—Mount Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga—unaided. On 13 May 1995, she reached the summit of Everest without the aid of Sherpas or bottled oxygen, on August 13, she was killed while descending from the summit of K2. K2 is regarded as a more difficult and dangerous climb than Mt Everest. At 6, 45pm, in conditions and Spaniard Javier Olivar reached the summit, followed by American Rob Slater, Spaniards Javier Escartín and Lorenzo Ortíz. All six died in a violent storm while returning from the summit, canadian Jeff Lakes, who had turned back below the summit earlier, managed to reach one of the lower camps but died from the effects of exposure.
The next day, two Spanish climbers, Pepe Garces and Lorenzo Ortas, who had survived the storm at Camp 4, were descending the mountain suffering from frostbite, before reaching Camp 3 they found a bloodstained anorak, a climbing boot, and a harness. They recognized the equipment as belonging to Hargreaves, from Camp 3 they could see a body in the distance. They did not approach the body, so it was not positively identified, see 1995 K2 disaster Hargreaves grew up in Belper and attended Belper High School. Hargreaves was married to James Ballard and she was pregnant with her first child, when she climbed the Eiger north face. Tom Ballard became the first person to climb all of the six great north faces of the Alps in a single winter. List of deaths on K2 British Woman Conquers Everest, peter H. Hansen, ‘Hargreaves, Alison Jane ’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004, online edn, May 2006 Hargreaves, Alison. A Hard Days Summer, Six Classic North Faces Solo, ISBN 0-340-60602-9 Jordan, Jennifer Savage Summit, The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, The Worlds Most Feared Mountain.
Inside Story - Alisons Last Mountain, regions of the Heart, The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves. Alison Hargreaves, The Big Six alpinejournal. org. uk
Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 684,451 residents as of 2015, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013, it was the major city in the United States. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 100 miles south of the Canada–United States border, a major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015. The Seattle area was inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers. Arthur A. Denny and his group of travelers, subsequently known as the Denny Party, arrived from Illinois via Portland, the settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named Seattle in 1852, after Chief Siahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. Logging was Seattles first major industry, but by the late-19th century, growth after World War II was partially due to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing.
The Seattle area developed as a technology center beginning in the 1980s, in 1994, Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle. The stream of new software and Internet companies led to an economic revival, Seattle has a noteworthy musical history. From 1918 to 1951, nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs existed along Jackson Street, from the current Chinatown/International District, to the Central District, the jazz scene developed the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, and others. Seattle is the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix and the alternative rock subgenre grunge, archaeological excavations suggest that Native Americans have inhabited the Seattle area for at least 4,000 years. By the time the first European settlers arrived, the people occupied at least seventeen villages in the areas around Elliott Bay, the first European to visit the Seattle area was George Vancouver, in May 1792 during his 1791–95 expedition to chart the Pacific Northwest. In 1851, a party led by Luther Collins made a location on land at the mouth of the Duwamish River.
Thirteen days later, members of the Collins Party on the way to their claim passed three scouts of the Denny Party, members of the Denny Party claimed land on Alki Point on September 28,1851. The rest of the Denny Party set sail from Portland, after a difficult winter, most of the Denny Party relocated across Elliott Bay and claimed land a second time at the site of present-day Pioneer Square, naming this new settlement Duwamps. For the next few years, New York Alki and Duwamps competed for dominance, david Swinson Doc Maynard, one of the founders of Duwamps, was the primary advocate to name the settlement after Chief Sealth of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The name Seattle appears on official Washington Territory papers dated May 23,1853, in 1855, nominal land settlements were established. On January 14,1865, the Legislature of Territorial Washington incorporated the Town of Seattle with a board of managing the city
National Geographic Adventure (magazine)
National Geographic Adventure was a magazine started in 1999 by the National Geographic Society in the United States. The first issue was published in Spring 1999, regular publication of the magazine ended in December 2009, and the name was reused for a biannual newsstand publication. The last issue was December 2009/January 2010, the magazine covered adventure travel, environmental issues, natural science, and other topics related to the outdoors. Next Weekend, that featured good weekend trips from all across the U. S, where Next, that featured vacation destinations across the world Annually, a slate of adventurers were named National Geographic Adventure Adventurer of the Year, in a variety of categories. For example, the December 2008/January 2009 issue named Fourteen people who dreamed big, pushed their limits, john Rasmus served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine from its inception to its closure
Central Asia Institute
Central Asia Institute is an international non-profit organization, co-founded by Greg Mortenson and Jean Hoerni in 1996. The organization collaborates with communities to build schools in Pakistan, Pennies for Peace is an affiliated organization that partners with schools and clubs in the United States and around the world to raise pennies for CAIs educational efforts. CAI was registered as a 501 non-profit organization in 1996, Greg Mortenson, co-founder of CAI, began his work in Pakistan in 1993. The organization was established with funds from co-founder Jean Hoerni, a Swiss physicist, Mortensons first visit to Pakistan was during his expedition to climb K2, the worlds second-highest mountain. It was on this expedition that Mortenson met the Balti people, for three years, from 1993-1996, Mortenson spent long periods of time in the Karakoram Mountain villages of Pakistan. His first project was a bridge over the Braldu River, which enabled the community and him to transport building materials to Korphe village, Hoerni provided funding for these first two projects and subsequently established Central Asia Institute as a non-profit organization in the United States in 1996.
Mortenson was appointed as its director, Hoerni died a year from leukemia. CAIs first Board of Directors decided to focus the efforts in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan in order to establish relationships to further community-based projects in the area. By the late 1990s, CAI had begun to expand into other areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. By 2008, CAI had set up 55 schools in Pakistan, of those 63 schools,43 were schools for girls. In 2011, the organization working in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. CAI completed projects in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan in the 1990s. CAI has several types of programs that help the organization carry out its mission to promote peace through education, since 1996, CAIs programs have supported more than 300 community-initiated educational projects. This often includes ongoing support for uniforms, school equipment, each of these projects includes local people. Scholarships, CAI provides scholarships for advanced education, teacher support, CAI funds teacher training in some areas. CAI pays teachers salaries when support is not provided by the government, public health, CAI provides funds for maternal healthcare and hygiene awareness, disaster relief projects, and the installation of clean water systems.
These efforts have included education for the victims of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, the quake killed 74,000 people, including 18,000 students, and displaced 2.8 million people. CAI has rebuilt or re-established 16 schools destroyed in the earthquake, women’s literacy & vocational centers, CAI supports literacy centers, where women of all ages get free lessons in reading and math, bringing them to about a 4th grade level of education
Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most-populous continent. At about 30.3 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earths total surface area and 20.4 % of its land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the human population. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos and it contains 54 fully recognized sovereign states, nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. Africas population is the youngest amongst all the continents, the age in 2012 was 19.7. Algeria is Africas largest country by area, and Nigeria by population, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens found in Ethiopia being dated to circa 200,000 years ago. Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas, it is the continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones. Africa hosts a diversity of ethnicities and languages. In the late 19th century European countries colonized most of Africa, Africa varies greatly with regard to environments, historical ties and government systems.
However, most present states in Africa originate from a process of decolonization in the 20th century, afri was a Latin name used to refer to the inhabitants of Africa, which in its widest sense referred to all lands south of the Mediterranean. This name seems to have referred to a native Libyan tribe. The name is connected with Hebrew or Phoenician ʿafar dust. The same word may be found in the name of the Banu Ifran from Algeria and Tripolitania, under Roman rule, Carthage became the capital of the province of Africa Proconsularis, which included the coastal part of modern Libya. The Latin suffix -ica can sometimes be used to denote a land, the Muslim kingdom of Ifriqiya, modern-day Tunisia, preserved a form of the name. According to the Romans, Africa lay to the west of Egypt, while Asia was used to refer to Anatolia, as Europeans came to understand the real extent of the continent, the idea of Africa expanded with their knowledge. 25,4, whose descendants, he claimed, had invaded Libya, isidore of Seville in Etymologiae XIV.5.2.
Suggests Africa comes from the Latin aprica, meaning sunny, massey, in 1881, stated that Africa is derived from the Egyptian af-rui-ka, meaning to turn toward the opening of the Ka. The Ka is the double of every person and the opening of the Ka refers to a womb or birthplace