The New York Times in reviewing Jennifer Jordan’s book about the first five women who climbed K2 (and had unhappy ends) notes the women also had unhappy lifes. The book is entitled “Savage Summit : The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World’s Most Feared Mountain.” For instance there’s Wanda Rutkiewicz who climbed 8 of the world’s 14 peak over 8,00 meters. She had three husbands, few friends and fellow climbers stole her sleeping bag on Everest and her fellow male climbers claimed she never summited Annapurna until she produced the pictures to prove it. Chantal Mauduit was derided for using sherpas –which most climbers use. There was Alison Hargreaves who is believed to have perished on K2 as an attempt to safe her flagging fortunes. There other woman are Julie Tullis and Liliane Barrard .
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Mumbai News reports that an Indian couple plans to get married suspended by ropes between mountains 2,000 feet off the ground. Harnessed to a rope, the groom (Ashriwad Ayre) will move towards the centre of the gap from Duke’s Nose while his bride will (Bharti Patil)come from Duchess Peak. A Hindu priest, suspended from another rope, will conduct the 45-minute ceremony in Lonavala. This site has info on Duke’s Nose This place is named after Duke Wellington whose pointed nose this cliff resembles. It also looks like a hood of a snake, which is why it is also called as “Nagfani” (Hood of Snake). This point can be approach from INS Shivaji and Kurwande Village. Watching the nature’s beauty here is an unforgettable experience. There’s a lot of beautiful pix available via google search.
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The Scotsman reports that a Chinese women’s mountaineering expedition are going to remeasure Everest to determine if it is shrinking or growing. In 1975 the Chinese concluded it was 8,848.50 metres (29,029.35 feet) high. In 1999, a U.S. team with GPS measured it higher at 8,850 metres. Some climbers have reported receding snowlines. However scientists note that Everest’s natural state is for it to be pushed up. It would take major rockfalls for Everest to decrease in height. The Himalayas are uplifting at a rate of about one centimetre a year due to the collision of the Indian continental plate with the Asian plate. The Chinese call the peak Chomolungma, meaning mother goddess of the earth.
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Snopes has deamed that two sets of tsunami photos circulating on the net are Urban Legends.
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The Taipei Times reports Frenchman Alain “Spiderman” Robert plans to climb the world’s tallest building, the 508m-high Taipei 101 before the skyscraper’s official opening on Dec. 31. The building’s management extended the offer to him to climb it. Taipei 101 also holds the record for the highest occupied floor (at 438m) and the highest roof (448m) — taking three of the council’s four official height categories. Robert, 42, will climb Taipei 101 up to its spire, equipped only with a safety belt of the type used by high-rise window washers.
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