A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz
Polar road trip, check! Two young Brits docked in Sydney after a 26,000 miles sled, sail, and cycle from the geomagnetic North Pole to the magnetic South Pole. The 395-day journey was chock full of drama--a fall through the ice, king-sized storms, and a capsized boat--all shared via video on their very nifty website.
Six lost climbers, rescued from New Zealand’s Mount Cook, also had an Australian homecoming. Finally, some good news after the K2 disaster.
Italy is home for the TransRockies challenge winners, Marzio Deho and Johnny Cattaneo, who biked 600 kilometers and 12,000 vertical meters, beating out the next duo by an impressive 25 minutes.
Cracking hot rocks may be the new energy solution--at least now that it’s got a $10.25 million pick-me-up courtesy of Google. The technology, Enhanced Geothermal Systems, can tap into potential all over the US, while traditional geothermal requires naturally occurring pockets or hot air or water. And Connecticut has come up with its own alternative energy coupon: Free solar panel installation.
But who need alternative energy when you have really, really fast legs? Yep, Usain Bolt runs just about as fast (23 mph) as that snazzy electric car. Even if he doesn’t stand a chance against newer models or the 200 mph English bio-ethanol racer debuting this week, it seems he can still give fuel a literal run for the money.