It has been a wild week in adventure: Man has confronted nature with every type of result, but in the end, it was the women who stole the show.
—By Tetsuhiko Endo
Spring is always hectic in the Himalaya and 2010 has been no different. This week proved to be noteworthy for both its positives and negatives. As reported earlier, South Korean Oh Eun-Sun became the disputed queen of the the 14ers with her ascent of Annapurna. For more on the controversy, check out this insightful BBC article that breaks down the controversy surrounding her claim.
This morning, the New York Times reported that the coast guard is investigating reports that the first fingers of oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to tickle the beaches and estuaries of the Gulf Coast. With storms predicted for the weekend that will hamper cleanup efforts, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency and the federal government is turning its full attention to the problem. The spill was caused by an oil rig explosion last week that left 11 workers missing and presumed dead. The cause of the explosion remains unexplained. Every day it leaks another 200,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf, so let's hope the federal government has a few aces up its sleeve. (nytimes.com)
In cleaner seas, Abby Sunderland, the latest in a horde of youngsters to try to be the youngest sailor to solo circumnavigate the globe without stopping, has had to stop. See if you can keep up: Sunderland, 16, was attempting to break the record of English teen Mike Perham, 17, who had in turn broken the record that Abby's brother, Zac, also 17 but a few months older, set last year. Unfortunately, her autopilot started acting up, so she has had to set a course to get the boat repaired in Cape Town, South Africa. Far from calling it quits and trying to make it home in time for prom, Abby will keep sailing after her repairs, in hopes of compeleting her circumnavigation, record or no. (abbysunderland.com)
All eyes now turn to Australian Jessica Watson, also 16, who is now in the choppy waters surrounding Tasmania, the final leg of her solo, non-stop circumnavigation. She is predicted to claim a new world record any day now. (jessicawatson.com.au)