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Dispatches : Feb 2011

Atacama Extreme: A Look at Camp

After a long day of running, Ray Zahab takes you for a tour of his camp.

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--Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a day for 16 days across one of the driest places on earth, the Atacama Desert. For more on their journey, check out atacamaextreme.com.

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Nat Geo's 2011 Adventurer of the Year

National Geographic announced on Wednesday that 37-year-old Spanish mountaineer Edurne Pasaban has been named the People's Choice 2011 Adventurer of the Year.

In May 2010 Pasaban finished her quest to climb the world's 14 highest mountains, also known as the 8,000-meter peaks, which earned her a spot as one of National Geographic's ten Adventureres of the Year. Readers then voted on who of the ten best embodied the spirit of adventure.

"If people decided that I am the Adventurer of the Year, I am very happy, you know it,” Pasaban said. "In my life, I never thought I would climb the 8,000-meter peaks. And I never thought I would be the Adventurer of the Year. It's a nice present, and I would like to tell everybody thank you very much."

Whether Pasaban was the first woman to climb the 8,000-meter peaks has been disputed since last April, when Korean Oh Eun-Sun summited what she claimed to be her fourteenth peak, Annapurna. Pasaban has disputed the claim, calling into question Eun-Sun's 2009 summit of Kangchenjunga.

Regardless, Pasaban plans to return to Everest in April to attempt the summit again, this time without supplemental oxygen. If successful, she will have climbed all 14 of the 8,000-meter peaks without oxygen.

“For me, adventure is a way of life," says Pasaban. "I cannot image my life without adventure.”

-- Michael Webster

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Atacama Extreme: Mine Fields and a Ghost Rail

Ray Zahab gets a surprise visit from a Chilean running legend, while the crew explores the history of mine fields in the Atacama.

Atacama Extreme: The Mine Fields from Outside Magazine on Vimeo.

--Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a day for 16 days across one of the driest places on earth, the Atacama Desert. For more on their journey, check out atacamaextreme.com.

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Learn from a Pro: How to Clean Cams

Cam Cleaning, Steph Davis
Steph Davis just posted step-by-step instructions on how to clean cams on the Prana blog. Beginning climbers can easily follow this quick and simple post.

If you've been putting off cleaning, now's the time to grab a large can, cardboard, a stove, water, and Tri flow and take care of business.

--Joe Spring
@joespring

 

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Atacama Extreme: Running Into High Winds

Ray Zahab comes down off of an abandoned railway and into the open desert, where he must run into high winds.

Atacama Extreme: Running into High Winds from Outside Magazine on Vimeo.

--Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a day for 16 days across one of the driest places on earth, the Atacama Desert. For more on their journey, check out atacamaextreme.com.

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