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Dispatches : Feb 2011

Skiing Big Waves, Chuck Patterson at Jaws

Watermen continue to flock to Jaws to push the limits of surfing. A few weeks ago, we posted a video of Mark Visser catching a 30-footer at night. Now, Salomon Freeski TV has put out this short of Chuck Patterson towing into Jaws on skis.

"I don't want this to be looked at as a circus act, because ever since I started I was hooked like a little kid," says Patterson. "Just like I was when I started snowskiing—so there's something like that that keeps me going."

Hat tip to the Adventure Journal

--Joe Spring
@joespring 

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Atacama Extreme: 120 Degrees Fahrenheit

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Ray Zahab runs into ground that's been heavily mined and must weave his way around overturned earth as temperature rise. 

--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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Contador Argues for Innocence

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Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador presented evidence on Monday to the Spanish cycling federation that he believes will absolve him of doping allegations, according to VeloNews.com. Contador is challenging a one-year suspension from racing due to traces of the drug clenbuterol found in his urine during last summer's Tour de France.

If Contador fails to present evidence supporting his claim that he inadvertently consumed clenbuterol in beef, he will not only be prohibited from racing for a year, he will lose his 2010 Tour de France title. American Floyd Landis, who lost his title in 2006, is the only other Tour winner to be stripped of the championship because of doping.

Should the Spanish cycling federation not agree with Contador, he can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration of Sport. 

Read more about Contador in the following posts about the investigation, the loss of his 2010 title, and his insistence of innocence.

--Will Grant

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First Russia-Canada Expedition Via North Pole

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Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Russian explorers and scientists are prepping to begin the first crossing from Russia to Canada by way of the North Pole, Reuters reports.

The expedition kicks off from Russia's Arctic shores on February 17, commencing a 5,000-mile journey across the shifting ice floes and frigid temperatures of the North Pole, reaching northern Canada by May and finishing the four-month journey in late June. The team will travel in a specialized vehicle equipped with overinflated tires to tackle snowdrifts and fracturing summer ice.

The eight explorers, including two Russian-born Canadian citizens, will observe polar bear populations and note signs of climate change along the way, but also hope to execute some of the first tests of Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation technology, which Russia hopes will rival the dominant U.S. GPS technology.

There is some concern that Russia, whose Siberian oil fields may be declining, also hopes to weight its stake on the untapped petroleum of the Arctic seabed.

--Nick Davidson

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