Three athletes share the lead in the Whitewater Grand Prix with three races in the books. Last year's winner, Dane Jackson, Frenchman Eric Deguil, and Isaac Levinson of the United States have crowded their boats into the top spot with two races left to go. Levinson emerged victorious in the most recent event, a whitewater sprint on the Rio Nevados. Kayakers navigated down a long granite slide before dropping off a waterfall. Nouria Newmann of France took first for the women and holds the overall lead.
Watch a video of the sprint and view the top finishers below:
Roughly a week after injuring his ribs during a training run for the Whitewater Grand Prix, French kayaker Eric Deguil took first place in the competition's second event, a roughly one-mile sprint through the Class V whitewater of Chile's Rio Puesco. Deguil clocked the fastest time while paddling over a number of waterfalls, through tight slots, and around a series of jagged rocks the size of VW bugs, in an event athletes nicknamed the "Boulder Dash."
French athlete Nouria Newman clocked the fastest time for the women, beating seven men in the process. Mike Dawson of New Zealand, who won the first event,
dropped out of the
competition following an injury he suffered in training.
Watch highlights of the race in the top video, a rescue in the video immediately above, and a preview of the competition's third event in the final video. That giant slalom preview comes courtesy of whitewater kayaker Rush Sturges, who recorded a view from his helmet cam during a training run on Chile's Rio Trancura.
Over the last three decades, most of the chases involving Sea
ShepherdCaptain Paul Watson have occurred on the high seas. He’s
usually the one in pursuit, chasing down and engaging in steel on steel skirmishes with
whalers and shark fishermen, attempting to stop them from harpooning and
finning. This past May, though, Watson was pursued, and caught, in a political and
criminal net of sorts. While on a flight changeover in Frankfurt, Germany, authorities arrested him for what he says was a
decade-old offense involving a Costa Rican fishing boat operating off the coast
of Guatamala. We’ll let him
tell that story below.
He can because he’s free, taking calls from aboard his
ship the Steve Irwin. Roughly a year
after it was reported that Sea Shepherd caused the Institute of Cetacean
Research—the Japanese group that hunts whales—more than $20 million in losses,
Watson is leading Sea Shepherd’s biggest arsenal into the Southern Ocean. At
his disposal are four ships, aerial drones, numerous speed boats, a
helicopter, and more than 100 crew members. His goal in 2012 is to try and stop Japan from getting a single
whale. We called him up as he captains his vessel south, toward drama that’s a
bit more familiar.
On Thursday, climbing blogger Alan Arnette posted a new analysis of the dead on Mount Everest. "Around 225 climbers have died on Everest since 1953 with about 3,700
individuals standing on the summit," he wrote. "The vast majority of the dead are
Arnette compiled his report in response to an article that he called sensational. He wanted to gather facts and take a deeper look at the reasons why bodies remained on the mountain. His analysis includes a simple chart showing the locations and causes of deaths from 2001 to 2012. He noted 39 deaths on the North Ridge route, 25 on the South Col route, and six deaths on other routes. "That the north side death rate is higher is not a big surprise," wrote Arnette. "The
north is traditionally considered slightly more dangerous given the
exposure to cold and harsh winds plus the technical nature of the Steps
and exposed rock on the summit ridge."
The more common causes of death include falls and altitude sicknesses. Those who perish on the mountain remain primarily for logistical reasons.
As to the question of why bodies remain on Everest, it is a matter of
logistical difficulty and further risk. It can take five or even 10 or
more very strong, acclimatized Sherpas to move a body lower from the
extreme altitudes above 8,000 meters. The work is slow and dangerous
exposing the rescuers to altitude, weather, and potential falls. And it
is expensive, costing over USD $30,000 for a full repatriation. If several
years have passed, the body has most likely frozen into the landscape
preventing any form of recovery.