Brad Van Liew
Blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer heads to Irian Jaya this month to touch the top of 16,023-foot Carstensz Pyramidthe highest mountain in Oceaniacompleting his bid to become the first blind person to climb the Seven Summits.
OLDER THAN ROCK
Who says adventure sports are a recent trend? On September 28, the American Alpine Club, which has backed expeditions by Nick Clinch, Brent Bishop, and Willi Unsoeld over the past century, brings former and future climbing greats together for a centennial celebration in Golden, Colorado.
RULING BODY SLAM
Britain's House of Lords recently ruled that the World Wrestling Federation, home to meaty superstars like The Rock and Undertaker, must retire the use of the initials WWF, after a court challenge filed by the other WWF, the World Wildlife Federation. Our solution: a cage match at the London Zoo.
What would Mother Earth do without Hollywood? Fearing a low turnout at the Johannesburg Summit 2002, this month's follow-up to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, actors Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Bacon, and Patrick Stewart set up a press conference to convince world leaders to take a place at the table. If only Captain Picard would tackle the Middle East....
COMING SOON: PENDING TRIPS, PROJECTS, AND CAUSES
BRAD VAN LIEW
Top U.S. single-handed, round-the-world sailor
"On September 15, I'll start the Around Alone, a 28,000-mile, eight-month single-handed sailing race around the world. Once you're out there, it's all about the raw challenge of survival. And when it's over? An ice-cold beer and a burger."