Is Everest’s Climbing Season Finished?

WORLD The climbing season on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest may be over, according to those on the scene. On Friday, 16 Nepali mountaineers were killed in the the single deadliest accident on the mountain. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about Mount Everest and the dangers of avalanches. Discussion Ideas Watch our video, “Avalanches 101,” above. It describes two types … Continue reading Is Everest’s Climbing Season Finished?

#tbt: Experiencing the Thrill of Everest from the Safety of the Classroom

We’re kickin’ it old school to celebrate #tbt (throwback Thursday) and diggin’ into the blog archives to dig out this gem of a post in honor of Mt. Everest, whose summit was initially reached on May 29th, 1953, by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. We hope that you’ll forgive the fact that a better #tbt would have been if the 29th were today! To … Continue reading #tbt: Experiencing the Thrill of Everest from the Safety of the Classroom

Experiencing the Thrill of Everest from the Safety of the Classroom

Do you have what it takes to ascend the world’s loftiest summit? It’s daunting to imagine the equipment and support a team needs to undertake such a demanding feat of mountaineering, not to mention the mental resolve and perseverance to push through endless nights of bitter cold and wind. But that’s exactly what three members of the Montana State University community are experiencing in the 2012 Mount Everest Education Expedition, sponsored by National Geographic, the North Face, and other partners. Montana State University geologist David Lageson, MSU student Travis Corthouts, MSU alumnus Kris Erickson, and North Face global team athlete Conrad Anker are part of the expedition team. 
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Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Photo by Jodi Cobb.
Following their journey are more than 1000 students from across Montana who have gained access to a unique way of learning about the technical challenges of mountaineering.

“Not only are the students seeing exotic photos and reading updates on MSU’s expedition website, but they are using some of the same equipment in the classroom that the climbers are using on Mount Everest,” said Suzi Taylor, assistant director of outreach and communication at MSU’s Extended University.

“Hundreds of others are following the expedition’s dispatches, photos, and videos via Facebook.”

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Antarctica: “hot” tourist destination of 2010?

Yesterday, at a joint session of the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for tighter controls over tourism and other forms of pollution in Antarctica. Citing environmental and scientific research value, she urged greater global cooperation in preserving the continent.

Since 2000-01, visits to Antarctica have increased nearly four-fold,
with 46,000 visitors to the continent during the last tourist season.
The implications of this increase in tourism are, of course,
devastating to such a pristine ecosystem. And with the continued rise
in adventure tourism and nature-oriented travel, scientists and
preservationists are understandably concerned over the future of the
continent.

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A Jet Cruises over Antartica

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