Friday, January 31, 2014

SIX THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT KILIMANJARO

Six things you didn’t know about Kilimanjaro - By Mark Whitman


Many people know that Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the seven summits. But what about some of the more obscure Kilimanjaro facts?

In this article, Mark Whitman from the Climb Kilimanjaro Guide, uncovers six things you might not know about Mount Kilimanjaro and in doing so hopefully inspires you to make it a challenge for your next adventure

No 1. Highest freestanding mountain in the world
Standing at 5,895 metres (19,341 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro, is by no way as high as some of the 8,000 metre behemoths in the Himalayas. However, unlike its larger cousins in Asia, Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. By free standing I mean it stands alone and is not part of a mountain range. Typically these types of mountains are volcanoes, which brings me onto my second point

No 2. Volcanoes and Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is in fact a dormant volcano comprised of three volcanic cones or vents – Shira (the oldest), Kibo (the youngest) and Mawenzi. Kibo is classified as dormant but not extinct. The last major eruption from Kibo occurred 360,000 years ago. The most recent volcanic activity happened 200 years ago and resulted in today’s ash pit, which is visible from Uhuru Peak – the summit of Kilimanjaro

No 3. Climate change
At one stage the whole mountain summit was covered by an ice cap, probably more than 100 meters deep. Since 1912 Kilimanjaro has lost 82% of its ice cap and since 1962 it has lost 55% of its remaining glaciers. If the present rate of recession continues the majority of the glaciers on Kilimanjaro could vanish altogether

No 4. Number of climber and summits
As many as 35,000 people travel to Mount Kilimanjaro every years with at least 25,000 taking on the challenge of climbing the mountain. Success rates are however, relatively low. Only 45% of all climbers on all routes on average reach Uhuru Peak. But don’t let low success rates deter you; even 85 year olds can climb the Roof of Africa!

No 5. Oldest people to climb the mountain
The oldest people to reach Uhuru Peak are Canadian-Swiss couple, Martin and Esther Kafer, who stood atop Kilimanjaro in September 2012 aged 85 and 84 respectively. Esther overtook previous record holder Bernice Buum who reached the summit aged 83 in September 2010, and Martin’s achievement narrowly pipped Richard Byerley who managed to climb the Roof of Africa in October 2011 at the age of 84 years and 71 days. However, if you think that is impressive then prepare yourself for the next fact

No 6. Fastest ascent
For most normal human beings, climbing Kilimanjaro and reaching the summit in 4-5 days is a gruelling feat. However there are some people who have extra special powers. For Kilian Jornet, Kilimanjaro proved to be a walk in the park (excuse the pun). In September 2010, the Spanish mountain runner reached the summit in the record time of 5 hours, 23 minutes and 50 seconds - beating the previous record held by Kazak mountain runner, Andrew Puchinin, by one minute. He then ran down the mountain to base camp reaching it in a total time (up and down the mountain) of 6 hours 29 minutes!


So, do you think you have it in you to conquer the highest free-standing volcanic mountain in the world? And if so, will you get there in time before the glaciers that cap it completely retreat? Success or failure is real concern on Kili, but take inspiration from Martin, Esther and Kilian, and who knows this just might be you!


Mark Whitman runs the Climb Kilimanjaro Guide, a leading website that helps prospective climbers prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro.


Feel free to ask him anything in the comments below.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

VIDEO: HSA CHALLENGE 2014

HSA Challenge 2014...

It's time for the HSA Challenge 2014!

We introduced this concept in 2013 here on our blog with less success than we'd anticipated. But like all adventurers, we don't give up so easily

It's a new year and time to renew the challenge.

What is the HSA Challenge you ask? Well, simply put, we challenge you, our readers and fans, to add some adventure to your lives and document it for the world to see. Here is the concept...


Pick at least one day each week to do something adventurous
Document the adventure with photos or video
Share the adventure with us on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Humanspiritofadventure)
And (most important of all)... HAVE FUN
That all there is to it...

Pics do not have to be professional quality... they can be shot with a cell phone in the crappiest conditions. Vids don't have to be professionally shot or edited... this is NOT an editing contest.

This is about human beings breaking away from self-imposed bondage and servitude by injecting fun and adventure into their lives. It's about rekindling that spark down deep within all of us. It's about showing the world that the human spirit is still alive.


VIDEO: LIVN 3 - WINGSUIT FLYING WITH DBC

Wingsuit Flying With The Dallas BASE Crew - Livn 3...

There is lots going on in the Skydiving world these days... particularly in Wingsuit Piloting. We have been posting a lot of videos recently and we have another for you here today.

This video, Livn 3, shows some sick Wingsuit proximity flying and tracking in Switzerland with Wingsuit BASE jumping team, Dallas BASE Crew, featuring Brad Perkins, Charity Kelly, Eugene (Feedus) Edwards and Luke Hively. 

Check it out... Very SICK!!!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

VIDEO: THE NORTH FACE - THE EXPLORER

The North Face- The Explorer... narrated by Dr. Buzz Aldrin

As adventurers, we all dream of exploring the unknown... or at least challenging ourselves to do the hard stuff. We long to test ourselves in adverse conditions, doing the improbable just for the sake of doing it. Exploration has always been at the center of the human spirit.

The North Face has put out a little video, narrated by Space Hero Dr. Buzz Aldrin that sums up what exploration is all about. Check it out, then get out there!


VIDEO: FLYING DAGGER WRIST CAM FOOTAGE

Raw POV Footage of Jeb Corliss Flying Dagger Stunt...

In September, we (as well as a thousand other media outlets) reported on wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss, the 37 year old adventurer as he flew through the crack in Langshan Mountain, in Zhejiang Province, China, to complete the "flying dagger" jump.

If you have ever wondered what that might have looked like through Jeb's eyes, you can check out the raw footage video from his wrist cam below...

The fissure is only about 25 feet across between a 900-foot-tall column of rock. After the jump, Corliss stated, "This is the greatest thing I've ever done up to this point. I am just so, so happy that we were able to do it,"

Check out the video... you can hear the roar as Jeb cuts through the wind, hear the solitude as his chute opens, and hear the elation as he makes his landing. This is great stuff!





Friday, January 17, 2014

TIPS AND TRICKS: HOW TO MAKE A SURVIVAL BRACELET

How To Make A Survival Bracelet...

We've all seen them. Those survival bracelets made from 550 parachute cord. Bear Grylls (as far as I can tell) brought on their popularity among adventurers and it has since become a fashion statement.

I wear one everyday.

I have heard a lot of fellow adventurers say that it's a waste, there's not enough cord there to matter, and various other negative statements about them. I have no idea why some people think that way. In a real survival situation, any resource is a good resource. Why wouldn't you want one?

Eight ot ten feet of 550 cord can serve plenty of purposes when the chips are down. You can use them to help lash a shelter, mark a trail, or hang your food. You can use the strands inside for fishing line, sewing thread, snares, and even dental floss.

In my mind, even if it's trendy, you shouldn't leave home without one. I subscribe to the old survivalists theory of "It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it".

So that poses the next two questions... "How do I make one?" and "Why make one when they are so cheap to buy?"

Let me answer these in reverse order. As to why you would want to make one... you might use the one you wear while you are on the trail and need to make another when you get back to base camp and your big roll of 550 cord.
As to how to make one... well Heritage Pride Firearms made a very detailed video on the subject... check it out below. Then make one for yourself...


CONCEPT: TRITON REBREATHER OXYGEN MASK

Triton Oxygen Rebreather: Will It Work?

For SCUBA divers, this could be a dream come true (if it ever actually comes true). 
Straight out of a science fiction film, or perhaps a James Bond film, a South Korean designer claims to have invented an oxygen mask which can draw air from water as you swim, eliminating the need for air tanks and bulky SCUBA equipment.

The Triton acts like a fish gill to extract oxygen from water so that the user can keep breathing while under the sea. Designer Jeabyun Yeon, who came up with the concept, believes it will change the way people approach water. This concept relies on some future technologies that have not yet been invented, such as a micro-battery and a few other things.

The regulator comprises a plastic mouthpiece that requires you to simply bite down. There are two arms that branch out to the sides of the scuba mask that have been developed to function like the efficient gills of a marine creature. The scaly texture conceals small holes in the material where water is sucked into Jeabyun Yeon's Triton. Chambers inside separate the oxygen and release the liquid so that you can breath comfortably in the ocean.

The design has its nay-sayers though. Dr. Alistair Dove, Director of Research and Conservation at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, wrote a piece for Deepseanews.com where he breaks down the physics of breathing.

The Triton is a very cool concept that has been on the minds of divers for generations. Considering I have extremely limited knowledge of SCUBA diving, I have no experience in which to form an opinion. However, all scientific discoveries and inventions were once thought to be impossible.

Will it work? Leave us a comment to tell us what you think.



 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

VIDEO: FIRST ASCENT SPORT CLIMBING

First ascent sport climbing in South Africa w/ Sasha DiGiulian by Red Bull...

If you are into climbing, then look no further than this Red Bull video of accomplished young climber Sasha DiGiulian as she travels to South Africa and completes a first ascent in Waterval Boven.

Very cool video!!