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As her expedition start, mountaineer Christine Burke updates us on preparations to become the first New Zealand woman to reach the summit of both the Gasherbrum 1 (G1) and the Gasherbrum 2 (G2) mountains on the Pakistan-China border, without using bottled oxygen.
Gradient and Water are gearing up for their return to Papa New Guinea.
“Well, we’re back in action and are heading back to Papua New Guinea! In 2011 Barny Young, Shannon Mast and Myself completed a highly successful expedition, bagging eight First Descents but leaving some unfinished business… the Grand Canyons of the Simbu. This river took us by surprise as we thought it had been previously been paddled by a raft in the early 90s but after reaching the first gorge below Banana Market we knew this wasn’t true. A boxed in canyon with a stacked series of Class V rapids.” more »
The boys have fallen short of their 21 Peaks in 21 Days, with Nathan falling ill. They have made the decision to end the expedition. Sport NZ supports the Watson’s decision to put safety first.
These circumstances have a funny way of motivating adventurers. We recall Sarah Wilson, from the Cook to Cook team, who was caught in an avalanche in 2011, but this year returned to complete her expedition. more »