It is seldom necessary to ask mountaineers why they choose to take on the great peaks. Asked why he wanted to scale Everest, legendary British climber George Mallory reportedly replied “because it’s there”, which seemed all the explanation required. Climbing retains its allure of challenge and endurance but those of us at ground level are these days much closer to the experience. When a team led by Ramon Portilla decided to attempt Laila Peak, one of the centrepieces of the [...]
One Million Maskers The fires and resulting region-wide haze are an annual dry-season problem, but experts warn the current outbreak is on track to become the worst ever, exacerbated by tinder-dry conditions from the El Nino weather phenomenon. We are now facing smoke disaster with 308 hot spots in Sumatra, according to Badan Meteorologi Klimatologi dan Geofisika (Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Council). As a step to anticipate the life-threatening disaster, the governor of Central Kalimantan has declared an emergency status to its [...]
DUBAI, UAE, July 22, 2015 – The toughest race in the world, the Red Bull X-Alps, where athletes are pushed to the limit during 14 days of paragliding, hiking and running, has been won for the fourth time by Christian Maurer of Switzerland. The intense challenge, in which athletes hike 2,000 meters up a mountain and paraglide for several hours a day as they race from East to West of the Alps, tests fitness, endurance and discipline skills to the [...]
At the top of Mt Elbrus (Elbrus 5642 m), the highest point in Europe. Alexander Tsirenschikov uses his Thuraya XT satellite phone to make calls. Thuraya provides superior communication services in areas beyond the coverage of terrestrial systems and cellular networks. Aleksey Yakovlev loves to use Thuraya satellite phones at high altitudes. Why? Because, Thuraya extends his reach by providing him reliable communication links.