Norske polfarere - en stor svindel hele greia !
Ganske utrolig hvordan nordmenn år etter år har dyrket våre såkalte polfarere som helter - når bragdene deres knapt nok når internasjonale eventyrere til skolissehøyde en gang. Å gå til en nordpol sluttet å imponere verden for ca 90 år siden - likevel ender Ousland og Kagge opp som helter og millionærer i dette nisselandet ved å dra en pulk over flatt terreng ett par måneder i strekk.
Under følger en moderne eventyrbragd av langt større dimensjoner (klatreren i artikkelen døde forøvrig for et par måneder siden i 7000 meters høyde, omgitt av 3000 fot høye stup på alle kanter, uten oksygenflasker, i 30 minus-grader, midtvinters, og vind på 40-50 km/t - han skulle bestige verdens 10. høyeste fjell solo):
"In 1992, one of France's top mountaineers, Pierre Beghin, asked Lafaille if he would like to go to the Himalayas to attempt a complicated and extremely challenging new route on Annapurna, one of the 14 peaks in the world that are more than 8,000 metres (26,000ft) high. He was 27 years old and could only accept.
The trip went horribly wrong. After several days of climbing, high on a huge, exposed face of Annapurna, a mountain almost double the height of Mont Blanc, a storm erupted and the two men decided to descend. To climb down a vertical wall of complex terrain the size of Annapurna is as dangerous as climbing up, if not worse. The two men began to abseil, fixing their 150ft-long rope to spikes of rock or lumps of ice, then sliding down it, before pulling the rope down and using it again to descend a little further. Occasionally, when nothing else was available, they used metal pegs or a piece of equipment known as a 'friend', which expands and takes a hold in cracks when weighted, to fix the rope to the mountain face. But such devices are not foolproof. Beghin fixed a 'friend' and had just began to abseil when the artificial anchor popped out. Lafaille was watching his far more experienced rope mate from above, and looking straight into his face, when the rope slipped and Beghin fell backwards into space. Any fall at that altitude is usually fatal. Beghin, carrying the bulk of the two men's equipment, dropped the entire length of the face.
Lafaille was left alone, with no food, no water and almost no equipment, and with an arm broken by rock fall. It took him five days to climb down the vertical mile or more of rock and ice to base camp. Lafaille later described looking out from the wall as he descended and seeing the lights of the trekking lodges in the valley below, a world of security and comfort and human warmth that seemed impossibly distant. Pictures taken of the young mountaineer after the ordeal show him almost destroyed, a terrible hunted look in his hollowed eyes. Yet he did not give up climbing."