Think of it. You're a westerner. In a foreign land. Going to remote places, where things are put remotely for a reason. Like a missile silo. Or a WMD. Or Saddam's jacuzzi. Ned Gillette was killed in Pakistan for probably much the same reason, but to a trigger happy 'government,' an explorer is another name for a double O.
British adventurer Jason Lewis, who is nearing completion of
40,000-mile round-the-world journey, nearly had his trip cut short
after officials in Egypt mistook him for a spy.
Lewis was apprehended while kayaking on Nasser Lake, near the
militarized border with Syria, by local fishermen who promptly turned
him over to military officials.
He had been waiting weeks in Sudan for an Egyptian visa to travel
into the country, but when his Sudanese visa expired and he found
himself in Sudan illegally, he decided to 'give it a go regardless,' he
told BBC News.
After being 'overpowered' by the fisherman, Lewis was taken to a
detention center and interrogated by army intelligence, who asked him
to explain all the satellite communications he was carrying.
I'd imagine he'd have some pr/press/media junket following him, but I guess not. Kinda hard to renew that Sudanese visa in the midst of walking 40k miles, but c'mon now Jason, attention to detail.
Most children dream of becoming a firefighter or an astronaut. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up and become a messianic cult leader. Not so much for ideological reasons, but for the perks of the job. Multiple wives. Money. Power. And most important of all, the privilege and fun of putting together the signs of the apocalypse. Believe me, my signs would have been revolutionary and talked about for years within messianic circles. In fact, quite a few have started to happen. George Bush wearing crocs was definitely one of them. But animals fighting back against global extinction was definitely top 5 after a plague of locust (I know it's cliche, but sometimes you have to go with the tried and true) and rivers running red with blood. If you'll remember the NY Times article we blogged about a few months back, scientists are actually documenting animals slowly turning against the perpetrators of their extinction:
It has long been apparent that every large, land-based animal on this
planet is ultimately fighting a losing battle with humankind. And yet
entirely befitting of an animal with such a highly developed
sensibility, a deep-rooted sense of family and, yes, such a good
long-term memory, the elephant is not going out quietly.
It's a week of bear attacks. If this story is to be believed, this guy was out camping in Georgia with his kids, when a black bear went for his six-year-old boy. The ex-marine evidently picked up a log and threw it at the bear's, killing it. We're approaching all stories from the south with some skepticism after the hogzilla story. But note to bears reading this blog, avoid ex-marines in the future. Contrary to eBomb's post the other day, they do have some practical experience that may result in your utimely exit from the woods. Via WSBRadio.com.
Just thinking out loud after the latest death on half dome.
The park service says they have no plans to change anything or add any
new safety measures:
The death of a 37-year-old Sunnyvale man who slipped and fell while climbing Half Dome on Saturday was an unusual hiking accident and Yosemite National Park officials said they do not see the need to implement new safety measures.
What They're Really Saying:"The guy that died was a klutz, plus he was a Japanese national so we're not really worried about being sued. If this was an American and we were in danger of being sued, you can bet we'd be singing a different tune." This death is the 3rd in less than a
year, though the two other deaths happened when the cables were down. If you've ever climbed Half Dome you know the last part of the hike is a bit sketchy. You basically haul yourself up by pulling on a steel cable. It's suprising so few people have actually been killed. But as I wrote, if a white guy from Chicago takes a header off the dome any time soon, you'll be seeing some safety measures being instituted right quick. Just saying.
Sad news out of Utah. Evidently an 11 year old camping in Uinta National Forest with his family was ripped out of his tent by a black bear and killed. The boy's body was found about 400 feet from the campsite. Very tragic. Via KSL.com.