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Old 08 June 2003, 18:37   #1
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Arctic crossing in an open rib.

They have gotta lotta bottle.


Good luck to him and all the crew there off soon.

http://www.arctic2003.com/
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Old 08 June 2003, 18:48   #2
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When are they off?

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Old 08 June 2003, 18:51   #3
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I couldn't find any dates on the web site. Are you in touch with the team?

If so, could you ask Bear why his web site says he is "the youngest British climber ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest" when he's not?

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JK I shall ask the question when they are back safe, but I doubt at this moment they will think it is important,as I am sure they have other priorities to deal with.

If thats ok with you?

I have supported them from the start as others have and wish them all well as they have real guts,and there are no guarantees.

So I wish them all well.

I have always tried to support all, who are prepared to go where few men dare,and for a good cause.
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Atlantic RIB Crossing

Likewise, as someone who has been involved in one or two record attempts in the past, I have tremendous admiration for thse who go out and give it a go.

However I am disappointed when people make claims as to being the "First". As I mentioned in earlier posts, this route has already been done , non stop and single handed Canada to Ireland in a RIB 20 years ago by Enda O'Coineen in Kilcullen 2.

May be they should be going for the fastest trans atlantic crossing by RIB.

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I cant comment as to there record attempt PR/web site statments,as They may be the first to attempt to do it with no pants on for all I now?

I just wish them all well and safty, as the sea doesnt change or care who you are.


And its for a good cause ,

You can plan all you want and use the top teci gear, but if luck is against you its still a risk.
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Stuart. Been there, done that,

We are the "Official World Record Holders" For the Trans Atlantic World Record (New York - UK).

I have to say that we are not happy with Bears claims that he is going to be the first and that we had to be rescued by an ice breaker. It is a clear case of he has a very high opinion of himself and has very little regard for what has gone before, and tells the media things to make him look good.
I made the mistake of wishing him well for his trip and admitting that we failed to get the world record only to continualy read and see on TV all sorts of crap that he was coming out with.

Thats all from me at th emoment but things are happing in the background to make establish that he does not contine to be a "Bear faced liar" Alan P
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After reading the posts on Rib.net for a few weeks now, I thought I'd post something as I can't keep quiet any longer!!

Firstly, John, If Mr Grylls was not the youngest british climber to reach the summit of Everest when he did, who is?? I believe that he is in the Guinness Book OF Records for doing so.

Secondly, If this is not the first crossing of this route in an open RIB then why is Alan Priddy's book sold on being the story of the 'First high latitude crossing of the atlantic in more than 1,000 years??' Surely this should be changed. Alan Priddy, on his own website, also states that they were going to cross via the Arctic Circle. I may be wrong but don't believe that they went anywhere near the Arctic Circle.

The point of the above is of course to demonstrate that to raise the necessary sponsorship (and Charity profile), explorers need to sell the exciting points of their various trips. The mass media are only interested in the basic points. I'm not for a moment suggesting that people should tell untruths to gain sponsorship, but I do believe that Mr Grylls's attempt, if successful, will be the first crossing of that route in an open boat (since the vikings etc.) The team may however not be succesful and we'll soon find out.

Although I have respect for Alan Priddy, it is disappearing quickly. Instead of criticising other people's attempts and having such a 'been there, done that' attitude, he should be encouraging british explorers in any field to progress as far as they can. I think that there is a case to be made that if it is not Alan in the spotlight, then he will do anything he can to discredit other people. I appreciate that AP has not been treated with the necessary repecet he perhaps deserves but it shows a weakness to pass this attitude on to others.

Having looked to the last postings of Arctic 2003, I'm not surprised that any the of team have declined to comment on the forum when they are just going to get involved with petty 'point scoring'

I met (most) of the team at the London Boatshow and although not terribly experienced, they seemed enthusiastic and talented in their own fields and the fact they have the sponsorship they have gives an idea of how 'big business' views them. Again, I think that AP may find their relative success with sponsorship a bitter pill to swallow.

Anyway, I've said my bit and no doubt people will respond as the feel but it would be good if we could all get behind any attempts such as this, the world is a much more interesting place with people like Alan Priddy and Bear Grylls in, than without.


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If Mr Grylls was not the youngest british climber to reach the summit of Everest when he did, who is??
a 15-year-old girl from Nepal apparently.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/wo...00/2939004.stm

Research is so easy nowadays!
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