Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Tripped up in Alaska

We might be experiencing spring fever here, but other parts of the world are still in winter's grip. Rosie Swale-Pope found that out on her around-the-world walk Sunday. Swale-Pope had to be rescued over the weekend from her tent on a remote Yukon River island. She was suffering from frostbite on her foot and couldn't continue. Local authorities said the weather there has been brutal, with blizzard conditions causing nighttime temperatures of minus 60 and daytime of minus 20 to minus 30 degrees. Swale-Pope started her walk around the world more than two years ago, after her husband died of prostate cancer. She has already walked across Europe and along the Trans Siberian Railway route. She flew from Russia to Alaska, where she was following the Iditarod Trail. Swale-Pope is waiting for doctors to determine the damage to her feet.

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