Professor Ken Kambis of William & Mary is proposing to rename South Elbert to Mount William & Mary.
South Elbert, which is 14,134 feet high, does not have a formally recognized name and is not considered one of Colorado’s Fourteeners because it does not have a 100 foot rise difference from Elbert. You cross it if you climb Elbert from the South.
He unsuccessfully attempted this in 1998 but drew substantial opposition from local groups including the Colorado Mountain Club. This time around he is trying to suggest a William & Mary connection to the mountain noting that W&M alumni James Monroe and Robert R. Livingston negotatiated the Lousiana Purchase which brought Colorado to the United States.
Brandon Griggs at CNN has a story on the lowest high points. The article focuses on Greg Slayden and his peakbagger.com website.
The Mount Washington Observatory has a amazing video of soap bubbles freezing in its -30 temps.
85-year-old Bob Wheeler of Webster Groves, Missouri, at 85 has been certified as the oldest man to climb Kilimanjaro.
Cheaha on its facebook page has nifty video of its Pinhoti turkey drop from the Christmas light festooned CCC tower.
The Abol Trail famed for going straight up the mountain without switchbacks is about to get switchbacks along with other changes as the trail is relocated as a result of a landslide. The estimated cost of the rerouting is $100,000.
The Badwater Ultramarathon will return to its long time route in Death Valley in 2015.
Air Force cadets are attempting to climb all 50 state summits in the “50 States 50 Summits” project.
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