Monthly Archives: December 2004

Mount Hood Snowpack 21% Of Normal (More Dry Weather Predicted in 2005)

An article in Columbian.com notes that the official snow measuring station on Mount Hood shows 30 inches of snow which is 21% of average for this time of year. Statewide Washington shows snowpack 38% of normal and Oregon is 46%. … Continue reading

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Legality of Mount Washington Ban on Bicycles (private road built via eminent domain)

Bob Mionske in Velonews has a discussion on the legality of prohibiting bicycles on the Mount Washington Toll Road. The argument has always been that the road — even though it is on a state park — is privately owned. … Continue reading

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Solo Climber Does Everything Wrong in Shasta Snow

An AP article in the Mercury-News reports that 46-year-old James Aldrich of Homer, NY, did about everything wrong in an ill-fated Shasta climb. He climbed alone, went even though weather was predicting a big snow storm, didn’t have snowshoes and … Continue reading

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Teen Breaks Leg in 400 Foot Fall on Mount Coldon

The AP published on WNBC reports 16-year-old Allen Glick of Englewood, N.J. lost his footing and slid 400 feet on Mount Coldon where he broke his leg. His party called 911 and transported him to Lake Arnold where rangers evacuated … Continue reading

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Tradition of Climbing Ireland’s Highest Point on Dec. 26

Ireland On-Line warns that hikers should be prepared for winter weather for the traditional St. Stephens Day Hike of Carauntoohil which attracts thousands of hikers.

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AP Article on Climbing Northeast 4K/New Hampshire 48

Seacoastonline has an article by Lisa Marie Pane (of the AP) on the climbing the Northeast 4000 peaks (the 4k’s) and specifically on her bagging the New Hampshire 48.

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French “Spiderman” Plans Climb of Taipei 101

The Taipei Times reports Frenchman Alain “Spiderman” Robert plans to climb the world’s tallest building, the 508m-high Taipei 101 before the skyscraper’s official opening on Dec. 31. The building’s management extended the offer to him to climb it. Taipei 101 … Continue reading

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Study: Yellowstone Earthquakes Peak in Late Spring/Early Summer (snow melt cause suspected)

An AP article published in the Billings Gazette and other publications notes that most of Yellowstone’s earthquakes occur in late spring and early summer. The study by Lizet Christiansen of the U.S. Geological Survey suspects that snow melt is responsible. … Continue reading

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New Camera 3,600 Times More Powerful than Hubble Moved to Mauna Kea

Various articles report that a new Wide Field Camera at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope atop Mauna Kea will be able to capture images 3,600 times larger that those taken by the camera on the Hubble Space Telescope. The optical … Continue reading

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South Carolina Buys Sassafras Summit

The Carolina Channel reports the South Carolina Natural Resources Department has bought two acres at the top of Sassafras Mountain from Duke Energy for $50,000 earlier this month. SC land next to Sassafras’ peak was protected seven years ago in … Continue reading

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Hiker Rescued After Stranded 4 Days on AT Near Inadu Knob in Smokies

The Maryville Daily Times reports 62-year-old David Dinwiddie was rescued after spending four days in a sleeping bag. The hiker, stranded in 2 feet of snow at 6,000 feet in subfreezing temperatures, was carried six miles down the trail. Rescuers … Continue reading

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How to Acclimatize in the Comfort of Your Own Home (for only $7,000)

Adam Helman has this interesting post over in the cohp. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cohp/ For those with more cash in their wallet than time on their hands to properly acclimatize ….(such as a practicing physician???) http://www.hypoxictent.com/

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Photos of Mount Rogers Ponies in Snow

Blake Cicenas has passed along a couple awesome photos of the Mount Rogers ponies a couple weeks ago in the snow. You can see them at the Virginia Gallery.

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Paul Zumwalt 1912-2004

Jean Trousdale reports that Paul Zumwalt, first winner of the Jack Longacre and Vin Hoeman awards, guidebook author, and definitive friend of highpointers passed on Monday, Dec. 19. Following is the funeral arrangements and obituary informatio for Paul Zumwalt (provided … Continue reading

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Famous Local Climber Killed While Soloing Ogden Canyon, Utah

KSL TV reports Ken Gygy died after falling several hundred feet in Ogden Canyon where he was soloing. Gigy was reported to be the best local climber. The TV has a video report.

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