Monthly Archives: December 2004

Climber Without Helmet Fatality on Saddle Rock in Joshua Tree

The Press Enterprise reports D’arcy McRae was rock climbing on Saddle Rock in Joshua Tree National Park when he slipped and fell about 50 feet. The safety rope caught but McRae swung into a rock, suffering head and body injuries … Continue reading

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Fatality At Sam’s Point in New York

The Daily Freeman reports 67-year-old Shinya Fujii died after hitting his head on a rock after falling backwards on a steep incline at Sam’s Point near Cragmore, ny.

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Group Seeks Black Mountain Trail as Huge ATV Park Opens

The New York Times devoted nearly a page its Automobile section in its Dec. 17, 2004, issue for photos, maps, and reports that a group of ATV riders is pushing for a trail from Evarts to the Black Mountain summit. … Continue reading

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Po’ouli Bird Feared Extinct on Haleakala

The New York Times reports a bird, a po’ouli, the last known member of its genus and species, died in its cage on Maui on Nov. 26. The bird is a shy, nearly silent brown bird with a black face … Continue reading

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Controversy Over Fifty 413 Foot Tall Wind Farms Near Spruce Knob

Many thanks to spookymike who points there is a controversy over a wind farm near Spruce Knob. The matter is being discussed by a Yahoo group Spruceknob (aimed at astronomers seeking dark skies) There’s a great deal of VERY CURRENT Continue reading

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Louis Picone Does 6 Highpoints in 21 Hours 33 Minutes

This message is from Louis Picone ( Hello, my name is Louis Picone and I am a member of the High Pointers club. I e-mailed you a while ago to let you know that I was attempting to break the … Continue reading

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Confrontrations Between Hikers and Hunters Over $165 Dog Tracking Collars

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that some hikers are removing $165 tracking collars from hunters dogs. The hikers think the collars are shock collars aimed at hurting the dogs. North Carolina law say on public lands it is illegal to interfere … Continue reading

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French Dedicate World’s Tallest Road Bridge (886 Feet) — Taller Than Eiffle Tower

Bloomberg repots that the French have dedicated the world’s highest road bridge which is taller than the Eiffle Tower. The Millau Viaduct carries the highway from Paris to the Mediterranean some 270 meters (886 feet) above the Tarn River. Stretching … Continue reading

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Miriam Richards Seeking to Raise $30,000 For Special Deaf Services on McKinley

THe Corvallis, Oregon, Gazette Times reports that Miriam Richards wants to climb the last three states (Rainier/Gannett/McKinley) in 2005. She also has MS. She has to raise $30,000 to climb McKinley because of special arrangements have to be made — … Continue reading

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Mule vs. Mountain Lion

These pics came from somebody in a hunting party in Arizona. Yes, the horse killed the Mountain Lion! The Cougar had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were … Continue reading

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Cougar Chasing Hounds Rescued From Icy Ledge in Zion

KSL TV in Salt Lake reports that five hounds chasing a cougar got stranded on an icy ledges in Isolation Canyon in Zion National Park.

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Woman Seeks to Have Husband Declared Dead After He Didn’t Return from Hike in Volcano National Park

According to the Star Bulletin an Indiana woman is asking that her husband be declared legally dead after not apparently not returning from a hike in Volcano Lands National Park. Tamara Lynch filed a missing-person report with the Warrick County … Continue reading

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Australian Chris Harris (youngest Elbrus Summiter) Seeks to Be Youngest on Everest at 14

The Sydney Morning News (picked up by reports that 14-year-old Chris Harris is seeking to be the youngest to climb Everest. He claims to the be youngest on Elbrus. Network54 post.

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Snow Closes Chinook and Cayuse Pass on Rainier

The first big snows of the 2004-05 season have closed the two passes on Rainier — “temporarily” according to officials but they will be closed for the season soon. Network54 Forum.

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Maui News Editorial Notes Telescopes Bring Highly Educated to Hawaii

The Maui News has an editorial supporting telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala — something rare by Hawaii Standards. Here’s the post on the Network54 forum.

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