Monthly Archives: January 2005

2 Ice Climbers Airlifted Off Vulture Mountain Vermont

The Champlaign Channel reports two ice climbers on Vulture Mountain in Vermont airlifted after a 30 foot fall. Jason Osbourne, of Quechee, was airlifted to Darmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with a broken leg. His companion Bill Proft, of Bethel, had … Continue reading

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Proposal to Put Greylock in Forest Reserve Stirs Concern

The Transcript reports that the Mount Greylock Advisory Council is very concerned about a proposal to place more of Mount Greylock’s 12,000 acreage in forest reserve. Trees in a forest reserve cannot be touched. Councilman John Kirby of Lanesboro said … Continue reading

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Urban Legend?: Man Pees His Way Out Of Avalanche in Slovak Tatra Mountains

Update Feburary 3, 2004: This is being discussed in our Forum and it was reported to Snopes to see if it is an urban legend. Snopes still calls it “undertermined” but notes there earlier was Czech story along the same … Continue reading

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Navy Investigates Why Nuclear Sub Hit Undersea Mountain Which Was Not on U.S. But Was On Russian Map

The New York Times and other newspapers have released dramatic photos of the Nuclear Submarine USS San Francisco which collided head on at top speed (30 knots) with an uncharted undersea mountain 500 feet below the surface 360 miles southeast … Continue reading

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Study: 8.2% Chance of Getting Killed While Climbing In New Zealand

The New Zealand Herald reports a Christchurch forensic psychiatrist has rocked the climbing world by publishing a study saying you have an 8.2% chance of getting killed while climbing in New Zealand. Dr Erik Monasterio said the figure is based … Continue reading

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50 Planned Human Chain Relay for Rescue on Queensland Australia’s Highest Point

THe Herald Sun reports that 40 to 50 rescuers planned to form a human chain to relay down a man injured on Queensland, Australia’s highest mountain 1,615m Mt Bartle Frere near Babinda, south of Cairns. However when weather cleared the … Continue reading

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Chinese to Measure Everest to See If It Is Growing or Shrinking

The Scotsman reports that a Chinese women’s mountaineering expedition are going to remeasure Everest to determine if it is shrinking or growing. In 1975 the Chinese concluded it was 8,848.50 metres (29,029.35 feet) high. In 1999, a U.S. team with … Continue reading

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Moose Stomps Iditaord Lead Dog and Jumps Into Sled

The Anchorage Daily News reports a moose on the Denali Highway stomped to death the lead dog of an Iditarod musher. Ramey Smyth’s as he zipped the dog into his sled basket with the early evening fading into a 50 … Continue reading

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Woman Airlifted After Night on Sardine Mountain in Oregon

The Statesman Journal reportsthat Kim Braasch was airlifted on Sardine Mountain after spending the night following a fall on slippery rock. One of her hiking companions (Kris Richardson ) hiked out to get help and then hiked back rescue crews. … Continue reading

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Bill Introduced to Turn Over Acadia National Park to Maine

WLBZ reports that Rep. Henry Joy of Crystal has introduced a bill demanding that Acadia National Park be turned over to the State of Maine. The bill is aimed at blocking Roxanne Quimby’s proposed Maine Woods National Park. Jym St. … Continue reading

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Fatality in 100 Foot Fall in Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado

The Denver Channel reports Efron Roque de la Cruz was killed in a 100 foot fall while hiking with his brother and two friends Monday in Cheyenne Canyon near Colorado Springs.

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2 Ice Climbers Rescued in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington

The AP reports Damian McDonald and Susanna Saarkangas of New Haven were rescued while ice climbing Damnation Gully in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington. They had ben reported missing by the caretaker of the Harvard cabin. They were reported to … Continue reading

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11 Boy Scouts and 3 Searchers Hospitalized With Frostbite at Grayson Highlands

The Daily Press reports that 11 Boy Scouts and 3 rescuers were hospitalized with frostbite and hypothermia after being caught in a blizzard with subzero temperatures at Grayson Highlands State Park. Rescuers had to cut the laces off the Scouts … Continue reading

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Whitney, Clingmans, Frissell Most Popular Highpoints on Trails.Com

Trails.com has issued its list of most popular (and presumably most downloaded) trails. The downloaded trails are heavily weighted to the Northeast and the New York City metro area in particular with Breakneck Ridge Trail being #1. You might recall … Continue reading

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Worker on Mount Magazine Lodge Killed in Fall

The Fort Smith Times Record reports Richie Hudson was killed Saturday when he fell from a bucket truck during construction of the new lodge atop Mount Magazine which is replacing the one that burned in 1971.

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