Monthly Archives: January 2005

At Least 4 Killed in Austria Avalanches

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports an avalanche at St. Anton in Austri killed 3 at St. Anton in Austria. The avalanche, whose width was estimated as roughly equal to the length of three football fields laid end to end, struck at … Continue reading

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Soloist Survives 100 Foot Fall on Keyhole Route on Long’s Peak

The NPS reports: A 28-year-old man from Aurora, Colorado, fell about 100 feet from the Narrows section of the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak around 10 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, January 20th, knocking himself unconscious. When he regained … Continue reading

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Number of Rainier Climbers Decreased For Fourth Year in Row

The Rainier climbing report for 2004 is out. It notes that registed climbers on Rainier have decreased each year since its high of 13,114 in 2000 to 9,251 in 2004. The overwhelming number (5,400 went up Disappointment Cleaver) while 1,700 … Continue reading

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Pineapple Express Closes Most Ski Resorts in Washington

The Seattle Post-Intelligncer reports that most Washington ski resorts (including most on Raineir except Crystal) have closed because unseasonably warm temp and 7 inch rains have almost eliminated their snowpack. The resorts opened late (last week of December) because of … Continue reading

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Harnish Gowns Blog of Attempt to Climb all Coloroado Fourteeners in One Calendar Winter

Various newspapers including Arizona Central report that 28-year-old Harnish Gowans of Colorado Springs is seeking to be the first person to climb all 54 Colorado Fourteeners in the same calendar winter. His blog is on the Wild Snow website . … Continue reading

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State Highpoints Converted to NAVD 88 Data (Delaware Big Loser — 1 Foot and Colorado Big Winner + 7 Feet)

I have converted state highpoint heights to the from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88 data using the USGS Verton calculator.

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Mytopo Gets Big Coverage Prior to NFC Championship Game is about to get the highest attention I’ve ever seen for a topo mapmaker. Their maps are to be used immediately prior to the NFC Championship game on Sunday between Philadelphia and Atlanta during CBS Coverage of the Subaru … Continue reading

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Lack of Attention to 1983 Borah Earthquake Raised in Idaho Gold Mine Controversy

The Boise Weekly reports Idaho has received its first application in more than 10 years for a new cyanidation gold mining facility. Desert Mineral Mining’s proposed small facility is located a 15-mile crow’s flight from downtown Boise off of Blacks … Continue reading

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Body Sliding Teen Survives 75 Foot Avalance in Olympic National Park

The Peninsula News reports a Port Townsend teenager body sliding at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park wasswept 75 feet downhill by an avalanche. He survived unhurt. Park officials said it was a wind-slab avalanche, about 120 feet wide and … Continue reading

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Another Tsunami Survivor Fatality in Rock Climbing Accident

The Australian News reports Singapore-based James Creffield, 39, fell from a relatively low height while rock climbing at a former quarry in a nature reserve on Saturday. Creffield survived the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand.

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Curwood Inches Up on Arvon in Vertcon Ranking

In calculating the datum shift from the NGVD 29 to NAVD 88, I notice that Mount Curwood is closer in height to Mount Arvon using the new data. Mount Curwood at 1,978 feet had long been considered the Michigan highpoint … Continue reading

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Beacon Journal Busts Ohio Rumor: Akron Is Not The State (or even County) Highpoint

The Beacon-Journal has a very funny story on Akron myths including this: Claim: Akron is the highest place in Ohio. Reality: Akron isn’t even the highest place in Summit County. Yes, the name is derived from the Greek word “akros,” … Continue reading

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Cops on Top Kilimanjaro Audio Blog Wows ‘Em At Slashdot

Cops on Top Expedition has gotten notice of the ultimate geek site because of its use of its audio blog via satellite phone (you can listen via mp3) of its expedition up Kilimanjaro. There’s an interesting debate there on … Continue reading

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Fall on Frankenstein Cliff in New Hampshire

The Union Leader reports Gerald Prutsman, 53, was ice climbing on what’s known as the Chia Route on Frankenstein’s Cliff in Hart’s Location , along with Ryan Roach, 18, when he fell 30 feet. About 25 other climbers were nearby … Continue reading

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Woman Falls During 10th Annual Ouray Ice Festival

The Montrose Press reports that an ice climber fell 80 feet while climbing at the Ouray Ice Park She was airlifted to a hospital. This occurred during the 10th Annual Ouray Ice Festival but she was not part of the … Continue reading

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