Monthly Archives: February 2005

Book Highlights Big American Trails

Outdoornewswire reports on: Thru Hiker’s Guide to America by E. Schlimmer which focuses on long trails in the U.S.

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“Virus Without Boarders” Hitchhiking to Asian and European Highpoints

There’s a highpoint story in here somewhere about a Ukrainian group hitchhiking to climb highpoints throughout Asia and Europe. However I think something might be lost in translation:

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Climbing Mountains to Support Military

This defenselink item gives information on climbing highpoints to support the military. Specifically it follows Doug Moss, a web designer at the Pentagon, on his Mount Washington winter climb. Americasupports you link.

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History of the Mount Mitchell Challenge

The Black Mountain News gives an excellent history of the Mount Mitchell Challenge race.

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Hiker Ticketed After Fall in Starved Rock State Park in Illinois

The PJStar reports a hiker at Starved Rock State Park was ticketed for unlawful hiking off trail and entering a restricted area after he had to be rescued following a 50 foot fall. Police say Brian Hack, 29, had been … Continue reading

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Hiker Rides Avalanche on Utah’s Mount Nebo for 1,000 Feet

The Sun Times reports Mark Thomas rode an avalanche feet first down Mount Nebo for 1,000 feet and survived with minor scratches.

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Tubbs Snowshoes Abandons Vermont for China

The News Observer reports the Tubbs Snowshoe factory in Stowe, Vermont, is moving to China. Founded in Norway, Maine, in 1906, Tubbs once supplied snowshoes to the South Pole expedition of Richard Byrd and to the U.S. armed forces during … Continue reading

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Guide Fatality Feared in Mount Huntington Avalanche in Denali NP

The Anchorage Daily News that the NPS has abandoned a search for Johnny Soderstrom, a guide for Alaska Mountaineering School in Talkeetna, who is feared to have died in an avalanche during a first winter attempt to climb 12,240-foot Mount … Continue reading

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Mount Washington Considers Power Line and Big Backup Generator Building

The Union Leader reports the Mount Washington Commission is considering installing a powerline next the to cog railway (below ground to treeline and above ground thereafter). More controversial is a plan to replace the gutted former WMTW-TV generating building with … Continue reading

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5 Killed in Mount Menalos Avalanche in Greece

The BBC report British journalist Diana Seale and four Greek climbers from the Greek Mountaineering Club of Athens were killed in an avalanche in the southern Peloponnese mountains in Greece. They were with a group of 28 climbing Mount Menalos. … Continue reading

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Fatal Fall as Woman Attempts to Rescue Dog in Olympics

The Olympian reports Natalie Ann Chambers fell 350 feet after attempting to rescue her dog who had fallen on the trail near Mud Mountain Dam. She fell onto the ledge with her dog 15 feet below the trail before falling … Continue reading

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Fatal Mount Mansfield Avalanche During Extreme Skiing Filming

WCAX reports Alec Stall was killed while skiing off-trail during the filming an extreme-skiing movie on Mount Mansfield. Police said he was pushed by a small avalanche over a cliff after he reached the bottom of the hill he was … Continue reading

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Proposal To Replace 3 Mansfield T.V. Towers

Newsday reports 3 t.v. stations plan to replace the t.v. towers on Mount Mansfield. The Fox affiliate WPTZ from Plattsburgh, NY, plans to WCAX, Vermont Public Television and WVNY on the mountain. Plans call for two narrow monopole towers and … Continue reading

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Google Spectacular New Map Service

Google has unveiled the beta version of its online map program. It has the usual Google niceties — no ads and astonishingly fast. One of the coolest features is that you can drag the map to move it making it … Continue reading

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Dramatic Photo of Black Mountain’s Strip Mine on NPR Story

NPR has a dramatic photo of the mine in relation to the house where a child was killed from a boulder from a Black Mountain strip mine. You can listen to it to the report on the site. I was … Continue reading

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