Monthly Archives: March 2005

Cherokee Tries to Battle Smokies Sightseeing Helicopters

Smokymountains News reports “Save Our Skies” coalition has organized to protest sight seeing helicopters in the Smokies. Helicopters on the Cherokee site of the park have increased with the new casino.

Posted in Tennessee | Comments Off

Soloist in Fatal Moab Fall

KSL-TV reports Scott Berneau fell 35 feet off a rock ledge while hiking hiking north of the boat docks along the Colorado River in Moab. He had been hiking with friends who had turned back prior to the accident.

Posted in Accidents, General, Utah | Comments Off

Fatality at Mule Ears in Big Bend, Texas

The Houston Chronicle reports Big Bend hikers found what is believed to be the body of Peter Bastien who was reported missing in June on Mule Ears in the park. A seven-day air and ground search was conducted in June … Continue reading

Posted in Accidents, General, Texas | Comments Off

2 Fatalities on Mount Pumori in Nepal

Xinhuanet reports that two climbers fell 1,200 feet after climbing Mount Pumori (7,161 meters). Killed were Nepali guide Furva Tamang of Nepal and Alexander Ivan Chen Arrocha of Panama. The rest of the 11-member climbing team was unable to retrieve … Continue reading

Posted in Accidents, Asia, General | Comments Off

Navajos Upset Over Wastewater Snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Navajos are upset with the Forest Service recent approval of a plan to use recycled sewage water for snow making at the Arizona Ski Bowl. 14 tribes have opposed the move and there were … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona, Highpoint (States) News, States | Comments Off

Fatal Avalanche on Colorado Fourteener Mount Quandry

Outdoorwire reports two climbers in a church group were caught in an avalanche on Colorado Fourteener Mount Quandry near Breckenridge. One climber was able to call 911 with his cell phone. The body of the other climber was recovered with … Continue reading

Posted in Accidents, Avalanches, Colorado, Fatal, States | Comments Off

Austria To Wrap Snow With Foil to Prevent Melting

The Taipei Times reports that Austrian ski resorts plan to wrap their snow with plastic foil to decrease melting.

Posted in Austria, Europe, Global Warming, Offbeat | Comments Off

Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Arizona Shooting Over Dog Confrontation

Azcentral reports a judge has thrown out the murder charge against a man who killed another hiker in a dispute over dogs on a trail in Coconino County.

Posted in Animals, Arizona, Dogs | Comments Off

Dramatic Photos of First Winter Ascent of Mount Alberta

Outlook Rockies has an incredible picture and story about the first winter ascent of Mount Alberta.

Posted in Adventures, Canada, North America | Comments Off

Peak on Appennines Highest Massif in Italy to Be Named “John Paul’s Peak”

Various news sources report that a peak on the Gran Sasso is to be named “John Paul’s Peak” on May 18 — the Pope’s 85th birthday. The Gran Sasso is the highest massif in the Appennines range which runs along … Continue reading

Posted in ***Top Stories***, Europe, Highpoint News (world) | Comments Off

Soloist Killed in 1,000 Foot Fall During Wintry Conditions on Mountaineers Route on Whitney

Various sources report Richard Ferrari fell nearly 1000 feet while soloing Mount Whitney’s northwest face via the Mountaineer’s Route in extremely hazardous conditions. It took authorities two days to recover his body. The articles note the Mountaineer’s Route was first … Continue reading

Posted in Accidents, California, Highpoint (States) News | Comments Off

Stuck SUV Saves Hiker Stranded in New Mexico Snow

The Gallup Independent has a strange tale about a lost hiker whose life was saved because the keys were in an SUV stuck in a 5′ New Mexico snowdrift. Chuck Whitney got stuck on County Route 50 and so he … Continue reading

Posted in Accidents, New Mexico, Offbeat | Comments Off

Avalanche Kills 3 in French Alps

News24 reports 3 climbers in the in the Ecole en Bauges region of Savoie in the French Alps near Grenoble were swept to their deaths by an avalanche, Local officials in Savoie said an investigation would be carried out into … Continue reading

Posted in Accidents, Avalanches, Europe, France, General | Comments Off

Man Wearing Tennis Shoes in Fatal Fall on Mount Pilchuck

The Post Intelligencer reports Paul Toomey, 19, of Everett slid 700 feet downMount Pilchuck and then fell over a 200 foot cliff. Toomey was wearing tennis shoes and had gone off the trail when he lost his balance in slushy … Continue reading

Posted in Accidents, General, Washington | Comments Off

Steeper Murayama Kodo Trail Opens on Fuji

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports a new trail has opened on Fuji. The Murayama Kodo trail was the most popular route up the mountain until it fell into disuse in 1903, when an easier trail was opened. In 2002, the Tokyo-based … Continue reading

Posted in Highpoint News (world), Oceania | Comments Off