Granite Thoughts from Harrison Fagg Who Climbed All Montana Peaks Above 12,000 Feet

The Billings Gazette interviewed 73-year-old Harrison Fagg who has summited Granite Peak 7 times and had 12 other unsuccessful attempts (and has climbed all Montana peaks above 12,000 feet.

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RCMP Hug A Tree And Survive Campaign

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have put up a coloring book urging children to hug a tree to survive — in other words stay in one place until rescuers come.

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Rescuers Wondering Why 11-Year-Old Brennan Hawkins Headed Uphill in Unitas

The four day search for 11-year-old Brennan Hawkins in the Unita Mountains has a lot of people scratching their heads.

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Buzz Caverly To Retire After 46 Years at Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park Director Buzz Caverly plans to retire July 1 according to the Bangor News.

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Yosemite Camps Above 7,000 Will Not Open Because of Snow

The San Francisco Gate reports Yosemite will not open its popular camps above 7,000 this summer because of snow — 12 feet in places.

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Fall on Eighth Pitch of East Buttress on El Capitan

A climber survived a fall on the eight pitch of the East Buttress Route on El Capitan in Yosemite.

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11 Injured in Lightning Strike at Old Faithful

11 visitors were injured in a lightning strike at Old Faithful in Yellowstone.

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Tip Top, Mount Washington’s First Locomotive to Go on Display in Mount Vernon Beaverbrook Museum

The Union Leader reports “Tip Top” — the first Mount Washington locomotive — is to go on display at the Beaverbrook Museum in Mount Vernon.

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Trio Plans Nude Hike Across Britain

The Daily Dispatch reports Stephen Gough, 46, the naked rambler who walked end to end in Britain in 2003/04 is planning a repeat performance but this time will be accompanied by 33-year-old girlfriend Melanie Roberts and a librarian who does not want to be named.

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Peter Gruber and Thomas Brunauer Claim 9 Hour 50 Minute Roundtrip Kilimanjaro Record

Xinhuanet reports Austrians Peter Gruber and Thomas Brunauer claim to have a round Kilimanjaro record of 9 hours and 50 minutes.

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Fatal Fall on Jasper’s Endless Chain Ridge

CBC reports Geronimo Dagang fell 1,000 feet from a rock face in Alberta’s Jasper National Park Endless Chain Ridge.

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WV Fishermen Cut Short Trip After Bear Drinks Their Beer

The Charleston Daily Mail reports two West Virginia fishermen cut short their trip after a bear drank their Coors Light beer and ate their food.

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Heavy Rains Close Blue Ridge Parkway by Mount Mitchell Again

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports heavy rains over the weekend closed the Mount Mitchell to NC 80 section of the Blue Ridge Parkway which had just reopened after hurricane damage from last year.

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Sean Burch Claims to Climb Kilimanjaro in Record 5 Hours 28 Minutes and 58 Seconds

The Guardian reports Sean Burch from Washington State climbed Kilimanjaro from Gate to summit in a record 5 hours 28 minutes and 58 seconds.

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Firefighter Falls 1000 Feet Down Gibralter Chute on Rainier

The Seattle Times reports Mike Berry fell 1,000 feet at Gibralter Chute on Rainier.

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