Category Archives: Europe

2 Fatalities on Most Difficult Ushba Route in Georgia’s Caucasus

Civil.de reports two Georgian climbers from a Georgian-Dutch expedition perished on the 4,710-meter Ushba mountain in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains.

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5 Alps Fatalities (Including on Mont Blanc and Eiger)

Various reports indicate five people died in recent accidents in the Alps including 3 fatalities on Mont Blanc and Eiger.

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3 Fatalities as 16,000 Including President Climb Ukraine’s Highest Mountain Hoverla

KVIPost reports three people died while climbing Ukraine’s highest point Hoverla to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this ex-Soviet republic’s declaration of sovereignty.

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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 … Continue reading

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170,000 To Form Human Ring Around Armenian Highpoint Aragats

Panamerian.net reports 170,000 people are to form a living chair around Armenia’s highest point — Aragats.

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The Gendarme Peak on Grand Sasso Named John Paul II’s Peak

The Catholic News and other publications report a The Gendarme peak on the Grand Sasso in Italy’s Appennines has been renamed John Paul’s Peak.

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Woman Falls 500 Feet With Boyfriend on Ben Nevis

Evening News reports Amy Rudge, 29, from the Shawlands area of Glasgow, fell about 500 feet in the Aonach Beag area of Ben Nevis.

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RMI Expands Guide Service to 5 of 7 Summits

The News Tribune reports that Rainier Mountaineering Inc. which will lose its monoply to Rainier guided climbs in 2006 plans to leads trip to 5 of the 7 summits.

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Wales Climbing Instructor Fined After Belayers Mistake Let Go of Rope Command

ICWales reports climbing instructor John McDermott was fined £1,500 after a woman was paralyzed from the waist down after belayers let go of a rope after hearing his command which was intended to the climber. Lisa Brennin was attending a … Continue reading

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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.

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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

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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

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Fatal Avalanche on Grossglockner – Austria’s highest mountain

The AP reports an avalanche on Grossglockner – Austria’s highest mountain – swept away two Hungarian backcountry skiers killing one. There were avalanches throughout Europe. A 48-year-old German man was found dead after he and his son were swept away … Continue reading

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Proposal for $10 Million Snowdon Summit Cafe Stalls

The BBC reports officials are unable to raise nearly $4 Million to replace the Showdon Cafe which was once labelled a “slum” by Prince Charles. The current concrete block cafe is nearly 70 years old and deteriorating. Snowdonia National Park … Continue reading

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Late Starting Climbers Rescued on Ben Nevis

Icliverpool reports Bob Neale and Billy Rimmer on Ben Nevis were rescued in a snow by sending a text message to a man who called 999 (the European equivalent of 911). A helicopter was dispatched to Tower Ridge but had … Continue reading

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