Claim of Record 13 Hour Aconcagua Climb

Peruvian Holmes Pantoja Bayona claims to have climber South America’s highest point in 13 hours:
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February 2, 2006 Linkage

State Highpoint News

Mt. Hood snowpack 122 percent of average

05:34 PM PST on Tuesday, January 31, 2006
More than three times the amount of snow has fallen this year atop Mount Hood than last year, reaping benefits for Oregon ski areas, resorts and snow tire installers. That’s 122 percent of average snowfall for this time of year. Statewide, the snowfall numbers are even higher, at 130 percent of average. “We had some really nice snowfall for the month of January,” said Jon Lea, a hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. “Last year was pretty skimpy. This is a whole lot different than it was last year.”
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Fatal Fall on Lanin Volcano

Luis de Carlos, 60, from Naremburn in Sydney’s north, is believed to have blown off the Lanin volcano, near the border of Chile and Argentina in the Patagonian region.
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Aconcagua Condor in Record Hang Glide Over 29,850 Feet

The “Aconcagua Condor” (Angelo Darrigo) broke his Everest hang glider height reocrd with a 9,100 meter (29,850 feet) flight over Tupungato volcano in the Andean Cordillera (Range) breaking his very own Everest 2004 altitude record.
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30 Year Old Suffers Fatal Attack Near Aconcaqua Summit

30 year old Borja Oviedo suffered a heart attack10 metres short of the 6,962m high summit of Aconcaqua.
Spanish climber dies in the Andes
Wed, 11 Jan 2006, 17:32


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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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Czech Government Offers to Pay for Torres del Paine Forest Fire in Chile

Reuters reports the Czech government is offering to help pay for a fire at Chile’s most famous national park Torres del Paine in Patagonia after one of its citizen started it by kicking over a campstove. The fire burned in about 55 square miles out of the park’s total area of 700 square miles The imposing granite spires and vast glaciers in Torres del Paine are a magnet for foreign tourists, especially during the Southern Hemisphere summer from December-February. Dozens of campers were evacuated when the fire was at its height earlier this week. Smoke obscured the park’s spectacular views, but the fire never reached the most popular parts of the park, which lies near the bottom of the continent. Explorer Web reports that two climbers are still missing in the fire. There’s a lot of info on the park via Google.


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Pulmonary Edema Fatality on Aconcaqua

The UPI reports that Eduard Silva died while descending Aconcaqua apparently from pulmonary edema — about 600 feet below the summit. At least nine people have died while climbing Aconcagua since 2001.


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