Category Archives: General

2 Ice Climbers Airlifted Off Vulture Mountain Vermont

The Champlaign Channel reports two ice climbers on Vulture Mountain in Vermont airlifted after a 30 foot fall. Jason Osbourne, of Quechee, was airlifted to Darmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with a broken leg. His companion Bill Proft, of Bethel, had … Continue reading

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Navy Investigates Why Nuclear Sub Hit Undersea Mountain Which Was Not on U.S. But Was On Russian Map

The New York Times and other newspapers have released dramatic photos of the Nuclear Submarine USS San Francisco which collided head on at top speed (30 knots) with an uncharted undersea mountain 500 feet below the surface 360 miles southeast … Continue reading

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50 Planned Human Chain Relay for Rescue on Queensland Australia’s Highest Point

THe Herald Sun reports that 40 to 50 rescuers planned to form a human chain to relay down a man injured on Queensland, Australia’s highest mountain 1,615m Mt Bartle Frere near Babinda, south of Cairns. However when weather cleared the … Continue reading

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State Highpoints Converted to NAVD 88 Data (Delaware Big Loser — 1 Foot and Colorado Big Winner + 7 Feet)

I have converted state highpoint heights to the from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88 data using the USGS Verton calculator.

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Body Sliding Teen Survives 75 Foot Avalance in Olympic National Park

The Peninsula News reports a Port Townsend teenager body sliding at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park wasswept 75 feet downhill by an avalanche. He survived unhurt. Park officials said it was a wind-slab avalanche, about 120 feet wide and … Continue reading

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Another Tsunami Survivor Fatality in Rock Climbing Accident

The Australian News reports Singapore-based James Creffield, 39, fell from a relatively low height while rock climbing at a former quarry in a nature reserve on Saturday. Creffield survived the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand.

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Beacon Journal Busts Ohio Rumor: Akron Is Not The State (or even County) Highpoint

The Beacon-Journal has a very funny story on Akron myths including this: Claim: Akron is the highest place in Ohio. Reality: Akron isn’t even the highest place in Summit County. Yes, the name is derived from the Greek word “akros,” … Continue reading

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Fall on Frankenstein Cliff in New Hampshire

The Union Leader reports Gerald Prutsman, 53, was ice climbing on what’s known as the Chia Route on Frankenstein’s Cliff in Hart’s Location , along with Ryan Roach, 18, when he fell 30 feet. About 25 other climbers were nearby … Continue reading

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Hiker Drinks Swamp Water While Lost 6 Days in Everglades

Local 6 reports that Bent Lorentzen survived 6 days lost in the Everglades after being stalked by a panther and drinking swamp water. He was discovered by a search helicopter.

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Merrill Sterler, Gracious Owner of Hawkeye Point (1930-2004)

Merrill Sterler, owner of the Iowa highpoint and one of the kindest men on the planet, has passed. Below is his obituary from You can read an interview Roger Rowlett conducted with the Sterlers in August 2003. You can … Continue reading

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Teen Breaks Leg in 400 Foot Fall on Mount Coldon

The AP published on WNBC reports 16-year-old Allen Glick of Englewood, N.J. lost his footing and slid 400 feet on Mount Coldon where he broke his leg. His party called 911 and transported him to Lake Arnold where rangers evacuated … Continue reading

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Photos of Mount Rogers Ponies in Snow

Blake Cicenas has passed along a couple awesome photos of the Mount Rogers ponies a couple weeks ago in the snow. You can see them at the Virginia Gallery.

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Confrontrations Between Hikers and Hunters Over $165 Dog Tracking Collars

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that some hikers are removing $165 tracking collars from hunters dogs. The hikers think the collars are shock collars aimed at hurting the dogs. North Carolina law say on public lands it is illegal to interfere … Continue reading

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