Category Archives: Offbeat

Summiting Highpoints in the Nude

The Guardian in an article by nude hiker Hank Wangford reports that Nepal is moving to ban nude summiting Everest after a climber stripped on the summit in 2006.

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Report Cites 22% Reduction in Backpacking Trips Between 1998 and 2005

The Outdoor Industry Foundation says backpacking trips deceased 22% from 16.3 million in 1998 to 13.5 million in 2005.

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Boy Scouts say the tallest climbing tower (60 feet) is now near Wausau, Wisconsin.

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Mystery Piano Found on Ben Nevis Summit

Conservationist cleaning Ben Nevis were astonished to discover a piano near the summit.

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Missing Man’s Backpack Rescues Lost Hikers in California

Lost hikers in San Jacinto Mountains in California stumbled upon the campsite of a hiker missing for a year and his equipment is believed to have spared their lives.

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I will pee your initials in the snow 20,000+ feet!

This ebay auction was highlighted on Jay Leno on Feb. 28. There were 15 bids and the winning bid of $51 means that the winner (bil15218) will get his initials peed at 51 feet on McKinley.

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30 Foot 3 Ton Climbing Wall Stolen in Memphis

Police report they have recovered a 30 foot high 3-ton climbing wall that was stolen in Memphis from Outdoors Inc. but was recovered at the airport. The wall had been taken in tact and not broken apart.

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February 11, 2006 Linkage

State Highpoint News Warm weather records broken on Mount Washington Boston Globe – United States MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH –Talk about a warm winter — it’s been raining on top of Mount Washington. Tim Markle, chief meteorologist …

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85-Year-Old Mary Woodbridge’s Amusing Tale of Plans to Climb Everest

Here’s an amusing (tongue in cheek) tale of 85-year-old Mary Woodbridge to climb Everest with her dachsund Daisy.

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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 … Continue reading

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Rainier Beats Bigfoot for Washington Quarter Finalist Design

Mount Rainier has beaten Bigfoot as one of three finalists for the official Washington State Quarter.

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West Virginia Is No Longer Wild, Wonderful

West Virginia has replaced its “Wild, Wonderful” motto with “Open for Business.”

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Sylvestor Stallone to Market Sly Water from Mount Rainier’s Carbon Glacier

Sylvestor Stallone will be marketing “Sly Water” from Mount Rainier’s Carbon glacier starting in March.

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Pikeville, Kentucky, Asks Coal Companies To Blow Up 2 Mountains

Pikeville, Kentucky, is asking coal companies to remove two mountain tops to make room for more development for the town.

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Ohio Doesn’t Like How Arcata is Treating Its McKinley Monument

Canton, Ohio, doesn’t like how Arcata, California, is treating its statue of William McKinley.

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