Tag Archives: Climbing

Looking Back on Everest: Jim Whittaker 50 years hence

Perhaps you know of this man: Jim Wittaker, the first American to climb Mt. Everest. That American expedition took place nearly 50 years ago in 1963. Whittaker and his sherpa,  Nawang Gombu, were the seventh and eighth ever to climb … Continue reading

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Blind paddler planning to run the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Erik Weihenmayer climbed Mt. Everest in 2001 – a feat in and of itself and one that takes your breath away when you realize he is blind. Weihenmayer made the cover of Time Magazine that year. But the 44-year-old adventurer … Continue reading

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Getting Edgy: Collaboration Unlikely

In light of recent aggressive attacks by mountain goats, one might imagine a climber’s consternation. Photo found at The American Alpine Institute on Facebook.

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Originally posted on Hiking Angeles Forest:
Our early afternoon arrival at Trail Camp corresponded with the appearance of dark storm clouds.  The pattern the ranger and Scott spoke of for past days was holding true on this day too.  Fortunately,…

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Threatening Rock Climbing in a Cuban Paradise

If you ask someone whether rock climbing is prohibited in Cuba, the answer is likely to be  ‘No, it is not.”  At least that is what  Alex Lowthere reports for the New York Times today. But follow it with another question … Continue reading

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Four People Die on Mt. Everest

Four climbers said to be old chums died on Mt. Everest this past weekend. Reports so far are that all four died from altitude sickness. The climbers come from Germany, South Korea, Canada and China, Discovery News reports today. The … Continue reading

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1,100-foot fall causes first death of season on McKinley

Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak, claimed its first climber for the 2012 climbing season. The climber, as yet unidentified,  fell 1,100 feet Friday after turning to retrieve a backpack that was sliding down a slope, Denali National Park officials … Continue reading

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73-year-old Japanese woman scales Mount Everest, breaks her own record 

A feel good story if ever there was one. It gives this aging outdoor writer hope. Tamae Watanabe reached Everest’s 8,850-meter-high (29,035-foot-high) summit from the northern side of the mountain in Tibet on Saturday morning, the New York Daily News … Continue reading

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Everest Expedition Calls Off Risky West Ridge Climb

Dry and windy conditions that transformed a normally snowy route into an icy one has forced a  National Geographic team to call off their attempt to climb the rarely climbed West Ridge of Mount Everest. National Geographic reports today that … Continue reading

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Stormy weather claims eight in Japanese Alps

Eight climbers were killed in bad weather Saturday while trying to climb in the county’s “northern alps,” according to a story today in Japan Times Online. “Nagano Prefectural Police said a party of six men in their 60s and 70s … Continue reading

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