April 20, 2014 |
MUMBAI, India - Bill Burke, a 72-year-old mountaineer from Costa Mesa, was making his latest attempt to scale Mt. Everest's northern face when the news came of the deadliest avalanche ever on the world's highest peak. As many as 16 Nepalese mountain guides, all ethnic Sherpas, were killed Friday on the south side of the mountain, but Everest's fraternity of climbers and their guides is small. The father of Burke's Nepalese guide was among the dead; another Sherpa in his group lost two relatives, including a nephew.
March 21, 2014 |
This rocky landmark in Chatsworth is a worldwide draw for climbing enthusiasts. But it's also a great place to take a walk while watching the climbers practice their art on small rocks at the base and sheer cliffs near the peak. Begin a counterclockwise tour of Stoney Point Park by entering the recreation area from Topanga Canyon Boulevard, near the steel gate just uphill from the horse stables. To your immediate left, you'll see climbers and climbing teachers working out on some of the lower-elevation rocks.
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February 20, 2014 |
Chad Kellogg, an elite alpinist who climbed some of the world's highest and most challenging peaks - charging up mountains and breaking records for the fastest ascents - was killed Feb. 14 while descending Mt. Fitz Roy, a prominent peak in the Patagonia region of Argentina. He was 42. Kellogg, a Seattle resident, and his climbing partner Jens Holsten, of Leavenworth, Wash., had successfully summited the 11,000-foot mountain and were hanging together from a preestablished anchor when a rock fell, striking Kellogg and killing him instantly.
June 22, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Attackers at a remote hotel used by adventure tourists in northern Pakistan killed nine foreign climbers and their guide Sunday, according to police and security officials, including five Ukrainians, three Chinese and a Russian. No one has taken immediate responsibility for the attack, which reportedly took place at about 1 a.m. The hotel in Gilgit-Baltistan doubles as a base camp for mountaineers ascending Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth-highest peak. The gunmen fled after the attack, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Ali Sher.
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June 3, 2013 |
A 28-year-old London man died while climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park after he was struck by a falling rock, officials said. Felix Joseph Kiernan and his climbing partner were about 600 feet up the east buttress of the popular climbing route Sunday afternoon when a 1-foot-by-2-foot rock became dislodged, park officials said. The rock fell about 150 feet before it struck Kiernan about 2 p.m. Another climbing party below the pair used a cellphone to call for help, officials said.
May 13, 2013 |
SPRINGDALE, Utah - There comes a moment when you step backward off a cliff, clinging to a rope the width of your pinkie, and ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?" It's inevitable. Fear of heights (and its close cousin, fear of falling) is as deeply ingrained in most of us as fear of sharks or snakes. Sometimes, though, confronting these fears is the first step to discovering a new world - a coral reef, the Amazon rainforest or the convoluted landscape of southern Utah, near Zion National Park, revealed through the fast-growing sport of canyoneering.