June 23, 2013 |
A career daredevil in a T-shirt and jeans completed a 1,400-foot long high-wire walk across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday evening in a feat broadcast with a 10-second delay -- just in case. Nik Wallenda's vertiginous feat came little more than a year after he crossed Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada on a 2-inch-thick cable, covering a distance of about 1,800 feet at a height of about 180 feet. But on that crossing, he wore a harness -- unlike Sunday. “Literally, when he finished [Niagara Falls]
September 11, 2011
If I close my eyes, I can almost see Bright Angel Creek spilling into the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I've been here only twice and don't know if I'll ever make it again because it's a long, hard trip down from the rim - seven miles, losing 5,000 feet in elevation, along the South Kaibab Trail, the way I hiked into the Big Ditch in 2004, or a slightly more gradual 9.3 miles along Bright Angel Trail, the route I took before that...
January 15, 2014 |
Researchers have discovered a massive trench buried beneath the Antarctic ice -- a valley deeper than the Grand Canyon. It's so deep that, in spite of several miles of ice, it can be seen from space. The news comes from British scientists, including researchers at Newcastle University and the University of Bristol, who mapped an area of the western Antarctic using "ice-penetrating radio-echo sounding and satellite imagery," according to a news release. What they found was a mighty subglacial valley, plunging deeper than Arizona's Grand Canyon.
August 19, 2012
ITALY Presentation Author Susan Van Allen will celebrate the second edition of "100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go" with a slide show and Q&A. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. GRAND CANYON Workshop Experts will offer tips on hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim, as well as trip planning and resources. When, where: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.
June 22, 2013 |
When Nik Wallenda traversed Niagara Falls on a tightrope nearly 200 feet above the ground last year, he wasn't terrified of the height, he was terrified of the tether dragging behind him. “It freaked me out like you wouldn't believe,” Wallenda says, “It was like learning to drive on the left side of the road, and then being thrown into New York City.” Wallenda is famous for his outrageous stunts and usually performs them without a...
October 2, 2011 |
The Grand Canyon Reader Edited by Lance Newman University of California Press: 256 pages, $50, $19.95 (paper) The vicarious pleasure of armchair travel is a well-explored genre for books, transporting the reader without ever opening a door. What such books do, when they are thoughtfully presented, is to share the excitement and immediacy of exploration while sparing the reader the discomfort. In "The Grand Canyon Reader," Lance Newman's editing challenge was to illuminate an iconic place while offering a glimpse of something new. There is no lack for musings on the subject.
November 30, 2012 |
The Grand Canyon may be much older than widely believed, according to a new study that challenges the view that the American landmark was born 5 million or 6 million years ago. Analyzing helium levels in rocks chipped away from outcrops in the western portion of the canyon, geologist Rebecca Flowers of the University of Colorado at Boulder and geochemist Kenneth Farley of Caltech concluded that the gorge was already there - and within a few hundred...
August 7, 2012 |
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Who hasn't peered into this brain-bending abyss and failed to conceptualize 6 million years of stream erosion through a vertical mile of primordial rock? "I'm sorry, but there's no way a river did that," huffs a voice among this evening's mesmerized herd of South Rim-at-sunset gawkers. The voice belongs to my buddy Mark Segal, 40, a food service account manager from Long Beach. Or maybe it's my other friend Vic Leyson, 34, a business manager from Studio City.
October 18, 2012 |
Researchers in Grand Canyon National Park have discovered a prehistoric-looking sucker fish once thought to be extinct from the area. The fish, known as the razorback sucker, is the first of its species to be caught in the Grand Canyon in more than 20 years. The fish is characterized by a long, high sharp-edged hump behind its head. The creature was snagged by Arizona fish and wildlife officials in the Colorado River last week, in the lower part of the canyon system. So is this find one of those river monsters featured on cable television?