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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1986
Referring to the fine article (Aug. 9), "France Gives a Hero His Due for First Conquest of Europe's Highest Peak," I find a misstatement in the term "highest." The author is speaking of Mt. Blanc, whereas the highest peak in Europe is Mt. Elbrus in the Caucasus of the Soviet Union. FREDERIC HAROLD YOUNG Santa Ana
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Lornet Turnbull
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.
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NEWS
November 12, 1993 | Reuters
Ten missing mountain climbers trapped since Wednesday by an avalanche on Ecuador's highest peak are unlikely to be pulled out alive, rescue officials said Thursday. Eyewitnesses have emerged confirming that hundreds of feet of snow fell on the climbers, six of them French, at about 17,300 feet up 20,577-foot Mt. Chimborazo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Dicey. That's the word Doug Thompson used to describe the strenuous 11-mile hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney in October, a month of unpredictable weather that can make the first step up the trailhead near Thompson's rustic convenience store the start of a death trap. About 25,000 people ascend the 14,494-foot mountain each year, and "while a lot of them are physically strong, they don't always have much experience or the proper gear," he said. "A year ago this very week, we had a fatal accident up here.
NEWS
November 28, 1987 | JOHN McKINNEY
Mt. Lukens, a gray whale of a mountain beached on the eastern boundary of Los Angeles, is the highest peak within the city limits. A hike up this mile-high mountain offers a great aerobic workout and terrific clear-day views of the metropolis. Theodore P. Lukens, for whom the mountain is named, was a Pasadena civic and business leader and an early supporter of the first scientific reforestation effort in California.
NEWS
July 2, 2000 | HELEN O'NEILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dave Walsh gripped his U.S. geological map as he posed for a hero shot atop America's toughest peak. "McKinley took some planning, but this took 20 years," he roared. A member of the Highpointers Club, a group of climbers who devote weekends to bagging the highest peak in every state, Walsh stood atop the ultimate summit at last. His achievement is not to be underestimated.
MAGAZINE
March 9, 1986 | RICK RIDGEWAY, Rick Ridgeway, an internationally known climber, is a Ventura-based writer and film maker.
Their goal was to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents in a single year. It was an imposing list: Aconcagua in South America, Everest in Asia, McKinley in North America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Vinson in Antarctica, Kosciusko in Australia. No one had ever scaled all seven summits. To do so would be an accomplishment coveted by the world's best mountaineers.
NEWS
March 15, 1985 | Associated Press
Mt. Everest at 5-1/2 miles is a mere foothill compared to the stsolar system's highest peak. Olympus Mons on Mars towers 15 miles above the surrounding plain.
NEWS
November 9, 2008
Mountain marathon: In Section A on Oct. 27, an item about a marathon in Britain's Lake District that was canceled because of rain said competitors were on a course over mountains as high as 7,054 feet. The highest peak in that region is 3,209 feet.
TRAVEL
April 7, 1985
We've been fortunate enough to see a very great part of the world, but I'm always annoyed by inaccuracies in supposed-to-be-factual articles. Like the piece about "The Magnificent Matterhorn" by Beverly Beyer and Ed Rabey (March 10). Contrary to their claim that the Matterhorn is the highest peak in Switzerland, the tiniest amount of research will show that the mountain, on the border with Italy, is 4,478 meters high. The Lyskamm, alongside, is 4,538 meters, and the Dufourspitze (one peak of the Monte Rosa)
WORLD
May 24, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
At some point, on every snow-covered mountain she climbs, Oh Eun-sun gazes down as though from the heavens. But rather than embracing euphoria, she's trapped in a spirit-crushing physical hell. Her legs wobbly, her lungs screaming for oxygen, she feels like she could just lie down and die. But she doesn't. She pushes on. "With every move, I feel like quitting," she says. "I am so exhausted. I ask myself, 'Why am I doing this?' It's just too hard." At 5-foot-1, she looks more like a gymnast than a stubborn scaler of mountains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
A 13-year-old from Big Bear Lake became the youngest person to scale Mt. Everest, gaining renown for the feat while renewing controversy over a trend of young record-breaking adventurers. Jordan Romero called his mother, Leigh Anne Drake, 37, from a satellite phone when he reached the peak Saturday along with his father, stepmother and a team of three guides, Drake said. "I'm calling from the top of the world," he told her. The record was previously held by Ming Kipa of Nepal, who was 15 when she made the climb in 2003 with her brother and sister.
WORLD
May 21, 2010 | Times staff and wire reports
A 13-year-old boy from Big Bear became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mt. Everest on Saturday, breaking the former record as part of his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents. A spokesman for Jordan Romero said the boy's team called him by satellite phone from the summit of the world's highest mountain, 29,035 feet above sea level. "Their dreams have now come true. Everyone sounded unbelievably happy," a new statement on Jordan's blog said Saturday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2009 | Associated Press
Achille Compagnoni, an Italian climber who was a member of the first team to reach the summit of the world's second-highest peak, has died. He was 94. Compagnoni died Wednesday at a hospital in the northern Italian city of Aosta, where he had been treated for several weeks, said hospital spokesman Tiziano Trevisan.
NEWS
November 9, 2008
Mountain marathon: In Section A on Oct. 27, an item about a marathon in Britain's Lake District that was canceled because of rain said competitors were on a course over mountains as high as 7,054 feet. The highest peak in that region is 3,209 feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2007 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
"I feel really incredible," Samantha Larson, 18, said Sunday night, describing her sense of accomplishment after having conquered Mt. Everest -- the tallest place on Earth. It was about 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nepal time, and the Long Beach teenager was waiting below a base camp on the side of Mt. Everest for a helicopter to take her trekking group, including her father, to Katmandu.
NEWS
March 9, 1989 | From United Press International
Two men lost for three days on New York's highest peak where temperatures reached 20 below zero said Wednesday they tried unsuccessfully to light fires with damp $20 bills and slept in each other's arms to keep warm. Shawn Dougher, 25, and Ralph Vecchio, 29, both from Stroudsburg, Pa., were in stable condition at Lake Placid Memorial Hospital suffering from frostbite. The men left on a cross-country skiing trip Saturday with plans to reach the summit of 5,344-foot Mt. Marcy.
NEWS
February 5, 1987 | United Press International
A Sherpa guide leading a South Korean team's bid to scale the difficult southwest face of Mt. Everest fell to an icy death when his rope snapped, the Ministry of Tourism said today. Tshutten Dorje Sherpa, 21, died Jan. 30 while he was ferrying loads between the team's third and fourth camps, the ministry said. It said the guide's body could not be recovered on the face of the 29,028-foot mountain, the world's highest peak.
NEWS
June 14, 2005 | Joe Robinson
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and devil's food baker Betty Crocker may use the name of a certain fallen angel with impunity, but Art Mijares draws the line at Contra Costa County's highest peak, Mt. Diablo. It's so offensive to his religious sensibilities that this rock, which dominates the vista from his home in Oakley, Calif., bears the Spanish name for the devil that he's trying to change the name to Mt. Kawakum, which he says is a Native American term for "laughing mountain, everywhere seen."
NEWS
May 3, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
The bright sun is streaming into Green Valley Ranch Resort as conventioneers file into an auditorium, some slightly hung over, a few munching the bacon and eggs served at the buffet next door. Two hundred and fifty chairs are occupied when the heavy doors close, sealing the room from the ringing of slot machines outside. Like explorers in a snow-covered valley moments before an avalanche, the audience has no idea what is about to hit them.
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