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November 26, 1997 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hulda Crooks, nicknamed "Grandma Whitney" for her two dozen climbs up 14,495-foot Mt. Whitney between the ages of 66 and 91, has died. She was 101. Crooks, the oldest woman to scale Mt. Whitney and 12,388-foot Mt. Fuji in Japan, died Sunday at Linda Valley Villa retirement home in Loma Linda, Calif., where she had lived for the last six years. "It's been a great inspiration for me," she told The Times in 1991, four years after her last climb up Mt.
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November 26, 1997 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hulda Crooks, nicknamed "Grandma Whitney" for her two dozen climbs up 14,495-foot Mt. Whitney between the ages of 66 and 91, has died. She was 101. Crooks, the oldest woman to scale Mt. Whitney and 12,388-foot Mt. Fuji in Japan, died Sunday at Linda Valley Villa retirement home in Loma Linda, Calif., where she had lived for the last six years. "It's been a great inspiration for me," she told The Times in 1991, four years after her last climb up Mt.
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August 23, 1991 | AMY KUEBELBECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hulda Crooks, 95, known affectionately as "Grandma Whitney," readied herself to ascend her mountain one more time. Twenty-four times, from age 66 to 91, she had climbed to the 14,494-foot peak of Mt. Whitney, usually wearing the same jacket bought years ago for $1.50. But on Wednesday, she twisted earplugs into her ears and strapped herself into a seat in an Army Chinook helicopter instead.
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August 23, 1991 | AMY KUEBELBECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hulda Crooks, 95, known affectionately as "Grandma Whitney," readied herself to ascend her mountain one more time. Twenty-four times, from age 66 to 91, she had climbed to the 14,494-foot peak of Mt. Whitney, usually wearing the same jacket bought years ago for $1.50. But on Wednesday, she twisted earplugs into her ears and strapped herself into a seat in an Army Chinook helicopter instead.
NEWS
July 7, 1987
Climber Hulda Crooks, 91, said in Loma Linda that she will represent that San Bernardino County city on July 22 in the 60th annual climb of Japan's 12,388-foot Mt. Fuji. The event is sponsored by Dentsu Inc., Japan's largest advertising agency. Crooks is the oldest person to scale 14,495-foot Mt. Whitney and is known as "Grandma Whitney."
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August 13, 1986
Altitude sickness Tuesday postponed for at least 24 hours an attempt by 90-year-old Hulda Crooks to become the oldest person ever to climb 14,494-foot-high Mt. Whitney, Inyo National Forest rangers monitoring radio communications with the climbing party reported.
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December 31, 1986 | Contributing to the year-end edition were Times staff writers Steve Harvey, Paul Feldman and Kim Murphy
Hulda Crooks of Loma Linda, a 90-year-old great-grandmother attempting to become the oldest person to hike to the top of 14,494-foot-high Mt. Whitney, reached 13,777 feet before withdrawing because of altitude sickness, fatigue and the threat of lightning. Inyo National Forest officials pointed out that Crooks still holds the record. She reached the summit in 1985 at the age of 89.
NEWS
August 3, 1987 | ANN HEROLD
What would you expect from a sculptor who said he was inspired by the Hoover Dam when creating a statue of a nude woman? The sculpture, "Kneeling Lady," so offended President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had it commissioned in 1943, that he had hemlock bushes planted around it to hide it at his home in Hyde Park, N.Y. Recently, construction workers discovered the nude when they cut down the hemlocks to make way for a parking lot.
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August 11, 1986 | RON TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
The sun was just peeping over the Sierra Nevada on Sunday morning as 90-year-old Hulda Crooks waved and set briskly out toward the 14,494-foot summit of Mt. Whitney--for the 26th time in as many years.
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August 14, 1986 | RONALD B. TAYLOR and AL SEIB, Times Staff Writers
Altitude sickness, fatigue and the threat of lightning storms beat down 90-year-old Hulda Crooks' attempt to climb 14,494-foot-high Mt. Whitney, forcing her to turn back 2 1/2 miles short of the summit Wednesday. Crooks, who had climbed the rugged trail to the top of the Sierra Nevada peak 22 times before, made it as far as Trail Crest Pass at 13,777 feet by noon but could go no farther. Even after a cup of hot soup and a half-hour nap she couldn't overcome her fatigue and dizziness.
NEWS
February 5, 1988 | ANN CONNORS
Hulda Crooks has been known to make mountains into molehills. The 91-year-old Loma Linda, Calif., woman has zipped up Mt. Whitney 23 times since she was 66. Now she can add the U.S. Capitol to her athletic achievements, barely working up a sweat as she climbed the 350 steps inside the building's dome in 30 minutes. "I thought we were just getting started when we reached the top. I found it wasn't very challenging.
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July 24, 1987 | ANN HEROLD
War-torn Lebanon is no place for their children to grow up, said a Beirut couple who have offered their three children for adoption. "They are prisoners of war . . . they only think of terror and fear. It is very important for my children to leave this country to any European country where the value of human life is important," said Fayez Awarki, a 38-year-old bank employee who, with his wife, Siham, 28, made the plea for a new home for their youngsters.
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