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December 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Rescue workers searching for three lost climbers on Mt. Hood were stymied by a blizzard. The National Weather Service said winds on the mountain reached 80 mph. One climber, Kelly James, is believed to be holed up in a snow cave near the top, and the other two are thought to have tried to descend for help. Forecasters said rescuers' next chance would probably be Saturday -- more than a week after the climbers ascended. Authorities said James' cellphone was on briefly as recently as Tuesday.
October 30, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Eric Newby, 86, author of the travel classic "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush," died Oct. 20 near Guildford in southern England, his daughter Sonia Ashmore told the Associated Press. No cause of death was given. Born and raised in London, Newby gave up a job in advertising in 1938 to sail on a Finnish grain ship to Australia and back, a voyage he later recounted in "The Last Grain Race." Newby served with Britain's elite Special Boat Section during World War II.
January 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Three Americans were killed when rocks tumbled down Mt. Kilimanjaro and smashed into climbers preparing to scale the peak of Africa's highest mountain, Tanzanian officials said. Three other Americans and two Tanzanians were injured in the slide Wednesday, said James Wakibara, chief warden at Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park. The dead were identified as Kristian Ferguson, 27, of Longmont, Colo.; Mary Lou Sammis, 58, of Huntington, N.Y.; and Betty Orrik Sapp, 63, of Melrose, Mass.
November 22, 2005 | Mary Forgione
A film chronicling Philippe Magnin and Patrick Berhault's quest to climb all 82 summits in the Alps higher than 4,000 meters (about 13,000 feet) took top prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival earlier this month. Berhault, a noted French free climber, fell to his death on the pair's 65th summit attempt, on Dom, Switzerland's highest peak. "Sur le fil des 4000," directed by Gilles Chappez, "is a beautifully done film," says Banff jury member and adventure moviemaker Michael Brown.
November 15, 2005 | Joe Robinson
IN one of the most deadly climbing incidents in the Himalayas in recent years, an avalanche last month killed 18 members of a French team attempting to scale Kang Guru in Nepal, a 22,903-foot peak near Annapurna. The slide swept a base camp off the mountain, burying all seven French climbers and 11 Sherpas in their tents. Four other Sherpas survived. The climbers had reached high base camp at 16,617 feet when a fierce snowstorm drove them back to low camp, at 13,779 feet.
October 18, 2005 | Hugo Martin
OFFICIALS with the U.S. Forest Service are warning Mt. Whitney hikers about glissading down ice chutes after an El Cerrito man died attempting the risky maneuver this month. Friends describe Stephen Tom, 45, as a cautious climber, but he was killed when he and another hiker slid down a chute to save time descending a 13,777-foot crest and arduous switchbacks.
June 11, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A climber died after falling on Mt. Rainier, the National Park Service said in Ashford. Mt. Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said Mike Beery of Port Angeles fell 800 feet down Gibraltar Chute, which is on a popular route to the summit. Rangers received an emergency call from the victim's climbing partner, Ryan Tillman, who was not hurt. Beery was the third climber to die on the mountain this year.
May 31, 2005 | ERIC BLEHM
ENGINEER MOUNTAIN in the San Juans of Colorado is still in shadow as I drink from a Nalgene bottle a soupy mixture of hot chocolate and oatmeal -- lubrication for the peanut butter-smeared bagel. Outside the tent, in the frozen and crunchy twilight snow, I'm anxious to get moving. I call it morning sickness, the bloated I-just-slurped-it-down-for-the-calories-but-now-I-think-I'm-going-to- puke feeling I often experience at altitude on summit day. Or maybe it's just nerves.
May 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. climber was killed on Mt. Everest after he slipped and fell into a crevasse, Nepalese mountaineering officials said. Seattle climber Michael O'Brien, 39, fell Sunday as he and his brother Chris, 32, were crossing the Khumbu Icefall.
March 22, 2005 | Scott Doggett
A Los Angeles man plunged 1,000 feet to his death while free climbing the northwest face of Mt. Whitney earlier this month. Authorities recovered the body of Richard J. Ferrari, 37, Wednesday below a site where he was likely crossing steel-hard ice during a snowstorm on the way down the mountain, says Malinee Crapsey, a National Park Service ranger. Three climbers who came off the mountain reported finding a collapsed tent at the bottom of the northwest face March 14.
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