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NATIONAL
February 20, 2007 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
Three climbers can thank their black Labrador for keeping them warm until their rescue from Oregon's highest peak Monday, a day after they had slipped and fallen into a crevasse. One rescuer said the dog, Velvet, had played a critical role in keeping the man and two women warm enough in "hellacious" winds and heavy snow on Mt. Hood.
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NATIONAL
February 19, 2007 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
Three climbers on Oregon's highest peak fell off a ledge Sunday, but survived and were being rescued, local officials said. The accident comes two months after a December incident on Mt. Hood in which one climber died and two others went missing and were presumed dead, raising questions about whether winter climbing should be more closely regulated on the 11,239-foot-high mountain.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2007 | Jerry Harkavy, Associated Press
Clint Willis dreamed of pursuing the kind of extreme mountaineering pioneered by a ragtag band of climbers, most of them British, who brought their sport to a new level in the three decades following the conquest of Mt. Everest. To help reconcile those unfulfilled yearnings, he detailed the astonishing accomplishments and heart-rending losses of Chris Bonington and his circle of climbers whose high-altitude expeditions in the Alps and the Himalayas have become the stuff of legends.
TRAVEL
January 28, 2007 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
THE Alpine Club of England is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, an occasion of interest not only to climbers but also to travelers, geographers and lovers of glorious scenery. The club, founded in 1857 -- five years before the Austrians and Swiss started their own climbing organizations -- played an important role in opening up some of the most vertical parts of the world, including the Alps and the Himalayas.
WORLD
December 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A snow-covered body found on a remote mountain in China has been identified as U.S. photographer Charlie Fowler, 52, who disappeared several weeks ago during a climbing trip with Christine Boskoff, owner of a Seattle-based adventure company, friends said. Fowler and Boskoff, who may have been hit by an avalanche, were not roped together, friend Arlene Burns said in Telluride, Colo., and Boskoff, 39, had not been located. The two climbers were reported missing when they failed to return to the U.
WORLD
December 28, 2006 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Searchers in a mountainous region of southwestern China found a snow-covered body Wednesday that might be that of one of two prominent American climbers missing for more than a month. The body was spotted by a Chinese member of an international search team in a region called Genyen in Sichuan province, not far from Tibet.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
As the dramatic search for three missing climbers on Oregon's highest peak unfolded on national television earlier this month, many questions hung in the air. Who was paying for all this? Why aren't mountain climbers required to carry emergency locator devices? And what were these men doing on Mt. Hood in December? "You don't go up there in winter," said Bill O'Reilly on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," crystallizing many people's view of the matter. "That's insane."
WORLD
December 26, 2006 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
On Nov. 9, this message was inscribed in the visitors book of a restaurant in the remote southern Chinese village of Litang: "Great food and people.... The mountains around Yading are awesome. Countryside reminds us of home. We'll be back. -- Chris Boskoff and Charlie Fowler, Norwood, Colorado, US." Those are the last words that two of America's most prominent mountain climbers are known to have written. Since Dec. 18, search teams have been hunting for Boskoff and Fowler.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
With no sign of two missing climbers on Oregon's highest peak and a new storm bearing down on the mountain, the chief search official concluded "the chance of survival is pretty nil" and called off the search for the men Wednesday. "I don't think I can justify putting any more people in the field with the hope of finding them alive," Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler said.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
One glorious day in June, Kelly James and Brian Hall, two longtime climbing partners from Dallas, were scaling Mt. Rainier, the tallest peak in the Cascades, when they met a man from Brooklyn, Jerry "Nikko" Cooke, who was in another group on its way up the mountain.
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