December 16, 2007 |
Deep under the wooded hills of Calaveras County -- in the belly of one of the state's largest caves -- I worm my way through a rocky slot that our cavern tour guide calls the "pancake." It's a rectangular gap, 3 feet wide by about 18 inches tall. Imagine the space under a Volkswagen Beetle. To squeeze through, I lie on my back, raise my arms over my head and push through with my legs. My headlamp shoots a beam into a darkness so heavy I can almost feel it wrap around me. The air smells of mud.
October 21, 2007
For those a little more tame than Hugo Martin ("Off the Strip Outrageous," Oct. 14), Red Rock Canyon also offers interesting and easy walks. I saw wild bighorn sheep and purchased some beautiful Native American baskets in the shop of the administration building. Gloria Jaguden Los Angeles -- Along with Red Rock Canyon and the mountain-bike fun of Blue Diamond, there are the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and the numerous trail heads for high-elevation hiking at Mt.
June 29, 2004 |
It was a bridge like this that killed Karin Sako's boyfriend. Seven months after his death, Sako stands on the wrong side of the railing separating pedestrians from a 486-foot drop and leans into empty air, her neon backpack stark against the gray canyon walls. The arch bridge shakes as trucks rumble into Twin Falls, Idaho. Sako glances right, where her friend Jeb Corliss is perched -- also on the wrong side. Corliss was with Sako's boyfriend when he died.
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June 4, 2002 |
Yosemite park rangers staged a daring rescue of an injured rock climber Monday, plucking him from his perch with the help of a helicopter after he spent the night clinging to a sheer granite wall. John Kurth, 33, set out early Sunday for a one-day climb with a partner up a testy route known as Direct North Buttress on Middle Cathedral Rock, but was hit in the arm by a falling rock. Scott Gediman, a spokesman for the national park, said Kurth, an experienced climber from Durango, Colo.
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May 8, 1999 |
His name is Fred Koegler, but out here he's known as the Lord of the Rock. He's the way you hope to look at 57--lean and strong. During the winter he's a track and cross-country coach at Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga. Summers he spends as a law enforcement ranger at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Sorry, you don't get to be called Lord of the Rock working an office job.
March 12, 1996 |
A 17-year-old high school student was in critical condition Monday after being shocked by 220,000 volts while trying to rappel off a tower carrying Southern California Edison power lines near the Conejo Grade of the Ventura Freeway. Michael Halsell received second- and third-degree burns over 70% to 80% of his body while standing on a narrow beam on the 175-foot-high tower.