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May 31, 1993 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the adrenaline-stoked realm of vertical rock climbing, Derek Geoffrey Hersey was regarded as one of the world's best, a daredevil among daredevils who did not use a rope. But for reasons that authorities said Sunday may never be known, the 36-year-old Hersey plunged to his death from the granite face of Yosemite National Park's Sentinel Rock. A native of Manchester, England, Hersey for the past decade had lived in Boulder, Colo.
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April 23, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When Adrianne Wadewitz became a Wikipedia contributor 10 years ago she decided to use a pseudonym, certain that fellow scholars at Indiana University would frown on writing for the often-maligned "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. " But Wadewitz eventually came out as a Wikipedian, the term the encyclopedia uses to describe the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit its pages. A rarity as a woman in the male-centric Wikipedia universe, she became one of its most valued and prolific contributors as well as a force for diversifying its ranks and demystifying its inner workings.
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MAGAZINE
March 2, 1997 | Steve Banks
beta n. detailed information about how to best negotiate a climb. "I had problems with this climb until I got the beta on the crux section." betty n. term of endearment used to describe female climbers. "Wow, did you see all the bettys out at the crag today?" campus v. climb using hands only. "The moves at the top are easier if you campus them, because the footholds just disappear." crag n. generic term used to describe any climbing location. crimper n. very small handhold. flapper n.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Culver City Ice Arena, which closed earlier this month after losing its lease, might reopen after the rock-climbing company that had planned to take over the space revealed last week that it would not. But City Manager John Nachbar said the city and the rink employees would first have to resolve many issues, including whether the facility's refrigeration system was safe. The unexpected news of Planet Granite's lease cancellation was a relief to the Takahashi family, longtime employees of the rink who hope to operate it for at least six months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
The temporary closure of a popular rock-climbing spot in the Angeles National Forest has been extended for one more year to protect an endangered frog species inhabiting the area, officials said Tuesday. Damage to the forest from the Station fire, which has increased the risk of mudslides, has made that area an even more crucial habitat for the frog, authorities said. About 1,000 acres north of Angeles Crest Highway, including Williamson Rock, were closed in 2005 because of the presence of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog.
NEWS
November 26, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition. and
Thanks largely to its image in advertising and other media, rock climbing has gained something of a reputation as a dangerous sport practiced by thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies. But although top climbers continually push the limits of the sport's possibilities, the more mundane truth is that rock climbing, when done correctly, is a perfectly safe pursuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS
An 18-year-old Ventura youth died Sunday after falling off a rock at a Rose Valley waterfall about 20 miles north of Ojai, authorities said. Nathan Spargur apparently died shortly before 4:40 p.m., when Ventura County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Barrett said authorities were called about the accident. Although the coroner's office was still investigating the case Sunday night, Barrett said Spargur apparently had climbed up one of the rocky cliffs at the waterfall, which is just north of Lion's Campground.
SPORTS
May 18, 2001 | PETE THOMAS
The sky was a dazzling blue, yet those climbing Iris saw only her gray granite face. She stands sentinel over the vast and beautiful Rock Creek Canyon, over a lush meadow of the same name, over a stream teeming with trout. Most catch only a glimpse of Iris as they whiz by on the highway below, following the canyon to the lake that feeds the creek, or to one of the nearby campgrounds. But rock climbers find her irresistible.
TRAVEL
May 13, 2012
EUROPE Presentation Susan Hickman, Distant Lands' rail agent, will help you plan your itinerary, from purchasing a ticket and boarding your train to exiting at your destination. When, where : 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. ROCK CLIMBING Workshop Rock-climbing instructors will teach assisted-rescue skills no climber should be without. When, where: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Suite E. Admission, info: $60; (310)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1997 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The looming rock face dwarfed 12-year-old Jose Avila. Unfazed, he stepped forward to tackle it. "Feel the rock!" his guide urged him, so Avila rubbed his palms across the warm granite. Then he was crawling right up the face, hands feeling for cracks, his cherubic face serious under the yellow helmet. Jose is partially blind. The Santa Ana seventh-grader can see shadows and light, but not those little crevices so essential in rock-climbing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Culver City Ice Arena, which closed this month after losing its lease, might reopen after the rock-climbing company that had planned to take over the space said late Thursday that it was canceling its lease. But City Manager John Nachbar said the city and the rink would first have to resolve many issues, including whether the facility's refrigeration system was safe. The unexpected cancellation of Planet Granite's lease was a relief to the Takahashi family, longtime employees who hope to operate the rink for at least six months beginning March 1. "We would love to announce we're going to open March 1, but we don't know that yet," said Shannon Takahashi, who manages the skating school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Residents of a Bay Area apartment building rushed to escape a six-alarm fire Thursday morning, some using rock climbing gear to lower themselves to safety. Four people suffered moderate and minor injuries in the fire, which was reported about 5:15 a.m. at the 75-unit Redwood City apartment building, according to KTVU. No major injuries or deaths were reported. Roommates Matt Fisher and Adam Carpenter went for their rock climbing gear when the blaze began and were able to escape injury, NBC Bay Area reported.
TRAVEL
August 25, 2013
BRITAIN Presentation Learn the ins and outs of the British train system and which, if any, BritRail pass is best for your trip. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. CLIMBING Workshop This introductory class will discuss the different types of rock climbing, what gear is necessary and the basics on how to get started. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free.
TRAVEL
October 14, 2012
PHILIPPINES Slide show Rafael Mirasol will explore the Philippines' colonial roots, a bustling metropolis and its beach resorts. When, where: 7:30 Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. ROCK CLIMBING Workshop Experts will offer an introductory class in rock climbing, including types of climbing, what gear is necessary and getting started. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at REI stores in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave., and Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St. Admission, info: Free.
TRAVEL
August 5, 2012
BACKPACKING Workshop Experts will offer tips on lightweight backpacking techniques, including shelter, backpacks, food and fuel efficiency. When, where: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real. Admission, info: Free. (714) 505-0205 ROCK CLIMBING Movie "Beyond Gravity" showcases 18 leading young climbers as they take on routes such as the Emperor Face of Mt. Robson in British Columbia, Canada; icy fiords in Greenland; and the magnificent Cardinal Pinnacle in the Sierra.
TRAVEL
May 13, 2012
EUROPE Presentation Susan Hickman, Distant Lands' rail agent, will help you plan your itinerary, from purchasing a ticket and boarding your train to exiting at your destination. When, where : 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. ROCK CLIMBING Workshop Rock-climbing instructors will teach assisted-rescue skills no climber should be without. When, where: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Suite E. Admission, info: $60; (310)
NEWS
June 16, 1994 | PANCHO DOLL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For four years, Cam Donnahoo painstakingly glued chips of alabaster and tiny bits of quartz onto a flood control wall at the end of Kalorama Street in Ventura. The 29-year-old environmental engineer and rock-climbing enthusiast spent evenings and weekends lugging 40-pound bags of rock chips, the trimmings from a sculptor's supply store, into the arroyo. This, along with a gallon can of Bondo auto body repair putty.
TRAVEL
April 8, 2012
TRAVEL Workshop Trip planner and author Rebecca Bricker will show you how to map out a realistic itinerary and stay within your budget. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: $10. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. ROCK CLIMBING Movie Join the filmmakers for a presentation and screening of "Stoney Point: Portrait of an American Crag," a documentary on the history and rock-climbing culture of the 76-acre park on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2012 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Yosemite National Park -- Winter in the high country is usually a season of icy quiet. Birds leave, bears hibernate, and only a few hardy people on skis or snowshoes pass through en route to snow-covered granite domes. But Christmas and New Year's Day came and went, then Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and still only auburn pine needles covered the ground. Chattering squirrels, normally tucked away in their winter nests, perched on top of "Snow Play Area" signs, with no snow in sight.
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