August 13, 1987 |
Bill Leventhal learned on his own to climb to the top of mountains. He took rock-climbing classes to learn how to get back down. "I was always interested in rock climbing and I figured that I had better learn what I was doing before I got hurt," said Leventhal, a resident of Calabasas. "I knew there was a whole world out there of how to climb safely." Leventhal, 25, took his first rock-climbing class 10 years ago from the Sierra Club and has become an expert.
July 18, 1999 |
My avid-golfer husband, Brian, had long been intrigued by photos of the Boulders, the resort, golf course and spa nestled high in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, with 160 "casita" accommodations shaped to blend into the terrain. About 30 minutes north of Phoenix, it's 1,000 feet higher than the metropolitan area, making it consistently 10 degrees cooler--and if you visit during the summer, as we did, every little degree counts.
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.
February 24, 2001 |
After almost two centuries of sailing and seamanship, the midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy, bound for careers on the sea, are about to learn a new skill: rock climbing. Starting this summer, before classes begin, the academy is requiring all freshmen to learn the basics of climbing and rappelling, with the help of its new $400,000 rock-climbing wall. Officials are considering making rock climbing part of the school curriculum.
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October 30, 1996 |
Strapped into a climbing harness and secured by a rope, Joanne Ronquillo "scanned" the rock face with her fingers. She was making her sixth trip in 24 hours up the six-story-high rock in Joshua Tree National Monument--enthusiasm that earned her the nickname "Climbing Queen." Ronquillo, 19, is totally blind. "Go to your left, Joanne," her "angel," or coach, Matthew Weiss, shouted from below. He is a veteran climber, although he is only 12. "Bring your right hand up.
May 31, 1987 |
The rock in front of me is smooth and too steep to climb. Not vertical, but steep enough. No holds at hand, I squint across blank stone, bright in desert sunshine. Decidedly out of reach is a thumb-sized bump, but two feet beyond my grasp is digital nirvana--a one-inch ledge. My left foot stretches sideways to nuzzle into a shallow notch.
August 2, 1998 |
Trying to increase your fitness by rock climbing would be an uphill battle. Even on specialized indoor equipment that allows long climbs, climbing is not as effective as treadmill running, according to a new study. Climbers instead do more of a sprint--short power bursts followed by rest. "If they sustain the climb for long enough, they are able to sustain an aerobic training effect, but sustaining that energy output might be difficult," said Phillip B.
June 17, 1994 |
Most of us have only seen rock climbing on TV or in movies such as "K2" and "Cliffhanger." But for some students, the thrill of rock climbing is reality. Chuck Ross, a junior at Sunny Hills, has been a rock climber for four years. "Climbing a rock is a challenge, and I like defeating challenges," Ross said, adding that after he reaches the top, he feels satisfied. Freshman Brian Kim, who has climbed two or three times a year for the past four years, says, "After a climb, I feel like I'm on top of the world."
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August 21, 2011 |
Lou Langlais was a Navy SEAL, a precision parachute jumper and a rock climber who scaled cliffs, sometimes without a rope. With a striking ability to suppress fear, he was known for leading his comrades into dangerous situations with a sense of calm, confidence and even fun. Over a 25-year career, Langlais rose to become a troop leader in the Navy SEALs' elite Team Six, the secretive unit that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden....