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  • Climbers feared missing after Mt. Everest Avalance

    04/17/2014 8:31:09 PM PDT · by machogirl · 56 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 04-18-14 | AP
    Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association says four or five climbers are believed to have been buried and more injured by an avalanche that swept the slopes of Mount Everest.
  • See the Power of Mother Nature in a Mesmerizing, Five-Minute Video of an Avalanche

    02/10/2014 6:49:47 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/10/2014 | Liz Klimas
    An avalanche that occurred in northern Italy last week appears to be so slow moving it’s almost as if the footage taken of it is in slow motion. But it’s its speed that might have a saving grace for the inhabitants of the town nestled in the Alps. For five long minutes, snow buried the area in the Passiria valley in South Tyrol, Italy, which is near the Austrian border.
  • Avalanche kills backcountry recreationist on Parkview Mountain in northern Colorado, official says

    12/31/2013 8:05:19 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    ch 7 ^ | 12/31/2013 | Alan Gathright
    A backcountry recreationist was killed by an avalanche on Parkview Mountain in northern Colorado on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The fatality was reported to the Grand County dispatch center at 1:32 p.m., the Grand County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Both Grand and Jackson counties' rescue teams responded to the area. There were conflicting accounts about whether the party of three people were skiing or snowmobiling, said Scott Toepfer, an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. ... Toepfer said he suspects the avalanche was caused by what's known as a persistent slab slide. This condition is...
  • Slope Dope: “Whumph!” — The sound of avalanche danger and how to avoid it

    12/16/2012 9:58:23 AM PST · by thecodont · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Dec 16 2012 at 8:53 am | Posted By: Tom Stienstra
    “Whumph!” It sounds like somebody just dropped a sack of potatoes from 50 feet high into 3 feet of powder snow. On instinct, you will turn to see where it came from. There are no indicators: A moonscape of fresh snow extends as far as you can see up the steep mountain slopes. If you’re not scared by now, then you don’t realize the risk: The daunting power of nature may be about to unleash its ultimate winter force, an avalanche. The “whumph” noise is a warning sound that an avalanche may be imminent. It occurs when a deep layer...
  • When You See Snow Avalanche Run

    10/25/2012 7:04:55 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 13 replies
    It is not a good ideal to video a Snow Avalanche coming at you.
  • Is That An Avalanche I Hear?

    08/19/2012 9:32:26 AM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    hughhewitt.com ^ | 8/19/2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    Bill Kristol is exactly right on the impact of the selection of Paul Ryan on grassroots conservatism across the country. Charles Krauthammer helped provide the explanation in his Friday column and it comes down to this: Paul Ryan is thoroughly conservative --a reliable, electable conservative-- who also provides the sort of charismatic leadership the center-right has longed for since Reagan and which George W. Bush could only provide at intervals and usually only on the war. Thus in Ryan there is a long term promise of renewal of the party and the movement, one preceded by the rise of the...
  • Avalanche buries 100 Pakistani soldiers on glacier

    04/07/2012 5:55:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    An avalanche smashed into a Pakistani army base on a Himalayan glacier along the Indian border on Saturday, burying around 100 soldiers, the military said.
  • Massive Avalanche Takes Out French Ski Lift -- With Skiers On It

    03/05/2012 2:55:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    No one was reported hurt, so you can relax and watch these crazy videos of a ginormous, late-afternoon, wet avalanche at St. Francois-Longchamps, France, in the Savoie, destroying a quad chairlift. Some 70 people were on the lift and, incredibly, not one was injured and all were evacuated within two and a half hours.
  • 3 killed in Cascades avalanche; snowboarder dies at Alpental

    02/19/2012 4:23:02 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | Feb 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM PST | KOMO Staff
    STEVENS PASS, Wash. - Three people were killed Sunday in a deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass that swept down on three group of skiers, officials said. And in a separate incident, a snowboarder was killed Sunday at Alpental after plunging over a cliff.
  • Three dead in avalanche at Stevens Pass; another dead in avalanche near Alpental (WA)

    02/19/2012 3:25:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 4+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 19, 2012 | Amy Martinez
    Three people are dead in an avalanche just outside the Stevens Pass ski resort, and a snowboarder was killed in another avalanche in an out-of-bounds area in the Alpental Valley at Snoqualmie Pass, authorities said. Earlier Sunday, the King County Sheriff’s Office said two were dead and as many as eight were missing in the Stevens Pass avalanche, but later changed the death toll from two to three. KING-TV reported that the individuals who had been unaccounted for in that avalanche have since been accounted for.
  • Michelle Obama in Aspen for Ski Vacation

    02/18/2012 9:43:40 AM PST · by kristinn · 125 replies
    The Aspen Daily News ^ | Saturday, February 18, 2012 | Carolyn Sackariason
    First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Aspen on Friday afternoon and is here with her daughters for a ski vacation. Few details about her trip were available. Sources said she is staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. She is reportedly skiing at Buttermilk today, where the Crowns, of Chicago, own a home on the Tiehack side. Several people have known about the “low-key” vacation, with the Secret Service in town for the past few days scoping out places for the family to relax and enjoy what the resort has to offer....
  • Dog digs himself out of avalanche; turns up at motel 4 days later

    01/07/2012 1:00:33 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-7-12
    A dog feared dead after he was swept away in an avalanche that killed his owner turned up four days later at the Montana motel where they had stayed before going backcountry skiing. Search and rescue team member Bill Whittle said he was 'positive' that the Welsh corgi – named Oly – had been buried in Saturday's avalanche and had managed to dig his way out. 'The avalanche guys were up there on Monday investigating and they were looking for the dog too and never seen any signs,' he said. But on Wednesday afternoon, Oly showed up exhausted and hungry...
  • Four Days After Avalanche Tragedy, Oly (the Pembroke Welsh Corgi) Comes Home

    01/06/2012 1:28:20 PM PST · by Sans-Culotte · 16 replies
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | 1-6-2012 | GAIL SCHONTZLER
    Four days after an avalanche killed his master and buried him alive, a little Welsh Corgi dog named Oly walked out of the wilderness and into the arms of Cooke City rescuers, who brought him home to his grieving family in Bozeman. “It’s bittersweet,” said Kerry Corcoran Gaillard, whose husband, David Gaillard, was killed by an avalanche Saturday when the couple was cross-country skiing. “I was excited” to get Oly back, she said, “but it amplified the loss of Dave a little bit. You automatically wish it could be Dave.” David Gaillard, 44, was the Defenders of Wildlife Northern Rockies...
  • Sick of campaign ad avalanche? TV stations aren't

    10/29/2010 11:02:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/10 | Andrew Vanacore - ap
    NEW YORK – For TV viewers, this cutthroat election year is a riot of attack ads and media saturation made possible by big-money donors. For TV stations, it's a stimulus package. One research group expects TV political spending to hit a record $3 billion. The windfall may continue well past Election Day because regular advertisers are getting squeezed out of the schedule and could spend their ad budgets later. Coming out of a recession that put some broadcasters in or near bankruptcy protection, political spending is emerging as a critical — but temporary — source of revenue. Several factors created...
  • At least 1 climber missing after Rainier avalanche

    06/05/2010 7:24:29 PM PDT · by Newtoidaho · 9 replies · 521+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 05, 2010 | PHUONG LE
    SEATTLE (AP) — An avalanche on Mount Rainier sent a mass of snow cascading down a slope early Saturday, burying at least four people, a national park spokeswoman said, and at least one climber remained missing more than 12 hours later. A search was under way on Mount Rainier, some 60 miles east of Seattle, for the missing climber and a skier reported in the area who may also have been missing, said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold. At about 4:45 a.m. Saturday, several climbing teams were overtaken by the slab avalanche that occurred at 12,500-foot level when...
  • Troopers say search unlikely today for missing Conoco Alaska employee

    02/14/2010 12:04:56 PM PST · by Species8472 · 19 replies · 1,394+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 14th, 2010 | KYLE HOPKINS and JAMES HALPIN
    Poor weather will prevent state troopers from searching today for a Conoco Phillips Alaska employee missing in the avalanche that killed company president Jim Bowles on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers says. The avalanche that killed Bowles occurred in the Grandview area wilderness between Girdwood and Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. Bowles was with a group of about 12 snowmachiners when the avalanche roared down a slope. His body was recovered before nightfall, while the second rider also caught in the slide, Alan Gage, was missing and presumed killed, troopers said. Bowles has headed Conoco Phillips Alaska...
  • Environmental Radical Killed by Avalanche (Irony of Ironies)

    02/05/2010 11:53:02 AM PST · by ezfindit · 18 replies · 718+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/5/2010
    Tyler James Johnson, a Caltech graduate student who fled the U.S. after authorities identified him as an alleged conspirator in a case involving arson attacks at several San Gabriel Valley car dealerships six years ago, has died. He was 30. According to an obituary posted on the website of the Michigan-based Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Johnson was “killed from a fall due to an avalanche” on Dec. 26 during a solo expedition in the Corsican mountains of France. Johnson became a fugitive after being named as a co-conspirator in the August 2003 firebombing of eight sport-utility vehicles at a West Covina...
  • Report: Ice avalanche kills 11 climbers on Pakistan's K-2

    08/03/2008 3:22:45 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 6 replies · 125+ views
    espn ^ | 08.03.08
    An ice avalanche has killed at least 11 climbers on Pakistan's K-2 mountain, CNN.com reported Sunday. Mountaineer Fredrick Strang said at a K-2 base camp that the climbers were descending the Himalayan mountain, the second highest peak in the world, when the avalanche destroyed a fixed rope that the group was using to get to the summit. K-2 is 28,250 feet tall -- about 785 feet shorter than the world's highest peak, Mount Everest -- but climbers generally regard K-2 as the more difficult to summit. Roughly 22 climbers were in the group trying to summit K-2 on Friday night,...
  • Juneau utility costs to soar

    04/18/2008 9:24:12 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 19 replies · 93+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | April 18th, 2008 04:39 AM | ANNE SUTTON
    Elise Pringle immediately called the power company when she heard news that utility rates could quintuple after a series of avalanches cut off Juneau's source of cheap hydro power. "I was squawking," Pringle said Thursday. "If we get hit that hard, we will go under." Pringle, who struggles to pay the medical bills for a child with cerebral palsy and a husband with cancer, called Alaska Electric Light and Power three times on Wednesday. She called the governor's office twice. "I said 'What are you going to do? '" said Pringle, shocked by news that her monthly $200 utility bill...
  • Snoqualmie Pass closed again by avalanche

    01/30/2008 10:16:01 PM PST · by skeptoid · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Seattle P. I. ^ | January 30, 2008 | LARRY LANGE, HECTOR CASTRO AND KATHY MULADY
    A new avalanche shut down Snoqualmie Pass a second time Wednesday after an avalanche westbound lanes near Hyak, closing part of the road less than four hours after it had reopened after the longest closure in six years.
  • Police consider charges against survivor of deadly B.C. avalanche

    01/02/2008 8:32:26 PM PST · by Clive · 24 replies · 227+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2008-01-02 | (wire service)
    WHISTLER, B.C. - RCMP in Whistler, B.C. are considering laying charges against the only man who survived a deadly avalanche New Year's Day. RCMP Const. Graham Morgan said the two men went right past a permanent sign warning of closed terrain on the popular ski hill. "We are investigating the potential for criminal charges, of criminal negligence, based on the fact that they...clearly they went into an area that was permanently closed." Police believe the men triggered the avalanche in a remote and dangerous area away from the regular, groomed ski runs. Both men were swept over a cliff by...
  • 2,000 Stranded Amid Colorado Avalanche Threat (125 miles of I-70 closed, shelters opened)

    12/31/2007 4:26:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 187+ views
    KPTV ^ | 12/31/07
    2,000 Stranded Amid Colo. Avalanche ThreatMotorists Warned Stay Away From I-70; 9 Shelters Opened UPDATED: 10:04 am PST December 31, 2007 DENVER -- The threat of avalanches is keeping more than 2,000 travelers stranded at Red Cross shelters in Colorado. That threat is the reason more than 60 miles of Interstate 70 is closed west of Denver, and it isn't clear when the busy highway will reopen. Officials were forced to close the highway overnight because of the heavy winds and snow. The closures started around 6 p.m. Sunday and extended about 125 miles. CDOT asked motorists to avoid the...
  • Company Works to Flush Out Taliban During ‘Rock Avalanche’

    10/31/2007 4:18:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 148+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Caldwell, USA
    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2007 – Under the cover of darkness, soldiers from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne), air-assaulted about three miles south of their forward operating bases in the Pech River Valley earlier this month as part of Operation Rock Avalanche. Army Sgt. Chad Mohr (left) watches rounds land on target as Army Spc. David Hooker fires the MK19 machine gun at a known insurgent position Oct. 24, 2007, during Operation Rock Avalanche. The "Dragon Platoon" soldiers of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne), were occupying a ridgeline between the Pech and Shuryak river...
  • Colorado - Massive avalanche west of Denver

    01/06/2007 10:44:39 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 250 replies · 12,740+ views
    AP Bulletin | January 6, 2007
    <p>DENVER (AP) -- Colorado highway officials say a massive avalanche buried several cars in Berthoud Pass about 60 miles west of Denver and sent other vehicles over the edge.</p> <p>A huge avalanche buried cars Saturday and may have pushed others over the edge Saturday on U.S. 40 near 11,307-foot-high Berthoud Pass, Colorado highway officials said.</p>
  • Taliban buried alive in mountains: Survivor

    11/03/2001 1:09:43 AM PST · by stilts · 205 replies · 959+ views
    SIFY News ^ | November 3, 2001 | Staff
    Kabul, Nov 3 "I thought I was going to die — the earth was raining from the skies," a Taliban survivor told the Sun while describing how an entire unit was buried alive in a strike by US B-52s. Osman Rakhim, 23, said the explosions caused by the giant US bombers started a landslide on his mountainside position. He said dozens of troops were killed when hundreds of tons of earth and rock came down on top of them. Rakhim wandered away from the carnage in a daze and later surrendered to the Northern Alliance. He said a whole unit ...
  • Russian climbers go missing on K2

    08/17/2006 8:22:50 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 18 replies · 907+ views
    BBC ^ | August 16, 2006 | Aijaz Mahar
    Four Russian mountaineers have gone missing in Pakistan on the world's second highest mountain, K2.
  • Avalanche hits Mammoth Mountain resort; minor injuries reported

    MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. - An avalanche struck the Mammoth Mountain resort Monday and three people suffered minor injuries, an official said. Searchers were trying to determine if there were any other victims. The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center had posted a warning of "considerable" danger on Monday. The avalanche occurred shortly after 2 p.m., said Fire Chief Brent Harper. More than 200 people were searching an area of a ski run in the Climax section of the resort, which has had record snowfall this season. The Mammoth Web site reported the resort closed operations for the day at 2:30 p.m. It...
  • Snowmobilers found dead in Mont. avalanche

    01/15/2006 7:33:00 PM PST · by quantim · 8 replies · 578+ views
    AP/mlive.com ^ | 1/15/2006, 9:07 p.m. ET
    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Rescuers recovered the bodies Sunday of two snowmobilers who disappeared a day earlier in an avalanche west of Glacier National Park, officials said.Christopher Schmalz, 21, and Danelle Bloom, 22, had been missing since Saturday afternoon, said Flathead County Undersheriff Mike Meehan.Authorities were alerted to the avalanche by a third snowmobiler who escaped, Meehan said. Rescuers searched for Schmalz and Bloom until around dusk Saturday and resumed the search Sunday morning.The effort was suspended overnight because of "extreme avalanche danger," Meehan said.
  • French mountaineering team killed in Nepal (7 French climbers, 11 Nepalese mountain guides)

    10/24/2005 9:40:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 692+ views
    afp on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/05 | AFP
    KATHMANDU (AFP) - Seven French climbers and 11 Nepalese mountain guides were killed in a massive avalanche last week in the northwest of Nepal, the head of the Himalayan Rescue Association said. "All the team members of the French Mount Kangaru expedition have died," Bikram Neupane, president of the Himalayan Rescue Association, told reporters Monday in the capital after he visited the site and talked to rescue teams. The private association sent a 10-member rescue team to find survivors of the October 20 avalanche, Neupane said. The lead rescuer, Padam Ghale, told him that the snow depth precluded finding anyone...
  • No one saw massive slide in vast state

    10/02/2005 11:38:47 AM PDT · by redpoll · 34 replies · 1,604+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | Oct. 2, 2005 | Ned Rozell
    Jackie Caplan-Auerbach was checking earthquake activity around Alaska volcanoes from her Anchorage office on Sept. 14, a routine she performs every day at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, when she noticed a strange seismic signal on Mount Spurr. A large shock to the Earth -- not as abrupt as an earthquake -- had happened somewhere in Alaska. When Caplan-Auerbach saw the odd signal was even stronger on Mount Wrangell, she suspected there was a great avalanche somewhere in the restless corner of Alaska where the Panhandle of Southeast meets the rest of the state. There was.
  • Senate Roll Vote on Filibuster Fight

    05/24/2005 12:03:34 PM PDT · by carolinacrazy · 27 replies · 1,676+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2005 | AP
    Democrats No Biden, Del.; Boxer, Calif.; Cantwell, Wash.; Corzine, N.J.; Dayton, Minn.; Dodd, Conn.; Dorgan, N.D.; Feingold, Wis.; Kennedy, Mass.; Kerry, Mass.; Lautenberg, N.J.; Levin, Mich.; Lincoln, Ark.; Murray, Wash.; Reed, R.I.; Sarbanes, Md.; Stabenow, Mich.
  • UDOT admits it was at fault in backyard artillery accident

    05/22/2005 11:04:44 AM PDT · by JustReading · 23 replies · 816+ views
    DAILY HERALD ^ | Michael Rigert
    Friday, March 25, 2005 - 12:00 AM | UDOT admits it was at fault in backyard artillery accident Michael Rigert DAILY HERALD The Utah Department of Transportation said it was most definitely at fault when an artillery round that easily could have killed several people landed in a Pleasant Grove family's back yard Wednesday afternoon. The round was meant for avalanche control in Provo Canyon. Tom Hudachko, a Utah Department of Transportation spokesman, said crews were conducting avalanche control with the cannon in the vicinity of Slide Canyon and Lost Creek when the 105 mm howitzer projectile was launched over...
  • Mt. Everest Avalanche Injures Climbers

    05/06/2005 6:05:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 389+ views
    FOXNews/AP ^ | May 06, 2005
    Mt. Everest Avalanche Injures Climbers Friday, May 06, 2005 KATMANDU, Nepal — Medics in a makeshift tent hospital on Mount Everest (search) on Friday treated six climbers injured in an avalanche, while rescuers hoping to evacuate the victims in helicopters were turned back by snowfall and strong wind. No one was killed by the avalanche early Thursday, which swept through the first of four camps set up between Everest's base camp and the mountain's 29,035-foot summit. Six climbers received injuries ranging from bruises to a possible broken back, reports from the mountain said. The victims' nationalities were still unclear. They...
  • Avalanche Control Round Lands in Backyard

    03/24/2005 2:15:16 PM PST · by Lokibob · 68 replies · 2,284+ views
    KSL Radio ^ | (Mar 24, 2005) -- | KSL radio
        Avalanche Control Round Lands in BackyardUDOT admitting today that a howitzer shell that exploded in the backyard of a Pleasant Grove home was from one of their avalanche control cannons.   (KSL News) -- A 105 howitzer round that exploded in a Pleasant Grove backyard came from an avalanche cannon in Provo Canyon. UDOT Deputy Director Carlos Braceras says they shot eight shells Wednesday afternoon in the canyon, but the last one appears to have been over packed with gunpowder. UDOT says they'll take full responsibility and compensate the homeowners for all damage caused. They're also suspending indefinitely...
  • Man Rides Avalanche Feet-First in Utah

    02/20/2005 9:44:53 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 6 replies · 456+ views
     MONA, Utah - A hiker fell about 1,000 feet down a mountain side, riding an avalanche feet-first — and suffered only minor injuries. "Extremely lucky," said Juab County Sheriff Alden Orme. Mark Thomas and two companions were hiking on a ridge near Mount Nebo on Saturday when snow gave way beneath them, they told police. His friends did not fall, but Thomas slid about 1,000 feet, triggering an avalanche, Orme said. Thomas, 21, of Salt Lake City, told police that he rode the cascading snow feet-first, and came to a stop partially buried in a canyon. His friends went for...
  • Man killed in Vermont avalanche while making film on extreme skiing

    02/16/2005 3:30:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies · 1,035+ views
    AP) ^ | Wednesday February 16, 2005 | AP)
    STOWE, Vt. (AP) A lifelong skier was killed when an avalanche carried him off a mountain while he and three friends were making a film about extreme skiing. Alec Stall, 23, was being filmed doing sweeping turns down a steep chute just before the accident Monday on Mount Mansfield. His friends believe Stall may have caught a ski tip in a crust of snow and fell 30 feet from a cliff edge. Above him, a slab of snow broke loose and created a river of snow that swept Stall off the mountain. ``I saw this huge rush of snow coming...
  • Beacons of Hope for the Adventurer in a Bind

    02/04/2005 8:12:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 275+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2005 | MINDY SINK
    HOW IT WORKS AVALANCHE rescue beacons have become standard equipment for many skiers and snowmobilers who go into wilderness areas or beyond the boundaries of ski resorts. The small radio transmitters, strapped to the body, can aid rescuers in locating someone buried under several feet of snow.But not everyone who enters the backcountry uses the devices. Shane Maixner, a 27-year-old snowboarder from Sandpoint, Idaho, was not wearing one when he was caught in an avalanche on Jan. 14 in an out-of-bounds area near the Canyons resort in Utah. A team of rescuers found his body two days later."With that accident...
  • BUSH IN NORWAY

    02/04/2005 4:53:23 PM PST · by coffee260 · 52 replies · 1,865+ views
    To The Point ^ | 02/04/2005 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    It was about two years ago when I was talking to my friend Tony Blankley of the Washington Times and Fox News, and commented that someday George Bush’s greatness as a president would be compared to Ronald Reagan’s. Tony’s response floored me: “You know, Jack, someday it might be the other way around.” The trifecta of the last two weeks – the Second Inaugural Address, the elections in Iraq, the State of the Union – provide an undeniable demonstration of Tony’s prescience. Yet next December 10 in Oslo, Norway, there will be another undeniable demonstration – this one of undiluted...
  • 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, er...in the Snow

    01/30/2005 7:13:59 AM PST · by pharmamom · 41 replies · 854+ views
    National Review on Line ^ | 1-30-05 | pharmamom
    A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it. Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was buried in the Slovak Tatra mountains. He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out. But as he dug with his hands, he realised the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through. He had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in...
  • Man peed way out of avalanche

    01/28/2005 12:13:32 PM PST · by Bush_Democrat · 177 replies · 4,399+ views
    Ananova ^ | 01/28/2005
    Ananova: Man peed way out of avalanche A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it. Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was buried in the Slovak Tatra mountains. He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out. But as he dug with his hands, he realised the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through. He...
  • Major avalanche at Utah ski resort

    01/14/2005 1:33:48 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 146 replies · 7,251+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 14, 2005 | Alex Johnson.
    PARK CITY, Utah - An avalanche crashed down a slope near a ski run at the popular Canyons resort on Friday, a local television station reported. Rescue teams and dogs were searching for as many as 15 people who may have been trapped under the snow.
  • Austrian Alps Avalanche Kills Two Skiers

    12/20/2004 6:03:17 PM PST · by Mr. Jeeves · 4 replies · 300+ views
    AP ^ | 12-20-2004 | AP
    INNSBRUCK, Austria - Avalanches killed two skiers and seriously injured another Monday, and experts warned that recent storms have created unstable conditions ripe for more snow slides in Austria's Alps. A 41-year-old American and a 39-year-old German died in an avalanche in Lech am Arlberg in the southwestern province of Vorarlberg that also critically injured the American's wife, also 41, the Austria Press Agency reported. Officials did not immediately release the names or hometowns of the victims, who were located after a 30-minute search by 15 mountain rescue experts using a pair of specially trained dogs. They said the German...
  • "Earthquake" John Tenta faces another cancer hurdle (given 13-18 months to live)

    08/17/2004 3:51:30 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 12 replies · 1,272+ views
    Slam! Sports ^ | 17 August 2004 | John Tenta et al.
    Tenta faces another cancer hurdle 'Earthquake' John Tenta has revealed that he is facing yet another type of cancer, this time in his lungs. After disclosing that he had cancer of the bladder in May, ending his in-ring career, Tenta endured chemotherapy for months. But Monday, he told his fans on the WrestleCrap.com newsboard that things had taken a turn for the worse... remainder of article
  • Five Czechs, Russians die climbing Kyrgyz peak

    08/07/2004 10:59:37 AM PDT · by klpt · 10 replies · 415+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05 Aug 2004 | reuters
    An avalanche killed at least five mountaineers from the Czech Republic and Russia as they climbed a peak in Kyrgyzstan on Thursday, their tour operator said. A mass of thawing snow and glacier ice hit 20 Czech and Russian mountaineers as they approached the Central Asian state's highest peak, the Khan Tengri, an official from the tourist firm Aksai Tour said. Rescue work was going on. Several groups of climbers, numbering 50 altogether, were trying to climb the snow-capped peak when the avalanche struck. It is a matter of honour for many experienced climbers in the former Soviet Union to...
  • Army asks ski resorts to return its howitzers

    04/28/2004 7:23:58 AM PDT · by Moose4 · 19 replies · 183+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 28 April 2004 | Associated Press
    <p>RENO, Nevada (AP) -- The U.S. military is demanding the return of five howitzers that two Sierra Nevada ski resorts use to prevent avalanches, saying it needs the guns for the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <p>Alpine Meadows and Mammoth Mountain received the artillery pieces on loan from the Army and began using them last year to fire rounds into mountainsides and knock snow loose.</p>
  • Three ice climbers found dead after avalanche in Banff

    02/13/2004 11:23:18 AM PST · by Condor51 · 18 replies · 211+ views
    Associated Press | 02-13 10:35 PST | Staff
    BANFF, Alberta Three ice climbers were killed after being caught in an avalanche in Banff National Park, Canadian officials said. Their names and home towns were not released pending notification of next of kin but early reports indicated they were from the United States, said Parks Canada spokeswoman Shelley Humphries. The three, part of two climbing parties, were on Mount Wilson north of Lake Louise when the avalanche apparently knocked them off their climbing route Thursday.
  • Europe freezes in its tracks

    01/30/2004 10:42:42 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 606+ views
    News24 ^ | January 31 2004
    Paris - Four people were killed in an avalanche in Poland as snowfall blanketed much of Europe on Thursday, triggering traffic and rail chaos and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights in Britain, Germany and Denmark. Four people were found dead after being caught in an avalanche in Poland's southern Tatra mountains, the Polish news agency PAP reported, citing rescue services. The two men and two women, who set off from a mountain shelter on Wednesday to explore a cave, were swept away by an avalanche 50m wide and 400m long, and fell several hundred metres. In Britain, snow...
  • Sleeping Couple Killed in Avalanche

    01/02/2004 5:34:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 168+ views
    FNC and Associated Press ^ | Friday, January 02, 2004
    <p>BOISE, Idaho — An avalanche crashed down onto a mountainside cabin early Friday morning, filling the home with snow and killing a couple as they slept.</p> <p>Marsha Landolt, 55, the dean of the University of Washington Graduate School (search), and her husband, Robert Busch, 58, were killed in the avalanche, which occurred between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the Camas County Sheriff's Office reported.</p>
  • UW Graduate School dean, husband, killed in avalanche (is UW cursed?)

    01/02/2004 3:13:04 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 5 replies · 160+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/02/2004 | Rebecca Boone
    man, seems my alma mater can't shake the bad news BOISE, Idaho — An avalanche that rushed down central Idaho's Soldier Mountain struck a cabin early today, killing the dean of the University of Washington's graduate school and her husband. Marsha Landolt, 55, and Robert A. Busch, 58, were killed in the avalanche, which occurred about 1:30 a.m., the Camas County Sheriff's Office reported. Five other family members survived. Two dug themselves out and went for help; the other three were rescued. Emergency workers evacuated all the cabins in the region until the avalanche danger passes, officials said. The ski...
  • Three Killed in New Zealand Avalanche

    12/30/2003 3:29:16 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 122+ views
    AP ^ | 12-30-03
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- An avalanche swept across New Zealand's tallest mountain Wednesday, killing three climbers and injuring three others, rescuers said. The injured climbers were rushed to a nearby hospital in the city of Christchurch, emergency services told reporters. It wasn't immediately clear how seriously they were hurt. The victims were located as rescuers, some with sniffer dogs, searched areas of 12,349-foot Mount Cook following the 9 a.m. avalanche, said a spokeswoman for Garden City Rescue Helicopter. Identities of the climbers were not immediately available. The peak, on New Zealand's South Island, is 500 miles southwest of the...