January 26, 2008 News

3 Avalanche Fatalaties in San Gabriel Mts.

Three people died yesterday in at least two separate avalanches near Mountain High ski resort, in the San Gabriel Mountains. According to the Los Angeles Times, the incidents occurred in Government and Sawmill Canyons, both of which border Mountain High East. These Canyons, which are out-of-bounds, are treed but relatively open. Both canyons run north-south. (more...)...

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January 17, 2008 News

Telluride Poacher Video: ‘We Gotta Get Out of Here’

It’s not exactly cutting-edge Gonzo filmmaking, but this helmet-cam video (edited by the Telluride Daily Planet) is certainly a poignant reminder that sometimes those annoying “cliff” signs really do mean…Cliff. Earlier this season two young skiers from Texas decided to duck under the rope at the extreme west end of Telluride’s Gold Hill, tempted by (more...)...

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January 11, 2008 News

“I am a Lucky Man…”

“I am a lucky man,” Hillary told an interviewer after the Everest climb. “I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.” National Geographic has put together a Photo tribute to the life of Sir Edmund Hillary. (more...)...

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January 11, 2008 News

Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)

Few goals captured the imagination like the first ascent of Mount Everest, at 29,035′ the highest point on Earth. Early attempts to climb Everest were turned back with a vehemence than soon had many believing the mountain could not be climbed. And then, in May of 1953, a New Zealander named Edmund Hillary and his (more...)...

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January 10, 2008 News

Weselake Avalanche

Photographer Todd Weselake was caught in an avalanche on January 7 while snowboarding the north ridge of Mt. Proctor in British Columbia, Canada. Weselake was carried approximately 300 meters downslope, and buried two meters head-down (more...)...

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January 8, 2008 News

Greenland Uncertainty

The New York Times has a front-page article today on the melting of Greenland’s ice. Greenland occupies a special place in the global warming watch, as it contains an extraordinary amount of frozen water (a Gulf of Mexico’s worth, according to the article). Should all of this ice melt abruptly, it would indeed make for (more...)...

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January 1, 2008 News

Hey…What’s Going on, Here?

Yes, the winds of change are blowing. SierraDescents.com has moved its blog to a brand new folder, managed by the ubiquitous content management software solution, WordPress. I’ve been mulling this over for a while, now. It’s been a long time coming. Trying to manage a blog by hand (as I had been doing it) was (more...)...

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August 31, 2007 News

Backcountry/Couloir Mags Merge

Well, it’s here. The new, merged Backcountry-Couloir Magazine arrived in the mail this week. I don’t usually cheer mergers, so I wasn’t exactly leaping for joy when I heard that the venerable Couloir Mag (which began right here in SoCal) was going to be absorbed by Backcountry. I’m sort of the sentimental type, especially when (more...)...

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August 12, 2007 News

GW Alert: Russia Plants Flag Under North Pole

Here’s a chiller of a story for you from the Los Angeles Times: Russian submarines planted the national flag on the seabed two miles beneath the North Pole, claming the land as an extension of Russia’s continental shelf—and therefore within their domain for oil and gas exploration. It turns out that Global Warming, which is (more...)...

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August 1, 2007 News

Barcroft Research Lab Open House

If you’re free this Sunday, August 5, you might enjoy paying a visit to the University of California’s Barcroft Research Station. They’re having their annual open house, allowing the public to come in and try to sniff out the top-secret projects normally kept under wraps. Barcroft sits around 13K on White Mountain. Normally, the road (more...)...

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