This past weekend, an ice climber died after falling 170ft in the Colorado Springs area. He was apparently looking over the edge to begin a rappel and was not secured in any way to the ice.
According to a post on rockclimbing.com, Reid Hunt, age 32, died Sunday morning, January 28, 2007, at a popular ice-climbing spot southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado, after falling 170 feet down a series of ice walls. The location is near Old Stage Road, south of Seven Falls. According to Steve Sperry, public information officer for El Paso County Search and Rescue, Hunt was literally standing looking over the edge, and his feet went out from under him.
A tragic way to go. How many have you set up your rappel not tied into the anchor, please raise your hand. Yep, I'm sure its a lot of you - I can't even say I tie in to this day. Just another reminder that simple, mundane cannot be overlooked, a ounce of prevention ... GoBlog gives his family and loved ones our condolences during this loss.
We could make a joke about the cougar reference, but won't. We're trying to exert some self discipline and act more like mature adults. It's been a while since we posted a Versus Chronicle as Brad from The BradLands reminded us. And this ditty comes courtesy of his reminder/comment. Seems a 70 year old woman used a pen to fight off a mountain lion who was about to eat, or was eating if you look at the pics, her husband. That's right, a pen:
Mrs Hamm told Associated Press news agency that when the cougar attacked, her husband did not scream. "It was a different, horrible plea for help, and I turned around, and by then the cat had wrestled Jim to the ground."
She added: "Jim was talking to me all through this, and he said, 'I've got a pen in my pocket and get the pen and jab him in the eye.'
"So I got the pen and tried to put it in his eye, but it didn't want to go in as easy as I thought it would."
The pen bent, so Mrs Hamm went back to the log.
The cougar eventually gave up. It stared at her as she screamed and waved the log, before it wandered off.
That friends is why they're still married at their age. Teamwork in the face of adversity. Good for them. Read more about the mountain lion attack at the BBC site. And remember, if you should find yourself in the same position facing a mountain lion, fight back like your life depended on it, because well, your life depends on it. Make yourself look real big, wave your arms, open your jacket, talk in a deep Terminator voice and say things like "I Must Break You." Actually, you should scream but you might throw the cougar for a loop if you talk like Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. Read more \about what to do if you're attacked by a mountain lion. But also, remember, if you find yourself alone, riding in the green fields with the sun on
your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Elysium, and you're
Shortly after posting about Vinko Bogataj's infamous crash, we learned that Czech ski jumper Jan Mazoch was in a massive ski accident in Zakopane, Poland over the weekend. The injuries were life threatening according to doctors and he's he's being kept in a drug induced coma. SI.com repots Doctors saying he sustained injuries to the skull and brain. Video of the crash is below. We wish him a speedy recovery.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Another invasive species, a half-inch long ravenous shrimp from Eurasia, has been found in Lake Ontario, raising concerns among scientists that the tiny crustacean could mean dire consequences for the lake's food chain.
The discovery of bloody red mysid — whose scientific name is Hemimysis anomala — was made in a lake sample taken near Oswego last spring, said Chuck O'Neill, Jr., an invasive species specialist with New York Sea Grant and a member of New York State's Invasive Species Task Force, on Wednesday.
Bloody red, like red China. Well no, actually from the Caspian Sea area, but still, Chinese are bad. Anyway, interesting to note that a nonindigenous species is found every 8 months in the Great Lakes. So all you f**kers bringing back Caspian Sea sturgeon in your carry-ons and then releasing them in the Great Lakes, knock it off.
Here's a pretty amazing tale of survival ripped from today's headlines. Because that's what we do here at GoBlog. Keep you informed, updated, and generally enthralled in the outdoor world. Remember that backpacker that went missing in December? The search was called off long ago, but she was just found by two hikers. She was weak, dehydrated, and hypothermic, but alive and generally in good shape....after 5 weeks of being stranded on the wrong side of swollen a river. Read the full story on the The Albuquerque Tribune.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A defunct fish processor accused of letting 400 tons of Alaska salmon rot and stiffing the fishermen who sold it has been charged with five misdemeanors for what prosecutors called "an environmental and economic catastrophe."
The Alaska attorney general's office filed charges of violating Alaska's Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act this week against Wild Alaskan Seafood Co. LLC, and its primary manager, Jeremy M. Oliver, 36, both of Washington state. Also charged was the company's banker, Strategica Import-Export Financial Group LLC, and its manager, Jay Enis, both of Florida.
This is a case where an entrepreneur got in over his head, engaged in some fishy business, and ultimately went belly up. Get it? Fishy metaphors! High five! Anyway, Chapter 11 looks like the solution here, before this guy sleeps with the fishes. High five again!
Like Doug Coombs, Hari Berger left behind a young family. To help them, the climbing community has put together a site to help raise funds for his long time girlfriend Kirsten Buchmann and their newborn daughter, Zoe. 100% of the proceeds of the auctions go to his family. Visit the auctions site on Ebay.
Our prayers were answered today and we thank the almighty above, the helicopter crews, the 300 rescue personnel that spent night and day searching for him, the $500,000 that was spent on his search, the telephone companies that triangulated his position, the sensationalist national media that milked his story for all it was worth, and of course, our boy Bobby Joe who finally realized he was 500 feet from the highway and walked out. We are just so thankful. Thank you.
No, it's not the name of yet another new avalanche beacon. The Avaluator is the product of three years of intensive study of avalanche accidents and techniques that could have been employed to prevent the accidents. After analyzing over 1400 North American avalanche accidents the CAC found "there were avoidable patterns in the crucial decisions made by the victims" and that with "a straightforward and consistent decision-making system, the number of accidents could have been vastly reduced." Given these conclusions, the CAC went about creating a decision-making system:
This system has become the Avaluator, a simple two-sided card. By incorporating easily-collected critical information, the Avaluator clearly indicates the likely risk level of backcountry decisions for a specific trip on a given day and a particular slope.
Obviously the system only works in Canada, but if it's successful, perhaps it could be a model for other parts of the world. Via Bigline.com.