WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — More than 50 people were evacuated
from about 30 gondola cars after a tower supporting the cables
partially collapsed Tuesday at Canada's Whistler ski resort.
Police said there were no serious injuries at the resort, which is to
host the alpine events of the 2010 winter Olympic games. Health
officials said earlier that five people had been taken to the hospital
after the mid-afternoon accident.
Collapsing gondolas is one of those things you always think about when you're in them, especially the high ones like the Super Gondola or whatever it's called now, at Squaw Valley. Bad omens for sure. Perhaps we'll wait a bit before we hit the slopes.
A new study to be published in the December 20/27 issue of British Medical Journal presents results from the first detailed analysis of deaths during expeditions to the summit of Mt. Everest. Previous to the study, it was assumed that avalanche and falling ice, as well as pulmonary edema were the leading causes of death. The study found otherwise,
"High-altitude cerebral edema symptoms were common among those that
died, but signs of pulmonary edema, or excessive fluid in the lungs,
were unusual" Firth says. "We also were surprised at how few people
died due to avalanches and ice falls in recent years – those usually
happen at lower altitudes, and overwhelmingly people died during summit
bids above 8,000 feet – and that during descents, the mortality rate
for climbers was six time that of sherpas."
A 33-year-old-woman died on Shasta last Friday, falling between 600 and 1,500 feet in Avalanche Gulch, one of the steeper parts of the normal route favored by most climbers who ascend Shasta:
REDDING, Calif. — A 33-year-old-woman has died while making her first climb of Mount Shasta.
Susan Gravenkamp, a spokeswoman with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department, says the woman slipped and fell between 600 feet and 1,500 feet while climbing with two men.
The three were climbing the Avalanche Gulch route Friday on the southwest side of the mountain and were at an elevation of about 11,300 feet. None wore a helmet.
The woman's companions administered CPR after reaching her and flagged down two other climbers who activated a personal locator beacon.
Gravenkamp says the woman's identity and hometown are not being released until authorities can reach her family.