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What It Feels Like to Fall Eighty Feet and Survive

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2010 | 1:57 PM

One problem with risk-assessment in the mountains - or any chaotic environment, for that matter - is that you can never know how close you might have come to total disaster. Example: you're clicked into your skis, standing at the top of a powder-laden bowl somewhere in the backcountry surrounding...

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Korean Climber Facing a Mountain of Controversy

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 2:39 PM

Forty-four year old South Korean mountaineer Oh Eun-sun reached the top of the world's tenth highest mountain, Annapurna, on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to claim the summits of the 14 highest mountains in the world. The final ascent was live broadcast in Ms. Oh's home country to considerable fanfare,...

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Land of Many Uses: The New Participatory Politics of American Conservation

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 8:53 PM

Having achieved historic action with the healthcare bill passed last month, the Obama administration wasted no time re-focusing on new priorities. Last Friday, April 16th, leading conservationists, environmental groups, outdoor recreation advocacy organizations and industry representatives were invited to Washington DC, for the White House Conservation Conference. During the event,...

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The 25,000 Dollar Question: What's the Price of Adventure?

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 11:06 AM

It's fair to say Scott Mason bit off a little more than he could chew.

In April, the Eagle Scout embarked on an ambitious one day traverse of the northern presidential range in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Early into his hike, he twisted an ankle, but chose to continue. A...

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The Abandonment of Gerard McDonnell

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2008 | 3:20 PM

One month ago, I wrote "Heroes in Fine-print", which highlighted the actions of two Sherpas who were involved in rescuing several survivors of the K2 tragedy. In subsequent interviews with them, some new information has come to light that should be reported as part of the ongoing effort to...

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Heroes in Fine Print

(6) Comments | Posted November 12, 2008 | 10:15 AM

"On the mountain there were no heroes," K2 survivor Cas van de Gevel was recently quoted as saying in Outside Magazine, " just an unspoken agreement that you help as much as you can."

Outside and Men's Journal recently published feature length pieces on the K2 disaster. Both stories...

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K2: What The Mainstream Media Isn't Reporting

(4) Comments | Posted August 9, 2008 | 4:24 PM

The media frenzy surrounding the recent tragedies on K2 climaxed on Wednesday with a front page article in the New York Times. Though disjointed, the article did sketch out the rough facts that by now have been widely reported in the mainstream news. Roughly thirty people left the high...

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Avalanche Triggers Survival Situation on K2

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2008 | 1:25 PM

This morning, news reports began to filter from expedition websites into the mainstream media about a tragic situation high on K2, the world's second highest mountain. Because of the unreliable nature of these second and third hand reports, it must be stressed that the following account is unconfirmed, and...

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As Congress Procrastinates, Many Communities Face a Cold Reality

(6) Comments | Posted July 27, 2008 | 9:34 PM

Ten days ago, New Hampshire made headlines by announcing that it would participate in Citgo's Low Cost Heating Oil Program. Although the effort is coordinated by the Massachusetts-based nonprofit Citizens Energy Corporation, there's no hiding the real source of this helping hand: Hugo Chavez, and the good people of Bolivarian...

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One Answer to New England's Home Heating Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2008 | 9:38 PM

Steve Frechette is an oilman. So I was a little surprised when I dropped by his house on a muggy July day to find him standing waist deep in a trench, wrestling with two 10 foot steel posts. They stuck up like goal posts some six feet apart from each...

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Yard Sale Economics

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2008 | 8:50 PM

Painted garden gnome: two dollars. Play Station 2: forty-five dollars. Assorted dishes and cookware: one dollar each. Winter coats: ten dollars. This Memorial Day weekend, out came the folding card tables and handwritten signs, lawn chairs, tarps, and boxes upon boxes of cheap plastic junk. As gas prices rose and...

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False Summit: China, the Olympic Torch, and the Politics of Climbing Everest

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2008 | 3:40 PM

This spring, the world watched as the Olympic torch made its way on an 85,000 mile journey from Athens to Beijing. The event was a PR nightmare from the start: the flame began its 130 day "Journey of Harmony" only weeks after Tibet erupted in the most violent political...

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