September 18, 2015 |
In the visually gripping IMAX drama Everest , doomed climbers pause just before their final drive to the summit and ponder their motives. They repeat the old line about climbing the mountain because it's there, but are pressed for something more original, honest, or illuminating. Most are stymied, but one says that, given a chance to experience the majesty of a moment at the top of the world, "it would be a crime not to. " OK, but the slow-motion carnage of the next day in 1996, when eight climbers died on overcrowded slopes, raised another question at the time: Was it a crime, of sorts, for unqualified climbers to expect professional guides to haul them to the summit, at foolish risk to the lives of all involved?
May 19, 2015 |
Andrew Towne, 33, was eating lunch in a tent at base camp on Mount Everest when the ground beneath him began to sway. He and others scrambled out of the tent, said Towne, a new graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. That's when "we saw this wall of snow descending to the north. " The avalanche that followed would bury large areas of base camp, killing 19 climbers - just a fraction of the devastation in Nepal, where that magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25 and a second one on May 12 left more than 8,000 dead and 20,000 injured and destroyed 489,000 homes.
November 4, 2014 |
John B. "Jack" Hagner, 83, of Bala Cynwyd, a longtime public accountant, died Monday, Oct. 20, of dementia at Symphony Square Assisted Living & Memory Care. His wife of 27 years, Mary Ellen Yuhas Hagner, said Mr. Hagner started suffering memory loss in 2011 and was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. In 2013, he was admitted to Symphony Square. Mr. Hagner worked as a public accountant for 41 years at Ratke, Miller, Hagner & Co. in Philadelphia. It was formerly known as Hagner & Co. after his grandfather and father, who founded the company during the 1930s.
March 24, 2014 |
In 2004, when Brady O'Mara set out to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, he read Seven Summits, a book about the adventures of businessman Dick Bass as he tried to become the first to summit the highest mountains on all seven continents. Despite an earlier ski accident that had shattered his left leg and seemed to spell the end of such feats, O'Mara reached the top of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa (19,341 feet). So exultant was he then that he hatched a new ambition: to follow in the footsteps of Bass.
October 11, 2013 |
"THE SUMMIT" uses reenactment and documentary footage to tell the story of an expedition that killed 11 mountaineers on K2 in August 2008. I found the approach a bit confusing, possibly in poor taste. Is that a real screaming climber hurtling into an abyss, or an actor? The basic facts are these: Twenty-two climbers from separate expeditions and several nations took advantage of a small weather window to make for the summit under perfect conditions. Perfect weather conditions, that is. The condition of the climbers' readiness was another matter.
September 30, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The use of drones in Pakistan normally brings to mind images of U.S. spy planes attacking tribal areas. But drones now are being used to capture a different kind of picture in the country - showing some of the world's highest mountains being scaled by world-class climbers through some of Earth's thinnest air. Drones, or remote-controlled aircraft, have long been the domain of the American military and are used extensively in...
September 25, 2012 |
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Mountaineers who survived a pre-dawn avalanche high on the world's eighth-tallest peak say they waited an hour for the sun to come up and then saw pieces of tents and bodies of victims strewn around them on the snow. Italian climber Silvio Mondinelli said he and a fellow mountaineer were asleep when they heard a violent sound and felt their tent start to slide. "It was only a few seconds and we did not know what happened, but we had slid more than 200 meters [650 feet]
September 24, 2012 |
KATHMANDU, Nepal - An avalanche hit climbers on a high Himalayan peak in Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said. Many of the climbers were French or German. Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and a German man were recovered and that rescue pilots had spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal, the eighth highest mountain in the world. In Madrid, Spain's Foreign Ministry said one of those killed was Spanish, but did not release the person's identity.
August 9, 2012 |
With a father who is a neonatologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, it isn't difficult to understand why Lauren Fox wants to go into medicine. But her father is also an adventurer who climbed the tallest mountains in Bolivia, first in the Peace Corps in the '60s and then with her two older brothers, so it was inevitable that the 17-year-old would one day follow in his crampon-print footsteps. That day came in June when Lauren Fox, 17, and her brother, James, 29, climbed Huayna Potosi in Bolivia's Cordillera Real, becoming, she believes, the second youngest woman - and youngest non-Bolivian female - to ascend the 20,000-foot peak near La Paz, a city surrounded by mountains.
July 13, 2012 |
CHAMONIX, France - A climber trying to scale Mont Blanc may accidentally have caused a slab of ice to snap off Thursday high in the French Alps, sparking an avalanche that swept nine European climbers to their deaths, authorities said. A dozen climbers were injured, and two were still missing by nightfall. As a sheet of snow and ice thundered down the steep slope, several other climbers managed to turn away from the slide in time, regional authorities in Haute-Savoie said. Two climbers were rescued as emergency crews using dogs and helicopters scoured the churned-up, high-altitude area in a frantic search for the missing.