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November 26, 1989 | By MARGARET A. ROBINSON
I recently climbed a couple of mountains. Not big ones. A couple of low peaks north of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. One of my fellow climbers was an 11-year-old boy. Kids that age keep you honest, particularly after the first half hour of a new activity which is in any way taxing or monotonous. "Why are we doing this?" he wanted to know as we huffed and puffed along the dull middle part of the trail. The excitement of setting out had long since faded. Even the dog had calmed down and was starting to pant.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Surveying a battery of Tibetan percussion that had been transported down Himalayan mountains on horseback, Mendelssohn Club music director Alan Harler had to admit he could not really predict what he was about to hear as 200 singers assembled onstage for rehearsal with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Yet any apprehension about Andrea Clearfield's new choral work, Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life), to be premiered Sunday at Church of the Holy Trinity, was short-lived. The warm, direct music Philadelphians have come to expect from Clearfield, who teaches composing at University of the Arts, has become all the more distilled as it is increasingly influenced by travels to the loftiest regions of Tibet, where she collected folk music and Buddhist songs in 2008 and 2010.
NEWS
December 4, 1988 | By Dorothy Storck, Special to The Inquirer
Through some serious social miscalculation, you - reluctant neophyte to the slopes - have become involved with a skier. The snow is falling and the mountains are closing in. Take heart. The chances are good that you can survive. Not only that, you can have a lot of fun, and you never have to ski at all. The first trick is to feign delight when he - inevitably it's a he - suggests a run at dawn before the mountain "gets spoiled. " (Although skiers never quit until the ski patrol boots them off the trails, mountains start spoiling for them shortly after 8 a.m. and reach prime decline just when you think you can go outdoors without thermal underwear.
NEWS
March 8, 2004 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There really are mountains in South Jersey. You just can't see them easily. But now you can walk on them. In one of the more remote areas of the protected New Jersey Pinelands, deep in a forest more than a dozen miles from the nearest paved road, stand the Forked River Mountains. Unlike the Appalachians or the Rockies, which scream their grandeur for miles, these mountains - just foothills by comparison at 185 feet high - don't reveal themselves until you are standing on top of them.
SPORTS
February 25, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You see them huddled at Olympic bus terminals and at mountain venues, old men seemingly unaffected by the raw, mile-high cold. They wear the multicolored coats of the Turin Games' volunteers, but something else as well - a cappello alpino - a little sage-green felt hat that is topped with a black feather that is at least two feet long. They are retired members of one of Italy's most storied military units, the Truppe Alpini. All sorts of Italian police and military units have drawn Olympic duty: There are the Polizia, a kind of state police force; the Vigili, primarily traffic cops; the Carabinieri, or Meritorious Corps, who are a military unit with civilian responsibilities; and the Guardia di Finanza, who, as their name implies, concern themselves with financial crimes.
SPORTS
May 27, 1998 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
While other hot prospects from the Northeast League play Division I lacrosse next year, Abington's Chris Bickley plans to be enjoying the mountains of Colorado. The Ghosts' most skillful player is more interested in snowboarding than in playing big-time college lacrosse. So the University of Colorado's club lacrosse team will be good enough for him. "They have a great club team," Bickley said. "They're working on getting a varsity team. " At whatever level they play, the Buffaloes will be better off with the 6-foot-2, 168-pound athlete.
NEWS
September 8, 1986 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
The great asbestos mountains loom ominously over the one-square-mile borough of Ambler, providing a curious backdrop to an area known for its small-town charm. There is a shopping district with brick sidewalks and cast-iron streetlights, a coffee shop, a tiny railroad stop and a Christian cinema. And there is the asbestos - a substance found to cause cancer - that has been accumulating in the borough as a byproduct of industry since the early 1900s. The small plot of ground in front of the mountains that used to be a playground where children giggled on swings and teenagers played basketball has been closed down and fenced in, its equipment scrubbed to remove toxic asbestos fibers before being locked away in storage.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there John and what seemed like all the other orthopedists in Philadelphia were at the gate for the first morning flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco, site of the 2012 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons conference. Talking with Rothman Institute colleagues, he saw a beautiful woman laughing with her traveling companion. "I remember thinking that I'd never be that lucky to sit next to her on the plane," John said. But he was. As John hoisted his bag into the overhead compartment, he told himself: "Don't be that guy who sits down and immediately starts chatting up the pretty girl.
NEWS
April 12, 2002 | By Nate House
I call it the two-year rule. What it means is that every two years I move from Philadelphia to Colorado. Two years later I move back. Now that I've been living in Philadelphia for almost four years in a row, I think I've broken that rule for good. Recently, I flew back to Colorado to visit good friends, ski good mountains, and experience the things that made me want to move there in the first place. I flew into Denver and learned that all flights to Steamboat Springs, site of the closest airport to my friend's house, were canceled because of a snowstorm.
SPORTS
July 2, 2000 | By Bill Lyon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It will happen in the mountains. The mountains are where he will try to crush them. The mountains will take their legs, and then he will take their spirit. Or maybe not. Maybe this time he will be the one to be done in by the unrelenting cold and the cruelty waiting in the mountains. But either way, as Lance Armstrong begins to defend his Tour de France championship, he will enjoy the rarest thing we grant in sports - the free ride. Even if he loses, he wins. He has a lifetime pass.
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NEWS
July 28, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia in the Rockies? "It'll be so beautiful there!" Amy Aldridge says, thinking of dancing with a tall, dark stranger among the pines. Aldridge and nearly every other Philadelphia professional ballet dancer will be dancing outdoors in Colorado this week at the Vail International Dance Festival. The Pennsylvania Ballet and BalletX were invited to perform in one of the season's most prestigious summer dance festivals, which opens Sunday night. "It's sort of our Philadelphia story," says Damian Woetzel, artistic director of the festival and a retired star from the New York City Ballet.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there John and what seemed like all the other orthopedists in Philadelphia were at the gate for the first morning flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco, site of the 2012 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons conference. Talking with Rothman Institute colleagues, he saw a beautiful woman laughing with her traveling companion. "I remember thinking that I'd never be that lucky to sit next to her on the plane," John said. But he was. As John hoisted his bag into the overhead compartment, he told himself: "Don't be that guy who sits down and immediately starts chatting up the pretty girl.
TRAVEL
June 30, 2014 | By William Ecenbarger, For The Inquirer
UMIKOA, Hawaii - We begin on a rutted, red-dirt trail in this tiny hamlet populated by ranch hands and their families, some 3,500 feet up Mauna Kea, the dormant volcano that - measuring 31,100 feet from its oceanic base to the top - is the world's tallest mountain. Guide Richard Lindberg is driving a taxi-yellow Kawasaki Terra-X, an all-terrain vehicle that looks like a golf cart on steroids. He stops at a gatehouse, gets out and signs a clipboard. "This way if we don't come back, they'll come looking for us," he explains.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last four years, Upper Providence Township's tax collector had a history of sloppy bookkeeping and late payments, Montgomery County officials say, finally forcing them last month to freeze her accounts and seize her records. The county and the Spring-Ford Area School District are now combing through the records of Beverly Nohl, who served from 2010 through 2013, to reconcile undeposited checks, duplicate payments, lost receipts, and other issues. She "kind of stopped, in the fall of last year, performing the job adequately," said Bill Caldwell, a deputy tax collector for the county.
TRAVEL
May 18, 2014 | By Raymond M. Lane, For The Inquirer
SLIGO, Ireland - "The landscape isn't, strictly speaking, necessary," said Helen Vendler of Harvard University. She has written about and teaches about Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet William Butler Yeats and other great writers and had some advice about the presumed pleasure of combining place with poetry - a lure to which all too many literary junkies fall prey. My librarian wife and I knew the wordy part about Ireland fairly well, and where to find some of its low-land temples.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
LANSFORD, Pa. - "Don't leave me! Don't leave me!" So says the ghostly voice, heard clearly and periodically in the No. 9 Coal Mine here, apparently from the spirit of a miner who didn't get out alive. Whether buried or asphyxiated, the names of killed and injured miners are the starting point of Anthracite Fields , the hour-long choral work to be premiered Saturday and next Sunday by the Mendelssohn Club. Its unlikely composer? The cutting-edge New Yorker Julia Wolfe. Thus this brainy, fiftysomething strawberry blonde, a founding member of downtown Manhattan's experimental Bang on a Can composer collective, found herself heading into a rustic Carbon County coal mine on a recent Sunday.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"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.
FOOD
September 13, 2013 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
WALLAND, Tenn. - In the spring of 1959, young John Coykendall was exploring the abandoned Ebenezer Railroad Station in Knoxville when he came across a "life-altering" treasure: the keys to a 100-year-old garden. Stashed among some old newspapers and magazines was a perfectly preserved 1913 catalog from the William Henry Maule seed company in Philadelphia. Seed catalogs may not be the stuff most 16-year-old boys dream of. But for Coykendall, a future farmer and artist who would earn a master of fine arts degree in printmaking and engraving, the catalog's exquisitely illustrated pages of Noxall beans, Surehead cabbage, and Tennessee sweet potato pumpkins lit a flame that would inspire his career.
REAL_ESTATE
August 5, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
The sign in front of this Poconos property is larger than others on the block, to accommodate the names of two generations of owners and an important message: "Keep It in the Family. " Herb and Martha Ganssloser built the vacation home in Tobyhanna Township in 1974. The wooded quarter-acre lot had a prime location two blocks from Pebble Beach, a strip of coarse sand bordering a picturesque mountain lake. The upper level of the raised ranch features a living area, a kitchen, three bedrooms, and a deck.
NEWS
July 1, 2013
Bob Gilka, 96, who oversaw National Geographic photography for more than two decades and helped establish the publication as one of the world's premier sources of photojournalism, died Tuesday in Arlington County, Va., of complications from pneumonia, said his son Jeff Gilka. As director of photography from 1963 to 1985, Mr. Gilka recruited and deployed field photographers who scaled mountains, plumbed oceans, braved the exotic near and far from home, andsometimes risked their lives to send back an image that would not disappoint.
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