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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

SAR Volunteers Die in BC Boat Accident

Two search and rescue volunteers are dead after their rescue boat capsized Sunday morning in the hazardous Skookumchuck Narrows on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. Four members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue were executing a training maneuver in a rigid hull inflatable boat when it overturned in the rapids. A nearby vessel was able to rescue the two male volunteers, but it took approximately two hours for crews to recover the bodies of the two females. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is investigating the incident.

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The Evolution of Climber and BASE Jumper Steph Davis

When Steph Davis turned three, her mother put her on the Suzuki method for learning piano. She practiced every day for 15 years. At 18, during her freshman year of college, she climbed a rock. "The first day I went climbing, like I said, I just felt like this is that thing I don't have when I do music," she says in A Perfect Circle. "And I didn't even get it, but it's passion."

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New Details in Amelia Earhart Case

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) said Friday that new evidence from artifacts and SOS signals have solved the mystery of Amerlia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. Researchers for TIGHAR have concluded that the famous aviator crash-landed her Lockheed Electra 10-E off a Pacific island and lived there with navigator Fred Noonan for a period of time. Investigators revisited 120 previously dismissed reports of radio signals originating near the tiny atoll of Nikumaroro and determined 57 of them were actually distress calls from Earhart. TIGHAR also presented fragments of a jar of anti-freckle cream found on the island and a Plexiglas window that would seem to fit her plane as further evidence. The group plans to scour the area off the island's reef in hopes of recovering the aircraft.

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Pilots Die Battling Utah Wildfire

Two air tanker pilots died in a plane crash on Sunday while battling a 5,000-acre wildfire that ignited Friday in western Utah. Todd Neal Tompkins and Ronnie Edwin Chambless of Boise, Idaho, were flying retardant over the edge of the fire when a helicopter crew saw them go down into the sagebrush. Crews on the ground held back the fire while deputies hiked to the crash site to confirm the pilots' deaths. The fire later engulfed the wreckage after hotshot crews were pulled off the lines following the crash. “To have them working on the fire lines after this is more than we would like to ask firefighters,” said Don Smurthwaite, spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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A New GoPro System Will Soon Let You Livestream Your Adventures

You can now control up to 50 GoPro cameras via a remote. That's what skateboarder Ryan Sheckler did—with a little help from four other people—to record his journey from the Manhattan Bridge to a Lower East Side skate park for a short called New York City. Sheckler's video demonstrates how GoPro's just-released Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit  ($99) works so far. It's a neat innovation, but the best part of the product is yet to come.

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