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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jul 2012

Tour de France Vehicle Hits Spectator

A spectator was struck by a sponsor vehicle in the Tour de France publicity caravan on Tuesday, fracturing his leg. The 160-vehicle motorcade was passing through the town of Saint-Floris, about 45 miles past the start of the third stage, when one of the vehicles hit a bystander. Officials say the man's injuries are not life-threatening. The caravan, which promotes about 30 sponsors, typically travels about an hour ahead of the peloton. A boy was struck and killed by a sponsor's vehicle in 2000 and another in 2002. The Tour has since reduced the number of vehicles on the course.

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Supported by the Copp-Dash Inspire Awards

In May of 2009, climbers Jonny Copp, Micah Dash, and filmmaker Wade Johnson were killed in an avalanche while climbing China's Mount Edgar. Copp frequently shared photos and stories with our magazine and website in the years before he died, and all of the men shared stories with a variety of adventure publications. In honor of Dash and Copp's sharing spirit, a number of organizations came together after their death to create the Copp-Dash Inspire Awards.

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Senator Proposes McKinley Name Change

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill to officially rename the country's highest peak, Mount McKinley, to Denali, drawing the ire of legislators from President William McKinley's native state, Ohio. Under Murkowski's proposal, Denali—an Athabascan word meaning "the high one," commonly used by mountaineers and Alaskans—would become the "technically correct" name for the mountain. The proposed legslation is the latest salvo in a battle that dates back to 1975, when Alaska's legislature passed a resolution asking the Secretary of the Interior to rename the peak. The name change was blocked by U.S. Representative Ralph Regula of Ohio until his retirement in 2009, and subsequent Ohio delegations have continued to fight it.

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Five Climbers Die in Swiss Alps Fall

Five foreign climbers are reported to have fallen to their deaths after summiting the Lagginhorn in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday. An unidentified team of climbers was descending the 13,155-foot mountain when they inexplicably plunged several hundred meters. A sixth member of the group, who had not made the summit, saw the accident and was able to alert authorities. Police have said that all five were roped together and died at the scene. It is unclear what caused the incident, as the weather was good and the Lagginhorn is known as one of the less technical peaks in the Pennine Alps. Officials would not identify the climbers, whose families had yet to be contacted.

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Ice Climber Narrowly Escapes Huge Fall

Part of what makes leading ice so hazardous is the fact that, unlike rock, ice melts. For a scary illustration of that point, watch this viral video of a late-season ice climber on Kennedy's Gully (WI5, six pitches) in Ouray, Colorado, narrowly escaping a massive fall when the ice he's perched on collapses beneath him. The only thing that saves the unknown climber is a last-minute top rope thrown to him by a party preparing to rappel above him.

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