The company wormed its way into our hearts straight through the soles of our feet with its merino socks. It took over both our closets and our dresser drawers with socks, underwear, long underwear, hiking apparel and even wool-insulated jackets.
Update: Italian climber Luigi Rampini, 69, was rescued around 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday when a group of five found him in stable condition with some signs of frostbite on his nose and fingers. They began a descent of Everest around 5 p.m. The number of confirmed and suspected deaths on Everest this season has been reduced to 10.
After communications with a camp on the North Side of Everest, Alan Arnette has upped the fatalities for the 2012 season to 11. The climbing blogger recently conducted a phone interview with Jamie McGuinness of Project Himalaya. The details of the two confirmed deaths, and one presumed death, are listed below.
Yesterday, the same man that sent a rocket into space also had his company announce the release date for one of the most efficient electric cars on the market. Elon Musk, the 224th richest man in the United States and the father of five children, watched as his SpaceX team successfully launched what could be the first commercially-produced rocket and spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station.
On the same day, the South African billionaire’s other company, Tesla, announced the first deliveries on June 22 of a mass-produced electric car that can get more than 300 miles per charge and is priced under $50,000. It's probably not a coincidence that both items were released on the same day. Still, how was Musk able to accomplishment such huge technological feats in different industries?
Gary Connery became the first man to jump out of a helicopter in a wingsuit and land safely without the aid of a parachute. The 42-year-old jumped from an elevation of 2,400 feet and flew in the air for 50 seconds at a speed of up to 80 miles per hour before landing. The stunt was made possible thanks to a team of more than 100 volunteers who piled up 18,600 cardboard boxes into a runway that was 350 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 12 feet high. In addition to providing Connery with a soft landing pad, the improvised runway also added a bit of drama to the events. It took the volunteers minutes to clear away the boxes to find out if the professional stuntman had landed without injury.
Even if you don't follow climbing, you may have heard of Ashima Shiraishi, the 11-year-old boulderer who graced the front page of the New York Times' sports section earlier this month. In March, the New Yorker became just the third woman—and the youngest by more than a decade—to climb a consensus V13 boulder problem when she sent Crown of Aragorn in Hueco Tanks, Texas. A movie about her exploits, Obe and Ashima, premiered at the Reel Rock Film Tour last year, and has traveled with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. We caught up with her between trips in New York City to find out where she thinks the sport is headed.
What do you think the future of climbing's going to be like? I think climbing would be a really good sport for the Olympics. They're going to pick a sport because baseball got kicked out, so climbing might be the one. They're also thinking of putting skateboarding in the Olympics, but I think climbing would be better because it's a sport that a lot of people like around the world, especially in Europe.