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Father-Son Team Presumed Dead on K2

After avalanche takes out camp

A father and son climbing team is presumed dead after an avalanche wiped out Camp III on K2. Marty Schmidt, 53, and his son Denali, 24 were discovered to be missing on Friday after heavy snow and avalanche danger forced the 19 other climbers on the mountain to retreat. On Sunday, two Sherpa climbers discovered their camp had been taken out by a slide. Since the Schmidts' last communication with Base Camp was on Friday night, according to Climbing, they are believed to have been sleeping when the avalanche hit.

“The deaths of a father and son is a tragedy in itself," fellow K2 climber Adrian Hayes wrote in a blog on the incident, "But compounded even further by the fact that Marty and Denali—who were great people that we all got to know very well in the close-knit community of K2 Base Camp—were very well known, highly experienced, and extremely strong mountaineers, the last people many would expect to be killed on a mountain."

Marty Schmidt, 53, was a former Air Force pararescueman who had 38 years of experience as a mountain guide; Denali, 25, was a recent art school graduate who had been party to many of his father's expeditions. Besides tackling K2, the pair climbed a new route on Denali and summited Mt. Foraker in 2011.


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WATCH: Putin Nets 43-Pound Pike

Gives it the kiss of death

Russian President and noted absurd outdoor adventure enthusiast, Vladimir Putin, made headlines again this week when video surfaced of the political strongman catching an enormous pike fish.

Putin reportedly struggled with the allegedlly 43-pound pike for several minutes before reeling it in. Never one to pass up an opportunity for a dramatic display of power, Putin, resplendent in his camouflage jacket and hat, then planted the kiss of death upon the fish’s lips.

“Awesome person,” said Youtube commenter BoxytheSpaceDog.



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Chris Froning competing in the Men's Legless event     Photo: Photo courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.

Rich Froning Wins Third CrossFit Title

Dominates last day of competition

Rich Froning won his third consecutive title at the CrossFit Games Sunday. En route to the win, Froning dominated every event on the last day of competition, overcoming his poor performance in the Pool event Wednesday, where he placed 30th. The 26-year-old clinched his win in the Cinco 1 and Cinco 2 events. 

In the first half of the Cinco competition, athletes had three rounds of five heavy deadlifts and five weighted one-legged squats per leg before an 80-foot handstand walk. In round two, athletes performed three rounds of five muscle-ups and five deficit handstand push-ups before 90 feet of walking lunges with a fat-bar overhead. Froning beat Ben Smith by 11.6 seconds in Cinco 1 and consolidated his lead in Cinco 2, besting Josh Bridges by over a minute. 

Froning will take home $275,000 in addition to prize money for placing in various events. Sam Briggs took home the prize in the women's field. Her previous best finish came in 2011 when she placed fourth.
The top 10 male and female athletes all received prize money, totaling more than $1.4 million over the week.

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Riots at Surfing's U.S. Open

Eight people arrested

Eight people were arrested in Huntington Beach Sunday night as unruly crowds from the U.S. Open of Surfing ripped up street signs, overturned portable toilets, and threw heavy objects through shop windows. The week-long surfing event ended with Alejo Muniz winning the $100,000 purse.

It's not clear what sparked the rioting, captured on camera below.

A video from the OC Register showed riot police using rubber bullets to attempt to disperse the crowds.

The Huntington Beach Police Department says it is reviewing the on-the-street footage and intends to make more arrests.