April 3, 2012

Syringes     Photo: NathanF/Wikimedia

Ashenden Quits Bio Passport Team

Doping expert didn't agree to confidentiality

Michael Ashenden, a prominent Australian anti-doping expert, on Tuesday announced his resignation from the lab that oversees the biological passport program. Ashenden objected to a clause in his contract with the Athlete Passport Management Unit that required him to check with superiors before speaking to the media. Ashenden has given detailed interviews discussing drug test results from several major professional athletes, including Lance Armstrong. "It seems to me that too much emphasis is being placed on controlling what the media are told. There should be nothing to hide, so why stop the experts from talking?" he said.

Read more at the BBC


Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Gila National Forest, New Mexico     Photo: Samat Jain/Flickr

Soldiers Located in Gila National Forest

Group went kayaking on Saturday

Two soldiers from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and a woman who were reported missing in New Mexico's Gila National Forest have been found, according to New Mexico State Police. The soldiers failed to report for duty on Monday after leaving for a kayak trip on Saturday. Police later located the group's SUV. One of the men walked out of the forest on Monday evening and told searchers that his friends would walk out on Tuesday. Colorado ultrarunner Micah True was found dead on Saturday in Gila after leaving for a run on Tuesday afternoon.

Read more at The Washington Post


Red River Gorge

Red River Gorge     Photo: K_Thomas/Flickr

10 Year Olds Climb 5.14

Two notch landmark sends on same day

Two 10 year olds climbers on different continents on Thursday became the youngest people ever to send a 5.14a route when they redpointed the grade separately in Kentucky and Italy. Brooke Raboutou, of Boulder, Colorado finished God's Own Stone in Kentucky's Red River Gorge after two days of work. Italian climber Tito Traversa sent Sarsifal L2 at Tetto di Sarre in Valle d'Aosta, Italy. The climbs come on the heels of 10-year-old New Yorker Ashima Shiraishi's send of the V13 boulder problem Crown of Aragorn in Hueco Tanks, Texas last month.

Read more at Rock and Ice


Tuckerman's Ravine, Mt. Washington

Tuckerman's Ravine, Mt. Washington     Photo: pthread1981/flickr

Man Falls into Mt. Washington Crevasse

Tuckerman's snow unsafe for rescue

On Sunday, a hiker in New Hampshire fell into a crevasse on Mount Washington's Tuckerman Ravine and is believed to have died. Norman Priebatsch, who is in his late 60's, was hiking with three people on the Tuckerman Ravine headwall when he tripped, sliding down a slope and falling into a deep crevasse. Rescue crews lowered a Forest Service Snow Ranger about 50 feet into the crevasse, which was filled with hanging ice, undermined snow, and running water. Visibility was restricted and crews were unable to locate Priebatsch. Rescue efforts have been temporarily suspended due to dangerous snow conditions.

Read more at the Union Leader


Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer in 2009     Photo: Richard Masoner/Flickr

Levi Leipheimer Hit By Car in Spain

Rider not seriously injured

American cyclist Levi Leipheimer was hit by a car while on a training ride Sunday in Spain. He did not break any bones but was treated for a swollen and painful leg. The crash prompted Leipheimer to withdraw from the Tour of Basque Country. His return date to cycling is still unknown. Also on Sunday, track cyclist Shane Perkins was hit by a car while riding in Melbourne. Perkins will still compete in the track cycling world championships beginning Wednesday.

Read more at ESPN