July 30, 2012

Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca     Photo: RastaChango/Flickr

Boulder Climbers Found Dead in Peru

Two Americans went missing after summit

Search teams on Saturday found the bodies of two American climbers who went missing after summitting a 20,000-foot peak in Peru's Cordillera Blanca. Gil Weiss and Ben Horne, 29 and 32 respectively, apparently fell to their deaths from a ridge while descending from the top of Palcaraju. "Unfortunately, they died whenever they fell because they had been there long in the snow," said Ted Alexander, who owns a guide service in nearby Huaraz and coordinated the search. Weiss and Horne's families contacted rescuers last week after the alpinists' scheduled return date passed with no word from them. The pair's death brings the number of climbers who have died in the Cordillera Blanca this season to eight, with over 40 evacuated due to injuries and illness.

Via Denver Post


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Cancellara to Race in Time Trial

Will defend gold medal after crash

Defending Olympic gold medalist Fabian Cancellara will race in Wednesday’s time trial after crashing in Saturday’s road race and injuring his right shoulder. The 31-year-old Swiss rider was in the lead group late in the race when he misjudged a turn and crashed into a barrier. Cancellara finished the race but was feared to have have re-broken his right collarbone for the second time this year. The X-rays taken in the athletes' village proved to be negative, and Cancellara will ride in pain Wednesday as the World Anti-Doping Agency limits the types of medication he can take. “The mental aspect is important,” said Cancellara. “I have two legs and I can ride.” Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, who won both time trials en route to his Tour de France victory this year, and defending time trial World Champion, German Tony Martin, are expected to challenge Cancellara for the gold.

Via BBC News


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Gator Feeder Loses Hand, Faces Charges

Tour captain illegally plied the animal with fish

A Florida airboat captain who lost his hand to an alligator was arrested Friday and faces a second-degree misdemeanor charge for feeding the gator. Wallace Weatherholt was dangling a fish over the side of the boat while giving a tour to an Indiana family when a nine-foot gator jumped out of the water and bit his hand off at the wrist. Wildlife officers were able to track down and euthanize the alligator, but the recovered hand could not be reattached. Alligator feeding is illegal in Florida because they become habituated and more likely to attack humans. "Alligators have a natural fear of humans,"  David Weathers, a nuisance-alligator trapper, told the News-Press. "If they see us, they take off. They see us as these giants hovering over them. They're not going to attack unless they've been fed."

Via New York Daily News


Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Radcliffe Withdraws From Marathon

Foot injury keeps runner from Olympics

Paula Radcliffe withdrew from the women's Olympic marathon on Sunday after a three-week battle with osteoarthritis in her left foot. The 38-year-old distance runner from Great Britain, who holds the marathon world record despite failing to medal in the previous four Games, had hoped to redeem her Olympic record. "From the day when it was announced that London had won the bid, taking part and performing well in the London Olympic Games has been a major goal in my life," Radcliffe said. "The goal of a fifth Olympics in my home country, what better? The chance to make amends to myself for bitter disappointments at the previous two Olympics." Radcliffe maintains that the injured foot, which has given her trouble in the past, is "degenerative and badly damaged," but will not force her into retirement. Great Britain will request to fill Radcliffe's spot with Freya Murray, who was the second fastest British woman in April's London marathon.

Via Associated Press