May 29, 2012
Cessna 172

Cessna 172     Photo: redlegsfan21/Flickr

Family Survives Idaho Cessna Crash

Stranded 15 hours on snowy mountain

Three family members survived a plane crash in a storm near Mountain Home, Idaho, on Saturday after the pilot made an emergency landing on a snowy mountainside. California firefighter Brian Brown was flying a Cessna 172 with his wife and daughter to visit family in Idaho when they hit an unexpected storm around 9 p.m., causing the plane's wings to ice over. When the engine stalled, Brown made the decision to intentionally "belly-flop" the aircraft onto a mountainside. The impact threw both Brown and his wife through the windshield. The family found cell-phone service several hours after the crash and were able to call 911. Rescue crews trudged through six-foot snow drifts to reach the family, who were evacuated early Sunday morning.

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Before the barbecue

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Hogs Run Riot After Zoo Escape

Hundreds of visitors shelter in monkey house

Visitors to the Edinburgh Zoo on Monday were forced to take shelter in the monkey enclosure after a family of large red river hogs escaped their pen and had to be subdued with tranquilizer darts. Zoo staffers were transferring the two 200-pound adult hogs and two adolescent hogs to a private collection when one of the adults broke through a barrier and the rest of the clan followed suit. Staff were seen chasing the animals with brooms before finally shooting them with a tranquilizer gun. Zoo patrons took to Twitter to report the ordeal. “Back in hiding in the monkey house!" wrote Twitter user @mangotree_80. "Red riverhogs still causing chaos! Brief interlude into the pandas then herded back to the monkey house.” A spokesperson for the zoo said the staff was able to safely recapture the animals in a short amount of time.

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Ozturk and Wilkinson Send Tooth Traverse

On fourth attempt

Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson have made the first ascent of the Tooth Traverse in Alaska's Ruth Gorge, climbing some five miles of rock and ice across the Moose's Tooth massif. "It took me five days and lots of digging to cross this incredible skyline.... Hands down one of the most fulfilling mountain adventures I've had," Wilkinson wrote. Ozturk and Wilkinson made two previous attempts at the traverse, with a third canceled in 2011 when Ozturk broke his neck and sustained a head injury in a ski accident the day before it was scheduled to start.

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Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck     Photo: kei-ai/Flickr

Andy Schleck Takes 2010 Yellow Jersey

Contador was stripped of the title for doping

On Tuesday, Luxembourg cyclist Andy Schleck received the winner's yellow jersey for the 2010 Tour de France, four months after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title for doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport found Contador guilty of doping in February, banning him from cycling for two years and withdrawing his victories in the 2010 Tour de France as well as the 2011 Giro d'Italia. Almost two years after the 2010 Tour, Schleck, who finished second, put on the yellow jersey in a special ceremony. "It is not the same as to take the jersey on a podium in the tour," said Schleck. "You don't have the podium girls, everything around is different." Tour de France manager Christian Prud'homme said he hoped sports authorities would reduce the lag time in responding to doping violations in the future.

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Summiting climbers

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Anker, Hahn Summit Everest in Last Push

Speed climber Kellogg ends bid near top

On Saturday, in the last major summit push of the season, the Eddie Bauer First Ascent team led by Dave Hahn successfully summited Everest via the South Col route. The ascent marks Hahn's 14th Everest summit, the most of any Western climber. Conrad Anker, who had originally intended to climb the West Ridge route on the National Geographic-The North Face team, also summited from the South Col, doing so without supplemental oxygen. Speed climber Chad Kellogg, who was attempting to break the speed ascent record, turned around just shy of the summit at 8,600 meters. His sponsor, Outdoor Research, has yet to explain why he aborted the climb, saying only that "things were not going well."

Read more at Outside Online

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