February 28, 2012
View from the Aiguille du Moine

View from the Aiguille du Moine     Photo: nordique/Flickr

Skiers Descend Aiguille du Moine

Team takes advantage of snow conditions

A team of five Italian skiers and snowboarders last week recorded the third-ever recorded descent of the southeast face of Aiguille du Moine in the French Alps. Davide Capozzi, Julien Herry, Stefano Bigio, Francesco Civra Dano, and Luca Rolli took advantage of unusually good snow for the mountain. "The descent is steep and exposed throughout, and the snow was very difficult to ski," snowboarder Davide Capozzi wrote on PlanetMountain. Jean Marc Boivin made the first descent of the Aiguille du Moine's southeast face in 1987, with the aid of a helicopter.

Read more at PlanetMountain


Bode Miller

Training Run     Photo: Courtesy of Bode Miller

Bode Miller Cancels World Cup Season

Skier will have surgery on knee

Bode Miller has ended his 2011-2012 World Cup season to have surgery on his left knee. Miller, 34, is currently ranked 10th in overall World Cup standings. He won December's Birds of Prey downhill at Beaver Creek, Colorado, his 31st career win, and had recorded three other podium finishes. Miller likely injured the knee while previewing the 2014 downhill course in Sochi, Russia, earlier this month. He will return to the United States for surgery and has no plans to retire from skiing. "Bode had a solid season and was skiing technically and tactically better than he has been in a number of years," said U.S. Ski Team coach Sasha Rearick. "He's doing the right thing by getting his knee fixed and ready to go for the future."

Read more at The Associated Press


Cargo Ship

Cargo Ship     Photo: Rennett Stowe/Flickr

Rescue Attempt Leaves 2 Dead off Somalia

Danish Navy detains 17 pirates

The Danish Navy rescued 16 hostages and arrested 17 pirates off the coast of Somalia on Monday. Two other hostages died of undisclosed injuries. The warship, HDMS Absalon, had followed the pirated vessel for seven days along the Somali coast opening fire on Monday, leading to a surrender by the pirates. Navy spokesman Kenneth Nielsen said 17 pirates were detained in the operation. The nationalities of the hostages have not been released.

Read more at USA Today


Mount Everest

Mount Everest     Photo: Watchsmart/Flickr

Nepali Adventurers Win NatGeo Award

Pair completed Everest-to-ocean descent

On Tuesday, a pair of Nepali adventurers won National Geographic's 2012 People's Choice Adventurers of the Year award for an expedition from the summit of Mt. Everest to the Indian Ocean. Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, 39, and Sano Babu Sunuwar, 28, paraglided from the summit of Everest on May 21, 2011, biked till they found water, kayaked acrossed the Nepali border, and then paddled the Ganges River to the Indian Ocean. The pair managed to become the first to complete such a descent and had no corporate backing. They also set a world record for 8,865 meters of free flight. Sunuwar described himself as "not a climber" and Lakpa Sherpa had never kayaked before and could not swim. After being robbed at knifepoint, almost lost in class V rapids, and having to live off fruit trees, they arrived at the Indian Ocean on June 27. “When we arrived on the beach, we were frightened. We were surrounded by giant red scorpions,” said Sunuwar. The creatures, they later discovered, were only crabs.

Read more at National Geographic