December 15, 2011
Antarctica Marathon

Antarctica Marathon     Photo: Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College/Flickr

Man, 62, Finishes Ultra on Antarctica

Brent Weigner is oldest to complete race

Wyoming runner Brent Weigner, 62, on Wednesday became the oldest person ever to finish an ultramarathon on Antarctica when he completed the Antarctic Ice Marathon 100K in 15:41:04. Weinger ran in temperatures that averaged -12 F and finished fourth overall, breaking the previous over-60 record by more than 30 minutes. The race was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen's journey to the South Pole.



Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak     Photo: jl_2/Flickr

Nat'l Guard Blackhawk Rescues CO Hikers

Pair trapped at 14,000 ft. on Quandary Peak

A Blackhawk helicopter from the National Guard landed on Colorado's 14,226-foot Quandary Peak on Sunday morning to rescue two experienced climbers who were stranded near the mountain's summit. A friend of the pair called Summit County's search and rescue team on Saturday afternoon after they failed to report back. The team made contact with the pair early Sunday morning. The Blackhawk, which is designed to operate at high altitude, landed on Quandary Peak's summit shortly thereafter and carried the climbers and the search and rescue team to safety. It is the first time a Blackhawk has been involved in a rescue on the mountain.

Read more at Summit County Citizen's Voice


Black Bear

Black Bear     Photo: Rick Cooper/Flickr

Bear Rides Garbage Truck into Vancouver

Animal hitched ride to downtown

A young black bear became trapped in a garbage truck and rode from the outskirts of Vancouver to downtown on Monday. Police think the bear was inside a dumpster when the truck deposited the dumpster's trash into its bed. Animal control officers tranquilized the bear and released it into the upper Squamish Valley. Black bears are habitat generalists, and have been known to make their way into cities.

Read more at The Vancouver Sun


Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite

Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite     Photo: jcue786/flickr

Legislator Moves to Drain Hetch Hetchy

Yosemite valley was dammed in the 1920s

California Congressman Dan Lungren asked the Department of the Interior last week to investigate whether Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy reservoir could be drained and restored to its natural state. Lungren, a Republican from Gold River, argues that San Francisco failed to comply with the 1913 Raker Act, which required the city to exhaust local water resources before damming the Hetch Hetchy valley in the 1920s. At the time, John Muir was a staunch opponent of the dam, describing Hetch Hetchy as a "mountain temple." Lungren has cited studies showing that water conservation and recycling would free San Francisco from reliance on Yosemite's water, allowing the park to be restored. "Having another Yosemite Valley in California would be a tremendous thing," Lungren said.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times