August 27, 2012
Noah Pippin

Noah Pippin     Photo: Courtesy of the Pippin Family

Noah Pippin Thought to Have Died of Exposure

Marine disappeared two years ago

After several failed search attempts, the remains of a marine who disappeared in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in northwest Montana were found on Saturday, two years after he went missing. Thirty-year-old Noah Pippin had served three tours of duty in Iraq when he vanished near the Chinese Wall. Officials implemented a grid search and "lost person science" to locate the remains in the wilderness, which measures 2,400 square miles. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, who visited the site by helicopter on Saturday, believes the veteran died of exposure. “He wasn’t as ill-prepared as we had thought,” Dutton said. “We found his sleeping bag, a water jug, his poncho, his hand gun and a small device that plays music (like an iPod). He still had food left, and he did have a map." Pippin was last seen backpacking 18 miles from the Bob's perimeter on September 15, 2010, just days before a fierce blizzard swept through the area.

Via Missoulian


    Photo: Scott_Calleja/Flickr

Grizzly Bear Kills Hiker in Denali

Photographer was attempting a close-up

A San Diego photographer was killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska’s Denali National Park on Friday while taking pictures of the animal. The body of 49-year-old Richard White was found after hikers stumbled upon an abandoned backpack and found torn clothing and blood along the Toklat River. Park officials were able to recover White’s camera, which showed photos of the bear grazing and not acting aggressively. He photographed the bear for at least eight minutes before being attacked. Officials say that White, who was backpacking alone, came within 50 yards of the animal, which violates the quarter-mile separation required by park rules. The bear was shot and killed from a helicopter as it guarded the spot where White’s remains were found. This is the first fatal bear attack in the park’s history.

Via The Guardian


    Photo: Adam Kerfoot-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons

Youth Track Official Killed by Javelin

Thrower is receiving psychological counseling

A German sports official died Monday after being struck in the throat by a javelin. The 74-year-old man was overseeing a youth meet in the city of Düsseldorf when a 15-year-old competitor threw the object. "The popular and experienced sports judge was the victim of a tragic accident while carrying out his duties on Aug. 26," the local athletics association said on its website. "All of us who were there are horrified and in shock." The young athlete is now receiving psychological counseling, and the incident is being investigated.

Via Associated Press


Anna Stohr     Photo: Neil Cowburn

Gelmanov, Stohr Win Bouldering World Cup

After final event in Germany

Rustam Gelmanov and Anna Stohr took first place overall at this year's bouldering World Cup, locking up their wins on Sunday at the series' final event in Munich, Germany. Gelmanov had been tied for first with Austrian Kilian Fischhuber leading into the final boulder, but took top honors with a fourth-place finish in the last event after Fischhuber failed to qualify for the semi-finals. On the women's side, Anna Stohr took her third overall win with a second-place finish behind Japan's Akiyo Noguchi. Twenty-two-year-old Alex Puccio, who took fifth in the women's final standings, was the only American competitor to finish in the top 20.