February 13, 2012

Kjerag     Photo: Leo-setä

Norwegian Climbers Die in Accident

Men likely hit by icefall

Two well-known Norwegian climbers died late last week in an apparent accident on Kjerag in southwestern Norway. Bjorn-Eivind Aartun and Stein-Ivan Gravdal were attempting to put up a new ice route on Kjerag's 3,228-foot face. When they failed to return by Thursday, friends alerted emergency services. A helicopter found the partners hanging upside down from their rope, with blood visible on the cliff below them. Norway's national climbing association said today that the deaths may have been caused by a loose chunk of snow or ice that fell and hit climbers. Investigators suspect that they fell between 160 and 200 feet. Artun and Gravdahl had both established other challenging routes on the wall, including Strandhogg and Pin-Up.

Read more at the British Mountaineering Council

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Galen Rupp in 2009     Photo: Erik van Leeuwen/Wikimedia

Records Fall in Weekend Track Action

New U.S., NCAA marks in mile, 2-mile, 5K

American distance runners broke five national indoor records at meets across the country this weekend in one of the busiest stretches of racing of the year. Bernard Lagat won the 2012 Millrose Games in New York in 13:07.15, bettering Galen Rupp's 2011 mark by more than four seconds. Rupp, racing at a separate meet in Fayeteville, Arkansas, in turn ran 8:09.72 to break Lagat's old U.S. two-mile record by two seconds. Brigham Young University runner Miles Battey also lowered the NCAA mile record to 3:54.54, and U.S. and all-comers collegiate records fell both the men's 3,000-meters and 5,000-meters.

Read more at Letsrun.com

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Lance Armstrong in 2002     Photo: Benutzer:Hase/Flickr

Armstrong Second in Panama Half Ironman

Lance makes splash with 70.3 debut

On Sunday, retired cyclist Lance Armstrong finished second to New Zealand's Bevan Docherty at the Panama Half Ironman. Docherty, an Olympic silver medalist, overtook Armstrong with just more than a mile to go event's final run. Armstrong initially failed to offer Docherty congratulations after finishing. "I'm not sure what it was all about. I can only assume he was just disappointed to get beaten," Docherty said. Armstrong is expected to compete in Ironman events in April, May, and June in an attempt to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on October 13.

Read more at ESPN

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Tequila shots     Photo: Nigel Wade/Flickr

Aspen Limits On-Mountain Beverages

Resort worried about intoxicated skiers

A popular on-mountain Aspen restaurant has imposed a three-drink limit and removed hard alcohol from its menu during the lunch hours amid concerns about drunk skiers. Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro at Aspen Highlands became worried after a number of intoxicated skiers had to be brought down the mountain by snowmobile. SkiCo spokesperson Jeff Hanle said that no specific incident had prompted the rule change, but that "it was time."

Read more at Aspen Daily News

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