February 29, 2012
Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer     Photo: Petit Brun/Flickr

PCC Gets Mountain Finish Near Boulder

Stage six could be decisive in race

Organizers from the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday announced that the race will gain an uphill finish on stage six, just outside of Boulder, Colorado on Flagstaff Mountain. It will be the race's first mountaintop finish and could become the most important day in the seven-stage event. The 2011 PCC attracted a field of world-class riders, including Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck, and inaugural race winner Levi Leipheimer. “There is a great cycling heritage in Boulder," said PCC co-chair Shawn Hunter, "we know there will be thousands of fans lining the Stage 6 route."

Read more at the Boulder Daily Camera


Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand     Photo: Beast from the Bush/Wikimedia

NZ Climber Athol Whimp Dies in Fall

Whimp won Piolet d'Or in 1998

Athol Whimp, a major figure in New Zealand's climbing and mountaineering history, died in a fall in Fiordland on the country's South Island last week. Whimp, 50, was known for establishing lightweight routes in the Himalaya and South America. In 1998, he won a Piolet d'Or, alpinism's highest award, for a first ascent of India's Thalay Sagar. Whimp was un-roped when he slipped and fell 800 meters on February 23 while climbing an easy but exposed route near Fiordland's Homer Saddle.

Read more at Alpinist


Homage to Ozti the Iceman

Homage to Ozti the Iceman     Photo: Artnow314/Flicr

Ötzi the Iceman Gets Genome Sequenced

Man was lactose intolerant, had Lyme

Scientists at the European Institute for Mummies have sequenced the genome of a 5,300-year-old mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman, according to a paper published on Tuesday. Europe's oldest natural human mummy had brown eyes, was lactose intolerant, and contained DNA of the infectious bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Ötzi appears to have had the first documented case of Lyme disease. Ötzi has been under analysis since 1991, when tourists discovered what they thought was the body of a recently-deceased climber sticking out of a glacier in the Ötzal Alps. He is thought to be the world's first know mountaineering fatality.

Read more in Nature



Wolf     Photo: Dennis Matheson/Flickr

Wolves In Jackson, WY May Be Killed

Officials say animals habituated to humans

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is mulling a plan to kill several wolves that appear to have become habituated to humans in Jackson, Wyoming. Wolf sightings became frequent in Jackson last December,  and some conservationists argue that the wolves should be harassed before they are killed. “These wolves haven’t actually done something yet,” said Defenders of Wildlife representative Suzanne Stone. Wolf manager Mike Jimenez said the Fish and Wildlife Service considered relocating the wolves but decided there is not enough suitable wolf habitat available.

Read more at Jackson Hole News and Guide