December 19, 2011

Quickdraws     Photo: Subflux

Sachi Amma Climbs Pachamama

Second ascent of 5.15a in Oliana

Japanese climber Sachi Amma has made the second ascent of Chris Sharma's route Pachamama (5.15a) in Oliana, Spain. Amma, who took third overall in this year's World Cup, spent seven days last year and seven days this year working on the route. Pachamama, which was established in 2009, climbs 160 feet up a limestone face on poor pinches and underclings.

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Roald Amundsen and Maud

Roald Amundsen and Maud     Photo: IMLS DCC/flickr

Amundsen Wreck Denied Export Permit

Canada won't allow Norwegian salvage

On Thursday, Canadian authorities denied a request by Norwegian investors to salvage a ship once captained by explorer Roald Amundsen and currently wrecked in an Arctic harbor off Nunavut. The investors, who bought the wreck from the Hudson Bay Company in 1990 for $1, were preparing a multi-million dollar operation to tow the Maud back to Norway for display in a museum. The Canadian Heritage Minister has determined that the ship is of national significance and that "a full archeological study" must be conducted before it can be moved. A spokesperson for the Norwegian group says they will appeal the decision. Amundsen commissioned the Maud to explore the Northeast Passage in 1916, an expedition that ultimately ended in failure. The ship was seized by creditors in 1925 as collateral for the explorer's debt. Amundsen disappeared in a plane crash three years later. 

Read more at the National Post



Cycling in North Carolina     Photo: terrymorse/flickr

N.C. College Cyclist Killed by Truck

Freshman hit on a training ride

A freshman cyclist at Lees-McRae College in North Carolina died on Thursday after she was truck by a truck on an afternoon training ride. Megan Baab, 19, died when the driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line. This marks the second time this year a Lees-McRae cyclist has been killed on a training ride. In January, Lees-McRae senior Carla Swart, the most decorated cyclist in collegiate history, was killed while training in South Africa. Baab was expected to compete in the USA Cycling Cyclocross Championships in January.

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Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver     Photo: Larry Johnson/Flickr

XC Coach Wanted for Sex Assault Missing

Ponce coached in Denver, ran for CU

A Denver cross country coach who was credited with reviving a struggling cross country program is now missing after his arrest last week for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Oscar Ponce, 34, was an academic All-American runner at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was a member of the 1998 CU cross country team that was the subject of the book Running with the Buffaloes. Police arrested and charged Ponce on Tuesday. He was released on $50,000 bond on Wednesday, after which police reported that a second girl had come forward with similar allegations. Ponce has not been seen since last week.

Read more at the Daily Camera