March 21, 2012
Lamu island

The woman was kidnapped from Lamu island in Kenya     Photo: Mark Jordahl/Flickr

Somali Pirates Release Hostage

British woman held for 6 months

Somali pirates on Wednesday freed a British woman six months after capturing her off the coast of Kenya. Judith Tebbutt, 56, disappeared from a Kenyan resort last September after a group of pirates shot and killed her husband. She was released Wednesday after her son arranged to have a private security company pay her kidnappers an undisclosed ransom. Tebbutt said she was given medical treatment during her captivity and that her captors made her "feel as comfortable as possible." She is believed to be in Nairobi with her son while she awaits transport to England.

Read more at BBC


Obe & Ashima

Banff Film Obe & Ashima     Photo: Senders Films

Ten Year Old Climbs V13

Shiraishi tied for hardest send by a woman

Ten-year-old climber Ashima Shiraishi became only the third woman ever to complete an uncontested V13 boulder problem on Tuesday when she sent Crown of Aragorn in Hueco Tanks, Texas. The climb ties her for the hardest ascent by any female boulderer ever.  Shiraishi, who turns 11 next month, rose to prominence last year when she appeared in "Obe and Ashima", a short climbing film that focused on her and coach Obe Carrion, and featured footage of her nearly sending Right Martini, a V12 roof problem in Hueco.

Read more at Rock and Ice


Rossignol Skis

Rossignol Skis     Photo: The Next Web/Flickr

Sierras Storm Brings Dangerous Conditions

Four die skiing inbounds in California

A storm that dumped as much as nine feet of snow in some parts of California is being implicated in four inbounds deaths at ski resorts in the past week. At China Peak Mountain Resort on Sunday, a 30-year-old snowboarder named Kynan Stanners died after falling into deep snow and suffocating. A second man died at Sierra-at-Tahoe resort when he fell into a hole created by an under-snow stream on Sunday, and a third man was trapped in a treewell at Sugar Bowl on Monday. The fourth died last week when he hit a tree at Northstar. “Great snow brings lots of riders and skiers, but it also creates problems and increases the need for risk management,” said Bob Roberts, executive director of the California Ski Areas Association. Also on Sunday, a pair of skiers were rescued after an avalanche at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, where 109 inches of snow fell during the storm.

Read more at the Sacramento Bee


Mount Everest

Mount Everest     Photo: stevehicks/Flickr

Alpinist Lincoln Hall Dies of Cancer

Hall was abandoned on Everest in '06

Lincoln Hall, who was a member of the first Australian team to summit Everest in 1986 and later gained fame after he survived abandonment near the summit of Everest in 2006, died on Wednesday of cancer. Hall, 56, developed mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos while working with his father as a child. In 2006, Hall was left above 24,000 feet after he became ill with altitude sickness and was presumed dead. An American expedition discovered Hall the next morning, sitting upright and cracking jokes. "Right on the heels of that thought of 'I'm going to die,' was the fact I can't die because I'm going back to my family," he later said. "That was the premise of this whole expedition, was that I come back, I always come back." The 2006 Everest season claimed ten lives and was later chronicled by Outside contributing editor Nick Heil in his book Dark Summit.

Read more at ABC Sydney