The number of inbounds avalanche deaths has increased over the past seven years, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Since 2005, there have been eight inbounds-avalanche fatalities—avalanche deaths that occur in open, patrolled terrain due to non-extenuating circumstances—at resorts in the United States in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, California, and Nevada. While eight may seem a small number, it’s double the historical average for a seven-year period.... Read More
Sixty-nine parks along the eastern seaboard have either been closed or cordoned off in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to the National Park Service. New York was particularly hard hit, with extensive flooding on Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and Battery Park. In New Jersey, the Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes Sandy Hook and Breezy Point, was heavily damaged. Morristown National Historical Park, the site of General George Washington and the Continental Army's winter enca... Read More
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Sheriff and fire department crews in Malibu rescued two lifeguards from a beachside cliff this weekend after they became stuck while trying to reach a woman who had become stranded high on the rocks. Lifeguards in a boat spotted the woman 50 feet up the cliff at Pirate's Cove and directed the two would-be rescuers to her position, where they, too, became stuck. By the time emergency crews arrived, a group of nearby climbers had already lowered the woman off the cliff. In a press release, offic... Read More
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers may soon be facing a plague of rats. As floodwaters filled the city's subway system, large numbers of rats were forced to the surface in search of food and shelter. Bennett Pearlman, of New York’s Positive Pest Management, explained that, while their tunnels and nests were flooded, most were able to escape via subway entrances and stairs. Thousands were seen hiding under cars and behind trash cans Tuesday as they waited for nightfall. The rats ... Read More
On Tuesday, the Australian city of Adelaide stripped Lance Armstrong of its highest honor, the key to the city. Following the recent USADA findings and the subsequent revocation of his seven Tour de France titles, Adelaide city councilors voted 6-1 on Tuesday to revoke the key. Armstrong chose Adelaide's Tour Down Under for his return to professional cycling in 2009, where he also launched Livestrong worldwide. "I will never forget the reception we received in Adelaide when we kicked off the L... Read More