Despite being one of the most vocal critics of the International Ski Federation's new mandate of longer, straighter skis, American Ted Ligety handily won the World Cup season opener in men's giant slalom on Sunday. This season marks the first time racers will be required to use skis with the stipulated 40-meter turning radius in an effort improve safety. Skiers have opposed the rule, which takes the turning radius back to manufacturing blueprints of the 1980s. “It would be like going fro... Read More
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two crew members of the HMS Bounty after the tall ship sank off the coast of North Carolina in Hurricane Sandy. The three-masted replica was headed to St. Petersburg, Florida, in an attempt to outrun the storm, when one of its generators failed and the ship started taking on water. In 18-foot seas, the crew was forced to abandon ship for covered life rafts. Coast Guard helicopters were able to airlift 14 of the crew, but two were washed overboard. The Boun... Read More
A 49-year-old climber died in Zion National Park on Friday after his gear failed in a fall. Lyle Dale Hurd III was leading Northeast Buttress (5.10+, 8 pitches) when he fell 40 feet, ripped out his last piece of protection, and impacted a ledge. A 20-person team from Zion Search and Rescue responded, but found him dead at the scene. Hurd's is the second fatal accident this year, following the death of a 74-year-old man in the Subway slot canyon in September.
Here’s how to win the World Carp Angling Championships: get yourself a good rod, host the tournament, and feed the local carp your secret bait recipe bait for five straight months before the competition begins. At least, that’s what Romania did. Five months prior to this year’s tournament at Lake Corbu, the Romanian team of elite rodmen fed the carp with a secret bait recipe daily. They won the team and individual competitions rather easily, bringing in 1.7 tons of fish. Whil... Read More
Residents of the coastal areas of northwest British Columbia have been told to seek higher ground inland following a late Saturday tsunami warning brought on by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks. "A major earthquake occurred in the Haidi Gwaii region," according to a statement released by Natural Resources Canada. "It was felt across much of north-central B.C., including Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Quesnel and Houston." While no damage has been reported at this time, marina worke... Read More