A search and rescue mission for three men lost on Pakistan's Gasherbrum I has been called off nearly a week after the men went missing, according to The Adventure Blog. Gerfried Goschl, Cedric Hahlen, and Nisar Hussein were last heard from by radio close to Gasherbrum I's summit on Friday, the same day a team of three Polish climbers recorded the mountain's first-ever winter ascent. Search parties had ascended as high as camp two but have seen no trace of the missing men.
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Unusually high temperatures across the central and eastern United States have broken or met 943 records since Sunday. The warm weather is reportedly bringing insects and rodents into homes earlier than usual and sparking concerns about wildfire danger in the midwest. Forecasters expect the weather to last through March. "If the current model forecasts prove correct, a high pressure ridge over the U.S. bringing heat this intense and long-lasting in March will be unprecedented in the historical ... Read More
Fossils unearthed in China more than 20 years ago might be from a previously unknown human species, according to a paper published Wednesday in the PloS One science journal. The bone fragments were discovered in China in 1979 and 1989 but were not studied until 2008. The species, dubbed the "Red Deer Cave people" by scientists, has been dated to between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago, which suggests this new species might have co-existed with the earliest modern Homo sapiens. A second theory says... Read More
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner leaped from a balloon at an altitude of 13.6 miles on Thursday in Roswell, New Mexico, in a practice jump for a planned attempt later this summer at a a skydiving altitude record. Baumgartner, 42, was in free fall for three minutes and 43 seconds before pulling his rip cord, according to a spokeswoman for the project. Baumgartner, who is sponsored by Red Bull, will eventually try to jump from a balloon 23 miles above the Earth's surface while wearing a helme... Read More
A heli-skiing guide and Colorado native died Tuesday in an avalanche while working with clients near Haines, Alaska. Robert Liberman, 35, was a native of Telluride, Colorado and worked for Alaska Heliskiing. He was skiing near Takhin Ridge with five other people, one of whom was also buried and was flown to Seattle for medical care. Liberman was a member of the University of Colorado's ski team and had guided in Alaska since 2005. He is the first person to die in an avalanche in Alaska this ye... Read More