On Tuesday, a pair of Nepali adventurers won National Geographic's 2012 People's Choice Adventurers of the Year award for an expedition from the summit of Mt. Everest to the Indian Ocean. Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, 39, and Sano Babu Sunuwar, 28, paraglided from the summit of Everest on May 21, 2011, biked till they found water, kayaked acrossed the Nepali border, and then paddled the Ganges River to the Indian Ocean. The pair managed to become the first to complete such a descent and had no corporat... Read More
Lindsey Vonn became the most successful super-G skier in women's history on Sunday with a win in Bansko, Bulgaria, notching her 18th career super-G title and her 10th overall win on the World Cup this season. With nine races remaining before the World Cup finals in mid-March, Vonn's 528-point lead over Slovenia's Tina Maze in overall standings all but assures her of her fourth world cup title. Vonn secured a fifth-straight discipline title in downhill earlier this month.
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Daniel Woods and Alex Puccio beat a stacked field in Colorado Springs on Saturday to win the 2012 American Bouldering Series National Championships. Woods took three attempts to top out two of the four finals problems, barely edging Ethan Pringle to take first place. American Michael Baustista was the only competitor to finish the last finals problem, but was bumped down to third place when he forgot to match hands on the finish hold. On the women's side, Alex Puccio was the only competitor to... Read More
A viscous winter storm that blew through Yellowstone and Grant Teton national parks this weekend stranded 160 travelers and slowed the search for a missing snowboarder. Whiteout conditions and high avalanche danger prevented snowplows from clearing a 22-mile stretch of road between Grand Teton and Yellowstone, forcing park rangers to close the main highway Saturday afternoon. Travelers were given emergency shelter at two mountain lodges and an elementary school. The weather also kept rangers f... Read More
Beginning this fall, Google will deploy underwater cameras mounted on submarines to photograph and map the Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The project, called the Catlin Seaview Survey, will produce results similar to the "Street View" option on Google Earth, but underwater. Project chief scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the project will map the reef below 30 meters, where most reef divers rarely go. Researchers hope the project will raise public awareness about the effects of climate change ... Read More