Four men were caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling in northern Lebanon Wednesday morning, killing one. The group was snowmobiling on Qornet al-Sawda—Lebanon's highest peak at 9,842 feet above sea level—when they triggered the slide.
The Lebanese Civil Defense Forces are still searching the area, though there have been no reports of any other victims.
While avalanches are not particularly common in Lebanon, winters can draw plenty of snow in the mountains. Last February, part... Read More
The U.S. Coast Guard is still searching for a family who is thought to have gone missing in a sailboat about 60 miles from Monterey Bay in California after transmitting distress signals this past weekend.
The Coast Guard received the distress message at around 4:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The caller said the ship was taking on water.
About an hour after the first message, the radio operator onboard said the ship was sinking and that the whole family was abandoning her: "Coast Guard, Coast Gua... Read More
Mo Farah won the New Orleans half-marathon over the weekend in a record time of 1 hour, 59 seconds. Mo Farah also won gold medals in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter distances at the London Olympics this past summer. But you already know that because Farah, a Somali-born Brit, was one of the public faces of the Olympics, particularly his post-10,000-meter, wide-eyed, oh-my-God-I-think-I-left-the-stove-on face.
It’s possible, sure, that you don’t know who Mo Farah is, that you aren... Read More
Nineteen are dead after a hot air balloon carrying 20 foreign tourists and a pilot crashed near the Egyptian city of Luxor on Tuesday morning. Witnesses describe hearing a loud explosion before turning to see the balloon descending toward the ground in flames as passengers leapt to their deaths trying to escape.
According to ABC News, it is suspected that the balloon was in the process of landing when a cable became caught on a helium tube and ignited the tank. The canister exploded and the b... Read More
Two sexagenarian legends of alpine climbing will attempt to climb the Nose of El Capitan in a single day in May.
Between the two of them, Jim Donini, 69, and George Lowe, 68, are responsible for a haul of serious alpine first ascents, including Torre Egger and the Infinite Spur on Mount Foraker.
Speaking to Climbing magazine, Donini, a former president of the American Alpine Club, said he was motivated to return to El Capitan because of the challenge of re-acclimating himself to Yosemite's g... Read More