The Grand Canyon is safe once again after a federal judge rejected an effort to overturn the Obama administration’s moratorium on new mining claims around the national park. The ban, enacted in January of 2012, currently protects the 1 million acres of land that comprise the canyon’s watershed.
Last year, members of the uranium mining industry, including the National Mining Association, the Nuclear Energy Institute, and the Northwest Mining Association, joined forces to attempt to... Read More
Surfer Greg Long won the fourth edition of the Big Wave World Tour this week, locking up the title after the final event in the series was canceled due to a lack of waves. While he didn't win any of the events, Long dominated the overall competition, finishing on the podium in six out of the seven events.
The victory is especially sweet for Long, as it follows a near-death incident for the surfer. In late 2012, Long almost drowned after being held down by three waves at Cortes Bank (read more... Read More
Surfer Joel Parkinson may want to think twice about flipping another surfer the bird during the Bells Beach, Australia, ASP event this week, especially if he hears the not-so-faint buzz of a flying weedwhacker overhead. In the finals of the first ASP event of 2013, a photographer caught Parkinson offering a one finger salute to Kelly Slater as the 11-time champ dropped in on him. This wednesday, FOX Sports' eight-propellor "octocopter" will drop in on surfers to offer online viewers live, u... Read More
Readers of the beloved Frommer’s brand guidebooks may soon have to look elsewhere for guidance. Google, which purchased the brands Frommer’s Travel and Unofficial Guides from publisher Wiley in August for $22 million, has ceased production and publication of all books bearing the Frommer’s name.
The authors of the 29 listed future Frommer’s titles were recently informed by editors at Google that the books would not be published, according to Skift. The last Frommer&rsq... Read More
George Lowe, the last surviving member of the 1953 expedition that made the first ascent of Everest, died on Wednesday following an illness, his family said. He was 89.
While not as well known as Edmund Hillary or Tenzing Norgay, Lowe played a key part in the expedition, ferrying gear up to the South Col and setting up camp. The workload was so great that Lowe once said it made him feel "hollow inside." When Hillary and Norgay descended from the summit, it was Lowe who welcomed them back with... Read More