What is there left to do after you break a world record, except break it again? Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara, who in 2011 rode a 78-foot swell to claim the record for largest wave surfed, may have broken the record a second time. McNamara traveled to the coast near Nazare, Portugal, where he caught a wave reported to be around 100 feet.
The claim, however, has yet to be verified. Measuring a wave’s precise height is quite difficult and the only evidence is strictly visual. McNamara&... Read More
Olympian Lolo Jones won a gold medal this weekend for the United States, but it wasn't on the track. Jones won in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships in Switzerland on Sunday. This is her first gold in her new sport.
Jones served as brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women's bobsled portion of the event. The competition combined the times of the two-man bobsled and men's and women's skeleton. The team edged Germany by 0.24 seconds. Noelle Pikus-Pace led the U.S... Read More
A Texas man fell to his death on Saturday while hiking New Hampshire's King's Ravine, according to officials from the state's Fish and Game Department.
Richard Gabriele, 64, was hiking with six companions near Mount Adams when he slipped on a patch of snow and slid 1,500 feet down the mountainside, dying at the scene.
Warm conditions earlier this month followed by bitter cold have created a hard and slick snowpack, which authorities say contributed to the accident.
"It's bulletproof out ther... Read More
A hunter in northern France is claiming that a bullet he fired at a boar bounced off its hide and killed a man over a mile away. The 68-year-old hunter, described as "experienced and level-headed" in a police report, managed to hit a motorist in the head. The driver died of his wounds.
“It’s unheard of,” said Guy Harlé d’Ophove, president of the local hunters’ federation. “The bullet rebounded at almost a right angle. In terms of probability, it&rsqu... Read More
Climber Lonnie Dupre retreated from Denali on Sunday after Arctic temperatures shut down his attempt to make a winter summit of North America's tallest mountain for the third year in a row. Dupre, 51, had spent Saturday, his 19th day on the mountain, in a snowcave at 17,200 feet, contending with temperatures as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit, before informing his support team that he would be abandoning the attempt.
A press release from Dupre's support team explained the decision:
It was virtu... Read More