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July 27th, 2004, 11:36 pm #21

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A family vacation turned tragic Friday when a Toledo teenager fell to her death from a West Virginia mountain while hiking with her brother and a friend, authorities said.
Kathryn Hartman, 15, of 2450 Robinwood Ave., who would have been a junior at St. Ursula Academy, began hiking about 3 p.m. Friday at the Seneca Rocks Recreation Area, a mountainous section of the Monongahela National Forest, 35 miles east of Elkins, W.Va.
Together with her brother, Christopher, who graduated this year from St. Francis de Sales High School, and a teenager identified only as Christopher's girlfriend, Miss Hartman reached the 900-foot peak of Seneca Rocks' single hiking trail, and stopped about 4 p.m. to eat and take pictures.
Several minutes later, Miss Hartman slipped and fell 30 to 40 feet off the high precipice.
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July 29th, 2004, 6:20 am #22

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A 27-year-old man was rescued via helicopter Wednesday afternoon after falling down an embankment at Franklin Falls at Snoqualmie Pass.
Several lanes of Interstate 90 near the Denny Creek exit were shut during the rescue.
The man was reportedly hiking with three others when he decided to climb some steep rocks near Franklin Falls. He slipped and fell about 30 feet into an area that was difficult to get him out of without the aid of the MAST helicopter, according to rescue officials.
"It was wide open enough that they could actually make the rescue. There are some areas here in Snoqualmie Pass that are too tight for MAST to get into," said Chief Matt Cowan, Snoqualmie Fire Dept.
Eighteen-year-old camp Counselor Elizabeth Parker was there with some of her charges when they saw the man fall.
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Parker scrambled over the man and attempted to administer first aid while rescue crews arrived.
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July 30th, 2004, 3:13 am #23

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Maryland man who fell 35 feet into a crevasse on Glacier National Park's Grinnell Glacier died late Tuesday, despite a grueling rescue effort on the part of park rangers.
"It was a very difficult extrication," said ranger Gary Moses, who was among the rescuers who were lowered into the crevasse to help Howard Cohn, 46, of Columbia, Md.
Cohn was with his wife and a group of 15 hikers from the Washington, D.C., area who were visiting Glacier Park. Cohn and three members of the group were on a day hike when Cohn walked onto the glacier while the rest of the party waited. When he disappeared from sight, the others started looking for him, eventually discovering that he had fallen into a crevasse.
At 3:30 p.m., the group contacted a naturalist ranger who was leading a tour in the area, triggering an elaborate rescue effort.
A contract helicopter was dispatched, carrying two loads of park personnel to the scene from the Many Glacier area. After they arrived and assessed the situation, they called for additional help from West Glacier, said Moses, who ended up being operations chief on the mission.
Moses and three other west-side rangers equipped with additional climbing gear were flown to the 170-acre glacier, which overlooks the Many Glacier valley.
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July 31st, 2004, 4:47 am #24

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THE owner of one of Namibia's most luxurious hotels, Jürgen Raith, died yesterday morning while descending from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Raith's family last night confirmed that he fell on the way down after having reached the top of Africa's highest mountain.

"We do not know the details but we will put out a press release as soon as we know what really happened," a family member said.

A friend climbing with Raith, as well as a medical doctor who tried to save his life, were reported to be with the body waiting to be airlifted yesterday.

"There was enough support but it didn't help," said the family member, who declined to be named.

Raith, a prominent businessman, owns the Heinitzburg Castle, one of the the highest spots in Windhoek, which is affiliated to a chain of some of France's most expensive hotels.

He also had several catering contracts around the country.
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July 31st, 2004, 4:54 am #25

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SKARDU: A Spanish climber has died while descending 8,068 meter Gasherbrum-I in the mighty Karakoram ranges, Deputy Commissioner Skardu, Sajid Baloch confirmed here Thursday.
Jose Antonio Anton Lopez, 30, was returning from the summit of Gasherbrum-I on Sunday when he slipped and fell 700 meter to his death from 7,400 meters, Sajid told 'Pakistan Times'.
"We got the news of his death three days after the incident. His body has gone deep into the crevasse which needs an uphill task to be retrieved," the DC added.
Jose Antonio was a member of nine-men Spanish team. He is the fifth climber to die on Pakistan's mountains this year.
A German died while descending Nanga Parbat (8125 metres), the country's second highest peak, earlier this month and in early June three South Korean climbers on K2 were killed by an avalanche at 6,600 meters.
Gasherbrum-I is the world's 11th highest mountain and Pakistan's number three peak.
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July 31st, 2004, 7:48 pm #26

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Members of the Fourteener World Forum are mourning the loss of one of their own:


Body of Missing Hiker Found in Custer County

The body of an avid hiker and mountaineer was found Friday. Jason Pettigrew had been attempting to climb all of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks before his 30th birthday Aug. 9.

Pettigrew's body was found Friday afternoon in an area between Crestone Peak and Crestone Needles.



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August 1st, 2004, 5:12 am #27

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Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve have temporarily closed two backcountry zones to visitors after a solo hiker was slightly injured in a rare confrontation with a grizzly sow with a cub, they said Friday.
They also sharply curtailed hiking and other activities around the Eielson Visitor Center because a second sow, hanging around with two cubs in the center's vicinity, has been acting strangely, occasionally charging vehicles as well as the Eielson facility itself, according to park authorities.
The sow at the visitor center, 66 miles into the park, has not injured anyone but nevertheless concerns park managers more than the grizzly that pawed the hiker, said Denali spokeswoman Kris Fister.
"The sow has been around that (Eielson) area all summer," Fister said. "The biologists want to know, why all of a sudden has she become erratic? Why all of a sudden is she acting like this, and what's stressing her out?"
The bear that injured the hiker, a 34-year-old Norwegian, accompanied her spring cub and appears to have reacted normally, Denali officials said. It may have been surprised by the solo hiker and another man walking alone earlier the same day.
Nils Hammerstedt, of Oslo, encountered a grizzly with a spring cub at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday while walking through brush and low hills near Glacier Creek, several miles southwest of the Eielson center, according to the park.
He had entered a different part of the backcountry on Friday and couldn't be reached, park officials said.
Hammerstedt had a backcountry permit and had been camping alone in the area for a few nights when he met up with the bear and her cub, said Fister. Hammerstedt and the sow appeared to see each other at the same time.
Denali National Park advises all visitors on how to behave around bears, even if they come no closer than a half-mile. Those who hike and camp in the park's 41 backcountry units receive even more extensive bear education as a requirement for getting a permit, park managers said.
The general rule is that hikers should let a bear know of their presence by waving their arms and speaking to the bear while backing slowly away if they encounter one.
Hammerstedt apparently followed the instructions well, Fister said.
"He talked loud, backed away slowly, raised his hands," she said. The sow, however, kept coming, "not rapidly, just consistently."
When the sow closed the distance from Hammerstedt to 10 feet, the man dropped to his knees and elbows, curled into a fetal position and covered his neck with his hands, she said.
That, too, is standard advice, although Denali rangers generally say that "playing dead" should be the last resort, tried only when a grizzly is about to make contact. Hammerstedt may have dropped prematurely, Fister said.
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August 2nd, 2004, 3:07 am #28

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The bodies of two climbers killed on Mount Washington in the central Oregon Cascades were recovered Saturday by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies.
Linn County Sheriff Dave Burright said Thomas A. Seifert, 46, of Goldendale and Gary L. Glentz, 50, of White Salmon planned a one-day climb of the rocky 7,794-foot peak Thursday and that relatives contacted Deschutes County deputies when they did not return as scheduled.
Deschutes County deputies found their car near Big Lake. Burright's office was notified and a search began. The mountain is on Linn County's eastern border.
Jefferson County deputies found the bodies, still roped together, on the west side of the mountain at about 11 a.m. at the 7,190-foot level.
Both were experienced climbers but this apparently was their first attempt at Mount Washington, a fairly short climb but with a difficult pinnacle at the top.
Burright said equipment failure may have been to blame.
The deputies were joined by mountain rescue teams from Eugene and Corvallis, the Linn County Explorer Scouts' search and rescue post, the Linn County Mounted Posse and the 1042nd Army National Guard.
The bodies were airlifted from the mountain to a funeral home in Sweet Home.
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August 2nd, 2004, 3:08 am #29

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A 4,000- to 5,000-pound rock fell on a hiker who was trying to climb it Saturday, but she suffered no broken bones in the mishap.
Judy Curtis, who had been hiking with a church group in Hell's Canyon, was freed by rescuers who used three air bags to lift the rock off her legs. Larimer County sheriff's officials said Curtis was alert and talking the whole time.
Greg Curtis, who did not see the accident, said his wife was in good condition at Saint Anthony's Central Hospital in Denver. He said she may have to undergo surgery.
"No broken legs, just real bad cuts," he said. "It's a miracle. The paramedic told me the only thing that saved her leg was a decomposed tree underneath her," which apparently kept the rock from crushing her leg.
A sheriff's deputy said there was a depression under the spot where the rock landed. "That was the saving feature of the whole accident," sheriff's office spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said.
Judy Curtis, 47, of Arvada, and her husband have four children.
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