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August 2nd, 2004, 6:37 pm #31

ESTES PARK, CO - Judy Curtis was hiking with friends near <a href=http://www.estespark-colorado.com/home.htm>Estes Park</a> on Saturday when she felt a large boulder give way under her feet.

In what she described as a terrifying jumble of rocks and motion, she found herself pinned under the 4,000-pound rock.

One thing went badly wrong that day, but so many things went right that Curtis, 47, of <a href=http://www.ci.arvada.co.us>Arvada</a> received only relatively minor injuries.

<a href=http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,141 ... html>Click here to read the article from The Denver Post</a>.

Judy Curtis doesn't think she's lucky, but she knows she's blessed.

The 47-year-old Arvada mother of four daughters easily could have been killed, maimed or much more seriously injured Saturday when a five-foot-diameter, one-ton boulder rolled onto her legs, pinning her for more than three hours.

Instead, Curtis found herself Sunday in <a href=http://www.stanthonyhosp.org/services_i ... central>St. Anthony Central Hospital</a> with a dislocated left hip, a large patch of skin scraped off her thigh and a deep cut on one calf.

<a href=http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/s ... html>Click here to read the article from the Rocky Mountain News</a>.


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August 2nd, 2004, 6:42 pm #32

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Rest in peace, Jason.
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August 3rd, 2004, 2:59 am #33

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STARKEY — State police Sunday morning recovered the body of the Irondequoit man who fell into the Big Stream Gorge basin.
Members of the state police Troop E Dive Team located drowning victim Remo DiGirolamo, 24, of Culver Road at 8:42 a.m. after searching for only 12 minutes.
State police from Dundee said DiGirolamo had been camping nearby and began walking along the creek bed around 3 p.m. Saturday with several friends, Erin Szostak, 30, Jason Szostak, 32, Mark Stackler, 30, Kristie Stackler, 27, Sarah Wollschleger, 24, Mattew Wollschleger, 24, and Meghan Bundrock, 24.
Investigators said it was around 5 p.m. when DiGirolamo was walking along the edge of a waterfall that he slipped and fell into the basin, five miles east of Dundee near Route 14 in the Glenora area. Rescue crews arrived at 5:20 p.m. State police, the Yates County Sheriff’s Department and its dive team, Branchport Fire Department Dive Team and Dundee Rope and Rescue Team searched the waters at Big Stream until 8:30 p.m. when rescue efforts had to be called off because of darkness and dangerous conditions.
The search resumed at 8 a.m. Sunday, with the dive team going back to the Gorge around 8:30 a.m.
DiGirolamo was pronounced dead at the scene by Yates County Coroner Darlene Walsh, and his body was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
State police were assisted at the scene by the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Dundee Volunteer Fire Department and Branchport Fire Department.
This was the second time in eight days that someone fell into the gorge. David Streeten, 19, of Corning, was pulled from the gorge July 23 after falling 40 feet. Streeten, a Binghamton University lacrosse player, suffered a severe head injury and is still listed in critical condition.
Dundee Fire Chief Tracy Miller said the area, which has posted “private property” signs, is a “very dangerous place” for walkers and rescuers, making a rescue during the night extremely difficult.
http://www.fltimes.com/Main.asp?Section ... cleID=5424
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August 3rd, 2004, 3:03 am #34

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A CLIMBER from Kyrgyzstan has disappeared on the world's second highest mountain K2 amid celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of its conquest, a tour operator said today.

Alexander Gubaev has been missing on the treacherous 8611-metre peak for seven days and is presumed dead, Adventure Tours Pakistan manager Abdullah Khan said in Pakistan's far northern town of Skardu.
Skardu lies in a high-altitude desert 300 kilometres north-east of Islamabad, and is the starting point for the seven-day trek to the K2 base camp.
"His body is still missing, which means either he has fallen through a crevasse or is buried beneath an avalanche," Mr Khan told AFP.
"Going missing for seven days on K2 means certain death."

K2 has been nicknamed 'savage mountain', 'killer mountain', and 'mountain of mountains' for its high fatality rate.
More summit-makers have died on descent of K2 than on any other mountain, according to the Adventurestats.com website which documents mountaineering feats.
Mr Gubaev would be the fourth fatality on K2 in its golden jubilee season. Three South Koreans were killed in an avalanche as they ascended its sheer icy slopes in June.
A record number of climbers - 43 - reached the summit of K2 last week ahead of the July 31 conquest anniversary.
They included a series of record-smashing feats that saw the oldest man ever to stand on K2, Spain's 65-year-old Carlos Soria; the first Chinese, Colombian and Romanian climbers to scale the mountain, and only the sixth woman ever.
Spain's Edurne Pasaban, 31, has become the only living female summit-maker of K2. Three of her predecessors died on descent of K2 and the two others died on other 8000 metre giants in Nepal.
K2, known in local language as Chogori or 'King of Mountains', lies on a remote uninhabited stretch of the Pakistan-China border, amid the biggest concentration of glaciers outside the North and South Poles.
It has a fatality rate (ratio of summit-makers to deaths) of 27 per cent, three times that of the world's highest mountain Everest.
Italian climbers Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli first scaled K2 at sunset on July 31, 1954.
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common ... 02,00.html
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August 3rd, 2004, 3:05 am #35

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The team reports that 3 climbers part of the International team disappeared on K2 this weekend. The climbers started their summit bid July 28, from camp 4 in very bad weather.

The Magic Line climbers were not told of the missing climbers until yesterday (local) when they were told by climbers of the International team, as these were leaving BC.

The Magic Line climbers immediatly tried to radio the missing climbers and got two weak voices stating that they were lost on the shoulder.

The Magic Line and Andalusian climbers, with help from Japanese climbers quickly assembled a rescue team and went up the mountain to search for the climbers.

Unfortunately the bad weather and the previous lack of communication between climbers on the mountain forced them to abort the rescue.

The report has also been confirmed by phone to ExplorersWeb by the Magic Line tam's press agent.

ExplorersWeb is compiling more details and more reports will be published through the day
http://www.mounteverest.net/story/K2Ale ... 2004.shtml
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August 3rd, 2004, 3:09 am #36

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A 28-year-old New Mexico woman was struck by lightning and killed at about 3 p.m. Sunday while hiking French Gulch near Breckenridge, said Sgt. Tom Tilka of the Summit County Sheriff's Office.
The woman's name was not released.
She was hiking with a group of about five people. Others in the group were knocked down by the strike but suffered only minor injuries.

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August 3rd, 2004, 3:16 am #37

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A woman has died after falling 30 feet into a creek in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Bushkill, Pa.
Park Rangers say Tatiana Culvert, 44, of Effort, Pa., was hiking with five friends Saturday afternoon when they crossed an elevated log over the Raymondskill Creek.
Witnesses say everyone else straddled the makeshift log bridge and shimmied across, but Culvert tried to stand up and walk across.
She lost her balance and fell into a section of the creek that's only 10 inches deep.
Rangers say Culvert was conscious for a short time after the fall, but lost consciousness just before the arrival of emergency crews.
Culvert was the mother of five children.
http://www.nbc10.com/news/3605882/detail.html
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August 4th, 2004, 1:22 am #38

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has recorded its first known snakebite of the year.
A park spokeswoman says a 12-year-old Indiana boy picked up a copperhead as his family hiked along Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove. The venomous snake bit his right thumb.
Rangers sent the boy to a Maryville hospital after his family brought him to a ranger station for aid.
National Park Service spokeswoman Nancy Gray says the boy's hand was twice its normal size and there was a dark discoloration around the bite.
His name and condition weren't available.
There were about five recorded snake bites in the park last year.
http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=212446745
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August 5th, 2004, 1:54 am #39

STARKEY — State police Sunday morning recovered the body of the Irondequoit man who fell into the Big Stream Gorge basin.
Members of the state police Troop E Dive Team located drowning victim Remo DiGirolamo, 24, of Culver Road at 8:42 a.m. after searching for only 12 minutes.
State police from Dundee said DiGirolamo had been camping nearby and began walking along the creek bed around 3 p.m. Saturday with several friends, Erin Szostak, 30, Jason Szostak, 32, Mark Stackler, 30, Kristie Stackler, 27, Sarah Wollschleger, 24, Mattew Wollschleger, 24, and Meghan Bundrock, 24.
Investigators said it was around 5 p.m. when DiGirolamo was walking along the edge of a waterfall that he slipped and fell into the basin, five miles east of Dundee near Route 14 in the Glenora area. Rescue crews arrived at 5:20 p.m. State police, the Yates County Sheriff’s Department and its dive team, Branchport Fire Department Dive Team and Dundee Rope and Rescue Team searched the waters at Big Stream until 8:30 p.m. when rescue efforts had to be called off because of darkness and dangerous conditions.
The search resumed at 8 a.m. Sunday, with the dive team going back to the Gorge around 8:30 a.m.
DiGirolamo was pronounced dead at the scene by Yates County Coroner Darlene Walsh, and his body was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
State police were assisted at the scene by the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Dundee Volunteer Fire Department and Branchport Fire Department.
This was the second time in eight days that someone fell into the gorge. David Streeten, 19, of Corning, was pulled from the gorge July 23 after falling 40 feet. Streeten, a Binghamton University lacrosse player, suffered a severe head injury and is still listed in critical condition.
Dundee Fire Chief Tracy Miller said the area, which has posted “private property” signs, is a “very dangerous place” for walkers and rescuers, making a rescue during the night extremely difficult.
http://www.fltimes.com/Main.asp?Section ... cleID=5424
he was my friend since i was 8 or 9 years old. it truly is sad. he was such a good person. i hope everyone takes notice that no matter how ambitious our "adventure" goals (although his ambitions on this walk were not extraordinary--it was simply a nice way to spend an evening with friends, as far as i know), the pain and sadness caused by a death as a result of a hiking accident (or the like) is not worth what would be gained by the successful completion of the adventure. i know, now, after having to grieve with his parents, friends and family after this horrific tragedy.
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August 5th, 2004, 1:58 am #40

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Police and emergency workers rescued a rock climber who fell about 50 feet this morning from a rock wall at the former IBM Glen in the Town of Union.
A Union Volunteer Emergency Squad official said the individual -- William Farrell of Johnson City -- was practicing rapelling about 10:30 a.m. with a group when either the rope parted or his harness malfunctioned.
State police, Broome County sheriff's deputies, Union emergency medical technicians and Broome County Emergency Services responded to the scene. They used all-terrain vehicles to get to the remote site, a quarter-mile into the woods, and dragged Farrell out in a gurney behind an ATV.
Farrell was brought out of the Glen about 12:10 p.m. with apparent head and arm injuries.
His partner, Steve Taylor of Binghamton, was uninjured, and said both had been rock-climbing hobbiests for about a year.
http://www.pressconnects.com/today/tops ... 8332.shtml
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