KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Family, friends and supporters welcomed a veteran Sherpa guide upon his return to Nepal's capital on Saturday, days after his 24th climb of Mount Everest extended his...
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the Minnesota man who died while rock climbing in Colorado.
Twenty-two-year-old Mitchel Halberg of Winona died of a head injury after falling...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa mountaineer extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his 24th ascent of the world's highest peak on Tuesday.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa climber Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.
BERLIN (AP) — The parents of celebrated Austrian climber David Lama said Friday that he had "lived his dream," as hopes he and two other top climbers survived an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Aquaman star Jason Momoa stands on the Dolby Theatre stage in Los Angeles, holding that famous red envelope. At stake is the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
13-year-old Iowa boy dies in fall in Utah state park
IVINS, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a teenage boy has died after falling inside Snow Canyon State Park in southwestern Utah.
KUTV in Salt Lake City reports park officials say the incident...
Denver gets ice climbing World Cup as sport rises
Planners unveil draft plan to revitalize White River
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The largely underused waterfront by the White River could be revitalized into a central Indiana haven for recreational activities with a rock climbing wall at a quarry, a floating stage where bands play and a zip line, according to a draft plan.
China plans major cut in number of Everest climbers
BEIJING (AP) — China will cut the number of climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest from the north by one-third this year as part of plans for a major cleanup on the world's highest peak, state media reported Monday.
The total number of climbers seeking to summit the world's highest peak at 8,850 meters (29,035 feet) from the north will be limited to less than 300 and the climbing season restricted to spring, the reports said.
Sandstone aspiring to be an ice climbing mecca in Minnesota
SANDSTONE, Minn. (AP) — Peter Lenz felt a little guilty ice climbing recently. The weather was disturbingly nice.
With the sun shining and Pine County temperatures hovering in the mid-30s, it was beautiful out — and chilly enough to keep conditions safe for the Sandstone Ice Festival.
St. Louis’ popular City Museum sold to theme park company
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A quirky museum in downtown St. Louis that features a fish tank, climbing equipment, a slide and other interactive activities, has been sold to a theme park company.
Oklahoma City-based Premier Parks LLC has purchased and now operates City Museum from American Milling, a business based in suburban St. Louis. Terms were not disclosed but the 100 or so employees of City Museum will retain their jobs.
Winter Adventure Weekend offered at Carter Caves
OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) — Winter adventures await outdoor enthusiasts this month at Carter Caves State Resort Park in eastern Kentucky.
A statement from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says the Winter Adventure Weekend will offer 220 activities from Jan. 24 through Jan. 27, including hiking, ice climbing, rappelling and cave tours.
Snow days? Winter sports industry preps for climate change
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. (AP) — For many people the holidays signal the start of a joyous time — snow season. It means strapping on skis or hopping onto a sled to tear into soft, fluffy powder.
That's the case for Greg Corio, who for almost two decades has been an avid ice climber.
In ‘Free Solo,’ a steeper challenge for Honnold than El Cap
TORONTO (AP) — The important thing to rock climber Alex Honnold is that the movie screen be big. IMAX, whatever. But big.
Woman faces critical injuries after fall at Rumney Rocks
RUMNEY, N.H. (AP) — A Virginia woman faces life-threatening injuries after a fall at a New Hampshire climbing area.
New Hampshire's fish and game department says that Ashley Alford fell while climbing at Rumney Rocks Friday afternoon. Conservation officers answered a call for help from local fire departments who carried Alford out of the woods.
Rock climber falls while climbing at Smith Rock without rope
TERREBONNE, Ore. (AP) — A 21-year-old rock climber from Virginia fell 150 feet while climbing at Smith Rock State Park without using a rope or other safety equipment.
Benjamin Schulman was taken by helicopter to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with life-threatening injuries after the fall late Sunday afternoon.
Authorities say Schulman, of Alexandria, Virginia, was attempting to climb a section not usually used or identified as a climbing route when he fell.
American scientist dies while rock climbing in New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The family of an American scientist who died while rock climbing in New Zealand is urging other climbers to carefully consider their reliance on equipment that's been left permanently attached to rock faces.
Man dies while climbing Washington state peak
SEATTLE (AP) — The National Park Service says a 60-year-old man died after falling while climbing a mountain peak in northwest Washington state.
The Seattle Times reports the Skagit County Coroner's Office identified the man as Eric Lindblom of Cashmere.
SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park in Utah has reopened popular rock-climbing routes after peregrine falcons finished their nesting season on the cliffs.
Park rangers say four juvenile falcons were raised successfully, two on Tunnel Wall and two on Angels Landing. Another nest and breeding pair were detected, but biologists did not record any successful offspring.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A man is dead after falling about 300 feet (91 meters) while rappelling a popular rock climbing route in Grand Teton National Park.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — For Andrew Maxey, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was originally about bringing attention to a cause he is passionate about: school libraries.
But as the director of special programs at Tuscaloosa City Schools began his trek up 19,341 feet of the African mountain, Maxey began to notice parallels between the climb and his own work.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The New River Gorge National River in West Virginia will receive a grant to bolster a partnership aimed at getting local residents involved in recreational activities.
The National Park Foundation on Wednesday announced 20 grants to enhance the country's national trails and wild and scenic rivers. The grants totaling more than $500,000 are in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails and National Wild and Scenic Rivers systems.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — When the sun momentarily blinded Jimmy Burckhard as he strained to finish the last few feet of a 70-foot-tall rock climb on June 2, he was stricken by a thought.
"I'm gonna fall again."
But he continued to feel around blindly until he found a pocket in the limestone, which he used to complete his first successful ascent of the Black Hills climbing route known as Foot Fist Way.
Indiana man dies in Wyoming fall during rock climb
RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A 19-year-old Indiana man has died after reportedly falling from rocks while climbing with a friend in southern Wyoming.
The Rawlins Daily Times reports that Carbon County Coroner Paul Zamora identified the victim as Justin Siler, of Indianapolis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two of the world's best rock climbers coped with frightening falls and the deaths of two fellow climbers on the same rock in a monthlong quest to shatter a mythical record in Yosemite National Park.
Tenacity paid off Wednesday as Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell reached the top of El Capitan, the most celebrated slab of granite on Earth, in less than two hours, breaking a barrier compared to the four-minute mile.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two rock climbers have set a new speed record ascending El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, achieving the feat in just under two hours.
Documentary photographer Austian Siadak says Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell scaled the 3,000-foot (915 meters) sheer granite wall early Wednesday in one hour, 58 minutes and seven seconds.
On Monday, the climbers had shaved the time down to just over two hours — a barrier compared to track's 4-minute mile.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Operators of zip lines, climbing walls and similar devices must register them with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and make sure they comply with state law by July 1.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the death of two climbers at Yosemite National Park in California. (all times local):
Officials have identified two climbers who died when they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
The climbers named Saturday were 46-year-old Jason Wells of Boulder, Colorado, and 42-year-old Tim Klien of Palmdale, California.
Rangers received multiple 911 calls that two climbers had fallen while climbing the Freeblast Route.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The most successful female Everest climber said after finishing her ninth ascent of the world's highest mountain that she wants to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams.
Lhakpa Sherpa was guiding some 50 climbers with her brother when she scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak last week, breaking her own record for the most climbs of Mount Everest by a woman.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A hiker in Yosemite National Park fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions, authorities said Tuesday.
The National Park Service said the accident occurred Monday at about 4:30 p.m. in the Northern California national park. The hiker's body was recovered Tuesday afternoon.
Woman uses climbing to help stay sober
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Robin Agricola lives in Massachusetts but spends nearly every weekend scaling the craggy cliffs found in central New Hampshire. Her life today is a far cry from what it was five years ago, when heroin addiction was ruling over her.
"I was one of those addicts that looked like I had it all together from the outside, but inside my life was crumbling," she said. She found a 12-step program that helped her to get sober, it was climbing, she said, that has helped her stay sober.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip.
After flying back to Kathmandu by helicopter, Kami Rita, 48, said he's not ready to retire and plans to continue to guide visiting climbers on the world's highest mountain next year.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Australian climber who became the fastest to scale the highest peaks on all seven continents returned safely from Mount Everest on Saturday.
Steve Plain said he has no immediate plans for any new adventures and is looking forward to spending time with his family.
Plain, 36, scaled Mount Everest earlier in the week, completing his mission to scale the seven summits in 117 days. He flew to Kathmandu from Everest on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Princess of Asturias prize for sports this year has been awarded to two European mountain climbers — Italian Reinhold Messner and Poland's Krzysztof Wielicki.
The judges said Wednesday the pair embody the essence of mountain-climbing, setting new levels of accomplishment and providing inspiration for younger generations.
Messner was one of the first two climbers to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen, 40 years ago.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A world-renowned speed climber was rescued from Yosemite National Park's El Capitan by helicopter Friday after spending a chilly night on top of the famous rock when he fell and injured both legs.
Rescuers reached Hans Florine and his climbing companions by helicopter Friday morning because it was too late and too dark to do so Thursday evening, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said.
Spearfish to welcome new gym, festival for rock climbers
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — A new indoor rock climbing gym is set to open in Spearfish, just in time for the city to host an inaugural climbing festival this summer.
Affordable housing displacing rock climbing gym in Boise
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A popular rock climbing gym in Boise is closing to make way for affordable housing.
The Idaho Statesman reports that Urban Ascent is closing Saturday so that workers can build an apartment complex that will have 134 units for a variety of income levels.
City of Boise spokesman Mike Journee says it's a rare opportunity for the city to provide affordable housing.
2 experienced climbers believed dead on Alaska mountain
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two experienced mountain climbers trying to tackle a new route in Alaska were presumed dead after climbing ropes that matched their gear were found in a crevasse, authorities said Wednesday.
George "Ryan" Johnson, 34, of Juneau, and Marc-Andre Leclerc, 25, of Squamish, British Columbia, were reported missing after they failed to return from a climb March 7 on a seven-peaked mountain not far from Alaska's capital city.
Only ‘American Ninja Warrior’ winner teaches clinics at Heights rock gym
When he was 17, he decided he wanted to rock climb full-time and left on a two-month climbing trip against his parents' wishes, and he has been pursuing his dream ever since.
In 2015, Isaac Caldiero became the first and only winner in nine seasons of the NBC obstacle-course competition show "American Ninja Warrior" after three years of competing. On March 3, he offered his climbing advice and expertise during two clinics at Momentum Indoor Climbing on Silver Street.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers in Juneau have launched a search for two experienced mountain climbers overdue from a trip.
A search is underway for 34-year-old George "Ryan" Johnson of Juneau and Marc-Andre Leclerc of British Columbia.
The men called Monday to report they had achieved their goal of climbing the Mendenhall Towers, peaks within the Mendenhall Ice Field. Cellphone access is available in parts of the area.
Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey and his two brothers, Max and Christian, are being praised for their help in rescuing a 72-year-old man who fell 25 feet while rock climbing in Colorado.
The McCaffreys are the son of former Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey.
Lakewood’s Nosotros sets new route for climbing gyms: Stretching Out (video)
Lakewood's Nosotros sets new route for climbing gyms: Stretching Out (video)
LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Nosotros is setting a new route for rock climbing gyms in Northeast Ohio and the nation.
When it opens with a party Thursday, the new climbing center in the basement of a Lakewood church won't operate the way most for-profit facilities do. Instead, it will be a charitable nonprofit, a service organization promoting climbing fitness and family togetherness.
Rock-climbing enthusiasts can set sights on Cypress
Fitness and sports enthusiasts might want to keep the Cypress area on their radar this summer.
Cypress Sports and Business Complex, a 45-acre sports and business complex, located on House Hahl Road in Cypress, is currently under construction. Including businesses and infrastructure the complex is worth approximately $50 million.
InSPIRE Rock is one of the tenants of the complex. The more than $4 million facility will include 24,000 square feet of climbing and walls measuring at 63 foot-high.
Zion National Park closes climbing cliffs to protect falcons
SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park in Utah is closing access to 13 popular rock-climbing cliffs as part of an annual effort to protect sensitive nesting sites for peregrine falcons.
The National Park Service announced this week that climbing routes will close March 1 to let wildlife biologists monitor nesting activity of the formerly endangered raptors.
Affected routes include Angels Landing, Cable Mountain, North Twin Brother, Mountain of the Sun and Tunnel Wall.
Momentum Katy, 25410 Katy Mills Parkway, will host for the first time a USA Climbing Sport and Speed youth climbing competition on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The event is open to the public, with doors opening at 9 a.m., climbing beginning at 9:30 a.m. and awards at 8:30 p.m.
CODY, Wyo. — The temperature is around minus 10, not counting the windchill. Fat snowflakes are pelting what little exposed skin exists in a group of about 20 bundled folks who have postholed through snow and tread unsteadily on a partially iced-over and rock-studded Aldrich Creek for more than a mile.
Conditions are brutal, and Angela Vanweimeersch couldn’t be happier.
UAF ice makers get the hang of producing climbable walls
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Even to non-ice climbers, the ice hanging from the wall at the University of Alaska Fairbanks looks different than it did when the wall opened in 2012.
Today, the ice hanging from the northern and western faces of the 35-foot tower resembles a frozen waterfall, made of columns of bluish-white ice. When the wall opened, it looked less like a waterfall and more like a tower of vegetables: goopy white blobs of what the ice makers called "cauliflower ice."