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Glacier Yields 3 Roped-Together Bodies

Climbers vanished on Mont Blanc 22 years ago

(Newser) - Western Europe's highest mountain is giving up more of its dead as the Mont Blanc glacier shifts and retreats. In the latest grim find, a French climber on the Italian side of the peak spotted the bodies of three roped-together climbers believed to have died in 1995, AFP reports.... More »

Tragedy on Canadian Mountain: 'I Think Your Friends Have Fallen'

5 hikers fall 1.6K feet to death after Mount Harvey snow overhang collapses

(Newser) - When a hiker who'd fallen behind five of his friends on Vancouver's Mount Harvey got to the summit on Saturday, he expected to find them waiting for him. But in a horrific ending to his climb, he instead found another hiker not with his group, who told him,... More »

Scientist Finds Tallest Mountain in US Arctic— and a Surprise

Mount Isto is tallest, followed by Mount Hubley

(Newser) - It's been the subject of a half-century-long debate. But thanks to a new mapping technique, mountain experts have identified the tallest mountain in the US Arctic and uncovered a bit of a surprise as well. Using fodar , a technique he invented to map terrain using airborne photography, glaciologist Matt... More »

UAE Wants to Build a Mountain to Control the Weather

Experts say it would be a mountainous waste of money

(Newser) - Even with a major downturn in the oil business, the United Arab Emirates still has enough money to look at a few modest construction projects—including building a mountain in the desert. The Gulf nation, which is desperately short of rain, has paid $400,000 to the Colorado-based University Corporation... More »

Norway's Weird Gift Idea Involves Shifting Its Border

Norwegians want to give their flat neighbors a mountain

(Newser) - Finland celebrates the 100th anniversary of its independence from Russia in 2017, and people in Norway think they've found the perfect present for their much flatter neighbor. A campaign to shift the border a few hundred feet to give Finland a mountain peak is gathering steam and has won... More »

N. Korea Opens to US Journos for Rare Road Trip

Country opens up for tourism—sort of

(Newser) - Mount Paektu is a "majestic" thing, "with its jagged peaks surrounding a crystal-blue crater lake," writes Eric Talmadge, the AP's Pyongyang bureau chief. Though it would seem fated to be a tourist destination, few foreigners have set their eyes on its natural beauty. This is North... More »

Huge Mountains Fed Ocean Life 600M Years Ago

Range stretched 1.5K miles from Africa to South America

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered evidence of an ancient mountain range that spread 1,550 miles from Africa to South America back when the two continents were one. And strange as it may sound, the massive mountain range on the supercontinent Gondwana, similar in size to the Himalayas, actually fed our oceans... More »

Why the Appalachian Mountain Chain Bends

Blame a giant, underground rock in New York and Pennsylvania

(Newser) - If you took a bird's-eye view of the Appalachian mountain chain, you could pretty much trace a 1,500-mile straight line from Newfoundland to Alabama, notes Nature World News . Except, that is, for a little squiggle in New York and Pennsylvania. So what on earth could make a mountain... More »

Scientists: China's Bulldozing of Mountains Is Nuts

Chinese experts say environmental damage is already evident

(Newser) - China is bulldozing its mountains by the dozen to make way for cities—a move that could prove disastrous, Chinese scientists warn in Nature . The country is only a fraction of the way through its plan to flatten more than 700 mountains, move the debris into valleys, and build on... More »

New Zealand's Tallest Mountain Has Shrunk

Ice collapse decades ago knocks almost 100 feet off Mount Cook

(Newser) - The highest point in New Zealand is about 100 feet shorter than we thought. A new measurement of Aoraki/Mount Cook puts its height at roughly 12,217.8 feet, down from an official listed height of 12,316.3 feet, reports. That discrepancy likely isn't due... More »

Teen Fan of Into the Wild Goes Missing in Oregon

Searchers look for Dustin Self

(Newser) - Search parties are combing Oregon's Steens Mountain for any sign of Dustin Self, a 19-year-old from Oklahoma who disappeared a month ago—possibly intentionally. "He told us he was going to be gone for a few months, and he would be off the grid," Self's mother... More »

More Than 200 Dead Litter Everest

Some bodies even used as landmarks for other climbers

(Newser) - There are regular reminders in the news just how dangerous climbing Mt. Everest can be, but Smithsonian drives that point home with a look at some of the mountain's more tragic stories. More than 200 people have died on its frozen slopes, and many have ended up preserved in... More »

Week After Everest Horror, 150 Begin Final Ascent

Handful have already reached summit today

(Newser) - The deaths of four people in a Mount Everest "traffic jam" last weekend haven't stopped a new crowd from pushing toward the peak. More than 150 people plan to attempt to reach the top this weekend, and already today, a number of climbers have made it, an official... More »

12 Bodies Found at Russian Jet Crash Site

All 45 passengers on Sukhoi Superjet-100 thought dead

(Newser) - Searchers have found 12 bodies at the site of a Russian plane crash on an Indonesian volcano. The jet had been carrying 45; all are believed dead, the AP reports. The steep mountainside has proved a challenge to searchers, who climbed through a jungle toward the plane's wreckage using... More »

Climber Survives 1,000-Foot Fall

Scotsman able to stand after plunge from summit

(Newser) - After Adam Potter lost his footing and fell 1,000 feet down one of the steepest mountain ridges in the Scottish Highlands, rescuers expected to find a corpse. Instead, they found the 36-year-old Scotsman standing up and looking at a map. Potter, who tumbled over three cliffs on the way... More »

75-Year-Old American Fled Iran on Horseback

Compliments of WikiLeaks: Turkish cable tells adventure story

(Newser) - WikiLeaks’ release of diplomatic cables contains at least one tale of adventure: In a cable from Turkey, the Guardian finds a story of an American’s daunting horseback escape from Iran. Hossein Ghanbarzadeh Vahedi, 75, visited Iran to visit his parents' graves—but when he wanted to return home to... More »

Get High to Lose Weight: Study

Elevated altitudes stimulate weight loss in the obese

(Newser) - Slimming down without diet or exercise may be as easy as relaxing for a few weeks in the Swiss Alps. A new study found that 20 obese men who spent two weeks at a mountain facility 8,700 feet above sea level—but were forbidden to exercise and could eat... More »

S. African Mount Up for Auction, Villagers Irate

Oprah, Bill Gates said to be among potential bidders for high life

(Newser) - Villagers at the foot of a South African mountain are incensed over plans to sell the land above them at a private auction, the Independent reports. The thousands of impoverished villagers live in cramped conditions and say the property, near Cape Town, should belong to the public. Bill Gates and... More »

This Camel Climbed Mount Washington

(Newser) - A camel named Josh has joined the ranks of backwards-walkers and wheelbarrow-pushers to become the first of his kind to summit New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the Union Leader reports. Josh and his support team of two handlers, two horses, and a dog took 6 hours to reach the 6,... More »

Bizarre Dust Stains Snow-Capped Rockies

Dust could leave crops dehydrated by late summer

(Newser) - A veil of dust coating the snowcapped Colorado Rockies is accelerating river runoff and has farmers scrambling to avoid an arid crop season, the Los Angeles Times reports. An unusually high number of dust storms and unseasonably warm temperatures have caused rivers to swell near flood stage. “It creates... More »

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