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Rescuer Realizes Dead Climber Is His Ex-Wife

'It never even dawned on me that she might be there'

(Newser) - A volunteer rescuer was shocked to learn the body he was sent to retrieve from a popular New Mexico climbing spot was his ex-wife's, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. Scott Hicks and his fellow rescuers were called to Diablo Canyon on Monday after a 59-year-old woman fell 175... More »

Rock Fall Alters Renowned Yosemite Climb

Those going up Half Dome will have to adjust route

(Newser) - A massive sheet of rock has fallen from the vertical face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, making one of the most popular routes attempted by climbers in North America even more challenging. The granite sheet that peeled off measured roughly 100 by 200 feet. It was discovered by... More »

For One Leading Climber, Joys Justify the Risks

Alex Honnold understands why Clif Bar dropped him and 4 others

(Newser) - News that Clif Bar was dropping five big-name rock climbers from its sponsorship rolls caused a ruckus within the sport and even outside it, the latter if only because non-fans were surprised to learn that climbers had corporate sponsors. But perhaps the biggest name of those five, Alex Honnold, explains... More »

Yosemite Climber Complained of Cramps Before Fall

Brad Parker had just proposed to his girlfriend hours earlier

(Newser) - Renowned California climber, surfer, yoga instructor, cyclist, and traveler Brad Parker was dehydrated and seemed fatigued on the day that he died, according to various people who encountered him before he fell while climbing in Yosemite National Park. After climbing a route with his girlfriend and proposing at the top... More »

Climber Killed in Fall Hours After Proposing

And girl, 8, falls to death in Yellowstone

(Newser) - Veteran rock climber Brad Parker summited Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park with girlfriend Jainee Dial on Saturday, and then proposed. "This is the happiest day of my life," he told her when she accepted, according to his father. Then the couple parted ways, and tragedy struck. Parker,... More »

Yosemite Suffers 2 Deaths in 2 Days

Felix Joseph Kiernan struck by falling rock

(Newser) - Just one day after a teen was swept over a Yosemite waterfall , likely to his death, another person died in the national park. Felix Joseph Kiernan was climbing El Capitan on Sunday when his climbing partner dislodged a rock, officials say. The sizable rock (it measured 1 foot across and... More »

Missing Climber Killed by Venom

Tucson hiker was swarmed by bees

(Newser) - One of the rock climbers who helped retrieve the body of one of his peers called the sight "tragic and horrifying," and it's easy to see why: Tucson's Steven Johnson was found dangling from a cliff, where he had been stung to death by bees, reports... More »

Climber Falls to His Death in Rockies

James Charles Patrick's two companions were rescued

(Newser) - A day of rock climbing ended in tragedy in the Rockies after 54-year-old James Charles Patrick tumbled more than 1,000 feet to his death. Patrick was climbing Taylor Glacier with two companions on Saturday when he fell, taking the group's rope with him. The two were able to anchor... More »

Climber Kicks Society's Ass, One Skyscraper at a Time

(Newser) - Some revile Alain Robert, the so-called “French Spiderman,” for his globetrotting, skyscraper-ascending exploits. But to the many who hold him in esteem, the New Yorker reports, he is simply “badass.” When he scaled the New York Times building last year, one fan was beside himself. “... More »

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