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In NH, a Tiny Mountain Wins Again and Again

A Canadian man may be the latest victim of deadly Mt. Washington

(Newser) - "Why does such a small mountain kill so many people?" That's the question Wes Siler, writing for Outside Online , set out to answer. The mountain is 6,288-foot-tall Mt. Washington, part of New Hampshire's White Mountain range, and since records began in 1849, some 150 people have... More »

For the Obese, Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

The obese see distances as at least 10% greater than those of average weight

(Newser) - The very weight we carry can change our perception of the space around us, reports the Guardian , with obese people seeing distances as being at least 10% greater than those of average weight do, report researchers from Colorado State University Fort Collins. In the journal Acta Psychologica they report that... More »

'Biggest Badass You've Never Heard Of' Is This Hiker

Heather Anderson, 34, just covered 2,168 miles in 54 days

(Newser) - When Heather Anderson beat the world record for a self-supported thru-hike of the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail in a mere 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes in September, she scrambled to the top of Springer Mountain in Georgia and called her boyfriend Adam to verify her math. "I... More »

Partying on the Appalachian Trail Raises Ire

Trash, graffiti, and all-night parties become a concern

(Newser) - When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring—not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night's sleep while listening to the sounds of nature were instead filled with trash, graffiti,... More »

3 Sisters Missing in Wilderness Found

They set out June 28, didn't return when expected

(Newser) - Searchers combing the Wyoming wilderness for three missing Midwestern sisters this morning found the women; they were cold and hungry but otherwise healthy. ABC News reports the Andrews-Sharer sisters set out on June 28 to hike and camp outside Jackson Hole, and the search for them began Tuesday after they... More »

'World's Scariest Walkway' Open Again

Spanish cliffside path dizzying but no longer deadly

(Newser) - The stunning cliffside walkway in Spain once known as one of the world's most dangerous is a lot safer now, authorities say—but still no place for the fainthearted. The recently reopened Caminito del Rey trail includes 2 miles of thin boardwalks that hang 300 feet over the Guadalhorce... More »

Climber Makes History on Mount McKinley

Lonnie Dupre becomes first to climb it solo in January

(Newser) - Thousands of people have climbed Mount McKinley, aka Denali, in solo expeditions during the summer. Not one has made it to the top of North America's highest peak alone in the brutal weather of January—until now. Lonnie Dupre, a 53-year-old Minnesota adventurer, became the first to do so... More »

1K-Mile Hiking Trail to Span From Appalachia to Atlantic

NC's Mountains-to-Sea Trail not complete yet, but hikers already forging own path

(Newser) - One day, hikers will be able to step on a trail near one of Appalachia's highest peaks and follow an off-road path all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Next year, officials say they hope to make more headway on the 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina by... More »

84-Year-Old Hiker Survives 5 Days Lost in Mountains

Donald Combs found alive in Adirondacks

(Newser) - It's one thing when a hiker goes missing for five days; it's another when that hiker is 84 years old. Yet search and rescue squads near Forestport in the Adirondacks in upstate New York were able to find Donald Combs alive—barely. The hiker, who'd set out... More »

Search for Missing Writer Called Off as Body Found

Corpse hasn't yet been positively identified as Karen Sykes

(Newser) - Rescuers have suspended the search for missing outdoors-woman Karen Sykes , after finding the body of a woman on a little-traveled part of Mount Rainier, the AP reports. The body hasn't been concretely identified as Sykes, and the cause of death isn't yet clear; the remains have been taken... More »

Hiker Attempts to Traverse Both Koreas

New Zealander wants to document something all Koreans love: their mountains

(Newser) - Hiking is not a popular pastime in North Korea—when you're starving, walking long distances is not a fun recreational activity. But that hasn't stopped New Zealand hiker Roger Shepherd, who has visited the country four times to climb the Baekdudaegan mountain range—the first foreigner to set... More »

Body of Senator's Brother Found in Wyoming

Randy Udall died during solo hike

(Newser) - The body of Sen. Mark Udall's brother Randy, 61, has been discovered in the Wyoming mountains after he went missing while hiking on his own . Udall's poles were still in his hand when he was found dead, likely of a medical condition, says his sister. He was at... More »

99% of Appalachian Trail Has Been Moved, Rebuilt

Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of its completion

(Newser) - Like the people who hike it, the Appalachian Trail is always moving. Technically, tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of its completion. But the 2,180-mile path stretching across 14 states from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Katahdin, Maine, is never really finished. It took 15 years for hundreds of volunteers, state... More »

Dog, Hiker in Dramatic Cliff Rescue

Dog slips down sheer cliff chasing bottle, owner goes after her

(Newser) - Los Angeles firefighters saved a hiker in a hair-raising rescue after the teen went over a sheer cliff to save his terrified dog. Ivan Salas' year-old shepherd mix, Lola, slipped 150 feet over the edge as she chased a water bottle tossed by Salas' dad while the men were traveling... More »

Injured Hiker Survives 4 Days in Desert

North Carolina man inspired by '127 Hours'

(Newser) - Maybe the sequel will be called 100 Hours? Inspired by the cringe-inducing James Franco film 127 Hours, a North Carolina man went hiking in the Utah desert, broke his leg, and crawled toward his parked car for 4 days, the AP reports. Amos Wayne Richards, 64, is now recuperating at... More »

Family Sues Boy Scouts Over Son's Hiking Death

Parents say negligence to blame for teen's death

(Newser) - A Florida couple whose 17-year-old son collapsed and died on a 20-mile hike in extreme heat are suing the Boy Scouts, and there's more than just money on the line. The lawsuit charges that the organization failed to live up to its own "Be Prepared" motto and that this... More »

Father, Son Missing on Mt. Whitney

Three other hikers in a separate group were rescued

(Newser) - Three hikers were rescued from California’s Mt. Whitney yesterday, but two more remain missing. Heavy snow and extreme weather battered the area, reducing visibility and dropping temperatures near the peak to 20 degrees, CNN reports. The two who are still missing, a father and son originally from Iran, were... More »

Iran OKs Visit by Moms of Detained US Hikers

But Tehran has made promises in the past

(Newser) - Iran will allow the mothers of the three American hikers who have been in custody for nearly a year to visit their children. Tehran has ordered its UN mission to issue visas for the three moms, the AP reports, but no date has been has been set. Iran has told... More »

Ahmadinejad Says He'll Seek Leniency for US Hikers

Iranian president 'hopeful' trio's case can be resolved

(Newser) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today he will request leniency for three American hikers who apparently strayed across Iran's border. Ahmadinejad said the Americans broke the law, and "we're not happy that this happened." He added, "What I can ask is that the judiciary expedites the... More »

Business Is Booming on Appalachian Trail

In echoes of Depression-era hobos, hikers subsist on bartered farm labor

(Newser) - The Appalachian Trail has been packed this year, as the unemployed wait out the bad economy by hiking almost 2,200 miles between Maine and Georgia—and often pay for the journey by working as they go, the Wall Street Journal reports. The trail offers a subsistence lifestyle—hikers budget... More »

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