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She Was Climbing El Capitan When She Fell

Emily Harrington is 'banged up but gonna be OK'

(Newser) - A top rock climber is thankful to be alive after falling from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. "I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope [with] my neck," Emily Harrington wrote Monday on Instagram, sharing a photo of her resting... More »

One of America's Most Renowned Climbers Dies in Fall

Brad Gobright came off rope at El Potrero Chico

(Newser) - One of America's most accomplished rock climbers fell to his death on a mountain in Mexico Wednesday. Brad Gobright, a 31-year-old Californian, was abseiling down a cliff face on El Potrero Chico when he fell around 1,000 feet, the BBC reports. Climbing partner Aidan Jacobson says they were... More »

Father on Climbing Trip With Son Falls to His Death

Texas man was attempting to descend Washington state's Aasgard Pass

(Newser) - A father-son climbing trip in the Cascade Mountains turned tragic last week when Robert Jake Colburn apparently slipped and fell several hundred feet to his death. The 60-year-old from Dallas was descending Washington state's Aasgard Pass Thursday with three other people when he got ahead of the group, NBC... More »

Climber Builds Replica Wall Over Trump Claim

Climbers can try to scale a replica border wall in Kentucky

(Newser) - Impossible to climb? Rick Weber doesn't the think so. The climber and engineer has built a replica border wall to see if professional climbers can get over it, the Hill reports. Weber, 75, says he constructed the wall in response to President Trump's boast that even "20... More »

10-Year-Old: 1; El Capitan: 0

Selah Schneiter becomes youngest documented person to climb El Capitan's 'Nose route'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old has conquered the massive rock wall that is El Capitan, a dangerous challenge even for rock-climbing legends. Selah Schneiter, whose climbing-guide father had her in harnesses soon after she could walk, had dreamed of scaling the 3,000-foot granite rock face in Yosemite National Park since she was... More »

Most Climbers Need 3 Days to Conquer This. These Guys, 2 Hours

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell say they're never taking on record for El Capitan's 'Nose' again

(Newser) - Most climbers take three days to scale the 3,000-foot Nose route of Yosemite's El Capitan, perhaps the most intimidating big-wall climbing route on the planet, so it was nothing short of incredible when a pair did it with a time of 2:19:44 last October. Sadly for... More »

He Scaled El Capitan 177 Times. No. 178 Went Badly

Hans Florine broke ankle, shattered heel

(Newser) - A rock-climbing legend and record holder who has scaled Yosemite's El Capitan 177 times and wrote a book about his "lifelong obsession" with the climb survived a harrowing plunge on El Capitan's nose Thursday. Hans Florine, 53, was 2,300 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley... More »

It's Deemed 'Necessary Evil.' 2 Women Just Crushed It

Michaela Kiersch and Paige Claassen join just 12 or so male rock-climbers to ascend rock face

(Newser) - In Arizona lurks Necessary Evil, an imposing rock face that has presented a "heinous" climb for the only dozen or so male athletes who have ascended it. One climber who attempted it says it's an incredibly challenging task for anyone under 5 foot 10, but this week, two... More »

Without Warning, a Building-Sized Rock Falls in Yosemite

Tragedy at El Capitan

(Newser) - Tragedy at Yosemite National Park: A visitor was killed and another injured when a massive chunk of rock fell off the El Capitan granite monolith, one of the world's most famous climbs. The National Park Service says the huge rockfall happened near the "Waterfall Route," a popular... More »

Depressed? Try Rock Climbing

New research shows that scaling a rock face may help ease depression

(Newser) - Heading out for a weekend climb or scaling the rock wall at the gym may be good therapy for treating depression, new research shows. A University of Arizona study found that a form of rock climbing eased depression symptoms in participants from moderate to mild levels after eight weeks, Inverse... More »

Climber Conquers Yosemite Peak Without Ropes

Alex Honnold scaled granite-face El Capitan in 3 hours, 56 minutes

(Newser) - A California rock climber has become the first person to conquer Yosemite's El Capitan without using ropes, USA Today reports. Alex Honnold, 31, scaled the nearly 3,000-foot peak on Saturday going free solo, meaning he didn't use ropes, harness, or other safety equipment. "This is the... More »

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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