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British climber finds six dead in French Alps

VILLAR-D’ARENE, France — An English climber on Sunday found the bodies of six mountaineers in the French Alps who appeared to have died after a fall caused by an avalanche of snow and stones, officials said. The bodies found on Neige Cordier summit at 2,700 metres (8,850 feet) were taken…

Kyrgyzstan names mountain Vladimir Putin

BISHKEK – Kyrgzystan’s parliament on Thursday voted to put Russia’s strongman prime minister on the map by giving his name to one of its mountain peaks. A mountain measuring 4,446 metres (14,586 feet) in the country’s northern Tian Shan range will henceforth be known as the Peak of Vladimir Putin,…

Climber survives 1,000-foot mountain fall

LONDON — A climber who fell around 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the summit of a Scottish mountain is lucky to be alive, his rescuers said. The helicopter crew sent to search for the man were astonished to find him standing up and reading a map. The man lost his…

Hiker killed in rare attack by mountain goat: officials

SAN FRANCISCO — A hiker has died after reportedly being fatally attacked by a mountain goat while at a national park in the western US state of Washington, US park officials said on Sunday. Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for Olympic National Park, told AFP that the victim Robert Boardman, 63, was…

3 war vets, 1 good leg: Amputees climb Kilimanjaro

3 US war vets, 1 good leg: Afghan, Iraq, Vietnam vets summit Mt. Kilimanjaro on prosthetics The three veterans from three different wars had only one good leg among them. But that didn’t stop them from summiting Africa’s highest mountain. The three soldiers — veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam…

13-year-old American boy becomes youngest ever to conquer Mount Everest

A 13-year-old American boy on Saturday became the youngest person to conquer Mount Everest, his website said, setting a new but controversial world record. Jordan Romero was one of more than 50 mountaineers who reached the top of the world’s highest peak early Saturday, among them Apa Sherpa, who broke…

Colbert: Beck tries to be MLK Jr. but doesn’t get to the mountaintop

Glenn Beck has a dream…but apparently it’s not a very original one. The controversial Fox News host is orchestrating a rally in Washington DC on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Beck has tried to associate himself with the martyred historical religious leader but…

Ark hunter: Potential Noah hoax could make Christians look gullible

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers said Monday they believe they may have found Noah’s Ark — four thousand metres up a mountain in Turkey. However, the Christian Science Monitor reports that “a longtime ark-hunter” who is “a member of Noah’s Ark Search LLC” and has “gone on…

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