Monk Seal Attacks Swimmer Off Kauai

POIPU, Kauai - Authorities say a monk seal attacked a swimmer off Kauai Monday afternoon. The 28-year-old woman from Washington state was snorkeling at Mahaulepu Beach when she drifted into an area where several monk seals were swimming. A full-grown female seal who was with her pup apparently felt threatened by the snorkeler and attacked. The woman was bitten on her face, … [Read more...]

Man Dies After Skiing Into Tree at Colorado Resort

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A 41-year-old Tampa, Fla., man has died after skiing into a tree at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson says the man was on an intermediate trail, lost control and crashed into a tree where the trail merges with another. The man's name was not immediately released. Richardson said the man died of blunt force trauma to … [Read more...]

Avalanche on K2 Kills 11 Climbers

In the Himalayas

"Others were still missing after the huge serac broke and fell, sweeping away several climbers and stranding as many as a dozen mountaineers above a steep gully without ropes at a height of about 27,000 feet, not far from the summit." The New York Times covers the story. … [Read more...]

Colorado climber falls to her death

Crestone Needle

The Colorado Springs Gazette: "A Divide woman fell to her death Saturday morning while nearing the summit of the 14,197-foot Crestone Needle, located in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo range in south-central Colorado." … [Read more...]

Oregon Man dies on rafting trip

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The San Jose Mercury News reports: "Robert Blight, 42, who lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was with his lifelong pal, Dino Fry, 41, of Hayward on a weeklong trip traversing the treacherous Rogue River in Southern Oregon. On June 1, during a lunch break on the south side of the river, their raft was taken away by a powerful current. Blight was swept away when the two … [Read more...]