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First Updates From the Historic Lhotse Ski Descent

Day by day we’ve been learning more about of the incredible first ski descent of the Lhotse Couloir by Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison. The two accomplished mountaineers achieved the historic feat this past Sunday. The team, who have been mostly disconnected from social media during the expedition, have recently shared some updates.

From Hilaree Nelson:

RELATED: Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison make the first descent of Lhotse Couloir

From Jim Morrison:



Lhotse, which is the sister mountain to Everest, is the 4th tallest mountain in the world at 27,940ft. The only team of climbers in the Lhotse-Everest region, Nelson and Morrison mitigated both weather and equipment obstacles to successfully descend the 60-degree pitch. They were joined by three Nepalese Sherpa guides, and two longtime TGR cinematographers Dutch Simpson and Nick Kalisz. 

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Your Chances Of Dying Ranked By Sport and Activity
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Source: besthealthcaredegress.com RELATED: The Ultimate Animal Video Encounters To understand how these numbers compare to more "natural" causes, see this US data from the Center For Disease Control. For parents wanting a more focused guide to youth activities, take a look at this data on sports injuries compiled by Stanford Children's Hospital. More data on 20th century death statistics from the World Health Organization visualized by informationisbeautiful.net

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Grand Canyon National Park — Biologists were shocked, and a little disturbed, Thursday after a rafting party in the Grand Canyon reported the first-ever confirmed sighting of the elusive, often-rumored, Flaming Land Shark.  Up until Thursday's discovery, numerous rafting parties had reported sightings of the rare species, but none had captured photographic evidence documenting the elusive, drunken animal in its native habitat.  RELATED: The Invasive River Rat — Ski Town Caricatures National

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To Live Hard And Die Laughing
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Matthias Giraud. Eric Pütsep Photo. Matthias Giraud is going 50 miles an hour when he slams into the rock spire that juts out from the Pointe d’Areu; a peak just northwest of Mont Blanc. An impact at such speed, even within the protection of modern cars, is invariably catastrophic and likely fatal. Hanging from his parachute like a puppet attached to strings, Giraud has no such protection. He stops moving the instant his body makes contact with the rock, and free fall is interrupted