According to several Austrian news outlets, a rescue helicopter crashed Tuesday evening near the summit of the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest peak. The helicopter was called to evacuate a climber who had sudden heart problems. In this footage, you can see the patient being loaded aboard before a sudden wind gust caused the pilot to lose control. Luckily, nobody was injured in the crash, and given that it occurred at the edge of a massive cliff, things could have gone much worse. The patient was successfully evacuated by a second helicopter minutes later, and the original flight crew took the tram down.
Fred Beckey, a legendary climber, author, and adventurer credited with more first ascents than any other American climber passed away Monday. He was 94, and died from natural causes in his Seattle home. Beckey was born in Germany, immigrating to the U.S. at a young age with his parents, and settling in Seattle. There, he honed his skills and developed an eternal passion for climbing, dedicating his life to the vertical world, and embracing the dirtbag ethos to the absolute fullest. He rose
Last season was one for the record books at California’s Mammoth Mountain, with 620” of snowfall. The resort managed to stay open until August 6th. Lucky for the Cali crowd, they kicked off the new season yesterday, with one lift and a number of jib features for those hungry to get their first turns of the season. Check out the opening weekend festivities from the mountain.
Moments ago, Kurt Sorge made history, winning the 2017 Red Bull Rampage for the third time. His first run landed him a near-perfect score 92.66, featuring three of the biggest backflips ever done on a bike. Sorge was the last man standing after Cam Zink under rotated a surprise frontflip on his second run. Third place went to rookie Ethan Nell, a testament to the future of the sport. The Kelly McGarry Spirit Award, given in honor of the late Kelly McGarry to the rider who most exemplifies the