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.
Turns out mountains are pretty fragile creatures. We tend to think of them as sturdy mounds of rock that never move, but sometimes the unthinkable happens, and an entire mountain face will spontaneously collapse. This is exactly what happened yesterday morning in Val Bregaglia in the Swiss Alps, when the NE face of Piz Cengalo gave way, causing a rockslide and ensuing debris flow in the valley that moved an estimated 4 million cubic meters of material. According to local news, eight people
At this point, most of us know about how much of a badass Spanish ski mountaineer and ultra-runner Kilian Jornet is. He regularly wins endurance races all over the world, smashed the speed record on mountains like Denali and Everest, and now has proven himself to be something of a divine entity. On mile 13 of this year’s Hardrock 100 race, Jornet fell descending a snowfield and dislocated his shoulder. In true fashion, he got up, popped it back in himself, and won the race. After trading
Mountain biking’s premiere event is back for another action-packed week in the Utah desert. Red Bull Rampage will return to Virgin on Friday, October 27th. Last year came with some significant changes in format, which will be kept in place for this year’s event. Riders can bring a 2-person build crew and use hand tools only to build their own line (there will of course be the ubiquitous massive wooden features on course). Three days of building and four days of practice will culminate in one